Bloggers, Assemble! (A Blogosphere Experiment)

For the adventurous, Sean’s calling for 50 bloggers to participate in his “experiment.” I signed up (gulp).

Bloggers, Authors, Wordsmiths: Should you blog daily?

This post by Victoria is from earlier this month, but do read and also read the comments. There’s a good discussion on how often bloggers should/should not post and why.

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

I love this blog. I love blogging. And I make a point–or at least, I have since late  July 2012–of putting up a new post daily, one related to creative writing and marketing creative writing through social media / the blogosphere.

As an author, I know any amount of practice connecting words into sentences, and sentences into paragraphs, is worthwhile practice. It’s training and maintenance work, so it’s never a waste of time. Blogging has the benefit of giving me that practice while also connecting me with other people and drawing attention to my work.

I’ve written a post about everything this blog and its followers have given me, so I won’t go into that again. But I have been considering of late why I chose to blog daily, and why I continue to do so.

Having a new post every day can be difficult and time-consuming, not to…

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“Sunday Dinner” at The Community Storyboard

Read my short short story currently featured at The Community Storyboard!

Guest Blog: Do’s and Dont’s of Indie Authoring by Ionia Martin

Great (and funny) list of do’s and dont’s by Ionia Martin!

Legends of Windemere

This week’s guest blog is brought to us by the delightful, funny, and hard-working Ionia Martin of Readful Things.  She also is the mastermind behind The Community Storyboard where writers and readers from all walks of life can gather for some fun.  Did I mention she’s hard-working?  If you haven’t had the joy of checking out both of Ionia’s blogs then I suggest you take the time to do so.

Now, I asked Ionia to make a list of Do’s and Donts’ for the Indie Authors.  I thank her for taking up the challenge and having fun with it.  Enjoy.

So you have decided to be an indie author, huh?

I can always count on Charles Yallowitz, the owner of this here excellent blog for two things. Number 1: He writes great books.

Number 2: He is always entertaining and ensures that his posts far outweigh any other responsibilities…

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Hello my darlings,

This is me creating a post for easier re-blogging because the last one was kind of crammed with too much personal information. So from my other services page, this is a list of what I have to offer. Please feel free to contact me via my Contact page or my email address cnfaust@outlook.com 🙂

Formatting

eBook: For $10 an hour I will format your eBook for Amazon KDP (or various other eBook distributors, including Lulu and Nook). This usually takes me between 2 – 4 straight hours depending on what kind of shape the book is in when I get it. Work hours can be considerably less.

Print: For $12 an hour I will format your book for Amazon Createspace (or various other print distributors, including Lulu). This usually takes me between 4 – 6 hours depending on the shape the book is in when I get it…

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Twice Honored

This week I’ve been honored with two awards:  the Super-Sweet Award from Isabella Stines and the Liebster Award from Sara Letourneau.  As most WP awards do, these both have rules, in part questions which I will answer below.  I’m also obliged to nominate a number of other bloggers (13 and 11, respectively).  I’m going to cheat a bit here and provide a list of bloggers that I think everyone should visit if you don’t already.  And they in turn can jump over to my blog and pick one or both of these awards, and the cycle will continue 🙂

The Super_Sweet Questions!

Q: Cookies or Cake?

A: Cookie, preferably the maple-ginger that B&N offers during the winter holidays 😉

Q: Chocolate or Vanilla?

A: Actually vanilla, although I have a bite-size square of chocolate every night after dinner.  It’s for medicinal purposes.

Q:  Favorite sweet treat?

A: Ice cream.  Years ago in San Francisco we had homemade vanilla ice cream with macadamia nuts and chocolate syrup … it was heaven!

Q: When do you crave sweets the most:

A: When I’m bored

Q: Sweet nickname?

A: Honey, sweetie, baby … whatever my husband is calling me at the moment 😉

The Liebster Questions (which Sara herself thought up)!

  1. What book are you currently reading?  An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser.  Somehow I managed to get through six years of college without ever reading it.
  2. Do you read any poetry – and if so, who are your favorite poets?  I actually don’t read much poetry, but on occasion I have enjoyed Billy Collins and Robert Pinsky
  3. What is your favorite “escape”? (A vacation spot, a place to go and do your creative work, etc.)  San Francisco, San Francisco, San Francisco
  4. What song (either instrumental or with vocals) left an intense emotional impact on you the first time you heard it?  Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
  5. Are you an early worm or a night owl?  Night owl, but I fear I’m getting too old for that.  I’ve never liked getting up early. 
  6. If you could pick any meal for dinner tonight, what would it be?  I already ate, and it was pizza and salad
  7. What is your favorite word at the moment?  Sleep
  8. What is your favorite social media website?  WordPress has it hands down
  9. Describe the room you’re sitting in right now.  My bedroom, which has pale pink walls, one window, a single twin bed, and a lot of clutter (yarns, fabrics, books)
  10. If you had a newspaper in front of you, what section would you read first?  The op-ed pages
  11. Name one thing you are grateful for, regardless of whether it’s tangible or intangible, great or small.  I’m alive

Now, a list of bloggers that I nominate for all and future awards 😉

http://meganhasocd.com

http://sarahcradit.wordpress.com/

http://tucsonblonde.wordpress.com/

http://shareenayoub.wordpress.com/

http://ofallthebeautifulcreatures.wordpress.com/

http://shapingdestinythebook.com/

http://ericjohnbaker.wordpress.com/

http://expateyeonlatvia.wordpress.com/

http://followyourheartandlifewillfollow.wordpress.com/

http://leajurock.wordpress.com/

http://secondbreakfas.wordpress.com/

http://whenibecameanauthor.wordpress.com/

http://writingsofamrs.wordpress.com/

This list is by no means exhaustive.  Check on the right side of my blog for more fascinating bloggers 🙂

Past my bedtime.  ‘Night, y’all …

Stuff It Tuesday. Storetry #4 A collaboration challenge for writers and poets!

Another fun collaboration with Writings of a Mrs!

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This is the fourth installment of ‘Stuff it Tuesdays!’  Time sure does fly doesn’t it!

This week came together nicely despite the fewer number of entries.  I was left wanting to read the next Chapter!

Thank you so much to everyone that has participated so far.  I’ve really loved how all of these Storetries have turned out!

Please watch for next weeks opening paragraph and closing poem it will be listed at the end of this ‘Storetry’ and in the tab entitled Stuff It on my main page.

Now there is more incentive to participate!  I have been putting some thought into these wonderful collaborations and I think with the permission of all of those that have participated in this one and the past 3 that I may publish a free e Book, no one (myself included) would make a profit from it but that contains all of these…

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Enter my contest and win some prizes!

Briana Vedsted is a young write of Young Adult western fiction. Please help her out and spread the word 🙂

Work In Progress Report – Meme

Thank you so much to Jade Reyner (Jade’s Jungle) for tagging me in her Work In Progress Report Meme. As is customary I shall share my WIP and then pass the meme on!

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1. What is the name of your current WIP?

The Widow’s Club:  Book 3

2. Ready to do a cover reveal?

Oh, god, no, I haven’t even outlined the novel (whoops, should I have admitted that?)

3. How many words are you into it?

Ahem … (cough) … 0 … (cough)

4. Goal word count by the end of the week?

This week?  Let’s just say I plan to produce at least 50,000 words by end of July.

5. Goal word count for the entire manuscript?

Hmmm, I don’t do word count goals, except during NaNoWriMo writing challenges.  As long as a novel tells a story well, what matters if it is 50,000 words or 500,000 words?

6. What genre does your work in progress fall within?

Mystery/Suspense

7. When would you *like* to publish this project?

Within my lifetime or by end of 2014, which ever comes first.

8. Go to page 5 of your manuscript and pick a sentence at random to share with us!

Mary would have preferred a simple divorce case, the old “spy on my spouse so I can get evidence for a divorce” type of investigation.

(I’m cheating.  This sentence is from The Widow’s Club:  Book 1.)

9. Will this WIP turn into a series book?

Actually, Book 3 is the end of the series, unless the series becomes wildly popular.  Then perhaps 6 or 9 books.  Must be divisible by 3 because I love the number 3.

10. What has been the hardest challenge in working on this WIP?

Right now answering these questions because the WIP is still in my head.  Seriously, convincing myself that I have a viable enough concept to continue writing.  I have three main characters–Mary, Maggie, and Melissa–and the novels alternate among their POVs as well as other characters such as the victim and the perpetrator.

11. What has been your favorite part of working on this WIP?

Writing from different POVs.  The cousins (Mary, Melissa, and Maggie) are very different from each other and it’s a fun challenge to write from the perpetrator’s perspective as well.  (My husband worries that I enjoy imagining the mind of a sociopath much too much.)

12. Any special treat planned for when you finish the final draft of your WIP?

Eat a whole pint of Americone ice cream.

13. Tag three people to complete this WIP meme!

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ID-10053750If you are serious about your writing, you’ve probably searched for the magic formula that will guarantee publication of your work. I hate to be the one to break this to you, but there is no magic formula.

Writing is hard. Writing well is hard work. Writing well enough to see your work published takes time, dedication, ruthless editing, and yes, a bit of luck.

Luck isn’t something you have much control over . . . but you do have control over time, dedication, and ruthless editing.

Millions of words have been written about finding and making time to write, so you’re probably working on that, and you’re already dedicated to your craft or you wouldn’t be reading Stephen King’s On Writing and searching blogs for ideas on how to make a living in this crazy business.

That leaves ruthless editing as your ticket to instantly improving your writing.

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