Check out this great post from the Confessions of a Mystery Novelist blog on the use of an observer in crime fiction.
Check out what’s new on the shelves of Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore from this post on the Smorgasbord Invitation blog.
Very pleased to welcome Will Macmillan Jones to the Cafe and Bookstore, with his latest release, and his other books for children and adults. Scout Pilot of the Free Union is the first in a new collection of Space Opera novels.
About Scout Pilot of the Free Union
Captain Frank Eric Russell is captain/pilot of a Valhalla Class Star Destroyer – until there is an embarrassing incident during a diplomatic mission to the border with the Imperium. Disciplined by being transferred to the Reconnaissance Unit of The Free Union’s Star Fleet, he finds himself assigned to an outdated Speedbird Scoutship. The missions are less prestigious, less rigorously overseen – and a lot less safe.
Threats, terror and mortal danger lurk behind every planet and asteroid as Frank tries to survive the life of a Reconnaissance Unit Scout Pilot patrolling the barely defined border between The Free Union and the Imperium…
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Check out this guest post from Robbie Cheadle on the benefits of reading fantasy for children from The Story Reading Ape Blog.
Fantasy is a genre of writing in which the setting and characters are not based on reality but are based on something magical or impossible. The use of fairies, witches, trolls and other mythical figures are all examples of fantasy characters. Sometimes fantasy fiction is very involved and includes the construction of an entire world and a language.
J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most famous of the fantasy writers with his novels that are set in Middle Earth and populated, inter alia, by Elves, Dwarfs, Hobbits, Trolls and Goblins. C.S. Lewis is another famous fantasy author with his Chronicles of Narnia series of books that feature a fantasy world, various mythical creatures and a witch.
The Sir Chocolate series of book are fantasy books about a land where you can eat everything, even the trees, flowers and houses. Each book sets out a situation, together with a resolution…
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Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog on the topic of writer’s being allowed to take vacations.
How did we get here?
What exactly has occurred to shape a creative culture in which you’re somehow “less than” if you aren’t writing 12 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year?
Why do we receive praise for announcing our “hiatuses” from social media?
Why is it a “big deal” whenever we decide to unplug for a weekend?
Shouldn’t all this be a normal part of the writing life?
I don’t understand writers who “don’t have time” to take breaks.
Or those who “take breaks,” but somehow manage not to actually break away from their routines to accomplish the very thing a break is technically meant for.
And I used to be one of them.
University life filled me with a toxic cocktail of lies, making me believe I had to “be it all” to make it as a writer. I don’t regret the degrees. But…
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Check out this inspirational post with some useful writing links from Staci Troilo’s blog.
Ciao, everyone. Hope you’re having a great week.
Clearly, three-day weekends screw me up. All week long, I struggled to realize what day it was. Tuesday felt like Monday. I thought it was Thursday twice, neither time on Thursday. The only reason I’m getting this posted on time is that my daughter said something about Friday being tomorrow (as I write this, it’s actually Thursday evening).
It’s been a strange week. And I’ve been working hard. I have a lot to share, but I need to collect my thoughts. Hopefully I’ll catch you all up next week. Until then, I thought I’d share this quote.
Nora Roberts. She has a way of putting things, doesn’t she? And given her name is synonymous with romance writing, she probably knows a thing or two about chasing dreams.
Back in January — no, actually back in December — I decided this was…
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The Author Spotlight shines on Ari Meghlen in this post from The Writer’s Treasure Chest blog.
1. When did you start writing?
Firstly, thank you so much for having me on your blog.
I’ve been writing since I was given unsupervised access to pens. 🙂 I believe it was around the age of 8 years old. I loved making up stories and a teacher gave us an assignment to describe a friendly monster under the bed. I wrote not only a description but a story about him. And I haven’t stopped writing since 🙂
2. What motivates you to write?
I don’t really need motivation to write. It’s just what I was born to do. I am forever caught by scenes, character or plots that just fill my head until I need to get them down. It’s like writing relieves pressure in my mind and gives space to all the new ideas slipping in.
3. What genre do you write in and what made you…
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Teri Polen’s book, The Gemini Connection, is featured on this edition of Lisa Burton Radio from this post on the Entertaining Stories blog.
Coming at you with one point twenty-one jigawatts of power, this is Lisa Burton Radio. The only show that brings you the characters from the books you love. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and my very special guest today is trying to find his missing twin brother. “Welcome to the show, Evan Resnik.”
“Thanks for having me, Lisa. This is kind of weird. They don’t have radio shows on my planet.”
“So what’s it like being a twin?”
“Some twins feel like they’re always lumped together and want a little distance between themselves, but not Simon and me. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Our bond goes beyond looking identical – we feel each other’s emotions and always know where the other is. Yeah, it can be a little intrusive sometimes, but it’s all we’ve ever known. We’ve always been there for each other. Besides, if you…
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