Monthly Archives: December 2015

A Couple of Interesting Cover-Building Blogs


yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

Ten annoying things successful people do before breakfast

Idle blogs of an idle fellow

Did anyone see the recent article outlining 10 things successful people do before breakfast? You can probably guess it wasn’t sleep like normal people. It was the sort of thing that exposes your own grappling with the morning gloom, having overslept again, as less than satisfactory. As if you needed reminding.

The main thrust was ‘do you aspire to have the pizzazz (whatever that is) of Heidi Klum? The inventive streak of Martha Stewart? The $US3.1 billion net worth of Starbucks head honcho Howard Schultz?’ Well, it turns out that waking up a few hours earlier could be the secret. To be honest I’d rather have another hour’s sleep, but that isn’t what thrusted the western world from darkness into the industrial age.

The thing is, it’s about the pursuit of wealth, and pizzazz of course. But what’s wealth if it can’t buy an extra hour in bed? Everyone is obsessed with money…

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Top 5 Tips for New Indie Romance Authors

Source: Top 5 Tips for New Indie Romance Authors

Santa Came To Visit…

So Santa dropped by to our office Christmas Eve get-together yesterday to visit the kids.


Santa Claus 2015


Fun was had by all.

Merry Christmas to all of you good folks. Hope you have a happy festive season!

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

New Book Promotion 2016 – Books that are Discounted or FREE

Some dietary notes…

No – I am NOT going to turn this into a dietary blog – but I am trying to get my ducks in a row for this coming new year.

I’m looking at…

1) Huge breakfast.  Big lunch.  Tiny dinner.  (This is extremely important.)

2) No snacking between meals.

3) Diet should be 40% carbs, 40% healthy fats, 20% protein.  Most North Americans eat something like 60%-70% carbs, which is a big root of the obesity problem.

4) Absolutely no unhealthy fats, especially trans fats.  (Pretty much all plant-based fats fall into this category, except unheated olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and avocado oil.)

5) Carbohydrates without fiber spike insulin, which is what causes rapid weight gain.  So try to eat carbs that come *with* fiber.  Fruit is okay; fruit juice is not.  Vegetables are great.  Whole grains or starchy vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots) are okay, but better not to eat them if you’re actively trying to lose weight.  White grains (like pasta) will do exactly the same thing to your insulin as a candy bar.


yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

New Years pondering…“Eat Like A Predator, Not Like Prey”: br /The Paleo Diet In Six Easy Steps, br /A Motivational Guide

“How does the paleo diet work?” Here’s the simple, solid, and strongly motivational step-by-step guide. You can do this!

Source: “Eat Like A Predator, Not Like Prey”: br /The Paleo Diet In Six Easy Steps, br /A Motivational Guide

Any Icelanders Out There?


Any Icelanders out there?

Because I may have to immigrate.

Yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

Want to Hear a Steve Vernon Short Story?

“A Fine Sacrifice” was originally published in chapbook format and is VERY hard to find.

Just last year the folks at PSUEDOPOD released the story as an audio-tale and if you like you can give it a listen right now. It’s short and I do not believe that you will ever look at a baseball bat the same way again.


Yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon


How To Build Your Author Brand…

My books are – unfortunately – all over the map. I’ve got some horror novels. I have got some folklore collections. Some YA novels. Some biblical pastiche.

I am ALL over the map.

So I wonder about this sometimes – if I need to try to build myself a bit more of an author’s brand.


This article says it a whole better than I do.

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon