Short Story/Serial Monday – Memories of Rachel – Part 1

Don Massenzio started a new series. This sounds very intriguing!

Author Don Massenzio

It’s so funny how things happen. Last week, I wrapped up a long serial and convinced myself that I was going to write a couple of short stories before I dove headfirst into another serial.

To paraphrase, writers plan and muses laugh. This story had been rattling around in my head for a while. I read Dan Brown’s latest book, Origin, recently and it dabbles with artificial intelligence and somewhat predicts future fusion of humans and technology.

I decided to take that idea and go in a different direction. This story has a basis in something that I actually witnessed in real life. We have an acquaintance that became pregnant with a child and was then diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. She made the selfless decision to forego treatment so she could deliver a healthy child. As a result, she was debilitated by the cancer and…

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..a thought or three on Gaeldom… the people, the community, the music, the essence of the Celt…

Read about Master Seumas’ roots.
Thank you so much, Seumas Gallacher for sharing this post with us. It’s amazing that ever so often I feel like I get to know you a tiny bit better.

Seumas Gallacher

…as many of yeez are prob’ly aware by now, Master Gallacher was born and bred in the slums of Docklands Govan in Glasgow, and I write that with no chip on my shoulder, nor stupidly inverted pride at having come from a comparatively humble background that gave the world so many terrific Glaswegians, including Sir Alex Ferguson (he and I were born in the same street in the same era in what now seems like a thousand years ago)… therefore, I have no inclination to discard one iota of my roots and upbringing, but the life-changing move came when, as callow lad of barely fifteen years, I was transferred to work in a bank as a Trainee Master of the Financial Universe in Tobermory on the beautiful Isle of Mull in the Scottish Hebrides… the transformation was due in no small part to the immersion in the Celtic environment and…

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Book Sale for Closer

This is phenomenal!! F. E. Feeley jr.’s new book “CLOSER” is available. I read his other books – and I’m soooo going to get this one!! He’s a great author.

F.E.Feeley Jr

Available in Ebook and Paperback. Audio coming soon!
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“An incredibly well-devised page turner. “
“If you like your love stories with a supernatural element, you should like this one.”
My new novel, Closer, is on sale for 3.00 at Smashwords. Follow this link and the code is RAE50 before you check out.

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Character Building: How Story Forges, Refines, and Defines Characters – written by Kristen Lamb

Kristen Lamb teaches us about Character building. Thanks so much for this lesson, Kristen. I’m still working on that.


I put in a lot of work and study when it comes to honing my writing skills. This means I’m always searching for ways to become a stronger author and craft teacher. Want to get better at anything? Look to those who are the best at what they do and pay close attention.

This said, wanting to deepen my understanding of drama, I enrolled in David Mamet’s on-line course for Dramatic Writing (which has been superlative). In one of the lessons, Mamet said something that challenged my thinking regarding characters.

I won’t directly relay what his assertion was because it’s very much a class worth taking, and I’d hate to spoil it for anyone. Regardless, his commentary regarding character creation made me extremely uncomfortable.

At first, I balked. Big time. Challenging ideas do that.

I thought, Yes, well Mamet’s referring to stage and screen. With written fiction we have narrative. Actors don’t possess this.

Which IS true, yet Mamet’s unconventional opinion stopped me long enough to give his angle some serious consideration. Did his assessment relate to our sort of fiction?

Craft Crossover?

Written form stories hold some major advantages, the largest of those being internal narration. The audience knows what’s going on in the head of the character (or can believe they know).

On stage or screen, it’s up to the actors’ abilities to accurately portray the internal, which is a tough order. It’s also why if a book is made into a movie, watch the movie first.


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Blogging Tools That Really Support You And Your Blog [Blogging]

Check out this post from Rachel Poli. She tells you what tools you need to become and stay a successful blogger. Thank you Rachel.

Rachel Poli

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One thing I never knew about blogging when I first started was how time-consuming and how much hard work needed to be put into it.

When you first start blogging, you pretty much start off with nothing. It’s just you, your computer, and WordPress. You don’t know what to write about, you don’t even seem to have anyone listening. Not right away, at least.

You don’t need anything to start blogging. All you need is a few ideas and your will to get started and continue.

Still, the more you blog, the more you connect with other bloggers, and the more you research, you learn a lot. You realize there’s a lot out there to aid in your blogging.

Is it…

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