Look both ways

All the best to Nick in 2016.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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“What’s the Egyptian word for Hare?” Not the usual opener to a telephone conversation, I grant you, but less of a surprise than you might think. Nick is finally writing his book. We had been talking about it earlier over coffee before he got up. I had congratulated him on the thirty thousand words he has written over the past few weeks. “Thirty seven thousand,” he corrected. My son never has been one to do things by halves and he book is progressing at an astonishing rate.

I haven’t read it yet… I’m not allowed. I have, however, read other things he has written and know it will be an interesting, and probably inspirational, read. It can’t be otherwise really, given the odds against him being able to write it at all.

The screwdriver that left him brain injured passed through those centres occupied with personality, language processing, memory and…

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Plane on runway--melanie-greenwood

Photo Copyright: Melanie Greenwood

Here we are gathered together for another week. This time, we’re standing on a virtual runway near a virtual jet plane. Our hostess is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers, and our challenge this week and every week is to each write an original story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt provided for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Melanie Greenwood. Thanks, Melanie.

To read the other stories from group members, first click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for the other stories this week is as follows:


Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words


Pilot Rex Franklyn knew this would be a problem take-off. He wouldn’t be ascending, but flying off the edge of a high plateau. Just seeing that drop made him nervous. Could he make it?

His co-pilot, Lloyd Bittner, joined him.

“Well, Rex, what do you think our chances are?”

Rex wiped sweat off his forehead. “I don’t want to imagine.”

“Lloyd, your Mom wants you home. Rex put the tablecloth back on the dining table.”

Rex picked up his plane, lifting it over the table edge and into the air.

“Okay, Mom.”

“See you later, Rex,” Lloyd called back.




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Pay the Writer Part 2—Blood Diamonds & Fair Trade Fiction

This is well worth reading.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Image courtesy of Hoard Lake on Flickr Commons Image courtesy of Hoard Lake on Flickr Commons

You aren’t famous until someone famous calls you an idiot 😛 . As I was finishing up Monday’s post about how to support writers with reviews, I found out I’d hit the big time. Thus I went over and checked out the counter to my scandalous assertion that writers should be paid.

Aaaand, yeah. Still not wavering in my opinion.

Also think my critics have missed the point. Instead of protecting the old ways that well, for lack of a better term… suck and don’t benefit writers (or readers, publishers or even bookstores)—how about we start doing things differently?


So long as we protect sacred cows because that’s what we have always done? Nothing changes. But agents and editors and authors and pundits will all have fun blogging that I hate used bookstores (untrue) and how all of us should be grateful…

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The Pleasure & The Pain

Worth reading.

Claire Stibbe

I’ve heard many readers squawking about the price of eBooks. Some have said $1.99 is too high and that they will only consider buying a book if its 99 cents or free.

We know readers love reading books and authors love writing them. But there is something a reader might not know. And that is the time & tears involved in writing that book. Here are a couple of questions to consider.

  1. How long does it take for a builder to build a wall?
  2. What does he need before he arrives at the site?

Here are a few bricks that make up that literary wall. Wall

  • Character Biography: An author needs characters and each character must have a biography. For instance: When was the character born? What do they look like? Rich, poor, or middle-class?  This helps to draw a deep portrait of the person and make him/her more convincing. Motivations, arc, and struggle are also major components in forming this character. Remember Shakespeare’s

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Dating a Writer

Hilarious, but probably true, infographic.

Writer's Treasure Chest

Today I was surfing the internet to learn more about me being a writer and how my world, my life, my leisure time behavior has changed.

I as well wanted to find out how couples are finding arrangements when one of them is a writer.

At the end I ended up at ‘buzzfeed’ and found a hilarious, but apparently quite accurate infographic I couldn’t resist sharing.

What do you think: Is this just as true as I believe it is?

Picture courtesy of: http://www.buzzfeed.com/markigmen/11-things-to-know-about-dating-a-writer-13o1t#.ssJQ4xpaa Picture courtesy of: http://www.buzzfeed.com/markigmen/11-things-to-know-about-dating-a-writer-13o1t#.ssJQ4xpaa

If you have something to add, let us all know by leaving your comment. 🙂 Thank you!

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The Ugly Truth of Publishing & How BEST to Support Writers

Great necessary information from Kristen Lamb.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Original Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Anurag Agnihotri Original Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Anurag Agnihotri

Well, I figure I have one more day to drunkenly torch my platform. Sad thing is I don’t drink. I am apparently this stupid when sober 😛 . Actually I am writing this as a follow up for my rant from the day before yesterday, because knowledge is power.

Writers need this. Your friends and families need this. Readers need this. The more people get how this industry works, the more everyone can start working together for everyone’s benefit.

In my book Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World, I go into a LOT more detail and I highly recommend you get a copy if you don’t have one. I spend the first chapters of the book explaining how the various forms of publishing work so you can make an educated decision.

All types of publishing have corresponding…

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The Announcement.

A great New Year’s Gift to David and family!


Some of you have been kind enough to express an interest in how things are going with my daughter and the bump.

Yvonne went into hospital this morning and was given a section. At 12.20 pm we had a new arrival. I have a granddaughter to spoil and her parents are delighted that they have one of each.

Young Amelie Rose presented herself to the world at a weight she never retain 9lb 3 oz. She looks very much like her brother when he was born so may turn into a rare beauty, hopefully with a temperament to match.

10 minutes after the birth 10 minutes after the birth

A beauty all of her own. A beauty all of her own.

Forgive the extra blogs but for me this is the perfect way to round out the old year and start anew.

I wish everyone Health, Wealth and Happiness for the New Year. May it start well and just get better.

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