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But that's exactly what it is - an image. No one except the aunt she lives with knows about Shadow Sage, the person Sage was before she moved in junior high. That girl has been through foster homes, court-mandated treatment, and any number of medications in order to find a way to deal with her past. She's done a good job of forgetting all about Shadow Sage firmly, until Princess Post-It falls in love.
Shane has his own secrets, ones that demand he keep a low profile and stay under the radar. But Sage draws him out, certain that nothing he hides can be worse than her own past. But with Shane as a target for some of the jocks, Shadow Sage is having a hard time keeping her anger under control. Erupting could protect Shane, but it could also destroy the image of the girl he fell in love with - the one he thinks he knows.
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Of course there's also understanding, unconditional, unrestrained...
That last one is a little strange maybe. But really, what else do we really want? I can't think of many people who truly want restraint. At least not in everything.
It's good to be allowed freedom to branch out, explore, discover. Plus, writers need to be able to think openly without worry. And kids need to know it's okay to check the world out (to a point). That's also why those three good U words fit together.
In order to live unrestrained, people need understanding unconditionally. It's something that many people want, need, and yet not all can truly have it. I know there are a few unfortunate cases where some just can't have that freedom, but how many people have turned the wrong way from too much restraint.
That may be an odd way to end this post, but that's all I've got for today. Go be unrestrained (within reason), it is Friday after all. ;) Have a great day and I'll catch you tomorrow. Gettin' close to the end. :)
- Some people are just too nice. They might be willing to circle a comma fault, but they aren't willing to go much further. They desperately want to tell you your book is great (primarily because they desperately want someone to tell them their book is great). This is useless to you. If you want to hear your book is great you can go back to grandma. I am willing to concede for a moment that your first draft IS great, but you want to make it better, right? That’s why you are seeking a critique partner. So you need someone who is willing to say the tough stuff: your protagonist lacks dimension, your back-story isn't working, the manuscript could start two chapters later without losing anything. In other words, someone who can see big-picture developmental issues, not just catch misspellings.
- Some writers can only see your work through the lens of their own style. I call these the “my way or the highway” crew. Such a partner is more than willing to mark-up your manuscript, and every edit they suggest will make your writing more like theirs. But you don’t want to be them, you want to be a better authentic YOU. A good critique partner gets your style and holds you to it. They will identify an awkward sentence without rewriting it in their signature style. So when you get your first chapter back from tall-dark-and make sure his comments are not just an attempt to turn you into his clone.
- Sometimes there is a basic incompatibility of vision. This is the would-be-partner whose comments just don’t resonate. Every partner, even the best, is going to make suggestions that have you thinking “huh?” These are changes you will ultimately leave on the table—after all it is your book and you can be selective. But if a majority of tall-dark-and’s comments simply don’t add up for you, than however many his other attractive features, there is no chemistry and he is not your match.
Sophie P’s has two critique partners of her very own--one of whom has played that role for eight years (yes, the woman is a saint). Sophie's next novel, Médicis Daughter--set at the intrigue-riven, 16th century French Valois court--will be out in December of 2015. But you can ABSOLUTELY pre-order it now. To find out about Sophie's previous literary endeavors, visit her website, or her FB page. You can also follow her on Twitter as @Lit_gal
We get it: Spring = florals. Groundbreaking, we know. But you needn't look like a walking garden party to invoke the season's bright and whimsical vibes. In fact, a few of our favorite celebs have spent the last few months proving that subtlety and small adjustments to a full-fledged trend are just as, if not more, effective.
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As an administrative assistant, I am now stuffed with breakfast and presents (I didn't eat the presents), but that won't stop me from sharing with you all what I am reading this week!
This week, I'm finally reading the Speculative Issue of Cactus Heart Press, the edition in which you can find my short story "Origin"! I can't stress enough how much I love the tone of this press, and I'm so glad I was given the opportunity to become a part of it.
But enough about me! Using Random.org, I will choose one of the 155 pages in this edition. Random has chosen..........................page 148.
LOL. That's the cover page for the Bios. Let's try again....................page 86.
That's better. The short story is "The Lies Trees Tell," and Kate mentioned this one in the introduction, so I'd been waiting to read it. A young woman ran into a tree, and the tree seemed to swallow her!
There are about 19 lines on this page, and Random has chosen.......................1. So here's the whole paragraph. lol
Alex has started to cry. She hadn't meant to, but the conversation had turned from one of Aunt Bev's charmingly silly Old World folktales to scary. And her dad was dead, and she didn't want to deal with this.
This was right after her grandmother told her that trees lie, and her father didn't escape them. It's a very interesting and eerie story.
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Il profite aussi d’une dalle offrant une belle résolution Full HD idéale pour profiter d’un grand espace de travail mais aussi de loisirs. Elle est ainsi d’autant plus adaptée à la lecture de vidéos HD qu’elle adopte un format 16/9ème et un traitement brillant qui fait ressortir les couleurs.
La carte graphique dédiée GeForce GT 630M est justement en mesure de lire sans souci des vidéos HD 1080p. Surtout, elle permet de s’adonner à pas mal de jeux de façon satisfaisante si l’on accepte de diminuer la résolution et/ou les niveaux de détails sous les titres les plus gourmands en ressources 3D. Pour rappel dans les jeux en effet, plus la résolution est élevée et plus le nombre de fps chute. Du coup, du 1920x1080 demande bien plus de calculs pour le GPU que du 1366x768.
Les 4 Go de mémoire vive et le processeur Core i5-2450M garantissent pour leur part de bonnes performances générales y compris en multitâches afin de satisfaire un maximum d’utilisateurs. Par la suite, l’utilisateur peut même augmenter la mémoire vive en ajoutant une barrette sur le slot RAM libre.
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Il est bien sûr possible de lire sans problème les Blu-Ray et vidéos HD grâce à la carte graphique dédiée GeForce GT 630M qui peut aussi prendre en charge pas mal de jeux si l’on accepte de faire des concessions en diminuant les niveaux de détails et/ou la résolution de l’écran sous les titres les plus exigeants en ressources 3D afin de conserver une bonne jouabilité. En effet dans les jeux, plus la résolution de l’écran est importante et plus le nombre de fps chute ce qui peut se traduire par un manque de fluidité. Ajuster la résolution permet donc généralement d’y palier.
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Enfin, ce portable délivre de bonnes performances générales y compris en multitâches grâce à son processeur Core i5-2450M Sandy Bridge et ses 4 Go de mémoire vive que l’on peut augmenter dans le futur au besoin grâce aux slots RAM libres. Ce duo est à même de satisfaire de nombreux utilisateurs en matière de performances.
The book got a nice 4-star review on both Amazon and Goodreads. Goodreads chose to hide the review behind a click saying the review contained spoilers. I expected to read dead give-aways, but no. The spoiler they hid was, well, read it below.
"This book was intriguing... It was kind of a cross between over zealous holy men attempting to take over the town in an invasion of the body snatchers sort of way...
Carter (main character) comes home to help his ill father and help his sister run the family business. He is met by strange occurrences and unexplained accidents/deaths with some of the town residents.
The ghost of the previous owner of the house he's renting helps to guide him and his family on the right path to save themselves, the town and possibly the world.
**Just a note for prospective readers-Carter is gay, there are no overt sex scenes-but it is implied. (Emphasis mine.)
Overall a good book that keeps you intrigued until the end!"
And there you have it. Carter is gay. And, by the way, so is his partner, Robert. I get it. I guess. Or maybe not. How disturbing to get a few chapters into a book, be caught up in it, enjoying it, only to realize that guy you were liking is, gasp, gay! Quelle horreur!
But guess what. That was my intent. A not-purely-gay novel, mainstream even, where a gay person would be simply the protagonist, as if, uhm, it were, like, normal.
So, let's lay cards out, face up, with an excerpt. Carter comes home to find Robert has finally arrived:
Which book do you read after Love and Rumors? Do you read Love and Dreams before you read Love and Trust, or do you read Love and Danger first?
No problem. I created a super quick video that shares a short bit about what each book is about, which couples star in which book, as well as which order to read the books. Complete with book covers!
And just for laughs…I left in where the GIANT snowflake gets me while recording the video. Welcome to Canada!
Don’t forget–you can subscribe to my YouTube channel to get more great videos!
P.S. Love and Rumors is now free everywhere!
Last Friday I asked for people who would like to review my newest book to leave a comment on this blog. The next day I heard from a couple of folks on Facebook that they had tried to comment but were not allowed. I thought maybe some others of you had the same problem.
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You can now order print books of Box of Rain from your local bookstore, online, or get a signed copy directly from me.
Not very many Likes yet. It is open to the public, so anyone is able to take a look at it. Even those who don't have a Facebook account. It is slowing growing however, so perhaps I just need to be patient. I did hold a contest of which author photo everyone liked best. I invited everyone everywhere to come and Like my Page and vote. I have to say it went well and I got Likes from doing that.
I really enjoy this site. I do most of my blogging here, just started really, and I'm able to keep track of my reading progress and see what everyone else is reading. I think I might have a better following here if I work at it.
I really do enjoy my forums. Conversing with others, getting ideas, helping other writers, it's been great getting to know new people. There are also places to let people know about my book. Some are interested.
I don't have a Twitter account. I did, but I found it too much too quickly to be able to keep up with everyone and everything. I know I must get one however, for a starting author, it seems it's a must. Perhaps things are better from the last time I had one a couple years ago.
I got a lot of views for my book trailer. Enough that I'm happy about it.
Making your own Brand
I just took notes on a video I found here on AQ from the site Whisky, Wine, and Writing with guest Meghan Engdahl. I found it very informative and thought I would share my notes here...
(These are notes I took from the video. Some are word for word. Others I’m paraphrasing.)
The goal of becoming a truly great brand is to become a verb. Example: Google is a company, yet when we want to look up something on the internet we say, I’ll Google it. (Of course that might be a bit harder as a writer. It’s just one example of a big brand almost everyone knows and how successful it has become.)
People choose brands based on perceptions.
Perceptions – are the ideas you own in people’s minds
You want to create a signal in people’s minds and own a perception of what you stand for.
So brands have two things:
- Perceptions that you own.
- Promises you can make to your consumer.
So when people engage with you, what do you promise that their engagement is going to be like? Example: Fun and innovative
Think about Harley Davidson. They own the perception of rugged, manly, and almost this “don’t mess with me”, really great vibe of tough. The typical person who buys these bikes are usually a 45 year old white male accountant who wants the perception of rough and rugged and look like they could beat someone up.
So Harley Davidson has sold the perception that whatever you buy from them is going to make you rough and rugged, etc.
So it’s really important that the perceptions that you own and promises you make are going to be delivered at every single point of contact. That’s the key of making a really good impression and really strong stance with your brand. It can be the book that you’ve written, your bio, your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. and be sure to be consistent every time you deliver it.
So how do you come up with the perception you want to make? There is an exercise you can do that will help. You make a Vin diagram with three circles. One circle for true, one for meaningful, and one for different/distinctive. Or could also make a list for each one.
True - Make a list of what is true about yourself as an author.
Your writing style, when you started writing, your genre, etc.
Meaningful - What is meaningful to your target audience? Make a list.
What do they want to hear in a book? What do they want to read? Does my book relate to my target audience? Did I write a book that will resonate with a 16 year old girl or a 30 year old married woman? (I am personally have a problem here. I wrote whatever came out of me. I had no control over it. Who is my target audience? I think it remains to be seen. But perhaps it's not an "age" group, but rather a "certain" group of people. For me, I think my target audience are fantasy readers, gamers, and metal heads.)
It can be very tricky trying to find the overlap of what is true to you and yet meaningful to your target audience and finding it is key. Do one of these also show up on your True list? (Match all the ones that do. These are the things you want.)
Different/Distinctive - What is different about you? What makes you different than the thousands of authors who also write in your genre? Make a list.
You might have something that’s different about you, but might not be meaningful to your target audience. Or you may have something meaningful and different, but not true to who you are. That will not do you any good. You must have all three.
This will ultimately take a lot of digging, hard work, and time to come up with all three. It’s also important to stay consistent once you find your brand and not change it. People want consistency, they like consistency, they like to know what they are going to expect going in.
An example of a brand that tried to change was Old Spice. Example: Old Spice vs Axe. Both are deodorants, both keep you from smelling bad, and both wanted the teenage boy market. Axe had something true, they had a great product, something meaningful, you’re going to the girl, and the way they advertised themselves was different.
Old Spice was… well… old. You come out smelling like an older man. They tried to change by bringing in a fun and funny guy, but the brand didn’t really resonate with the young teenage male market. The name itself says it’s for an older generation. “Old” Spice.
So stay consistent.
I'll keep you posted on my progress. Happy reading and writing!
Therefore presumably he recommended it to SAP's boards along with a caution that Oracle would maybe/likely/probably sue SAP. Also according to published reports, Agassi estimated in an email that IT investment analysts would quickly figure out that this idea would hurt Oracle future earnings so much that its market valuation would plummet because the big profits in enterprise software are on the services side of the income statement. (In reality, investment analysts yawned at the idea and although I have not read the transcripts and filings I celine handbags would guess that back in 20062007, SAP's boards would have spent no more time thinking about this idea than on the annual SAP paperclip budget.)
So that was the "global thinking" part of the TomorrowNow idea. I admired what Agassi was doing at the time with the SAP NetWeaver business. It was similarly wide in scope and potentially gamechanging for the enterprise software market. SAP's middleware business quickly but quietly passed the billiondollar mark. The thinking was outside the box (shame on me) even if the TomorrowNow fiasco led to some inside the buoy sailing.
As I said, I haven't studied the transcripts. Please correct me if the public record says I'm If Agassi personally was involved in the subsequent TomorrowNow operations (he says he was not), including the illegal downloading of Oracle software to which SAP has admitted and about which SAP executives have admitted knowing post acquisition, then the whole global thinker thing takes on a different dimension.
[Side note: From an Celine IT perspective, working through the list to Shai you also find Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Jeff Bezos and Apple (OTC:APPL) cofounder Steve Jobs, and the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Boys.
[Second side note: Speaking of shellackings, President Obama came in at number three after Buffet/Gates at number http://www.celinehandbagse.com/ 1 and the leaders of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. In golf, that would put Obama in fifth place instead of third but apparently the rules are different in foreign policy.]
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