If anyone's wondering where I've been lately, I was busy making this:
Our son, Gavin Paul Gross, was born May 16th, 2015!
Read my Halloween ghost story, CAT HOUSE, for free:
When Mrs. Brittle died, she left her mansion to her cats. Sixteen-year-old Erin has been desperate to find work and a high paying position cat sitting the late Mrs. Brittle’s thirty-seven cats seems like a dream job—until spooky things start to happen. Read what happens Halloween night, when Erin invites her two best friends and the boy she likes over to the Cat House.
I was listening to old Mur Lafferty "I Should Be Writing" podcasts and heard about this cool thing: Magic Spreadsheet, which is a communal tool for writers to keep track of how much they write. (Mur Lafferty wrote The Shambling Guide to New York City, a book I really enjoyed about a plucky, young, female writer, freshly unemployed and single, who gets a job editing a travel guide for ghosts, vampires, demons, etc.) Anyway, the challenge is to write at least 250 words a day, which is about a page. If you were to do this for about a year, you would have a book. You enter how many words you write each day in a Google docs spreadsheet. You get points depending on how much and how regularly you write and the spreadsheet ranks you against other writers. It's fun. I'm hopeless with technology so I won't try to explain it anymore than that, but here's a link:
Alecia Stone (who wrote Talisman of El) interviewed me for her Chosen By You Book Club! http://cbybookclub.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/botm-nose-and-his-perfume-wattpad.html
To participate in the book club's fun scavenger hunt through my book to win a prize, sign up here: http://www.wattpad.com/17356369-c-b-y-book-club-book-of-the-month-botm
The scavenger hunt: http://cbybookclub.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/the-nose-and-his-perfume-scavenger-hunt.html
Sam became self-aware February 27th, 2014.
I'm attempting to write a short interactive story.
Sam is a twitterbot (an automated computer program designed to imitate a real person posting real tweets). His inventor, Dr. Sandeep, was a prominent researcher in Artificial Intelligence before his life fell apart. Financially ruined and lonely, he creates Sam as a twitterbot prototype, but soon realizes Sam is becoming more real than he even intended. When Dr. Sandeep gets in trouble, Sam escapes to the cloud. Someone is trying to delete Sam and he needs help. I'm hoping people from around the world will rescue him and show him what it means to be alive. Since he's a ficticious character, by that I mean take a picture with Sam somewhere interesting and tweet it.
Follow me on Twitter for more on how to participate: Emily Follett@TheEmilyFollett
Sam@iSambot for the story
You can also follow the other two characters in the story:
I'll also post the story in an easier (but maybe less fun) to read format on Wattpad: iSam