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Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tell me a about yourself. What got you started in writing?
What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?
I just turned twenty-one in the middle of this month and self-published my first book, “The Mystery of the Eiffel Tower and Other Stories” in December 2009 when I was only seventeen. I believed I did not have enough talent to publish, but I did it. If you just believe in yourself and have hope, you too can publish a book. Nothing is impossible when you believe! Have faith and do not give up because great things happen when we least expect it.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
But that I do write
And for those who have read Scrambled, they have quickly discovered that even then the gory scenes really aren't all that gory. In fact, you may just find yourself being a detective without having to deal
with all of the gory details.
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Still, there are times when spooky stuff sort of creeps into my writing (other than when I'm writing a mystery). And at these times I look closely at what I've just penned because the last thing I want to do is to bring the 'wrong sort' into the room, if you know what I mean.
Suffice it to say, there needs to be tension, a bad guy or girl, or some sort of opposition. Nothing, and I mean nothing, not even a Christian fiction book can be all smiles and a perfect life.
There's no such thing.
But having said that, I think it's important to look at your writing and feel what you've written. If you like the creepy stuff, fine, but if you want your readers to go away feeling as if they still know you, (because you've written other books with a similar feel) double check what you've written before you send it off to be published.
I can usually handle scary scenes
1. If they are coupled with humor, as in A River of Stones and the vampire and Doberman scenes.
2. If they aren't too dark or too detailed. My readers can know there's a dead man, but they don't need to know the specific details of the dead man's body.
3. If the 'spooky' stuff really isn't 'spooky' but sort of eerie thoughtful. In Scrambled, the main character thinks she's hearing the voice of a spirit, though she's not sure if it's the voice of the dead man or just her own mind.
When spooky stuff creeps into your writing, just take a second look. That's all I'm asking.
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Monday, October 28, 2013
How and where do you write?
How do you schedule your writing time?
What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?
Friday, October 25, 2013
THE WINNER OF THE FEAR NOT BLOG HOP HALLOWEEN CONTEST IS....
DRUMROLL PLEASE... Litany!
This is her entry:
Have Halleluiah House where it will be a maze of angels, different people from the bible like Esther, Ruth, David in the lions den, Jonah in the whale, etc. And at the end of the maze you enter into a Holy Ghost Party where you just relax and have people dressed as angels(they can be servers, DJ) and have fun so they won't miss out on events but it just will be in uplifting God.
I chose this entry because it was not only creative but carried on with the theme of "Fear Not" in a most unusual but inspiring way. Congratulations, Litany!
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
One such gathering has to do with writing.
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I am reminded of a story I heard about yesterday on the news. I can't remember the man's name now, but he played some of his own music at a recent piano concert. Though in his 80s or 90s, this was his debut, and every one of his songs had been written and played (I believe by harmonica) previously in a prison camp.
How could he write such beautiful music in such a terrible place?
Talk about lifting others with his music; calming their fears. But he must have seen something beyond those camp walls. He must have noticed the trees changing their colors in the fall.
I have to admire a man like that.
Today, as you gather, think of all the beauties that surround you, even though they might not at first appear obvious. Take them in, gather. And continue to gather.
You never know when you'll need to use them.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Most morning I go to the gym. In the afternoons, I usually write. In the evenings, I am usually at writing workshops.
Dec 16 if I am back in Korea from Sri Lanka and all editing is done.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
I often think of simple treasures as those thought-felt gifts, items not given for practicality, but for a purpose.
In the midst of the upcoming festivities we may miss the true spirit of the holidays in favor of stress related duties, including shopping. And though I frankly admit that setting up a booth and preparing for a book sale creates a bit of stress, you also need to know how terribly exciting this particular experience is for me.
Allow me to share a little about what I'll be doing a couple of weeks from now.
|Come and have some fun!|
This year I will also have a booth space, and I would love for you to join me. FREE gifts is a definite. And I will have two new books to share with you.
If you have to shop, (and what shopper during the holidays doesn't have to?) consider coming to the Simple Treasure Holiday Boutique in Farmington and getting some of your heartfelt shopping done.
I hope to see you.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Tell me a about yourself. What got you started in writing?
Briefly, I would say that I
Expecting good things to happen will lead to taking actions that produce positive results
What got my to start writing again? I guess you could say happenstance. My three realities converged. I had  a granddaughter who loves books,  a son who is fluent in three languages—English, Spanish and French, and  a burning desire to give appropriate entertaining instructional materials as gifts.
What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?
Seeing the piece takes shape is what I like best. My least favorite part about writing is editing.
The type of writing that I tend to do is not character driven. By that I mean, in one of my books, the ABCs are the main characters. In my next project, the main characters have been determined by the book subject matter--early African American inventors.
How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?
That's a weakness of mine. I tend to work best in the a.m. or late at night. However, it often is when an idea or thought comes to mind.
I’m editing poetry that I wrote years ago into a picture book series on early African-American inventors. Their background and how their inventiveness makes life wonderful for you and me. The series is entitled "Thank a Black Man".
Kimberly and Tom Goodwin words best delineate why I chose this project.
Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.
I have an outline for book that uses humor to remind parents to [a] become more invested in their child's education, [b] understand the self-fulfilling prophecy and [c] raise their children as if they were geniuses.
Joseph Joubert once said that, "Some superior minds are unrecognized because there is no standard by which to weigh them."
1. Learn as much as possible about your target audience and use this information to structure your writing.
2. Whether you self-publish or choose an agent, edit, edit, and edit your manuscript or have someone do it for you. Think of editing as putting the shine on shoes if you were a shoe shiner or putting the glow on a clients' check diamond if you were a make up artist.
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