AUTHOR’S CORNER: A Poem and Message from Lynda McKinney Lambert

via AUTHOR'S CORNER: A Poem and Message from Lynda McKinney Lambert I went to Amazon, hoping to be able to read a sample.  I like to preview books by authors with whom I am unfamiliar.  Unfortunately, sample reading is not enabled on the above mentioned book.  However, I do enjoy poetry and promoting someone who … Continue reading AUTHOR’S CORNER: A Poem and Message from Lynda McKinney Lambert

Time To Write: Set The Scene 9 [Creative Writing Prompt]

Great prompt. I wrote mine on website instead of the blog. Maybe I’ll paste it there too. I sure have a lot of catching up to do. Will be back for more prompts. Thank you so much for sharing them. Reblogged from

Rachel Poli

Last week’s writing prompt was a Sentence Starter. Check out some great pieces by fellow writers:

Now onto this week’s writing prompt:

Creative Writing Prompt | Flash Fiction | Short Story | Set the Scene | Writing |

Write a story based on the setting provided above.

If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your post in the comments below and I’ll share it next week. Please be sure to link back to my blog so your readers know where you got the prompt!

Happy Writing! If you want more, check out all my other Writing Prompts here!

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Smorgasbord Reblog – Odd Jobs and Characters – Odd Jobs and Characters – Hotel Assistant Manager – Swashbuckle and Romance #Wales #Snowdonia

The link below will show authors how unusual jobs may make your characters more interesting, give your story more flavor.   via Smorgasbord Reblog - Odd Jobs and Characters - Odd Jobs and Characters – Hotel Assistant Manager – Swashbuckle and Romance #Wales #Snowdonia

Thoughts on revisions and self-editing #amwriting

Every published work needs editing before publication. Many articles have been written on the value of editing, even a few books. Some indicate an author can self-edit; some say it’s impossible to self-edit. Read the article posted here and do your own evaluation. Reblogged from https:/

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

New and beginning authors often (loudly) assert their ability to edit their own work. If you are “editing” your own manuscript, you have a fool for a client. There is no such thing as self-editing—the best you can do is make revisions and admire your work. For that reason, we need other eyes on our work.

As authors, we see what we intended to write rather than what was written. We misread clumsy sentences and overlook words that are missing or are included twice in a row.  If you are in a critique group, you have a great resource in your fellow authors—they will spot things you have overlooked your work just as you do in theirs.

The first draft of any manuscript is the story as it flowed out of your mind and onto the paper. Yes, there is life and energy in your words, but your manuscript is not publishable at…

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Horses Can Be Dangerous

This is an interesting photo with an intriguing legend. I’m not into superstition and legends but I have a trilogy in the works (on the shelf for now) that involves characters with Scottish heritage. It might fit in well with some of the history of at least one of my characters. However, if you, the reader, are also an author, and use it in one of your books, please let me know so I won’t copy it in mine. It may be at least another year before mine gets done–probably two. Reblogged from

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On this fine Wednesday, we’re talking about a very strange legend from Scotland. This creature can transform into a variety of other creatures…but from my research, I couldn’t find what the creature appeared to be when not transforming into another creature…Help?


Kelpie Scotland

“Water horse that lures victims to ride on its back to their doom.”

Basic Facts:

  • The name “kelpie” is suspected to be a slang/mash-up of a couple of Scottish Gaelic words. “Cailpeach” or “colpach” are just a couple to name and these can be loosely translated to heifer or colt.
  • Since they’re most commonly known as a water horse, they typically can be found near a river or stream.
  • In their horse form, they attract children. But they’re not limited to only one form; they can turn into almost anything! An example is a beautiful woman, to lure a man out to the stream, where she…

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The Catskills, by Asher Brown Durand 1858

I wholeheartedly agree with the above sentiments regarding this painting. Art that represents God’s creation, even in an ethereal, fairytale manner, leaves us with the mystery of why God would surround us with such beauty. Reblogged from

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Quote from Wikimedia Commons on The Catskills: This painting was commissioned by William T. Walters in 1858, when the 62-year-old Durand was at the height of his fame and technical skill. The vertical format of the composition was a trademark of the artist, allowing him to exploit the grandeur of the sycamore trees as a means of framing the expansive landscape beyond. Durand’s approach to the “sublime landscape” was modeled on that of Thomas Cole (1801-48), founder of the Hudson River school of painting. The painters of this school explored the countryside of the eastern United States, particularly the Adirondack Mountains and the Catskills. Their paintings often reflect the Transcendental philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82), who believed that all of nature bore testimony to a spiritual truth that could be understood through personal intuition.


Quote from Wikipedia (the fount of all knowledge): Asher Brown Durand is remembered particularly…

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How to take a great photograph

If you love photography, this site does a superb job (in my humble opinion) of defining what makes a good photograph. Reblogged from

Heritage Calling

Ahead of the launch of our photography exhibition Spirit of the North, artist and photographer John Kippin shares his top tips for creating great images (on your camera phone or otherwise).

What makes a good photograph?

Liverpool Docks, Merseyside. A man stands in the foreground looking out to the river Liverpool Docks, Liverpool, Merseyside [ part of Spirit of the North series ] © John Kippin 2018 For most of us a good photograph is one that is in some way special to us. It might be a picture of people or places that we like to be reminded of, perhaps something that we once were or something that invokes a particular emotional response. A ‘bad photograph’ might show something that we find disagreeable, uninteresting, or worse.

For some people the idea of a ‘good photograph’ is located within the technical and aesthetic requirements of photography. (i.e. that that photographs look like paintings).

The ruined wreck of an aircraft in a field with mountains and greay clouds in the behind HIDDEN. National Park Northumberland © John Kippin

Photography is deceitful…

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WIP Wednesday [June 2018]

Authors Helping Authors: Want to see what some authors are writing about? Want to discover new authors? Check out this site and learn a little bit about author Rachel Poli. Reblogged from

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We’re already just about halfway through June, which is unbelievable to me. I know I say this a lot, but I feel like 2018 just started, let alone the month of June.

But anyway, here’s what I’ve been working on this month.

WIP Wednesday: June 2018 | Work in Progress | Creative Writing | Blogging |

George Florence & The Perfect Alibi

I’ve been working on rewriting this book, the first in the mystery series. I was hoping this would be my last draft, but I ended up making some major changes to the plot. So I’m going to finish rewriting the draft and go from there.

To have it finished by the end of the month, I’ve been writing about 25 pages a day. So far, it’s been going pretty well.


I’m working on writing the first draft of my next Wattpad story, a fantasy filled with adventure and dragons. I’ve been writing one chapter each day I work on it (which…

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