Seven Links 4/13/19
1. https://megdowell.com/2019/04/06/12-writing-self-care-strategies-that-arent-traditional-self-care/ “These aren’t your typical self-care tips.
1. When you REALLY don’t feel like writing, try writing something anyway. See what happens.
2. Think of a story you really weren’t satisfied with. Now think of how you might have told it better. (This is just for your brain. You don’t have to share it with anyone. Especially not the author of the story you did not like. Please don’t do that. Why would you do that?)”
2. https://killzoneblog.com/2019/04/can-you-write-better-than-a-robot.html “It definitely is coming—Artificial Intelligence churning out commercial fiction faster than a thousand James Pattersons typing 200 words a minute for 100 years. In a story titled “The rise of robot authors: is the writing on the wall for human novelists?” The Guardian states:
The dream, or nightmare, of totally machine-generated prose seemed to have come one step closer with the recent announcement of an artificial intelligence that could produce, all by itself, plausible news stories or fiction. It was the brainchild of OpenAI – a nonprofit lab backed by Elon Musk and other tech entrepreneurs – which slyly alarmed the literati by announcing that the AI (called GPT2) was too dangerous for them to release into the wild…”
3. http://booksbywomen.org/after-the-book-launch-afterglow-or-aftermath-part-one/ “As writers, we are always being advised to show up naked on the page. This, we are told, leads to powerful writing, words that come alive on the page. But the question is – when our pens have laid the truth on the paper, and the publishing process has churned us through its cogs, when our story lies glossy and new on readers’ bedside tables – what are the after-effects?”
4. https://ryanlanz.com/2019/04/06/on-writing-multiple-povs/ “Anonymous asked: “Hi Lizard! I have an idea for a writing piece I want to do. I have characters, a majority of the plot, and a brief outline of the ending. The only thing is, I don’t know how to begin in a way that isn’t overwhelming to the reader. I have a bunch of different characters who all need to be in the same place at the same time. I don’t know how to write in multiple perspectives in a way that doesn’t drag on or go too quickly. Any advice?”
5. https://writersinthestormblog.com/2019/04/you-talkin-to-me/ “A Conversation About Pushing the Envelope Of First Person
“There are some men who enter a woman’s life and screw it up forever. Joseph Morelli did this to me—not forever, but periodically.”
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
“Got a walk-in client today. Named Fitch. Guess it’s what I get for being the only psychic detective agency in town.”
The Scargill Cove Case Files by Jayne Ann Krentz
Got your attention didn’t I?
“You talkin’ to me?”
Well, yes, as a matter or fact, I am. So let’s have a chat about one of the more technical aspects of our craft. We’ll review Point of View in general and the zero in on ways to stretch first person.”
6. https://megdowell.com/2019/04/07/writers-mind-your-comfort-food/ “In my quest to write as much as I possibly can this year — in an attempt to push and challenge myself, because I need it — I started writing a lot of “fluff.”
And I don’t mean that I began writing aimlessly just to increase my word count (though the fluff did help with that). What I mean is that I stopped taking my writing quite so seriously. I kept my focus on my professional work and treated that with the seriousness and care it deserved. But I also started spending my evenings (and sometimes even my mornings) writing stories I was never going to show to anyone.”
7. https://twodropsofink.com/2019/04/07/embrace-the-blank/ “I love a blank piece of paper. Or a blank screen. I think of the enormous opportunity it gives me – a place for something new. Or for something less new, but unresolved.
That unfinished thought from two days or two minutes ago… Here is the blank page giving me the gift of a space in which I can take that thought through to a natural conclusion.”
Research & Fun Bits:
1. http://somethingferal.com/2019/04/06/enigma-in-stone-writephoto/ “High and low they seek them…”
“When they bother to seek at all.”
“…But they will never work it out.”
2. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2019/04/06/sink-your-fangs-into-war-of-nytefall-rivalry-on-amazon-fantasy-vampires-newrelease/ “Seeking the pleasure of revenge, an ancient rumor will reveal herself to be a deadly legend.
Lurking within the shadows for centuries, the Vampire Queen has been drawn to the conflict that surrounds Clyde. Only whispers have been spread about this elusive figure, who has amassed a kingdom that can rival Nyte and Nytefall. All that she is missing is the strongest vampire to crown as her king. In one fell swoop, she has taken the most powerful of her kind, including Clyde and Xavier Tempest. Hosting a tournament where the rules seem to change at her whim, the Vampire Queen threatens to shatter the already strained world that lurks beneath Windemere’s surface. Yet, there is more to her desires, which seep from a soul that is pulsing with fury. For her kingdom can never be complete until she holds the head of the one who wronged her centuries ago.”
3. https://scvincent.com/2019/04/07/a-journey-with-the-silent-eye-anne-copeland/ “I came across The Silent Eye Mystery School quite by accident, if anything can be truly considered an accident. I have studied a lot of psychology, archaeology, history, geography, spirituality, world religions, mythology, and other studies for many years, trying to discover just where I fit in within this world and this universe. I sought to understand the meaning of the many things I encountered daily in the ways I related to others, or the meanings of things that cannot readily be seen, but which we all are conscious of. Somehow I never seemed to quite find the answers I was seeking.”
This Week in Indie Publishing
Independent writers are choosing their own paths to success
Until recently, if you were a writer who had a novel or other work, there was essentially a single path to follow: you tried to find an agent who liked your writing, and who would be able to sell it to a publisher. The process could take months or years — assuming you were able to get on that merry-go-round at all.
David Gaughran, author of Let’s Get Digital and other books about self-publishing, tried that route when he wrote his first novel about 11 years ago. It was an exasperating experience.
“I spent about 18 months querying every agent that I could find in the English-language world and didn’t really get anywhere,” Gaughran says. He was frustrated enough that he thought about giving up. “But then I started looking at self-publishing.”
Some Things More Serious:
1. https://rachelpoli.com/2019/04/08/all-about-worry-stones-mental-health-monday/ “When I was younger, I was always interested in stones and gems. Though I never knew much about them, I just thought they were pretty. I remember going on vacation with my family over the summer and getting those small, velvet string bags and shoving as many brightly colored rocks in there as I could. I never knew they really had much of a meaning.”
Teaser Fiction & Poetry:
1. https://jenanita01.com/2019/04/06/the-black-lagoon/ “I ran until I reached the pooling of water, as children, we called the Black Lagoon. We believed monsters lurked below the surface of it’s murky waters. They ate little children who got too close, spitting out only their teeth- and if the teeth were found, the children who had fallen prey, could be identified.”
2. https://authorsteveboseley.wordpress.com/2019/04/06/serial-saturday-horror-a-snap-of-the-fingers-4/ “Saturday day again and time for another instalment of my story, A Snap of the Fingers. This week has been incredibly busy, with a new series of Instagram marketing for authors in the books and a new story started, but not too busy to forget this series of what is one of my favourite stories.”
Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:
1. http://www.fantasybookcafe.com/2019/04/women-in-sff-month-sam-hawke/ “Today’s guest is Sam Hawke—whose recent debut novel, City of Lies, was one of my favorite books of 2018! This wonderful epic fantasy follows two siblings as they work to unravel mysteries surrounding their Chancellor’s murder and their city suddenly being under siege. Though it features poisonings, war, and betrayal, it is ultimately an optimistic book with main characters seeking to do the best they can in the face of difficult circumstances—and they and their stories are excellent!”
3. https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2019/04/07/while-the-bombs-fell-by-robbie-cheadle-and-elsie-hancy-eaton/ “Growing up in rural Suffolk during World War Two, Elsie and her family live their lives amid the rumble of German bomber planes and the whine of air-raid sirens. But daily life must continue, and the children and their parents make the most of restricted amenities during wartime.”
4. http://thepbsblog.com/2019/04/08/introduce-yourself-introducing-guest-author-karina-bartow/ “Karina Bartow grew up and still lives in Northern Ohio. Though born with Cerebral Palsy, she’s never allowed her disability to define her. Rather, she’s used her experiences to breathe life into characters who have physical limitations, but like her, are determined not to let them stand in the way of the life they want. Her debut novel, Husband in Hiding came out in 2015 and was well-received by readers. Her second, Forgetting My Way Back to You, was released in October 2018 by Vinspire Publishing and has been praised by reviewers. She may only be able to type with one hand, but she writes with her whole heart!”
5. https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2019/04/07/forgotten-letters-by-kirk-raeber-and-mario-acevedo-bookreview-kirkraeber/ “In 1924, eight-year old Robert Campbell accompanies his missionary parents to Japan where he befriends a young Makiko Asakawa. Robert enjoys his life there, but the dark tides of war are rising, and it won’t be long before foreigners are forced to leave Japan.
Torn from the people Robert has come to think of as family, he stays in contact by exchanging letters with Makiko, letters that soon show their relationship is blossoming into something much more than friendship.
The outbreak of total war sweeps all before it, and when correspondence ends with no explanation, Robert fears the worst. He will do anything to find Makiko, even launch himself headfirst into a conflict that is consuming the world. Turmoil and tragedy threaten his every step, but no risk is too great to prove that love conquers all.”
6. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2019/04/08/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-histfic-mystery-in-her-defence-by-jancoledwards-%e2%80%8f/ “In Her Defence is the second investigation by Bunch Courtney and Chief Inspector William Wright in the Sussex countryside. I haven’t read Winter Downs, the first book of this series but the reader is soon up to speed with Bunch’s back story. As a result of an accident, Bunch has had to leave the ATS and has taken over management of the Perringham House estate in her father’s absence. She is aided by a team of Land Girls but since the main house has been requisitioned by the military, she shares the Dower House with her grandmother.”
7. http://legendsofwindemere.com/2019/04/07/new-book-birthday-twitter-stuff-things-shazam/ “Where to even begin? Well . . . As you can see from the sticky post, War of Nytefall: Rivalry has been released. It went live on Friday and I’m hoping to see some movement over the course of the week. For those who haven’t noticed, check out the cover and click on it to go to Amazon:”