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Signed Love and Rumors Giveaway and Party

  Posted by Jean Oram in The Love Bug Blog, 10 February 2016 · 15 views

Hi!

Just a super speedy note for those who are jonesing for a SIGNED paperback of Love and Rumors by me, Jean Oram. For the next few days I am partying over at The Romance Studio and they are hosting a giveaway with a TON of great prizes and once of the draws you can enter is for a signed paperback of Love and Rumors. (Open internationally.)


Good luck!

 

P.S. Did you see the new cover for Love and Rumors?

Check it out! Tell me what you think in the comment section below.

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Post for Writing Wranglers and Warriors: Today is National What?

  Posted by Joe Stephens in My Train of Thought, 10 February 2016 · 14 views

In case you're new to my blog, I am also a contributor to a blog group called Writing Wranglers and Warriors. It's a collection of writers from all over the country. We take turns posting about anything and everything. Sometimes it's author-y type things, but it's just as often whatever we find interesting in general. For my post on Wednesday, February 10, I made what I've recently learned is a listicle (list-article hybrid) on observances (some important, some less so) that take place on this day, week, and month.

Click here to read it on Writing Wranglers and Warriors.

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W.O.W. – Writer Odyssey Wednesday with Katy Upperman

  Posted by Amy Trueblood in Amy Trueblood's Blog, 10 February 2016 · 21 views

      I love all the authors who have participated in my W.O.W. series. Each and every one of them has had their own unique and interesting path to success and I never get tired of hearing their stories.   Today’s journey with Katy Upperman is one I’m sure will stick with you. Katy has […]

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Award Winning Picture Book Author Pat Zietlow Miller On Inspiration

  Posted by bigblackcat97 in Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, 09 February 2016 · 93 views

Inspiration is a funny thing. It can come to us like a lightning bolt, through the lyrics of a song, or in the fog of a dream. Ask any writer where their stories come from and you’ll get a myriad of answers, and in that vein I created the WHAT (What the Hell Are you Thinking?) interview. Always including in the WHAT is one random question to really dig down into the interviewees’ mind, and probably supply some illumination into my own, as well.

Today's guest for the WHAT is Pat Zietlow Miller, who has four picture books in print and six more on the way! Her debut, SOPHIE’ S SQUASH, won the Golden Kite Award for best picture book text, an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor. It also won the Midwest Region Crystal Kite Award and was a Cybils’ finalist.

WHEREVER YOU GO briefly made Midwest Booksellers bestseller list, and SHARING THE BREAD was – at one point – the No. 1 Amazon.com release for new Thanksgiving books. Pat blogs about the craft of writing picture books at www.picturebookbuilders.com. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with one wonderful husband, two delightful daughters and two particular cats.

Her newest, THE QUICKEST KID IN CLARKSVILLE releases today from Chronicle!

Ideas for our books can come from just about anywhere, and sometimes we can’t pinpoint exactly how or why. Did you have a specific origin point for your book?

My new book, THE QUICKEST KID IN CLARKSVILLE, had two specific points of origin. I started writing the story because I had read the wonderful picture book THE NEW GIRL … AND ME by Jacqui Robbins and Matt Phelan. It was so amazing that I really wanted to see if I could write something anywhere near as good. So I started writing my own friendship story featuring two girls – Alta and Charmaine – who both wanted to be the fastest kid on their block.

The resulting story was perfectly fine, but not particularly noteworthy. I set the story aside and it didn’t take out again until I attended the Rutgers One-on-One Plus Conference and talked with Random House editor Chelsea Eberly. She suggested adding a historical element. The second she did, I know just what I was going to do.

That’s how Olympic gold-medal-winning sprinter Wilma Rudolph joined the story. She gave my girls a common hero and gave the story a specific setting – 1960 Clarksville, Tennessee. 

The story wouldn’t be what it is today without those two pivotal moments.

Once the original concept existed, how did you build a plot around it?

When I researched Wilma Rudolph, I learned she was more than the fastest woman in the world. I learned she’d overcome physical and economic challenges to earn her success and that she’d played an important part in integrating her hometown. I worked those elements into my manuscript, as well.

The story’s basic plot stayed the same, although I changed how the girls competed to see who was faster so that their challenges were loosely based on Wilma’s three Olympic events. And, I made Wilma’s real-life welcome-home parade the final event in the story where Alta and Charmaine realize they can be friends instead of competitors.

Have you ever had the plot firmly in place, only to find it changing as the story moved from your mind to paper?

My drafting usually goes one of two ways. 

1. My first draft is exactly what I had in my mind as it moves from my head to the paper because I had it fairly well thought out before I started. Of course, then it changes when as I think about it further and share it with my writing friends.

2. My first draft is nothing like what I had in mind because I started out with only a few words or a fragment of an idea and I figured it out as I typed. Stories that start this way also usually go through a lot of changes as I revise.

Do story ideas come to you often, or is fresh material hard to come by?

I almost hate to say this, because I don’t want to tempt fate, but I get a lot of ideas. Those don’t always turn into things that are worthwhile, but I’m constantly noticing things odd, interesting or unusual things and pondering how I might be able to turn them into a story.

I think writers tend to notice stuff other people look past. My husband is a sports reporter, and I remember accompanying him to a high school basketball game. He was evaluating the players and analyzing the defense and tracking points and rebounds. I played basketball, so I understand the game, but my big takeaway was the cool socks one team was wearing. I think that says a lot about how I think.

I wrote a blog post about where writers get ideas that you can see on Tara Lazar’s Picture Book Idea Month blog. Spoiler: It mentions rolling grapes.

How do you choose which story to write next, if you’ve got more than one percolating?

I go with whichever idea I’m most excited about at the time. Usually, there’s one that I just can’t stop thinking about. So I follow that one until I’ve exhausted all its possibilities. 

I usually have several manuscripts in various stages at any one time. But, one of those is always the primary manuscript and I only work on the others when I’m stuck on the primary one or when it needs to rest for a bit.

Sometimes the perfect word eludes me. If I can’t come up with it in the moment I usually write something in ALL CAPS like A GREAT WORD HERE and move on to catch it later in revision. Do you roll with the flow, or go find that word right away?

My preference is to find the right word or phrase at the moment I’m writing. I’m kind of compulsive that way. But although that’s what I want to do, it’s not always the best thing to do. So I often put notes in manuscript saying things like: “ADD SOMETHING FUNNY HERE.” 

That captures my ultimate plan for the manuscript, lets me keep going without losing momentum and lets whatever I need to eventually add simmer on my brain’s back burner for a while. And, eventually, the perfect thing bubbles to the top.

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thoughts on making poetry attractive

Posted by vonnewhat in vonnewhat's Blog, 07 February 2016 · 41 views

how in god's name do you make someone want to read poetry? as an unpublished poet, i am seeking advice on how to get published. i have been writing poetry since I was 10, and even I don't want to read other people's poetry. most of it is absolutely terrible. i keep my poems short and sweet, nothing i have written is longer than a page, and i think i have a natural knack for creating flow. however, poetry can be so personal, i wonder if it is even worth publishing. not that i start whining about my personal life in my poems, but i think people just in general think being queer** is less queer than being a poet. maybe i am being insecure, i am sure not all people think this way, obviously there are people with degrees in English and 18th century Spanish poetry etc., etc.

** no offense meant to the queer, the poet, or the queer poet



I need ideas on how to write a query that will be noticed by an agent. here are my ideas so far...


Dear (Agent),

My poetry is like Zoolander: It is ridiculously good-looking. If you don't want to read it, you can derelickt my balls.

Sincerely,
Me


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Cover Reveal: THERE ONCE WERE STARS by Melanie McFarlane

  Posted by LucidDreamer in LucidDreamer's Blog, 05 February 2016 · 36 views

Today Melanie McFarlane and Month9Books are revealing the cover and first chapter for THERE ONCE WERE STARS, which releases April 26, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to be one of the first readers to receive a eGalley!! A quick note from the author: I have anticipated this moment for months—the moment I … Continue reading Cover Reveal: THERE ONCE WERE STARS by Melanie McFarlane

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Translation news: WRECKAGE French and Turkish Sales!

  Posted by mlebleek in Bleeker Street, 30 January 2016 · 40 views

I’ve had some GREAT news that I’ve been sitting on for a while and now I can officially share. As you know, last month WRECKAGE was released in Germany as Aus Den Trümmern and translated by Kerstin Fricke. It is the second foreign language edition of WRECKAGE out in the world. The highlight of that experience was getting a box of these beauties on my front porch.

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The Spanish edition of WRECKAGE, Náufragostranslated by Maria Garin, now has a cover! It will launch just a week after WHEN I’M GONE. I’ve really enjoyed the Italian and German releases so I can’t wait for this one.

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And now I can announce that there are two more foreign editions of WRECKAGE on the horizon!

First, the French print rights were picked up by the fabulous publisher: Michel Lefon ! They are an independent publisher founded in 1980. They publish about 150 titles per year across a range of genres.

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In addition—the Turkish rights were purchased by a newer publisher, Indigo Kitap. They publish adult fiction and non-fiction. Turkish is the sixth language WRECKAGE will be translated into.

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With the March 15th launch of WHEN I’M GONE (available for preorder right now) and the on going international releases of WRECKAGE, I’m just so happy to be able to share these stories with the world. Talk about dreams coming true.

 




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Split Personality: The Heroine

  Posted by Deb Borys in Debra R. Borys, 27 January 2016 · 36 views

Boy, looking back at old manuscripts written twenty to thirty years ago—some close to forty, even—sure does make a person see how much they’ve changed over the years. I was into the wounded male hero back then, for one thing, … Continue reading

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Simmering Time

  Posted by Jemi in Just Jemi, 25 January 2016 · 47 views

I've just finished up revising a draft of a story that I think has the potential I want. It's not there yet, but it's SO much closer than it was.

It was fun going through this draft with notes from some crit buddies with specific goals in mind.

It was also fun coming across some lines/sections that made me smile. It's great when you come across something you'd forgotten about and you're able to think -- hey, that's pretty good stuff you've got there!

Now, I'll let this simmer for a bit while I do the same for another story.

How about you? Do you need that simmering time, or are you able to look at a story right away after you've done one round of revising/editing?

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Announcement: Upcoming IN THE BEGINNING Charity Anthology from Month9Books

  Posted by Lora Palmer in Lora Palmer's Blog, 20 January 2016 · 46 views

So, I've been sitting on this news for awhile now, bursting at the seams to share it! Now I have the go-ahead to officially announce that my short story, "First Wife" will be included in an upcoming charity anthology, IN THE BEGINNING, due for release around Halloween 2016 (10.25.16) from Month9Books. For this anthology, part of the proceeds from the first 500 copies sold will go to benefit WriteGirl.org, so I hope you will pick up a copy for this worthy cause.

IN THE BEGINNING is a collection of young adult short stories, dark retellings of Biblical tales. "First Wife" is a first-person retelling of the story of Leah, her sister Rachel, and Jacob -- and the aftermath as Leah discovers that a deception has led her to wed the man her sister loves and planned to marry.

More details about the anthology can be found at Month9Books' Tumblr. Check there in the near future for a Friday Cover Reveal, because they'll be revealing the gorgeous cover there! Oh, and don't forget to add the anthology to your TBR list on Goodreads!


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Win the Book: 1001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas

  Posted by Jean Oram in It's All Kid's Play Blog, 01 January 2016 · 62 views

Let’s play!

Make 2016 your lucky year–and a fun-filled one as well! Beat the boredom blues and raise happy, healthy children. Less effort, happier kids, what more could you want?

Enter the 1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas paperback giveaway on Goodreads below (open internationally)!

 



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1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas by Jean Oram


1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas


by Jean Oram



Giveaway ends January 02, 2016.

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Missed the giveaway? You can purchase 1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas today for only $0.99 in ebook and $11.99 in paperback. (Last day for this sale price.) These links below will redirect you to the store of your choice:

Amazon US: www.jeanoram.com/KINDLEUS1001
Amazon UK: www.jeanoram.com/KINDLEUK1001
Amazon CA: www.jeanoram.com/KINDLECA1001
Kobo CA: www.jeanoram.com/KOBOCA1001
Kobo UK: www.jeanoram.com/KOBOUK1001
Google Play: www.jeanoram.com/GOOGLE1001
B&N: www.jeanoram.com/NOOK1001
iBooks: www.jeanoram.com/IBOOKS1001


Happy new year! Play on!





 


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A Year to Maintain Momentum

  Posted by MarcyKate in MarcyKate's Blog, 01 January 2016 · 33 views

2015 was quite the whirlwind, and I can hardly believe my second book will be out in a mere 6 weeks. I can’t wait for everyone to meet Greta in Ravenous come February 9, AND for the prequel novella Precious to be out too (it’s a 100-page story about Rosabel that will be published as bonus content […]

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Why I'm Conflicted about JK Rowling's Response to Black Hermione

  Posted by SC_Author in SC Write--Writing, Publishing, and Harry Potter, 24 December 2015 · 150 views


 

For "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," a stage adaptation to Harry Potter, Noma Dumezweni (picture above) is set to play Hermione.

There was some backlash to this decision (of course!). Cue the standard rhetoric: "Hermione is white in the movies!" "It'd be okay if she was originally black, honestly it would, but this is just rewriting something for the sake of diversity." "Why are people of color stealing white roles now?"

JK Rowling, amazing as she is, had many responses. A look through her Twitter feed will show wonders of her support for a diversification of Harry Potter, through her own tweets or tweets she retweeted (please let technology work for me and have these tweets show up).

Her "official" response (or, at least, the one that's gotten the most publicity) is this one:
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 21, 2015

There is a big reason to love Rowling's response. JK Rowling never specified Hermione's race; this is true for many many characters, in many many novels. In a Western white world, white is the default race for any person whose race is not specified.

This is problematic.

The "default" identities are almost always identities of privilege. In an ideal world, there should be no default (because any default automatically excludes others). Whichever identities are deemed to be "default" or "normal" determines who in society will be deemed most human. The default reveals whom society holds front-and-center in its mind, and whom society is structured to value, and protect, the most.

Let me give you an example. Imagine a person. Any person. Now, describe them.

Applause if you imagined a low-income undocumented trans woman of color with a disability. Now, this may seem odd to you - why would you ever have imagined such a specific person? But say you imagined a cisgender documented straight white man with no disability. Isn't that person described just as specifically as the trans woman? Why is it "easy" to imagine him instead of her? Who does society deem as "normal"?

The idea of "normal" or "default" is constructed, and those who are deemed default are valued the most by society. They are given the most rights and these rights are assumed to be natural.

But they're not natural. These privileged rights are societally-given. For example, it's not "natural" that a cis man is given the most control over his body compared to other people. "Nature" does not restrict access to contraception, hormones, and surgeries. Humans do. When non-cis men demand control over their own bodies, they seem to be asking for "extra" rights, outside the "normal". See why it's so important to deconstruct who is deemed default?

As Aaron Kashtan puts so well in this article, "The default assumption of whiteness is no longer acceptable." It all comes back to messing up the idea of "default" and "normal". Casting a black Hermione does this beautifully. Since Rowling never described Hermione's race, Rowling can play with the idea that society deemed Hermione to be white. Deconstructing white normality will also deconstruct the dehumanization of people of color. Rowling can mess up the idea of a "default" race. She can get people to think twice when they label a "generic" person as white.

But JK Rowling's response also has some problems. Although it's nice that she never mentioned Hermione's race in the novel, why didn't she? Knowing full well, due to society, Hermione would be seen as white, why didn't Rowling specify her race? Couldn't Rowling have messed up the idea of a "default" race by specifically mentioning Hermione's race at the end of the first novel - tricking readers into thinking she's white, and then turning the tables in the novels? Why didn't Rowling do this in the novels?

There's an answer. Novels aren't visual. Therefore, it's much easier to avoid engaging with race if race never has to be mentioned. It's a cop-out for writers who are uncomfortable with race. In a world where race heavily influences every person, it's odd to see characters "without a race". But, honestly, we all know what we infer: these characters are white.

There seems to be a pattern of characters whose racial identities are not mentioned, and then are cast as white to no criticism. There is a pattern of characters whose racial identities are briefly specified as of color, but are cast as white (see: Katniss Everdeen). And when characters are cast as people of color: people get outraged.

Knowing full well that society will deem all characters in her British novel to be white unless specified otherwise, why didn't Rowling specify Hermione to be black? Many black girls would have loved this. Here I am, an Indian man, loving every instance that Parvati and Padma Patil show up in the books and the movies because they look sort of like me. Because even though the other main characters' races are not specified, I know I am not the generic race. I know I can never relate to them.

And there's more. Changing skin is not enough. If a character's plot is unaffected when their skin changes color, well, racism wouldn't exist. Now that Hermione is black, how will her Blackness play a part in the plot? Since much of the Wizarding World is influenced by the Muggle World, since many from the Muggle World come into the Wizarding World (Muggle-borns), and since the Muggle World is structured by race, the Wizarding World almost certainly has racism in it. (I can't imagine Snape or Umbridge not making snide remarks about Hermione's skin.) Will Rowling embrace Blackness in skin only, or embrace all the issues of Blackness as well?

Rowling did something similar with Dumbledore, announcing he was gay after the books were published, and only hinting at his sexuality in the actual novels. Yes, finding out he is gay was amazing. But we deserve more. Why couldn't he be gay in the novels?

A common concern will be that this is a children's story, and issues of race (and sexuality) are too heavy for children. This concern usually comes from white and cis straight people. Almost all children of color have been given the "you will be treated differently because of your skin" at a young age. All children of color experience racism at a young age. Many queer children struggle with sexuality and/or gender before they're even five years old. Their issues are real, and they need sources and guidance in how to deal with such issues. They don't need novels and plays that are blind to their identities. Identity blindness only helps the default. It only helps the privileged.

We don't live in an ideal world. We don't live in a colorblind world, and I'm tired of colorblind novels. In a world where white is the default, we deserve characters of color to be unapologetically labelled as such.

So there's my dilemma. Rowling has done a lot. We just deserve a lot more.

Congrats congrats congrats, Ms. Dumezweni!!!!! You're going to make an amazing Hermione :D (I'm honestly so excited for this, I hope they get it on DVD so I can watch here in the USofA.)
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Societal Perceptions Book Entry 1

Posted by jessmmceachern in Societal Perceptions by Jessica M. McEachern Blog, 23 December 2015 · 106 views
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Societal Perceptions Book Entry 1 There are individuals within society who do not recognize bias perspectives and innate behaviors until those actions and perceptions are confronted or challenged. Societal Perceptions was written to help readers connect with various experiences and identify misperceptions within society. The book utilizes experiences, observations, and narravies to explore how societal perceptions impact individuals, families, cultures, communities, and associations. By the end of the book, readers will understand how viewpoints, behaviors, thinking, and experiences constrain individuals, families, communities, cultures, and race relations within society. The book encourages readers to change thinking and actions to change societal views. The book is a great resource to utilize for discussion on various platforms. The book is a good read and a must read.

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The Tau Device reached first draft

Posted by Terence Park in T.P. Archie's Blog, 10 December 2015 · 113 views
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The Tau Device reached first draft The Tau Device reached first draft. That's a month back. Soon it'll be edited. I've hired Stephen Cashmore of SfEP (that's the Society for Editors and Proofreaders) who I've used before. 82,000 words. In real pages that comes to around 250. What's a real page? Conan the Conqueror: 44 lines per page, 200 pp.
Conan, a real hero - a man's man, from an age when men were real men and the women were... well pretty scary as well. When I first read Howard's Conan, I never realised that he only wrote the one novel - The Hour of the Dragon - which became Conan the Conqueror. At that time, L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter were busy reviving him in the US, and we in the UK got the backwash. The edition below appeared in the UK in 1974, 7 years after the US edition and 4 years after Marvel began a comic book serialisation with the great Barry Smith.
Lin Carter and L. Sprague de camp began a Conan industry which spawned many adventures that could have been written by Howard if he'd lived to be something like 70 (just jokin' - 69½). For a while I collected them but the industry of imitation lacked authenticity. Howard's work however - now that took me down strange by-ways. It was clear from his attention to detail in putting together his Hyborian Age that he had quite a good grasp of history. Many years later, as I studied texts dealing with historical events in Central Asia, Turks & Persians I was struck by similarities with Turan & Hyrkania. Things like that gave his work an air of authenticity. Of course Howard's Hyborian Age ended when the Hyrkanians, who were steppe dwellers, marched west to conquer or destroy - about 12,000 fictional years back.
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In the real world, the Turks (also nomad dwellers) crushed the last classical empires and by the middle of the thirteenth century were ready to assault Austria (for which read Vienna) and Venice. At this juncture more important events back east in Karakorum - the death of the Great Kahn Ögedei - meant the Mongol generals retired from Europe, taking their Turkic vassals with them. They'd mostly completed their task: the subjugation of those nomads who refused to join the Turco-Mongol hordes.

The entry image is of Terken Khatun, The Mother of Sultan Muhammad, being led captive by the Mongols. It is taken from a very old MS of Rashid-al-Din in the Bibliothèque Nationale. The doings of the Mongols and Turks are covered in Juvaini's contemporaneous account: The History of the World-Conqueror (translated by John Andrew Boyle for Harvard University Press / © 1958 by Manchester University Press)

Back to Conan the Conqueror/ The Hour of the Dragon. About 70k words long. Must have taken some work in the days before computers, writing software and online research.
Within 24 hours of finishing The Tau Device, I got writing withdrawal symptoms. Some things don't change.

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Books I Read: November 2015

  Posted by Mia K Rose in Mia K Rose | Forsaken Illusion, 01 December 2015 · 79 views

In total, I managed to read eight (8) books in the month of November this year. I’m only including the ones I finished reading during that month, and not ones I may have started. Two paperbacks, one hardback, and the remaining were on Kindle. All of them this month were YA. I should note I […]

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How to Procrastinate Like a Pro

Posted by trcolt in #writerslife, 01 December 2015 · 254 views
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You know how writer's life consists of procrastination instead of really sitting down and write. Well, today I don't feel like writing at all and spend the first few hours watching The Sim 4 playthrough on youtube. That's is not really useful now is it? So after feeling like an noncontributing member of society, I've decided to do some research. I'm in the progress of fine tuning my first book and I'm debating what I should do with it. It's a psychological thriller called "It's A Terrible Life' and it's part of a series. Should I self-publish and wait until I have at least three books before I go the traditional way or do I try to find an agent right away? Decisions, decisions.

So I went online and it seems like no matter what you do, you need to market your books. If you're not the one doing it then nobody is. Whether you have an agent or not, a good following always help. So what I did today:

1. I've created a new logo for myself (see my profile pic).
I like it plain and simple. And once my illustrator has finishes my cover then I'll be able to do more. But at the moment, this will do.

2. I started a FB page.
I know it's hard trying to start from scratch, but you have to start somewhere. Lucky for me I have a bunch of friends but then again, I'm writing under a pen name and I don't really want them to know it's me. I'm feeling pretty insecure about people I care about reading what I wrote. Maybe this will change one day but right now, I skipped inviting them. Just more casual acquaintances and associates.

3. I started twitter.
I'm told by someone on FB that twitter is the best and easy way to get started. And I agree. It's simple and everyone has them. First thing first, though. You need followers. So what I did, I went and follow a bunch of authors and publishing company. Then I post my first few tweets. Tips I've gotten? a) stay active andaimed at 10 to 20 tweets a day and at least 10 retweets b) uses popular hashtags I don't know if this will work but I'm going to do so and I'll update my progress.

So, although I didn't get much re-editing done today, I did something. And this is how you procrastinate like a pro.

I hope this helps!

Cheers, Colt.
@trcolt

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The Life and Times of Jordan Adams

Posted by JordanTheNinja in JordanTheNinja's Blog, 19 November 2015 · 144 views

Hello, hello, hello.

It feels like it has been eons. Ages. As if the world has overcome me in the sense of passing. By this, I’m referring to my absence in many things. From this fantastic website. From any major writing. College life as well as work life have consumed most of my available free time. Trust, I’ve had fleeting story ideas, all of which do not return once they pass through the gigantic filter that is my brain. I’ve finally found time to write something that was non-academic and not bound by the rules of an essay, so for the first time in a long time it feels good to write something with entirely my own freedom.

I’m quickly approaching my 20th birthday, and I’m feeling old. Now, of course, I know that it’s silly of me to feel this way (it’s not like I should fear getting AARP letters in the mail, or start considering nursing home options) but this literal transition from teenager to adulthood is a little daunting to me. I think it’s because of this beautiful, man-made thing I call time that has me afraid. We are all governed by our own metaphorical hour-glass that will one day run out of sand. And each grain drop terrifies me.

Funny enough, it wasn’t even until very recently (about the start of this semester) that I began to feel this sense of having no time. As if not just my own, but the whole world's hourglass was about to drop its last grain. Perhaps it is merely my own fears projected onto my view of the universe, but I cannot shake this feeling. I do not know what this means, but I hope the feeling goes away. It is hard for me to fathom the future; where will my writing go? Will I have a wife and kids? What will happen?

There are so many things that I imagine when I consider my future. But what if there is not as much time as I imagined? What if things were indeed about to wrap up? The writer in me enjoys toying with this idea of having no time, but the “self” version of me is very uncertain. There are many firsts that I still want to experience; many things I still wanted to accomplish. The bits and pieces of poetry/writing that I’ve done over the past six months or so have had a dominating (and perhaps not so underlying) theme of “time” and the lack of it.

The reason that this is happened is because there are no filters with my writing. I write what I feel, what I’m afraid of. It is therapeutic for me. If I create characters and stories that are of things I’m afraid of or things that make me sad, it makes me stronger towards it somehow. Don’t ask me why; my brain is very weird that way. So here is just another example of that—I’m writing about time and how much it scares me.

Everything comes to an end sooner or later; all things go. I feel like everyone subconsciously is aware of this, but, naturally, they don’t want to talk about it. I’m on both sides of the fence—no, I do not want to talk about the end of things, but at the same time, you can’t avoid it. So why not discuss it? Why not share ideas and theories and stories? Stories are one of my favorite things (if you haven’t already figured that out already) and guess what? All stories have an end. Everyone is living their own story right now. It had a beginning, is currently experiencing the middle, and will one day reach its end. So if we think of life as just one big metaphorical book, I know how to handle that. I can grasp this concept.

At the end of it all, at the most basic fundamentals of life, regardless of what religion you believe in, we are eternal beings. We are not here for this brief amount of time. We were not created for that purpose, to just be born and then die and become nothing. With that, I find some comfort, that perhaps while we will one day reach the end of one era, it will not truly be the end of myself.

The thought of being able to write forever is comforting, but more comforting is the fact that, no matter how it all plays out, it is not truly the end.

Until next time,

Jordan

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SILENT WHISPERS MOVEMENT: DARE II DREAM

Posted by Quiana Kyles in The Silent Whispers Movement, 15 November 2015 · 102 views

Hello World!

I'm, here just to rely a message to all 2000+ viewers who've seen the blog postings! Thank, you for all of your support...
For, me to step out of the shadows of poetry and expand to film is a big leap for someone like me..Yes, I grew up in the impoverished communities of Chicago but through the struggles I've learned how to do more then just survive but thrive.
Through, self-employment that is the only way to advance....In, my world through creative expression I've been able to create a world that I am truly proud of. The objective is to someday literally own the jet building create a production company that would give a voice to an under served population...

Right, now as we speak I have a fundraiser on the website indiegogo.com which is geared toward making the project His Voice His Movement a success at the box office but I am asking for your support... If, all of the 2000 plus viewers would lend a hand then we can send the message to Hollywood that the legacy of MJ is one that can't be denied.

For, every contribution that's made you do get a perk or two as a result of your efforts to spread the word and donate. Those perks include shout out's on cyberspace to Movie Merchandise! No, matter the level of contributions made you'll get a Perk!
Even, if you go out on my website www.facebook.com/HVHMCHI16 you can fill out the mailing list, answer the trivia questions and get 2 free tickets to the premier in Chicago! Of course you would handle all transportation and lodging on your own!

There, is a beauty in knowing that MJ influenced not just mere blocks (sorry Spike Lee) but nations......

Everybody, knows that the Jackson dynasty started in the MId-West...Now, it's our time to say thank you!
When, you have dreams in life you can't allow your surroundings to determine your success! You, can have a million No's keep pushing and find that there is one yes waiting in the midst of those sea of No's...

It, will get tough and the road may seem endless but take heart your help is just a step or two away...

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The Final Chapter

  Posted by From The Write Angle in From The Write Angle Blog, 29 September 2015 · 124 views

by all of us

It is not with sadness, but melancholy, that we at From The Write Angle announce we are disbanding, inter-marrying and moving into condominiums.

Wait, that was Doonesbury.

We have only been the imaginings of an autistic boy looking into a snow globe. … No, that was St.Elsewhere.

The war is over – nope, M*A*S*H.

We can’t continue because we’ve been jailed for criminal indifference.  We haven’t, that was the characters of Seinfeld, but maybe we should all do a little time for that offense.

What we’re trying to say is, we are moving on.

From The Write Angle began in 2011 on the premise that we are often best helped, not by those who have reached the top of the climb, but by our peers just a rung or two ahead of us. As a collection of writers at different levels on the ladder, we offered our thoughts from our point of view, our angle.

But our angles have changed. Each of us has kept to our own climb, which now takes us away from this blog.

For our readers who have journeyed with us, thank you. We hope we have helped. For those who have just found us, we leave behind these articles not as sage advice, but just clues, hints, of how we got where you are now, with the hope that they will guide you toward a better tomorrow.

And we wish that your success will one day inspire others.

In the comments of this post each of the contributors to From The Write Angle, past and present, will write a little something about where they were when they joined us, and where they are now. After that, the automatic lights will go out. This blog will be dark.

But as soon as someone walks through the door, the lights will click on.

If you are a budding writer who has stumbled on this anew, please keep posting comments. We’ll be listening. 



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