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Buy a book by Chuck Wendig

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I just dropped one buck in the Amazon coin box and got myself a digital copy of Chuck Wendig’s Irregular Creatures. There’s a number of reasons why I did. The first is that I have completed a story, and I had promised myself a little treat. The second is, I like Chuck Wendig’s books, I loved his writing handbooks and I still have a small number of his novels here for when I feel blue. And of course, third, Irregular Creatures has a winged cat on the cover. That’s my sort of cover. But the foremost reason why I spent some money on a Chuck Wendig book is, Chuck Wendig’s just been fired by Marvel. You know Marvel, the guys that publish those superhero comics. The guys that make those superhero ...
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Great Leaders Inspire Action

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Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Note:  Enjoy today’s Infographic is provided by Miles Smith, I nitiative-One . Beneath you will find further explanation for what comprises great leadership. The inspirational speaker and author Simon Sinek said that people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. That’s good advice. Because if people (employees, colleagues, customers) are going to listen to, believe in, and buy into what you’re saying, they need to be inspired. So how do you become that kind of inspirational leader? Is it just something you’re born with, or is it something you can develop? It’s probably no surprise that it’s a little of column A, a bit of column B. Actually, a lot m...
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Reblogging: Dark Visions: A Horror Anthology You Won’t Want to Miss

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Many of these stories will keep you awake at night, including: “The Haunting of William”, by Robbie Cheadle; “Nightmare”, by Lori Micken; “Swimming”, by Frank Parker; “Lucifer’s Revenge”, by Christine Valentor; “What If”, by Geoff LePard; “Ghosts of Tupelo” by Sharon Cathcart; “Where the Black Tree Grows”, by M.D. Walker; “The Right Time to Move”, by Jennifer Ruff; “The Stranger”, by Allison Maruska; “The Storm”, by J.A. Allen; and “Spirit Lake”, by Sharron Connell. via Dark Visions: A Horror Anthology You Won’t Want to Miss I do use my middle initial in my pen name, Sharon E. Cathcart, but the quote stands nonetheless. Original link

The new Magnum

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So I went and watched the first episode of the new Magnum PI TV series. The reboot of the old one, the one with Tom Selleck. And I thought I’d write a review. But first, two observations. Observation the first: I was 14 when the original series was broadcast for the first time in my country. A lot was made of the location and the Ferrari, so much so that I actually skipped the first few episodes. I was a Rockford Files fan, and I did not care for a billionaire detective. And we had Hart to Hart covering that angle, right? Only later I found out about the car and the villa being on loan, and considering the enthusiastic reaction of my friends, I gave it a look, and liked it a lot. Observation...
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Fine tuning

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I think I mentioned in the past that when I am writing I like to fine-tune my words by reading fine writers and trying to soak up their class. Because hey, dreaming is free, and no writing handbook is better than a classic. Right now I am going through three small booklets one of my followers sent me. These are the small Penguin Modern Classics pamphlets – 60-pages booklets that collect three short stories of a number of modern authors. The ones I received are Shirley Jackson, Dorothy Parker and Clarice Lispector. Three great short-story writers, and three great small collections (the postman folded the package in two, so that all three volumes are creased in the middle, but that’s the deliv...
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Are you in there, Josh?


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Weekend Reads: “The Postmistress”

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I decided to go into the Wayback Machine for this week’s review; I read this delightful book in 2009. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake My rating: 5 of 5 stars I nearly gave up on Sarah Blake’s “The Postmistress” because it was a little slow to get started. I am glad that I didn’t; Blake has created a real gem in this novel. The plot concerns three women: Iris, a small-town postmistress; Emma, the wife of that small town’s doctor, and; Frankie, an American broadcaster working for Edward R. Murrow in Europe at the onset of World War II. The three women’s lives are linked by Will Fitch, Emma’s husband. After hearing Frankie talk on the radio about a horrible night in London during the Blitz, and...
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End Of Innocence - spotlight and #Giveaway


End of Innocence by Romana Drew Genre: SF Lenea's brother spends every clear night pointing a telescope at the same stars. When she confronts him, he lets her look through the telescope. A small sliver speck changes course, slows, and merges with a larger silvery spot.  In that brief moment, her life changes. Her brother spies on space aliens! Soon she learns the aliens have a settlement in the Kenned Valley, and that her boyfriend monitors their communications. Then he disappears.  What do they want, and can her world survive? Just  before he has to give up and go home broke, Captain Seddry finds theRomana Drew, The End Of  perfect world. It is rich in ore, has a breathable atmosphere, and ...
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Alligators ripped my flesh

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As of last night I have a long gash on the inside of my thigh. The sort of scar I’ll show off proudly and attribute to a session of alligator wrestling, or something equally exotic and pulpy. Like, that time I fought-off a horde of rabid mandrills, or something. To further my author platform, you know… In fact I was walking in my extra-cluttered bedroom, last night, on my way from the bathroom, when I was attacked by a wild Persian carpet, that was waiting in the dark to carry out its homicidal designs. I stumbled on the carpet corner and fell, and crashed in a low IKEA table. The gash is the result of the IKEA table corner biting into my leg. I was lucky. My room is so crowded with piles of...
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BLOOD BOND is #FREE – Check out an #excerpt of this #fantasy #novel


Today is Friday, and while I sometime host a guest author, I didn’t have one lined up for today. (Any authors who want to be featured, check out this post .) Since my book is FREE until tomorrow (October 13), I thought I would share an excerpt. You can pick up your copy of Blood Bond on Amazon . Excerpt As Soren walked, he noticed a brown dragon sitting apart from the others. The last time he had seen Barth was when the dragon had thrown him off his back before Blinking. Remembering that horrible feeling of falling, he clinched his fist and stalked over to the brown dragon. Barth regarded him coolly as he approached. “You! What the…why did you do that?” “You were making a mistake,” Barth sai...
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Five Informative and Inspiring Websites For Writers #AuthorToolboxBlogHop


There are so many websites for writers it can be bewildering for new writers to sort out those which are really worth following. Here are some I've found useful and am happy to recommend, with a sample of selected posts:  Writers Helping Writers Authors Angela Ackerman  and Becca Puglisi offer a wealth of free resources for writers, including guest posts and podcasts.  Take a look at this post by Angela:  The Novelist’s Triage Center: Get Unstuck and Finish Your Book . Writer's Write Based in South Africa, the writers behind this useful resource are Mia Botha, Amanda Patterson and Anthony Ehlers. Have a look at this archive post from Mia:  How To Write Fabulous Dialogue In 5 Easy Steps The B...
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#NewRelease #Announcement: Noémie's Journey By Victoria Saccenti!


Hey Everyone! :-) My friend Karina Kantas is here, today, to let us all know about a new release by her friend Victoria Saccenti. Karina, take it away! :-) Karina: Is proud to announce the release of her newest novel Noémie's Journey Book Description: Love is waiting around the next curve…but trouble is never far behind. Desperate to shake memories that stalk him like feral beasts, Richard Winters points his motorcycle toward the highway and twists the throttle—destination anywhere but New York. By the time he puts his kickstand down, he’s in Summitville, North Carolina, where, with a few annoying exceptions, one being an outlaw MC, he’s left alone. Except there’s one woman who catches his n...
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It Could Have Been This Way


Love this short and sweet review for  A Peek at Bathsheba : 4.0 out of 5 stars It Could Have Been This Way By Don Robins on September 30, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase While I am a careful Bible student and can rehearse the biblical details of this story, I appreciate that this fictional account may well tell a story that is closer to the full truth than many might admit. You'll enjoy reading this book. Original link

Six-Word Story Challenge – “M”

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IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “M” “Madcap Melody maliciously made more MacGuffins.” For the next 26 days we’re going to focus on the English alphabet. Base your subject on the ‘letter of the day’. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Note: I am up to my eyebrows in work at the moment, so I’ll be MUCH slower to answer your posts. I encourage everyone to read through and respond to other people’s contributions and check out their blogs as well; you’re a talented group of people!  The post Six-Word Story ...
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Thorne Brewing Now Open #webserial RING AROUND ROSIE


The newest installment in my web serial RING AROUND ROSIE is ready! EXCERPT Rosie was an unexpected treat. Erik had been prepared to meet older shop owners. Based on their initial inquiries, primarily baby boomers nearing retirement owned the local businesses. Thorne Brewing would be riding the crest of a revitalization, bringing in fresh and young blood while the boost in tourism was just beginning. Well, he'd have words for his brother. Brandon assured him this was the place for them. How could he be expected to hold to his "no women" policy knowing sweet Rosie was right there for the picking? TO READ THIS WEEK'S FULL INSTALLMENT, CLICK HERE . Original link

Does Bureaucracy Limit Your Company?


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Some companies get so caught up in building their business and organizational structure that common sense escapes the routine. A recent volunteer experience with one such organization confirms that I am of an entrepreneurial mind and spirit. To do an excellent job in any capacity, coming to terms with our personalities is a requirement. Always compare and contrast extended offers and opportunities to find the right fit. Without proper thought ahead of time, frustration becomes the norm. Recognize that prospective clients, finding the right job, and volunteer work are all capable of giving way to bureaucracy. Never alter who you are; remain true to your p...
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Eve Sightings! Opportunities to Meet


October 10th-Anniversary dinner at Tresino’s Restaurant—26 years!!Whoops, sorry that was yesterday, but you might have seen us walking along busy Catt Road on our way to deliciousness. I wore navy blue lace and he had on a Quicksilver Hawaiian shirt and golf shorts. You'd think we were married in Hawaii! 😂 October 20thI’ll be at the Diamond Valley Arts Council Festival of the Arts from 10 until 4pm on Harvard Street in Hemet. As far as I know, I'm handing out brochures at the Diamond Valley Author’s table. Stop by and say hello! October 27thIs our regularly scheduled Diamond Valley Writer’s Guild Meeting from 9 am to 12 noon. It's held at the Hemet Library on Latham. It’s our last meeting of...
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Don Travis: Hem and Haw, a Guest Post by Mark Wildyr

Don Travis: Hem and Haw, a Guest Post by Mark Wildyr : dontravis.com blog post #306 ... Original link

Hope & Glory – some music

I just found this online and I am absolutely delighted – this is the sort of thing I had in mind when designing Hope & Glory, and it’s good to feel like we got the zeitgeist right. Check this video out, enjoy the music, and then consider the option of supporting the artist (yes, for a change I am pushing someone else’s Patreon) Original link

The One Reason I Outline As I Write The First Draft


Motown Writers Network . . . Michigan Literary Network RACHEL When I first started writing I always thought that you needed to outline before you began writing the first draft. That’s what I was taught in school, after all. I always had to brainstorm and write an outline to pass into the teacher before handing in the first draft of the essay. Most often than not, I’d write the essay and then write an outline based off what I wrote and passed them in respectively when they were due. My teachers never suspected a thing. Still, I always outlined my novels before writing – until recently that is. Here’s the one reason I outline as I write the first draft. read more: https://rachelpoli.com/2018/1...
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