Monday, February 08, 2016

A freebie for freelancewriters

Hi there, here is The NO B. S. Guide to Freelance Writing by Ian Chandler provided by Freedom With Writing. The PDF book is free to download and good for those who want to try freelancing or want more information, hope you enjoy it :

Friday, February 05, 2016

On book readings

One of the joys of writing is listening to other writers read. Last night I attended a book reading event in Sacramento by Squaw Valley Community Writers. Introductions by Capital Public Radio's Beth Ruyak reminded me of when I did radio and TV announcements. Beth has a show that airs at 9 am and 7 Pm. Writers that presented: Natalie Baszile, Meg Waite Clayton, Frances Dinkelspiel, Marian Palaia, and Josh Weil; all excellent. I look forward to someday attend a workshop in Squaw Valley and will start listening to Beth Ruyak when I can because I enjoy Capital Public Radio. 

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Don't take it to hard

On SheWrites author Garine Issas posted  ". . . THAT TIME A FAMOUS WRITER ANSWERED MY EMAIL!: GETTING ENDORSEMENTS FOR YOUR DEBUT NOVEL" An article on the rejections and successes when requesting a "blurbs." 
It is a worthwhile read; it gives helpful suggestions on how to go about getting blurbs and what not to do when it doesn't; yup, it's a balancing act. 
Glad I read it, there are people who I gave copies of the first 100 pages of my book, months ago, to get some feedback, "Oh yes, I would love to read it" they said, and then... then... then... nothing. Except for my nephew Carlo, who gave me significant and constructive comments.
Now I know I am not the only one ignored, most of all know not to take it so hard when authors I know will not give me a blurb and also how it feels when I am asked for blurbs and don't give one; ouch.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

If I were a real writer...

Just posted on SheWrites, If I were a real writer

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Don't you sometimes wish you could... this to all you have to do?

Right now I am doing final edits on VIRGINS as well as completing a nonfiction piece for submission. 

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Friday, January 29, 2016

On competitions, from over the pond

How many of you like to enter competitions and or afraid to loose. Here is a short and good source:
"Writing competitions can be a brilliant way of getting your writing noticed, but even if you don’t win or place highly, you can STILL make writing competitions work for you.
Writing contests can create deadlines to write to; provide themes or other inspiration; or help keep you focused! Writing short stories and short film scripts can help you hone your craft; plus writing feature screenplays and TV pilots can help you understand the marketplace, which is paramount in screenwriting in particular. However, there are SO MANY writing contests out there, where should you start? It’s hard not to get bamboozled!! Which ones are “worth it”???
So, as Devon Writers’ free gift to you, we have handpicked 25 writing contests* that we feel are particularly good. We broke them down into 3 sections:
1) Writing contests and schemes we at Devon Writers have personally been involved in as judges.
2) Local writing contests that take place in Devon and The South West of England (we *are* Devon Writers, after all!).
3) Other writing competitions and schemes of note.
So you can feel confident about entering the contests in this PDF!"

Monday, December 28, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Free eBook on publishing success stories.

Just want to share a notice from Authors Publish Magazine. I just downloaded it:  Free eBook: The Paid & Published Writer – 13 Stories of Publishing Success 
Have only scanned but I think it's very promising: 
"I'm writing to make sure you get your free copy of "The Paid & Published Writer" It's a gift that we're able to give to you, courtesy of Freedom With Writing. We're removing the download links in 2 days, so be sure to grab your copy before then. The book is jammed packed with inspiration and advice for writers. If you want to get published, this book is a must read.
Our gift to you -- available until December 20th."

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

To write or . . .

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”  Maya Angelo
Happy Holidays to all.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


About Virgins: Before recorded time, a girl escaping her clansmen runs into an Archangel's earthly Paradise, the highest angel sent to oversee evolution. The Archangel is commanded: “Take your Eve” but is damned to be a Sylph for eternity. Their names become AYEKAH (the almighty's lament: "What have you done.") and HAYA (Eve).  After Haya dies, Ayekah is in and out of her crypt for centuries and when other angels procreate with humans the Almighty tries to destroy the world.
In 1841 Ayekah hears voices that lead him to girls that look like Haya. From them, Ayekah has seven generations of twin daughters, one fertile the other the guide. Ayekah's angel-humans are divas trapped in a web of conflict that is at times terrifying. Ayekah protects them with The Retais, a world power, until all starts to unravel.
GERONA, Ayekah's sixth descendant, wants to defeat Ayekah, "You are damned, what you have done is evil."  SIG LIERA, protector of The Retais, plots Ayekah's destruction. Ray, one of the last twins, immersed in a research project in the jungles of Central America, refuses to heed the horror around her. While her sister Ary, besieged by nightmares, seeks help from Alex, Ray's lover, and falls in love. Just as Ray's specimen - ROLO - is about to attain sentience, Ray and ROLO disappear into the waters of a hurricane. 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Duke it out or make nice?

Do you duke it out or run to make nice because fight scenes can be punchy, to say the least? 
Here is an article on Grammar Girl with good advice: How to Write a Fight Scene 

Friday, October 30, 2015

A two-for-one deal

My husband says I got one of the two-for-one deals I like. He is making light of the outcome of my emergency room visit last Tuesday. He brought me in, at about two a.m. to emergency, today is Friday, and I am still here.

What led to this scenario can be said to be fortunate and unfortunate. Fortunate because I am in a hospital that is clean, pleasant, and the staff is very skilled, professional, efficient and friendly, not an exaggeration. Unfortunate because I have two things going on: First is a gallbladder that was supposed to have been removed back in 1999; did my body re-grow it? Second, and maybe most urgent is that I am scheduled for angiogram with a fix if needed.

So, patiently we wait, John does go home to do this and that, and me getting needle after needle, test after test, while at home our partially made up bed, and our pets (toy pets), wait. But, I did edit 30 poems and submitted them for publications. I have to do, to keep sane.Tata for now will stay posted.

Monday, October 19, 2015

This book is good.

Epic Celtic saga about truth, honor and duty
For ancient Celts, the cauldron of society was supported by the three legs of truth, honor and duty. If any of them collapsed, the cauldron would lose all that it held. This epic tale of the 6th century spans the Irish Sea during the turbulent times in ancient Dal Riata, a kingdom in the north of Ireland and on the rugged western coast of Scotland. Travel back in time to an era when truth was more important than fame, when honor outranked money and when duty mattered more than life itself.

Ron Cherry's latest book is a Celtic saga of the late 6th century.  It is on Kindle Scout and he could use your nomination.  If it is selected, everyone who nominated it will receive a free Kindle copy.  Click on the following website for more information and a free sample.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Want your musings published?

Was there a time when writers wrote, and voila were published? I don't think so. 
The struggle of writing is just as intense as the tangle to publish. Publishing one's work is a business that can take up all of a writer's time but oh hell; it is the difference between writing for oneself, family and friends or feeling that one has something to say about issues and life, and the pursuit to be read. 
So if you want to delve on costs and venues for publishing your poetry or other writing here is a good site to get you started. 
Don't get frustrated as I already am. Amen.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sex and expectations.

Finally a realistic article about what makes a good marriage. A spouse is not a source, a spouse is a partner, companion, lover and if one is lucky, a friend. To negate the humanity in marriage and make it an idealistic fanfare destroys marriages. Women expect men to divine their moods and needs. I think that man likes a wife that tells him how she truly feels and wants, and is genuinely passionate because she is honest, in and out of the bedroom.

8 Relationship Myths That Can Seriously Damage Your Marriage

Don't fool your-self.

Some may think that if they really want to, without any training, they can write a novel.
Think again and enjoy this post by K.M. Weiland:
5 Lies Writers Tell Themselves

Thursday, October 08, 2015

I just read a great article on AHA's You're The Cure website: Save Physical Education Now

The obesity children are suffering now is because there is to much sitting and not enough exercise in schools. Good PE will help end obesity and diabetes. Not just running or sports but also dance and gymnastics.

I just read a great article on AHA's You're The Cure website: Save Physical Education Now