Spring Cleaning

In the last couple of days I’ve done some blog spring cleaning (yes, it’s the only spring cleaning I plan to do, so if you’re looking for a house to clean I have one for you. 😉 ). Anyway, I thought I’d take a moment and share my efforts.

*tour guide voice*

If you will look at the top of the page you will see a handy little row of links. Some of those links have always been there, such as the About Joleene Naylor , More Indie Authors and the All My Projects , though they got a bit of a dusting off.

A couple of the links up there are new, however. The Free & Cheap Resources is exactly that; a list of places to get free or cheap stock photos, illustrations, video clips, sound clips, music and more. Why would you want that stuff? For book covers, book illustrations, book trailers, websites, etc.

For Links You Should Know I took that long, long list of links that was cluttering the sidebar to the right and moved them all to a page instead. If I don’t have your link and you’d like me to add it drop me a line (email address is on my About page) or leave a comment.

And now if you will divert your attention to the right you will see some more tidying has occurred. You might notice the super spiffy little heading graphics? I think they’re much easier to see than the font that comes with this theme (and though I did consider swapping themes, I rejected it because I like this one!) The links  are still pretty much the same, though; there’s my books, the Vampire Morsels that have made it to Smashwords (Hopefully I will get it in gear and get the rest there!) , tags-n- banners, about me, the cool post calendar and a truncated list of links.

As for my other blogs, the most exiting thing is that I’ve added a feedburner subscription box to my From the Shadows blogspot blog. This lets you sign up for email notifications of the blog. Though some people swear by RSS, I like the mail subscriptions better because the last thing i need is another place I have to check! I also added my books to the sidebar and tidied links and such.

And on the Ramblings from the Darkness I took out the “about this blog” and replaced it with “13 Questions” that I get asked regularly.

The Pen Name:

You might remember that I ran a poll about what pen name to use on my children’s books. They were originally written and illustrated several years ago (like ten maybe?) but I thought I’d share them on smashwords as freebies. It was close, but when all was said and done Roey Harris won. I finally got the Smashwords account set up and the first book, Moving Day, uploaded.  I need to transfer The Do-Nothing Day over, still (though it got a brand new cover).

What’s Next?

That’s the Question, isn’t it? I’m going to continue to do Six Sentence Sunday and we have a few more Tuesdays with Terry (five I believe), and I am going to get back to the vampire morsels I hope. (I have Claudius started as I type this!). Other than that, I have some random thoughts, but I want to know what you guys are interested in seeing.  More articles on self publishing topics? How to topics? A weekly fun video? Interviews with characters from other books? Interviews with other indy authors?  More random vampire coverage? Or is there something else you’d like to see? Drop a comment and let me know!

Help me choose a Pen Name

If you’ve ever visited my Smashwords author page, you might have noticed a book called The Do-Nothing Day that is about snuggly teddy bears and written for a target audience of four year olds. It was written and illustrated in roughly 2001, along with ten others, and they have since darkened my hard drive. Though, I originally uploaded it so people with questions could see what Smashwords books with images looked like, the book has gotten enough downloads that I’ve decided to upload the other ten as well. However, I’m not so sure that mixing children’s books and adult books is wise.

My vampire books aren’t erotica, but there’s enough of a difference that I wouldn’t want someone to judge either set of books based on the other. I already have enough of a fight convincing people that my vampires are not YA (thanks again, Twilight), and mixing kiddie books into my account isn’t going to help. But, I don’t see why someone shouldn’t be enjoying them. They are pretty cute, after all.

So, now comes the fun, interactive part of the blog where you get to cast your votes on what my pen name should be! Leave your vote in the comments or, if you have a better suggestion, then leave it, too. I’ll probably cross post this all over, but in the end I’ll compile them all together and whatever wins is the name I will use.

  • J. Harris-Naylor
  • J.R. Harris
  • Roey Harris
  • Sintiel Quen
  • Nic Constantinescu
  • Alex Marshall

All the names come from various things I’ve done over the years.  I could give you lengthy explanations, but I’ll refrain. I will say one of them is elvish.

Look forward to seeing what everyone thinks!

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