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Caring for Your Writer – 10 Easy Steps for Friends & Family

June 23, 2013 4 comments

Ok, this was just too good to pass up. Great advice for those wondering what to do with their writer …

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Congratulations!  You are now the proud owner of a writer!  Your writer will perform amazing tricks for you, such as spending hours and hours by themselves working on something that they may never finish. Or, accumulating a small collection of editors who thank them for their work but it’s just not right for this publication.

You may be wondering how to feed and care for this moody and reclusive creature, who is “writing a novel” but won’t tell you what it’s about.  Writers need specialized care, so here are 10 easy Do’s and Don’ts to take care of this special breed.

  1. Do give them a minimum of 1 hour of writing time per day.  For many writers it may be more, but this is the minimum for a writer to stay healthy.  Also do not make your writer feel guilty about this.  It is really hard for them…

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Father’s Day – 2013

June 16, 2013 12 comments

For thirty years, father’s day has been a happy day for me. Up until now, it’s been a day to celebrate my father for all that he did for me, and it’s been a day to spend with all, or at least some, of my kids. It’s never really been about receiving or giving gifts as much as it has been all about the giving of time. For my part, I always enjoyed the opportunity to talk with my dad and reminisce, but most of all, the chance to remind him that he was a great father, that I loved him, and that he should be proud of his wonderful legacy.

This year is bitter-sweet, though, because it’s the first year I won’t have the chance to call my dad and wish him a happy father’s day, nor will I have looked for and sent a father’s day card. All I can do this year is sift through my own personal memories, and look at a few old photographs. That will have to do for today and from now on.

As a small tribute to my dad, I recently scanned a number of photographs my mom gave to me and put them together into slideshow. For anyone interested, here’s a three minute glimpse of my father over the years.

Miss you dad …

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Book giveaway! (You heard me — a free book.) The contest starts NOW!

June 12, 2013 5 comments

Kevin is giving away a signed copy of his book, Parts Unknown. All you have to do is leave a comment and you’re in the running. I left mine 🙂

WHAT THE HELL

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I’m giving away a copy of Parts Unknown this week. It’s a hardback, and I’ll inscribe it to the winner too.

Folks, this is a $10 value (see sidebar), and if you don’t win you can always cough up a tenner and get one for yourself!

Taking a page from the Accidental Cootchie Mama’s manual, (yes, I won the Mystery Hole T-shirt!), I’m going to pick a name randomly from the commenters to this post. I want at least 10 names in the pool, so I’ll keep this going till I reach that target. If I don’t hit 10 in a reasonable time, I’ll open it up to Twitter people who are scrounging for giveaways, and nobody wants that to happen. So tell your friends to come over and comment, or reblog this, or shout it from the hilltops.

Be the first in your neighborhood to read this fine…

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A Frustrated Reader

June 12, 2013 1 comment

Excellent points about those who are self-publishing. While I haven’t published anything yet, when I do you can be sure I’ll want to treat it as if I were going the traditional route.

Common Sense Experiences

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It’s nice to be wanted. I know every Indie writer searches for an avid reader like me.  I speed read and can easily devour up to 80,000 words a day.  I’m always hungry for a good story. I will overlook a lot for that elusive plot that will submerse me in another time and place, leaving behind the troubles of this world.

I’m willing to take on any genre, although I’m not fond of horror. Even then it depends on the voice of the writer and the plot line.  It should be a dance between me and the author. I want to be treated with respect and given their finest product.

Yet, I’m finding more often in the Indie world it’s about the writer’s ego and less about my enjoyment. I’m left to fend for myself.  I flounder in poor grammar, sentences that make no sense, wandering plots and…

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