Month: August 2017

Introducing Write!

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by the makers of Write!; a new app developed specifically for writers who wish to avoid Word’s or Scrivener’s clutter and distractions. I have tried it out and it works as advertised. If you’re on the lookout for a new writing app, check it out!

Write! – No-Distraction Writing App for Your Productivity

Write! app | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThere are over 100 different kinds of text editors available on Windows and macOS. There are some alternatives to Microsoft Office for Linux OS, while Linux users do not have such a wide variety of choices when it comes to finding a light minimalist text editor.

Being a professional or an amateur writer, a student, a person who just needs to make some notes, there is always a need to write down some important stuff. For this purpose, there’s a new app you can install on any of your machines and…

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Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

(Almost) Average

Writing used to be so simple. Grab a pen or pencil, some paper, and off you went. These days, more often than not, writers use a slew of tools for their work that don’t require paper.

When I first tried my hand at NaNoWriMo, I used our iPad with the onscreen keyboard. I got to about 12,000 words with that set-up before I finally petered out. It wasn’t my work station that did me in, but my lack of planning for success.

I often go back to my NaNoWriMo experiences as the times when I can refer to myself as a writer because that’s when I started taking this entire process with some seriousness.

After that failure, Google released the Chromebook computers. They were cheap and came with a ton of storage in the Drive, so I bought one. It was a poor man’s MacBook Air. I loved the size…

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Adjectives To Describe Flavors And Aromas

Nicholas C. Rossis

Stuck for the right word to describe a flavor or aroma? Author Margo Bond Collins recently shared on Facebook this wonderful infographic that promises to help! I’m not quite sure where I’ll use alliaceous or enzymatic but there are enough adjectives here to satisfy even the harshest (alkaline, caustic) of critics.

Flavors and Aromas | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Source: Margo Bond Collins

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For some time I had been wanting to have a coaching session with E J Runyon at Bridge to Story. One of my writing buddies had been coached by EJ while writing her debut novel, and told me how much the coaching had helped develop her work. I checked out the Bridge to Story website, and tried out a few of the writing exercises, which I found helpful.

Me being me, I kept dithering about it. I either didn’t have funds, or I’d get worried about having my work dissected and judged. Plus the added anxiety of having to Skype. I hate having my photo taken, or speaking on the phone. Having face to face video chat with another human being is a whole other level of awkward.

Then I was lucky enough to win a free coaching session. I took the opportunity to give it a go, hoping…

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Creole Languages


One use for the term creole has been for stable languages developed from a mixture of others. Linguists speak of creole languages as taking words and grammar from a substrate language and adding features of other languages. Some examples are the Caribbean Creoles which have English as the substrate and African or American Native language additions. Research has pointed to the age of European exploration and conquest as resulting in many creole languages.

While most creole language research has centered on those having European languages as their base, there are also some having substrates of Arabic, Chinese, or Malay. It is believed that about 100 creole languages have existed since the 1500s. If we count only these recent languages, Haitian Creole is the one with the largest number of speakers, at about ten million.

The field of creole language research is changing, even today. There are different opinions about the history, origins, and evolutions of creole languages. For example, some have suggested that Yiddish could be a creole combining German and other languages with Hebrew. Perhaps someday the idea will be accepted that all modern languages have undergone processes of creolization. So, English could be considered a creole.

My book, Asante’s Gullah Journey, contains some use of Gullah. This language, spoken by descendants of African American slaves along the sea coasts and islands of the Carolinas in the America South is a creole language believed to have substrates of West African languages. Another speech pattern featured in the story is Southern Black dialect, sometimes known as African American Vernacular English. I hope these language features add a richness to the tapestry of the story.

Jackie Weger’s Tips On Getting Visible And Selling Books

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksJackie Weger is more than an author of great romance novels; she’s a tireless supporter of Indies, both on her own and through her eNovel Authors at Work group. Jackie has written a score of posts detailing her (rather extensive) marketing experience; you may have read some in the past, such as Promoting With The Small Guys? Jackie Weger Shares Her Experience and Call to Arms – Jackie Weger’s Take. She recently shared some great tips on How To Get Visible & Sell Books.

Tip #1: Network

Her first, pretty simple tip is this: New indie authors must network with authors in their genres. Read everything inside Amazon KDP. Click on every thing that surrounds your book.

Tip #2: Run an Amazon Giveaway

Price a book at 99c and engage in an Amazon giveaway. You can give away up to 50 books. Use “follow me on Amazon.” That way…

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Relational Inequalities in Fiction Writing

Andrea Lundgren – So today I wanted to talk about relationships.No, this isn’t just for Romance books. This is about all relationships–your antagonist and his second-in-command, your hero and her best friend, and even the protagonist and the antagonist (chances are, if they’re fighting each other for any length of time, they have a relationship, albeit a bad one)…

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Guy Blasted For Penning A Love Letter To His Wife’s ‘Curves’

The Naked Advice

For a few decades now, women have been spreading awareness of how narrowly defined female beauty is and how thinness has been idolized to the point that females will starve themselves and sometimes die in their quest for the “ideal body”. We blamed fashion magazines, we blamed men, we blamed Hollywood. We asked, “Why are slim attractive women often paired with chubby men on television but we never see the opposite?” And some of us wondered why so many men prefer to date skinny women and can’t appreciate a woman who eats more than 700 calories a day.

Fuller-figured women began to flaunt their bodies to stand against society shaming them, and the Body Positivity movement was born.

So recently, a man named Tripp decides to write a love letter to his wife’s curvy body on Instagram. Even though he’s not the first man to do this, it ignited…

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