Category Archives: Getting started

Ink Slinger Books

I was recently so excited to receive an invitation to Ink Slinger Books. They have awesome anthologies that I am lucky to have been able to read and now I can contribute as well. This is an amazing opportunity and I’m so grateful to my new friend, A.J. Armitt. Check out his books; you won’t be disappointed.

Weight Watcher

I have a new short story out. You can get it here on Amazon for just 99 cents. It’s called Weight Watcher and it’s not your typical horror but like the others, it does have a little something extra. I hope you enjoy it.

What I’ve Been Up To

Other than trying to work and all that, I recently had a short, flash fiction piece accepted in the Fall 2012 issue of From the Depths from Haunted Waters Press. That is exciting and I’ll let you know when it is published. It was from a contest I entered and it is a mere 13 words long.

I am also working on a short story that I wrote recently. It needs cleaning up, a few eyes other than my own and all that but I do like it. It is called Weight Watcher and look for it to come out soon.

Moving on Up

I thought I’d try out the KDP Select promo where you offer an e-book or story free for a few days. I put Make a Wish up today and it’s already showing this:

I told my husband I was #9 and he said that’s great. I said, I’m even above Rikki Tikki Tavi and he said, I can’t have that, I love that book. LOL I agree, it was one of my favorites growing up. Anyway, let’s hope this gets me some new readers that buy my other short stories too. 🙂

We Interrupt This Program

My new short story is out and you can check it out on Amazon. Keep in mind that if you have a prime membership that you can borrow it for free.  Check out We Interrupt this Program and I hope you like it. Here is the cover art.

The Lucky One Now Available

I decided to go ahead and publish The Lucky One since my other story Game Changer has been set to be published by Grave Demand Publishing. More on that later but, yay! Anyway, The Lucky One is not yet available on Amazon but should be in about 12 hours or so. Till then, I have it on Smashwords so you can get it here if you’d like. I decided to make them all $.99 because why have them free on one place and paid for on Amazon? Anyway, here is the cover art. This was done by us here at Karsun Designs. It was a photo taken by Rich and I decided to use it for the story.

Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012

This was one of the best speeches ever. I was honestly riveted for the entire 19+ minutes and in an age of being distracted so easily, that says something. If you write, paint, dance, act or make art in any way – watch this speech.

I’m on Facebook now

I know, who cares, right? However, I’ve been on Facebook for ages but wanted a separate listing for Shauna Klein other than my personal listing. My friends know me as both but I thought it’d be neat to give Ms. Klein her own little space on Facebook. However, I’m not sure talking about myself in the third person is healthy and all, it’s not like she really exists, or does she? Anyway, here is the link to find me on Facebook and I’d love if you stopped in and liked her, or me, or whatever.

Busy times!

I’ve been so busy, which is a good thing. The only bad part is that it has not been on my own stuff, it’s been on work that I need to bring in a paycheck. I did finish my one story and I haven’t published it yet because I wanted to try it out with some places I submitted it to. I’ll wait a while and see how that goes but I don’t have patience usually so to be honest, I’d like to go ahead and publish it. However, it’d be great if someone did want to publish it so I’m caught between waiting to see if that happens and wanting to just set it free and let everyone read it that wants to.

I have my next story in mind too but due to having to do other thing, I haven’t started on it yet. There’s no hurry though. I’d rather it be good than something I wrote really fast that doesn’t read well.

Wish me luck on finding that happy medium between having time to write and having enough work to keep me busy as well.

Subjectivity

I have my new story just about done but I’ve been letting some nice people read it to give me constructive criticism. This brings me to the point I’m trying to make about perception and subjectivity. Two people gave me ideas on how to fix a few things and their feedback was so very much appreciated. The last person that read it loved it just how it was sent to them and said it was their favorite story of mine so far. Funny how one person can love something and others don’t.

It’s like if I go see a movie and love it but my friend thinks it’s trash, that bugs me. I’m not sure why but it does. For instance, I loved Sucker Punch and Hunger Games. Yet my friend Melissa didn’t really care for Hunger Games and hated Sucker Punch. That still bugs me to this day.

My point is, sometimes you simply have to just take the good and the bad and grow with it. If not for the first two friends, I wouldn’t have realized my mistakes in this story. If not for the third, I wouldn’t have seen how much someone actually loved it.

I’m saving this one to submit to a couple of places before I publish it because some places won’t take anything that’s been published elsewhere. Wish me luck.