1. https://megdowell.com/2019/04/20/12-important-reminders-to-read-when-youre-not-feeling-good-enough/ “1. There is no rush. This is not a race. It’s not about who “gets there” first.
2. You can learn a lot from those more experienced than you. Don’t get frustrated. Get curious.”
2. https://killzoneblog.com/2019/04/on-using-landmarks-in-fiction.html “Happy Easter! And what better time for the reappearance of America’s favorite vigilante nun, Sister Justicia Marie of the Sisters of Perpetual Justice?”
3. http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2019/04/22/learning-to-be-a-better-writer-through-reading/ “Recently, I purchased THE ANATOMY OF STORY by John Truby, which has long been held up as a sort of Bible on craft for Hollywood screenwriters. I had seen a lot of praise for the book among fellow YA writers, so I decided to give it a try, especially because I haven’t ever read craft books.
My honest opinion? The exercises are helpful and have enabled me to delve deeper into my work and think about my plots and characters in a whole new way. But the examples are dated and I would rather see modern stories by women and people of color broken down and analyzed, instead of hearing about the same three “classic” movies over and over.”
4. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/helping-authors-become-artists/ “In view of this site’s title, it’s not surprising people often ask, “What’s the difference between a writer and an author?”
Usually, I admit it’s a cheeky sophistry, since there is no true distinction, save for the common connotation that an “author” is somehow more professional. A writer is just someone who scribbles; an author is someone who has arrived, probably by having been published. At any rate, the title has always indicated my intention that this site should encourage growth among writers—myself first and foremost.”
5. https://stevelaube.com/criticism-unhappy-part-business/ “Let me tell you about a rather interesting day. I spent an entire morning going through my unsolicited proposals in-box. I marked them all for my assistant to send fairly standard email rejection letters, since none were anything our agency could/would handle”
6. https://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/on-interrupting-the-story-for-your-brilliant-philosophical-ideas/ “My novel has plenty of story and character development but certain parts depend on the brilliance of the ideas the characters discuss. Some readers have said they could do without those parts, but others have told me they love the ideas.”
7. https://ryanlanz.com/2019/04/21/how-to-write-for-immersion/ “Immersion is an essential element when writing a novel. This doesn’t mean that it is the most important element (which is a topic that could start a world war) but in order to have enjoyable novel-length story it is necessary. From a slush reader’s standpoint, it is one of my criteria in order to pass a story up.”
Research & Fun Bits:
1. https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/2019/04/21/angel-messages-april-21-2019/ “Your DAILY MESSAGE from Angels”
2. https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com/2019/04/21/courage-is/ ““Courage is the greatest of all weapons, but it’s also an invisible one.”
3. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2019/04/20/goal-post-coming-in-at-the-final-hour/ “Yes, this is pretty late in the day, but I refuse to skip this since I have a big promo post going up tomorrow. The reason for the late hour is because it’s the second night of Passover, which was at my place. A lot of prep along with my son having martial arts and lots of questions pertaining to the coming week. How about we just dive right into the deep end here?”
5. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2019/04/21/where-did-my-titles-come-from-fantasy-dystopia-vampires/ “So, I was asked to make a post about the origin of my book titles. I have done this a little, but not in depth. Then, I realized that I’m not that subtle when it comes to these things. I figured I’d list all of them here with the cover and a quick explanation. Click on a cover to visit the book’s Amazon page.”
6. https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/5-must-read-horror-articles-22-apr-2019/ “Welcome to Must Read Horror, where we search the internet for the best horror articles of the week so you don’t have to. Without further ado:
- Taste of Cinema pick out the ten most original horror movies of the twenty-first century to date
- The Independent asks whether horror cinema demonises the older woman
- Barnes & Noble highlight five fiction releases that tick both the horror and sci-fi boxes
- S. D. Vassallo opens up about his own fears in an incredibly personal account at the Gingernuts of Horror
- Sublime Horror sit down with Melissa Prusi and Steven Hopstaken to hear all about Stoker’s Wilde”
7. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2019/04/23/reserved-for-fiona-tarr-4/ “I think the hardest part about being an author is trying to define your audience.
When I started out writing Fantasy I found it quite difficult to understand the vast variety of Fantasy genre labels out there. With Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy and so many more, it became increasingly challenging to pinpoint exactly where my books were going to fit in such a varied market.”
Some Things More Serious:
2. http://allaboutwritingandmore.com/2019/04/21/whole-foods-to-make-you-feel-full/ “One of the most challenging things that people face when they are trying to eat a different way is dealing with hunger pains. Unlike processed foods that tend to ‘stick to your ribs’ and clog up your system, whole foods are meant to be absorbed by the body quickly. While this is great in terms of your body getting the nutrients that it needs fast, it is also hard because it means that you tend to get hungry faster.”
3. https://juantetcts.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/the-mental-illness-facelift/ “A goal of DSquared Homes For The Homeless is to update the face of mental illness, which doesn’t discriminate. Celebrities have more in common with society than many realize!”
4. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-health-column-food-myths-do-you-have-enough-salt-in-your-diet-overweight-sugar-cravings/ “I originally shared this post two years ago and I wanted to update it with any new reports to support this surprising perspective on the salt we consume in our diet.
One of the first points that I want to make is that I am not suggesting that you consume industrialised foods that contain not only high levels of sodium but also many other additives that do not do your health any good at all. I am very much in favour of a ‘Cook from Scratch’ philosophy when it comes to our food, especially when cooking for young children, in which case you are the person who controls how much salt is consumed through cooking and supervising what is added to meals.”
5. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2019/04/24/how-to-avoid-scams-in-the-publishing-world-by-carla-trueheart/ “Along the road to getting published, most authors turn to helpful outlets and people in the publishing industry, such as literary agents, writing contests, and other self-marketing tools.
Unfortunately, there are many publishing scams out there, some of them quite convincing.”
6. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-idea-mill-36/ “It’s been about six months since we visited the old Idea Mill. I’ve save a few articles over that time, but they don’t seem to be showing up as fast as they used to. Then there’s the other fact: I’ve been busy. It’s time to put some of the fun things back into this blog, so we’re returning to the Idea Mill today.”
7. https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/care-of-the-elderly-a-question/ “A friend at work came into my office recently, and was very angry. Her elderly mother, who lives in a warden-controlled flat, had been assigned a male carer. Her mother was aghast and quite distressed that he had taken off her clothes and washed her. I’m not sure whether he had asked her permission first, but surely anybody working for a care agency would have asked their client whether they agreed to them performing personal care before going ahead?”
Teaser Fiction & Poetry:
1. https://authorsteveboseley.wordpress.com/2019/04/20/serial-saturday-horror-a-snap-of-the-fingers-6/ “Saturday already? I think I must have fallen asleep, because it only feels like moments ago that I was posting an edition of Serial Saturday.
Last time, ten-year-old SETH ROGERS had slipped out at night and, with a bit of help from RED, had slipped a knife through the heart of a sleeping homeless man. When we left it last time, Seth had asked if it was enough to save his mum.”
2. https://rachelpoli.com/2019/04/21/short-story-sunday-261-cooperate/ “Tania sat down in a chair in the corner. She watched everyone else in the group laugh, chit-chat, and generally have a good time. She wanted nothing to do with whatever they were doing though. She crossed her arms and legs and tried to look the other way whenever Saul, their youth group leader, turned in her direction.”
4. https://dayswiththeundead.com/2019/04/22/randommondaymini-illdoanything/ ““Let me in! They’re coming!” The teenage boy pleaded with the face on the other side of the sturdy fence.
Jenn looked over at her compadre on watch and said, “What do you think, Fred? Should we do the Catholic thing?”
Fred laughed, his beard bouncing up and down on his round belly. “Catholic? That’s a good one!” he said. “There ain’t no Catholics here.”
6. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/smorgasbord-easter-parade-blog-party-part-two-music-dancing-food-behatted-guests-and-time-to-drop-you-links/ “The first guest in the parade today has been providing the funnies for the blog over the last few months, even when she was basking in the sun in Mexico…most of you will already be enjoying her monthly D.G. Kaye Travel Column Debby Gies has gone all out with not just her hat today but her entire outfit….Debby has jetted in overnight from Canada to be with us.”
7. https://annieneugebauer.com/2019/04/23/the-mountains-do-not-call-me/ “We’re in week 4 out 5 of National Poetry Month, which means it’s time to share another poem. This one, “The Mountains Do Not Call Me,” won second place in the Wyopoets Award and was subsequently published in Encore 2018, the prize anthology of The National Federation of State Poetry Societies. (Last week’s poem was published in this same volume, along with a third poem of mine, so you’ll get a three-for if you want to order yourself a copy–not to mention great poems by many other poets!)
Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:
1. https://pitchwars.org/cover-reveal-for-the-gamer-girls-series-by-past-pitch-wars-mentor-laura-heffernan/ “Travel blogger Gwen Williams is about to live the dream—competing in the annual American Board Game Championship. She’s up against some stiff competition, namely legendary gamer and four-time champ Cody McKay. The seriously buff hottie and shameless flirt is going all-out to seduce her. That’s when Gwen lays her cards on the table: She never, ever mixes gaming with romance . . . until resisting Cody becomes a losing proposition.”
2. http://middlegrademafia.com/2019/04/22/mg-book-review-the-infinite-lives-of-maisie-day-by-christopher-edge/ “Ten- year old Maisie is a science genius who dreams of building her own nuclear reactor. When she wakes up on her birthday to an empty house and blackness outside her front door that seems to be expanding, she panics. Did one of her experiments go wrong? Can she stay one step ahead of the blackness and piece together what happened?”
- 3. http://www.fantasybookcafe.com/2019/04/women-in-sff-month-swati-teerdhala/ “Today’s guest is Swati Teerdhala! The Tiger at Midnight, her debut novel, is the first book in a young adult fantasy trilogy inspired by Indian history and Hindu mythology. You can read a sample from The Tiger at Midnight on the publisher’s website, and you can read the full book after its release on April 23—tomorrow!”
4. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-jack-eason-jack-eason-m-j-mallon-bette-a-stevens-and-olga-nunez-miret/ “Welcome to the slightly delayed first author update of the week and I hope you all had a great Easter…The first author with a recent review is Jack Eason for Race Against Time.”
5. https://teripolen.com/2019/04/22/moving-amwriting-bookfest-endgame/ “A lot is happening at the Polen household over the next few months. It started this past weekend with moving my older son to a different state. He’s accepted another job within his company that required him to move a couple of hours away from where he currently resides, so guess how I spent my Easter weekend? But this is an excellent opportunity for him, and he found a fantastic apartment.”
6. https://sffbookreview.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/easter-update-currently-reading-recently-read/ “My pretty consistent schedule of posting reviews has been interrupted lately, not because I haven’t been reading but because spring is here and with it nice weather, outdoorsy things, meeting with friends, getting exercise in the fresh air and all that good stuff. So I have read less than in the first three months of 2019 but I have by no means stopped. Reviews are in the making, I’m catching up on some Hugo reading (more on that later) and generally enjoying hobbies other than reading. I will try to post one review per week again soon, but for now, the sunshine and my new running pants pretty much own me.”
7. http://www.fantasybookcafe.com/2019/04/women-in-sff-month-hafsah-faizal/ “Today’s guest is Hafsah Faizal! We Hunt the Flame, her YA fantasy debut novel inspired in part by ancient Arabia, has received starred reviews from Booklist and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. You can read chapter one on Hypable right now—and you can read the book in its entirety when We Hunt the Flame is released on May 14!”