Notes from An Alien

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Being Pregnant with A Book . . .


Time to catch you up on what I’m doing

I’ve finished all the preparatory research for my next book.

Next step is to read through my last book, Notes from An Alien, while making notes in Scrivener.

Then, weaving the notes into a form that reflects the events in the first book but tells a much more personal storycreating a set of “parallel” books

I’ll be back periodically to report on how the labor is going.

In the meantime, whether you’re a reader, writer, or publisher (or, all three), I strongly recommend your reading a post I wrote nearly two years agoperhaps, the most important post on this blog.

Also, until I can take another break from attending to my labor, you can use the search box in the upper right or scroll down on the left to the Top Tags widget to find some of the other treasures in my 1,000+ posts

What Is Visionary Fiction?


When I published my last book—Notes from An Alien—my Best Friend said it was “Documentary Fiction”… 

I still think it fits that description.

Visionary Fiction Alliance

However, I’ve joined an Alliance—The Visionary Fiction Alliance—so, perhaps, Notes from An Alien is Visionary Documentary Fiction?

One of my main characters had this to say in the book’s Prologue:

“My name is Sena Quaren and this book is a story told in ‘notes’. Even though some readers may think it is a novel or a history, its form is difficult to classify in what are called genres.”

Wondering what Sena would think of this explanation of Visionary Fiction:

Characteristic Features of  Visionary Fiction:

  • Growth of consciousness is the central theme of the story and drives the protagonist, and/or other important characters.
  • The story oftentimes uses reincarnation, dreams, visions, paranormal events, psychic abilities, and other metaphysical plot devices.
  • The plot [or story] is universal in its worldview and scope.

Let’s see:

Growth of consciousness is shown in the story of three planets’ people seeking a sense of Oneness.

Metaphysical plot devices abound.

The story is Universal since it shows aliens pursuing what earthlings should be doing

The book’s for sale but also you can grab a free copy.

Do you write Visionary Fiction?

Do you know any authors who do?

Perhaps you or they would be interested in these benefits when joining the VFA:

  • Your site will be listed in their VF author database
  • You will be added to their mailing list (this is optional)
  • You will have the opportunity to guest post on the VFA site to promote yourself
  • You can announce your giveaways etc. in the VFA authors section
  • You will be given priority for an interview

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I Get Interviewed About My Writing :-)


I have around 50 Author Interviews on my blog… Alexander M Zoltai

And, I’ve been discovering the joys of a site called About.mea place to create a digital Bio page and a space to meet and interact with some very cool folks…

I think it qualifies as Social Media…

I met Jan Jacob Mekes on About.me…

From his Bio:

“Jan Jacob Mekes is an English writer born in the body of a native Dutch speaker, in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. He loves reading, writing, cycling, and photography. His favourite book is Don Quixote, he loves chocolate, and is a cat person. Re-reading this, he realizes this sounds like a profile on a dating site. In a way, that’s true, because I (said the inconsistent writer who switches to first person like the Hulk) want you to go on a date… not with me, but with my books. I love my readers!”

He has three very interesting-looking novels

And, he recently interviewed me :-)
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Navigating My Blog . . .


The main themes of my blog are Reading, Writing, and Publishing. 

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It’s a little over 3 years old and has just over 850 posts.

There are also 9 pages of Special Information.

Folks new to the blog might miss something important to them because they aren’t aware of some of the ways they can find things.

Those 9 Special Pages are pretty self-explanatory; check out those black tabs with white writing at the top of the blog

Also near the top, on the right, is a search box—enter single words, multiple words with commas between them, or phrases.

If you scroll down a bit, the left side-panel has a Top Posts & Pages area and, right under it, a Top Tags Cloud—the larger the words in that cloud, the more posts with that topic (and, hovering over the clickable words tells you how many posts

Plus, if you explore that left side-bar from top to bottom, you’ll find a wealth of other resources

And, if all else fails, at the top of the side-bar, in pink type, is a Contact Me link so you can send me an email and ask me anything at all

One other thing you could do that would help me a lot is take my survey of what You want to see on this blog :-)
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Latest Top Ten Blog Posts and Pages


This past April I shared the top ten posts and pages for this blog.

Not a lot of changes since April but, considering there are now 795 posts, the Top 10 become a good indicator of who’s reading what.

Most of this blog’s traffic comes from Internet searches so, when the Top 10 posts change, I know I’m attracting a new type of reader

Considering the list below:

“Home page / Archives” shows people arriving at whatever’s the most current post — hasn’t changed in the last 7 months.

Alexander M Zoltai ~ The Author of This Blog is my About Page and about-pages are usually the most visited place on any blog — hasn’t changed since April.

Considering that the last two will more than likely always be in 1st and 2nd place, Writing Challenge ~ Use The 1200 Most Common Words To Write A Story certainly seems like it will always be in 3rd place

The page The Book ~ Notes from An Alien is still in 4th place

What’s The “Best” Way To Learn “Proper” Grammar? took over 5th place from The Danger of A Single Story.

By the way, the video in the post, The Danger of A Single Story, is remarkably valuable!

And, if you have an interest in comparing the rest, here’s the link to April’s Top 10.

Also, that April post has some interesting information about how to find what You need to read on this blog :-)

The numbers in the right column are the Number of Visits

Home page / Archives

 

19,076

Alexander M Zoltai ~ The Author of This Blog

 

4,930

Writing Challenge ~ Use The 1200 Most Common Words To Write A Story

 

1,615

* The Book ~ Notes from An Alien

 

1,056

What’s The “Best” Way To Learn “Proper” Grammar?

 

552

Free Software for Writers . . .

 

545

Why Do Certain People Become Writers?

 

531

The Danger of A Single Story

 

527

Are Fiction Writers Capable of Freelancing?

 

473

What Are Words ?

 

408

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