Adding An Alien To The Story

From a very young age, I have been fascinated by owls. I love owls, as do many other people I meet. According to psychologists, these birds are sympathetic to us for having an ‘almost human face.’ Let’s see if they’re right:

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And this isn’t a hint that Johnny Depp looks like an owl. I just picked someone most of us know. Two eyes, a nose, and a mustache. Compared to other birds owls have both eyes on the front of their head instead of the side. But this isn’t the subject of this blog post.

As I said, I’m fascinated by owls. There are many mysterious facts about them:

  • An owls’ eyes are immobile; they cannot ‘roll their eyes’ or move the eyeballs. They can focus on pray. But then, they can turn their heads about 270 degrees.
  • Their ears are asymmetric; one ear sits higher on the head than the other. Since they have excellent hearing, this way they can hear sound in different dimensions.
  • Lager owls eat small ones. And an owl can eat up to 1,000 mice a year. They swallow them entirely: tail, fur, feet – everything. Later they choke up what their body can’t digest. Occasionally these pellets can be found on the ground in the woods.
  • The smallest owl on Earth is the Elf Owl, which is 5 – 6 inches tall and weighs about 1 ½ ounces. The largest North American owl, in appearance, is the Great Gray Owl, which is up to 32 inches tall.
  • Superstitious people in certain parts of the world still believe owls are death omens. In wide parts of Europe owls have been killed by the hundreds because, in particular, farmers believed, owls are a bad sign of destruction. Until in the early 70’s these stupid people nailed owls to their sheds with their wings spread and left them to hang to die and believed this way they could protect their crop, animals, and house from disaster, accident and natural force.
  • For a very long time, owls have been a symbol of scholarliness and wisdom. It seems the origin of this habit goes back to the Ancient Greeks: In Greek mythology, a little owl (Athene noctua) traditionally represents or accompanies Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom, or Minerva, her syncretic incarnation in Roman mythology.[1] Because of such association, the bird — often referred to as the “owl of Athena” or the “owl of Minerva” — has been used as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, perspicacity and erudition throughout the Western world.[2][3] (Source Wikipedia)

To me, they have a trace of magic about them.

The series of books I am currently writing is classified between paranormal romance and fantasy, and there is some magic involved. For a while now I have considered adding an owl to one of the stories. But I cannot place it.

No matter how much I think and try, no matter how fascinated I am by owls, that particular owl has no room in these books. It would feel like an alien within those stories. I even considered to build a story around the owl to add it, but it doesn’t make sense at all. It seems owls are not foreseen to be in this book series.

I then thought I might write another story about an owl. But I admit, I didn’t see a plot that does not make a children’s book. At this point, I never considered writing a children’s book. So, what am I doing with my owl?

Does anyone have an idea? And did anyone of you authors out there have an idea for a character and found out that it doesn’t fit into the book you’re writing? What did you do? How did it make you feel? I’d be happy to read from you in my comments.

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15 Thoughts Every Writer Has When They Aren’t Writing

On DSM Publishing I found a link to this blog post, written by Michael Cristiano on ‘A Writer’s Path’. Thanks Michael. I’m convinced many of us have exactly the same thoughts. (or at least most of the ones on your list.)

A Writer's Path

by Michael Cristiano

Not being able to write is a sad fact of life for a writer. There’s laundry to do, there’s food to cook, there’s sleep to be had. Worse, I have this pesky illness that eats up a lot of my time. I toil day in and day out to keep it at bay and under control. Sometimes, it creeps into my evenings, just when I think I’ve escaped. Worse, the horror of it all often keeps me awake at night and the dread fills my dreams with terror and sadness.

Oh, I’m not sick… I have a 9-to-5 job.

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Operation F.E.C.A.L: New Publishing & The High Cost of FREE – Written By Kristen Lamb

 

FREE! For the love of all that is chocolate, free us from FREE! *takes soothing breath* I’ve been blogging for over ten years, a witness to the terrifying and extraordinary changes in publishing.

Initially, I was NO fan of self-publishing because entropy is alive and well…even with books. I knew once we opened Pandora’s Publishing, there would be no turning back.

Sometimes I really hate being right.

Amazon (and others) weaponized on-line shopping and launched us into an age of FREE, EASY, CHEAP, ACCESSIBLE and LEGAL.

Or, as I like to call it—Operation F.E.C.A.L.

Amazon wanted to implode traditional publishing. Their goal was to dominate on-line retail and raze the big-box model in order to make room for new brick-and-mortar Amazon stores (smaller and smart-stocked using algorithms). What better way to obliterate publishing than by handing out author participation trophies?

Yet, there have been plenty of consequences. Namely, LOTS of F.E.C.A.L. material out there.

A lot. *swats flies away*

It began innocently enough…

To continue reading the entire article click here:

https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/06/free-publishing-bad-books/

How to Build a Landing Page that Markets you as an Author

Ted of iceCube Marketing guest posted on Nicholas Rossis’ blog on how to build a landing page that markets you as an author. A great post to re-blog. Thank you Ted and Nicholas!

Nicholas C. Rossis

Ted | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookThis is a guest post and infographic by Ted of iceCube Marketing, a digital marketing agency in Singapore that helps local small businesses acquire leads from channels such as Facebook and Google. It offers a wonderful examination of what a successful author home page may consist of and can even serve as a great checklist for you when you design a new one or update yours.

How to Build a Landing Page that Markets you as an Author

Title

The title of your landing page is important. It serves as a hook to grab visitors’ attention. It also gives them a reason to look deeper into your website. The title of your landing page may or may not be the same as that of a book. Either, have a title that is benefit-driven and arouses curiosity.

Your First Impression

The first thing visitors should see is an image. The image…

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Be smart, and avoid my mistake

Jean M. Cogdell recommends to make sure which WordPress plan is good for us and our work. Thank God I can re-blog her post now. Thanks a lot for the advice Jean!

Jean's Writing

Just before I went on a three-week holiday, I thought I’d change my plan with WordPress.

Big mistake.Bitmoji Image Jean Cogdell - Regrets

With three weeks of sporadic internet service, I was unable to check-in with my blog on a regular basis. But on one of the few days I was able to connect, my favorite ape let me know the Reblog & Press This buttons had vanished from my blog. Thanks Chris!

Holy crap!

Now that I’m back home and done a little research, I discovered those buttons aren’t part of the plan I’d selected. Seems that WP assumes if you are a business blog, readers will not be interested in sharing your posts.

How to know which WordPress plan is right for you

Price and info on WordPress Blog plans

When the new GDPR requirements came out, I thought upgrading to Business Plan would avail me of more automated information for my readers. Wrong!

I don’t know about you, but complying to…

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…my life gives me writing… my writing gives me life…

Read what Seumas Gallacher has to say about writers and life.

Seumas Gallacher

…this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler has come to understand that being of a certain age does not necessarily bring enhanced wisdom… indeed, all too often, it highlights remarkable nuttiness… but it can breed the indulgence of pockets of awareness of some self-spun truths… my introverted philosophies can creep out of what remains of the wee grey cells at any time… and I confess, I do enjoy these interludes… one such minor epiphany struck me today… that my life gives me writing… my writing gives me life… my career, travels, experiences, and relationships, spanning more than five decades and four continents, have more than amply filled the mem’ry bank with material for a hundred-fold of the books I’ve written so far… my fiction, as with that of most authors I know, is an amalgam of all I have seen, heard and felt, mixed with a sum’times over-imaginative brain… but it cannot…

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My Mirror, My Face and I

Dear face,

After all these years of our cooperation, I thought I’d send you a letter. Just in case you’re asking yourself what the reason for this outpour is, there are several.

First, I’d like to say that I know it wasn’t always easy with me. Sometimes I have wanton neglected you, provided you with too much sun, too much snow or salt water. I let you experience dirt, mud, heat, ice, height, wind and air that cold, you nearly froze. I withheld the cream you needed, the humidity and once in a rare while, I paved you with makeup.

We both have come a long way together, and you went through so much with me, I felt I owe you an apology.

It’s time to realize; we’re facing the time when we aren’t silky and smooth anymore.

I discovered one thing today: you provided me with laugh lines. Nobody knows better that I love to smile and it shows. Thank you for them!

You don’t make me look grumpy and old – you make me look radiant, no matter what I put you through.

And I promise you something: no matter how deep these laugh lines get: I will never try to hide them by filling them with powder. There’s no reason. You show my humor. This bone flour is nothing but an agricultural damage.

You and I will be together for another very long time, and my laugh lines will get deeper. Maybe gravity will kick in. (Believe me, you’re not alone; the rest of the body is in that process too.)

But no matter what we’re going to face together, I hope we’ll never be losing our smile, our laughter, the sparkles in our eyes and our laugh lines.

I know I wasn’t always happy with you. But I figure, all in all, I could have gotten it worse.
I want to say thank you for going all the way with me – and I wish us both good luck for the future.

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(Copyright: Aurora Jean Alexander, June 2017)

Published before: June 14, 2017 on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’

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Author Spotlight Gilda Evans

Welcome Gilda Evans!

1. When did you start writing?

I’ve written my whole life – it’s always been a very natural form of expression for me. I remember winning my first writing contest for poetry when I was nine years old.

2. What motivates you to write?

It can be any number of things. Usually the more passionate I feel about a particular subject, whether fiction or non-fiction, the more easily the writing flows. In the case of my upcoming book, S’LIFE, Slices of Life for Teens, I was motivated by the need for and dearth of this type material I perceived for my target age group of 13-17 year olds. I wanted to create a comprehensive and vetted resource for teens that addresses many of the salient issues they face every day in a way that would keep my audience engaged and inspired.

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I write both fiction and non-fiction. My interest in children’s relationships, particularly those between teens and their peers and parents, began years ago when I associate produced a television documentary titled, What Are We Doing to Our Children? S’LIFE, Slices of Life for Teens was created to facilitate and improve communication among teens, and between teens and their parents and educators. I believe that the no-nonsense style the book is written in appeals to teens because it was developed with teens’ involvement, instead of authoritatively isolating and alienating them.

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

Whether it helps someone gain a new perspective and insight about themselves or life in general, or simply gives them a needed, enjoyable break from their daily routine, my goal is that my writing be a source of inspiration and entertainment.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Of course! Any writer who says that it never happens isn’t being honest. The most effective method I’ve found to get beyond it when it occurs is to have a change of scenery. Usually getting out into nature to clear my head is the best.

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

It sounds cliché, but just keep writing! Focus on what you know or things that inspire you and create a fire inside that just won’t go out unless you get it down on paper or into a computer file!

7. Please, tell us about your work.

S’LIFE, Slices of Life for Teens is a concise, accessible and humorous book covering just about every major topic of concern in a teen’s life. It gently, yet boldly guides the reader through the various issues and scenarios in an educational and inspirational manner. It is written in a format that speaks with both the adult and teen voices to the teen and parent reader alike. This book’s appeal is universal and it teaches its audience to approach their challenges in a realistic, positive and constructive way. It is also intended to facilitate and improve communication among teens, and between teens and their parents and educators. It is unique in its format and approach, as it incorporates feedback from clinical psychologists, academicians from the field of education and the target teen audience itself. When finished, the reader will feel energized, enthusiastic and far more insightful about growing up on one hand, raising a teen on the other and life in general on both sides. Not only will they want to read and refer to this book time and again, but they will also look forward to the other books that follow in the series.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


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