- https://megdowell.com/2019/01/20/the-only-one-holding-you-back-is-you/ “The last half of 2018 was one of the most difficult periods of time I’ve ever endured as a creator.” Sometimes, we have to condense our creative time to move forward. Less shame, more progress.
- https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2019/01/21/writing-about-a-location-do-you-have-to-go-there-2/ “One of the most important aspects of your writing is the setting. You want to accomplish a couple of things when you write about a particular place. First, you want to give your reader a sense of the place you are writing about in a descriptive way that transports them there. There are books I have read that have made me feel that I was experiencing the place even if I hadn’t been there. One of my favorites, To Kill a Mockingbird, made me feel the humidity of Alabama. The Shining gave me a chill through Stephen King’s description of the unrelenting winter around the Overlook Hotel.”
- http://booksbywomen.org/will-i-ever-wite-again-surviving-my-worst-fears-as-a-writer/ “Will I ever write again? Surviving my worst fears as a writer?”
- https://megdowell.com/2019/01/21/why-youll-never-write-everything-you-want-to-write/ “There are authors — many of them still living — who have published hundreds of books throughout their professional lives. This, of course, doesn’t even take into account the dozens of things they have likely written or attempted to write that never made it to even the initial stages of publishing.”
- https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/2019/01/21/pdf-element-an-alternative-to-adobe-acrobat-dc/ “When I started writing my own books, I realized I also needed to format them. At first, I worked with a graphics artist who handled that for me and sent me a PDF file, ready for upload to CreateSpace.”
- https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2019/01/22/why-your-writing-matters-even-if-youre-not-making-any-money-from-it-by-ali-luke/ “How important is your writing to you?”
- https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2019/01/22/kidsbooks-the-life-of-roald-dahl/ “On 13 September 1916 one of the most popular children’s authors in the world was born in Llandaff, Wales, United Kingdom.”
Research & Fun Bits:
- https://wherewordsdailycomealive.com/2019/01/19/the-soft-joy/ “You are the
true soft joy of my heart
Who became the inspiration of my life
You are the love whose tender beauty
I praise daily when it fills my sight”
- https://thesilenteye.co.uk/2019/01/20/halflight/ “Six a.m. on a Sunday… I groaned and turned off the alarm clock. I hadn’t been sleeping well, or enough, and did not want to obey the imperative summons… especially not on a day when, historically, most folks get to sleep later.” I love these insights with Sue and her team.
- https://sistersofthefey.com/2019/01/20/the-january-blood-wolf-full-moon/ “A full Blood Wolf Moon? Just the name alone conjures up plenty of scary images to chill your bones during this 2019 winter!”
- https://johnwhowell.com/2019/01/21/top-ten-things-not-to-do-at-the-first-publication-of-an-american-novel-in-1789/ “This post continues the Top Ten Things Not to Do with a historical background. Today is the 230th anniversary of the publication of the first American novel. Its title was “Power of Sympathy,” and it was written by William Hill Brown. If you were there when this event happened, there are some things you should not have done. In case you have a time machine and plan to go here is a list of the Top Ten Things Not to Do to keep you out of trouble.”
- https://erikakind.me/2019/01/21/daily-kind-quote-843/ “It is always Now.”
- https://annieneugebauer.com/2019/01/23/that-time-i-made-the-bram-stoker-awards-preliminary-ballot-again/ “Y’all know that expression “You could have knocked me over with a feather”? Sunday was the first time I actually had the urge to use it.” A wonderful writer, one to check out!
Book Review & Author Interviews:
- https://writershelpingwriters.net/2019/01/announcing-the-emotion-thesaurus-second-edition/ “Keeping secrets are hard, especially keeping happy, year-long ones from the people we care about. So you can imagine how terrific it is to finally share with you that the mystery thesaurus Becca and I have been working on this past year is a second edition of The Emotion Thesaurus! It releases on February 19th.”
- https://sffbookreview.wordpress.com/2019/01/21/twisted-and-magical-leigh-bardugo-the-language-of-thorns/ “I didn’t really like Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, but I absolutely loved the duology set in the same world (Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom), so I decided to give the Grishaverse another go. The second book in the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, Siege and Storm, was much better and made me finally get why there is such a large fandom for these books. Now that the Grisha bug has got me, I needed to delve into that beautiful book of twisted fairy tales set in the Grishaverse – and it was, if possible, even better than the main stories.” I loved the Grishaverse series starting with Shadow and Bone. I look forward to reading more set in that world!
- http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-she-was-the-quiet-one-michele-campbell/ “For Rose Enright, enrolling in a prestigious New England boarding school is the opportunity of a lifetime. But for Rose’s vulnerable twin sister Bel, Odell Academy is a place of temptation and danger. When Bel falls in with a crowd of wild rich kids who pressure her into hazing Rose, the sisters’ relationship is shattered. Rose turns to her dorm mother, Sarah Donovan, for advice. But Bel turns to Sarah’s husband Heath, a charismatic and ambitious teacher. Is Heath trying to help Bel or take advantage of her? In a world of privilege, seduction, and manipulation, only one sister will live to tell the truth.”
- https://thepbsblog.com/2019/01/22/introduce-yourself-introducing-guest-author-camille-frazer/ “I published my first book in December 2017. It was an exciting process as it was a dream of mine for so long. The book was self-published in collaboration with Createspace. I was attracted to the support and efficiency of the process and the sort of a la carte approach. Meaning, the ability to choose the services I wanted, such as copy editing and marketing and foregoing services related to creation of a book cover. The team kept in regular contact via messages on my dashboard and by phone, if necessary. It was such a wonderful feeling receiving the finished work in my hand.”
- https://teripolen.com/2019/01/21/book-signing-blogtour-and-adiscoveryofwitches/ “If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you know The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Choksi was in my top five reads last year (I had an ARC). The book was just released last week, and on Friday, I learned the author would be at Parnassus Books in Nashville on Saturday afternoon. Since that’s only an hour drive for me, you can probably guess where I was that day. Despite the rainy day, there was standing room only at the bookstore, and Roshani was a delight – such a wonderful sense of humor, and she answered every question before signing books.”
- http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2019/01/22/out-now-vultures-the-last-miriam-black/ “It is a difficult thing ending a six-book series. And the difficulty of that comes from oh-so-many directions: there arrives the emotional difficulty of closing a chapter on a beloved character and story, and then there’s the difficulty of trying to tie together all the relevant threads in a satisfying way for the readers of that series, and all that’s not to mention the unquiet fear that it simply won’t make a splash, that nobody will care, that it will land with a gentle thud and be fast forgotten. Ending one book is hard. Ending six? It’s juggling chainsaws, man.”
- https://jamigold.com/2019/01/need-help-writing-emotions-the-emotion-thesaurus-second-edition-is-here/ “If you’re not familiar with The Emotion Thesaurus, it lists physical, internal, and mental responses we can use with our characters for different emotions. In other words, all that showing instead of telling we’re supposed to do? The ET has our back, and I literally use the information in it every day I write. Suffice it to say that I love this book. *grin*”
- http://www.fantasybookcafe.com/2019/01/review-of-dragon-pearl-by-yoon-ha-lee/ “Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee is the latest book from Disney-Hyperion’s Rick Riordan Presents imprint, whose goal is “to publish great middle grade authors from underrepresented cultures and backgrounds, to let them tell their own stories inspired by the mythology and folklore of their own heritage.” I was especially intrigued by Dragon Pearl with its fusion of space opera and Korean mythology (which Yoon Ha Lee wrote about here), and I’ve been wanting to read more by this book’s author after being captivated by his short story “The Coin of Heart’s Desire,” inspired by Korean folktales about the Dragon King Under the Sea.”
- https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/look-out-for-carnivorous-lunar-activities-by-max-booth-iii/ “Max is now teaming up with the legendary Fangoria to dive head first into the werewolf genre, presenting us with a bloody buddy story guaranteed to satisfy our deepest lunar cravings.”