- https://colleenchesebro.com/2018/05/27/rain/ “Today, it rained. I saw thunder and lightning dance in the heavens as earth became soft and yielding with the showers. I begged Smaerd to tell me of rain. He looked at me and said “tell me what you know.”
- http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2018/06/megacon-orlando-2018-report.html “This is my third year in a row attending MegaCon Orlando and I got to check yet another swath of celebrities and cosplays off my bucket list!”
- http://phsolomon.com/2018/06/01/five-for-friday-sff-that-should-be-a-movie-or-tv-epic/ “Here’s a list of five science fiction and fantasy books/series that I’d like to see as a movie or a TV/Internet series:”
- Bonus: https://legendsofwindemere.com/2018/06/01/first-second-and-third-person-which-point-of-view-is-right-for-your-book-from-reedsy/ “The point of view that a novelist chooses for their story from has an enormous impact on how they write it, and the way that their readers will receive the book. A thriller narrated by a serial killer will be miles away from one that follows the perspective of the detective on his trail, even if they both have the same plot.”
- http://romanceuniversity.org/2018/06/01/lets-party-down-and-launch-a-book-by-ann-everett/ “The difference between a release blog tour and launch party is simple. The blog tour is virtual, and a launch party is physical. A “birth” day party for your book. So, you’ll treat it like a party with invitations, decorations, refreshments, etc.” She has a lot of great tips.
- http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/meet-2018-golden-heart-finalist-alicia-anthony/ “Today we’re welcoming another Persister, 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Alicia Anthony, whose manuscript INHERENT LIES is nominated for Best Paranormal Romance.”
- https://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2018/05/killer-companions.html “We’ve spent the month discussing the many ways that animals, both domesticated and wild, can add wonderful color and layers of emotionally satisfying richness to a short story or novel. We’ve talked about how animal companions may become even more popular than the human protagonist who was supposed to be the star of any given series. But we have not explored how animals—that readers expect to always be warm and fuzzy—may in fact, be killer companions instead.”
- https://stevelaube.com/5-ways-getting-an-agent-is-like-dating/ “These were “speed dating for writers” sessions, in which writers sat down for rapid-fire five-minute appointments with editors, agents, and authors (many conferences provide writers with the opportunity to sign up for fifteen-minute appointments, which pass quickly enough, but five minutes?). I was assigned a table where I met with writers to hear a pitch or answer a question as completely as possible before a whistle (yes, an actual whistle) signaled the end of the encounter. In three fifty-minute sessions, I met about thirty fellow writers.”
- http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/use-high-quality-proposal-ingredients/ High quality proposal ingredients? Can attention to this detail make a difference for writers?
- https://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2018/06/giving-it-and-taking-it-back.html “In 1264, William de Whelton faced something of a conundrum. He wasn’t alone. England was at war, on the one side Simon de Montfort seemed to be carrying the day, on the other King Henry III and his son, the future Edward I, claimed hereditary right to rule. In between were all those men who were fast approaching a point at which they had to choose sides. Sitting on the fence was not an option, not when the rattling of swords and lances clearly proclaimed the conflict was about to turn bloody. Very bloody.”
- http://awriterofhistory.com/2018/05/31/transported-in-time-and-place-by-harald-johnson/ “The final motivation for writing and publishing NEW YORK 1609came in the mail from my mother. It was an old family photo album; the kind with the black pages, white ink captions, and those little black-and-white photos with the scalloped edges. For some reason, I had placed it next to a binder of my old swimming accolades, and it now struck me: When I had swum around the island of Manhattan in 1983 as part of a swim race, I was swimming over the exact spot where my family had arrived (with me as a child) on a ship from Germany in 1953 to start a new life. And this was also the very same location Henry Hudson encountered in 1609 when he arrived with his Dutch-Anglo crew seeking a new water passage to the Orient. The parallels were just too hard to ignore.”
- http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-207-laird-barron-on-blood-standard-crime-fiction-and-toning-down-the-weird/ Very interesting.
- http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/news-round-up-week-ending-25-may-2018/ Naraka, Shadows, and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
- http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tod-035-the-outer-dark-symposium-2018-part-1-the-house-on-the-borderlands-la-frontera-panel-readings-by-david-bowles-and-john-claude-smith/ News from the Weird.
- BONUS: http://www.briankeene.com/2018/06/02/scares-that-care-charity-weekend-author-podcaster-you-tuber-programming-schedules/
- http://scvincent.com/2018/06/02/the-small-dogs-revenge/ “I must do the floor, I thought, in some despair,
The small dog is moulting,and shedding her hair.
She’s out in the garden, so if I am quick,
And just whip the vac out, that should do the trick.”
- http://scvincent.com/2018/06/01/reflecting-light-and-shade/ “I have written a fair bit about my son’s pond and its inhabitants. I find watching the fish to be both calming and enlightening. It does not matter whether I am projecting human values onto the behaviour of the fish or reading too much into their antics. What matters is that watching them, engaging with them, has taught me a lot about how the human mind works. Truth can take any form that is amenable to understanding and sometimes, it looks like a fish.”
- http://beckiesmentalmess.blog/2018/05/26/graveside/ “You know one of the biggest taboos in our world is ‘Death’ people simply don’t like to discuss the end of days equally as much as they dislike ‘mental health’, and yet whether people like it or not, it still happens and equally as much as Death awaits us, we all have mental health.”
- http://avajae.blogspot.com/2018/05/cutting-back.html “At this point, I think I have to come to terms with the fact that I’m overwhelmed. I thought things would get better after my school semester ended—and they have!—but I still have so much to do between freelancing, CP stuff, and my own writing that I feel perpetually behind everything which has not been awesome. And I’ve been so overwhelmed with that stuff that unfortunately I’ve been dropping the ball with blog posts.”
- http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2018/05/michelle-falkoff-author-of-questions-i.html “Perseverance is absolutely the most important quality to have as a writer. Talent is useful, as are great ideas for things to write about. But if there’s one thing the writers I know have in common, it’s that they kept working and improving and failing and trying again and learning and trying new things and failing again and persisting and you see where I’m going with this. It’s important to listen to criticism from people who are trying to help you, but you have to remember to use that to fuel your creativity rather than letting it keep you from working. And writing is art, but it’s also work.”
- http://ingridsundberg.com/2018/06/01/my-plans-for-summer-vacation/ “I can’t believe I survived my first year teaching high school English. It was a trip! I’m glad a survived, and I’m even more excited for the looooooong stretch of summer vacation that’s ahead.”
- https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/the-benefits-of-reading-fantasy-for-children-guest-post-by-robbie-cheadle/ “Always worth a visit to The Story Reading Ape’s enclosure and yesterday children’s author Robbie Cheadle was his guest. Do head over by following the link and commenting on Chris’s blog… Enjoy.”
- http://annerallen.com/2018/05/writers-long-weekend-fantasy-reality/ “Fantasy is what keeps writers going…”
- https://killzoneblog.com/2018/05/your-writing-sweet-spot.html “For writers still operating in the world of traditional publishing, that question is more important than ever. Publishing companies are being squeezed and must concentrate on big hits to survive. This makes it harder for a newbie to break in or, if they manage to get ushered through the gates of the Forbidden City, to receive what used to be called a “decent advance” and marketing support.”
- https://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/2018/05/26/i-position-my-precious-assortment-of-pencils-and-powders-and-paint/ “I don’t know if you’ve noticed it, but the cosmetics industry is doing very well. Even ‘drugstore’ cosmetics aren’t cheap, and that’s to say nothing of the more upmarket brands. And let’s not even talk about good nail salons and the like. Let’s face it; looking good comes at a price. It takes time, too.”
- https://www.suecoletta.com/writers-have-you-found-your-voice/ “Voice is an elusive creature that creeps in the shadows, mocking us, daring us to find it. Voice is also near-impossible to define. I gave it a shot back in 2016 on the Kill Zone (btw, I stand by that post, but it needed more). Droves of new writers pray to the literary gods each and every day to find their voice, even if they haven’t yet grasped what it is they’re searching for. Many things go into to a writer’s voice. Ready? Here we go for round two …” It is tough to define Voice. As Sue said though, it’s an extension of your truest self.
- http://johnwhowell.com/2018/05/26/stream-of-consciousness-saturday-prompt-grill/ “It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday and this weeks prompt is “grill.” Linda Hill says to have fun with it. So in that vein, I will proceed. If you would like to have fun with “grill” or are just curious as to why a bunch of seemingly normal looking people do this each week, stop by Linda’s blog and read all about it. Here is the link. https://lindaghill.com/2018/05/25/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-may-26-18/”
- https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/the-2018-interview-series-featuring-c-s-boyack/ “I’m over at Don Massenzio’s place today. Come check out the interview, and some of Don’s wares while you’re there. Also, to celebrate my interview, The Hat is free today. It’s a one day only deal, so snag your copy while you can.” I’m enjoying reading Craig’s The Yak Guy!
- https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/ready-for-the-weekend-2/ “Today seemed like it took forever. At least I had a visitor for a little while. This little buck stopped just long enough to pose for photos.” One more day and I’ll be ready for the weekend.
- http://teagansbooks.com/2018/06/01/poor-little-glad-rag-doll/ “Artist, Rob Goldstein illustrates the diesel-punk fantasy series, Hullaba Lulu. He often creates art that runs parallel to the series. Rob is supposed to be taking a break, but he still did this a post and great video as part of the “Lulu-verse.””
- https://syl65.wordpress.com/2018/05/26/haiku-i-see-your-lips-moving-but/ Tuning out nonsense.
- https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/poetry-thoughts-on-life/ The poems below were inspired by Wayne from Tofino Photography’s brilliant wildlife photographs. I have used the relevant photographs used to present the backgrounds to the poems. You can read one of his latest posts here: https://tofinophotography.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/86945/
- Bonus: https://silentlysmoulderingwords.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/fragments-of-souls-on-fire-the-dream-within-the-dream/
- Bonus: https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/haiku-friday-home-free/ Floraison
- Bonus: http://erikakind.me/2018/06/01/daily-kind-quote-712/ Life is there
- https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2018/05/self-publishing-carnival-indies-issue-92/ “Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indiesblog carnival. This issue is for May, 2018. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books.”
- https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2018/05/28/get-your-book-into-schools-dave-hendrickson/ “Making a full-time living as a writer is all about multiple streams of income, and bulk sales are a great way of making revenue by doing direct. In today’s show, Dave Hendrickson talks about the joy of selling books to schools – and takes us behind the scenes of the financial side of bulk sales.”
- https://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-whats-in-a-name/ “The news this week has been dominated by two stories we’ve seen already this month. From speaking to other authors it’s clear that the so-called Cockygate incident has caused so much consternation is because it feels as though a (small) part of the indie community has turned on another part, and we all feel that wound. The thing most of us at ALLi value most is a community so willing to give and to help, and that is something we see again and again across the indie world, so it hurts us when we feel that is threatened. Fortunately new and strong communities seem to have come out of this as well – the indie spirit is strong enough something like this won’t break it.”
- https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2018/05/31/how-to-write-non-fiction-launch/ “Do you want to write a non-fiction bookbut don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you worry that you’re not an expert or have enough authority in your niche to write a book on it?”
- https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/truth-your-character-believes/ “The Truth Your Character Believes is the transcendent theme of the entire story. It offers your protagonist the potential for positive inner growth and, by extension, the understanding and ability to conquer plot goals and end the overarching conflict with the antagonistic force.”
- https://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2018/05/28/thinking-on-your-feet-writing-and-my-love-hate-relationship-with-exercise/ “At school I loathed exercise. I had all the left feet possible. I couldn’t catch a ball and I couldn’t see balls anyway without specs. All creatures know when they are disliked, and I sensed how the games teachers loathed me. By the same token, they surely knew I did not hold their subject in high esteem. This is my school magazine. None of these people are me.” I’ve ordered a yoga tape and mat and I’m going to try going to the gym if I can. I know I need to move more and stay in better health. The battle most of us sure.
- https://www.livewritethrive.com/2018/05/28/whats-really-happening-when-you-think-you-are-lazy/ “I don’t believe laziness exists. It is a label that shields us from our fears. With one client** I had, calling herself lazy was protecting her from having to face traumatic scenes from her marriage she knew she would be writing about.”
- http://writersinthestormblog.com/2018/05/8-powerful-ways-to-increase-your-writing-prowess-besides-reading-and-writing-every-day/ “According to Geoff Colvin, author of Talent is Overrated, deliberate practice is constantly trying to do a thing one cannot do comfortably. Therefore, daily reading and writing won’t help you improve if you’re only doing it leisurely.”
- https://www.janefriedman.com/retrospective-narrative/ “Several things account for the effectiveness of this opening. For one, it appeals immediately and thoroughly to the senses. First, we have that “mean” wind. I’ve said elsewhere that adjectives aren’t descriptions, but opinions. True. Yet thanks to that “mean” we don’t need to be told that the wind is cold, or harsh, that it lashes cheeks and draws tears.”
- https://jamigold.com/2018/05/writer-burnout-how-do-you-deal/ “As writers, we can burn out in many different aspects of our lives.We can experience it personally, day-job professionally, writing-wise, publishing-wise, or all of the above.” Lately, I’ve been doing too much running. I haven’t had time to fit in a lot of things I need to do. I’ve got to get my life back! Lol.
- http://writersinthestormblog.com/2018/06/summer-is-coming-lets-pimp-promote/ “Summer is coming up fast, and here at Writers in the Storm we’re marking the occasion with a little “Pimp and Promote.” Of course, this always costs us some money, because we have to go out and buy lots of books. But there will be awesome “beach read” sales in next few weeks, so let’s go for it!”
- https://writershelpingwriters.net/2018/06/occupation-thesaurus-restaurant-server-waiter-waitress/ “How This Occupation Might Impact One’s Basic Needs:
Esteem and Recognition: A character who is struggling with self-worth because employment is hard to find, they lack the education needed for other jobs that are available, or they wish to break free of any social difficulties or fears they have may find being a server is rewarding work. Being gainfully employed and growing proficient at what they do will boost their social skills and self-confidence.
Love and Belonging: A character who feels adrift in life may turn to serving to feel part of something larger, especially if the establishment is a fun place to work and has a family-like environment among staffers. Here the character could feel accepted for who they are and that they belong.
Physiological Needs: In most cultures, survival depends on employment, so a character who was finding it hard to make ends meet to pay rent, put food on the table, etc. may turn to serving as it is work that often doesn’t require specialized education. A serving job may also have evening hours of employment, which may work perfect for a character who needs to bring in extra cash when they already have a day job.
- https://stacitroilo.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/author-inspiration-writing-links-32/ “Nora Roberts. She has a way of putting things, doesn’t she? And given her name is synonymous with romance writing, she probably knows a thing or two about chasing dreams.”
- http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/05/con-choice-on-picking-events-and.html “Thank you as always to Janice for letting me chat with y’all about the challenges of promo and genre authorship. Today, she suggested we take a look at event selection: how to choose the venues best for your work and how to maximize your conference budget.”
- http://www.thepassivevoice.com/reversing-the-slide-in-voter-support/ “I am most deeply troubled by the declining perception about the core work of libraries and core competencies of librarians. When there is a nine point drop in the perception about libraries offering “Free access to books and technology that some people may not be able to afford,” how do we recapture that narrative? Today, 20% fewer voters agree that “the library is an excellent resource for kids to get help with their homework” than ten years ago (71% then, 51% now). How is that possible when every story we tell is about a kid learning to read in order to succeed later in life? How do we fight a hostile city hall or recalcitrant county commission when the feeling that “having an excellent public library is a source of pride” is only shared by 53% of voters (20% fewer than in the 2008 report)?” Libraries are a tremendous help to me, someone with limited finances, to catch up on books I’ve missed, for research, for community outreach. I like their convenient hold policies. You can order digital or print from them.
- http://amdobritt.blog/2018/05/26/reboot-your-book-to-sell-more-books/ “I have a new book out this week called How to Revise and Re-Release Your Bookand I wrote it because rebooting books is kind of a big deal right now – especially if your goal is to sell more books. There are lots of reasons revising and re-releasing your book is a good idea. Maybe you didn’t get it quite right when the book first launched, maybe it needs revision, or maybe the book is old and you want to breathe new life into it by re-releasing it. These are all great reasons to consider a reboot. And it’s certainly a great way to sell more books. Once you’ve made this decision, your next question might be whether or not you need a new book cover.”
- https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/angel-messages-may-27-2018/ Eyes of your heart.
- http://thesilenteye.co.uk/2018/05/27/milestones/ “MILESTONES
“I came across an old post while I was rummaging through the files. It looked at the decades of an ordinary life…my life… and how the things that seem ordinary to you, while you are living them, can look very different to an observer. As I skimmed back through the paragraphs, I was watching the fish in the aquarium out of the corner of my eye. Two of the little loaches had ventured out to feed. They are shy creatures and I seldom see them, so I stopped to watch.” Life does indeed creep up on you. It seems like I just started this writing journey yesterday and here it is, so much later in my life.
- http://jolenemottern.com/2018/05/26/socs-grill/ “Down the way, there was a barbecue joint. It was terrible how we had to smell barbecue all day and all night for years. Just terrible. Seven in the mornin, droolin for pulled pork, Lawd. If I wanna eat a mammal, there’s a 100% chance I’d like to eat pulled pork. I’d put it right up there with MIL’s corned beef and sweet gravy. Lower than her corned beef and sweet gravy, but up there. At those kinda places, I never choose chicken or brisket or ribs. I ain’t orderin a hamburger or some fried catfish. Nope. Always, always the pulled pork.” Good thing there’s a cookout tomorrow, I’m hungry reading this.
- http://davidgaughran.com/2018/06/02/cockygate-faleena-hopkins-tiffanygate-chance-carter/ “I don’t know about you guys, but recently I’ve found it hard to maintain my membership of Team Hope. Trademark trolls issuing threats, scammers running rampant, clickfarmers hitting #1, innocents getting sanctioned while stuffers receive All Stars, narcissistic boxset promoters throwing lawsuits in every direction, plus Amazon generally acting like an absentee landlord during the Great Famine.”
- https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/promote-your-writing/ “Hello to everyone! I want once again to offer an opportunity for all writers who follow this blog to share information on their books. It can be very difficult to generate publicity for our writing, so I thought this little effort might help. All books may be mentioned, and there is no restriction on genre. This include poetry and non-fiction.”
- https://dsm-publications.com/2018/06/01/time-to-write-sentence-starter-35-creative-writing-prompt/ “Check out this writing prompt from this post on Rachel Poli’s blog along with some pieces written from the previous prompt.”
- https://fromclairespov.com/2018/06/01/may-favourites-5/ “Introducing another one of my new series for 2018: monthly favourites! This is where I describe how my month went, kind of like how I did with my #ClaireNoteslast year, but with more general things that you may know about! I hope you enjoy! Let me know what your favourites from May were!”
- https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/angel-messages-june-2-2018/ Live, Laugh, Love.
- https://themilitantnegro.com/2018/06/01/not-the-maker-of-plans-and-promises/ ““Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather
the one who offers faithful service in small matters.
This is the person who is most likely to achieve”
- https://amdobritt.blog/2018/06/01/indie-or-traditional-how-does-an-author-pick-the-right-direction/ “Jumping into the indie author scene, for me, was a calculated risk. Like I do with a lot of decisions, I looked at the pros and cons.” In light of the recent Donadido and Olson Agency embezzlement, I’m rethinking traditional yet again.
- https://kimwrtr.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/financially-support-your-writing-career-without-leaving-your-laptop/ “This is another freelance contribution by Sally Keys. You may remember her from her recent guest post, How Creative Writing Can Boost Your Intelligence. Sally is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, she enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family, and traveling as much as possible.”
- Bonus: http://jenanita01.com/2018/06/01/editing-tip-common-consistency-errors-you-might-be-making/ “When you check your own manuscript for errors, you are probably looking for misspelled words, dodgy grammar, and the inevitable typos. Those are all things you need to correct—but you should also be aware of pesky consistency errors that are commonplace in poorly edited manuscripts.”
- Bonus: https://twodropsofink.com/2018/06/01/final-promo-two-drops-of-ink-2018-writing-contest/ “We are taking submissions now. That said, here are the rules once all the submissions are in (yes…you can end a sentence with a preposition). You pick the genre and submit your piece. We will accept submissions through mid-June, giving writers time to write and submit.”
- Bonus: https://scvincent.com/2018/05/31/elusive-realities-robbie-cheadle-the-boy-with-nine-lives/ “On 30 January 2006, my son, Michael, was born. He was a very healthy baby, with a tiny wizen face, just like a little old man. His APGAR score was 10 out of 10 and he didn’t need to go onto a heating pad in the hospital. I had a Caesarean section delivery. My obstetrician told us after the operation that it was just as well he had performed a Caesar as my uterus was very thin at the site of the scar from my previous Caesar and it could have ruptured if I had gone into labour. He said that it was so thin, he could see the baby right through my uterus. The fact that I had no problems with my pregnancy, despite this, was Michael’s first lucky break in life.” Such an incredible story! I had a close call with my daughter when she was just two. Somehow, I knew she was in trouble. I went to search for her but couldn’t find her. She got out in the road at my brother-in-law’s house and I jumped down stairs and off the porch to run faster than I ever have to reach her before she hit the intersection.