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Monday, October 26, 2015

Round-up of Reading Treats

It's time for Trick-or-Treat and what better treat is there than a good book? This is what's in my bag of books for what I've read these past few months...

National Geographic August issue

Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Dubliners by James Joyce

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Book #1)


Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear (Book #2 in Maisie Dobbs)

Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear (Book #3 in Maisie Dobbs)

The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

National Geographic September issue

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

The Trial by Franz Kafka

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells


Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear (Book #4 Maisie Dobbs)

National Geographic October issue

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Opel  (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein book #1)

The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader: An Eyewitness History of the Civil War's Greatest Battle
 by Rod Gragg

And currently reading...

Paris: The Story of a Great City by Danielle Chadych

The Vampyre by John William Polidori

And for an extra treat, if you book a first five pages polish with Extra Ink Edits by October 31st, you get a free query critique!

My best to you all,

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Writer Wednesday: From the archives- the first horror movie ever and a thrilling chill


In October, I read seasonal stories to create a thrilling atmosphere. I'm in the midst of reading this year's selections. For today, I'd like to share with you something from the archives, from last year. I wrote about what We Have Always Lived in the Castle and the first horror movie ever have in common.

My best to you all,

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Top 10 Websites for Writers

For today's Top Ten Tuesday, I'm bringing you top ten websites for writers. These are in no particular order of rating.

1) Preditors and Editors- Here you can find which agents and publishers are legitimate and which have warnings.

2) Association of Authors' Representatives (USA) and Association of Authors' Agents (UK) - Not all good agents are members of these organizations, but the rules to be a part of them are strict and so if an agent is a member then his/her reputation is safe.

3) Specific Agency Websites- After you've found an agency that you're interested in, consult the specific agent's website in order to find the most up-to-date information of how to submit, if submissions are closed or opened and wishlists. Wishlists bring us to number 4...

4) Manuscript Wishlist - This great site, put together by Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann agency and of the hashtags #mswl and #pubtalktv as well as KK Hendin (@KKHendin), is a listing of wishlists from agents. The database is searchable, so you can find exactly who is searching for your YA pirate adventure, your WWII memoir or your dystopia spy stories- or anything else you've written!

5) AbsoluteWrite- This is a forum for writers to discuss agencies, writing techniques, advertising, advice, self-publishing and anything else that you can think of that's related to the writing world.

6) Query Tracker- You've sent a query. Great! You've gotten a request! Wohoo!! Now you have to wait... But just how long do you have to wait? Query Tracker provides stats from writers who have been in your shoes, so you can have a better idea of what to expect.

7) Publishers Marketplace- There is a paid version of Publishers Marketplace, where you can enroll to see the details of recent publication deals. There's also a free daily newsletter and weekly newsletter called Publishers Lunch. This sends you information on the major stories of the publishing world, when agents have changed to new agencies, when editors have adopted new jobs and deals.

8) Grammar Girl- Need an easy guide for grammar specifics? This is the website.

9) Twitter - Social media is often cited as a source of procrastination, but it's a great resource for connecting with writers, agents, and editors. Remember to be professional and not to approach agents or publishers directly through Twitter. It is a way though to learn more about others, to strike up friendships and to learn helpful information. There are also several contests to get agents' attention.

10) Extra Ink Edits - Need help with your query? How about the dreaded synopsis? Need to polish your submission package? Or, maybe you want to have a professional review your opening pages or your full manuscript. Pricing from only $0.012 per word.

My best to you all,

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Vital Lesson that Trees Teach us when they shed their leaves

Do you know why trees shed their leaves in autumn?

Preservation. Life.

How many times have we heard that autumn means that trees die in the winter? Only, that isn't true. Not at all. Leaves turn beautiful colors and then fall, so that the trees have to expend less energy in the winter. By trimming back on what is no longer useful, the tree is able to survive. Then, the tree is able to flourish in the spring because its lack of leaves allows for pollen to wash over it. There is nothing there to encumber its progression, its new growth.

So don't be sad when you see a tree looking barer. Smile. It's living. It's thriving.

What does this mean for people? 

Trim away what is no longer necessary. Stop harboring old voices in your head, ones from acquaintances that have long since slipped from your life and said unkind or untrue things. Don't let them define your worth. Stop trying to win the races that ended years ago, the ones where you didn't quite finish how you wanted, the ones where you didn't get the results you wanted.

Stop trying to be the tree from the past, when you are supposed to be the tree from the present. And don't worry about the spring coming; enjoy the autumn.

Be like a tree. Remember the past and paint it in the most beautiful rosy hues from summer's light and then let go of anything that no longer serves you, so that you are free to not just survive, but to thrive.

My best to you all,

Monday, October 5, 2015

Tools to Carry in your Writer Back Pocket

On today's post, I'm sharing some tools that you should carry in your writer back pocket.

My best to you all,