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Misunderstanding the Written Word



“So?” Such a simplistic, concise question. It invites the other party to explain their previous comments or to continue with their dialogue. Upon hearing this word one normally takes the tone of the speaker into consideration along with body language should they be face-to-face. But, in written form, such as, texting, emailing, on Facebook or other social network settings, the emotion of the writer cannot and should not be inferred. The only exception would be if there were emoticons or other sentences which expressly state a specific intent.

Take it at face value. Do not try to add your emotions to the written word. Thinking that the question “So?” is somehow snarky or argumentative only goes to show how insecure the thinker is. Approach the question as if in an everyday conversation without malice and answer it as such.

I have seen way too many posting wars due to one or both parties placing emotion on questions or statements that simply was not there or the intent of the posting party. Stop doing that. Why assume that every time you are asked a question that you are being challenged in some way? Some folks are not as wordy or well-spoken as you and have difficulty expressing themselves with the written word. Let it go. Respond in a simple and what you think is a polite manner and leave it be.

And, for goodness sakes do not tell the other person that you thought your original message was clear. Obviously, it was not for the person asking the question. Why pick a fight when one was not being initiated? None of us are mind readers. Your thought process may have been going in an entirely different direction than the other person.

So much discord could be avoided if we tried to be nice to one another.


Author L. Bachman


March 26, 2016

CTC – Welcome! Today I am pleased to present an interview with L. Bachman, author of Painted Mayham, Maxwell Demon, and Human Ouija.

Theyre not clowning around          Maxwell demon cover          Human Ouija Cover

So, let’s get to it! What do you think makes a good story?

LB – Depth. Whether it’s a character’s depth, emotional depth, or a world’s depth. One of the best and biggest responses so far that I’ve gotten from readers and reviewers is the depth in emotion within the stories I’ve written. I take this as a high compliment because that is after all how I can connect to a reader, through the emotions. For me, depth is what makes a good story. I like pulling a reader in, wrapping them in a blanket, and taking them on a journey.

CTC – What does your family think of your writing?

LB – Overall, they are supportive. I’m surprised by this to say the least. I’ve had them buy my books, give me their reviews of the things I do, and I appreciate that they don’t just ask for free things, but support in a way that helps support the indie community, a way that’s supportive of the creative arts.

CTC – Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

LB – I usually start with asking myself a question, like what if or I wonder, from there I give myself some time to think it out further. If I don’t understand something fully or get curious about a possibility I will do some research to flush out my knowledge and ideas better, this usually helps me understand what I’m doing better. I also try and approach as a reader, since I am one, and while I work I ask myself, ‘Does this make sense?’ If it doesn’t, I will push myself to understand more or work it out until it makes sense to at least me.

CTC – When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

LB – I was reading one of my favorite books and realized that I could probably do ‘it’ too. I didn’t know if I was very good, but I wanted to at least try.

CTC – How long does it take you to write a book?

LB – It really boils down to things happening that may cause delays. Every story/book is different. With Human Ouija, the recent short I released, I came up with the idea for it in 2015, but every time I attempted to write I would run into an invisible wall in my progress and would stop. I decided to put it on my infamous back burner for projects and in January 2016, it was like lightning struck me and I finished it within a week then flushed it out, got it edited. With The Blasphemer Series: Maxwell Demon, I wrote it in a month and before I could release it I became ill and its original spring release date was postponed. At one point, I wasn’t sure if I’d even get it out because of how things had begun to fall, but in August 2015, I got it released. I wrote it’s follow-up Harvest within a month and half, but it’s still in the marathon run that is indie publishing process, it’s being edited and I gave it a rough estimation of what I hope to get it released, August 2015. The short that will appear in Painted Mayhem in March 2016, I wrote it within a couple weeks, the one I have in And the World Will Burn anthology took a few weeks as well, but short stories work out faster if I let the story come to me instead of trying to force a story out.

So, for a clearer answer, it varies.

CTC – What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

LB – Busy. I work best under pressure, which may sound odd, but it works for me. Too much free time or leeway and I’ll become lazy on a project, unless lightening hits me. When I start writing, I will write for hours and hours with minimal breaks. Breaks can be anything from a few minutes to up to two hours before I’ll close a document out for the day. Often times, when I’m writing I cannot stop and work on another writing project. I’ll become too muddled or my writings will start crossing over language or phrasing-wise, and that is not good for what I’m doing so it’s best for me to focus on one thing at a time.

CTC – What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

LB – I like reading, sometimes I get stressed out and play games, but mostly spend time with my family and friends to break all that up.

CTC – What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

LB – As an Indie, it was the entire business side of things that we have to deal with, but beyond that was not to be so hard on myself. I’ve never hidden how I’ve gotten close to finishing a project, within a chapter even, and just throw half of it away and start fresh. I’ve learned that this makes many cringe, but that is me, that is me being too hard on myself, but the end result is something I’m happy with and readers seem to like as well.

CTC – How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

LB – I’ve written several things, but published to date two, a short story and the first book of my series The Blasphemer Series. I don’t really have a favorite book/story I’ve written, but I do have favorite characters. I absolutely love GoodWitch Sophia, she is in Maxwell Demon and will re-appear in Harvest, the second book in the series. I’ve also fallen hard for my Dire Werewolf, who appears in Harvest, named Ghost. I also really like Billy, but I cannot say much about him because he’s part of a top-secret project I’m doing with Kindra Sowder of Burning Willow Press.

CTC – Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

LB – Write what you love and the readers will find you, I’ve heard a few authors say this, but it was my favorite author Anne Rice that said something similar that really struck me. I felt a weight lift off me hearing her wisdom, I knew then that if I loved something enough a reader would see it, appreciate it, and my quality of the work will shine through.

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Lynn Bachman photo     Human Ouija is part of a branch out project of The Blasphemer Series. It’s a collection of stories giving voice to characters mentioned in The Blasphemer Series.







The Will To Survive Is Strong


Enduring Armadgeddon

The world has been devastated by an all-out nuclear war. Chuck Broussard and his wife, Rebecca, live in an apartment on the outskirts of Chicago. When their neighborhood encounters its first zombie-like radiation victim, Chuck decides it’s time for them to leave the area and head south. Neither Chuck, who was a financial advisor, nor his wife, who was a school teacher, know anything about survival.

Parker’s novel, Enduring Armageddon takes us through the challenges and horrors that the Broussards endure to survive and move on through this post-apocalyptic landscape. The story is told from Chuck’s point of view. We watch him struggle to come to terms with the new rules of society while learning to do whatever it takes to keep his wife and new found friends alive.

The book is well written and edited. The story requires a suspension of belief and has a lot of graphic violence. The reader rides a rollercoaster of emotions. It’s refreshing in the fact that this is a story of someone who isn’t prepared for the end of the world and yet they manage to find their way. 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Will you make it to the shelter?


Shelter Cover

Billionaire Will Hargraves has built and stocked the ultimate underground survival shelter. He has personally selected people from all walks of life and with varied abilities to join him in this shelter when the SHTF. Among them are his daughter, Chris, and his protégé, Mark Teller.

When the unthinkable happens the chosen few are alerted to come to the shelter. The book follows the invited dwellers on their journeys to get to the shelter, and, their coming together as a community. But, will everyone make it there on time? And, what horrors have arisen in the post-apocalyptic world?

Bird’s first novel, Shelter, Humanity Abides Book One, starts out as a good ultimate prepper’s survival book. The characters are introduced and developed throughout the book. The plot is plausible and has a good pace. It does require a suspension of belief to let the twist of genetics meld in with the story.

Shelter is well written with few grammatical errors. It is an easy read and nicely sets up book two. 4 out of 5 stars.

Will Earth Survive?



Stolen Eyes Cover

Jackie is one of the few women left and the only one that Bianca wants. To save Earth Jackie agrees to be bait for Bianca once again. But, this time the device to destroy Bianca could also destroy Jackie by aging her 75 years at detonation. Will she succeed? Will she survive?

In the second book of the The Nanobot Wars, Stolen Eyes continues the story of Jackie, an orphaned sixteen year old girl with her crew of young boys trying to survive the best they can in this post-apocalyptic world. It seamlessly mixes familiar characters with new. As with the first book in the series, there is a lot of raw emotion from the teenagers as they struggle to find their place in this ever changing environment.

Farrell lures you in with her captivating story telling ability and does not disappoint. I was both elated and saddened by the plot twists as they unfolded. My heartstrings were definitely pulled by the sacrifices that were made, and I laughed out loud at some of the lighter moments. This book was a quick read for me since I was eager to see what would happen next.

Stolen Eyes was very well written and edited. I would definitely recommend it with only one warning – there are a couple of very descriptive sex scenes that would not be suitable for younger readers. 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.