A Beautiful Little Flyer – A Riddle


We’re rarely noticed, but still, we’re there

silently, still beautiful, we roam the air.

We have room on your thumbnail we land

or we can be almost as big as a hand.

**

We exist in every country, all over the globe

and still, even if scientists did plenty to probe

humankind still doesn’t know us too well

that’s why I’m here for a few facts to tell.

**

Our babies are tiny and live often in water

up to three years where they eat and grow, and slaughter.

They go through transformation before they turn us

some kind of flyer, beautiful, exotic with a plus.

**

We come in all colors, big, medium, and small

with wide wings, and thin once, short, fat, or tall.

Some scientists have proven, we are about 7,000 sorts

others think, they’re about 2,000 shorts.

**

With 28,000 eyes, we can see 360 degrees

We can fly in sunshine, in rain, but not in its freeze.

We have double wings, which can make us last

up in the air – and up to 35 mph fast.

**

We have six legs and none of us is the same

other flyers compared to us, are kind of lame

We’re carnivores, believe it, in our kingdom we’re high!

I think you have guessed it – I am a dragonfly.

*****

(Copyright Aurora Jean Alexander, February 2021)

Picture courtesy of Pinterest.com

 

5 SELF-CARE SECRETS THAT MAKE ME A BETTER WRITER @ABIGAILYARDIMCI #AMWRITING – Written By Lucy Mitchell

Lucy Mitchell informs us with a post on her blog about five self-care secrets that make her a better writer. I find it a very interesting article and wanted to share it. Thank you, Lucy.


 

Have you been stuck at the literary coalface for sometime? Are you in need of writer self-care?

This fabulous guest post from author Abi Yardimci is for you.

If you’ve not checked out Abi’s books than I strongly suggest you do. Her books are funny, enchanting and carry several inspirational life lessons.

Over to you, Abi.

Five Self-Care Secrets That Make me a Better Writer . . .

Anyone who knows me will tell you that they have heard me bang on about the importance of self-care on many occasions.

It only took me forty-two years to reach the conclusion that without self-care we simply cannot be what we need to be in the world. Whether that’s a friend, a lover, a parent, a sibling, a dreamer, a go-getter, a tea-drinker, a Doritos-devourer or all of the above, without caring for ourselves even a teensy bit, none of those things will have much longevity.

(And let’s face it, who doesn’t want longevity when it comes to Doritos?)

I won’t bore you with the many, many self-care strategies I have developed over the years. There are too many of them to count now. And it’s different strokes for different folks, isn’t it? One person’s scented candle collection is another person’s hell on earth.

I’m not here to tell you how to spend your precious time but I would definitely promote the avid noticing of where one gets one’s thrills. If it makes you feel good then it could improve EVERYTHING if you make it a priority. No guilt. No excuses. Just do it.

And I’m living proof. It wasn’t until I started taking notice of what made my soul sing that I started doing what I’ve always secretly wanted to do: write.

So here are my top five self-care secrets that I know, from years of experimenting, make me a better writer (and a better person too):

CONTINUE READING HERE

 

5 Ways To Avoid Info-Dumping – Written By K. M. Allan

K. M. Allan writes a phenomenal post about authors and info-dumping. Read about it on her blog. Thanks a lot for your advice, K. M. Allan.


When you become a writer, one of the “rules” you’re advised to learn is to avoid info-dumping.

If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s when the writer bombards the reader with everything they think they should know—all at once.

While you might think there’s no way you do that, info-dumping is an easy trap to fall into. It’s one of those writer-blind spots where we can easily see it in other’s work, but don’t notice it in our own.

It can worm its way in like typo gremlins, but here are some likely places you’ll find info-dumping so you can work out ways to avoid it.

5 Ways To Avoid Info-Dumping

Check The Starts

Info-dumping likes to live at the start of things, such as the first chapter, the first introduction of a character, or the first instance of world-building. It sets up home there because the writer makes it the perfect place to build.

Think about what happens when you’re penning the first draft. You’re discovering the story, telling it to yourself, and getting it all on the page. Once it’s there, we forget to examine it in later drafts for info-dumping.

As an example, let’s say it’s the first time your MC has visited the place your story is set. Trying to work out where you’re going with it, your writer-brain brought in another character with a lengthy explanation of the town’s history and why no one goes near the creepy abandoned two-story house on Cliché Crescent.

You needed to know those things to move onto your next chapter, but it’s likely the reader doesn’t need to know it all on their first read.

CONTINUE READING HERE

 

6 Rules for Retelling Classic Stories – Written By Bethany Henry

Bethany Henry published a post about six important rules for retelling classic stories. Thanks for your advice, Bethany!


on Fiction University:

I love retellings of fairy tales and classic stories. They can be filled with adventure, love, and magic that is both familiar and fun. When done well, these retellings can resonate with us deeply and be wildly entertaining—the base of the original story providing extra background that enriches the experience.

However, not all retellings are created equal.

There is a tricky balance in recreating a classic story in a new way. Readers have expectations and high standards for stories they may already love. Too many changes to the story and the reader will feel tricked or confused. Too few changes and the reader is bored.

And of course the story we tell needs to be good.

No pressure.

Whether you’re inspired by Shakespeare, Jane Austin, or Grimm’s fairy tales, here are some simple rules to guide us in writing great retellings.

Continue reading HERE

Is There a Point in Character Bios? – Written By Charles Yallowitz

On the ‘Legends of Windemere’ blog, Charles Yallowitz published an interesting view on character bios. Thanks a lot for this post, Charles!


I can already hear at least once pantser preparing to explain why they don’t do this.  If it helps, person with fingers at the ready, you’re right.  Character biographies don’t work for everyone.  They aren’t even universal because everyone has their own way of doing them because every author has different needs.  Some even change from story to story or as our own skills grow.  I know that I’ve been all over the map as you’re about to see.

Character bios are where I started since tabletop games were my first inspiration alongside fantasy books.  This resulted in my originals being more about numbers stats and basics instead of depth.  I had hair, eyes, height, weight, skin, and physical attributes with very little variety.  I couldn’t tell you what the real difference between a 4 and 5 in strength really was.  A 1-5 ranking was probably a dumb choice.

CONTINUE READING HERE

Cold Hands, Warm Heart – Written By Juliette Kings (Vampire Maman)

Today I read a piece of Juliette’s history, her past… which involves long years, decades, and even centuries. I never had the courage of asking her how many of them… but one day, she’ll tell me, I’m sure. I felt like sharing this article with you, just because I simply love it. Thanks for sharing, Juliette.


 

My eldest brother Max (10 years my senior) had asked his best friend Teddy to escort me home from the theater one evening. It was 1874. I was 15 years old.

“Your hands are so cold,” he said as he helped me up off of the muddy street onto the boardwalk.

I gave him a coy smile. “I have a cold heart sir.”

He laughed. I never called him sir. He offered me his arm.

I gladly took his arm. “Your hands are positively burning. What sort of fire stirs your soul tonight?” That was pretty forward but I didn’t care. I was floating with the joy of being a flirt and having no brothers or parents around to stop me.

“You’re not like the other girls.”

“No I am not.”

“You’re an impish little thing. It will take a man with a quick wit and a good sense of humor to woo you Juliette.”

“Ahhhh, but you forget I have four older brothers. I pity any man who would have to deal with them.”

“They’ll love any man who is truly in love with you Juliette.”

“I doubt that Teddy.”

Then he stopped and faced me. “I have some news. A secret if you can keep one.”

“Your secrets are always safe with me.”

Teddy had a large smile on his handsome face. “I’m getting married.”

My young Vampire heart literally stopped dead. My head started to spin, but I managed to smile because like all Vampires, I was a natural liar. “Oh Teddy. I’m so happy for you. She really is lovely.”

CONTINUE READING HERE

Paranormal Romance Guild 2020 Reviewers Choice Awards – THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES

Earlier this week, I checked the results of the Paranormal Romance Guild 2020 Reviewers Choice Awards. And I got the incomparably phenomenal news that Demon Tracker, the third book in my ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series, made 3rd in the YA/NA category.

(Click the book to find out where to get it.)

But it gets better!

In the YA/NA series category, The Council Of Twelve series made 1st. My series WON!! I’m so enthusiastic!!

 

Technically I am writing an Award-Winning series! This is EXCITING!

Find all winners here.


At this point, I want to use this opportunity to thank all voters for your support! I’m very happy and excited. You made a dream come true for me!

Picture courtesy of http://wvxu.org/post/thank-you-0#stream/0

Get the first four books of the award-winning ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series here:

 

 

 

Featured Author – Interview – The Return Of Allan Hudson

It is a very special pleasure for me to welcome you back on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’. In your former visits we learned about your writing, your writing process and asked for some advice. But there are so many more questions to ask! 

Let’s see what you can tell us today: 

  1. Are you still writing in the same genre as you did before, and if not, why did you switch – or would you ever think to change genres?

 I started writing action/adventure stories because they appeal to me as a reader but my most recent release was a historical fiction set in 1911 in Scotland. It follows the life of a young man forced to leave his home to live with a bachelor uncle. I also have a collection of short stories that include a variety of genres.

I enjoy historical fiction and am continuing with the series and am working on Vol, 2. But sticking with my original action/adventure genre, I also have a new Jo Naylor adventure series and book 2 is being launched mid-February. Book three of my Drake Alexander series will be published in the fall.

 

2. Please, tell us a little about your writing process.

I have a special spot in my converted garage. Formerly a workshop, I redesigned a specific area for my laptop and notes. I write almost every morning now that I am retired. I start early and write while it is quiet. I prefer silence when I write and I find I get distracted with music or other noises. I do my research as needed and have a trusty note pad as my side to keep track of my characters and events.

  

3. What is important to know for young, new authors and writers?

 The one thing I might suggest, besides what every writer will tell you – to just write, is to decide before hand how you’re going to publish your story. It can be confusing to a new writer with so many options and everyone new to the industry needs to be warned of the con artists promising to publish your book when you pay them a lot of money. Talk to your author friends and get advice before you start looking for publishers. Get professional help – editors, beta readers and cover designers if you are considering self-publishing.

  

4. Your experience in the writing world, do you think it has already taken you where you wanted to go?

 I like this question. My writing has taken me beyond any expectations I might’ve had when I started writing. I write as a hobby and it has been tremendously rewarding to see a following grow, people wanting to purchase and read my stories. Leaving uplifting reviews. To hear someone tell you how much they enjoyed your work is the greatest reward. I’m so appreciative of their support.

 

  1. Are any of your books part of a series?

Yes. I enjoy a series and have three on the go. The first is my Drake Alexander Adventures of which there are two books now and the third is in editing, due in the fall. I hope to continue this series as long as I have ideas and oddly enough, I have the last of the series already planned but not sure how many will appear before then.

My latest series is the Shattered series, Jo Naylor adventures. Book two – Shattered Lives – is out last week and number three is in development at present. The publication is targeted for January 2022. This is a planned series of five novellas. I decided on novellas because I wanted the action fast-paced and short fiction. It has been well received and I’m pleased with the outcome so far.

Prior to the release of Book two of the Naylor groups, I published a historical novel in 2020 – The Alexanders – which will also be part of a series. Volume 2 is also in the works. Hoping for publication in the summer or fall of 2022.

  

6. Please, tell us about your projects again. Was there progress since the last interview or are there even completely new projects?

There has been a lot of progress with my writing since my last visit to the Treasure Chest. In addition to my historical fiction – The Alexanders – as I mentioned above, I’ve since written the Jo Naylor series which I am excited about. It will be a series of five action packed novellas. The Shattered series. Book two, Shattered Lives is coming this month. I don’t have enough time to write all the stories in my head, but I’m working on it.

 

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

 It is my absolute pleasure to be your guest, Aurora. I appreciate the opportunity to be here. Thank you.


Allan’s new book:

Jo Naylor is on the run. Wanted back in Canada for questioning regarding her father’s suicide. She has no intention of returning. With a new identity, she takes up temporary residence in a foreign country.

She may not be a detective any longer but once a cop, always a cop. A distraught woman pleads with Naylor to find her daughter. Should she help? She doesn’t know anyone in Thailand, doesn’t know the geography but that doesn’t stop Naylor from sticking her nose where it shouldn’t be.

Naylor and her new sidekick, an orphaned girl, join up with a local PI. There’s more than a missing child at stake.

Get the book here

Shattered Lives: A Jo Naylor Adventure – Kindle edition by Hudson, Allan. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.


Connect with Allan:

www.southbranchscribbler.ca

https://www.facebook.com/southbranchscribbler/

 https://twitter.com/hudson_allan

 https://plus.google.com/u/0/+allanhudson1953

 https://www.wattpad.com/user/allanhudson