Ray Bradbury: Follow that Character …

391px-ray_bradbury_(1975)_-cropped-Find a character, like yourself, who will want something or not want something, with all his heart. Give him running orders. Shoot him off. Then follow as fast as you can go. The character, in his great love, or hate, will rush you through to the end of the story.

Ray Bradbury, The Joy of Writing, Zen in the Art of Writing

Free Books from the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is making fifty years worth of books free on the Net.

I downloaded about ten from the Met Publications site. No charge. Easy search. Easier browse (since I don’t know much about art). Download as PDFs.

The artwork is, as you would expect, spectacular.

I downloaded “Bloom” because in my other life I take a lot of photos of flowers. Published in 1995 and now out of print, Bloom is a “celebration of flowers in fashion.” I didn’t read the text but I enjoyed looking at the photos and was amazed by the dressmaker’s lavish attention to detail.

I was especially intrigued by two books of American Indian art — Masterworks from the Museum of American Indian and Native Paths: American Indian Art from the Collection of Charles and Valerie Diker. I’m researching tribal legends, myths and belief systems to round out a character for the third book of the Black Orchid Chronicles. That manuscript is almost done, but I need to add some heft to the “Pony That Sees Far” character, aka for dumb white folk as Joe.

If you love ancient Egypt, you have just unlocked a graduate study of resources not just of Egyptian art but hieroglyphic language. Teach yourself Egyptian. It’s free.

I don’t know much, if anything, about art. I don’t write about art.

But I think any writer could find at least a half-dozen useful resources here. And did I mention it’s free?

Happy Holidays Price Cut

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays.

To mark the season of giving, I’ve slashed the price on the digital version of The Mark of the Spider.

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Starting December 17 and running through Christmas Eve, you can give an ebook of the Mark of the Spider to your favorite thriller or suspense reader for $0.99.

This is available only on Amazon and only on the ebook.

This price won’t last. (It’s already programmed to end by the time Santa arrives.)

So get cracking.

Kirkus Reviews calls The Mark of the Spider “an engaging thriller that successfully explores the implications of a wicked curse.” That’s a lot of story for just $0.99.

And readers have given it only five-star ratings.

Ninety-nine cents ($0.99) is almost free, and I’ve committed to not giving my books away. This is as low as it will go, and it won’t go on forever.

A candy bar costs more. A coffee costs more. A camera, air travel to Borneo and a black orchid all cost more. Much more, especially if your name is Sebastian Arnett.

This deal will be advertised internationally on The Fussy Librarian on December 18, and I expect a lot of demand. Get your copy before they run out.

Get your $0.99 ebook from Amazon now.

Thank you, and I wish you Happiness on your favored Holiday.


Full-price ($3.99) ebook editions are available for these platforms:
And you can always get a print copy from Amazon for $11.99.