Ain’t That The Truth?

 

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When I read this quote, I thought back to my life and was surprised I found nearly everything I thought “happened to me” that was painful, devastating, hard to take or heartbreaking (at least when it came to relationships) I had to go through all this to walk on a different path.
Most situations I was in, which I thought made me happy, were only a short illusion and neither one of them was good.

Now, each one of us, I think, has a different way to think “who” did change my/his/her situation. Some might think, it was ‘Karma,’ some may think it was, what it was, some may think, our life follows a certain path, and some others, including me, might think, God decided to show me a better direction.

One of my best friends once told me several times already: “God might have other plans with you.” And I think she’s right. However, it seems He’s quite busy keeping me on the path He has designed for me. My sense of orientation must be extremely lousy when He had to lead me back to the road ever so often.

I’m curious when I need to be saved the next time. But how do I know I’m going in the wrong direction, or I’m walking off the path that was created for me? Is this the ‘sense of life’ everybody speaks about? To know when to walk in the right direction, the one that takes you where you need to go? The one path that takes you directly to the Stairway to Heaven?

I sometimes wonder, what the future holds for me. But then: If we knew it ahead: Wouldn’t life be boring?


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Charles Rozell “Chuck” Swindoll (born October 18, 1934) is an evangelical Christian pastor, author, educator, and radio preacher. He founded Insight for Living, headquartered in Frisco, Texas, which airs a radio program of the same name on more than 2,000 stations around the world in 15 languages. He is currently senior pastor at Stonebriar Community Church, in Frisco, Texas.  (source: Wikipedia.com)

A Colorful Metamorphosis – A Riddle


When I am born in a small egg

I have neither head nor have I leg.

All I am once I am hatched

is an eating machine well matched.

**

All I’m then is stomach and mouth

I’m eating through meals from North through South.

growing, growing is my goal

I’m a worm with no heart, nor have I soul.

**

But even then I’m out of norm

I have different colors, skin or form.

I come in all different, wormy sorts

just eating to us, is life and sports.

**

After I have reached my size

the next stage of life, it is my prize.

A time of silence it is, and peace

a time to change and still to cease.

**

For quite some time I am a shell

‘pupa’ called, it’s hidden well.

Every cell of mine is turning me

into something else, you soon will see.

**

The last and most important stage

is of an adult, out of that cage.

A second time it’s time to hatch

my former ‘me’s’ well to dispatch.

**

This time, no doubt, I first will be

a trembling ‘newborn’, delicate and free.

This time I’m beautiful with wings to fly.

I figure you guessed – now I am a butterfly.

*****

(Copyright: Aurora Jean Alexander, August 2018)

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Authors are not Gurus – Guest Post By Merlin Fraser

One of the problems of becoming a published writer is that people start to think that you have some sort of sage like wisdom that you can magically impart to all who ask.

If only, the Social Media world of Facebook and LinkedIn is littered with all sorts of would be Gurus and their disciples spouting the word and dispensing all sorts of wise words and advice to the uninitiated. Hey ! Don’t get me wrong there are some great people on LinkedIn that are indeed a great source of ‘Writing’ wisdom but most of the rest deal in encouragement and confidence boosting.

Like a lot of writers I get invites to talk to writers groups, of course they don’t want to hear me talk what they really want is for them to take it in turns to read something to me for an instant critique, which again is not something they really want to hear, especially the truth.

Therefore, what I do instead is set myself up as one of them, someone with perhaps more experience in where I’ve been, how I got where I am, the mistakes and pitfall to avoid and so on. What I prefer is a straight question and answer session, and the most popular questions are variations about story plotlines, or how to create characters and make them believable?

Of course, here I’m talking fictional stories, and depending upon the chosen genre it is essential to start the story with something that will hook the reader immediately and then flow in a believable way from there. This is where the creation of the of the characters who are going to bring your story to life comes in.

I have read many great stories that should have pulled my emotions every which way but failed because the characters were poorly created or unbelievable in the role. Whether you realise it or not reading a book is a flat 2D world and it is up to us as writers to turn our story into 3D in the mind and imagination of the reader.

We need the reader to get involved with the story and we achieve this through the characters we create. So decide early what emotions you want from the reader towards each of the main characters. Of course, here is also the place for creating deception in the story by making the reader dislike a character that may later turn out to be the hero or vice versa.

Our characters must, at all times, remain in character, unless in the story they temporarily step out of charter for a reason, but make that reason clear or you run the risk of the reader being side tracked into thinking “so and so wouldn’t do or say that”.

The emotions we create for our characters, in any situation, only come alive if we can also induce them into the reader, we want them to smile or laugh with the character, feel sorrow and pain and yes, even cry real tears with them.

So, where do we find the inspiration to create our characters ? Please do not be tempted to use real people, like family members, friends or acquaintances, remember they might one day read your work and may be less than flattered at your portrayal.

In my Inner Space, Nick Burton Murder Mystery stories I have been told that my characters feel genuinely real, and of course, in many ways they are and hopefully when you meet them they are people you want to know and take an interest in what happens to them. But No; I am not Nick Burton, although I have been told that he and I do share many annoying similarities and one or two better bits.

However, most of the key characters are created out of bits and pieces of real people from my past and of course, but I create their physical appearance to suit the part they have to play. In this instance, the most important piece you take from real people is knowing how they would react to any given situation.

We all know people who when faced with any new or difficult situation will stand well back saying, “Someone should do something” with no intention of ever being that someone.

Then again, I’m sure we also know someone who is first in, taking charge, dishing out instructions and so forth. So you get my drift, we all know a lot of people, from the very old, to the very young. From the very timid to the rash and bold, males as well as females, study them and use them all as required.

Of course, it also helps if you are someone like me, someone who in life has been around many blocks, had many opportunities to travel to far off places and mix with people outside your normal world. In addition, of course, you need to become a serious people watcher and something of a nosey bugger to boot.

Frequent busy places, train stations, airports, cafes and supermarkets are great places to people watch, sit there long enough and the whole world will pass before your eyes. Yet, listen as well as watch, some of my best character quotes, or misquotes have come from complete strangers passing though my life.

Next Question please.

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6 Types Of Conversations Your Characters Can Have – By Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli informs us about different conversations our characters can have. Thank you so much for this great post, Rachel.


Hellos & Goodbyes

This conversation is pretty straightforward. It’s an introduction or a see you later kind of conversation. Sometimes it’s quick, sometimes not. Sometimes it’s easy to say hi and bye and other times it’s hard for the characters. It’s a generic conversation but this can go in many different ways.

General

General conversations can be natural little quips here and there. It can be something as simple as two characters commenting on the weather. This kind of conversation can shed some light on the characters themselves as well as the setting and maybe some slight plot information.

To continue reading this article go to:

https://rachelpoli.com/2018/08/20/6-types-of-conversations-your-characters-can-have/

Kristen Lamb Talks Twitter

Kristen Lamb, one of my favorite authors, bloggers, teachers, and so much more, published two blog posts I want to share with you. Kristen talks about Twitter. I thought it might be interesting for all of us to read what she has to say:


8 Ways to Make People on Twitter Want to STAB US IN THE FACE

Twitter used to be my absolute FAVORITE social site. Sure, I had a Facebook account but the real fun was always on Twitter…especially once I created the #MyWANA community so all the writers could socialize.

We laughed, talked about all the stuff “normal people” don’t get, and even had parties—*fondly remembers Sharknado Party of 2013*. We supported each other and pushed one another to be better and keep pressing.

***W.A.N.A. stands for “We are not alone,” btw.

To continue reading this post go to:

https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/08/twitter-abuse-bad-branding/


How to Use Twitter to Connect with Fans & Build a POWERFUL Brand

Last post was some tongue-and-cheek fun pointing out how brands (particularly author brands) abuse Twitter. Today, I want to shift gears and chat some about how writers—actually ALL brands—can use Twitter far more effectively.

Currently, too many writers are like Stormtroopers—lots of shots fired tweets that hit NOTHING.

Admittedly, when I got on Twitter (practically when it was invented) I didn’t get it. I would—KID YOU NOT—freak out when people I didn’t know followed me.

WHAT? Are you, like, a stalker?

Yes, I was missing the ENTIRE point of Twitter. Hey, we all start somewhere.

To continue reading this post go to:

https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/08/twitter-build-powerful-brand/

5 Ways to Restart a Bad Day – Written By Bryn Donovan

Bryn Donovan gives us all ideas on how to handle a day that didn’t start too well. Thank you Bryn.


I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about how to restart a bad day. Because if you’re like me, sometimes you get a day that’s not going your way, and by lunchtime you’re thinking, “Ugh. Today is awful. Maybe tomorrow will be better.”

I know this is faulty thinking. Yes, a good night’s sleep can lead to a better frame of mind, and the dawn is a universal symbol for a fresh start.

But sometimes, I’m giving up on the present day too easily. A bad morning doesn’t mean the afternoon is a lost cause, and a bad day doesn’t mean I have to have a bad night.

I’ve done some thinking about how to make a bad day better…things that have helped me start the day over, even if morning is long past. Maybe some of these will help reboot your day, too.

To continue reading the article, please go to:

http://www.bryndonovan.com/2018/08/20/5-ways-to-restart-a-bad-day/

Navigating websites isn’t always smooth sailing – written by Julianne Rigali

The Authors Community Website provides us with a great blog post by Julianne Rigali about Websites and how to navigate them. It’s not always easy. Thank you Julianne!


Designing Your Navigation Menu

Before you start design on your website, the second thing to do: You should layout your navigation menu for website navigation. (Wondering about the first thing…that’s for an upcoming post…stay tuned.)

First, use a piece of paper, a blackboard, or a dry erase board.

Second, jot down what your website will offer your readers.

Will you have a blog?
An “about me” page?
A page with excerpts from your writings?
A bookshop page?
A photo gallery?
Are you a guest speaker?
Do you offer any services?
Will you have a Media/PR page?
Giving Back/Charity page?
Other

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Authors Community – Navigating Websites


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Author Spotlight – Jackie Goldman

Welcome!

1. When did you start writing?
I’ve always loved to write. People talk about the “runner’s high” and while I’m not a jogger, I understand what they mean. When I start to write and everything comes together, it feels like flying. I think it’s the closest thing to a supernatural experience I have ever had. It feels like magic.

For many years I wrote “secretly.” I don’t know why, but for some reason telling people that I wrote elicited a negative reaction, almost like a scoff. I often thought; if I told them I was into pottery or sewing they would probably express interest and say positive things. I don’t think all writers get this response but that has been my experience, so I just learned not to share this piece of information about myself.

2. What motivates you to write?
Writing for me goes in waves. I find the process of editing a written piece to be emotionally exhausting. Whereas the creative portion of writing an article or a story energizes me, editing drains me. I have to take a lot of breaks while I’m doing it, then a long break afterwards where I think I never want to go through that again. But then I start reading good books and just thinking and reflecting on the world and the people around me, and before I know it another idea is taking shape and the motivation to write it down is really more of a compulsion. I feel like I have to do it.

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?
It’s funny because my favorite genre to read is young adult fiction. I find that YA fiction feels like it comes from the heart, whereas a lot of the adult general fiction I pick up seems to come from the mind. There is often a self-consciousness to it – a palpable effort to impress – that jars me and prevents me from enjoying the book. But I can’t write YA fiction! I’ve tried, but even I recognize that it’s forced and unnatural sounding. When I go to write, the story that is there is women’s fiction. But I like to think I do write from the heart, in the style of YA fiction. Just the story itself is women’s fiction.

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
I recently discovered ghostwriting. I had a few health issues that necessitated working from home, and I knew writing was the only thing I could do, given my work history. I started my book “Beautiful Minds,” as a way of trying out this new form of writing and seeing if I could capture different people’s voices and perspectives. What I discovered is this whole new gorgeous creative world that I never really considered before. It was like discovering a hidden treasure. Real people’s stories, experiences and insights are just fascinating, and I enjoyed thinking about each person’s life journey and discovering the ‘hook’ in their characters and personalities that led them to the place they are in now. I think the experience of writing “Beautiful Minds” enriched me personally and professionally.

My goal for “Beautiful Minds” is to create successive volumes, which I would then like to submit to a publisher to create a hardcover coffee-table book. In terms of writing, I am in the process of editing a previously published book called “Flat Earth Theory.” The new book will be called “Betrayal,” and will be an expanded version of the original, with a graphic novel component. I also hope to continue ghostwriting, something I really love and feel I have a knack for.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
I wouldn’t say so…I never “push” myself to write. If a story isn’t there, it isn’t there. In my experience, you can’t manifest one out of thin air. When I’m between projects I journal and read. Sometimes journaling is painful because I force myself to write about ALL my experiences, even the bad ones, and I don’t cut myself any slack. But it’s good. Journaling takes me into that deep down place that good writing comes from.

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
In terms of learning the craft, I’d say you pick up a little something from everyone. Some teachers will really resonate with you, others less so. Read, write, take writing classes, and have an open heart. If you keep at it, eventually it will click. But check your ego at the door. In a metaphorical sense, make sure you are writing, not typing.

7. Please, tell us about your work.
“Beautiful Minds is a six chapter book. Each chapter reads like a short story written in the first person, from the subject’s perspective. I intended this book to be a bridge-building initiative for New York City, so all the subjects are New Yorkers. They tell their life stories and how living in New York shaped them and played into their journey. The book shows how diverse and interesting people’s lives are, and how all those different experiences imbued each of them with special insights and wisdom that they probably take for granted, but that the world would be enriched for, if we all understood. Writing the book was an effort to impart that understanding.

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


Short Bio:

Jackie Goldman is a writer and ghostwriter living in Brooklyn, New York. Her previous works include “Flat Earth Theory,” and “El Pombero.”


Connect with Jackie:

Website: https://www.ghostwriterjackiegoldman.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JackieGoldman7

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/goldman1459/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jackie.johnson.10236

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackie-goldman-432b36163/

Email: JackiegWrites4U@gmail.com


Jackie’s new book:

Beautiful Minds

An Unfortunate Change in Plans

A very sad announcement from Charles Yallowitz!

 

Legends of Windemere

So, this is a sticky because I want to make sure people see this.  Everything else is still below and I’m writing this with a heavy heart.

Due to financial issues and personal developments, this looks like it’s my last year of publishing.  I have to put my time and energy into something that brings in money with the hope that I can return.  Maybe I can release a book or two throughout the year, but I can’t guarantee it.  At best, I can do War of Nytefall: Lost in September and pray that I can get War of Nytefall: Rivalry out in December.  After that, I can’t make any promises.

My blogging is scheduled until end of October and I might not add much onto it.  I’ll do a Saturday update, try to keep up with a few friends, and make a post or two throughout the week once…

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