- http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2018/05/writing-lessons-from-movies-quiet-place.html “A Quiet Place is the first horror movie I’ve ever been to in the theater and I was a little nervous, but I came out of the theater absolutely amazed. There are a lot of jump scares and it’s very intense, but nothing scarred me in the slightest. I was absolutely blown away by the masterful storytelling, impressive acting, and awesome soundtrack. I adore its themes of unconditional love, loss, and its pro-life message. I’ve seen the movie three times and I haven’t seen a movie that many times in theaters in years.”
- https://sistersofthefey.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/weekend-reading-from-the-mystical-shaman-oracle/ “The Jaguar is the protector of all life in the Amazon, and in times of fear, she brings courage and certainty. Jaguar is at the top of the food chain and never becomes prey. With great stealth, she can track her mark from a distance and not be seen or heard. She moves gracefully through the jungle, relishing the abundance of the rainforest, fearless and at ease. Jaguar knows the ways beyond death and is the master of the shadows, blending invisibly between light and dark, night and day.”
- http://www.thepassivevoice.com/fond-first-times-our-first-experiences-with-romance-novels/ “As a child and young adult, I received books on cassette tape through The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. For the most part, librarians did a good job choosing age-appropriate books to send out to patrons, but one of them mailed me a copy of Velvet Angel by Jude Deveraux. I was around fourteen at the time, and I remember being utterly captivated by my very first adult romance novel. It swept me away to a time long past, and I hated to put the book aside to return to more mundane things like chores and homework. My parents were never big readers, and they never paid much attention to the books the library sent me, so I didn’t have to worry about them disapproving of the novel, and after I sped through that one, I requested a bunch more similar romances. I’m not sure why the librarians agreed to send them my way, but I’m so glad they did. Those historical romances have a special place in my heart, even though I haven’t read a Deveraux book in years.” I’ve been reading them since I was eight. I was hungry for books back then and sometimes we couldn’t get to the library and I’d just read my mom’s romances. I still read romances and now I write them as well, though mine are on the sweeter side.
- http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/friday-motivation/ “I’m a huge fan of quotes. Perhaps it’s trite, but I often find that the right mix of words can provide the perfect motivation at a certain point in time. I also had a donut this morning so I’m feeling particularly inspired!”
- https://stevelaube.com/forgotten-words-we-ought-to-revive/ “A few weeks ago I asked my friends on social media if they had a favorite word that no one seems to use anymore—and the response was fast and furious (I should make a dozen or so movies about it, right?). While there were far too many replies to list them all, here is a list of some of my favorites (and the person(s) who mentioned each), followed by the one word that got the most mentions and “hear, hears.”
- http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/news-round-up-week-ending-11-may-2018/ New book by M.R. James. London Horror Society. Toroa.
- https://jolenemottern.com/2018/05/11/our-new-neighbor/ “Not too long ago, Sadie and Cooper had a nice meet cute with leashes and butt sniffing and a bit of tangle, then this week, he came a callin, right to the front door. He stood there, tail waggin, like, “Can Sadie come out and play?”I let him in and we all walked through the house to the back yard for the playin.”
- http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2018/05/jeff-sweat-author-of-mayfly-on-writing.html# “I’ve always been obsessed with the end of the world. I grew up in the 80s in the Cold War, and it wasn’t a question ifthe world would end, but when. So as a reader and an author, I started looking for fascinating whys—why the world would end. If the world is going to end, it might as well go out with a bang!” I had the same experience.
- http://scbwimithemitten.blogspot.com/2018/05/pitching-podcasts-for-interviews-by.html “When you hear a person tell their story, rather than read about it, it takes the personal connection to a whole new level. Being interviewed on several podcasts also expands your network by connecting you to the host who is interviewing other experts weekly. It’s a form of online networking achieved with just one interview!” I enjoy the podcasts I listen to. I didn’t get the attraction of them at first, but these days, I LOVE them!
- https://killzoneblog.com/2018/05/the-best-states-for-writers.html “I’m not qualified to make that judgment because I don’t go to many writers’ conferences outside New York City. My travels are limited by economic considerations; although I can promote my novels at this kind of event, the total royalties from any resulting sales will be far less than my travel costs, so I usually can’t afford to do it. But in the case of the OWFI conference, the organization offered to pay my airfare and hotel bills, so I gladly agreed to deliver a couple of presentations to the group’s aspiring writers.” I haven’t been able to afford conferences yet.
- https://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/till-you-turn-it-all-upside-down/ “If you read enough crime fiction, you start to develop expectations about crime stories. That’s natural enough, as we all have assumptions and expectations that help us make sense of the world. For instance, unless you know your car’s not working, you expect that, when you start the car, the engine will engage, and the motor will run. When you open a book, you expect that the first page of the story will be the first page you encounter. That’s part of how we humans sort out all of the stimuli we experience.”
- https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/success/ Today is the day. I didn’t get everything I wanted finished, but the heavy lifting is done. The Yak Guy Project is live on Amazon.
- http://teagansbooks.com/2018/05/12/artie-meets-the-alchemist-conclusion-getcaughtreading-2018/ Artie was testing how fast his motor cycle/time machine could go down Route 66. Meanwhile Cornelis Drebbel was taking his road locomotive down to investigate, because the civilization alarm in the alchemist’s dirigible went off…
- https://jenanita01.com/2018/05/11/whats-up-doc-lines-of-communication-iv/ “d slightly in the night wind, there was no passer-by to read the sharp, hard letters that cut straight as black knives across its white surface.
- https://silentlysmoulderingwords.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/the-problem-was-well-the-problem-is-i-think-too-much-then-rethink-then-stew-then-revisit-then-re-evaluate-then-see-things-from-a-whole-new-perspective-and-then-thats-it-really/ I love my new found peace, in mind.
- https://keithgarrettpoetry.com/2018/05/12/mothers-day/ Taking the time to know your children.
- http://johnwhowell.com/2018/05/11/friday-johnku-aka-tgif-120/ Might be a robin.
- BONUS: https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/haiku-friday-ire-fire/ Your reader needs to see your heart.
- https://selfpublishingadvice.org/orna-ross-creative-assets-for-indie-authors/ “For me it’s about having the creative control that allows me, over time, to build three things:” She makes a thoughtful argument as to why traditional and Indie authors may fail.
- https://selfpublishingadvice.org/writing-how-indie-authors-can-use-their-creative-writing-skills-to-build-an-extra-income-stream-through-copywriting-to-supplement-sales-from-self-published-books/ “Like to increase your income from writingand wondering whether there’s another way besides self-publishing books? Scottish writer and creative writing tutor Jules Horne makes a powerful case for setting up your own copywriting business, not only to add a valuable extra income stream but also to broaden your life experience and provide more fuel for your books.”
- https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2018/05/11/healthy-writer-tips-managing-stress-anxiety-and-burnout/ “There are so many things that you couldbe doing right now. So, many authors are doing more and more and they’re not taking a breath and they’re getting stressed and burning out.” I don’t like the end of the year either. It’s a very stressful time for me. That’s why I’m thinking of taking the month of Dec. off and half of Jan. next year. I perk up by the second half of Jan. and I’m ready to charge again.
- https://www.janefriedman.com/inciting-incident/ “Where to begin? Of all the questions that harass novelists and others with a story to tell, it has to be the peskiest. The question comes down to Not what happened, i.e. the series of events that make a story, but the order in which those events are conveyed. Should we start with the beginning, or at the end? Or should we cherry-pick a dramatic scene from somewhere in the middle, and backtrack from there, filling in all the things that lead up to that dramatic moment, then continue to the end?”
- https://writershelpingwriters.net/2018/05/occupation-thesaurus-entry-pest-removal-technician/ “Sources of Friction: Discovering irresponsible homeowners are part of the infestation problem (by not getting rid of trash, by not caring for the property as they should, etc.), pests that are resistant to one’s methods, angry homeowners who take it out on the technician, dealing with poisonous pests (especially if one needs to get into areas that are tight-spaced or dangerous to work in), having ethical problems with the company’s methods or policies, working with a partner who is unnecessarily cruel, being accused of theft after fumigating a home.”
- http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/545238492/0/sethsblog~Easier-said-than-done.html How to get things done.
- http://booksbywomen.org/surviving-a-book-launch-as-a-card-carrying-introvert-by-orly-konig/ “I’ve always been a behind-the-scenes kinda gal. Maybe that was one of the reasons I was drawn to fiction – I thought it wouldn’t be “me” in the spotlight, it would be my books. That was before social media became the way of the world.” I can identify. I’m very much an introvert but with that said—I LOVE doing the links, talking to those who comment, as well as those that write me! I don’t know how I’ll be in public. Probably like a cat who considers whether its safe to cross the road with a car right there.
- http://themilitantnegro.com/2018/05/11/mental-health-awareness-spotlight-3-bloggers/ “May is Mental Health Month in the U.S., and although I’m in Canada, I still appreciate the campaign and want to blog about it. I no longer shy away from the subject of mental healthlike I did when I first was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. That was almost 8 years ago now. Since then I have researched about the conditions to both empower myself and help show others how they can do the same. Also, I’ve found a community of other bloggers and people in real life who also have their mental health struggles. I hope we can help one another to get through those tougher days.” How could I have gone so long without adding this topic? I AM this topic! I think there’s such a stigma about mental health because we DON’T discuss it! There are a LOT of good people out there, struggling. One of the things I LOVE about Supernatural is Jared Padelicki’s openness with his depression. He helps others by getting this topic out there. I’m going to do the same in the future. Thanks MN, for bringing this to my attention!
- https://amdobritt.blog/2018/05/11/the-2018-author-interview-series-featuring-joleene-naylor/ “Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
- I try to do both. Even though the Amaranthine series has ended after nine books, I’m continuing to write in that universe – because most of my readers want more of those characters. BUT to keep it original, the protagonists in the series won’t get to be main characters again. Instead, I…”
- https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/second-list-of-banned-challenged-books/ “This is my second list of banned and challenged books. As the leader of the ULS, the Underground Library Society, I will continue to offer theses notices.”
- https://kimwrtr.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/how-creative-writing-can-boost-your-intelligence/ “This is a guest post by Sally Keys. You may remember her from her guest post, Creating The Time And Space You Need To Write Your Best Work. Sally is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, she enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family, and traveling as much as possible.”
“I had a lengthily discussion about the illustrations for my new book, While the Buzz Bombs Fell, with a few peers and friends and I have decided to take out the fondant illustrations. We all agree that this book is aimed at an older age group and the fondant illustrations are not appropriate. I love my fondant illustrations but I also know this is good advice and that sometimes we have to let go of the things we personally love in order to improve a book.” I never noticed the title versus the author name being larger.
- https://bizmarc.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/3-easy-eco-friendly-changes-to-make-in-your-everyday-life/ “Environmental damage is occurring every day and I, for one, don’t want to sit back and watch it happen! Are you with me? If so, this guest post from Andrea Bell is one you’ll want to read. Andrea discusses easy ways for each of us to incorporate more eco-friendly actions into our lifestyles. Let’s give Andrea the floor as today’s guest blogger.”
- https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/three-types-of-writers-have-trouble-finishing-things-which-one-are-you/ “I don’t know if it’s that time of year or what, but I’ve been getting a lot of emails from writers lately about finishing things. This is also a topic that comes up frequently in my coaching sessions with writers. Lots and lots of writers out there are terrified that they will never be successful—or even halfway decent—because they have a lot of trouble finishing things.”