Halifax’s Biggest Bellydance and Book Yard Sale!

Hey Halifax!
I want to tell you about my big book and bellydance yard sale this Saturday – July 26. My wife, Belinda, is selling off a ton of bellydance costumes and accessories. Bangles, coins, beads, fabric – costumes of all shapes and sizes. Swords. An Aquaman and Mera costume. A Woody (from Toy Story) costume.

If that doesn’t set your costume-loving hearts thumping then let me tell you about the books and dvd’s. A ton of YA books and horror and some fantasy and scifi – at bargain basement prices. I’m letting the books go at 25 cents a piece or 10 for a dollar. The dvd’s are mostly oddball hard-to-find horror movies and I am letting them go for a buck a piece.

This IS the yard sale you want to go to.

Yup – that’s me and my wife – and that IS my actual hair. Just click the picture and it will take you right to my Facebook Event.


Yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon



Day 21 at Camp NaNoWriMo – I Ain’t No Sissy-Wuss…

The original rock and roller…

I passed the 34000 word mark this weekend.

That is over 2/3 of the way through my 50000 word manuscript target.

This is the hard part of the storytelling. Like Sisyphus, I have been pushing this rock up that hill all month long and gravity and momentum and my aged sinew are all beginning to tell on me.

This is where the going gets tough.

This isn’t just about Camp NaNoWriMo.

This is about novel writing in general. You line up any ten people at a writers convention and at least half of them have about twelve unfinished novels sitting up in a pyramid of shoeboxes scrawled on fistfuls of yellowed foolscap with a little sticky note on top of each of those shoeboxes reading – I GOT TO GET ROUND TO THIS ONE OF THESE DAYS!

Round TuitBut this isn’t just about novel writing, either.

Any damn thing that you have been MEANING to get around to doing – go and do it now.

Fuck the bucket list.

Make your dreams a reality now.

Start small. Run to big. Huge is going to happen.

Write that novel.

Say those words you mean to say to that person you mean to say.

Do it now!

Get your ass to the gym.

Mow the lawn.

Climb Mount Everest, bare naked, yodelling, in grease paint!

Don’t be a Sissy-Wuss!

yours in storytelling

Steve Vernon

PS – I just hit the 35000 word mark. I’m behind on my quota. The rock is getting heavier but I am going to lean on in and look for an elevator.

You can follow my progress over at Camp NaNoWriMo, if you’d like.

Quotes from Horror Greats: Clive Barker

Steve Vernon:

Any Clive Barker fans out there?

Originally posted on Harlow's Museum of Horror and Delights:

“Writing about the unholy is one way of writing about what is sacred. ”- Clive Barker

“Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work.” ― Clive Barker

“Welcome to the worst nightmare of all, reality!”― Clive Barker

“So we make stories of our own, in fevered and envious imitation of our Maker, hoping that we’ll tell, by chance, what God left untold. And finishing our tale, come to understand why we were born.”
― Clive Barker

“It is great good health to believe as the Hindus do that there are 33 million gods and goddesses in the world. It is great good health to want to understand one s dreams. It is great good health to desire the ambiguous and paradoxical. It is sickness of the profoundest kind to believe that there is one reality. There is sickness in any piece…

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DAY 18 at Camp NaNoWriMo – Seven Secrets to Becoming A Better Writer

TWO THOUSAND WORDS today – and that was wrapped around a whole mess of housework as well. That brings me up to 33,700 words. Today the second half of the book took shape without me even knowing how it happened.

In the second half of the book the voice turned from first person to third in a very natural way. It means that when I revise the second draft I will have to rewrite the first draft in third person – I expect – but that is just fine. The plot developments have REALLY got me excited.

So – without further ado – here are my seven secrets to becoming a better writer.








I would elaborate more upon this – however, I have plans this evening. I need to go and buy some cinder blocks at Kent and we’re going to have some fish and chips as well.

So I am just waiting for my wife to come home from work.

I promise to write a bit more about this list in the next few days.

I will say one thing. EVEN if you can’t write everyday – AIM to. Just the simple act of saying to yourself “I am going to put 300 more words on that manuscript this morning” is going to keep your engine running – even on the mornings when you have go and put out one of those many fires that life and circumstances love to set.

In the meantime, why don’t you take a look at this super-cool periodic table of storytelling?

Click one of those elements and see what it has to say.

And it is funny – but I just cannot look at a periodic table these days without thinking of BREAKING BAD.


yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon


Day 16 at Camp NaNoWriMo – A 30,000 Word Celebration

How many of you folks out there have watched FINDING NEMO?

Hands down, all of you steampunkish Jules Verne fans.

That isn’t the NEMO that I am talking about.

Captain NemoI’m talking about that Rosie O’Donnell voiced fish with the Aphasiatic tendencies.

“Just keep swimming,” that fish would say.

That is deep.

That is at least twenty thousand leagues deep.

All right. So maybe I am reaching by about nineteen thousand nine hundred ninety nine and nine-tenth of a league – but you try to brilliant this early in the morning.

Sometimes the words aren’t going to be wonderful.

Sometimes you’ll think that your words are absolute crap.

Sometimes your inner muse is going to sit there on that fence and just thumb her nose and maybe spit on you and kick you a few times if you are lucky.

Never mind the muse.

Never mind awaiting upon the spark of inspiration.

You don’t go to work and tell your boss that you have got “WORKER’S BLOCK” no matter how badly you feel about going to that day job. You just get up off of your ass and you go do it – on account of you are inordinantly fond of that whole concept of keeping a roof over your head.

Treat your writing with that same sort of matter-of-fact intensity.


Just keep writing.

Just keep swimming.

You get this deep and nothing will look clear – so don’t trust your judgement. Don’t over-think. Get this first draft done.

Just keep writing.

Just keep swimming.


I added another 800 words on Day 16. That brought my average daily word count down to 1612 – which is about the original quota I started at.

It also put me over the 30000 word mark – which is why I want to celebrate.

I’ve still got another 20,000 words to go – but so long as I just keep on writing I expect to get there by the end of the month.

But I want to celebrate.

Just a couple of weeks ago I released my short story collection DO-OVERS AND DETOURS in e-book format. The book was originally released in trade paperback and hardcover format by Dark Regions Press. I have hung onto the e-book rights because I prefer to handle those myself and I set the price at $2.99 a copy.

I didn’t do any promotion – which is always a mistake but I knew I did not have the time to give to any promotion if I wanted to hit my July Camp NaNoWriMo deadline. So the e-book sold a few copies but it mostly sank – about 20,000 leagues beneath the Amazon.

You like that?

I thought about that line for ten whole seconds before writing it.


For the rest of the month DO-OVERS AND DETOURS is available on Amazon for a mere 99 cents.

I apologize for the punky cover but I did not have much of a budget to run with this month.


There are eighteen stories and over two hundred pages of some of the wildest storytelling you could ever imagine. There’s a couple of my favorite stories in there and it is sure to give some of you writer-folks some inspiration for your own work.

If you would like to help me celebrate my 30,000 word mark PLEASE pick up a copy of DO-OVERS AND DETOURS. At 99 cents it is cheaper than a cup of lousy cold coffee. How can you pass up sweet words like that?


Available at Amazon.com

Available at Amazon.co.uk

Available at Amazon.ca

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon


80 (Short) Facts About Being an Indie Author (Part 2 and Part 3)

Originally posted on Knite Writes:

[Facts 1 through 16]

Regarding Reviews…

17.) There will be people who love your books and say so in wonderful 5-star reviews.

18.) There will be people who love your books and say so in wonderful 4-star reviews and who will not explain why they took off a star.

19.) There will be people who love your books and say so in wonderful 4-star reviews and who will mention they took off a star for the weirdest reasons you can imagine.

20.) There will be people who like your books and say so in great 4-star reviews.

21.) There will be people who dislike your books and give you a 4-star review anyway for unstated reasons.

22.) There will be people who think your books are average and say so in 3-star reviews.

23.) There will be people who like your books yet give you 3-star reviews for…

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80 (Short) Facts About Being an Indie Author (Part 1)

Steve Vernon:

For those folks who have wondered just what it means to be an indie writer…

Originally posted on Knite Writes:

Regarding Sales…

1.) Your first book will sell 5 copies in its first month. If you’re very lucky.

2.) Your first book will sell 50 copies in its first year, if you’re even luckier.

3.) Your second book will cause your first book to sell slightly better. If it’s a sequel.

4.) If your second book isn’t a sequel, both your first and second book will sell…probably nothing.

5.) You might start seeing an uptick in your overall sales numbers…once you hit book 5 or 6.

6.) More likely, you won’t see any sales increase until you get somewhere around book 10. If you ever see a sales increase at all.

7.) You will see sales when you run ads with certain popular ad sites (like Kindle Books & Tips and Ereader News Today).

8.) Unless all of those sites are Bookbub, the sales tail won’t last but a few…

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