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Not Forgotten | Billie A. Zahir aka “The Eye”

Not Forgotten

i was not forgotten today

today, of all days, i feel

feel the need for kindness

kindness of a thought

thought about me today

i was not forgotten today

today when i was so sad

sad about not being remembered

remembered with loving thought

thought about me today

i was not forgotten today

today when moms are exalted

exalted i was not

not by the one i hoped would give thought

thought about me today

i was not forgotten today

today an angel cheered my heart

heart that was saddened

saddened heart was brightened with a thought

thought about me today

via Not Forgotten | Billie A. Zahir aka “The Eye”.

 

 

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Poetic Parfait | Good poetry is like a dessert you just can’t put down

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Yesterday was a hard day. Perhaps you were at the Boston Marathon, reside in the US, or (like me) live in an entirely different country and watched coverage on television. I had one thought as the breaking news came on the TV set in my living room:

Life changes in a second.

Did I know this already? Absolutely. I almost died a few years ago. This statement is not an embellishment. I understand life is short, yet I in the past few months I became full of days writing articles, social media, and errands. I forgot that life could be shaken up in a second.

via Poetic Parfait | Good poetry is like a dessert you just can’t put down.

Writer Unboxed » Finding a Good Title

I should subtitle that at once: when good titles don’t find you! Because that’s the heart of the matter.

There are two main ways good book titles come about:

1. We have a plodding workaday title attached to our manuscript, a title we know instinctively—or are told!–will have to be changed.

2. The title comes fresh-faced, newly-minted, manifesting of its own sweet accord in the mind of the writer, right from the start.

via Writer Unboxed » Finding a Good Title.

Mike Kravinsky: How’s This For A Second Verse? Lights, Camera, Action – Forbes – newsle

Way to go, Mike!

When Mike Kravinsky went to work at ABC News in 1981, he figured he would spend a year there and then head out to Los Angeles to become a filmmaker.

Well, it didn’t quite work out that way. It took the 59-year-old more than three decades to follow his dream, and he’s not in Hollywood, but Arlington, VA.

Mike Kravinsky: How’s This For A Second Verse? Lights, Camera, Action – Forbes – newsle.

Never Open a Book with the Weather: Writing Advice from Elmore Leonard « Aerogramme Writers’ Studio

Never Open a Book with the Weather: Writing Advice from Elmore Leonard

25 February 2013 — 5 Comments

Writing Advice from Elmore Leonard

via Never Open a Book with the Weather: Writing Advice from Elmore Leonard « Aerogramme Writers’ Studio.

Put One Word After Another: Neil Gaiman’s Eight Rules of Writing « Aerogramme Writers’ Studio

This one is lovely.

Put One Word After Another: Neil Gaiman’s Eight Rules of Writing

28 February 2013 — 25 Comments

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of WritingWrite

Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.

via Put One Word After Another: Neil Gaiman’s Eight Rules of Writing « Aerogramme Writers’ Studio.

Hilary Mantel’s Ten Rules for Writing Fiction « Aerogramme Writers’ Studio

In 2010, inspired to Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing, The Guardian asked some of the world’s most respected writers to share their best tips. Here’s how Hilary Mantel, the first British author to win the Man Booker Prize twice, responded to the task.

Are you serious about this? Then get an accountant.

via Hilary Mantel’s Ten Rules for Writing Fiction « Aerogramme Writers’ Studio.

Jonathan Franzen’s Ten Rules for Writing Fiction « Aerogramme Writers’ Studio

 

In 2010, inspired to Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing, The Guardian asked some of the world’s most respected writers to share their best tips for writing fiction. Here’s the list American novelist and essayist Jonathan Franzen provided.

The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator.

via Jonathan Franzen’s Ten Rules for Writing Fiction « Aerogramme Writers’ Studio.

The Artist Speaks – A Profile of Comic Artist Andrew Tunney | Novel Ideas

Andrew Tunney is one of those guys who has achieved great success in probably the hardest creative business to break into. He is an artist, an applauded artist. His first comic was called GIRL&BOY. Not only was it an instant sales success, it was nominated as best comic in the first British comic awards. So how does an artist break into the mainstream? Andrew has worked on some of the best and most innovative work of recent times. Travelling around the world to complete projects makes it hard to tie him down for an interview… I managed, and what follows is one interview that really had me hooked.

via The Artist Speaks – A Profile of Comic Artist Andrew Tunney | Novel Ideas.

What’s the purpose of sex? | mishaburnett

In fiction, I mean. In real life I think I’ve figured out most of the basics.

However, I have been thinking about sex scenes in books and movies and TV shows, and I have been wondering what purpose, in a narrative sense, sex scenes have.

Granted, part of this is my own personal tastes–as I have stated elsewhere, I really don’t care for such scenes. I can understand when a work is largely intended to arouse the reader, and I think that’s a perfectly valid use of media. There are some very fine writers who create Erotic Romance novels and a strong market for them.

However, when I am reading a thriller or a science fiction novel and the characters start ditching their clothes, my first reaction is that of the kid in The Princess Bride–”Wait! Is this a kissing book?”

via What’s the purpose of sex? | mishaburnett.

3 Things You Shouldn’t Hire an Editor to Do | change it up editing

When authors contact me about editing, they often don’t even know what they need. They know they should hire an editor at some point, but many are confused about terminology like developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. But there is SOOOO much a writer can do before paying an editor for his or her expertise—and I’d like to show you three ways to not only save your money but get the most bang for your editorial buck.

via 3 Things You Shouldn’t Hire an Editor to Do | change it up editing.

Writer Unboxed » Burning the Manuscripts

Henriette says, “ My idea for a blog post is to briefly tell the story of the time in 2007 when I was despondent enough about my prospects as a writer to make elaborate and thorough plans to burn all my manuscripts in the backyard and put the whole writer thing behind me. I didn’t, found new resolve, and buckled down finally the full dedication to writing that I hadn’t really been engaging in before. A half a year later, I had a draft of what would become my debut novel, The Clover House. But the point here isn’t that I was in despair and then found success by getting published, because that success was out of my control. The real success was in the lessons I learned about fear and risk and about pushing yourself to the limit. Even if I hadn’t found an agent and a publisher, those lessons would have stayed with me and made me a better writer–and a stronger person. So the message of the blog post is two-fold.

via Writer Unboxed » Burning the Manuscripts.

Building a Brand–Guest Post by Beate Boeker | Mystery Writing is Murder

I’m very grateful to Elizabeth for inviting me as her guest today. She said that her readers are interested in writing tips and suggested that I write about “writers as a brand.”

I’m happy to do this because this happens to be my field of expertise: Besides being a multi-published author by Avalon Books and now being an indie-author, I’m also working as a Global Marketing Manager for an international brand, so building a brand is something I deal with every day. But what exactly do they mean when they say you should “build a brand”?

via Building a Brand–Guest Post by Beate Boeker | Mystery Writing is Murder.

“Hello, I will Keep Coming Back!” Lloyd Tackitt Remarks | Novel Ideas

“I wanna be… Number One!” Lloyd explained, as we sat down to discuss the hit that is his latest book. “Eden’s Warriors has done it for me. I have never known one of my books to move so quickly.”

Lloyd would argue that he is the greatest writer of all time. Now, you may sit there and cry out in horror, shock, bewilderment. What about Oscar Wilde? Home? The Brontes? All those other cats? Nah, Lloyd will still tell you that he is arguably the best. Why? Well, you see if you ask Lloyd about his career he will tell you, with a twinkle in his eye, that he has been writing and communicating for hundreds of years. In fact, he has been writing for as long as the Earth has been spinning. The whole 12 million years of our planet rolling around on its axis.

via “Hello, I will Keep Coming Back!” Lloyd Tackitt Remarks | Novel Ideas.

Camp Nanowrimo | 2bcreativeblog

I am doing so much better on this challenge for my novel-writing. The story line is coming along better than it did the last five months. I am still shooting for the 50,000 word mark for this month of Camp Nanowrimo. My total word count is now 10,286 words as of yesterday! I couldn’t stop smiling seeing that I have already way surpassed the initial 3,000 word count that I had done last November. Big smile!

via Camp Nanowrimo | 2bcreativeblog.

Book Promotion Day: 11th April, 2013 | Imagineer-ing

I wish to point out, in the hope of future book sales, that the protagonist of COURIER in no way resembles the Fat Old Man in the picture.

 

Terry Irving

This is not exactly the normal kind of book promo’ for a Thursday, but is worth inclusion.

Terry Irving Angry Robot crime imprint Exhibit A has signed two new novels from award-winning journalist Terry Irving.

Exhibit A commissioning editor Emlyn Rees bought world English, translation and dramatisation rights to Irving’s novel Courier, as well as an as-yet-unnamed sequel, from Dean Krystek at Word Link USA.

via Book Promotion Day: 11th April, 2013 | Imagineer-ing.

Writer Unboxed » Getting Comfy with the Discomfort

Well, “Here” is where I am: waiting for an editor to make an offer on my first book.

My brilliant agent has carefully selected specific editors, then pitched my manuscript in a way that accurately represents both me and the story.

And now we wait. Now we hope. Now we I eat bowls and bowls of Chocolate Chex cereal and get snippy at my husband for things that aren’t his fault. Now I forget to write important meetings on my calendar yet I show up for dentist appointments I don’t have. Now I feel simultaneously tired and like I have just snorted and mainlined and smoked Arabica roast. Have I snorted coffee grounds? Maybe I have and just didn’t realize it.

via Writer Unboxed » Getting Comfy with the Discomfort.

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling – StumbleUpon

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling – StumbleUpon.

Writer Unboxed » So You Want to Find an Agent?

All I can say is, Thank God for Dean Krystek (my agent). If you’re writing a book, don’t leave home without one.

A lot has been written on finding an agent and I am not sure I can offer anything fresh or new, but I do think that some of the advice that worked well for my authors is worth repeating. In fact I just signed an author that I am over the moon excited about. But guess what? She queried me, didn’t hear from me and after she got an offer, followed up with me again. Guess where her mail was hiding? SPAM. But that’s for my next post on getting an offer and making a decision.

So, you’ve written a book and now you want to find an agent to represent it. Where do you go from here?

Do your homework: I find myself saying this a lot at conferences, but I think it’s worth mentioning again. Because there’s so much online these days, authors really have all the information they need for finding the best fit for their work.

via Writer Unboxed » So You Want to Find an Agent?.

Kindle Direct Publishing launches beta of cover creation tool | TomAlanBrosz

One of the hardest parts of self-publishing is generating a good cover, either for paper books or digital ones. Places like Createspace and Lulu, among others, already have “cover wizards.”

via Kindle Direct Publishing launches beta of cover creation tool | TomAlanBrosz.

Yeah, and Createspace is owned by Amazon.  Do they think their covers suck?

Hugh Howey: Self-publishing is the future — and great for writers – Salon.com

Contrary to recent reports, I am not the story of self-publishing.

The story of self-publishing is Jan Strnad, a 62-year-old educator hoping to retire in four years. To do so is going to require supplemental income, which he is currently earning from his self-published novels. In 2012, Jan made $11,406.31 from his work. That’s more than double what he made from the same book in the six months it was available from Kensington, a major publisher. He has since released a second work and now makes around $2,000 a month, even though you’ve never heard of him.

via Hugh Howey: Self-publishing is the future — and great for writers – Salon.com.

Self-Publishing Is The Blah Blah And Floo-Dee-Doo And Poop Noise « terribleminds: chuck wendig

Forgive me if I sound a little exasperated.

Hugh Howey wrote a thing at Salon and it’s a very interesting article and you should go read it. It is, in my probably-not-that-humble opinion, a fascinating mix of artistic wisdom and business fantasy where anecdotal evidence once more becomes artisanal data and we are told that because you can meet 100 very successful self-published authors that is now officially the way to go and oh, by the way, it’s totally the future of all publishing ever.

I distrust fortune-tellers, to be honest.

Mostly because it’s made-up horseshit.

via Self-Publishing Is The Blah Blah And Floo-Dee-Doo And Poop Noise « terribleminds: chuck wendig.

Sledgehammer please, I need to smash this block. | Out of the Woods

So I ask you my blog readers. What do you do when an emotional block creates a writer’s block?

via Sledgehammer please, I need to smash this block. | Out of the Woods.

Meet Tim Griggs: An Author Interview | Imagineer-ing

I have always wanted to write. Before I even could write. This was in part because my father was a writer of teenage adventure novels and children’s books in the 1950s, and I idolized him. He had picked up a lot of material, to put it mildly, during three wartime years with the RAF on a high-speed launch in the English Channel. He didn’t share that with me, but he was constantly making up stories, many of which I can still remember. He’s been dead for decades, but I have tried to pay some sort of a tribute to him by drawing on many of his experiences in my recent book The Warning Bell (Orion Books, 2010, written under my one-time pen-name of Tom Macaulay). It’s a modern father-son story with links to WW2 and set in part upon a wartime RAF launch.

via Meet Tim Griggs: An Author Interview | Imagineer-ing.

When Self-Publishing Is Just Screaming Into The Void « terribleminds: chuck wendig

SNSFW but quite funny (and sadly, true)

First, you can’t just be a writer. Self-publishing is… gasp, not the same thing as writing. This fellow took his unpublished work, hit the publish button, and then leaned back and waited for the trap-door to open above his head and spill a fluttering rain of sweet, sweet cash on his naked body. Yeah, whoa, buddy, you actually have to commit more work than that.

via When Self-Publishing Is Just Screaming Into The Void « terribleminds: chuck wendig.

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