3rd Halloween Poem Contest – And The Winners Are…

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The jury has decided!

Today I’m writing representing the Jury of the 3rd Halloween Poem Contest 2017.

The winners of the contest are:

Chris Graham with “The first Halloween”
Martha Sullivan with “Bless wise old women”
Eva D. R. Force with “Halloween Offerings”

(The winners are listed in order of their submissions)

Thank you so much for your amazing poems, winners! You will get an email today.

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Our three winners of the contest can choose one of the offered e-books.

 

  1. E-Book of either “Three For All” OR “Four One Night” written by Kitt Crescendo
  2. E-book of either one of the three “My Gentle War,“ “The Catalyst,“ OR “Where Angels And Devils Tread,“ written by Joy Lennick
  3. E-book of “The Dark Side Of A Promise,“ written by Allan F. Hudson

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

 

It was a difficult decision for the jury. But we had a lot of fun and wanted to thank all poets for their wonderful poems.

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Thank you, Kitt Crescendo and Joy Lennick for their jury work and offering one of their books to the winners – and of course to Allan F. Hudson who offered his book to pick from as well. I appreciate your help and support!

 

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My Writing Progress – 4

In my last ‘Writing Progress’ post, I wrote about finishing the draft of my second book in the series which I just had drafted by then. In the meantime, I had typed it in, edited it and sent it to my editor. It, in fact, turned out to be a novel, not a novella, like the other two books, number one and three in the series.

Shortly before I went on vacation, I had finished drafting the fourth book in the series. I posted this in my newsletter, and I’m still very proud of it.

I took the fifth and sixth book of the series with me on vacation. I had started both but wasn’t too far yet. But my friend’s backyard and pool were extremely calming and relaxing and tickled my fantasy. It’s November, and even though I’m not a participant in the NaNoWriMo, I still finished the fifth book of the series and continued the sixth one.

I’m very surprised, but then I shouldn’t be. I love writing this series and create these characters in each book and meet the existing ones again is such an adventure for me.

I hope very much you will meet some of them soon.

At this point, I do feel a bit worried about my editor being ‘overflowed’ with my manuscripts. And I have to type in two more novellas as quickly as possible.

Wish me luck.

 

 

 

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The Joy And Burden Of Traveling

I’m back… I know, besides the submitted poems on the Halloween contest, you haven’t heard from me much during the past couple weeks. I have been traveling. My stay in California was a dream come true, once again! Everything went smoothly and as planned. I met friends, writers, nice people, a cute cop I’ve never seen before and had a few meetings. And of course I was writing – and writing – and writing!

The trip to my destination and back this time was a dream too – but more a nightmare.

 

Booking my flight on my miles:

For years now I am collecting miles with two different airlines: American Airlines and United. So far so good.

Now: Airlines don’t like it too much when you don’t upgrade your miles but use them demanding a full round trip. Usually, outside vacation time (summer and holidays), there’s barely more than one seat available for people who don’t want to pay their trip (like me). That means in clear words: You cannot pick your trip and the flights – you have to grab what they offer.

This time to me this meant: changing the plane twice on my way to California, running like an Olympic sprinter through JFK and enjoying a layover on the way back. What an adventure! In particular when you see four different airports on one trip, and you’re treated like a terrorist on two of them.

 

Security:

Before I boarded the first plane, I was taken out, almost secretly, by a security guard at the gate. They hid me behind a few privacy shields and started to ‘take apart’ my purse and carry on. I usually don’t pack a full mini-suitcase as a carry-on. After all, I’m traveling to a place where I can buy what I need in case my suitcase gets lost. But I got a few necessary things with me. They opened it all up, removed things, stuffed them back in and scanned everything with some device that is supposed to display traces of explosives.

I wasn’t particularly scared since I don’t keep explosives in my fridge on a regular basis… (and yes, this does sound a bit sarcastic). From what I hear one can mix vinegar and baking powder, and it explodes… but let’s be serious here: This is a security step I accept, understand and serves my safety as much as everyone else’s on this plane.

Just when they called some woman who brushed my hair with gloved hands, I got slight problems. I have an aversion to being touched by someone I don’t know. I accept it is somewhat necessary at times, but this was not one of them. Well, after that I was ready for boarding.

The first flight was okay, so was the second. Okay – but not more. But I’ll get to that later since it has to do with the state of the aircrafts itself.

After that second flight, I was sitting and walking around for a bit. Then the airline employees started the boarding. I was in one of the two last groups to board when the boarding pass I held alarmed… They took me out and shoved me towards the security gate where they ran the next ‘terrorist’ scan… As I said, usually I don’t mind. It’s for every traveler’s benefit – what stressed me out was the freaking lousy timing!! We are talking about a full scan of me and my bags, barely 10 minutes before the door closed, even though I had been waiting for over 2 hours at the gate before!

I’m normally a quite cool headed person and not easy to annoy or stress… but this time it hit me. I had been planning this trip for months, and now I was about to miss my flight, even though I had done everything right.

The security personnel was nice and hurried up; an airline employee waited with my boarding pass, and we all were in a rush. At the end, of course, it was clear I wasn’t carrying any explosives and never had, and we ran back to the gate. About thirty steps away from the door I started hyperventilating… they, in fact, had waited… the employees were talking like crazy by radio and when they saw I was about to collapse they ran towards us… one grabbed my bags, the other two half shoved and half carried me towards the plane. By the time I stumbled through the door two third of the plane could hear my rattling breath and I felt dizzy – and pissed.

I have to say I was treated nicely during the flight and finally calmed down again… I was on my way to California. Still, a terrorist scan on me – twice?? I secretly eyed the other passengers during the flight – and there were a few I would have considered by far more suspicious than me! Random – my ass.

 

Trip back:

I normally pack very deliberately. But this time I figure my common sense was already on vacation. I forgot, on the way back it would be quite cold in NY, which I felt. I was freezing my butt off. A layover at JFK is a slight adventure – but arriving at Midnight has its advantages. I never saw JFK this dead. I suspected they had the airport closed down. But of course, it was only my impression. I was picked up by the shuttle, taken to the hotel and the next day taken back to the airport. All was fine.

Except for one thing:

American Airlines has spent a hell lot of money to re-paint their old ‘shakers’ but forgot that it would make more sense to buy a few new planes for their fleet. Hell, I sat in the same planes I flew already over 25 years ago. None of the planes had a personal entertainment system in their seats. The carpets in the plane are old and stale, their seats are worn out and uncomfortable, their leg room barely enough for a twelve-year-old kid… everything is shabby, and even though the flight attendants do whatever they can to keep the plane clean, they can’t do magic.

I worked during the flight and wasn’t doing well… I still appreciate very much how two flight attendants realized the emotional state I was in and took very good and considerate care of me! Thank you for that. But this doesn’t make the airplane more comfortable.

I have to say, in all these years, American Airline very rarely has messed up with their service onboard. Kudos for that! In one thing American Airlines was doing okay: They had Onboard Internet, too bad they hadn’t found out yet how to keep it up. It disconnected in almost perfect regularity. Maybe in newer aircrafts, this would improve?

The flight was half empty, and I had two seats to myself. (means, in this case, two uncomfortable seats I could choose from) – but I also had two flight attendants who did more than was probably in their job description!

Despite the terrorist scans and the lousy time management I very much enjoyed my stay in California! Will I use my miles again to book a full round trip? – YOU BET! 😀

 

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How to Tailor Your Resume — Tips for Writers

Nicholas Rossis with an interesting and helpful post about writer’s resumes. Thank you, Nicholas!

 

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Victoria Sawtelle | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

This is the second part of a 3-part series dealing with alternative ways of making a living through writing. Victoria Sawtelle is a community manager at Uptowork – a career blog with +1.5 million monthly readers. I agreed to share this guest post because they have created an amazingly detailed guide on how to make a writer’s resume, with over 30 examples and detailed, step-by-step instructions. Uptowork has kindly agreed to offer my readers free access to their resume builder, so if anyone’s interested, use the free trial code ZgyI50xW.

How to Tailor Your Resume — Tips for Writers

Ghostwriting | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: rainbowriting.com

You’re a writer.

You’ve written copy for newsletters, popular guides for blogs, and insightful articles for news outlets.

You’ve rewritten more buzzword-loving execs you care to count.

Ghostwriting? Been there, done that.

Plus, there’s that novel you’re working on.

You can write it all—

But for an…

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The WordPress ‘Press This’ Sharing Button Is Back

It seems using the “Press This” button on WordPress has changed. Hugh explains us in a video how to use it now. Thanks for keeping us updated, Hugh!

Hugh's Views & News

It’s back! Yes, ‘Press This’ is back, but it’s different to what it used to look like.

#bloggingtips #blogging #PressThis #WordPress

Check out my video, and I’ll show you what’s different.

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Breaking Big: How to Impress Big Five Publishers – written by Kristen Lamb

Kristen Lamb writes about how to impress the BIG FIVE. Definitely worth reading! Her knowledge of the writing world and impressive blog posts and her willingness to share with us newbies is admirable. Thank you, Kristen!

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The BIG FIVE Publishers sing a siren’s song irresistible to most writers. Granted, in the New Publishing World we now have multiple publishing options, numerous paths to take us to our goal (whatever that goal may be).

Self-publishing, indie, small press, blog-to-book, and legacy press. I’ve worked hard for my slice of success, but I’m not so “evolved” I’ve eschewed all desire to earn my own spot as a Random-Penguin .

Big Five Fever

All publishing paths hold advantages and disadvantages, yet nothing can beguile us like the Simon & Schuster sparkle, hypnotize us as much as the Macmillan mystique.

Big Five Publishers are the sun that burns through our ennui, revealing a mere glimpse of the literary summit. Gives us a fever burning so hot, we forget all about those manuscripts that tried and died. Ignore the frozen, forgotten dead we’ll have to climb over on the way up.

A delirious insanity propels us toward the top, no matter how much we bleed. Big Five Publishers are the K-2 for the high-achieving (okay Type A) author.

Author does start with A. It’s a sign .

 

Read the entire blog post here:

 

http://authorkristenlamb.com/2017/11/bigfivepublishers/

…being a self-publishing author… a ‘stigma’ I’ll gladly live with…

I love how author Seumas Gallacher describes his feelings on how to be a self-published author. In his eyes this isn’t necessary a “stigma”, it’s a blessing. Thank you Seumas. There is a reason why you’re loved around the world!

Seumas Gallacher

…it has been ten years, almost to the day, when this ol’ Scots Jurassic decided it was just ‘time to write that novel we all have in us’… what started as a personal ‘bucket list’ item evolved into an amazing scribbler’s journey, which sustains its magic for me to this day… I trudged the newbie author’s familiar road to literary destiny as so many, many others before me… letters to prospective agents and publishing houses… rejections by the sheaf-load… the first novel tentatively prodded onto Auntie Amazon Kindle… followed by the second, the third, and now #6 is Work-in-Progress… the realisation that the SOSYAL NETWURKS held the key to reaching out to a potential global readership… the building of a blog following… the learning curves (plural!) of proofreading, cover art, editing, pricing mechanisms… discovering various distribution channels… add in the continual scourge of piracy that criminally robs we…

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