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IWSG: Inspiration

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses in The Writer Ambitious, 06 May 2015 · 0 views

Happy First Wednesday!

It is time to share our writerly woes, achievements, and thoughts with others like us. This was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, and there are now hundreds of writers who participate! There is also a website now, which can be visited HERE.

A couple of weeks ago, my cousin messaged me to tell me her son was writing a story, "Just like Deborah."* It definitely made me get a little misty, and it also made me feel like I have to keep pushing myself to write and get to that publication goal to make him proud. I'm sure by this week, he'll want to be a fireman or something, but it was just nice to hear. Some people do find the inspiration to write from authors they've read, so I would love to be that author for someone out there.

Hope to visit you today!

(*He actually wrote a two-sentence story on my old laptop when he was 4, so when his mom told him that, he said, "Oh, so this is my second novel?" haha)




  Posted by Michelle4Laughs in Michelle4Laughs: It's in the Details, 06 May 2015 · 0 views

I'm starting a new series of posts as we wait for Query Kombat time to arrive. They are called Help Out a Veteran, because all the authors will be veterans of one of my contests!

I think everyone who enters Query Kombat or any contest becomes part of the writing community, almost like a giant family. And we should support each other. Do what we can for each other. It's what families do! Thus this series.

If you have participated in one of my contests and have a book coming out or already published, please get in contact. I'd love to host you for one of these posts! You don't need a cover yet, or any links to Amazon. All you need is a Goodreads page for your upcoming book. 

The first victim is Max Wirestone, who was the NA Grand Champion from last year's Query Kombat


For fans of The Guild, New Girl, Scott Pilgrim, Big Bang Theory, Veronica Mars, or anyone who has ever geeked out about something.

The odds of Dahlia successfully navigating adulthood are 3,720 to 1. But never tell her the odds.

Meet Dahlia Moss, the reigning queen of unfortunate decision-making in the St. Louis area. Unemployed broke, and on her last bowl of ramen, she's not living her best life. But that's all about to change.

Before Dahlia can make her life any messier on her own she's offered a job. A job that she's woefully under-qualified for. A job that will lead her to a murder, an MMORPG, and possibly a fella (or two?).

Turns out unfortunate decisions abound, and she's just the girl to deal with them.

October 20, 2015 from Redhook.

Now it's time for your part. Head over to Goodreads and add this to your want to read list. Follow Max on twitter. 

Support a contest veteran and writer like yourself! Someday it could be you in this spot.


Max Wirestone is a librarian in a small New Hampshire town.  His first book, the geek-themed mystery THE UNFORTUNATE DECISIONS OF DAHLIA MOSS will be published in hardcover  (and audio) in October.  He is a currently at work on his second Dahlia book, a fantasy inspired by IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD, a "parenting noir" novella, and a machine that will somehow create more hours in his day.

He can be found at @maxwires on twitter, or at maxwirestone.com



Family, Writing, Work, Other. It's like taking a Poll.

Posted by D. E. Jackson in Adventures of Wolf 5, 05 May 2015 · 20 views

There are going to be needs. You have to take care of family. You have to work. And sometimes Writing takes a back seat. I'm writing this today because I have two weeks left before school is out. The house will no longer have the quiet vibe I need to write and it will be out of the question. I thought some might be in the same boat and I'd like to share some ways you could do other things that pertain to writing while you wait for the next school year. Here is a list I'm going to try this summer.

Family: First off, Family must come first! I cannot stress this enough. I know you want that book written and edited. That query done to perfection. Researching that might take hours. But first! You must see to the Needs of family. So this summer we are...

Planting a garden and caring for it.
Doing some yard work. (I have a beautiful big yard)
Fishing (I have a small creek in my backyard, though I don't know if we will catch anything)
Walk the neighborhood
Bird watch and learn about nature.

Benefits for writing:
Gardening- a good description on how hard or soft the ground can be when traveling will be of good use in my books.
Fishing- I can learn about minnows, and maybe even frogs should my characters ever run across a stream.
Walk the neighborhood- I can meet new people and perhaps pick up new personalities, features, and habits that would go good with characters.
Bird watch and learn about nature- I can learn about the Flora and Fauna my characters might be traveling through and perhaps morph them a bit to be of more interest. (have your phone or a note pad ready and take notes.)

Work: Most of you will have people you see everyday. You already know them well. So I suggest switching their personality with another.
What would this person be like if they had so and so's personality instead?
How would the person with the bald head act if he suddenly had a full head of hair?
What if the beautiful girl who sits at her desks and knows she's got it all suddenly didn't?
You get the idea.

For you stay at home moms, such as myself:
What if your child's room were actually clean! Yeah right.
What if your floor was a different color? Had wood? Had carpet?
What types of homes or places would your characters visit?
How would they feel in your home and feel about you as a hostess?
Who would you need to be to please them?
What type of house would they feel comfortable in or uncomfortable?
What kind of sounds do you hear in your home and how would you describe them? (My house makes noises. I think its the change in the weather.)

In every activity you do, look for the possibilities and write them down when they come to you. I hope I've helped while you wait to write again. I'll post what I've learned throughout the summer for future writing. Until then, stay strong! :)


Author Interview on Writers Alive – Families and Fiction

  Posted by Deb Borys in Debra R. Borys, 05 May 2015 · 17 views

John Byck from WritersAlive.com  was one of the first people to interview me when Painted Black was published, so I was glad of an opportunity to revisit his podcast and talk about Box of Rain and the Street Stories series. … Continue reading



Natasha Sinel On Taking Feedback From Rejections

  Posted by bigblackcat97 in Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, 05 May 2015 · 18 views

If there's one thing that many aspiring writers have few clues about, it's the submission process. There are good reasons for that; authors aren't exactly encouraged to talk in detail about our own submission experiences, and - just like agent hunting - everyone's story is different. I managed to cobble together a few non-specific questions that some debut authors have agreed to
answer (bless them). And so I bring you the submission interview series - Submission Hell - It's True. Yes, it's the SHIT.

Today's guest for the SHIT is Natasha Sinel, author of THE FIX, which is about the fixes we rely on to cope with our most shameful secrets and the hope and fear that comes with meeting someone who challenges us to come clean. Natasha writes from her home on a dirt road in Northern Westchester, NY. She drives her kids around all afternoon but in her head, she’s still in high school and hopes no one near her can read minds. You can find her on Twitter or Facebook. THE FIX is her first novel.

How much did you know about the submission process before you were out on subs yourself?

I’d never realized that an editor goes through so many approvals in order to make an offer. I thought if an editor loved a manuscript, then she could make an offer right away. It makes sense, then, that an editor has to really fall in love with a manuscript to want to go through all those hoops.

Did anything about the process surprise you?

It surprised me that a few editors never responded to my agent, even though they’d expressed interest and had requested the manuscript. Even a one-sentence “no thank you” or “not for me” would have been better than crickets.

Did you research the editors you knew had your ms? Do you recommend doing that?

I’ll admit to Googling, reading interviews, Twitter-stalking. On the one hand, I learned so much about the publishing world by reading up on editors, and found some new favorite authors this way. On the other hand, it was not useful to see cryptic tweets, read into every word, and wonder if they were talking about my manuscript.

What was the average amount of time it took to hear back from editors?

A couple of passes came within a couple of weeks. Some never responded—one of these crushed me since I’d had a conference critique with him and I thought he seemed to connect with the manuscript. But, I’d say the average response time was six weeks.

What do you think is the best way for an author out on submission to deal with the anxiety?

At first I wanted every answer that came in as soon as my agent got it. But I found that a pass popping up in my inbox at random times was a surefire way to ruin a perfectly good day. So, I asked my agent to let me know only if there was something positive. A couple of times, I caved and asked her if she’d gotten any news, and then she’d forward a pass if she’d received one. But at least that way I was prepared.

Everyone says that diving into a new project is the best way to deal with anxiety while on sub. I agree—if you can do that. I wasn’t particularly successful at it. I did a lot of reading, though. And errands.

If you had any rejections, how did you deal with that emotionally? How did this kind of rejection compare to query rejections?

At first the rejections were kind of exciting! It was amazing that an editor at a real publishing house had read my manuscript (or part of it, at least), considered it seriously, and had taken the time to compose a thoughtful response. After a while, though, the thrill faded a bit and the passes would start to break my heart—particularly if it was an editor who I thought would be a great fit or if the comments were so incredibly positive and then would end with a BUT…(for example, “I was enthralled and it reminds me of Eleanor & Park but…” —that one resulted in some tears and chocolate consumption).

The editor passes were much easier to handle than query rejections, though, because I had my agent on my team.

If you got feedback on a rejection, how did you process it? How do you compare processing an editor’s feedback as compared to a beta reader’s?

I really appreciated feedback from editors when they offered solid ways to improve the manuscript. One editor passed because she had a book coming out with a similar theme (this is why I prefer to call them passes, because it doesn’t always feel like a rejection), but she went on to give a few suggestions on plot and character that were so helpful, I ended up revising the manuscript based on her comments.

In general, when I receive feedback, whether from an editor or from a beta reader, I appreciate the time they’ve taken, and then try to take a step back to consider what resonates with me and what doesn’t. When an editor (or beta reader) points something out that isn’t working or could be improved upon and I agree, then I have no choice but to change it. If I don’t feel like I would’ve written it that way, though, then I won’t do it. I made that mistake in another manuscript, and I cringed when I re-read it. It felt like someone else had written those parts (and not in a good way). Now, I make sure that there is not a single sentence or scene or character trait that could make me cringe on a read-through.

When you got your YES! how did that feel? How did you find out – email, telephone, smoke signal?

I had some heads up from my agent that stuff was happening—the editor loved my manuscript but needed to bring it to the editorial meeting, and after that, the publisher. I had no idea how long that would take. Knowing the business, I was prepared to wait months. And there was always that chance she wouldn’t get the okay to make an offer. But she did! My agent called the day before my birthday, while I was feeling sorry for myself that I’d have to spend yet another birthday with no book deal. When I saw my agent’s name on my phone, I told myself, she might be calling to say it was a no. But when I answered, she said “This is the call!” I was sort of in shock. It’s overwhelming to get what you’ve always wanted. And then I called family and friends, and with each call it felt more real, and then I was ecstatic.

Did you have to wait a period of time before sharing your big news, because of details being ironed out? Was that difficult?

From the time I got the offer to the time I announced was about six weeks, which is actually pretty fast. Once the contract was signed, the Publishers Marketplace announcement came out a few days later. Before that, I was allowed to tell people close to me, I just couldn’t put it on the Internet until the PM announcement came out. That part of the waiting was so much less difficult than any other period of the process. I had a signed contract, and I knew it was happening!



Can you be pregnant and still be stylish?

Posted by doriswinger in doriswinger's Blog, 04 May 2015 · 35 views
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It is this column’s natural tendency to say things like, “Wear whatever the devil you like!” and “Who the heck cares if people laugh at you for wearing a muumuu? Wear whatever floats your boat!” Truly, this is that rarest of species, the libertarian fashion column.
But sometimes this, “Hey, just let it all hang out, girlfriend” attitude is, to be frank, just not very helpful. Because while this column has no truck with people (or, more specifically, tabloids) who judge pregnant women on their looks, it has just as little truck with those who tell them they shouldn’t worry their pretty pregnant brains about things such as personal style because they’re now – insert pious face – CREATING LIFE.
Being of an age when most of my female friends have gone through pregnancy at least once, I have realised that the most fascinating aspects of childbirth are not only not taught in schools, but not discussed anywhere, ever. Never mind the weirdness of your stomach suddenly becoming public property, with total strangers running up to rub your tummy, as if you were a giant Buddha statue (a good way to deal with that, I’ve found, is to rub their stomach right back, “And how are YOU feeling?”, as if stomach rubbing were a new form of friendly greeting.) Never mind, even, the way that the media and utter strangers feel it is perfectly within their rights to harangue you about every choice you make, from breastfeeding to caesarean sections, as though it were anyone’s business but yours and your baby’s. (Don’t even get me started on the anti-caesarean-section propaganda women get fed in this country, motivated largely by concerns about saving the NHS money, or we seriously will be here all day.)
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No, what fascinates me is how pregnancy so naturally prepares a woman for becoming a mother. This is particularly pleasing because the amount of hysteria surrounding pregnancy suggests that most people think women are idiots who will accidentally sell their baby on eBay on a bed of blue cheese and insufficiently cooked crustaceans. In fact, the body has a way of just helping matters to take their natural course.
Take needing to pee in the night. All pregnant women will have endured the tedium that is having to go to the loo a thousand times a night. Irritating though that is, isn’t it clever how this prepares them for having to get up a million times in the night to attend to their baby after the birth? Like I said, Mother Nature has got it going on.
Then there are maternity clothes, which, as it happens, serve a similar purpose. Times have moved on, mostly, from Princess Diana’s pie-crust-collar tent dresses, but that doesn’t mean times are great in the world of maternity clothes.
Any middle-class pregnant woman in the UK will at some point be nudged in the direction of the proudly upmarket maternity clothing retailers, Séraphine and Isabella Oliver. I’ve been to these stores a half dozen times and I can tell you that they are, indeed, very nice – if you want to look like the Duchess of Cambridge or Samantha Cameron and don’t mind spending three figures on a dress you’ll wear for about five months. Both stores have some useful wrap dresses (although, honestly, you can buy those anywhere), but, in the case of Séraphine, it is undeniably Sloaney, with all those floral sleeveless dresses (what pregnant woman wants to go sleeveless?) and patterned slacks (and what pregnant woman wants to wear patterns across her arse?). Just going into Séraphine brings back memories of the one time I tried to find a dress at LK Bennett on Sloane Street (I was 21, I thought that was how I was meant to dress for job interviews.) So if that’s your bag, great. If not, jog on. Isabella Oliver is better, but still crazy expensive, considering you won’t be able to wear the clothes in a year’s time.
Then we move on to high-street maternity clothes, as sold by the likes of Topshop, Next, New Look, H&M and so on. These aren’t terrible, and you can get decent maternity jeans in these places (Leigh jeans at Topshop are the best), but the inevitable yet sad truth is that their selections are relatively small. Well, of course they are: these retailers do, after all, have fewer pregnant customers than non-pregnant ones. But this does mean that a pregnant woman ends up buying something she doesn’t really like, just because she needs to wear some damn thing. And that can be a very weird sensation because most women, whether into fashion or not, make a personal statement through their clothing, even if it’s just: “I’m a mainstream funky pigeon who likes Breton tops.” So to be denied that, and forced into clothes you’d never usually wear, is disconcerting.
But, in a weird way, this, too, prepares a woman for motherhood. As many others have noted, there’s nothing like having a baby to make a woman feel like she’s lost her identity. You’re no longer your name – you’re the mum of your child. If anything newsworthy happens to you for the rest of your life, the papers will describe you as ‘mum’, as in “Manchester mum wins the lottery!” Clearly, this is bizarre, but it’s funny how well maternity clothes prepare a woman for this, with their forced and restrictive identity. Like I said, Mother Nature, eh? What a bitch.


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Posted by vasiquneces in vasiquneces' Blog, 04 May 2015 · 22 views

In the controlled chaos balenciaga bags of most sports, you have to sift out which elements demand full your attention and which need to blocked out. While selective attention or "focus" may seem to be a cliche spouted by athletes and coaches in postgame interviews, the ability to screen out irrelevant stimuli in fact may be among the most important to highlevel performance in sports. Your mind is programmed to focus to novel stimuli, part of the orienting response needed by our ancestors in balenciaga part time brgouesthe wild. But for sports contests, a different approach better serves you.
Stay in the present, clinical and sports psychologist John F. Murray advises. Balenciaga Briefly note mistakes and move on, and curb a tendency to worry about possible mistakes to come. Relax for a moment between points, as tennis stars such as Roger Federer do, and regroup, especially for match points.
Recite relevant mantras to your sport, such as "watch the ball's seams," "attack," "hit the hole" and balenciaga city"look the ball in" balenciaga work to increase your selective attention.
Pay selective attention to relevant cues so you can anticipate your opponent's move. In racket sports, look for the opponent's shoulder and trunk movements and racket position, recommends University of Idaho sports psychology professor Damon Burton in "Sport Psychology for Coaches." In hockey, focus more on the shooter's stick than the puck itself. In baseball or softball, watch the batter's feet. In basketball and football, watch the passer's eyes, and in soccer, watch the midsection of the balenciaga giant 21 bag dribbler.
Calibrate your visual field to your specific sport, broadly looking at the field or court in balenciaga first bagsports such as basketball, soccer and football balenciaga outlet and narrowly directing your attention in sports such as skiing, where simply focusing on turns and hand position helps most.


Nepal Relief: 2nd Submission Package from Sarah Negovetich

  Posted by Mia K Rose in Mia K Rose | Forsaken Illusion, 04 May 2015 · 8 views

Sarah Negovetich, literary agent at Corvisiero Literary […]



Five Ways to Get Back to Writing

  Posted by Joe Stephens in My Train of Thought, 02 May 2015 · 30 views

I keep a board on Pinterest with ideas for how I'll arrange my writing nook if ever I actually get one. Right now I live with my parents, and I may be here for the foreseeable future, so a dedicated writing space may be several years down the road. But I can dream. When I lived on my own, I had a room that, when I went in there, it was time to write. That's what happened in there. In the current situation, there is no such place. Every room in the house is dedicated to something else and, since I am guest in their home (I honestly don't think they see it that way, but it's true nonetheless), I can't just say that the spare room is now my writer's lair. As a result, I found myself not dedicating the time to writing that I once did. I needed to find a solution to that problem, especially if I want to meet my long-term goal of publishing three books a year. So I came up with a plan. It has five parts. Maybe you're in a similar situation and need some ideas on how to get back to being productive. Here they are, in no particular order:
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  • Find a designated writing place outside the house. For me, that's Panera Bread. I go there nearly every Saturday and write and/or edit. I put in my headphones, drink more coffee than is probably healthy, and write for hours. I can actually feel myself going into writer mode when I enter the door. Maybe a crowded restaurant won't work for you. Do you have a library nearby? Or maybe even a park? You can probably find a spot more easily than you think once you start looking. 
  • Dedicate a specific time every day to writing. I am a morning person, but I generally putter the first hour or two away doing email and other social media things, much of which is directly connected to writing in that it's about promoting my books, but it's para-writing, not writing itself, which has to take a front seat. So I've set a goal of at least a half-hour of writing every morning regardless of when else I can work it in. Maybe for you, morning isn't the time. But I bet you can find one. 
  • Re-define what you consider "enough time to write." Much like I am with reading, I prefer to have a good solid block of time to write. At least a half an hour, more if possible. But life is almost always about what you can do and not about what you prefer. So commit to using those snippets of time that you usually use scrolling through Twitter or Facebook to either reading or writing. Take 10 minutes a half-dozen times in a day and you have an hour of writing in. 
  • Be a little more selfish. Before I started writing seriously, I pretty much lived for my students. I made myself their designated fan. I went to every game, every performance, every competition. I felt guilty if I missed something. But I've decided that I can support my students without being at every single event. In some ways, being there for a game or two rather than every single one makes it more special to them anyway. So I still go to my kids' activities, but I learn to be okay with it being one or two per season. Is there an area in which you can find a little more balance? Not necessarily give something up but maybe just cut back your commitment to a more reasonable level and use that time to get another chapter written each week. 
  • Turn off the idiot box. I grew up in a family of TV watchers. Read my books and you'll find the characters' names are mostly tributes to the shows I grew up watching. But the TV is the major time suck in my life. And it often happens without my even noticing it. I turn on the TV in my room while I'm changing out of my work clothes and it stays on until bedtime. Another evening that could've been productive poured down the black hole that is almost all of television. All it takes is simple step--I don't turn it on unless I have a specific show I want to watch. Maybe for you, it's not the TV. Maybe it's the Internet. There's a fix for that too, especially if you type on a laptop. Turn off the wi-fi. Put your phone on airplane mode. There was a time when we weren't accessible 24/7 and the sun came up every morning.  
I hope you find those helpful, whether you're looking for time to write or do something else you just can't seem to find the time for. Do you have any other tricks you use to keep yourself productive? If so, feel free to share. 



Upcoming Writer Contest Alert

  Posted by Lora Palmer in Lora Palmer's Blog, 30 April 2015 · 19 views

Hey, fellow writers! I want to share a contest alert with you guys.

Michelle Hauck is gearing up for another lovely contest for unagented writers who have a completed, finished and query-ready manuscript. Get ready for Query Kombat! The entry window opens May 22nd at 5:30 pm Eastern time and lasts for an hour. So, you still have plenty of time to get those submissions polished to perfection. Check here for more info.

The fun thing about contests is the connections you make with other writers on twitter while you all wait together to see whose entries are chosen, no matter how it all turns out. Give a shout out if you're planning to join in!

For me, I'll probably stop by and cheer you all on, but I'm going to focus on my short stories and editing my second novel. I''ll try to get RED SKY all shiny and sparkly by this time next year--if not sooner, which would be awesome-- and will definitely try my luck with contests again.

Best of luck, everyone!



The Free Advantage

  Posted by From The Write Angle in From The Write Angle Blog, 30 April 2015 · 16 views

By Matt Sinclair

Our latest free days are done, but I’m still sifting through the data of the experience. Last week, my company Elephant’s Bookshelf Press ran some ads to promote Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand by fellow FTWAer R.S. Mellette. Friday was National Physics Day, so we decided to try to become a particle on that wave and ride it ohm. My painful puns aside, I was pleased with the results.

Billy Bobble is in KDP Select, which means the electronic version of the book is currently distributed exclusively through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. For every ninety days of exclusivity on what is clearly the biggest online bookselling space, we have up to five days during which we can “sell” the book for free. While we could just use those days and see what happens, it makes a lot of sense to promote the fact that it’s available for free. After all, the point is to get the book in front of as many people as possible.

I won’t specify which vehicle we used the first time we tried this for Billy Bobble, as the results were less than lackluster. Let’s just say, we had much higher expectations than the double-digit returns we got, especially when the advertising vehicle said its emails were sent to more than a hundred thousand addresses.

So, with Physics Day on the horizon, I decided to conduct an experiment. We’d run three consecutive free days. On the first, I chose to run an ad through a popular site geared toward voracious readers. The second day, we advertised through an even more popular site that had worked well for us in the past (when Battery Brothers became the most widely downloaded free YA book on Amazon for a day… ah, memories…)

Without giving away too much information, I’ll say this: if BookBub is as effective as it is popular and exclusive, then those authors whose books are accepted for it (which we weren’t) must be very pleased. While the results for Billy Bobble were not quite as strong as those for Battery Brothers, we easily topped a thousand downloads for the three days. I think I was running a slight risk in highlighting the physics aspect of the novel, but it’s true to the work. Although some folks seem to be frightened by what might sound intimidating, we keep receiving very positive reviews along the lines of “not just for kids,” and “a fun family read.”

I’m asked sometimes why we would give the book away for free; why not simply discount. There are several reasons. For one, it’s a good way to get the book in front of a lot of ebook readers – particularly those who are savvy (or cheap) enough to subscribe to the popular “free download” newsletters. That said, I’m well aware that many of those downloaded books will never be read. I can’t tell you how many free titles are currently languishing on my Kindle while I spend my time reading books for work and for EBP. But one of the most valuable reasons is that we’re more likely to get reviews after a free day.

I always hope to get at least one review for every ten downloads. On Amazon, the number of reviews helps get the book into their email promotions, which don’t cost EBP anything. Plus, if those readers enjoyed Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand, then we hope they’ll be excited for Billy Bobble and the Witch Hunt, which I’m editing now. Ultimately, it’s all about providing readers an enjoyable experience and getting them to come back for more.

How have you promoted your free days? Care to share?

Matt Sinclair, a New York City-based journalist and fiction writer, is also president and chief elephant officer of Elephant's Bookshelf Press, which recently published Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand by R.S. Mellette and Tales from the Bully Box, a collection of anti-bullying stories edited by Cat Woods. EBP is currently looking for horror stories for an anthology that will be published in the fall. Matt also blogs at the Elephant's Bookshelf and is on Twitter @elephantguy68.




  Posted by K McClelland in Teardrops On My Book, 30 April 2015 · 19 views

Several Z words going through my mind. (Surprising since I had some issues with X and Y).

When I was a little younger, if I heard Zig-Zag, my mind tended to think of herbs...

Zapped makes me think of a Disney movie that my kids have made me watch twice. (And I don't hate it although it's not my favorite.)

And speaking of, Zendaya is a really awesome young lady. I like that my kids look up to her. (Hence why they needed to see Zapped several times and why I needed to record the Radio Disney Music Awards).

And the last Z word I thought of was zing. One of my favorite movies for I'm not really sure what reason exactly is Hotel Transylvania. I'm a little more excited than I should be about them coming out with a sequel really. But why I thought of zing because of it, in case you haven't seen the movie, is because that's what they call that feeling when you meet the one.

I always find it interesting in stories to hear what words they use. In romance novels of the paranormal variety I tend to hear people giving a title to that feeling. It's neat how different writers can come up with different things. Lynsay Sands calls them 'life mates' in her Argeneau series. JR Ward uses hellren, shellan, and also leelan for her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. And even Laurell K Hamilton uses different terms for Anita's many different lovers/boyfriend/whatever...

In Hotel Transylvania, that 'zing' is when you look into someone's eyes and just feel it. That pull, that voice screaming they're the one. A zing only happens once in a lifetime and it's not guaranteed to happen at all. It can seem a little cheesy, but so do the other love stories sometimes. I'm a sucker for love stories though so oh well.

Damn it's been one helluva month. Glad that's it's over, hate to see it go a little. Only a little though because April has honestly kinda sucked outside of the little blog world.

Thanks to all who stopped by this month. If I haven't been around to your site yet, I'm very sorry and I'm going over all my commenters today to make sure I stop in on you all. I'll do the same for those from today. I hope you had fun, if you hang around after the challenge I hope I can keep you entertained.

Have a great day and I'll see you next time. :)



News: WRECKAGE to be translated into GERMAN!

  Posted by mlebleek in Bleeker Street, 29 April 2015 · 20 views

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I just got word that WRECKAGE will be translated and published into German this spring! I’ll have more details soon, but for now it is time to brush up on some of my high school German. Join me!



The Humanizing Power of Writing Inclusively

  Posted by SC_Author in SC Write--Writing, Publishing, and Harry Potter, 28 April 2015 · 26 views

I've been talking a lot about my #WriteInclusively campaign recently but I realized I never really showed why it's so necessary, on a factual basis at least.

SO, SCIENCE!! *confetti*

Here's an article that discusses various studies about the link between reading and being 'more human'. Honestly, not a fan of the article. Kinda long. Kinda boring.

Honestly, to all of us who read and write, building empathy is kind of a given. Being a good writer means understanding our character, and usually the character we are writing has different identities than we do. That means we strive to understand, empathize, and realize very different experiences than we have.

If that sounds exhausting, it's because it is. We writers constantly think and over-think every action of characters take. And in that process, we understand the humanity of these people.

That is why #WriteInclusively is so important. When we write inclusively, when we include characters of different colors, different sexual and gender identities, different abilities, when we write about these characters who are too often ignored, we are putting ourselves through the task of empathizing and humanizing these people.

It's vitally important that we keep writing about underrepresented identities. I'm deeply against the idea that writers cannot responsibly write from the perspective of characters who identify differently than the writer. After all, authors of color have been writing about white characters for such a long time.

And it's hard. Very hard. I have a deep fear that, even though I edit voraciously, research a ton, and get a lot of beta readers, I am misrepresenting the characters I write about. It's a constant battle to decolonize our thinking and break free of social constructions. It's a battle to elevate and trust the truth spoken from those we are writing about, and to block out what others tell us. We will fail, a lot. And we will have to correct ourselves. But we have to do it.

It is not a political statement to have a LGBTQ, person of color, or person of different ability as our main character. Since when did humanity become political? Honestly, I'm fed up with politics being brought into everything. We're humans, not political parties - we can do things without them being political!

Our readers will read our books and empathize with the characters we create. If we do our jobs right, we will humanize our characters. It is something that we crucially need in the world we live in. The more I think about it, the more every social injustice stems from not realizing the humanity of the victims.

If we recognized everyone's humanity, this world would be a much, much better place. We as authors have the ability to make this world better - our books have the scientific ability to make people empathize with identities they'll never experience (isn't that incredible?!).

We have the power to make the world better, one child, one reader, and one writer at a time (because we can't forget about self-improvement!). We can make this a great world for all people. 

That's why #WriteInclusively is so important. And, if you wish, I urge you to write inclusively!

How do you think writing can help the world? What do you feel is the power of writing and reading?



Eclectic Tastes

  Posted by Jemi in Just Jemi, 27 April 2015 · 18 views

For anyone who's been following my blog for a while, you probably know I have rather eclectic tastes. I've really noticed this while I've been working away on my NaNo project this month (reached 50k last week!!).

I don't like writing in silence, I prefer to have music or the TV on in the background, but my TV tastes don't match my writing tastes at all!

I write contemporary romance.

I watch sports, mysteries, and all kinds of SF.

Right now, I've got my Fringe DVDs playing - not exactly on the same wavelength as my romance. My other DVDs are along the same lines - Firefly/Serenity, Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Battlestar Galactica, Grimm...

Not quite sure what that says about my brain. Maybe because the genres are so different, I'm not confused at all about what's going on in my story and what's on the screen. I do know I focus better on my writing with my TV faves (or sports) are playing on TV.

Or else I'm a little crazy - which no one has ruled out yet!

How about you? Do you write and watch the same genres? Or do you like to mix it up a bit?



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Posted by songwenjie in songwenjie's Blog, 27 April 2015 · 20 views

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Beginners.....got to start somewhere

Posted by Jenn_TheBookGeek in Jenn_TheBookGeek's Blog, 25 April 2015 · 42 views

You know how the old saying goes...."Got to start somewhere", so that's what I'm doing. This is my start. I have never had a blog nor have I ever belonged to any type of literary website. At least that's what I consider Agent Query Connect to be. I'm hopeful to read other aspiring writers work and not so much to "put myself out there" to have my own work read. I love to read and as much as I would love the chance to be published, I just can't seem to put a book down long enough to get it done! Is there anyone like me out there? Just curious...


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Chargeur pour Asus X93SV

Posted by fukuokablog in Batterie originale Pc Portables, 20 April 2015 · 71 views

Asus lance en France son nouvel ordinateur portable grand format Asus X93SM-YZ158V au format 18.4 pouces. Pour moins de 800 euros, il intègre sous plateforme Intel Huron River un disque dur véloce de grande capacité, un processeur Core i5 Sandy Bridge, une carte graphique NVIDIA de dernière génération, de l’USB 3.0 ainsi qu’une dalle Full HD.

Microsoft Office 2010 Starter comprend des versions limitées de Word et Excel. Chargeur Asus X93SM Il est cependant possible de bénéficier de toutes les fonctionnalités de la suite Office en achetant une carte d'activation (ou une version boite) auprès de Microsoft ou chez les revendeurs partenaires.

Ce portable revêt une finition texturée sur la coque et le repose-poignets mais métal brossé autour du clavier. De couleur marron, il arbore un design à la fois sobre et original.

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L’Asus X93SM-YZ158V s’adresse à ceux qui sont en quête d’un portable polyvalent de grand format offrant de bonnes performances générales.

L’un de ses atouts est sans nul doute son disque dur. Il s’agit en effet d’un modèle véloce puisqu’il fonctionne à 7200 tr/min contre 5400 tr/min habituellement ce qui apporte plus de réactivité au système. En outre, il offre une grande capacité de 1000 Go afin de pouvoir installer de nombreux logiciels et conserver quantité de fichiers divers et variés.

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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Microsoft Office 2010 Starter comprend des versions limitées de Word et Excel. Il est cependant possible de bénéficier de toutes les fonctionnalités de la suite Office en achetant une carte d'activation (ou une version boite) auprès de Microsoft ou chez les revendeurs partenaires.

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Le Full HD est bien sûr très bien adapté à la lecture de vidéos HD 1080p et c’est tant mieux car l’unité optique embarquée est en mesure de lire les Blu-Ray, Chargeur Asus x93s médias en Haute Définition dont l’on peut donc tirer parti directement sur la dalle du portable.

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.

Ce portable intègre également un disque dur offrant une belle capacité de 750 Go pour installer quantité de jeux et logiciels mais aussi y stocker de nombreux fichiers divers et variés.

Également au programme, une connectique à même de satisfaire bon nombre d’utilisateurs avec son module Wi-Fi n pour se connecter sans-fil à distance, ses ports audio et Ethernet, ses sorties vidéo HDMI et VGA pour relier facilement le portable à une TV ou un moniteur par exemple sans oublier ses 4 ports USB, tous compatibles USB 2.0 et USB 3.0. Cependant, si l’on branche un périphérique USB 3.0 sur l’USB 3.0 du PC, les transferts s’exécutent alors plus rapidement qu’en USB 2.0.

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.

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