Stephen D. Lalonde

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Strymon Says...

Posted on June 12, 2022 at 9:50 AM

So I was minding my own business yesterday morning when Strymon walked into my mind and demanded that I get started on HIS book. I wrote a brief prologue and proceeded to create a STRYMON folder and the support files to get started. I am still waiting for ANISSI to come off the press, but Strymon insisted that I at least get a start, and a start is what he go...

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Ancient Mariners

Posted on June 11, 2022 at 10:35 AM

The setting for the historical novels I am writing is heavily based onboard merchant marine ships. I have expanded the size of the ships from what was common to allow for larger crews. I have spent considerable time researching what is known of those ships and what little I could find about the trading process. Beyond that I have written what seemed plausible...

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Posted on June 10, 2022 at 11:15 AM

Where do my characters come from? Each starts with a name. In the books I am writing now (historical fiction), I study lists of ancient Greek, Egyptian and Nubian names, both male and female, so that they are authentic in that respect. Then I place them into the time and place and begin a storyline. I imagine how they might function or react to the events around them. They grow in my mind as all of this is happening. Before long they become very dimensional to me. It might sound ridiculous, b...

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Cover Conversation

Posted on June 9, 2022 at 10:55 AM

At the critique group meeting yesterday, I spoke with Kristi Stalder of Stalder Books and Publishing. She has designed the covers for MENTU THE NUBIAN and ANISSI. She is going to design new covers for SINON OF KIRRA and MENTU THE NUBIAN that will match the ANISSI cover to create a matched set of the three books of that series. This will allow me to offer the ...

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Posted on June 8, 2022 at 11:35 AM

Yesterday I called Gray Dog Press to check on the progress on printing ANISSI. The cover is in the laminating process. They have been swamped with projects and difficulty with paper acquisition. I just wanted to be sure I hadn’t missed an email telling me the books were ready. My original publishing date was June 15th, and it will hopefully b...

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Posted on June 8, 2022 at 12:45 AM

In Greek mythology, the natural animals that represent danger are bears, bulls, boars and lions. Of course, there are many monsters as well; Minotaur, chimaera, satyrs, seleni, centaurs, and so many more. The creatures of fantasy are relegated to the stories of legend and myth, but as I write historical fiction, I find much of my research is around finding the real fauna and flora of that time i...

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Hurry Up and Wait

Posted on June 6, 2022 at 10:40 AM

I am in wait mode at this time. I am waiting for Gray Dog Press to call me to tell me my books are ready. I am anxiously looking forward to new covers for SINON OF KIRRA and MENTU THE NUBIAN that will have the same look as ANISSI to make a matched set. I am excited about that and the possibility of doing a Kickstarter release of the set. It would be great to ...

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Posted on June 5, 2022 at 10:40 AM

This weekend I have been at the Seaside Hamfest (amateur radio convention). It increases my interest in writing some fiction focused on amateur radio. A couple authors have done that in the past. I have read those books and they provide a realistic look at the hobby and what it can do in challenging situations. I have participated in a few of those and that m...

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Oregon Coast

Posted on June 4, 2022 at 2:15 PM

In my first novel, THE PHOENIX GIFT, the protagonist goes to Portland seeking information about her parents who died when she was very young. She was raised by an aunt and after finding out some disturbing information about her parents’ deaths, she travels to the beach near Seaside, Or, which is where I am now. The Oregon coast is truly beautiful. She f...

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Everything is Material

Posted on June 3, 2022 at 8:40 AM

My wife, Audrey, and I are heading for Seaside. It is interesting to realize that everything I do these days provides material for future writing projects. Fortunately, I have a sister taking care of our place while we are gone. I can relax and take in this trip through my author persona. For decades I have observed people; in school, in businesses, in restau...

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Writing Contests

Posted on June 2, 2022 at 11:40 AM

I am considering entering ANISSI in the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition. It will be too late for this year, but I can enter it next year. I will make that decision after I get reviews from those who read it. The cost for submitting is substantial (at least for me), but getting a positive review from one of the most respected magazines in the ...

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Magic Again

Posted on June 1, 2022 at 11:55 AM

There is no better way to express the feeling of holding a new book that I have written than magic. All of the struggle through multiple drafts, critiques, edits, cover design, front matter creation, arranging for graphic elements and then the final assembly, suddenly dissolve in the ecstasy of holding that book in my hands. I am anxiously waiting for ANISSI ...

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Posted on June 1, 2022 at 12:10 AM

ANISSI is in the print queue, and I was hopeful that it would be ready by the end of May. Since this is the 31st, it appears we are back to my original projection of June. I have a waiting list to fulfill and then I will be looking at the possibility of doing a Kickstarter campaign to see if that will work out. Other than that, the marketing will c...

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Past Influence

Posted on May 31, 2022 at 12:35 AM

A couple days ago, I attended my high school alumni banquet. Today I am reflecting on how my six years in that wonderful little town shaped me as a person and a writer. We moved there just before my seventh grade year. My dad was the music and drivers training teacher. I graduated in 1968 and went on to Eastern Washington State College (now Eastern Washington...

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My Readers

Posted on May 29, 2022 at 11:20 AM

While my marketing efforts have been limited by cost and covid, I am enjoying a following. I was at my high school alumni banquet yesterday. Several people there have read one or more of my books. I was grateful to receive very positive comments from them, although one person didn’t like the first novel. That first novel isn’t written to enjoy, bu...

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When Writing Ain't Easy

Posted on May 28, 2022 at 9:45 AM

When Writing Ain’t Easy


Some days the w...

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Posted on May 27, 2022 at 10:00 AM

This is the season of germination for flowers, vegetables, trees and writing ideas (at least for me). I keep very busy with the lawns, pool, wood shop and general maintenance this time of year. I will get back to dedicating large blocks of time to writing in the fall, when the weather reduces the need and desire to work and play outside. I have done NANOWRIMO...

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I Want to Share

Posted on May 26, 2022 at 10:00 AM

The characters speak to me. The more a storyline develops, the more the characters become dimensional as they deal with the events that boil out of my mind. Dealing with those characters and their challenges, pushes me to consider their dilemma and it reveals to me what my values, core beliefs and sense of justice are. In that sense, writing contributes to se...

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Posted on May 26, 2022 at 12:00 AM

Yesterday I found out that one of my past students is now the next principal of University High School, where I taught for 26 years. His father was hired as a teacher at UHS the same year that I was. I have literally dozens of past students who are now teachers, many of them in the same district they attended as students and some even at University High Schoo...

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Business Issues

Posted on May 24, 2022 at 11:00 AM

I have a new problem with sales. Because of the increases in costs (paper mostly), printing of ANISSI will be $6.00 a copy plus tax because I don’t sell enough copies to qualify for reseller tax deferment. I have it priced at $10.95 which is what seems appropriate compared to other books on the market. If I do a book signing at a bookstore, they will ta...

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