A mention in despatches – A few posts I have enjoyed this week.

Many thanks to Sally for including my blog in her list of blogs she enjoyed this week.

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I spend way too much time online that is for sure. But in my defence I have to say that I learn something new everyday, I get to write everyday, I meet new and interesting people everyday and I get to laugh a…. lot.

I do not have the time to mention every post that I have read this week but here is a small selection and time permitting I shall do likewise every week from now on before I post my own round up.

Do head over and take a look at these posts and enjoy and hopefully if you are not already following the blogger you will now.

Some book reviews

Olga Núñez Miret with her Friday look at new books.. this week Cleansing Evil by Derek Dorr.

http://authortranslatorolga.com/2016/01/29/blogtour-cleansing-evil-by-derek-dorr-i-cant-resist-interesting-psychiatrists/

Cathy Ryan with a review of 7 Years Bad Sex.. A Romcom.

http://betweenthelinesbookblog.com/2016/01/30/7-years-bad-sex-by-wellsnicky-romcom/

Kurt Springs with a review of…

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A Eulogy for Hope: The Silent Murder of Gallery 37

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The first time academic pressure made me feel suicidal was in sixth grade. So when I say I won’t allow Gallery 37 to quietly die, it’s because Gallery 37 saved my life.

Yesterday I received a flurry of messages from my own beloved instructors and artist friends who are currently teaching in the Advanced Arts Education Program (AAEP) at Gallery 37, a FREE arts college preparatory program through CPS.

Yesterday morning, a close friend high in AAEP administration told me that all AAEP programming will be ending in June. I looked at my phone and felt a wound open and yawn in my chest. I tried my best to not burst into tears on my way to work. “Tell folks so they know about this, okay,” she asked.

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

 

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Photo Copyright: C.E. Ayr

Here we all are again for another week. Today we’re gathered in a virtual beach home. Our hostess for this gathering is the gracious and talented author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to write an original story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by C.E. Ayr. Thanks, C.E.

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

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

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/29-january-2016/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH By P.S. Joshi

The CDE Film Company rented a beach house to shoot a TV movie. The cast and crew stayed at a local hotel, but the director stayed at the house.

The first night he heard a terrible clanking on the stairs. Being wakened by the noise he got up and went to look.

An old lady specter lugged chains as she grumbled.

“First it was the tourists, now a dog’gone film crew. I’m moving out. I’ve had enough. No self-respecting ghost should have to go through this nonsense.”

She turned, saw him, and said, “Don’t just stand there. Come help me.”

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My 10 Favorite Writing Websites

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Joanne Guidoccio

I’m thrilled to welcome Soul Mate author Kim Hotzon to the Power of 10 series. Today, Kim shares her favorite writing websites and her novel, Hands Full of Ashes.

Here’s Kim!

computerusehotzonI love lists. They’re handy, neat and informative. So, I’m thrilled to be joining author Joanne Guidoccio on her blog ‘The Power of Ten’.

Many ideas floated round my head, and I wondered, What could I contribute that would offer fresh content and interest readers? In the end, I thought I’d share my ten favorite websites that I’ve used in my writing career. Some of these sites cater to blogging, others to grammar and writing resources while some offer insight into marketing and publishing.

*Disclosure: I do not have any affiliation with these sites and I’m not being paid to promote individual sites. This list is merely a compilation of sites I’ve personally found useful.

1. http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

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Fiction Friday: 8 Things Writers Forget When Writing Fight Scenes

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Lisa Voisin

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Recently, I attended a session called “Writing About Fighting” at VCON, a science fict ion and fantasy conference. The panel consisted of writers and experts who were disciplined in multiple martial arts, including authors Lorna Suzuki and T.G. Shepherd, and Devon Boorman, the swordmaster of Academie Duello in Vancouver.

For me, this talk was so fascinating, it was worth the cost of admission alone. I spent days thinking about the topics discussed and tried to incorporate them into The Watcher Saga. These are just a few of them as I remember it.

Eight Things Writers Forget About Fight Scenes:

1. It’s not about the technical details

First of all, if you’re not technical and don’t know the details of fighting, you shouldn’t try to write about them. Some writers try to to include technical details of fighting, which only calls out their lack of expertise. If you don’t know what…

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RETIRED AND DECORATED

I’ve written this for a blog by author Teagan Geneviene about the senses. You can read her piece and find links to others in the comments at the following link:

https://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/mini-series-the-senses-hearing/

RETIRED AND DECORATED By P.S. Joshi

There she sat, year in and year out, alone, decorated by nature to make the eyes glad and the nose grateful.

The old locomotive had been a majestic sight in her day. As she barrelled down the track, coal smoke rose up her mighty chimney and billowed into the air.

But she’d been retired to a side track and the flowering groundnut vine had wound around her to give her a second glory she’d not known in her working life.

From spring to mid-summer  the vine bloomed with a canopy of fragrant lavender flowers. Butterflies and bees flitted and buzzed about and birds sang and nested. It provided both home and food.

The locomotive felt a peace she’d not know before. She was still useful.

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