Link Loving

I haven’t done a link-love post in a mighty long time, and I do have some great stuff to share.

First, let me introduce to you one of my favorite peeps, MeiLin Miranda. She’s a very talented writer and the savviest marketer I have ever met. Her new book, Lovers and Beloveds, is available in e-Book format and hardcover, and is also available in installments on her site. The story started off in serialized form, and with the help of her fans, has been 100% “crowd funded” to include professional editing, cover art, and support while MeiLin rewrote the story to publish. She is an inspiration to all writers considering self-publishing, and one of the hardest working artists I know. Both she and her fans believed so much in the story MeiLin was able to invest in the professional services she knew she needed to produce an amazing product. It’s a RIPPING good yarn, and very much worth your time. Check it out — you won’t be sorry!

And look at this! It’s a book trailer! And she made it herself!

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There’s till time to sign up for 3Words. In case you haven’t heard me crowing about it, you can learn all the details in this entry. Come on! it’s only 100 words per day — you write more than that in a blog entry, Facebook update, or a day’s worth of Tweets. It’s fun and NON-FATTENING!

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Do you love teh funneh? Fermented Fur is the home of one of the funniest people I know. Say hello to writer Lori Cunningham Whitwam, who is responsible for my high laundry bill due to the need to change my underwear every time I read her. The woman is HILARIOUS.

And if that’s not enough, check out Dr. JD at I Do Things So You Don’t Have To. Be prepared for more hilarity.

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Here’s a novel competition that pays $1000. Deadline is December 15th, so there’s plenty of time to whip something up (through 3Words, perhaps?) or polish up something out of the trunk. Hey, what have you got to lose?

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And finally, this news item has made me everlastingly grateful for the bread maker I received for free. You can bet your last mousetrap Ima making my own bread from now until FOREVER. *shudder*

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WoooHooo! 3Words is Back!

I will be the first one to tell you I’m too busy to write. Yes, I write for a living, but I write non-fiction for a paycheck and fiction has, unfortunately (for me, anyway) taken a back seat to that. I did finish Chapter 22, finally, and am in the home stretch as far as Athena’s Promise goes, but to eke out any time for writing strictly for fun is a major challenge. I knew I needed a push.

For those of you who don’t know, 3Words is the brain-child of one Dave Burton. Brilliant concept, actually, especially for those who are pressed to find time to play with fiction. Every day for a month, Dave would post three prompt words, and participants would write 100 words of an ongoing story around those words. The concept is to have a complete story at the end of 30 days. Simple, right? And who can’t spit out 100 words in a day?

The reasons this was so good for me as a writer is it taught me how to incorporate chosen words in my text — and that’s great training for those of us who have to work with keywords. I can’t tell you how much this has helped me in my freelancing endeavors. Second, it’s a good way to develop discipline to write every day. Another benefit, for me, was it taught me to loosen up and have fun with words. I have a tendency to take writing way too seriously, and although I haven’t lost that trait completely and suspect I never will, 3Words gave me the opportunity to just say, “To hell with it! Let’s rock!”

I’ve mentioned here before about my past participation in 3Words, and I’ve even posted some material written during that time. To my astonishment, when I took those pieces out of the trunk and dusted them off, they didn’t totally suck. The first one was a total goof-fest and the other one seriously has potential for a clean-up. :) Then I remembered how much fun it was to check for new words and come up with a mere 100 to go with them — to take my fiction into new and fun directions. It’s a chance to experiment and just take words and run with them.

It was a blast. I loved reading other people’s interpretations and just had so much FUN. And if writing isn’t fun, then what am I doing it for, right?

Anyway, Dave has decided to re-start 3Words again, and you can find the forum here. You need to sign up to register, but that’s free and all work posted is protected under a password, so no worries there. Who knows? You might come up with a concept worth more serious contemplation — I actually banged out a continuing story that may make it to book form — or worst case scenario, you may just have a ball.

Everyone is welcome. You don’t have to have publishing credits, hell, all you have to do is write 100 words a day. You’ll meet other writers or lovers of the written word, stretch your fiction muscles, and generally have a wonderful time. Guaranteed or your money back!

Come on! Let’s PLAY!!

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Updates and Chit Chat

Yes, it’s been a while, but since I’ve been gone a lot of things have happened. This time of year seems to race by for me, and I’m sure that has something to do with the anniversary of Momma’s death. At the same time all that was going on, two years ago, an actual miracle occurred and we celebrate it every year on this day. This is the day my first grandchild, now and forever known as “Muffin”, was born. He missed meeting his Great-Grammy by less than three weeks.

Although some people may think his birth date is unfortunate, I don’t see it that way. He is such a special child – beautiful, funny, and very loving. He brings such light and joy to everyone around him, I can’t help but think he was sent to us for several reasons – I know without him, it’s very likely I would not have survived my momma’s passing. Does that sound dramatic? Too bad, it’s how I feel.

Anyway, Happy Birthday to my beloved Muffin! Noni loves you, and I know Great-Grammy keeps a close eye on you and loves you too. Have fun today, bubbe, and eat cake! Lots and lots of delicious cake!

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Onward, ever onward. I have also just completed a move, and I want to say for the record I absolutely despise moving, and I’m hoping I don’t ever have to do it again. I’m still shaking the dust out, sorting through some stuff and waiting to get internet hook-up. In the meantime, I am lucky enough to have a Borders not two minutes from my house, which means free wi-fi, delicious coffee, and all the people watching I can stand. Which is funny, if you know me, because I have become pretty much a hermit. Now, I am forced to go out every day and interact with….people.

This is not necessarily a bad thing for me. Oh, don’t get me wrong – I love people, but typically I like them better at a distance, heh. I am normally rather introverted, not an uncommon trait for writers as I understand it, but it does me good to get out and about on a regular basis. I guess. (I think the jury is still out on that.) I have observed some very interesting people from my little corner, not the least a group of men who meet every day to discuss the philosophical angles of Batman. Yes, you heard me. Long story. Heh.

The beauty of freelancing is you can work from anywhere. I love my job.

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Additionally, I have tried to make some major improvements to my diet. I know this probably isn’t very interesting – who doesn’t go through phases of trying to improve their diet? – but really, I’m not getting any younger and this sedentary life of a writer is not really conducive to good health. Forgetting to eat and grabbing any old thing is not working for me anymore, if it ever did, so I decided to pay more attention to what’s on my plate and eating at regular intervals. So far, so good.

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And, the big news is, I finally finished Chapter 22 and I don’t hate it. The end is in sight. Which is scary-exhilarating. As a matter of fact, I spent most of the night tossing and turning and dreaming about Chapter 23, which I will be attacking as soon as paying work is caught up. The working title is “Athena’s Promise”, and I’ve even made notes about Book II, as yet unnamed.

Three of the craft books I edited have made it live, and I’m excited about that. The publisher seems to be pleased with my work, and has indicated more work is on the way, which is very satisfying. Since I was last here, my story, “The Blood is Not Enough” was published in the August edition of Skive Magazine, which was a thrill beyond words. I love that story and was thrilled it found a home. Go on! It’s a free download :)

Even more exciting than that, a project I’d worked on for over a year is finally released. MeiLin Miranda’s “Lovers and Beloveds” has been released as an Ebook, and can be found in serialized form. The hard copy comes out October 15, and I am so, so thrilled about this. The Ebook is only $3.99, and it is a ripping good yarn, and I’m not just saying that because I was the editor. Magic, history, eroticism – this book has it all. MeiLin was a dream client – we worked so well together, and I’m looking forward to working with her on the next book. As an indie, she really has impressed me with her drive, her work ethic, and her determination. She really is an inspiration to me.

So go – pick up the book. You won’t be sorry, I promise.

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I intended this entry to cover a very different topic, but you know how it is when you open up a blank document and start typing. You just never know what’s going to come out. This is the update, and we’ll talk about something more interesting the next time around, I promise. :)

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