Warcraft – a movie review

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If you are a fantasy/action adventure fan, this movie is probably on your radar, but if you haven’t played the game, would you enjoy it? Having played World of Warcraft for the last nine years, this movie was like a game bonus. I loved seeing places my characters play and quest in. I loved the griffins, enjoyed the cities. Even learned I’ve been mis-pronouncing the name of one city all these years. Was there CGI? Of course. I don’t know how they could have done it otherwise. Was it always the best… well, no. But if you truly immersed yourself […]

Procrastination used to be my friend

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I used to put things off all the time. Not just the things I didn’t want to do, like cleaning, de-cluttering, exercising, etc., but even things I wanted. Household projects that I researched and envisioned brightening up my home were tossed in a folder to collect dust. Laundry would sit until I was forced to wear things in the back of my closet that made me uncomfortable most of the day. Cleaning projects would pile until they seemed overwhelming. And then one day a writer friend suggested that I participate in NaNoWriMo with the local writing group. NaNoWriMo for those […]

Texting and Driving – A New Approach

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This isn’t the type of post I usually write, but after seeing the short video I had to share it. The Belgian government decided to throw a curve ball to their learner drivers to help show them (instead of just telling them) just how dangerous it was to text and drive a simple sentence. The results were so great, others have followed in their footsteps. The video is quite humerous, but still carries a serious message.  You can view it here: Driving Video In my book, Remembering Lauren, my main character Nikki never had a vehicle of her own before […]

Always learning – A Course in Writing

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I’m always interested in learning new things. I spend way too much time on Pinterest, not only to get story and setting ideas, but also to help me organize my life and learn new things. The one thing I regret most about my childhood is that we didn’t have access to the internet to have learning at our fingertips. There were no smart phones, or Facebook groups to browse. We had libraries. We looked things up the old fashioned way and I was grateful to have that. I didn’t even get my first computer until I was out of college […]

Traditional vs. Independent Publishing

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Traditional vs. Independent Publishing For new authors, this is a difficult decision to make. Both types of publishing have their pros and cons.  Amazon is offering what I like to think of as a third choice: The Kindle Scout program. Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Each book submitted to the program goes through what they call a campaign for 30 days. During this time readers can vote (or nominate) the books (up to 3 at a time). At the end of the campaign When […]

My main character and Minimalism

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Have you ever been jealous or envious of a character you’ve written? Well, I would hardly be envious of the childhood or even adulthood of my main character Nikki, given that she never knew her parents and grew up in the foster care system, while I enjoyed a childhood with two loving parents and a definite knowledge of where I came from and my place in the immediate world around me.  And while we do share the trait of having made more of ourselves than our surroundings may have indicated, there is one thing Nikki has completely surpassed me in. […]

Eighth Annual Dialogue Only Contest by Bartleby Snopes

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In just over a week, I’ll be entering a submission into the Bartleby Snopes 8th Annual Dialogue Only Contest. I’m fairly exited about it as it was quite the challenge to write something solely using dialogue with no narrative and without even using tag lines (such as he said, she said, etc.). It’s also the first major contest I’ll have entered my work in since I was a teenager. I wanted to share with all my writer friends and colleagues this wonderful contest opportunity from Bartleby Snopes. This is the eighth year they have had this contest and submission opens […]

How I Traumatized Some Poor IT Support Person

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I always thought writing a book would be the hard part. Sure it was challenging and it took seven months to write, edit, send out to my beta readers and begin final revisions. But the real challenge has been learning the business side of being an author. Before your book ever makes it to publication, you have to establish a presence on social media. This is what every author I know told me when I happily announced to the writing community that I had finished my book. Establishing my Facebook author page was easy. I was already an avid Facebook […]