Stephen D. Lalonde

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It's Business as Unusual

Posted on July 2, 2022 at 10:10 AM

Sold another book Thursday. Money came in for two books yesterday. I am almost afraid to mention this, because I don’t want to jinx it. I really hope those who are reading my books are finding them worth the time. I certainly appreciate the encouragement and support. In my opinion each book has gotten better than the last, and that is as it should be. T...

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Blogging Along

Posted on July 1, 2022 at 11:25 AM

I am hoping to go one full year without missing a daily blog. So far I haven’t missed a day since August 22, 2021. I did a blog or a few before I started daily entries, so I will hit 365 before I get the full year in. This is blog number 331.

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Strymon Requested

Posted on June 30, 2022 at 10:00 AM

I am pleased that some of my readers are already requesting Strymon’s book and I haven’t even decided on a title yet. I have written a few snippets of the book. I will be delivering ANISSI to a reader who lives close enough to do so. It is interesting that ANISSI has resulted in many sales of my other books. I have only a few of A PALETTE OF VERSE...

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Manito Park

Posted on June 29, 2022 at 2:30 PM

The Inland Northwest Writers Guild held a social event in Manito Park yesterday. We were encouraged to bring our books to display. I did so, and to my surprise, I sold three books. I wasn’t planning on that and only displayed one of each of the 5books I have published. I hope that I will be able to continue selling books this year. It has been a long dr...

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Yard Sale Book-signing (day 3)

Posted on June 28, 2022 at 10:40 AM

This last weekend just keeps on giving. I sold thirteen books between the two days. Yesterday (Monday) one of the people that bought one of my books called and requested two of the other books. He read SINON OF KIRRA, and said he like it and wanted to get MENTU THE NUBIAN and ANISSI. Color me happy some more. Several people took my business card, so there cou...

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Yard Sale Book-signing (day 2)

Posted on June 28, 2022 at 12:45 AM

We were going to do just a one day sale, but Sunday morning we decided we could do a second, shorter day. It turned out to be worth it. We reduced our clutter some AND I sold more books. For the weekend, I sold 13 books; at a yard sale…a yard sale. Not used books…new books written by me. I am blown away by that. Typically, yard sales are visited b...

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Yard Sale Book-signing

Posted on June 26, 2022 at 10:00 AM

We had a great day for a yard sale yesterday. After a very cold and windy spring, it was a relief to have good weather all day. One of the highlights for me was selling ten books (all signed, of course). My favorite part of doing a yard sale is meeting interesting people. We met several of them yesterday, including a past student who stopped by just to say he...

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Book Signing Event

Posted on June 25, 2022 at 9:35 AM

Today, as part of our yard sale, I will be doing an onsite book-signing, offering my books for $10 each (including tax). If you are in Spokane Valley today between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm and want a signed and personalized copy of any of my books, you can find me at 304 N. Adams Rd. (a couple blocks west of Sullivan and three blocks north of Sprague.) I will also...

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SALES !

Posted on June 24, 2022 at 10:05 AM

I shipped eleven ANISSI books yesterday. I will ship four more today. I also delivered all five books I have written to a friend who wanted the set. We are doing a yard sale tomorrow and last time I sold a few books in that sale. Maybe I can sell a few this time too. I also had a request from one of my readers to be added to the monthly newsletter list. I am ...

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ANISSI Arrives!

Posted on June 23, 2022 at 10:20 AM

Yesterday, ANISSI came to my house. I have the books and have started getting them ready to ship to those who have been patiently waiting. I am pleased with the final product of my busy mind. I will not be able to do book signings in book stores, because the high cost of printing combined with the book store’s 40 percent would result in a 24 cent loss o...

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More Interest is Exciting

Posted on June 22, 2022 at 9:20 AM

I am having more people contacting me about my books and how they can get them. This is very exciting! I was also informed that ANISSI should be ready for pick up this afternoon. I have a waiting list of those wanting that book. I am still a very small scale publisher, but since my promotion efforts are Facebook, presentations I have been invited to make and ...

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Story Generators

Posted on June 21, 2022 at 11:05 AM

I have, in the early stages of my writing journey, tried several ‘story generators’. Scrivener and Dramatica Pro are two such generators. While they taught me certain things about writing a story, they didn’t work for me, as I kept drifting away from the systemic approach. I have found that my best process is to meet a character or character...

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Where Does the Joy Come From?

Posted on June 20, 2022 at 4:10 PM

What is it about writing that pleases me so much? I am thinking that there are characters in my head that have stories that need to be told. Part of it is that when I am creating, my life has more purpose than when I am not. In one sense it seems to delay my mortality, both because I am busy creating and because what I am creating will live on beyond me....

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Strymon is Back

Posted on June 19, 2022 at 9:15 AM

I am finding that with all that is going on at my house right now (new flooring and appliances), I am finding time to write, because I have to be available to answer questions, so the shop will have to wait. Strymon has been in the wings for too long and is insisting that I make some progress on his story. I still don’t know any more than Sinon and Ment...

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Journey versus Destination

Posted on June 18, 2022 at 9:55 AM

One thing I have said many times to my students was “You never fail until you stop trying.” I think it is the same for writing. It is a journey with many points of interest along the way, but no destination unless you stop writing. Those points of interest include rejection letters (if you go the traditional route), the first book printed and in y...

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Confessions of a Visual Writer

Posted on June 17, 2022 at 11:00 AM

At a recent Inland Northwest Writers Guild meeting, the discussion on ‘pantsing’ versus planning turned to the sources of inspiration. Several members discussed awaking in the night with clear, dream-inspired scenes, images and/or themes. The need to get up and put those things on ‘paper’ (computer screen) in order to not lose them was...

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The Blog Goal

Posted on June 16, 2022 at 10:10 AM

I have not missed a daily blog since August 22. My goal is to go one full year without missing a day. This is the time of year that it gets harder to manage that. I did several blogs before I moved to daily, so this blog (#316) includes the ones I did before beginning daily blogging. I do consider these blogs to be part of my writing journey, along with the m...

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Wanna Zoom?

Posted on June 15, 2022 at 11:00 AM

I am considering doing a zoom meeting with anyone who has read my blogs, newsletters, or books and would be willing to discuss those things with me. I have so enjoyed the questions and exchanges at the presentations I have made to several groups lately, that I would love to replicate that with anyone who has read my material and has questions or would like to...

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Positive Responses

Posted on June 14, 2022 at 10:10 AM

A couple of days ago I was inspired to write the prologue for STYRMON. I was going for a particular response from future readers. I sent it to the members of my critique group and two responses have come back with exactly the response I was hoping to get. This excites me for moving forward with the next book. I haven’t decided on the exact title yet. Fo...

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Rain

Posted on June 13, 2022 at 9:40 AM

Weather has been a became a consideration in my books. I was writing along with SINON OF KIRRA, when it suddenly occurred to me that I had them enjoying sunny dry days all the time. I did have the ship dealing with winds and choppy seas. At that point I introduced the rainy days and later a violent storm. Since then, I have paid more attention to weather and ...

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