Jun 29 2012

Jumping In – Second Chances Completed For Submission

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Ok, I’ve been rushing to complete my short story Second Chances for submission into a fantasy short story contest to see how things go.  Deadline is fast appraoching, like tomorrow fast, and I have been doing some polishing.

The story follows Kath’ri-sa, an elf, and the deuteragonist of my novel Under the Darkened Moon.  I just like saying the word deuteragonist.  Its sounds so quirky.

Final stats on the short story are 5,941 words, Flesch Reading Ease of 84.3, and Flesch-Kincade Grade Level of 4.1. (more…)

Jun 27 2012

Don’t Believe The Hype, It Hurts Later

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Just recently, a new member came into our author’s group. She is a nice enough girl with a lot of great ideas and good critiques on other people’s work. After getting through the trial period she was allowed to beginning getting critiques on her own material.  “You’re gonna love this story I wrote,” she beamed once submitting the book she has been working on. “Everyone else has,” added.

She was not so chipper after the critique of her first five chapters came back. No one was mean, but they were honest. The new girl’s face turned red with a cross between rage and embarrassment as reviews were given.

The critique centered around:
– lots of misused words that were not synonyms for what she wanted to say
– the fact that in the first five chapters (two scenes each) there were 10 different POV characters
– there appeared to be eight different plots happening with none standing out as the main one
– run-on sentences galore (more…)

Jun 26 2012

Please Avoid These Five Major Twitter Fails!

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Ah, yes, Twitter.  140 characters to say whatever it is that is on your mind.  But are you guilty of any of these five major Twitter fails?  Maybe it is time to rethink your life.

1. Demanding someone follow you in order for you to follow them.

Really?  You have so little that is interesting to say that you have to bribe people to follow you?  Shame.

2. Following someone, waiting for them to follow you, and then unfollowing them.

Can’t drum up followers any other way huh? (more…)

Jun 26 2012

Tuesday Morning Twitter Follower Welcomes

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Jun 25 2012

What makes these honey buns patriotic?

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I really want to know what makes these honey buns “patriotic”. I mean, take a look and see if you can tell me what I am missing.

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Jun 25 2012

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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Warning! May Contain Spoilers!

Catching Fire is book two of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. It continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and her trials and tribulations after being a victor in the Hunger Games, a sadistic competition put on by the totalitarian government of a post-apocalyptic America. The games pit children against children in a yearly fight to the death.

First off, and bluntly, Catching Fire is not as good as The Hunger Games, the first book of the trilogy. Secondly, it is not a bad book and is quite above average. Thirdly, it suffers from, and even magnifies, one of the major problems with the first book – its predictability greatly detracts from the story. (more…)

Jun 25 2012

Monday Moning Twitter Welcomes

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Morning!  Monday morning twitter follower welcomes to:

Kelly Brown[email protected]

I read books in droves & like to review/beta. Tweet me ur book! I also like black unicorns and love to write. So much so that I wrote a whole novel.

Peter Hall[email protected]

Rhodes College ’12 Business student. Entrepreneur. Lax.Grizz fan. Founder of PromiseWater and www.facebook.com/SociallyAdvancedMarketing

Rachael Taylor[email protected]

loves cats authors and owls!

Rebecca Berto[email protected]

I’m writing a Psychological Thriller. My blog, Novel Girl, discusses books, writing, publishing & author interviews. I’m an Editorial Assistant at @TRAUS.

InD’Tale Magazine[email protected]

Cutting edge information, honest, professional book reviews, interesting, entertaining articles, educational columns for the self and small published.

Becca Campbell[email protected]

I write novels. I devour books. I knit in crazy places. I paint when the brushes beckon. I seek inspiration and to inspire others. Creator of #JuNoWriMo.com.

Kelsye[email protected]

Writer.ly and Daylight Writers founder. Marketing Pro. Runner. Car singer. Sudoku GENIUS. Hopelessly happy.http://www.linkedin.com/in/kelsyenelson

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Jun 24 2012

Sunday Afternoon New Twitter Follower Welcomes

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Welcome to these new followers on Twitter!

K.E. Saxon[email protected]

Writer of contemporary and historical romance fiction/organic gardener extraordinairehttp://kesaxon.com

Raeann Blake[email protected]

Indie Romance author and software engineer (the day job). Swinging in the wind while trying to decide whether to stay Indie or pursue traditional publishing.

Gareth Young[email protected]

Aspiring (perspiring) writer. Check out my book links and short bio here: http://about.me/Spartagus Anything else you want to know, you only have to ask…

Natalie Hillier[email protected]

Admin Assist, passionate/obsessive reader, never without a book in hand, newly book blogger, purple is my ultimate favorite color lol, pls check out my blog.

Sneezing Panda[email protected]

Launching Summer 2012

BZ Hercules[email protected]

Comedy/Mystery Writer and Alter Ego to @BethLynne1 I wear the cape in this duo! Lawyer, Muscian, Brain Surgeon

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Jun 24 2012

More Sunday New Twitter Follower Welcomes!

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I want to welcome all these people to my little corner of Twitter!

Gary Sanders[email protected]

Screenwriter: Crime Dramas & Action Thrillers. Worlds 2nd Worst Surfer: Also writing a novel to be released in 2012.

Write Emotobooks[email protected]

Grit City Publications is currently seeking pop-fiction for our catalog of EmotoSingles and EmotoSerials. Become a pioneer. Join the emotobooks Revolution!

Gae-Lynn Woods[email protected]

Texas Crime Fiction writer – because some folks just need killin’. Jazz lover, fence fixer, pretty good post-hole digger, and mad about BBC’s The Archers.

JuNoWriMo[email protected]

A novel writing challenge in June – 50,000 words in 30 days. Check out the buzz with #JuNoWriMo. Brought to you by @beccajcampbell and @aehowardwrites

Number 42[email protected]_

People throw rocks at things that shine. #InstantFollowBack

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Jun 24 2012

Sunday Morning New Twitter Welcome

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THN Enterprises, LLC[email protected]_Enterprises

Performances Marketing, Call Tracking, & IVR Call Control System Technologies, visit my blog @ jasonpoore.com.like us on facebook.con/THNENTERPRISES

NHL Expert Picks[email protected]

Providng Blogs, Stats, News and More! NHL Handicapper: NHLexpertpicks.com 2011/2012 Record:[148-62]

Helen Hanson[email protected]

Thriller novelist, former corporate droness, Redwood Curtain escapee, red-wine sipper, hacky sack duffer, unrepentant misfit, & seed patron to avian travelers.

Raine Thomas[email protected]_Thomas

Wedding planner by day, YA author by night. Words are my passion! The Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy and DEFY now available!

Gail (Trish) Gentry[email protected]

Lover of Life & Laughter. My day job is a paralegal, a 24/7 observer, good listener & gr8 friend. Love reading & writing short stories. Working on my 1st novel

zrockmusic[email protected]

 

B Throwsnaill[email protected]

Author of Hemlock and the Wizard Tower–a sword and sorcery epic inspired by Tolkien, Moorcock and Herbert. I am interested in politics, history and philosophy.

 

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