New Challenge, New Site

I am so excited to be working with Timothy Pike again! He is starting a new class called 10000 +10. The goal is to write 10,000 words in a month and have 10 people read it (if you want them to) and get feedback. It starts tomorrow, March 1. If you would like to follow my progress and offer feedback you can do it on my page on his website. Here’s the link:

http://www.chapterbuzz.com/Grammy65

I look forward to hearing from you. Positive feedback (i.e. held your interest or not, story dragged, too much detail, not enough, weak storyline/plot, etc.) Also, please be sure to let me know if there are typos. I try to proof before I post, but sometimes I miss things. I hate typos.

Cheers!

After A Long Absence

I’ve been away from my blog for a while. Spent the summer with the grandkids. I’m a senior citizen and they wear me out, but they are great fun. Choosing between them and blogging–no contest!

I am currently in NC, getting ready to attend the wedding of one of my best friend’s daughters. I have another wedding to attend in KY in about three weeks. I seldom get to see my friends so this is a special time.

My husband and I used to live here many years ago and our former pastor nearly died of pancreatitis a year ago. When we visited last September we happened to be at the church on his first day back in the pulpit. What a blessing that was. Seeing him last Sunday, without the wheelchair, looking more robust (had gained to a healthy weight), and his voice as strong as ever, was a thrill to our souls. I was able to share pictures of our grandkids with he and his wife. I must put in a plug here for my favorite pastor, John Hill, Jr. and the church he has pastored for thirty years: Hughes Grove Baptist Church, in Thomasville, NC. Though we have been away for most of those thirty years, we are welcomed each time we come back, and the love and enthusiasm of the people is as strong as ever. We also really enjoy the teaching, preaching, and singing.

I will try to post pictures of the wedding this Saturday.

A note to all of my friends: I have deleted my Facebook account. Someone keeps cloning me and I’m tired of spending so much time trying to fight it. I will keep writing and using my other social media connections.

I intend to get back to working on my novel between now and the next wedding. If any of you have any suggestions about how to develop an interesting newsletter, please let me know. I’m hungry for feedback. If you email me regarding this post, please use the subject blog so I don’t delete it. I have over 2,000 emails so the ones that don’t reach out and grab me are being deleted for now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FaceBook Woes

I am tired. I am weepy. I have less storage space in my motorhome than what was available in the travel trailer. Haven’t had time or energy to do any real writing in weeks. And now. . .someone wants to steal my friends and family on FB. It was reported that someone was trying to impersonate me and FB shut down that account, but apparently that person or someone else has opened up another one, sending friend requests to everyone on my list. I guess I need to just get off of social media. So much for my writer’s platform. I don’t know if I should cancel my blog as well.

I am thankful for the friends I have made from blogging. There so many sweet people out there. It only takes one to create havoc and wipe out a writer’s dream, and take away the ability to see photos of your friends and loved ones who don’t live close by.

I’ll give this one more week, and if there is no solution to this, then I will remain in the background and will just stick with writing alone.

Vengeance Re-write

As stated in a previous post (a while ago), I am doing a re-write of my first novel, Vengeance. I started a discussion about it on my Create Space page on Amazon.

If you would like to see a different cover, I am open to suggestions. You, the reader, are the reason I write. I’m trying to gain some insight as to the motives of Angel and Joel in trying to get Fawn’s property. How were they affected by the Civil War and the emergence of their community as part of a new state? (West Virginia seceded from Virginia when Virginia joined the Confederacy. WV won its statehood on the grounds of taxation without representation.)

How does Angel’s chronically ill mother and too-busy-with-politics father impact her values and personality?

Share your thoughts with me. I value your thoughts and ideas. If you haven’t read the book, I apologize for the fact that I have no control over the pricing. It is only being sold by individuals who already own a copy. When the re-write is finished I will re-publish through Amazon and hope to have it available in print and e-book format.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Aleta Kay

I’d Rather Do It Myself

I’m not stubborn and I don’t have any pride. I just want to do things my way. I’m trying to learn all the ins and outs of creating a writer platform on social media. I know I need to keep up with every website there is. I know I need to keep up with my e-mail or I’ll be overwhelmed with helpful information and a dozen webinars to watch each week.

I understand the importance of following others, sharing blogs and posts, and re-blogging and supporting other authors and bloggers. After all, we are a community. We need each other. That includes me.

I also need to keep up with my writing.

Help! I need a manager. But what if my manager doesn’t understand the importance of all of these things? What if he/she tells me to just write and ignore all the other stuff for now?

Oh, no. I’ll lose my friends. I’ll get behind in my e-mail. I’ll get behind in my blog and lose followers.

Not to mention the things I’ll forget to do.

Is it fear? Or is it pride? Maybe it’s just plain stubbornness.

 What is the answer? My husband is very logical and intelligent. He knows me better than anyone else (and loves me anyway). He wants to see me succeed. The decision I came to should have been made years ago. I asked him to manage my writing and the business that goes with it.

 My blogging will be limited to once a week until the book is finished. I trust him and his judgment. He has waited a long time for me to let go of the reins and listen to his wisdom. It will be a great adventure.

Uh-oh: Copyright Laws

I read a post on Write to Done a few minutes ago that stated at the end of the article (or maybe it was on their page about contributing) that sharing the posts of others on social media drags down their SEO rating. So I’m not re-blogging author posts any more, unless I’ve been asked to. However, I will write a post here and link to their site.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, I just read a post by Sarabeth Caplin in which she discusses the new ways in which we can plagiarize or commit copyright infringement without being aware of doing so. You  might want to read it yourself to check your own writing. Here’s the link to her site:

Plagiarism, copyright infringement, and the rights of authors

Write Your Own Story

I’m starting something new here. I don’t know if this will be a regular feature or not. I’m experimenting. My new WIP is in a desert setting, in a town so small it only has a circuit judge, satellite post office, one police officer, one truck fire department, etc. You get the picture.

Here’s the challenge: Write your own flash fiction in kind of setting, any genre, 1000-2000 words. PLEASE: No erotica, no harm to children, no vulgarity. Send me a comment with a link to your story (I will not steal your idea) since I have no idea how to allow the posting here. If you would like me to share it I will re-blog. If you don’t want it shared, please tell me at the top of your post before you get into the story. Thanks and have a great day.

Rate This Opening

July 1, 1837

            I’ve unpacked my meager belongings, having sold whatever I could to purchase passage to America. Many of the things were Da’s, things he’d given me as I was growin up. Many were bribes to keep me quiet about what he did to me. Mayhap I shouldn’ta kept them but they help me remember there were good times, too, when da wasn’t in his cups. But it’s over now, and my seasickness has passed. Mrs. Wheeler’s tea she gave me yester eve helped some.

            She’s a sweet widow lady who has kindly offered to teach me a trade to make a livin for my wee bairn and myself. She’s goin to teach me to sew. Lord, I hope I’ll be a good student and be able to make enough money so I can stay home to watch my child and not have to beg, borrow, or steal. It would be good to be able to hold my head high.

            I did keep a few things that were precious to me. There’s a quilt my mam and aunties made for me when I was a wee lass. It’s a little tattered and worn, but it carries the warmth I treasure in my heart from my family. Then there’s the locket, a picture in either side of my mam and my da. I mightn’t keep the picture of my da. If my wee one would ever want to know who the man was, how would I tell him that man is his da and his seanair? And lastly, there’s a ring with the family crest engraved in the gem in the setting. Perhaps one day these things will be passed on to my wee one.

I’m thinking of using this as the opening of the first book in my trilogy. Does it grab your attention? Does it make you want to read more? This is a journal entry from a Scottish immigrant. Is this a strong or a weak opening? If you read an entry like this from your deceased mother’s journal, how would that impact you? How would you feel? Would it change your perception of who you are, especially if you’re a young man with two toddler children?

 

What’s That Sound?

The abandoned steam engine had sat idle for so long the tumbleweeds, briars, and yellow birch saplings had almost covered it. The old number sixteen still bared its number proudly–but how had the number escaped being overgrown?

A sound, light scratching from inside the once-proud locomotive. Then there was something that almost sounded like a whisper. I peeked inside. It was vacant. There was no wind to cause the weeds to scratch. What was going on?

This is a prompt from

https://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/mini-series-the-senses-hearing/

She is doing a mini-series on the five senses. The first one is hearing. Go to her blog and read the other responses. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

Great Offer for Writers

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