Guest Author, D. Wallace Peach – Big Hearts and Artists

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I am very happy to welcome D. Wallace Peach, author of Myths of the MirrorThe Bone Wall and many other books,  as my guest today. Diana is a creator and shaper of worlds… a writer of fantasy. Her latest book, The Sorcerors’ Garden, explores the links and shifting boundaries between the levels of reality and how the stories unfolding in less tangible realms intertwine with. Today, however, she writes from of  a more personal perspective…

Big Hearts and Artists

book photoI’ve heard through the rumor-mill that somewhere in the wide world there are writers who attempt to sabotage the work of others with snarky reviews, solely for the purpose of laying low the “competition.” If they exist, I imagine them sitting in dark caves, ruminating over their coveted creations like Gollum over his precious gold ring, too myopic to envision a world with thousands of well-told stories brimming…

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Bloggity Update – Thankfulness

Dab of Darkness

Heldig with a pile of audiobooks. She looks a little evil, does she not? Heldig with a pile of audiobooks. She looks a little evil, does she not?

As some of you might have noticed, this year has been about the audiobooks. I’m definitely in love with them and I think they have kept me sane of late. As a few of you know, I have been struggling since December 2014 with a new health issue (on top of my long-time little devil called kidney disease). Basically, my phosphorus blood levels are very low. The cause of this is yet undiagnosed, though I continue to undergo various tests. Phosphorus is used to make energy (ATP) for every cell of the body. It is also used by the red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the body. If low on phosphorus, then fatigue becomes a constant issue. Literally, I am low on batteries. Some days, it feels like batteries are not included at all.


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Thoughts on Thursday: Your Blog Post Recommendations

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Your Blog Post Recommendations

This is another post inspired by Carrie @ The Mad Reviewer that is fantastic for promoting those really good posts you see out in the blogosphere.

This is a blog post recommendation thread.  It works like this: Give a shout-out to a favorite post someone has written!

There are only a few rules for this:

  1. You must recommend someone else’s post. It doesn’t have to be book related.
  2. Give the link to the post and a brief description about why it’s a good post.
  3. Be nice and kind.

Voilá! It’s that easy.

My Recommendation:

Editing in the Self-Publishing World

This is a great post explaining the importance of editing in today’s self-publishing world. We can all probably name at least one book that needed something done a little bit better, be it from something as simple as needing to be proofread or some major rehauling work on…

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The Best Writing Advice You’ll Ever Get…(Guest Post)

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Andrew Joyce

For a few years now, Chris has been posting articles to help us with our craft. I’ve learn some valuable things on this site, from editing to copywriting to marketing books and everything in between. I might have missed it, but there is one bit of advice that I have not seen here. And that is, if you want to write well, you must read.

Reading to a writer is as medical school is to a doctor, as training is to an athlete, as breathing is to life. Think of reading books as taking a writing course.

I would suggest reading the classics: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and, of course, Steinbeck, to name but a few. These three authors made up their own rules. (Hemingway couldn’t get published at first because his writing was so different from the writing that preceded him.)

Below are three examples of Steinbeck’s writing. If you read…

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Danny’s Girlfriend

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Danny’s Girlfriend

Danny's GirlfriendHello, all you dog lovers out there. It’s me, Danny the Dog. Today I want to tell you about Heather, she’s my girlfriend. I have many girlfriends, but Heather is my main squeeze. She lives on a sailboat a couple of slips down from my boat. Well, Andrew’s and my boat. You remember him, he my hapless human. I hope he didn’t bore last month when he took over my writing duties for me. If he did, then I’m sorry. I won’t let you down again, unless I fall in love again. Now, onto my story.

First of all, I bet you all think Heather is a dog. Well you’re wrong, she a human. I know, no one is perfect, except maybe me. But human or not, I think Heather is cool. We first met a few months ago when she brought her sailboat to the marina for…

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ABANDON EVERY HOPE, YE THAT ENTER. Dante AlighieriThe Divine Comedy

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Featuring Characters Who Have Moxie

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Top Ten Books Featuring Characters Who Have Moxie

In high school, my theatre teacher required our class to read the play and then watch the film adaptation of Lost in Yonkers. It was a story that stuck with me. So, what’s moxie? Well, I’ll let Uncle Louie explain it.

The characters I selected today are characters who have moxie. They’re spunky. The kids that typically don’t quite fit the mold. They’re a square trying to be forced into a circle cut-out. It just won’t work. They are who they are and they don’t apologize for it.

Punky Brewster

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It’s Called Respect

After retiring, a former Gunny Sergeant in the Marine Corps took a new job as a high school teacher.

Just before the school year started, he injured his back.

He was required to wear a light plaster cast around the upper part of his body.

Fortunately, the cast fit under his shirt and wasn’t noticeable when he wore his suit coat.

On the first day of class, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in the school.

The smart-aleck punks, having already heard the new teacher was a former Marine, were leery of him and he knew they would be testing his discipline in the classroom.

Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, the new teacher opened the window wide and sat down at his desk.

When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he picked up a stapler and stapled the tie to his chest.

Dead silence …

The rest of the year went smoothly.

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