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5 Tips: Should You Write a Short Story or Novel?

Which do you prefer? These tips will help you decide.

via 5 Tips: Should You Write a Short Story or Novel?

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I finally finished my NaNoWriMo novel

Hey Y’all,
Even though November and NaNoWriMo have come to an end before I reached 50K words this year, I’m proud to say that I am still a winner! My total WIP for Epiphany High was 54747.
Although I had to finish the Novel two weeks after NaNoWriMo ended, due to my daughter’s illness while she was here for the Thanksgiving Holiday, andthe fact that I caught her stomach bug on Thanksgiving day, I still have a first draft of a novel to mold and shape the way I want it when I let my inner editor take over the revision process. Although the crazy busy activity of NaNoWriMo is over, and it feels like I’m missing sometthing, I still feel good about my novel. I have some work to do on A Journey of Faith, but if I do get Epiphany High published before A Journey of Faith, I will be happy, because this novel was written a little different than I have written anything before, whether I have gotten it published or not. I don’t want to spoil the novel for you, but I will say that you will be pleasantly surprised.
Until next time, I wish you all a belated happy Thanksgiving, and I pray that you have a Marry and Blessed Christmas, and that you are richly blessed in the new year. For now, Happy reading and writing.

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Book review: The Black Lizard Big Book Of Pulps, edited by Otto Penzler

Today I am here to review a very long, but very good anthology that I finished a few days ago. This book is called The Black Lizard big Book of Pulps, and it was edited by Otto Penzler. Although this talking book was over 75 hours long, the stories, novellas and the full length novel were rivitting. There were a few stories that I didn’t like, because of the way they were written, or because I just didn’t get the concept, however, many of these stories were the inspiration that has kept me going during NaNoWriMo.
Not only were the stories by authors like Earl Stanly Gardner, Raymond Chandler, and other great pulp writers of the 1920s 30s and 40s outstanding works of nnoire fiction, but I want to publicly thank Ray Foushee, a narrator from The American Printing House for the Blind, for doing an outstanding job with the narration of this book, including the fabulous description of the Sally the Slooth comic strips found in the Dames section of the anthology.
When you read the first comic strip you need to pay attention, or you may think you’re reading one thing when the character is saying something else entirely. Happy reading, and have a fun filled mystery solving day.

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NaNoWriMo update

Hello everybody,
Today is day two of NaNoWriMo, but as you know I got a bit of a head start a day or two early, because I had to take my daughter back to be with her Dad yesterday, and I was extremely tired from riding all day. Now, this morning, I have written almost three thousand words in a few hours My WIP is up to 6303 words so far. I’ll keep you posted on my NaNo progress, if not every day, at least once or twice a week.
Happy writing and let’s get those words out onto the screen or the paper.

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Academy 7, by Anne Osterlund, a review

Hey folks, this is different from my inspirational posts, and the posts about my book. I just read the most awesome scifi novel entitled Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund. I am not usually one for scifi, but this author sucked me right into the story, and onto her fictional planets. 

Academy 7 is a novel about two teenage characters who are invited to attend the best scool of the alliance, on a planet called Academia. While attending Academy 7 they defy all the rules and laws to find the hidden truth about their pasts. Even though their lives are in danger, they are drawn to each other. 

Even though this is a scifi adventure story, it has a bit of romance in it, because well, I don’t want to spoil it for you, so you’ll have to get the book and read it to find out what I mean.

Last, but not least I want to thank NLS narrator, Patrick Downer for bringing  this book to life for blind readers like myself. I don’t know wether the narrator makes the book so good, or the writer alone, but I think it takes a combination of both to make it so riviting. Thanks to the writer and the narrator for pulling me into this excellent novel.

Until next time, happy writing, reading, and God bless you all

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Academy 7, by Anne Osterlund, a review

Hey folks, this is different from my inspirational posts, and the posts about my book. I just read the most awesome scifi novel entitled Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund. I am not usually one for scifi, but this author sucked me right into the story, and onto her fictional planets. 

Academy 7 is a novel about two teenage characters who are invited to attend the best scool of the alliance, on a planet called Academia. While attending Academy 7 they defy all the rules and laws to find the hidden truth about their pasts. Even though their lives are in danger, they are drawn to each other. 

Even though this is a scifi adventure story, it has a bit of romance in it, because well, I don’t want to spoil it for you, so you’ll have to get the book and read it to find out what I mean.

Last, but not least I want to thank NLS narrator, Patrick Downer for bringing  this book to life for blind readers like myself. I don’t know wether the narrator makes the book so good, or the writer alone, but I think it takes a combination of both to make it so riviting. Thanks to the writer and the narrator for pulling me into this excellent novel.

Until next time, happy writing, reading, and God bless you all

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chimes and other sounds as indspiration for writing

Good morning,
I have a question and a message for all the writers who follow and read my blog. When you are trying to write something, whether it be a novel, essay, or any other piece you’re working on, do you ever find that you have writers block? That sometimes happens to me. This happened on a couple of days during NaNoWriMo last year.
Let me share with you what I did to combat my writers block. Although everyone has a different approach to avoiding writers block, I personally sat out on my front porch on an overcast day, with a light breeze to cool me off. I sat listening to the wind chimes that my mom has hanging on the porch, and all of a sudden a burst of inspiration hit me, and I was able to write for hours after that.
What I’m getting at here, is that inspiration can strike at the oddest moments, and by the simplest attributes of your day. For example, your child could make a comment about a cartoon character he/she likes, or you can simply hear a tune or a certain sound that triggers an idea, and gets the words flowing through your mind. When that happens my friend, don’t take these special inspirational moments for granted, you never know what story, poem, essay, novel, or other form of writing can be created when inspiration strikes.
Happy writing and God bless,
Ann