Trees and Writing

Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

This is what happened to us a few weeks back. Driveway and back door to house blocked by tree branches.

Storms bring destruction, like the above, with damage everywhere which has lasting effects. We are in a mess and are still trying to pull ourselves out of this. That is true about everything.

We also need to pull ourselves out of our writing destruction. This is when we get sidetracked. Sidetracked by uncontrollable events, such as storms, technical computer issues and the loss of production time.

I faced a storm, where we lost power for three days (which was better than some in the area where they were out of electricity for about five days). However, I was unable to not only write, charge my phone, cook, clean or basically do much of anything. It is amazing how much you live on those electrical items and do not know that…

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What is the best way to write that book?

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Writing with an outline, by pantsing or somewhere between.

Where do you fall?

Everyone has an opinion, but there is no right or wrong solution, just the right one for you.

I spent most of this year studying various outlining styles, trying to find one that fits my style. What did I learn in the last six months?

What did I learn in the last six months about outlining?

  • There is a multitude of ways to outline.
  • An outline can be fluid.
  • You can choose to write without one.
  • Outlining can suck the life out of a story even before you start writing.
  • Or can be a road map to the end.
  • Scrivener is still a writer’s number one go to for outlining.
  • There is no right or wrong way.

I also learned…

  • I’m a panster. Stick with what you know is a good thing.
  • But I can outline a “little bit” as…

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Angel Baby

Let’s hope that he gets justice.

Free Bird

It was the worst day of my life. This day changed my life forever. It is ingrained in my memory like cement. That night has replayed in my mind over and over again without ceasing. It’s like a never ending tragic movie that just doesn’t seem real- yet it is very real.  After receiving the phone call that he was missing, I was driving as fast as I could with my heart beating out of my chest. I already knew what happened. In the depths of my heart, I expected the worst. As we turned down the street, it was like the scene out of a movie. Fire trucks, police cars, and crowds of rescuers and neighbors were gathered around the house, searching, confused and panicked. My heart sank and chills ran up my spine. So many cars were there, we had to park down the street. As we frantically…

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ANNOUNCING: Yecheilyah’s 1st Annual Poetry Contest

For the poets among us, here’s your chance!

Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

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Hi, everybody! I am excited to share with you Yecheilyah’s First Annual POETRY Contest, right here on my blog. Read the instructions below, because you are going to love this!!

From Yecheilyah:

“It’s no secret I love poetry. In fact, my entrance into Indie Publishing began this way, with a collection of poems. I have been performing since High School and writing them since middle school. I’ve traveled to perform, entered contests, and have been filmed. Remember that you can listen to my poems and follow me on my new Soundcloud page HERE.”

“I have wanted to do this for a long time and Renaissance: The Nora White Story is the perfect excuse. In my upcoming release poetry plays a significant role. Nora meets such famous poets as Langston Hughes and even gets to recite a poem of her own. For this, to celebrate the release of book one in the…

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Irony of Feminism

Exactly. More young women need to adapt a mindset like Malala. With enough of them like her and women could rule the world.

The Buzzing Blogger

Amidst all the cacophony made on feminism and women issues on a lazy Sunday, I pondered why this issue is so important these days.

From politicians, celebrities, human rights supporters and college going girls, everyone wants a piece of feminism. What actually is feminism – first attempt to provide baseline definition of a common basis of all feminism may start with assertion that feminism concern themselves with the women’s inferior position in society and with discrimination encountered by them because of their sex.

Belonging from a landmass, where girls are considered useless in many parts of society made me think why we blame only patriarch mindset for discrimination. How much women themselves are responsible for distress condition of other women? Recently, during US elections I read an article “How much women are responsible for Hillary Clinton’s loss?” As per data, millennial men (65%) supported her than women (47%).  I believe…

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#1 MinFicton: The Woman in the Street by Pamela D. Beverly

I’m taking Nortina’s one minute fiction challenge at https://lovelycurses.com//2017/06/12/Mondays-one-minute-fiction-week-of-June12/.

Here’s my contribution:

I got to her before he did.

“Don’t touch her!” his commanding voice rang out.

I stopped short for a second but bent down to give aid.

Yecheilyah’s Book Reviews – The Love Labyrinth by Pamela D. Beverly

Pearls Before Swine

Title: The Love Labyrinth

Author: Pamela D. Beverly

Print Length: 201 pages

Publisher: Pamela D. Beverly (March 12, 2017)

Publication Date: March 12, 2017

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B06XKGFQ5R

*I received this book as a gift from the author*

When Noelle Harrison meets Clark Johnson on her way out the church doors, she immediately discerns that his kindness is not appropriate for a married woman. Already we can see Noelle struggling. Should she go out to lunch with the young, fine, Clark? He claims he just wants to be friends, is that possible? Can a married woman be friends with another man without romance being involved? This is the question I asked myself as Clark and Noelle made plans for lunch.

The plot thickens as we discover that Mr. Wayne Harrison is a workaholic who is always away on business. In fact, he is so…

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5 words to describe life with MS…

Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS

It’s World MS Day! And this year the theme is ‘Life with MS’, so me and Dizzy have thought of 5 words that sum up life with MS for us!

  1. Unpredictable

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2. Exhausting

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3. Frustrating

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4. Challenging

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5. Enlightening

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These are mine and Dizzy’s five! We’d love to hear your top 1, 3 or 5 words if you have a chronic condition or maybe just your favourite words to sum up life?

Dizzy would also greatly appreciate any help with finishing off her equation. 🙂 xxx

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Book Festivals – Are they Worth it?

2012 Book Fair

Image Credit: Virginia Festival of the Book

Yesterday I participated in a local book festival.

Can’t get those six hours back.

A big goose egg.

Zero.

Nada.

Zilch.

And no, the photo above is not from the book festival I was a part of yesterday although I did attend that festival about five years ago.

At yesterday’s festival, there were probably more author and vendors than customers. And from what I could see from my table, those that were there weren’t buying much. Those authors lucky enough to have any sales seemed to be children’s authors.

Is it the demographic? I’m wondering. The genre? I don’t know.

Do you?

Or is just basically a crapshoot?

The hours I spent writing, editing, proofreading, having my manuscript proofread, edited, formatted, deciding on a cover design, working on my blog, marketing.

Spending money.

Lots of moo-lah.

Why? What’s my motivation?

I’m starting to wonder ’cause this ain’t my first rodeo. I’ve participated in several with my first book, albeit costly when I add up the cost versus what I actually sold.

As for yesterday’s book festival, it’s not like I didn’t try to help the cause. I advertised it on my Twitter, Google+, Facebook and Amazon Author Pages several times as the time grew near.

Where’s the support? The readers?

How about where you live? What are your thoughts?

Are people coming out?

Are they buying?

Is there simply too many books on the market?

I’d like to know.