…art covers for Authors?…there was a time, a time there was…

Seumas give good advice about about a fact of self-publishing

Seumas Gallacher


…it seems not such an age ago that my frequency of trips from where I live in the Middle East to London was dictated by the need to stock up with physical copy books from Waterstones in Piccadilly… cover-for-violin-manI was what’s prob’ly known as a ‘weight purchaser’vwb-cover…I bought books by the kilo… of course, like most of us, I have my favourite writers, but their offerings weren’t the only tomes to occupy the sales basket… getting ‘lost’ in a huge bookstore is an indulgence… and one that I savour… notwithstanding my attraction to the Kindle products too, which I’ve also come to know and LUV… but back to the sorties in deepest Waterstones country… much gets bandied about as to ‘yeez can’t tell a book by its cover’front-view-spthat may well be the case in some instances, but here I have to partially disagree, on at…

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Photo Copyright: Dale Rogerson

NOTE: I’m returning to flash fiction after a short vacation I granted myself. It’s good to be back.

Here we are this week sitting near a modern hallway. We’ve gathered in this place today to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneers. Our hostess for this gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us this week and every week is to write a story with no more than 100 words not including the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Dale Rogerson. Thanks, Dale.

To read the other stories by group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The links for this week’s stories is as follows:


 Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words


My ship was badly damaged and I alone had survived. I sent out an SOS and waited to see if any being in the galaxy would come to my rescue.

By the star charts, we were in the Miconian district. I had a small weapon on my person just in case.

I felt myself being transported and saw a hallway ahead. Walking down it, I found a room full of aliens drinking cocktails.

“Oh, Margo what a cute child.”

“Billy Richards, go right back to bed.”

“But Mom I’m not tired.”




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How to Sneak In Any Amount of Information & Maintain the Fictive Dream

A great post on inserting information in a story.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Mike Licht Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Mike Licht

As an editor I have some pretty standard red flags I look for, but a REALLY common blunder is the dreaded information dump. Some genres are more prone to this than others. Science fiction and fantasy can be particularly vulnerable. How DO you keep the pace of the story and still relay about the prophecy, the starship, the dragons and the dragons prophesied to have starships?

It’s tough.

Once again we have Alex Limberg guest posting with us. And if you’re already tired of him? Suck it up, Buttercup, because I LIKE HIM. He’s helping me through the holiday season so I can dig out of the pile of work that buried me when I got the flu.

So Alex is here to share ways to help fold in information so that you (the author) don’t inadvertently shatter the fictive dream…

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Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

NOTE: I’m returning to flash fiction after a short vacation I granted myself. I especially couldn’t resist Al’s prompt this week. It drew me back.

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–January 15th, 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:


Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words


The captain, once pirate, Bearded John of the vessel Woe-Begone was a mystery to his men. Most of the crew had never sailed with him before.

He had a favorite goblet he always showed his crew before they started out. It consisted of what seemed to be a small human skull upon which rested the bowl. The stem appeared to be a human spine. It always had a numbing effect on the crew.

“Men,” he thundered, stroking his black beard, “take a good look. This here goblet would be the result of a man treating natives with disrespect. The natives on the Isle of The Shrunken Servent are a mite sensitive. If offended, they first kills the culprit. They next shrinks him from head to toe and sells his bones for such as this.

In fact, they took a special liking to me and taught me the trade. This be my handiwork. I’m a mite sensitive too.”

When the voyage was over the men always scattered hoping never to sail with him again unless shanghaied.

In truth, he’d won the goblet in a game of cards by cheating a traveling drunken ivory merchant. It was the captain’s favorite possession.




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A painter’s palette

An inspiring post for all

The Silent Eye


The faded flower caught my eye as I was trimming the potted plants on the windowsill. The rich shades of its life and death were so striking they would make an amazing watercolour. Appropriate, really, as the flower was an Anthurium, the painter’s palette. The heart shaped bloom seemed too beautiful to simply add to the compost so I reached for the camera, thinking that really, I should have reached for the paints.

Then I realised that I haven’t painted once since I moved house several months ago. In fact, I haven’t even unpacked them. Granted, there is a problem of space. There is no longer a spare room to serve as a studio and storage area, but that excuse only works for the oils and the big easel. The watercolours would slip in a drawer.

I used to paint something every day, just to keep learning, even if it…

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What to Wear?

Teagan on clothes and her magical books.

Teagan's Books

Welcome everyone.  I’m glad the weather does not usually effect our ability to have these virtual visits, but horse-feathers, it’s cold out there!  Or at least it is cold for a lot of us.  The question of what to wear is answered by “A coat!”

Life October 1929Life Magazine, October 1929

Have you guessed that I’m leading into another writing process post?  Some people don’t like “descriptive writing” but I find some level of description helpful, whether I’m writing or reading.  An occasional mention of a character’s clothing can help in several ways.

To me describing a garment is particularly helpful if the story is set in a different era, or an entirely different world.

I enjoyed Robert Jordan’s descriptions of the clothing of the various cultures he built in to the world of his “Wheel of Time” series.  The garments helped define the nationalities. They also helped me keep up with the…

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Contact your elected official: Save the ACA

This is vitally important. The time to act is now.

Kawanee's Korner

It’s not too late to , but we need to rally. Call your reps 202-224-3121. If you need it, use a script, like this by :

They are trying to gut the affordable care act. They are holding late night meetings and I need this help right now. I called mine! I explained my situation, spoke from the heart asked yet again for help getting my workman’s comp from hubby’s company. I worked 100 hrs this pay period, I’m not lazy, I’m a new widow… I NEED the help until I get on my feet.

I contacted Boozman and Cotton both.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT THE SORCERER’S GARDEN by @DWallacepeach #Fantasy

A great review for THE SORCERER’S GARDEN by D. Wallace Peach.

Rosie Amber

Today’s team review is from Suzanne, she blogs at https://suzannerogersonfantasyauthor.wordpress.com/

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Suzanne has been reading The Sorcerer’s Garden by D Wallace Peach


My Review

Wow, this was a breath-taking adventure that barely stood still.

I was intrigued by the title and the blurb really stood out for me, anything to do with writing and writers and I’m sold! As I started reading, possibilities whirled through my mind…

The start of the story felt a little over the top in the action sense. I didn’t know what I was getting into, but then I realised this was the start of Cody’s story – his tale of slaying the dragon with his brother. I thought this was very cleverly done by the author. This larger than life action helped to distinguish between Madlyn’s real world and Cody’s work in progress. However, as the story developed everything becomes more complicated for Madalyn and soon the two worlds are colliding and you have no…

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Update on my situation

Kawanee is still sad but there are signs of hope.

Kawanee's Korner

Thanksgiving was sad… I cooked and put up a tree but that’s all. I was sick and cried.
Hubby’s birthday was Dec 5th… I stayed home. Still sick. Cried…
Christmas was even sadder… thanks to family we had a Christmas. Didn’t feel like having Christmas, really wasn’t my feet enough to get anything, didn’t feel like shopping, didn’t cook… went to my brother’s house. Inlaws were brilliant! They sent gift cards for restaurants, so me and son will get out of the house, and they got us comfy clothes to sit around in. When I was alone, I cried and still sick..
New Years…. cleaned my house, just wanted to sit on my couch and eat pizza and get fat(ter)… Cried… still sick. Worked a bunch of hours.. I think it was 92.. in 2 weeks.

Put in 60 hours last week… will put in 40 this week… working hard, getting…

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Happy Anniversary & Pip’s Lemon Christmas

Both a great recipe from Suzanne at A Pug in the Kitchen and a great story from Teagan to start the year with.

Teagan's Books

A year ago a very talented chef asked me to share a story at her blog for her blogiversary.  That chef was Suzanne at A Pug in the Kitchen.  My story was Adelle’s Teapot.  We had a great time working together, so I was thrilled when she asked me again for this years blog anniversary (click here).

Since my short story was going to be from the “universe” of my Three Things Serial Story novella, Suzanne went all out researching recipes of the era.  She even made the perfect table and settings!  So I want to begin with her beautiful work and then finish with my little story.  (Suzanne posted this on New Year’s Day, but I saved my reblogging for this weekend.  I’m still blushing about her kind words.)  

young-lucille-ball-pensive-peachYoung Lucille Ball as Pip

Now, here’s Suzanne from her post of last week…

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