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Noelle Granger

So I visited Noelle’s lovely and interesting blog and in About, she sounded intriguing and like a kindred soul. She also mentioned that you could google her to find out more about her career in academia, and coming from a “sister field” myself, I did. Google her, that is. And this is what I found. A life well-lived. Namaste, Noelle, namaste.

http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/books/article12479504.html

Oh, the part about Noelle greeting her daughter with, “Play dead for me?” was hilarious!  It may not sound like the typical motherly greeting, but Noelle is not your typical mother. 🙂

 

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This entry was posted on August 27, 2016. 2 Comments

How NOT to write #Dystopian #BookReview ARGENTERRA by @DonnaMHanson #TuesdayBookBlog

Ms Barb hits it out of the park–as usual!

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Public service announcement to authors: Why I will probably reject your review request for your latest YA Dystopian masterpiece:

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With The Hunger Games as the trope definer, YA-dystopian books/films/fanfic/you-name-it owns its own genre. Since I’m going to turn down most of your review requests anyway, it might be useful to list a few guidelines that will save time for both of us.

So, dear review-requesters, if your heroine’s actions include three or more of the following (or number 9), I will be sending your book back with a suggestion that there might be other twelve-year-olds reviewers out there without a life of their own better suited to slogging through the 100-thousand words of your story only to find a f**king cliffhanger at the end reviewing your book. **(Unless I really like it, or it has a cute dog, or were-badgers. Definitely taking all the ones with were-badgers.)

Does…

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This entry was posted on August 23, 2016. 2 Comments

The Dark Side of FINDING NEVERLAND

Interesting piece!

Blackwood's Magazine

Everyone knows Peter Pan. Everyone loves him. So everyone loves J.M. Barrie, too.

But the true story behind the book is much darker than you may imagine. The poignant film Finding Neverland popularized Barrie’s friendship with the Llewelyn-Davies family, examining the powerful relationships that brought Peter Pan into existence. Johnny Depp portrayed Barrie wonderfully, and Kate Winslet made a perfect Sylvia Llewelyn-Davies.

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Barrie was a constant companion to Sylvia and her boys, despite the fact that both he and Sylvia were married to other people. Some people have argued that Barrie was a pedophile, to explain his close relationship with the Llewelyn-Davies boys – a nasty accusation, as there were no grounds for it.

Nico Llewelyn-Davies stated that Barrie NEVER behaved inappropriately. He said, “I don’t believe that Uncle Jim ever experienced what one might call a ‘stirring in the undergrowth’ for anyone – man, woman or child. He was…

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When children complain show them this…

Visit the Ape’s site and enjoy the stories of how our commonly-used phraes were born!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Whoever said history was boring

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“They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot. Once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery.
If you had to do this to survive, you were ‘piss poor.’
But worse than that were the really poor folks who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot. They ‘didn’t have a pot to piss in’ and were considered the lowest of the low.”

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“Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.
However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.
Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.”

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“Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.
The man of the house had the privilege of the…

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This entry was posted on August 14, 2016. 1 Comment

Zoe, Art Critic (Sort Of)…

Gotta do it…..

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Zoe, Art Critic (Sort Of)

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Greetings to all my friends of the feline, canine, and humanine persuasion. As most of you know and others will now learn, I usually write about my own adventures. Sometimes I slip in a little something about my human, but mostly, my stories are about moi. However, this story is about my human. Still, it is MY adventure, too, and I hope you will enjoy my perspective on this subject. Which is art . . . sort of.

My name is Zoe. I’m a Fabulous Feline who lives with a human named Emily, who fancies herself an artist. Of sorts. This is a story about her latest creation, which was inspired by a photo taken of an abandoned railroad track by a lake, under a starry night, way up there somewhere in Maine. I’ve seen the photo and it is beautiful! Her rendition of it?…

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This entry was posted on August 9, 2016. 1 Comment

Closed for business: Two big things that could penalize your Amazon author account (and how to prevent them)

Great insight, the details are valuable for everyone.

Make no mistake. If you have heard me speak before almost anywhere or read anything I have to say about writing, I emphasize one thing above all else:

“You can be as artsy as you want to be while you are writing your book, but once it is finished, it is a product. A product you must distribute and market in order for it to sell.”

There’s another part to this reality of writing as a business: the number one distributor of ebooks remains Amazon, and for most authors about 80% of their sales would disappear, should the online giant refuse to sell their work. Discoverability on Amazon is the number one trick authors, publishers, and book marketers are trying to crack. Of course, if it works on Amazon, the same method will likely increase sales on iBooks and Nook as well, provided an author even offers their books for…

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