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When Writing, Like Painting, Is A Naked Art

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A few years ago, I did a large canvas painting using sketches of models from an art class I attended. At first, I didn’t know where I should go with it. I’m an okay, but not a particularly gifted painter, unsure of my work. Some artists talk about staring at large canvases and being frightened. How do you fill all that emptiness? I didn’t quite feel that way. In fact, I felt reckless—what the heck, I can gesso it if it doesn’t resonate with something in me. Or cut if up into smaller tableaus. Confronting the intimidating titanium whiteness before me, I selected a sketch. I painted her almost smack in the middle of the canvas. The model stands firmly, but she seems self-conscious. By many art...
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The Road to Self-Publication


I’m happy to welcome author Ryan Jo Summers to the Power of 10 series. Today, Erin shares insights from her self-publication journey and her latest release, September’s Song. Here’s Ryan! “September’s Song” is actually my second self-published book, but the reasons behind each one, and the processes along the way, are vastly different. In July 2017 I took my WordPress blog series and created a book and offered it to the public. It was a non-fictional account taken almost directly from the blog journal that chronicled the first two years with my adopted collie, Ty. The reason was simply to share the story of our successes and failures to a wide audience and offer encouragement to other pet ow...
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Spotlight on Liar Liar


I’m happy to welcome best-selling author Nancy Boyarksy. Today, Nancy shares her new release, Liar Liar. Blurb Nicole Graves finds herself in the crosshairs when she reluctantly agrees to babysit a witness in a high-profile rape trial. Mary Ellen Barnes is suing her university’s star quarterback for rape when the authorities won’t act. In the court of public opinion, Mary Ellen appears to be the quintessential, pious, good girl. But her lies and mysterious comings and goings lead Nicole to suspect that she’s not what she seems. Excerpt Nicole heard a sound and came in from the balcony in time to see Mary Ellen, now fully dressed, slip out the front door. Nicole ran after her. She couldn’t al...
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An Eternal Question…To Avoid!


On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and highly recommend Born a Crime, Trevor Noah’s inspirational memoir. Here’s a thought-provoking excerpt that I have reread many times in the past year. “I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done in life, any choice that I’ve made. But I’m consumed with regret for the things I didn’t do, the choices I didn’t make, the things I didn’t say. We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing ...
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10 Interesting Facts about Lake Superior


I’m happy to welcome Amazon International best-selling author Judy Penz Sheluk to the Power of 10 series. Today, Judy shares interesting facts about Lake Superior and her latest release, Past & Present. Here’s Judy! Earlier this year, I established my own publishing imprint, Superior Shores Press. As a traditionally published author, it was a decision I thought long and hard about, but after three years and three books, I felt ready to take the plunge. Deciding on a name for the company was actually pretty easy. Although our main residence is in New Tecumseth, Ontario, we also own a cottage on Lake Superior, not far west of Sault Ste. Marie. Yes, it’s a long drive (7 ½ hours), but as you can...
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Encountering Two Tigers


On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost. When I first read the following Zen parable, I found the situation too difficult–even bizarre–to even imagine. It gives new meaning to the expression: “Embrace the present moment.” A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, anoth...
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Looking for Guest Bloggers

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Attention: Authors, artists, coaches, entrepreneurs, and New Age Practitioners. I’m scheduling guest posts for October through December. You can write your own post or contribute to one of the following series: Second Acts, Power of Ten, Author/Book Spotlights. These are my guidelines. You can obtain a PDF here. Second Acts Series The theme of my novels and website is one of reinvention. In the Second Acts series, I have featured the reinvention stories of over 90 women. You can provide your own post or structure it around the following questions: 1. Briefly describe your first act.2. What triggered the need for change?3. Where are you now?4. Do you have advice for anyone planning to pursue ...
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James Frey Visits Kitchener


Friday evening, I attended “An Evening with James Frey” at the central branch of the Kitchener Public Library. This Premiere Series event was well-attended by fans of the best-selling author of A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard, Bright Shiny Morning, and The Final Testament of the Holy Bible. His latest book, Katerina, was released last week. Before starting to read, James warned us that parts of Katerina were extremely dirty and the book contained tons of profanity. In an interesting twist, he asked members of the audience, to suggest excerpts. Afterward, Michael Patterson, Drugs Strategy Specialist for Waterloo Region, engaged James in conversation. It didn’t take too long before ...
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Feast Your Eyes: Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies Trailer

Book marketing gurus tell you you need book trailers. Here’s the one to my latest book: Tantalized? Find out more here. Want to share your thoughts about food in fiction? Join our Facebook group The post Feast Your Eyes: Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies Trailer appeared first on Evy Writes. Original link
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Spotlight on A Reason to Stay


I’m happy to welcome author Linda Charles. Today, Linda shares her latest release, A Reason to Stay. Blurb Rachael, a successful lawyer in Sydney, returns to her foster family and the only place that ever felt like home: Mindalby, to help with the failing family business, the town’s bakery. With the cotton gin’s closure, all businesses are struggling, and it looks like the only option is to close up the bakery and hope to sell. But when Rachael returns, she realises that her skills give her other options: refreshing and revitalising the bakery and a chance to rekindle her love of baking. Irishman, Mike O’Malley is a staying kind of man, looking to settle down in Mindalby with a woman who lov...
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Honoring Grandma Moses


Born this day in 1860, Anna Mary Robertson Moses was the third of ten children. As a child, she attended a one-room schoolhouse that is now the Bennington Museum in Vermont. She took art lessons at school and was encouraged by her father at home. At a later age, she wrote, “I was quite small, my father would get me and my brothers white paper by the sheet. He liked to see us draw pictures. It was a penny a sheet and lasted longer than candy.” As a young wife and mother, Moses applied creative touches to her home. She used house paint to decorate a fireboard, created beautiful quilted objects, and made embroidered pictures of yarn for family and friends. At the age of 76, she developed arthri...
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Interview with Bentley Wells


I’m happy to welcome Black Opal author Bentley Wells. Today, Bentley chats about his writing process and shares his latest release, The Question and Other Stories. Describe your process for naming your characters. I do not necessarily have a process for naming my characters. Generally, names come to me. Sometimes, I will change the first or last name of a character because I do not like it or because I have another character with the same first or last name. Are you a plotter or a pantser? I would say that I am a plotter, although I will change something―especially if I do not like it or if what I have written interferes with something else. Is silence golden, or do you need music to write b...
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Spotlight on TK Lawyer


I’m happy to welcome award-winning author TK Lawyer. Today, TK shares her writing journey and novels, Nightfall and Jasper. Here’s TK! First of all, thank you to Joanne for hosting me on her blog today. I appreciate the opportunity to share my story. You could say that my writing career started in an unconventional way. I never considered writing as a career and advised the students I worked with to pursue something else, instead, that gained them a steady income so it’s ironic that I find myself writing books. However, because I love the creativity behind each character I form, I am still writing books to this day and loving it. So, how did I get started? Well, it was due to the endless dol...
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The Guest House by Rumi


On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost. Over 700 years ago, an Afghan man had to flee his homeland. In exile, Jal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi wrote volumes of exquisite poetry abut life, love, and loss. Here’s one of my favorites: Original link
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Dealing with Writer’s Block


After spending over three decades dreaming about the novels I would write during my retirement years, I was totally unprepared for the tyranny of the blank page. Thankfully, that first bout of writer’s block didn’t last too long. Inspiration came a month later at a creative writing workshop. Continue reading on the Sisterhood of Suspense blog. Original link
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How to Live Passionately–No Matter Your Age


On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost. Here’s an entertaining and inspiring perspective on aging from one of my favorite authors: Isabel Allende. Original link
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Spotlight on A Match for the Marquess


I’m happy to welcome author Lillian Marek. Today, Lillian shares her new release, A Match for the Marquess. Blurb Decisions, decisions… Should Lady Anne Milhaven marry the wealthy and handsome young marquess, or should she resign herself to living out her life in poverty and disgrace, exiled from the world she was born to? Should Philip Tremaine, the new Marquess of Penworth, redeem his honor and marry the proud and beautiful earl’s daughter whom he has unintentionally compromised, or should he prove himself as dissolute as his contemptible family? They are not fools, but marriage is only the beginning. Now can they learn to work together and thwart the vile plots of their scheming relatives...
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Spotlight on Heaven-Sent Warrior


I’m happy to welcome Soul Mate author Nancy Lee Badger. Today, Nancy shares her new release, Heaven-Sent Warrior. Here’s Nancy! When I moved to the city suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina from the rural mountains of snowy New England, my sisters raved about the newly opened wing of the nearby North Carolina Museum of Art. I visited the museum grounds on 164-acres of open meadows, dark forests, and ponds. Inside the new building dozens of bronze statues by the French sculptor, Auguste Rodin, filled a whole section the idea for a new series formed. My 24th book, Heaven-sent Warrior, is now a reality. This is a full-length paranormal romance set in present-day North Carolina with a French twist...
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Spotlight on Bluebonnet Ballerina


I’m happy to welcome award-winning author Carol Kilgore. Today, Carol shares her new release, Bluebonnet Ballerina. Blurb Gracie Hofner returns, and chaos reigns—including a couple of ghosts trying to save their granddaughter. But as Gracie dances from problem to problem, she’s unaware the music has been orchestrated into a murderous symphony. When a different melody reaches Gracie’s ears from a guitar played by the new tenant living in her garage apartment, her tension vanishes. She listens unseen, cocooned in the shadows on her patio, and wonders who he’s longing for—and how it would feel for someone to crave her that much. She can’t dwell on those thoughts, however. Problems of murder and...
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On Exploring Creativity


At a recent workshop, one woman commented, “Everything you’ve suggested sounds great, but what if you’re not naturally creative. What happens then?” Several other participants nodded in agreement and looked to me for answers. I didn’t want to get into a lengthy discussion about whether or not creativity was an innate trait. Instead, I suggested that it was never too late to explore creativity and launch second, third, and fourth acts in life. I then shared three strategies that have helped me on my writing journey. Continue reading on the Nights of Passion blog. Original link
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