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Saturday Slash

  Posted by bigblackcat97 in Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, 06 February 2016 · 3 views

Meet my Hatchet of Death (or, some other colorful description RC Lewis and I come up with at any given moment). This is how I edit myself, it is how I edit others. If you think you want to play with me and my hatchet, shoot us an email.

We all know the first line of a query is your "hook." I call the last line the "sinker." You want it to punch them in the face, in a nice, friendly kind of way that makes them unable to forget you after having read the 300 other queries in their inbox.

If you're looking for query advice, but are slightly intimidated by my claws, blade, or just my rolling googly-eyes, check out the query critique boards over at AgentQueryConnect. This is where I got my start, with advice from people smarter than me. Don't be afraid to ask for help with the most critical first step of your writing journey - the query. My comments appear in green.

Twelve-year-olds Abby and Brandon couldn’t be more different. Abby is a little rough around the edges, and lives in a cramped trailer.. Is this an ellipsis or a period that got cocky? She doesn’t have any friends, but that’s probably because she threatens to punch anybody in the face who gives her a sideways glance. Phrasing is a little awkward here, switch them around.

Brandon, on the other hand, has it all—a big house, perfect hair, and a pearly white smile. He’s impressed everybody except the person who matters the most—his super successful, workaholic dad.

But when a dead uncle names Abby and Brandon in a will, they discover they’re cousins--a small detail their estranged fathers forgot to mention. All Abby and Brandon have to do to inherit their dead uncle’s massive fortune and famous chain of pizza restaurants is to compete in a series of challenges designed to test their skills. It’s winner take all--and loser go home. Nice! This sounds fun.

As they compete to out-smart, out-create, and out-cook each other, Abby and Brandon discover things aren’t as they seem. Like, maybe neither one of them deserves the inheritance, and maybe their dead uncle isn’t all that dead, and maybe there’s something more important than money. Family. Use an em-dash here at the end before "family." 

PIZZA PALACE is a fast-paced and laugh-out-loud 42,000-word contemporary MG novel told in Abby and Brandon’s alternating perspectives. It will appeal to boy and girl fans of humor, action, and adventure.

This is great! I love the concept and it's a well executed query. Polish off a few things here and you are ready to query.

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Gifts Ungiven, Part 2

  Posted by Joe Stephens in My Train of Thought, 06 February 2016 · 3 views

Here is part two of my short story, "Gifts Ungiven." In this episode, so to speak, we find out just who it is that has encouraged the protagonist, Evan, to give his gift to Renee, the girl of his dreams. And we also find out if he actually does give her the present and the results of his decision. If you want to go back and read the beginning of the story, simply scroll down to last week's post first.


“Oh, Mr. Beck. Didn’t know you were here.”
“I noticed.” He straightened papers on his desk. “I hope you’ll give her the present you have in your left coat pocket before it’s ruined and you fail science. You’re okay and all, but I’m not interested in having you again next year.” Sitting at his desk, he opened the bottom left drawer, retrieving a brown paper grocery bag, from which he pulled two sandwiches, an apple, and a foil-wrapped can of Tab.
“I don’t—I mean—how did you know?”
“Be a fool not to. I’ve seen you start to give it to her every day since December first. The only mystery is how she doesn’t know. If she doesn’t.”
Not sure his legs would keep him upright, Evan flopped back in his chair. “You think she knows?”
“She’s a girl. Who knows what they know?”
“What if she won’t take it?”
“The sun will rise tomorrow.”
But at that moment, he knew he would never give her the gift. He was just too big a coward. His eyes burned and he wished he wasn’t a boy so he could cry, but he was so he couldn’t. That night, he took the present from his coat and tossed it under his bed to join its compatriot.
The next year, she was dating a new kid, so he didn’t have to bother buying a gift to not give her. He didn’t want to hate the guy as he walked around the halls with his fingers entwined in hers, long and slender. It wasn’t this guy’s fault. But he hated him anyway. He wanted to punch him in his smug little mouth.
High school was not much better, for him at least. Renee remained his friend throughout, though she dated other guys. He pined over her to his best friend regularly, complaining every time she started seeing a new guy.
“I know,” said his best friend Joey as they walked into theater class one day. “How can she do this to you, when she has no idea how you feel?”
“Shut up.”
“Let me talk to her.”
“I can’t do that.”
“Why not?”
“That’s no better than giving her a note asking if she likes me, check yes or no.”
“Well, at least you’d know if you did that. You’ve been sulking over her since seventh grade.”
“What if she says no?”
“Like Mr. Beck always said, the sun will rise tomorrow. Life goes on. You find some other girl to whine to me about.”
But that was just it. Maybe life wouldn’t go on. As long as he never asked, she could never turn him down. And if she never turned him down, the chance was still there. His brain told him this made no sense at all, but his pathetic, romantic heart always won the argument.
engagement, ring, marriage, couple, love, romance, people, woman, man, kissingThe summer after his freshman year in college, he met a girl. She wasn’t Renee, but she was pretty and talented and, best of all, she was forward enough to ask him out. So they started dating. The Christmas of their senior year, he popped the question. It was kind of just a formality. They’d shopped for rings together. She didn’t trust him to pick out one she would like. She was probably right. The one she liked was nothing like he would have picked out for her. This made him wonder if he really knew her.
He was pretty sure he didn’t really love her, but they made sense. He liked her. They got along and liked a lot of the same things. Frankly, they’d been together in every sense of the word almost since their first date, so they were essentially married anyway. Why not make it legal? Especially since they’d had a few pregnancy scares.
So they married the summer after they graduated college and they moved to the next town, where she took a job in a bank and he went to graduate school. They stayed there after school when he was offered a lucrative job with a prominent advertising firm. She took a better position with another bank just a block away from his office. They commuted together every morning and every evening. It was comfortable. It was nice. It was boring, but where, outside of romance novels, is it said that marriage is supposed to be all fireworks? A firecracker or two would be nice, though.
They had their work, which paid well, so they had a nice big house in the suburbs with plenty of room for her to have a music studio. She’d dreamed of going to Nashville, but banking paid better. He also had an office, where, when he wasn’t working on an ad campaign, he wrote plays. No one ever saw them, but he must have written dozens.
And, after a few years, it just got easier to have separate rooms. He was a morning person and was always up hours before she was and it always irritated him when she came to bed and woke him up at night, so a room for each just made sense didn’t it? If they wanted to make love, one of them could go to the other’s room and then go back for sleeping. In theory, at least. It seemed neither was very interested anymore.
One day in his 42nd year, he stopped at the mailbox before going into the house after work. Among the bills and junk mail was a letter from his hometown. The name on the return address sounded vaguely familiar, but he couldn’t place it. He opened it to find an invitation to his 25thclass reunion. He hadn’t been to one since he graduated. His wife had gone to a different school and they didn’t live there anymore, so there seemed no need. He’d essentially left that life behind. Especially after his parents died, there just seemed no reason to go back home.
mailbox, steamBut something made him check the yes box on the response card. He wasn’t sure he would really go, but maybe he would. For reasons he couldn’t explain, even to himself, he kept the card a secret from his wife. The next morning he told her he was going to look for something in the car before they left for work. He wasn’t even sure she heard, but he took his keys out as if to get in the car in case she had. But instead, he walked to the end of the drive and put the card in the mailbox, lifting the flag so the mailman would know to pick it up.
Weeks passed. He couldn’t put the reunion out of his head. He tried to tell himself it wasn’t because of Renee, but down deep he knew the truth. Finally, he decided that, if for no other reason than that he could quit worrying himself over it, he would go. But how to go without having to take his wife? He didn’t want to lie to her. He didn’t love her, but she didn’t deserve dishonesty. He finally decided there was nothing for it but to tell her.
“I’m thinking of going to my 25th high school reunion,” he said one day over breakfast.
“Do I have to go?” she asked over the Wall Street News.
“No, I don’t suppose.”
“You sure you don’t mind?”
“Yes, it’s okay.”
So the problem was solved for him. Finally, the time for the reunion came. He was more excited than he thought was probably appropriate, so he did his best to keep it from her as he packed for the trip. He kissed her on the cheek and climbed in the car for the two-hour drive to his old hometown.
hotel room, bed, pillows, frames, decor, furniture, curtains, laps, window, tv, televisionHe’d made reservations in a nice historic hotel in downtown, one he’d never even been able to afford even to eat in while he lived there, let alone spend the weekend. It was as nice as he’d always imagined. He unpacked, showered, and got dressed for the first event of the reunion, a mixer and dance at a local country club. As he shaved and combed his hair in front of the bathroom mirror, he wondered if she would even be there. Was she married? Was she thinking about him? It dawned on him that this was a dramatic event only in his mind. She never loved him. She never even knew he loved her. To her, they were just pals. He almost talked himself out of going, but decided he’d come this far, so he just needed to see it through.
 
 


Does Evan see Renee at the reunion? Find out next week in the thrilling conclusion of "Gifts Ungiven."

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Cover Reveal: THERE ONCE WERE STARS by Melanie McFarlane

  Posted by LucidDreamer in LucidDreamer's Blog, 05 February 2016 · 22 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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Sun Versus Snow Submission Day!

  Posted by Amy Trueblood in Amy Trueblood's Blog, 01 February 2016 · 35 views

      Today is the day for Sun versus Snow to begin! Michelle and I are beyond excited to get this party started!   Here’s a reminder of all the rules and details…     The submission window for Sun versus Snow will open TODAY at 4 pm Eastern time!   Act fast. We will […]

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Translation news: WRECKAGE French and Turkish Sales!

  Posted by mlebleek in Bleeker Street, 30 January 2016 · 36 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 · 31 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 · 38 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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Valentine’s Day Romance Ebook Sale!

  Posted by Jean Oram in The Love Bug Blog, 20 January 2016 · 60 views


Sweet Deals without any of the Calories!


Ready to discover some new-to-you romance authors? From January 20-24th, 2016 you’ll find these 14 books for FREE or $0.99!

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Happy shopping, and enjoy the treats! There is something for everyone this time around!

P.S. These deals may also be available on other online bookstores–these are simply the links provided by the authors. :)




 

SpringFling $0.99 iBooks Nook Kindle


Trevor refuses to ever open his heart again, but a week of uncomplicated fun with beautiful bridesmaid Tessa who is as opposed to love as he is? That’s an arrangement he can work with. Unfortunately, no-strings fun is never that simple when someone breaks the rules and falls in love.



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A humorous friends to lovers romance! Successful entrepreneur Barry Furnukle wants to take things to the next level with the pink-haired neighbor he adores. But when the world’s most “awesome” date (birding and fro-yo) lands him in the friend zone, it’s time to unleash his inner stud!



 

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Meghan Hawthorne just wants to have fun. Sam Reynolds has forgotten what fun is.



 

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One woman. One hunky best friend who wants a lot more. When Mandy Mattson sees an ex-lover marry her rival she realizes her life is adding up to a big fat nothing. It’s time to make changes, but will her most important one include fanning the sparks of desire that flare up between her and her best friend?



 

MadeToBeHis$0.99 Nook Kindle


Logan Grant needs to make good. After accidentally ruining his best friend’s career, he tries to make up for what he’s done in the only way this prideful family will accept. The only trouble? He never accounted for how he’d be affected by his best friend’s suddenly sexy sister…



 

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Fun and flirty contemporary romance featuring a hunky, stubborn military hero with a MAN CODE that is written in stone, and the woman who aims to bring him to his knees!



 

ClubSecretsFREE iBooks Nook Kindle


In his first moments at home between college and starting med school, David Hauser learns his parents run an X-rated dating site and Andrea, his beautiful blond neighbor and the object of his teenage fantasies, frequents a local sex club formally run by his family. What he doesn’t know is that this new knowledge will have a greater impact on his future than all his years of schooling.



 

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Meet Cassian, Stefan, and Kane, three sexy brothers who own Club X, and come live out your fantasies with the wealthy billionaire Cassian, the sexy player Stefan, and the dark ruler of the fantasy section of the club, Kane.



 

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When she was thirteen, Angelina cast an Appalachian love spell. Since then, her magical faith has been shaken to its core. As her 21st birthday approaches, she refuses to practice her supernatural gifts and no longer believes in the love charm. That is, until Dylan arrives on her front porch. Can he prove his love is real–spell or no spell?



 

TrustingTheOne$0.99 iBooks Nook Kindle


Lia Sawyer is ready to move beyond her painful past and resume dating, but there’s one problem: she’s still afraid of men. Her solution? Ask her best friend Jack Gibson to teach her how to enjoy a man’s touch. But accepting the challenge means Jack could break his own heart…



 

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To escape local gossip, jilted bride Michelle Bradford embarks on her honeymoon cruise—alone. Coaxed by a thrill-seeking hunk she never expects to see again, she slowly sheds her good girl persona to have some well-deserved fun.

But unlike Vegas, what happens on the high seas doesn’t always stay there.



 

LockedAndLoaded$0.99 iBooks Nook Kindle


Rick “Ricochet” Brennan skips from woman to woman after a disaterous mission as a special ops Marine. Quinn Wallace gathers the courage to leave her abusive husband, fleeing to Atlanta. They meet when Quinn becomes the receptionist at Sanctum MMA, a gym that hides a serect behind it’s walls. This is part one of a three part series.



 

HometownHeroes$0.99 iBooks Nook Kindle


10 Fan-Favorite Novels Featuring the Heroes You Love Best — the Sexy Men Who Live Next Door! Hot firefighters, military men, contractors, doctors, single dads, and even athletes…all right here, right now for only 99 cents!!



 

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Being a curvy big girl was the biggest problem Jolene had before her mom got married and moved them halfway across the country. Now she has a mean stepsister and two handsome identical twin brothers, who are making her life far more complicated than she’d ever thought possible.



Enjoy the new reads! And remember, if you liked a book, leave a review–they help authors SO much!
XO

Jean





 

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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 · 44 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 · 54 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


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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 · 29 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 · 141 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 · 104 views
Privilege, culture, behavior and 4 more...

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 · 112 views
SF, Robert E Howard, Juvaini and 4 more...

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.
Conan the Conqueror - Sphere edition, UK - 30p
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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 · 76 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 · 242 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 · 136 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 · 89 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 · 119 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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Extraction and Rebellion E-Books On Sale for $2.99 - Spread the Word to Win Prizes!

  Posted by Stephanie Diaz in Stephanie Diaz, 21 September 2015 · 174 views

Hey guys!! I'm resurrecting this blog to make a very special announcement...

As you may have already heard, Evolution, the third and final book in the Extraction series, went on sale on September 8th! The series is officially complete! You can buy your copy of Evolution on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks, Book Depository, or at your local indie!

To celebrate Evolution's release, my publisher has put the first two books in the series -- Extraction and Rebellion -- on sale for only $2.99 each for all e-book formats! This sale will only last for a limited time, so snatch up your copy now! ***And read on to find out how to win prizes by spreading the word!***

Buy Extraction for only $2.99:

Buy Rebellion for only $2.99:



Because I am super grateful for you guys for all you've done for me, I've decided to launch a special giveaway to coincide with the e-book sale. Help me spread the word about the sale on social media and you will be entered to win:

ONE GRAND PRIZE:
- (1) signed hardcover copy of Evolution,
annotated with behind-the-scenes facts and series secrets (limited edition!)
- (1) limited edition LEGO Clementine model
- (1) limited edition LEGO Logan model
- signed swag




This contest is open internationally. How do you enter to win? There are several ways (Which means you can earn more than one entry! But no more than 1 entry per option):

On Instagram:
Post the Extraction series e-book sale picture (see above), link to my Instagram account @StephanieEDiaz, and tag it #BookBargain.

Alternately, you can re-gram my Instagram post from here.

On Tumblr:
Reblog my tumblr post from here.

On Twitter:
Tweet the following message: DEAL ALERT! Grab e-books of 's EXTRACTION and REBELLION for only $2.99 each for a limited time! 

Alternately, you can retweet my twitter post from here.

On Facebook:
Post the Extraction series e-book sale picture on this page, link to either this website or one of the books, and tag it #BookBargain.

Alternately, you can share my facebook post from here.

The book sale will last for one month, but I will be selecting one winner for the giveaway on Monday, October 5th to receive the grand prize. Again, this contest is open to everyone, whether you live in the U.S. or otherwise. Thank you so much for helping me spread the word!


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