Contemplating the Supreme Manuscript of All Reading


So here we are, back at Monday again. Funny how that happens. It’s like Joni Mitchell’s “Circle Game,” only smaller.

Last week was a fun one. For anyone who missed it, I revealed The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management’s new cover:

Paradox Ralf Kraft

and I announced that Aunty Ida, of Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) infamy has forced her way back out into the world for a sequel, title to be revealed later.

Her Cousin, Much Removed tried out life as a bargain book, and suddenly it was Friday.

So what’s on for this week? Stuff. Lots and lots of stuff, she said cryptically. On that I’ll have to keep you posted.

What hasn’t been on, with all these other things happening, is writing. Remember that manuscript I was working on? As far as I know, it’s not going to write itself. Or maybe it is. Maybe I have created some kind of super-intelligent manuscript which somehow knows how to keep going all on its own.

Of course things that convenient and useful always turn evil in the end, so there would probably be a downside when it started attacking other manuscripts in order to be the Supreme Manuscript of All Reading, or kept going until it was millions of words long, making itself uneditable  in a highly sophisticated and evolved show of self-defense, but I think I’d be willing to live with that.

If it would let me live, that is. You know what they say about pens and swords.


On the Topic of Book Trailers


In case you’ve missed it, the book trailer for Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)  is below. Go ahead, watch it. There’s a good chance Aunty Ida won’t actually do anything to your brain. Maybe.

In making book trailers, some people decide to tell you what the book is about, which is definitely one way to do it. You might catch the attention of people out and about where they’re not actually in the context of books, and no doubt it can be effective.

Instead of that, though, I tried to capture the essence of the book, its flavor, the tone of it. It’s supposed to give you the sense of what you’re getting into, and with Aunty Ida, that can be a lot more than you bargained for, given her tendency to get involved when you haven’t actually bargained for anything.

In this digital age, it’s a bit of a calling card, a handshake and a hello. A book trailer can give a sense of who you are as writer, and what you have in store for your readers. Well, in this case, what Aunty Ida has in store. I claim no responsibility.

If you share the trailer, you can be entered to win a $25 gift card from Amazon. Just tweet it using my handle, @IsaLeeWolf, retweet this tweet, or share on your blog or website. Make sure to post your website shares below so that I make sure you get your entries, or enter directly using this link at Rafflecopter.



Need something to read? Check out  Her Cousin Much Removed, and The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management as well!

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Aloha! Aunty Ida Ahead in the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge


And we start A with a person approximate to my aorta. Ahh, all this could get annoying. I’ll try not to be too cute with it, although Aunty Ida adores alliteration. Affirmative, our own addled scientist, who isn’t altogether assured of her fictitious nature, is the first book of the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge.

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) by Isa-Lee Wolf. Amazon for $3.99. You know that case on LawTV? The one where the judge lost it on national television?

Yes, that was Margaret.

But Ida – who insists you call her “Aunty Ida,” if you want to (no one ever seems to want to) – is there to help. That Margaret doesn’t want her help doesn’t dampen Ida’s delight in playing with her mind-altering toys and calling it therapy.

Besides, the courtroom thing was only a big deal because of the cameras. OK, so it was Margaret’s courtroom, and yes, she was hearing the biggest case of her career, and yes, the LawTV commentators were all over it, but these things always get sensationalized. The restraining order her husband got against her was only temporary.

So she’s suspended. It’s nothing she can’t fix.

Sure, Margaret has no idea who this Ida person is, but if she can get her to sign a form, she’ll be back on the bench in no time. Unfortunately for Margaret, Aunty Ida knows exactly who Margaret is. And Margaret isn’t going anywhere.

With relentless optimism, Ida dives into curing Margaret of her problems, one odd treatment at a time. But Margaret knows there’s nothing wrong with her.

She was set up, and she’s determined to prove it.

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What, No Morning Book This Monday?


Nope. Not a morning book today. Tons of books! It’s Read an eBook Week at Smashwords, and there are literally hundreds of books being discounted, now through March 8. If there’s a title that’s been featured here you’ve had your eye on, it might be on sale.

Aunty Ida’s Full Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) is half-off this week with code REW50, and Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities is still free at Smashwords (want it free from Amazon? Please let them know by clicking the “tell us about a lower price” link on this page).

Now’s a great time to stock up on reading material, given that March doesn’t seem to have brought us much closer to spring. Maybe there are lots of books that take place in nice, warm places.