Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dream of becoming a reporter?

Carriers in journalism, part-time or full-time, abound. At POYNTER you can learn at your own pace and it's not expensive. Check it out! Poynter.org

From paper to screen

Do you think your book would be a great movie? You will never know until you try. 
On The Aspiring Screenwriter’s Guide to Page One are some interesting guidelines. 


Monday, August 15, 2016

A freebie that keeps on giving...

Want your characters to grab readers? Here is a freebie you can get download into most of your devices. Free downloads of Crafting Unforgettable Characters   http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/confirmed/

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Sunday, August 07, 2016

My poetry

I consider Able Muse a publisher of the finest poetry and fiction collections, so I am extremely excited and grateful that some of the poems I submitted have made it to the preliminary stages in the 2016 Able Write Prize for Poetry.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Do you read when writing?

This article: "How does what you read affect your writing, " by Laura Moss, quotes Stephen King, "If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that," memoir, "On Writing." 

When writing new work I don't read because the story comes in a stream from my subconscious and all my senses are involved. Virgins came to me over several months and after overcoming weeks of fear and terror I would get up at night and write. After I sense that my subconscious is tapped or I have completed initial writing I read, research and read to learn about the visions or apparitions that have come to me.

With Virgins I had to do months of research and reading after the initial months of visions, apparitions and in fear of what I was seeing, feeling: all my senses on alert and involved. I even saw a therapist, called my best friend repeatedly, went overnight where my husband was staying when working out of town, sought help from my priest and got psychic readings, very scary readings, thought I was going nuts. Stuff I couldn't explain kept happening around me. My writing became so compulsive I wrote until the wee hours but was able to function during the day as if pumped up by adrenaline.

In the months and years that followed, I read all I could find online about the places, apparitions, ideas and to look and verify what seemed facts and most of them to my dread, where facts even the times before I was even born in this life. I started attending a writing group that went on for 5 years.

I wrote other stuff after awhile but the story of the Sylph kept me engrossed. Two years ago my husband and I went to Europe, of the two weeks we spent several days in Lalin Spain, a city near the Pontevedra Coast, where a lot of the book takes place. The experience felt supernatural to both of us.

Also, writing to me is a true labor of love, I have to edit and have others edit for me a lot because I was dyslexic and in my days as a youth that was not diagnosed correctly. English is not my birth language. I came to the U. S. when I was about nine, the first time. Also in college and in my occupation I had to read and write a lot. Like on this article, I check it myself with spell check and Grammarly and pass it by my husband to ensure it's not riddled with errors.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

About MFA's in Writing

From Gabriela Pereira's page on Twitter, I linked to the article  "3 Myths About theMFA in Creative Writing" by Jane Friedman. A must read for those thinking about an MFA in Creative Writing. 
I value education but resent the push into MFAs or PhDs as the Holy Grail for publishing or winning contests and by most writing media. Ok, so I wouldn't want a surgeon to operate on me without a Medical degree but have books become notable only if written by those with a degree?  I have read amazing books and taken fabulous courses from teachers without an MFA or Ph.D. and some awful by those with degrees.
Although I wanted a degree in Parapsychology, Anthropology or History almost all my college was job advancement motivated. Dyslexia and that English is not my first language exacerbated my insecurity.
So, why do I write?  It’s a passion. Stories, poems, and screenplays come to me, not just in dreams but also to live in me. I write regardless of whether I publish or not. I have published some poetry and articles and wrote for Examiner.com as Sacramento Populist, and CBS-Sacramento Arts&Entertainment.

Once you read "3 Myths About the MFA in Creative Writing" by Jane Friedman, I'd love to know what you think on Facebook@mma Twitter, LinkedIn or Google.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Some writer's conferences are worth attending

So, last week I attended the RWA conference in San Diego. The hotel was so cold it made me ill but I learned a lot from the presenters and attendees! Here are a couple of photos. The lady in red I'm standing next to is the famous and fabulous author Nora Roberts. 
The one I am sitting next to was my wonderful roommate.

After doing some edits to VIRGINS I will be ready to publish and the date I am setting for publication is 7/29. I will most likely offer VIRGINS for free to my followers.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Virgins - alternate tillite - Kicked Out Of Heaven

Hi friends, I thank you all for your support from the bottom of my heart. I have completed my book Virgins - the first book of my Sylphs - beings without a soul - Paranormal/Fantasy Series. I will be posting the first few pages in the next few days right here and on my blog and on my Facebook page for Virgins https://www.facebook.com/Virgins.web/

Photo: courtesy of Bob Keck, Owner/Photographer/Artist at Digital Dreams

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Slugging on blogging

It's not so much that I have a full plate, and not just with food. It's not that I am a social media (sm) glutton - Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Stumbleupon (forgot one or two?) I might engage in some more than others but gosh, golly, gee what the heck and whatnot. 
I am actually writing and submitting a lot!
But this whole media thing is like the biggest boomer, hippie, flower child, gossip circle, club, and what-have-you, and with millions online someone is always posting.
A woman said, not long ago, "social media is evil." "Well," I said, "you mean like when TV, phone, cars and airplanes first started?  Should we go back to smoke signals or?" I think her husband uses sm for porn; who knows.
The very next thing I will blog will be, I hope, is to announce the publishing of my book! Drum roll anyone???

I wish you all a happy 4th of July; stay safe and grateful to be safe.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Women Rise

Our wombs thunder
with spirits of steel
a steady pace and hunger
for healing.

The stars,
our hallowed ground,
call us to fight
with tender hearts
and wise minds.

From priestess
to prostitute, sacred all,
made to conceive
not be torn apart.

We must rise
against edicts that imprison
lies and pass evils
from dark to light.

by ©Marta 6-12-2016

Inspired by Hillary Rodham Clinton, first woman presumptive nominee for President of the United States of America.