In April, I posted my thousandth post on this blog. To celebrate, I will share here all my short stories. Every couple of weeks, I’ll be posting one story from my celebrated Exciting Destinies series for you to enjoy. With over 30 stories so far, I hope you’ll have lots of fun in the coming months!
“You can’t fight a prophecy,” the wrinkly shaman says and gives me a toothless grin. The shrug accompanying his words shakes the feathers around his neck, making him look like a frail old bird trying to give flight.
Fight it? I don’t even understand it.
“What’s he say, Doc?” the large boulder of a man standing behind me asks. His camouflaged face and broad…
This blog tends to offer rather advanced book marketing tips. Sometimes, though, I forget that there are a lot of authors who may be overwhelmed by posts about ROI, essential ad metrics, KENP counts, and AcOS.
So, here is a guest post by Elaine Bennett, a marketing specialist-turned blogger, currently writing for Bizzmark Blog. It is aimed at anyone wishing to take a step back from the grittier details of book marketing and look at the big picture.
4 Simple Marketing Strategies for Promoting Your Book
This is another freelance contribution by Sally Keys. You may remember her from her recent freelance contribution, How Creative Writing Can Boost Your Intelligence. Sally is a professional freelance writer with many years of experience in diverse areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, she enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family, and traveling as much as possible.
Common Obstacles To Becoming An Author And How To Overcome Them
Fully 80 percent of Americans say they have the ambition to write a book, yet only a fraction of those will go ahead and even fewer will actually succeed. Writing for a living can be a dream job for those with a true passion for a perfectly arranged sentence, but the reality of being an…
Okay, perhaps it’s more of a tool than a trick, but journalists have been using the “Who-What-Where-When-Why-and-How” format on hard news pieces for well over a century (to judge by the sort of articles they write, where each of these items are addressed), and I’ve found the six questions are equally useful when writing a novel.
A sunflower stands tall during the Dog Days of Summer, 2011. Texas experienced a severe drought that year.
It’s hot here in Texas. Triple digit hot. We were blessed to be able to enjoy a few days of afternoon rain showers earlier in the month, but they have parted. And with the heat, the Sarahan dust has returned. It’s the dog days of summer.
I’ve heard about the dog days since I was a child, but I never knew how the term came about until recently. Historically, the dog days began with the rising of the star, Sirius. Greek and Roman Mythology associated the star with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, bad luck, and mad dogs. By the way, Sirius is known as the Dog Star. In modern times, dog days are the hotest and most unconfortable part of summer in the northern hemisphere.
To celebrate the imminent release of my next book, A Heaven For Toasters, my entire Pearseus series will be FREE/99c between the 16th and 20th! This is the perfect opportunity to buy any of the books in the series you may have missed.
Next, Paula Wynne is running a book giveaway with Book Luver with over 300 books to give away. Some are paperbacks and others are eBooks. There are bestsellers to win too: one of them has sold over 1 million copies already! There are 100s of books to win so please invite your friends and family to enter. By entering you will not be automatically subscribed to the author or publisher’s email. You select which books you want to win. Only if you want to hear from that author again, you tick a…
“Moreover, all this ruin was brought upon the Romans by a woman, a fact which in itself caused them the greatest shame… The person who was chiefly instrumental in rousing the natives and persuading them to fight the Romans, the person who was thought worthy to be their leader and who directed the conduct of the entire war, was Boudica, a Briton woman of the royal family and possessed of greater intelligence than often belongs to women..” Historical info at Masterpiece theatre
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Army Captain Karen Emma Walden is dead after leading a helicopter rescue of a surrounded US combat team. In a Rashomon type revel of what happened, we determine whether she died a hero.Trailer at: Youtube
I often say that my author friend, Charles E. Yallowitz, is one of the most prolific writers I know. The proof, I guess, lies in how often I host his new releases! Charles has now published his latest release, Quest of the Brokenhearted; a spinoff series taking place in his celebrated Legends of Windemere universe.
As Windemere moves forward, a broken spirit falls into the shadows.
Two years have passed since Luke Callindor was lost during the champions’ battle against Baron Kernaghan. Many mourn the loss, but none have been hurt more than the fiancée he left behind, Kira Grasdon. Plagued by grief and determined to prove he is alive, she has sacrificed her business, her reputation, and her hope. Surviving on the streets of Gaia, she has become an…
July 4th this year saw a scrimmage on the internets hereabouts. Often flame wars have broken out between young fellers over keyboarding disagreements about sports, culture or politics. This week, however, saw an outright war take place on social media called the Second Civil War. This imaginary conflict sparked humorous exchanges pretending to pen letters home from the front lines of battles betwixt supporters and opponents of President Trump.
After Alex Jones warned of a so-called plan by the Democratic Party to commence real war on Independence day, the metaphorical struggle was begun by Amanda Blount@amandablount2 on July 2nd with a tweet:
My Dear John, The war isn’t going as planned. Our supply trucks are limited. I’m out of wine and sunscreen. The enemy burned all the books and there is no place to recharge my Kindle. The only music is an old CD of Justin Bieber. — All is lost. #secondcivilwarletters
A Twitter battle royal ensued. Much hyperbolic blood was spilt in the ongoing scouting expeditions into Starbucks and Walmarts across the country. I personally experienced many laugh-out-loud moments, reading these tweets. Most were political attacks against opponents. Democratic-leaning tweeters joked about Trump or his family members, cabinet members, or supports who were often called Redhats or Redcaps. Trump supporters launched barbs into Libtards and soft Birkenstock yoga practitioners on the left.
To my surprise, I found the tweets that most entertained me to be the ones that were gentle, usually did not mention opposition characters by name, and contained a solid bit of self-deprecation. Surprised because I am a strong partisan for one side. But, I have for two years felt that personal verbal attacks should be directed at Trump. I feel justified by surveys that show Trump supporters are strengthened in their resolve and loyalty in response to attacks against the president.
A keynote of many entries was acknowledgment of internal weaknesses of our sides that do not make us suitable for this battle. Leftists often mention their non-use of guns, bullets and a dependence on books and knowledge as weapons. Many tweets mentioned the dependence on available charge connections for Kindles and iPhones. Here was a tweet I sent:
Beloved, supplies low on this 3rd day of #SecondCivilWarLetters. Only stale, cold avocado toast remains. Kindle and Android down to single bars. Send solar chargers, stat. Awaiting Canadian care packages of Poutine. Must have more thoughts and prayers!
I’ve enjoyed the postings that address stereotypes. So I think it’s good that many tweets attacked perceived stereotypical beliefs of the opposition. For example:
Ruth Golmant@Rgolmant on July 4th:
My dearest Fanny,
We survived an ambush by red hats today by changing road signs from directions to Rand Paul’s home to RuPaul’s home. Many were confused and simply returned to their camp. Love, Ben
Postings tried to convey how our side was confident of victory, while revealing weaknesses that threaten our ability to really compete. See:
Harrison Breault@HarrisonBreault on July 5th:
Dearest Mother, It is late in day 2 of the 2nd Civil War. I managed to gain entry to their HQ w/my Confederate Flag. When they asked for the password I uttered “Dont tread on me.” I was in. But they began the pledge of allegiance and I knelt. They knew. #secondcivilwarletters
While Alex Jones began an unexpected battle between left and right, the humor and sarcasm revealed points of agreement across the divide and perhaps may be positive in the long run. Alex Jones was correct, in a self-fulfilling way, in that this is a second civil war for the electronic era. And many a belly-laugh has been had, especially over the sarcastic, self-referential stereotypical exaggerations, I truly hope the worst damage would result in slightly bruised feelings (on either side). My best wishes are that those little grains of truth to be found in humor could result in some honest reflection and try to heal the huge rift in our beautiful land.
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