Blogs I Follow
- Rosie Amber
- Ascension Postapocalyptique
- The Aila Stephens Blog
- word and silence
- Ned's Blog
- Words With A View
- In My Cluttered Attic
- bluebird of bitterness
- Weirdly Wired
- Sally Ember, Ed.D.
- Lotta Wanner
- S.K. Nicholls
- Notes from the U.K.
- Postcard from a Pigeon
- ADD . . . and-so-much-more
If Randall’s photos and prose do not mesmerise you, call 911! His words are artistically composed and some of the most poetic prose.
It was a strange day I remember, exploring Budapest for the first time with a sensation I had walked these streets before, every corner a story to be told. Each step filled with fascination, time of no concern as evening tumbled from dusk into the magical darkness of night. Pulled forward by destiny into my past.
She was there, a flash of a smile wrapped up in the Old World like a well-worn shawl.
An artistic light gathered around her, fusing the old with new, highlighting the intricacies of the human spirit. Not yet love, only a tickle of possibility. The depths of the night offered us the chance to roam new lands, to dance with the tide and imagine our next adventure.
The start of the day blends with the end of the night, leaving the unanswered question of where we belong. Amid all the laughter, a melancholy undercurrent…
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I always enjoy sharing my surfing results with you all each and every Monday. This week I have a couple of good articles about writing, blogging, and revision. I hope you enjoy them.
Authors WANT Reviews
Simple! How many times have you read pleas on social media for readers to write reviews? – Probably Loads.
Does the thought of writing a book review send you racing to the hills? – I can see plenty of you nodding in agreement.
WHAT holds you back?
6 common replies:
I can’t write.
I can’t write paragraphs about a book.
I don’t know what to write.
I’m afraid of what people will think of my review.
I’m an author and don’t want a backlash on my own books.
I don’t have the time.
Let’s turn this around
I can’t write – I bet if you can read, you can write.
I can’t write paragraphs about a book – Good News, Amazon accepts one sentence reviews now as do many other sites.
I don’t know what to write – Ah! Quick Question – Why did you like or Dislike…
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Welcome to my weekly blog series – Author Interviews.
Each week I ask authors to take a seat in my red interview chair and tell me about how they wrote their first novel, what challenges they encountered, the writing best practices that work for them and the most important question of all – what do they wear whilst writing?
This week I am squealing with author excitement, as Aila Stephens has agreed to sit in my chair! I am reading Aila’s new book at the moment and bedtime reading sessions have changed. I have not had the chance to speak to my loved one across the pillows, as I have been so engrossed with Aila’s book. Luckily he has found comfort in a spy thriller.
So, let me welcome the amazing Aila Stephens to my red chair!
Hey Aila! Sit down, make yourself comfortable and help yourself to my homemade
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Cuween Chambered Cairn
Horses on Orkney
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Here is some news for those who are ready. Best wishes!
United Aritists – the leading European literary and talent agency – have annouced Open House for writers throughout August.
That means they are inviting novelists to submit a synopsis and the first three chapters according to genre. No need to send a covering letter, but you can reveal a bit about yourself in the email. Send it with attachments to email@example.com Deadline 6pm on the day (UK time)
Monday August 1st Children and YA books
Monday August 8th Crime and Thrillers
Monday August 15th Commerical Fiction
Monday August 22nd Literary Fiction
Find out more HERE
Hate the thought of writing a synopsis? Join the club. I have yet to meet a writer who actually enjoys it. Here’s a 2014 post that sets out 10 rules that should help you compose something that is a cross between a job application and a seduction.
Today is just another day, but I wish you all a beautiful one. So, enjoy with this enchanting words by one of my favourite poets.
STILL ANOTHER DAY
by Pablo Neruda
The days aren’t discarded or collected, they are bees
that burned with sweetness or maddened
the sting: the struggle continues,
the journeys go and come between honey and pain.
No, the net of the years doesn’t unweave: there is no net.
They don’t fall drop by drop from a river: there is no river.
Sleep doesn’t divide life into halves,
or action, or silence, or honor:
life is like a stone, a single motion,
a lonesome bonfire reflected on the leaves,
an arrow, only one, slow or swift, a metal
that climbs or descends burning in your bones.
(trans. William O’Daly) Copper Canyon Press: Port Townsend, 1984.
de Pablo Neruda
Pluviôse, irrité contre la ville entière,
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If you’ve self-published, but still want a traditional publisher, this list is for you.<3
For those of you not yet following The Porter Girl, it is time to take a look at what you are missing. Check this out then jump back into some of the pages…