Seven Links 3 2 19
1. https://megdowell.com/2019/02/23/12-things-to-do-if-you-absolutely-hate-what-you-just-wrote/ “Do not fear! You’re just getting started.”
2. https://killzoneblog.com/2019/02/bonding-character-and-reader.html “What is the most important thing your novel must accomplish with the opening pages?”
3. https://thelotusandpen.com/2019/02/24/all-new-lovingkindness-for-writers/ “The writer’s life can often be full of what my friend calls “haterade”: we have self-hatred (how many of you have beat yourself up more than once?), we have Inner Critics who hate on us, and real critics, and readers on Goodreads who forget authors have feelings. We have beta readers or critique partners or teaches who might throw shade on us or our work. Then there are the publishers and booksellers: a challenging dynamic between artist and manufacturer/distributor if ever there was one.”
4. https://storyempire.com/2019/02/25/how-often-do-you-unplug-writinglife/ “Hi, SEers. Mae here hoping everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Today, I’m rolling out a topic that’s dear to my heart—unplugging. In our technology-crazed, social media-driven, always-on-world, unplugging is a necessity. Did you know there is even a National Unplug Day in the U.S.? March 1-2 sundown to sundown has been declared the National Unplug day in 2019 for those pledging to go a full twenty-four hours device free. You can find more information on this website and even download a free tool kit with activity guides and conversation starters.”
5. https://killzoneblog.com/2019/02/the-page-proof-nightmare.html “In the traditional publishing world, milestones define the production cycle of a book. You turn in the manuscript, then you get the global edit from the editor. Next come the larger structural changes and you turn those in. Copy edits are next, those niggling little change-which-to-that kinds of changes. (Or why did-that-guy’s-name-change-between-Chapter-Four-and-Chapter-Fifteen kinds of changes.)”
6. https://stevelaube.com/should-i-write-for-free/ “Often, however, writers are invited, asked, pressured, or even hornswaggled (look it up if you have to) into writing for free. Sometimes that’s good. Often it’s bad.”
7. https://killzoneblog.com/2019/02/pacing-and-spacing-the-power-of-artful-paragraphing.html “In years of teaching writing workshops and doing too many critiques to count, I had never really thought about that. I weaseled my way through the answer, saying that it was a feeling of sorts, that you just had to trust your instincts, find your style. More word gumbo about gotta have rhythm and there were no rules…”
Research & Fun Bits:
1. https://thesilenteye.co.uk/2019/02/24/voices-from-the-past/ “We knew the story… we had discussed it long before Stuart had started working with it. The ‘hero’ was a historical king who lived around five thousand years ago. About a thousand years later, tales of his doings, combining events both real and symbolic, were collected and written down. Given the way that history…and particularly folk history… works, the scribe probably included tales once told of even older characters, going back seven thousand years or more, and reassigned them to our Hero. A few hundred years later, they were standardised under the title ‘He who Saw the Abyss’…”
2. https://sistersofthefey.com/2019/02/25/druidry-for-the-21st-century-psychopomping-the-anthropocene/ “A very poignant post about our world today and how many non-humans need help from those attuned, to pass over. This is a post that needs reading, sisters.”
“t’s still unseasonably cool. The therapeutic effect of warm temperatures and
sun hasn’t arrived, although the patient plants are trying to pick up where
they left off in January.
The garden has that battered and squashed look produced by two bouts of strong northeast winds, days of below freezing temperatures, and almost a foot of the white stuff.”
6. https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com/2019/02/27/local-feathers/ “Stellar Jays live in the pine forests in Southern California’s mountains.”
7. https://acflory.wordpress.com/2019/02/27/self-publishing-a-paperback-trim-size-and-bleed/ “The following extract is taken from my how-to books and explains about two key printing terms: ‘trim size’ and ‘bleed’.”
Some Things More Serious:
2. https://4writersandreaders.com/2019/02/25/a-bunch-of-resources-for-read-across-america-day/ “As writers, we know the importance reading has made in our lives. That is why holidays that support reading for kids are a big deal with me–well, that and the fact I’m also a teacher! In the United States, we celebrate Read Across America Day annually on March 2. This coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss, one of the most beloved and iconic children’s writers and perfect for any read-aloud.”
3. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2019/02/24/whats-wrong-with-being-odd/ “Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how people and society tend to declare what is normal. Part of this has probably stemmed from my son being special needs and seeing how the world responds to him. We seem to take ‘normal’ for granted even though I can’t even truly define it for this post. You hear people point out oddities more than normalcy, which makes it feel like being odd is the only way to be an individual. Yet, we’ve also stigmatized many differences including those that require special attention or medical help. Overall, I have the opinion that most humans cannot exist without seeing something ‘beneath’ them. That flawed person to make you feel superior because then you’d be the one at the bottom. It’s fairly sickening.”
4. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/7-things-to-try-when-writing-is-hard/ “Some writers might look at that title and respond incredulously: “When isn’t writing hard?” But as I’m sure all writers everywhere can attest, there are times when writing is hard in the normal sense and times when it’s hard hard.”
5. https://killzoneblog.com/2019/02/wounded-writer-syndrome.html “Being a writer can be traumatizing.
Back in October I finished writing Silent Mayhem, a book that deeply affected me.
Sure, I was passionate about the story — I wouldn’t have written it otherwise — but it morphed into more than that; it slashed open another part of me.
I’m still not sure if I’m feeling my own emotions or my character’s, the line between reality and fiction blurred beyond a rational explanation.”
6. https://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2019/02/27/its-a-workbook-unlock-your-books-full-potential-and-finish-like-a-pro/ “In my previous post, I mentioned how I’ve just hit my ten-year blogging anniversary and the surprising things that brought. So it’s high time to revisit the first book I ever published under my real name – and today I’m proud to present the Nail Your Novel Workbook!”
7. http://booksbywomen.org/how-to-write-the-point-of-view-of-an-alpha-male-by-cindy-fazzi/ “The name Douglas MacArthur conjures up the image of a maverick World War II hero who liberated the Philippines and rebuilt Japan—handsome in his trademark khaki uniform, sunglasses, and corncob pipe. Is there anything more macho than MacArthur’s somber gaze? Google the name and you’ll see what I mean.”
Teaser Fiction & Poetry:
“Can you pray to Me speaking honestly
In your heart that you truly love Me?
When you hate your brothers and sisters
I cannot see how this has come to be”
2. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2019/02/26/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-shortstory-mild-horror-call-drops-by-john_f_leonard-tuesdaybookblog/ “Call Drops is the story of Vincent Preece, a self-made man, who now in retirement has everything he could want for materially but is bored and lonely, his wife and daughter having left him long ago.”
5. https://mythsofthemirror.com/2019/02/26/a-melting-conscience/ “The subject matter was provocatively named, “Our Future – Or is there One?” For all those who knew the speaker, the choice of the title did not come as a major surprise. A fervent and ferocious advocate of environmental conservation and leading proponent of Climate Change, Joanne Chan Ming Choo had taken it upon herself to introduce a paradigm shift in the global thinking underlying global warming. She had made it the foremost mission of her existence to push, peddle, purvey and pile on both facts and pressure with a view to jettisoning dogmas and denting stereotypes.”
“Hugo swung his legs to the floor and sat up. What a night!
The party lasted into the wee hours and by the time he’d stumbled home; he
passed out on the couch, never making it into his bed. His head ached, and thirst
clogged his throat.”
Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:
1. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2019/02/24/reserved-for-guest-post-by-felicity-sidnell-reid/ “I suppose it says something, possibly profound, about the state of the world, that there are now so many apps available which promise stories that will send the reader or listener to sleep. You can choose to listen to stories from the boring to the beautiful, from the fantastic to the hypnotic: or to find collections containing pieces only five minutes long, to ones where the average listening time is an hour.”
3. https://sffbookreview.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/more-than-nigerian-harry-potter-nnedi-okorafor-akata-witch/ “I chose the rather provocative title for this post on purpose. On the one hand, Harry Potter draws attention and I definitely want lots of people to pay attention to this book. On the other hand, Nnedi Okorafor managed to get a sort of Harry Potter vibe in this book, all while writing something completely original and her own. I read the sequel right after this book which is really something, considering how many book series I’ve started and not finished…”
4. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-to-the-lions-holly-watt/ “A journalist must follow the clues, no matter how far that takes her.”
5. https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/02/27/colleens-2019-book-reviews-the-princes-man-by-author-deborah-jay-deborahjay2/ “What if the magic that could save your loved ones condemns you to death?”
6. https://jenanita01.com/2019/02/26/bookreview-skating-on-thin-ice-by-jacquie-biggar/ “When a romantic suspense (one of my favorite genres) set in the hockey world (one of my favorite past times) was released by one of my favorite authors (Jacquie Biggar), I had to bump it in the queue. And like Letang’s slapshot through a goalie’s five-hole, I blazed through it. Here are my thoughts:”
7. https://mjmallon.com/2019/02/26/of-the-curse-of-time-book-review/ “One of the inspirations for this book is the Corpus Christi Chronopage clock in Kings Parade, Cambridge. The rather unsettling sculptural clock has no hands or numerals but shows time through blue Led lights”