Linda Louise Rigsbee

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Halloween surprise.

Today’s Friday Fictioneer Photo Prompt by Jeff Arnold.


“Chess,” She frowned. “I didn’t say Chest.”

Of course she didn’t want me to play with her chest. I laughed.

“I was hoping for something more like Halloween….”

She gave me a seductive smile and I eagerly followed her into the bedroom. When she turned to me, her her smile broadened, revealing eye teeth that were much longer than the others.

I ordered my body to run, but it didn’t respond.

I was relieved to wake in my bed. It was only a nightmare. Something tickled my neck and when I wiped it, there was blood on my hand.


The Chain

I had no idea why they put the chain where it was. Obviously it was anchored too far away to keep the door from opening. It’s only purpose appeared to be piquing my curiosity.

I climbed over the chain and paused in front of the door. When I touched it, the door moved. It wasn’t locked!

I held my breath as I cautiously opened one side of the door. Something moved. Too late, I realized the chain wasn’t there to hold anything inside. It was there to keep me out of the room – for my safety.ceayr-purple-door-ff


As I sorted through my mail, I noticed a solicitation for roadside assistance insurance. Having recently returned from a road trip, it caught my interest. I opened it and began sorting through the pages of information. When I didn’t find a price, it went to the trash can. I was short of time and patience.

It occurred to me that marketing my books wasn’t much different. I realize the rationale behind all the paperwork in the envelope was to sell me on the product before they offered the price. The fact is; it doesn’t matter if the offer is a bargain when I simply don’t have the money. I realize that everyone isn’t on a fixed income, but hopefully they do have a budget. If I want to put my books in their budget, I need to cut the chaff and make my price available up front.

Here is where I have an advantage. I not only sell large variety of books, but I have special interest items as well. In addition to professionally bound books, I have handcrafted books. But there is no reason everyone couldn’t have some kind of advantage. An attractive booklet can be printed and stapled together at the spine with little cost involved. It can be tucked into a purse or pocket and it is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate writing ability. A flash fiction story relating to a book topic might be a possibility. For me, perhaps a sign stating “books – $3 to $15” would help.

As writers, we should keep in mind that we are not selling books. We are selling our creativity. That creativity must be advertised to entice the reader – after all, isn’t that what we are doing with our book covers? But no one wants to be enticed, only to discover they cannot afford the product.

What’s your sign?


A Dog’s Day

Friday Fictioneers Photo Prompt for January 3, by Rochelle Wisoff-fields

Friday Fictioneers Photo Prompt for January 3, by Rochelle Wisoff-fields

Being a dog, it is naturally assumed I can’t climb a tree. Ha! Little do they know. You can do anything you set your mind to – even if you’re just a dog. All you really need is motivation. I’ve seen the cat do it many times and I thought, hey, why not me? So, I chased the cat right up that tree. It wasn’t as easy as it looked. So, here I am, up in the tree. I’m thinking this might not have been my best inspiration. I’m sure I’ll get down…somehow. Maybe if I do my pitiful whine…



Kudos to Dad – Memoir

Feb 28, 2013 Friday Fictioneer photo prompt by Beth Carter

Feb 28, 2013 Friday Fictioneer photo prompt by Beth Carter

Dad wasn’t frugal. He was creative. He often said “I’d rather make something than buy it.” He made an eight cylinder engine into four – and then back again when it wouldn’t lug the big Buick around. He made a tractor using parts from a motorcycle and water heater. It had to be parked facing downhill to clutch start, but otherwise it worked. A junkyard was a treasure chest for him. In the end, it came as no surprise that he was buried in the coffin he made. Charles Mecham’s legacy was three creative girls, an octolin he invented, and priceless memories.

Formatting Your Manscript for Home Publishing

As I indicated in my first Home-Publishing blog, this second blog will instruct on formatting your book to publish at home. I will do a live demonstrate of the following procedure at the June 9 meeting of the Elkins Writer’s Group.

I use Microsoft Office 2003. The menu may be different on other versions, but they are capable of doing the same thing. Take the time to browse your menus. A little time spent today could be a lot saved when you are in a hurry.
Open a book manuscript – or start a new one using the following setup.
In the file, go to File and then Page Setup.
On the Paper tab, select size – Legal (8-1/2×14).
On the Margins tab, change margins to:
Top 0.6, bottom 0.5, inside 0.7, outside 0.5.
Gutter Position should be Left and Page Orientation should be Portrait.
Click on OK.
Next click on Insert and select Page Numbers. Position should be Top of Page (header). Alignment : Left. Uncheck “show number on first page” and then click on OK
Now go to the Header on page 2. Double click on it and click on right alignment. Type your name. On page 3 do the same, but click on Left Alignment and type the title of your book. Close header and footer tab and click anywhere on the page.
The last thing in the page formatting is to select all the text in the manuscript. Use the shortcut Ctrl A (hold down Ctrl key and press A) Now change the font to 20 point – I use Arial.
At this point you will know your page count.
Save this file as (be sure to use SAVE AS and not SAVE). Name the new file something that indicates it is the home published version. I use Title-4on1 because when I print it, I want it to be 4 pages on one.
I’ll stop here and wait for any questions.  The next lesson will be on formatting the forward. Be sure to come back for that one. There is a reason I do it separately.

Home Publishing

In the 1990’s, I developed a method of home publishing my books.  There were POD’s back then, but in general, self-publishing was expensive with limited options.  Publishing has come a long way since then.  Even so, I still enjoy home publishing as a craft.  It’s a quick, easy, economical way to whip a book together for friends and relatives. It isn’t an economical way to publish, though, as it’s labor intensive.   I sell my craft as “quality handcrafted books” from my website and at craft shows.  People usually mistake them for the real deal, missing the appreciation of a craft.  Is this a wise use of my time?  Probably not, but self-indulgence is tolerable in small doses.

This is my introductory blog in home publishing. I hope other writers will find it helpful and enjoyable.  I welcome feedback and questions.

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