Seven Links 4/6/19
1. https://megdowell.com/2019/03/30/the-12-hardest-things-about-writing/ “Whoever says it’s easy has never actually tried it.”
2. https://killzoneblog.com/2019/03/from-beer-to-bookshelf.html “In keeping with last week’s post on risk-taking and writing what pleases you, I’d like to tell you the story of a dead lawyer.” These sound fun!
3. https://megdowell.com/2019/04/01/not-everything-you-write-has-to-be-publishable/ “Sometimes it’s OK to just mess around and have fun, you know?”
4. https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2019/04/02/where-do-your-ideas-come-from/ “As I look at my writing notebook (you should consider carrying one), I see the dozens of story, setting and character ideas that I have collected and I’m both inspired and anxious.
There are many ideas that I want to turn into stories. It’s hard to write one at a time. At any given time I have a book and some kind of serial or short story going at the same time. This is tough with a 50 hour per seek day job and 45 weeks of travel per year, but I somehow manage to squeeze in some writing.”
5. http://nicholasrossis.me/2019/03/31/how-to-remember-your-ideas-when-youre-falling-asleep-or-waking-up/ “I always sleep with a notebook next to me. Most of my stories stem from my dreams, and I’ve learned how to keep notes during the night without waking up the missus. This has also helped me with remembering my dreams the next morning when I write them down in more detail.”
6. https://jamigold.com/2019/04/character-vs-plot-drive-vs-focus/ “Ever feel like super-common writing advice doesn’t apply to your story? Or that feedback suggestions would make your story into something completely different? When that happens, we can experience self-doubt, wondering whether we’re doing this writing thing all “wrong.”
There are many reasons why not all advice will work for us or our story. Today we’re going to talk about one aspect of our story that can make the best-intentioned advice in the world a bad fit, and it has to do with plots, characters, drive, and focus.”
7. https://writershelpingwriters.net/2019/04/the-emotionally-intelligent-writer/ “I’m a psychologist, so I like to believe there are a set of characteristics that can predict author success. Sure, like any subset of the population—and I’m going to define ‘successful authors’ as those who generate a full-time income from their writing—there’s always going to be diversity, surprises, and outliers. But like any good bell curve (that wavy line that most psychometric tools are based on), there are going to be some characteristics, some traits, that are predictive of the majority.”
Research & Fun Bits:
1. https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/2019/03/31/angel-messages-march-31-2019/ What do the angels have to say?
2. https://jenanita01.com/2019/03/30/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-gardening-column-with-paul-andruss-taste-the-rainbow-with-irises/ “This week Paul shares some of the most beautiful Irises to adorn your garden. Don’t forget that Paul is only too delighted to ask your gardening questions…. please leave in the comments.”
3. https://thesilenteye.co.uk/2019/03/31/to-have-and-to-hold/ “From behind the curtain I am watching the birds in the garden. I am waiting for the hawthorns to grow tall and become a haven for feathered things. They are, for the moment, little more than bushes, but even so, every morning, sparrows and blackbirds, bluetits and doves visit my little patch. Ravens and jackdaws fly in most days, while Ani lies by the open door and watches, or bounds out to scatter them when she sees that I am watching. Every day, overhead, the great red kites soar majestically. Yesterday one landed on the roof behind my home and I watched, not daring to move for the camera, as the huge beauty surveyed its domain.”
4. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2019/03/31/create-blog-book-synergy-to-reduce-content-creation-stress-by-jay-artale/ “Many aspiring authors worry about starting a blog.
They fear they won’t have the time to produce a book manuscript while trying to produce consistent blog content.
However, the blog-a-book and book-a-blog strategies provide an efficient way to write and publish books—and keep up with blog content schedules.”
5. http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2019/04/01/the-wandering-wendig-is-back-from-his-pacific-exile/ “I HAVE RETURNED FROM MY MISERABLE EXILE IN THE TROPICS. Oh, woe upon woe, what a wretched existence ’twas, what with the warm air that felt like nice bathwater, or the beautiful breezes, or the coastal waters whose blue color are almost unearthly, or the amazing food, or the cocktails, or the toes pilling in beach sand. WOEBETIDE, WAS I.”
6. https://sistersofthefey.com/2019/04/02/what-magic-gift-was-given-to-you-according-to-your-birthday-the-minds-journal/ ““Witches do not believe in luck. I mean, we’ve got tons of spells for ‘good luck’ but this is exactly why we don’t believe in random events. Witches conjure and materialize their wishes. We actually believe that energy attracts alike.”
7. https://scvincent.com/2019/04/03/urban-phoenix/ “The need for ownership breeds
Reassurance of status”
Some Things More Serious:
1. https://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/2019/04/02/international-childrens-book-day/ “Today is International Children’s Book Day. It is also Hans Christian Anderson’s birthday. The annual event is sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People and has been celebrated since 1967. Each year a different national section gets to be the international sponsor of the day. An author from that country writes a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator designs a poster for that year. The 2019 sponsor is Lithuania, and both the message and this year’s poster are by author illustrator Kęstutis Kasparavičius, with the theme for the year being “Books Help Us Slow Down”.
Teaser Fiction & Poetry:
1. http://mjmallon.com/2019/03/30/march-speculative-fiction-prompt-from-diana-peach-the-ride/ “It began with a rocking horse, a child’s toy.” This is good stuff!
2. https://authorsteveboseley.wordpress.com/2019/03/30/serial-saturday-horror-a-snap-of-the-fingers-3/ “Saturday again, and time for another dose of horror. Hopefully you’ve been following along with young SETH ROGERS who is in the hospital with his dad to visit his mum, dying of cancer. Last time, Seth couldn’t bare to look at his mum’s face, wasting away through her illness, and he ran off. Discovered in a room sometime later by a nurse, Seth has a conversation with him about his mum’s prognosis.”
Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:
1. https://mariacatalinaegan.com/2019/04/01/relatively-sane-whitney-dineen-relativity-series-2/ “Relatively
(Relativity Series, #2)
Publication date: April 1st 2019
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary
“The Masterson clan is back and funnier than ever in this delightful tale. Dineen’s comedic timing is pure gold!” -Jennifer Peel, Bestselling Author of My Not So Wicked Stepbrother”
2. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-cosy-histfic-mystery-in-her-defence-by-jancoledwards/ “In Her Defence is set in Sussex in 1940 as the German army advances through Europe. Bunch (Rose) Courtney’s home, Perringham House, has been requisitioned by the MoD and Bunch is living with her grandmother in the Dower House while running the family estate.”
3. http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2019/04/03/caitlin-starling-five-things-i-learned-writing-the-luminous-dead/ “When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane.”
4. https://dsm-publications.com/2019/04/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-amie-savage-safari-amie-in-africa-book-5-by-lucinda-e-clarke/ “Amie, the world’s most reluctant spy is back.
Amie is assured that her next assignment will be easy and very safe. How could a safari camp in the African bush along with the President and international representatives from several countries possibly be dangerous?
She has no choice but to do as they say.”
5. https://acflory.wordpress.com/2019/04/02/a-review-of-nabatea-that-almost-made-me-cry/ “Oooh, I loved this series, and now that it’s over, I’m suffering from a book hangover.
Nabatea is the final book in the Innerscape series. Book 1 primarily introduces the main character Miira Tahn and guides the reader through her entrance into the virtual world of Innerscape. During Book 2, sabotage, scheming, and political intrigue results in multiple victims including two people close to Miira. In Book 3, the search for truth commences and resolves amidst a cover-up that threatens Miira’s life.”