Mind Sieve 4/25/21

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Jacques CoverNews/MusingsMini Movie/TV ReviewsBook Mockup

Greetings, all!
Life happened so the rhythm I’d gotten into went out the window. Let’s see if I can get back on track! 😁

The newsletter peeps voted and below is the cover I’ll be using for the 10K novelette called “Jacques.” The novelette will be a free gift for anyone leaving a review for Black Jade once it’s released. (Want to vote or get things early? Subscribe!)


The Black Jade – A Daiyu Wu Mystery edit is complete. Huzzah! ✨

Charles Bernard, my cover artist, finished his read-through (he actually reads the novel before he works on a cover! That’s dedication!) and should have some renderings for me to look at in a week or two. Squee!

Pre-orders are live for B&N and Kobo as those don’t hurt sales number algorithms and will count as release date sales. Amazon doesn’t work the same way, so I will be putting it there for pre-order around 5/20/21 once I have the cover. (Can only do the ebook for pre-order, so trade paperbacks will be live on 6/20/21.)
Publishing is a giant juggling act. 🤹‍♀️ Lol. (Not for the faint of heart!) 😆

The back Matter for the novel is below. (Trying to shamelessly whet your appetite!) 😆I plan to share some sample chapters as the live date approaches. Bwahahaha!

Black Jade – A Daiyu Wu Mystery

Could an old-fashioned ballgown be used to commit murder?

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Mind Sieve 3/21/21

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1) News/Musings

2) Mini Movie Reviews

3) Movie/TV Trailers

4) Just For Fun


Got all sorts of stuff going on for you this week.

Enjoy! 😄


My editor has started work on Black Jade. I am super pumped that things are finally moving forward. ✨

Huzzah!I found out about a Cozy Mystery anthology the 20K50 folks are going to put out in late 2021. I’m currently trying to work on a short story to submit to them that includes the characters from the upcoming book. I’ll let you know how that goes. 😁

One neat thing about the anthology is that the mystery needs to involve some aspect of Halloween. I was aware of how the holiday is based on Samhain, an old pagan holiday. What I didn’t know was that in the 1930s Halloween was a totally different day than what we see today.

Back then, it was all about pranks and even riots! Multiple cities almost banned the day as people got more and more carried away and started destroying property. Luckily, people came up with the idea of sharing treats to dissuade the tricks.

You can find a cool article on Halloween and Dallas at the FlashbackDallas site. Fascinating stuff!

Remembering Rachel Caine 

Rachel Caine (AKA Roxanne Longstreet, Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, Julie Fortune, and more!) passed away late last year. She was a fellow author and a friend. I’m also a major fan of her work. (Once I find an author that pushes my buttons, I go find everything I can get my hands on. 🤓

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Virtual Tourist – Batman: Arkham Asylum 3/7/21

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Back during the holidays, there was a sale. (Like, DUH, right? 😉) I was able to pick up the three Arkham games for super cheap. 🤩 I’d not played the series before, and they’d done a revamp on the first one which was from 2009.

Anyway, there were a few awesome things I had not realized about the game series:

1) Mark Hamill – Post Star Wars, Mark Hamill played The Trickster in The Flash in 1991. (Looks like he’s done the same role again in the WB’s Flash, too!) He was great as the Trickster! Someone must have noticed because when he started doing a lot of voice acting and he got the role of the Joker in 1992 for Batman: The Animated Series. He was cast to do these games as well. Sweet!

2) Kevin Conroy – Though he’s done live-action acting, I first became aware of Mr. Conroy for his work on Batman: The Animated Series. So I was super pumped to see he was doing Batman’s voice in these games as well. Yay! 🥰

3) There’s a lot of stuff out there that ignores all the comic book history on a lot of characters. But the designers of Batman: Arkham Asylum did their homework. As you play the game, you even get character bios showing their first appearance in the DC Comics and other info as well. Kudos to them for that!

Anyway, time for pics!

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Mind Sieve 2/21/21

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News/MusingsMovie ReviewsMovie/TV TrailersJust for Fun


Trying to add a TOC to make things easier for everyone. This is also seemingly helpful for SEO. Still haven’t figured out how to make anchors work with blocks, so you will have to scroll. Sorry!

I found a cool site where you can copy/paste emojis into almost anything. 😍

Thanks, getemoji.com! 🥳


For the past week, I’ve been working on the website’s SEO. SEO = search engine optimization. Some of the tweaks help with how the search results actually look like. Of the 70+ pages on the site (this does not include blog posts), I am about 2/3’s through.

Why is this Important? See the pic below…

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Mind Sieve 2/7/21

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, the term Mind Sieve should sound familiar. They used to come out every Monday. In these posts, I shared movie trailers, social media/marketing, writing life, and other off bits.

The old logo for these is below.

The last one of these I did was back in May 2017

By that point, the day job was getting the best of me, and something had to go. (It’s funny. I thought I gave them up a lot farther back than this! So I am not as lame as I thought! Woot!)

Anyway, I plan for them to make a comeback (but not necessarily on Mondays), so I need to think up a new logo for them. (By the way, the sunset in the background for the old logo is from a pic actually taken by yours truly.) 

The Universe is Weird!

This week I was working on finishing up the first draft of a prequel novelette (yep, it ended up longer than I meant it to! So more benefit for you! 10K words!) showing how the two protagonists of my upcoming historical cozy mystery “Black Jade” met.

The reason for the prequel is not only to share the fun of how their paths crossed but also as a thank you gift for anyone who sends me a link to a review of the book once it comes out. (If the editor, the cover artist, and I stay on schedule, I am hoping for a release of June 2021! I will keep you posted!)

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Virtual Tourist - Assassin's Creed Origins 12/6/20

Good morning!

Let's see if I can pull this off. This will be the first time I am doing a virtual tourist right from the newsletter rather than the blog. Should be interesting! :P

Also, since I tend to take a LOT of pics, I'm uploading more than what you see each session and trying to pick the best ones to share. So if you want to see the ones I do not end up sharing, you can check them out here

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