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Date: 2016-12-08 09:00
Subject: Jam On It
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

“You doing okay?” He leaned in the doorway, his blond dreads hanging rakishly off his forehead, looking like the kind of beautiful tropical bird that will peck your fingers off if you stick them through its cage. “You’ve been a hermit since the incident.”

The Incident of The Tequila, the Lime Knife, And The Curious Infant. Let it be forever spoken of as such. “Yeah.”

“Want to grab some dinner?”

“Sure.” I grabbed my denim jacket (because it hid the splint, not because I was cold) and followed him down to the hotel restaurant.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-12-07 16:20
Subject: Christmas Magic novella now available! Return to Magic University!
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Tags:magic university, writing news

Christmas Magic cover 2016Remember last December when the Magic University digital box set became available? The new piece in that set–a 15,000 word sequel to the series entitled CHRISTMAS MAGIC–is now available to purchase on its own!

I originally wrote the novella as a holiday gift for MU fans to thank them for helping to spread the word about the box set and supporting the series. Christmas Magic is from Frost’s point of view. There is a lot about Frost we don’t see in the MU books because they’re from Kyle’s point of view, although if you’ve read the short stories in Spellbinding you’ve seen a few in Frost’s voice, now.

Get it at:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble Nook
  • Apple iBooks/iTunes
  • Kobo
  • AllRomance eBooks
  • Riverdale Avenue Books

    OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION:
    In this novella sequel to the Magic University series, Christmas Magic picks up the tale a few months after the end of The Poet and the Prophecy, at Christmas time.

    And who better to tell a Christmas tale than Frost? After the cataclysmic events that shook the magical world, it’s time for Frost to come to grips with the changes in his magic and his body–with the help of the people who love him most.

    Un-official description:
    That’s right. There’s a Christmas tree, and stockings, and hot cocoa by the fire… but this is a Magic University story, so of course there is also deeply emotional sex and a mystery which fills Frost with existential dread.

    And we get to see a bit of what Kyle and Frost are like as a couple. It’s a 15,000 word novella, only 99 cents, and I hope you enjoy a return to the campus as much as I did!

    Christmas Magic cover 600x900

    Mirrored from blog.ceciliatan.com.

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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2016-12-06 09:00
    Subject: So Lonely
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    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    Things I wouldn’t have realized if I hadn’t toured the country: Ohio borders Kentucky. I think of Ohio as the Midwest and Kentucky as the South. So if you’d told me they were the same distance apart as Minnesota and South Carolina I would have believed you. Instead, check it out, they’re adjacent. In fact we stayed at a hotel in Kentucky for the show in Cincinnati.

    And then, thank the lord, we had a day off. That had been a three-fer and now we got a day off, two shows in the same venue, and then another day off (though it was a travel day).

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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2016-12-01 09:00
    Subject: Shake It Up
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    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    Martin missed the bus to Detroit. This surprised no one, really, since he’d informed the crew he’d get himself there. It was only like a two or three hour drive and I think he convinced either Mary or Sue to just drive him.

    Once he did get to Detroit, he thanked me before soundcheck because he’d had such a good time with them. I told him I thought even if I hadn’t been there he would have been perfectly equipped to make that pickup without me, but he seemed convinced it was my presence that had drawn them over like a magnet.

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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2016-11-29 09:00
    Subject: Wrapped Around Your Finger
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    Tags:cleveland, lies lies lies

    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    I pride myself on being honest. I feel like I worked hard to stop lying to myself and to undo the damage of people lying to me all the time, so if I lie to someone else I consider it really bad.

    So I’m very not proud of the lie I told in Cleveland. One particular one. Except that what I said was true, if misleading.

    I should just tell you what happened, eh?

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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2016-11-24 09:00
    Subject: Railway Children
    Security: Public
    Tags:new jersey

    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    In the morning I went to the airport in a hired car that was not driven by Tony. I guess because Nomad was paying for it and not WTA? The flight was from Newark, which I tried to pretend was not in New Jersey.

    I made my way to the gate, my left thumb aching a little from carrying the guitar in that hand all the time since the splinted hand really couldn’t take any weight.

    There was Mel. Ford was crashed out on her shoulder. I sat down next to her, quietly, waving hello. She smiled a little wryly as she waved back.

    “Let me guess. You have to pee,” I said.

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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2016-11-22 05:53
    Subject: She Talks to Angels
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    Tags:courtney, nyc, ziggy

    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    I saw Court briefly that night when she came over to see if I needed my laundry done. No, I’m not kidding. (The only reason I didn’t is that Ziggy sent his out to be done and had a bunch of mine done at the same time.) Okay and maybe she wanted to hang out before I left again. All three of us sat around in Ziggy’s living room reading. What can I say? A rock star’s life isn’t all drug-fueled orgies.

    Court glanced at the tour dates on the sheet Carynne had given me. “Huh. You know who’s in Kansas.”

    “No, who?”

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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2016-11-18 17:56
    Subject: A List: Free book and ebook publishing software and resources
    Security: Public
    Tags:appearances, ebook revolution, ebooks, general blather

    I’m teaching a workshop tonight at the Artisan’s Asylum, the awesome makerspace in Somerville, and thought I’d share this handout list here since then all the links can be live.

    This is a list of all the free or open source bits of software and other things that I’ve used in my publishing ventures. I’ve also used a lot of expensive things like Adobe Photoshop, Quark Xpress, and so on. But not everyone has the money or the access to the high-priced programs, so part of my workshop is basically how you can do it all using free or very inexpensive options.

    Book-making Software & Free Stuff You Will Need

    Download a printable one-page version here: PDF

    You might also be interested in my other posts:

  • Type and Design for Small- & Self-Publishers
    1. Farming Out to Professionals
    2. Elements of Book Design
    3. Page Layouts
    4. Widows, orphans, and hyphenation
    5. “Smart” quotes, section breaks, and fleurs
    6. Ebook design versus print design
  • The Publishing Nitty Gritty: All the Hoops to Jump through to Self-publish (slightly out of date but mostly still relevant)
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    Mirrored from blog.ceciliatan.com.

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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2016-11-17 13:45
    Subject: True
    Security: Public
    Tags:jonathan, nyc

    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    I met Jonathan for a drink. At some dive in Hell’s Kitchen, which is a scary sounding name for a neighborhood but actually it was really not that bad. Not really all that different from a lot of other residential areas of Manhattan. Mine was non-alcoholic, his wasn’t.

    I, of course, told him about my idea. “All acoustic, just him and me. No fancy production.”

    “Pure…?” he said, swirling his glass thoughtfully.

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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2016-11-15 09:00
    Subject: American Music
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    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    After the shows at Nassau Coliseum, everyone had two full days off. Most of the band and crew took those days off in Cleveland, where the final leg of the tour would start. I stayed in New York. The first day was a Monday and I slept until I couldn’t sleep any more, which was to say about 1pm. Hunger woke me. I was gentle with myself, took my time scrounging some food and getting ready to leave the apartment. (Ziggy was already out somewhere.) I called Artie, didn’t reach him, so I called Carynne instead.

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