Brilliant residency opportunity for writers with a head for heights

Sounds like a lot of fun for some adventurous writers. Boosting the signal!

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

Maison de L'Ecriture, Montricher. Photo © Claudine Garcia
Maison de L’Ecriture, Montricher. Photo © Claudine Garcia

This is a writing opportunity that is the epitome of cool…

A Swiss Foundation is offering writers the chance to live and work in a newly built centre at the foot of the Jura Mountains and get paid while you are there. Oh and ny the way, you will be living in a hanging treehouse in a group of eight. Six overlook Lake Geneva and the Alps and a seventh faces the Jura mountains. An eighth treehouse will be a communal space where residents can cook in the kitchen or relax in the living room.

The Jan Michalski Foundation is inviting writers from around the world to apply and you don’t have to be famous with a string of publications to your name: applications from new or emerging writers are welcome.

You can stay for two weeks or up to six months…

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…GoReadMe!… m’Lady, Susan M. Toy’s fabulous idea for Authors and Readers…

Boosting the signal for this AWESOME idea… why hasn’t anyone thought of this before. Go ReadMe!!! Because Jack Calder. Just Sayin’ Can’t go wrong with a kick arse hero in a kilt!!!

Seumas Gallacher

…from daft ideas often come the next ‘great thing… the following Guest Post from my dear friend and fellow scribbler, Susan Toy, may interest other Writers and Readers… feedback on it is encouraged… please let us know if this is sum’thing yeez could support:

GoReadMe! – an idea on Crowd Reading

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Susan M. Toy.

The marvelous Seumas Gallacher posted a status update to Facebook, a joke really, that had me laughing out loud here in my little trailer …

“…thinking of doing a GoFundMe thingy for a movie about my ‘To Be Read’ pile on my ebook Reader… calling it ‘Kindler’s List’… all contributions welcome… J”

Then an idea struck me – “What if,” I thought (those great little words that lead to the beginning of many great ideas, stories and novels). And I wrote a message to the kind sir himself, running past him first the kernel of…

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5 Ways to Improve the Action in Your Story

Whoa! Awesome advice from Lillian today… Must reblog!

Hopes and Dreams: My Writing and My Sons

by Lillian Csernica on August 13, 2016

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Writers tend to be visually oriented. We see our stories playing out much like movies inside our minds. Whatever we can do to enhance the clarity of the images and information we want to convey to the reader will improve the strength of our stories. That clarity begins with making sure we can see exactly what’s going on.

Map out the key locations.  Start with just the distances between the major settings. If you want to get into topography, go for it. Bear in mind there’s a difference between miles on land and nautical miles.

Draw the important action. Draw one scene between two characters on a stage. You could also look down on the action, using an aerial view to keep track of items or characters outside of the protagonist’s sight lines. Split the page into four sections…

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What are you writing – Crime, Horror or Suspense? Infographic…

The story reading apes has found another good infographic. Must share!

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Closed for business: Two big things that could penalize your Amazon author account (and how to prevent them)

Excellent information here! Must share!

Make no mistake. If you have heard me speak before almost anywhere or read anything I have to say about writing, I emphasize one thing above all else:

“You can be as artsy as you want to be while you are writing your book, but once it is finished, it is a product. A product you must distribute and market in order for it to sell.”

There’s another part to this reality of writing as a business: the number one distributor of ebooks remains Amazon, and for most authors about 80% of their sales would disappear, should the online giant refuse to sell their work. Discoverability on Amazon is the number one trick authors, publishers, and book marketers are trying to crack. Of course, if it works on Amazon, the same method will likely increase sales on iBooks and Nook as well, provided an author even offers their books for…

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13 Interesting Facts About Google That You May Not Know

I didn’t know most of these! What an awesome post. Must reblog. Love the goats…maybe the could get a corgi to herd the goats and post a pic on the Google doodle.

the lady confidential blog

Google, the most popular search engine, that you may not know yet.

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1. Go to Google homepage and type the words “I want to commit suicide”. Above all the search results, Google provides the Suicide Helpline number of your country.
2. A young girl wrote to Google to give her father a day off as it was his birthday. This is what Google sent back in reply. Now, that is something.

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3. Go to Google Maps. Click on the satellite view and zoom out as much as possible. You can see an amazing view of earth with real time shadows. You can see real time clouds if you zoom in twice. Pretty amazing, right?

4. Google has a pet T-rex, named Stan, which lives at their California headquarters. Founders bought it to remind the employees to not let Google go extinct.

5. Search “atari…

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#amwriting: learning from the masters: Kurt Vonnegut

Excellent post from Connie Jasperson today… Had to share!

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Timequake(Vonnegut)I haven’t written about Kurt Vonnegut in a while, and I believe it’s time to revisit him and his wisdom. I am dusting off a piece I wrote several years ago, as it has merit in my writing life today.

Kurt Vonnegut (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was one of my literary heroes. He was considered to be one of the most outrageously creative writers of our time, and indeed time figures prominently in much of his work – such as in his semi-autobiographical novel, Timequake. In this novel, he writes about trying to write a story. He understood writers’ block, because he had experienced it. Reading Timequake is like seeing my own struggle to write reflected in another author’s life.

His most famous work, Slaughterhouse-Fivecame out of his experiences in WWII as a prisoner of war. Vonnegut understood being a prisoner of war because he had…

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Is Being a “Good” Girl Hurting Your Career? Why “Bad” Girls Become Best-Sellers

Awesome blog. Have to boost the signal! I am Author. Hear me ululate!

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Today is a repost because of a death in the family last week. But you know what? Life moves on.  I chose this post because we all need a good kick in the ass now and again, even ME.

It was a FUN post and a good way to get my moxie back….because seriously my moxie got kicked in the face last week. I am sure NONE of you have been there. Feeling like a failure, like nothing you do matters?

Well, get over it. We are going to have a hell raising Monday!

Last fall I read Kate White’s I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know. There are bad books, okay books, good books and great books. But there is another kind of book and it’s the rarest.

The game-changer.

White has a witty, sassy style. She is seamlessly intelligent and down-to-earth in…

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Something I’d like to share

Kewanee has given out so much writing help to so many people. Booting the signal.

Writer's Treasure Chest

This might be a little unusual, but it is a special – and very sad situation. Kawanee Hamilton, owner of “Kawanee’s Korner”, blogger and writer, has unexpectedly lost her husband when he was on a business trip in China. It took weeks until she knew when she would get his remains.

I won’t go into any more details. This isn’t supposed to be some sensational story. But I’m feeling bad for Kawanee. She’s devastated, she doesn’t know where to go from here, what to do and what will come next.

You can read part of it here: https://kawaneehamilton.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/another-update/

And she does need help. Not only emotionally, but also financially. Her aunt has prepared a “go-fund-me-page” for Kawanee in memory of David.

Maybe, when we hold together, we might support her, at least with a little bit?

https://www.gofundme.com/2bnpkhg?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sharing_image&utm_campaign=bene_invite

You can read what Kawanee wrote here: https://kawaneehamilton.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/my-aunts-gofundme-page-she-set-it-up-for-me/

This is not for me…

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Thursday – A Little Personal

That is awesome news! Must reblogged! Thank you both of you!

Fiction Favorites

Since I have hauled back into honest work, I have had to sacrifice some of the fun of being an author for the sake of the available time. One of the joys of being an indie author is formatting the manuscript for publication. You know, the four or five late nights as you struggle with getting the Create Space and Kindle formats in place. Let’s not mention the euphoria that comes with getting a table of contents working. Oh Yeah!

Jo Robinson

Well, I’m pleased to report I outsourced my most favorite activity next to a sharp stick in the eye. Jo Robinson who you know as a talented author provides services to Indie authors. You can go HERE  to check them all, but she was a Godsend when it came time to do the formatting work on the next John J. Cannon Thriller which I needed badly.

So thank you, Jo…

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