Month: January 2017
Writing is good for you:
This is a guest post by Sierra Delarosa. Sierra is a freelance writer, musician and content writer for Global English Editing.
11 Science-Backed Ways Writing Improves Your Mind, Body, and Spirit
For many of us, writing is a practical tool. We use it to communicate our thoughts, ideas, and experiences with other people, usually through email and social media. However, considerable scientific research is showing that writing has exciting health and wellness benefits too.
When you write you let go of pent up stress and sorrow, which is a positive way to release these emotions.
When you write expressively and honestly about your experiences and how you feel, you can also notice patterns of how certain emotional conflicts arise, giving you insight into the source and nature of your malfunctions.
Among the many benefits of writing, you become a better communicator, your immune system is boosted, blood pressure is reduced…
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So what’s it about?
Step into the Shadows of Umbrae …
Miri’s world at P.A.W.S. in St. Louis is falling apart. First, Danny is accused of stealing her opapa’s charm. But before he can defend himself, he mysteriously disappears. Miri seeks Josh for help and advice, but he too has gone missing.
Then Lilith has a vision – Miri dragged away by wolves. Miri needs answers, answers that she feels sure are hidden in the blank pages of the book of Argentum.
With the help of Lilith, she travels to the ancient city of Safed. There, with the aid of a mystical rabbi and an outspoken werecat, her omama’s story is slowly revealed. And Miri uncovers something else, a world hidden deep beneath our own – the labyrinth of shadows also known as Umbrae.
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What broke the future, In Herkes’ Restoration Stories?
In the future history of my Restoration stories, the United States (and the rest of the world) is in the midst of new Renaissance. To have a Renaissance–a rebirth into enlightenment–there must first be darkness. Here’s an overview and a closer look at one of the destructive elements I used to break the world.
(PS: I don’t know why my worldbuild stuff comes out in a boring, pseudo-academic writing style, but it does. Every time. #Sorrynotsorry)
The true costs of the Revision Years won’t be tallied for generations. Countless biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons were created and released worldwide during those years. On top of those self-inflicted damages, natural diseases arose in the seething poisoned wreckage left after riots, uprisings, and insurrections.
Somewhere in that polluted patchwork landscape chip rot was born, and it is not hyperbole to say its birth was nearly the death of modern civilization.
First off, what chip rot isn’t: it isn’t…
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Fictional battle of Fennel Bay is based on actual and mythical battle of Marathon…
Pearseus: Endgame, the nail-biting (if I do say so myself) conclusion to the Pearseus series, ends not with a whimper, but with a bang. With quite a lot of bangs, in fact, the greatest of which occur during the Battle of Fennel Bay. This is not-so-loosely based on the Battle of Marathon Bay; indeed, fennel is the English name for maratho, the Greek name for the herb that has given its name to Marathon Bay.
As I’ve often said in the past, Marathon Bay is a mere 15-20′ from where I live, so I grew up with the story of the 10,000 Athenians who stood up against an army of 80,000 and yet prevailed – a battle that saved democracy and is considered by many historians to be the cornerstone of Western civilization. Every now and then, my family would…
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These are interesting thoughts about rules in writing:
I did a rant post about rules last week. Premise: there no RULES to writing any more than there are rules for speaking. This is the rebuttal. Yes, I argue with myself.
Let’s start with the chorus: no one has to know any damned rules.
There is only one imperative to writing–WRITE–and even that is not a rule. The entire learning process is this and only this: write, (share) judge whether the results met your aims, repeat.
The parenthetical share applies to those who write to be understood by others. Many people don’t ever do that. Writing can be private. Much of it is never shared with other eyes. And that is why rules can be ignored. If you’re the only audience, do as you will, (an’ it harm none and all that.)
You can also ignore rules without consequence when you know with certainty that you and your audience…
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I do a lot of my own design work, and I know that many of you do, too. I guess it’s one of the perks of being an Indie author; for better or worse, the only limit to what we do is our imagination. And our skills. Which is why I thought you’d enjoy these links that explain how to make your own dyed paper textures, and lets you download dozens of paper backgrounds – for free! These work great as a background for any of your ads, like Facebook ads etc.
Many thanks to Hillary Luetkemeyer, aka hibbay, for sharing her amazing talent with us!
- You can download 16 paper textures from Hillary’s DeviantArt page.
- You can download 15 more paper textures here
- You can also download 30 paper textures for free from Graphic Mania
- And you can
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Science in Science Fiction.
I’ve always enjoyed reading, learning, and as I got older, developing an interest in mathematics and science. That probably explains why I spend so much time with computers and software programming. Some of the programs I use today I contributed to.
All this probably explains my choice in fiction reading today. I most often read science fiction. This is the genre of fiction that is concerned with the future or with social concerns caused by time or space changes. I enjoy reading about the social conflict or complexity that characters find themselves in because of real or hypothetical challenges they must face. In Alien Buster by Safa Shaqsy, Nathalie is responsible for destroying aliens. She faces moral and personal conflicts when faced with a baby alien. The best science fiction can raise questions about our social and moral choices.
In Indigo Traveler by Merri Halma, a teen confronts the need to save a world. Xander must travel through a wormhole to meet the challenges in this spiritual journey. How people react to new worlds and changes in their surroundings is a wonderful contribution of science fiction writing.
Amber and Alex are teens who must deal with scientific dangers and knowledge that can determine the fate of millions, in Trails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines by April Brown. Science fiction contributes to entertainment and society when it can take us on journeys to potential new worlds, and confront potential new dangers.
In Rebirth: The Chronicles of the Reverie by Natomi Karkael, Dr. Klov and his assistants must use the science they know to solve a catastrophic problem. Their home is running out of energy.. The best stories ask what if questions. What will people do? How will people find ways to accomplish their goals? What happens when everything goes wrong?
Kristy Cooper, in The Departed: Book 1 of The Departed Series, asks what would Gwen and her fellow teens do if suddenly thousands of people mysteriously disappeared. How would she and her friends uncover the truth, and who would believe her? Science fiction is the perfect tool for writers and readers to share stories about how people face challenges, and how humans might react to unexpected mysteries.
I like to imagine alternate futures. In my novel, Asante’s Gullah Journey, I project a future where modern technology has been lost, and the Black folks in the Carolina’s depend on the libraries and farming and swords and bows to maintain a world they can live in. Science fiction allows us to visualize possible worlds and flesh them out with people and technology that confront conflict, danger, and the need to react and change.
I invite you to come with me and other writers and creators on a journey into alternative futures, presents, and pasts. We can experiment and experience new things together.