Archive | August 2015

Guest Author, D. Wallace Peach – Big Hearts and Artists

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

I am very happy to welcome D. Wallace Peach, author of Myths of the MirrorThe Bone Wall and many other books,  as my guest today. Diana is a creator and shaper of worlds… a writer of fantasy. Her latest book, The Sorcerors’ Garden, explores the links and shifting boundaries between the levels of reality and how the stories unfolding in less tangible realms intertwine with. Today, however, she writes from of  a more personal perspective…

Big Hearts and Artists

book photoI’ve heard through the rumor-mill that somewhere in the wide world there are writers who attempt to sabotage the work of others with snarky reviews, solely for the purpose of laying low the “competition.” If they exist, I imagine them sitting in dark caves, ruminating over their coveted creations like Gollum over his precious gold ring, too myopic to envision a world with thousands of well-told stories brimming…

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This entry was posted on August 31, 2015. 6 Comments

Some of the World’s most creative statues!

These are amazing! Can’t even pick a favorite, though I lean toward the Black Ghost and the voyager one (in France)…what does that say about me??!! LOL Going back and clicking on the “see more of these”…enjoy!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

1. Expansion , New York
unnamed-22. Salmon Sculpture, Portland , Oregon
unnamed-43. People of the River by Chong Fah Cheong , Singapore
unnamed-54. The Knotted Gun, Turtle Bay , New York
unnamed-65. Black Ghost, Klaipeda , Lithuania
unnamed-96. Les Voyageurs, Marseilles , France

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Got this email today…

Love this guy….priceless!

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It’s Called Respect

After retiring, a former Gunny Sergeant in the Marine Corps took a new job as a high school teacher.

Just before the school year started, he injured his back.

He was required to wear a light plaster cast around the upper part of his body.

Fortunately, the cast fit under his shirt and wasn’t noticeable when he wore his suit coat.

On the first day of class, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in the school.

The smart-aleck punks, having already heard the new teacher was a former Marine, were leery of him and he knew they would be testing his discipline in the classroom.

Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, the new teacher opened the window wide and sat down at his desk.

When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he picked up a stapler and stapled the tie to his chest.

Dead silence …

The rest of the year went smoothly.

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A Solid Start : The First 10 Pages of Your Novel

The Published Author

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How long does it take for you to know if you like a book?

More importantly, how long before you realize you don’t like it?

Years ago I attended a screenwriting workshop conducted by a national award winning screenwriter. The course was excellent and in many ways, eye-opening. One of the many things that have stayed with me from that 5 day workshop is the importance of the first 10 pages of your screenplay, the first 10 minutes of your film.

It applies equally to a book, the first 10 pages is your best ammo to get a reader glued.

The first 10 pages are the first 3000 – 3500 words of your novel and it is sometimes only halfway into your first chapter.

10 pages, that’s all you get.

Thankfully, that’s all you need. More on that later, let’s now look at the first 10 pages. For the sake…

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up from 7/22/15

Reblogged….some real gems here (pretty much all of them!)…

Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

Welcome to the WRITER’S QUOTE WEDNESDAY Weekly Wrap-Up where our writers highlight their photographic and writing talent by making up their own quotes or sharing quotes from their favorite authors. (Please do not link to this post. Link to the new prompt on Wednesday, July 29, 2015). Please don’t forget to tag your post “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” to make them easier to find in the reader.

We have many new participants this week. Please make sure to visit the blogs of the writers who have shared their writer’s quotes with us. It is an honor for them to get to know you better. The blog names are found above their images.

These writers are amazing! Enjoy!

Lance Greenfield
*New this week*

Shirley’s Heaven


Inspiration with an Attitude
*New this week*

Melissa Barker-Simpson

One thing I’ve learned through all the ups and downs is that if you’re doing things right, then you…

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Guest Post: Joanne Guidoccio

Interesting post. Thanks, Tracee. Admire the perseverance and wish Joanne all the best in her new and exciting career. Now, excuse me while I go to Amazon…want to check out this book!

Tracee Ford

Revisiting the Dream

During my ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)high school years, I dabbled in poetry while dreams of a writing career dangled before me. But I gave in to my practical Italian side and pursued degrees in mathematics and education. While teaching was a good career fit, in my heart of hearts, I knew that I would write a novel at some point in my life. All I needed was more time and more energy.

Be careful what you wish for…

Five months before my fiftieth birthday, I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer and forced to take a leave of absence. With all my energies focused on healing, I searched for light and breezy novels that would distract me. I was grateful for the bags of books dropped off by well-meaning friends but couldn’t get into any of the storylines. I found the philosophical books too intense and the comedic books unsatisfying.

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This entry was posted on August 10, 2015. 1 Comment