Saturday, October 07, 2017

Free: Self Publishing PDF

If you are considering self-publishing, as I'm, you might also feel lost in a maze of possibilities, here is a short instructional I came across, a helpful and free PDF from BookBaby.

Five steps To Self Publish from Bookbaby, a reputable self-publishing source.

"All the essential information you need to go from manuscript to marketplace"

Monday, October 02, 2017

Marta C. Weeks: Update: SYLPHS; or, IMMORTALS, a trilogy

Marta C. Weeks: Update: SYLPHS; or, IMMORTALS, a trilogy: Hi everyone and welcome! After completing edits on Book One I have given a new title to The Sylph's Tale; or  SYLPHS; or, ANGEL HUMANS,...

Update: SYLPHS; or, IMMORTALS, a trilogy

Hi everyone and welcome!
After completing edits on Book One I have given a new tile to The Sylph's Tale; or SYLPHS; or, ANGEL HUMANS, the trilogy. 
Update: SYLPHS; or, IMMORTALS, a trilogy
For more please go to:

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Leo Horoscope, October 2, 2017

Leo Horoscope, October 2, 2017: There are many reasons to maintain a positive attitude today, but it��...

Emotional health for today

October 1, 2017
We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives.
If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse; we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment.
But when we are willing to place spiritual growth first—then and only then do we have a real chance. 

12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 114
Thought to Ponder
Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional, growing spiritually is up to me.

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Rapist (a novel) by Les Edgerton, magnificent

Hi everyone, I'm told by several readers that The Rapist by Les Edgerton, I submarize, A "magnificent read."

27 Reasons to Read Guide to Literary Agents 2018 (and Win a Free Book!)

27 Reasons to Read Guide to Literary Agents 2018 (and Win a Free Book!): The Guide to Literary Agents 2018 edition is out. Here are 27 reasons why you should grab a copy today and start your search for a literary agent.

Monday, September 04, 2017

What are your favorite books on writing?

My favorite:

1) Dare to Be a Great Writer by Leonard Bishop 

I met Mr. Bishop at a conference in June 2000. He not only inspired me but gave me a four-page letter with comments and suggestions. I continue to learn from Leonard Bishop and find inspiration and encouragement when I feel like giving up. 

2) HOOKED by Les Edgerton 

Not only is Mr. Edgerton a great writer, his book HOOKED is an excellent guide on craft and writing. He is also one of the few authors and teachers who cares and is willing to help writers.

4) Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, by Natalie Goldberg

Was one of the first books on writing I read and that continues to inspire me.

3) Unless It Moves the Human Heart by Roger Rosenblat

A deep and giving book on writing that taught me how to reach into what really counts.

5) On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King

The KING taught me that I don't have have to bore a reader by including everything in my book and that I can write under any circumstance.

6) The Artist Way by Julia Camero

One of the very first books I read on writing and that freed me from inhibitions

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Seeking reader and publication suggestions

Hi, and thanks for visiting.

I would really appreciate readers, publication suggestions and comments for The Sylph's Tale. The novella that introduces the angel and his beloved. Book one of the SYLPHS; or, ANGEL HUMANS trilogy.

Book One: The Sylph's Tale, is 15,899 words.
In prehistoric times, a virgin escaping rape runs into an Archangel's earthly paradise. He is commanded,  "Take your Eve" but damned to be a being without a soul. From their immortal love, rises a world of angel humans.  *Warning: Adult content.

*Cover is art from Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) - Immortal Love

Tuesday, August 08, 2017


Hi and thanks for visiting, 

I’m seeking representation for SYLPHS; or, ANGEL HUMANS, a fantasy/ paranormal trilogy of about 99,000 words. The trilogy opens with a novelette that introduces the archangel and his beloved.

 *Warning: Adult content.

Book One: The Sylph's Tale, about 16,000 words. 

In prehistoric times, a virgin escaping rape runs into an Archangel's earthly paradise. He is commanded,  "Take your Eve" but damned to be a being without a soul. From their immortal love, rises a world of angel humans.

*Cover is art from Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) - Immortal Love

      Book Two: Virgins,  about 44,000 words.

From caves to castles: In 1841, seduced by voices just like Haya’s, Ayekah finds other virgins. From them - in the Middle East, Europe, and America - are born five generations of twins. One is fertile the other is the watcher. The women are strong and wise, have extraordinary lives ruled by traditions and rituals, passed and upheld by the oldest, keep them trapped in secrets.
Ayekah, like a master puppeteer, rules their destiny.

*Virgins cover by Bob Keck: Owner/Photographer/Artist at Digital Dreams

     Book Three: ROLO, about, 40,000 words.

A New World unfolds. Not from the heart of religious prophecy but the mind of technology. An event once holy will be seen as evil. Ray, a Genetic Scientist, battles with right and wrong while developing a study that brings ROLO, a cybernetic clone, to life. Ary, a Parapsychologist, foresees that Ray’s plan can drive humankind to extinction and feels compelled to stop her. As the head of Tardell Corporation, Sigrid Liera (Sig) makes Ray and himself a living part of ROLO. But Ray and Rolo's disappearance under the raging waters of Hurricane Mitch starts a spiral that will change humanity. 

Twitter: @mmaw

Monday, July 17, 2017

Official Trailer for the AT

Make your writing voice yours

Ever hear the saying, truth sets you free? We hear write this way not that way, be as perfect as you can, never make a grammar mistake. Those things are true to an extent, in this article, you will find how not to be scared of your voice. 
"We all have pet phrases, tics, favored slang, mispronounced words, emotion-driven fragments and run-ons. From all these things, our personality emerges vividly to those around us. The same is true in our writing: the limitless possibilities of imperfect language allow us to reveal to our readers our own personalities and, by extension, the personality of our stories and our characters."
Read, Writing Voice: 6 Things You Need to Know to Improve It

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Update on The Sylph's Trilogy and me

Thank you for the 102,834 views, when I'm discouraged, you are the light at the end of my burrow.
In July l will be entering the first five chapters of Ayekah's Tale on Wattpad, I’m hyper excited! Just remember that The Sylph's Trilogy has adult material, so don't read it if that might offend you and it's not for minors.
I'm still under mentorship by Horror Writers of America, also continuing the University of Iowa Power of the Pen online course. Completed the ISA Craft Courses in Screenwriting but it will be awhile before I attempt a script.
Published a few new poems on Hello Poetry and have an arsenal of about 70 I might enter into contests. Still involved in current events and learning Google Analytics.

More on The Sylph's Trilogy:

Getting Started with Google Analytics

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Know why to self-publish or find agent/publisher

To self-publish or look for an agent is not a decision that only new authors pour over. Some think that authors published by a publisher have it made and no longer have to bother selling their book(s), but that is not the case. The authors I've talked with are constantly looking for publishing and marketing source. On the article by She Writes several agents discuss publishing choices: Articles by Agents on SheWrites.

Basic Facts: Trademarks, Patents, and Copyrights

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Just read: At War in the Garden of Eden by BY JENNIFER PERCY

As posted on my VIRGINS page: At War in the Garden of Eden by JENNIFER PERCY, is one of the stories assigned for reading on my Power of the Pen: Identities and Social Issues in Fiction and Nonfiction, class. An amazing, gut-gripping story. Percy's writing is fresh and packed with vivid detail. Without a lot of tedious nuances and explanations, Percy takes the reader right into the tale. Wow. I'm tempted to quote some passages but won't because the entire story deserves attention. I read a lot of stories published in award-winning magazines and sites but Oh my God, I want
to write like Jennifer Percy.

More information on Jenifer Percy:

Monday, May 29, 2017

Are you a slacker or a sweet spot seeker?

Ever feel that not adhering to a regimen is goofing off, or unproductive when doing what you enjoy, or just checking emails, social media sites while still in bed drinking coffee and watching the news in the morning? Or watching some of your saved shows at night?
Because English is my second language, but I left my country of origin Nicaagua, when I was in my early teens and after I became a citizen I didn’t return since ust actually I’m not usre I’m a
This morning, after my computer prompted "drive is full" I was cleaning up saved docs when I came across an article from years ago. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.  His story of a woodcutter sawing to the point of exhaustion while trying to take down a tree. "When a man suggests that he could get done quicker by taking a break to sharpen his saw. The woodcutter says: "I don't have time to sharpen the saw. Don't you see I'm too busy?"
I related  while doing edits on my novel VIRGINS to send to an editor when my software started to crash. The nice people at Apple said, after hours of trying to fix the problem, “you have to contact Microsoft, you have an old version of Word.” It’s a good thing I was able to put the rest of my life on hold because, after hours, by the time I got to the people at Word I was angry and inclined to believe Microsoft started the crash to get me to pay for new upgrades. After 11 pm, on the edge of the deadline, I submitted my first three chapters to the editor and worked on my short story The Dream, to meet the deadline for a Horror Writers contest.
Btw, while all that MS stuff hit I was in the midst of family events we had to attend and a screenwriting class with ISA. Can’t wait to carve out the time to learn the software but submitted a logline for Virgins; some say "it would make a great movie or a series like Game of Thrones."  But first, I need to catch up on a class with The University of Iowa, The Power of the Pen, which is what incited me to write this article, guess I needed to get all this frustration off my shoulders and share it in the first class. 
Still the “are you done yet?” creeps in with “I must learn the new Word upgraded.” It is then I come upon this article saved from the Huffington Post,  Can You Achieve More by Doing Less? By Rose Caiola.  And I pray, Universe, please help me put away the do not procrastinate hammer.  Covey suggests we nurture ourselves and return to our tasks “refreshed, with a better attitude and more focus.” So, what makes up nurturing? Caiola suggests we find our “sweet spot.” 
What a great concept my “SWEET SPOT” - maybe not what you’re thinking - but how awesome to allow myself “uninterrupted blocks of time” to do my work and nourish my body so as not to burn out. Today as I go forth to find my ‘sweet spot’ I will also post this article on my blog. Haven’t written for my blog in over a month, will, shelve the “are you done yet?”

Oh, how ‘sweet spot’ it is!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Why the Democrats can’t win the House in 2018 and 2020

In addition to reasons mentioned in this article, Republicans in office aggressively campaig for Republicans running for
office. Also, the so called liberal/democratic media does not help Democrats
and Democrats in office don’t' campaign aggressively for Democrats running for office.

Why the Democrats can’t win the House in 2018 and 2020

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Taking a screenwriting class

I will soon write extensively about the class because what I have learned is amazing! Here is one of the videos.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Welcome to Cirque du Soleil!

Cirque du Soleil is incredible! I saw the very first show in 19901 in  Beverly Hills/West LA and we went to see them a few years ago in San Francisco.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Last Breath

My poem, Last Breath, just started trending on Hello Poetry. Hope you go in and check it out, like it and share it. Would love comments and even critiques.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Two freebies you don't want to miss!

Who the heck ever said writing is glamorous, creative, fun and natural? It's the hardest, loneliest, most unpredictable work one can ever wish for, and one could put in an existence doing and NEVER even earn a dime or get read much less be accepted as an author. Moreover, there is the NEVER ENDING learning process of refining, editing, and marketing! But as one writer to another, could you, would you, do anything else? I started my writing "vocation" (if one could call it that) after I raised three children, a husband and retired from 30 years of going to college while working an 8-5 and at times an extra job. What the heck! Am I nuts or what?   


You will find a link to it on her article: Common Writing Mistakes:

Saturday, April 01, 2017

The 7 Deadly Sins of Paranormal Romance |

The 7 Deadly Sins of Paranormal Romance | SLOTH: Info Dumps. Nothing turns me off faster than a book that starts off with a long narrative explaining all the world building. Info dumps are lazy. They’re bad form. The details of your world should come to light slowly, layer upon layer, immersing the reader in the experience. For hints on how to do this, paranormal romance writers should study the best written fantasy. LUST: Fetishism of the Supernatural. There’s a tendency for paranormal romance writers to fetishize the supernatural elements in the same way that science fiction writers sometimes fetishize the buttons and gadgets of their worlds. That your character is a werewolf isn’t all that interesting in and of itself.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

FREE Agent Guide!

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Appel is an impressive author, several of his books are available for review

Jacob M. Appel

Jacob M. Appel

Goodreads Author

in The United States


Member Since
August 2013

Is offering "A limited number of complimentary electronic copies of several of my books are available for review. Please email me directly if you are interested"

"Jacob M. Appel's first novel, The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up, won the Dundee International Book Award in 2012. His short story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won the 2012 Hudson Prize. He has published short fiction in more than two hundred literary journals including Agni, Conjunctions, Gettysburg Review, Southwest Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and West Branch. His work has been short listed for the O. Henry Award (2001), Best American Short Stories (2007, 2008), Best American Essays (2011, 2012), and received "special mention" for the Pushcart Prize in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2013.

Jacob holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Brown University, an M.A. and an M.Phil. from Columbia University, an M.S. in bioethics from the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College, an M.D. from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, an M.F.A. in creative writing from New York University, an M.F.A. in playwriting from Queens College, an M.P.H. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He currently practices psychiatry in New York City."

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Ode To A Violinist

My heart crashed
As I stood on the sidelines 
You played 
To an adoring crowd

Inside me fear 
Tore away 
As it has done before

I had seen her 
Lock into my lover's eyes 
Take him into promises 
Of her paradise
Then she looked at me
As women do 
To announce 
Pending victory

Lost in that turmoil 
I gazed at you 
Handsome violinist

Young prince of music 
Your violin courting 
Throbbing hearts
Minds filled with desire

My eyes fluttered 
You held them 
I felt avenged
In found promises
Yours into mine

I stayed fixed 
From song to song 
You stroked from chords 
Into my need

I surfaced
Whole and lovely
Into a center of strength
Your visual embrace
Into impending doom
Of lost love 
And unforgettable pain

You came 
In that moment in time 
When I needed lifting 
From sinking into regret 
Into memories of loss

Where you sent by God 
That very second 
Your song a wave 
To lift me from the gulf 
I was falling into

It matters not
The moment passed 
As he came back 
From where he denied
Ever going 
To love me again

By Marta C Weeks
4/20/ 2015
Wrote during a cruise
Published on Hello Poetry