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: https://www.facebook.com/martacweeks/

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If you want to learn about Google Analytics? I am learning today for the firs time by taking this free courses.









Thursday, June 22, 2017

Know why to self-publish or find agent/publisher

@2011Marta
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: http://www.jenpercy.com/bio/

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?
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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

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZfadIf5zpo&t=188s

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.

http://hellopoetry.com/poem/1918302/last-breath/


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?   


It is, from K.M. Weiland on CRAFTING UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS! 
http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/crafting-unforgettable-characters.pdf

You will find a link to it on her article: Common Writing Mistakes: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/common-writing-mistakes-much-description/

Saturday, April 01, 2017

The 7 Deadly Sins of Paranormal Romance | WritersDigest.com

The 7 Deadly Sins of Paranormal Romance | WritersDigest.com: 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.