Newsletter August 2017

Hello Readers & Fellow Writers! August is filled with so much that it’s been a flurry of school season going back into full swing and making massive plans for the Fall Season and of course, NaNoWriMo. How are you hanging in there? Hope you all have managed to keep your motivation on the positive side…

#BloggersWanted – The Cedric Series Blog Tour

Hosted and Manged by the amazing Silver Dagger Scriptorium, we are planning a wonderful Blog Tour in honor of The Oracle‘s release. Head over and sign up here: http://silver-dagger-scriptorium.weebly.com/tour-sign-ups/the-cedric-series-tour-sign-up I am looking for help spreading the word of book 3 being out as well as to get some reviews for this latest installment in my high rated…

#WritingTips – Book Covers

This was a question that popped up in one of the many groups I am part of and after leaving a monster-sized response I figured I might want to post about this topic for those who need an answer to this. Not to mention my fellow Author L.E.Perez and I have been discussing this topic…

VTMAS No.75: Drive Thru Stalker

We all know I attract weirdos of all flavors. This one incident takes us back to my Senior year in high school in the days where I drove around town in my big blue Yukon. My vehicle became an instant icon and a one-of-a-kind truck in my hometown. If you saw a Blue Yukon, you…

VTMAS No.74: Link Wants Pretzels

Kids are naturally funny, but at times they are far more clever than we imagine they are capable of being. Both my little boys have a knack of reminding us we are in for a long wild ride. This story is a conversation that unfolded between my husband and our three year old, Link. We…

SFFN: Celtic Apollo Versus Greek Apollo

Sci-Fi Fantasy Network asked me if I wanted to post another article after the previous had done so well. Of course, being the “Accidental Guru” I could not resist. Looking over all the excess piles of research in both notebooks and sketchbooks, I had to say yes. This time, the research stemmed from my searches for…

VTMAS No. 73: OMG! He’s Naked!

By now, you’ve probably realized that my husband is indeed a one-of-a-kind sort of guy. He’s been awesome, encouraging me to shoot for the stars, and despite the rough spots life has dealt to us on occasion, we’ve pulled together and overcome amazingly hard moments. To say our relationship holds an awkward humor between us,…

Three Ways to Take Your Website Visitors Behind the Scenes

Originally posted on Discover:
It doesn’t matter if you’re a fiction writer, a landscape photographer, or an avid crafter selling your 3D-printed fidget spinners online. To show your readers how you created something — whether it’s a physical object or something more amorphous — is to bring them closer to your world. Next time you’re…

#amwriting: give your characters agency

Originally posted on Life in the Realm of Fantasy:
In literature, the word agency is used to define an active vs. a reactive character. Active characters have agency, where passive characters are pushed into predictable actions and boring outcomes. Chuck Wendig, in his wonderful post on this subject, nails down the heart of this issue:…

Can Fiction Still Teach Us Something Memorable?

Authors often draw inspiration from history and mythology, but how much of this stays with their readers? Are we able to learn about our world through fiction? Orlando, FL:  When a book, game or movie is labeled Historical Fiction we assume there is some underlying truth to the setting, characters, or plot. We are experiencing…