#School Shootings

This is such a tragic subject. Everyone seems to have an opinion on how to solve the problem, and yet there is such heated disagreement on the way it should be handled or solved. I grew up in the 60's, graduated high school in 1970. Never have I had to face anything like what's happening … Continue reading #School Shootings


Better Writing Links List

via No Wasted Ink Writer's Links 5 Things to Consider Before Writing A Sci-Fi Dragon Dystopia à la Jane Austen Why Your Friend with a Creative Job Isn’t the Village Idiot URSULA K. LE GUIN – IN MEMORIAM Writing a Novel With Too Many Options Nuclear Radiation for Writers How PLR works and why it’s … Continue reading Better Writing Links List


The Bluebird of Bitterness

via You have been warned This post is hilarious. Read the signs and laugh, chortle, chuckle, and enjoy the seratonin and endorphins released in your brain. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Prov. 17:22a


Just Discovered A New Author

I just discovered author Connie J Jasperson. She writes medieval alternate universe fiction. I read the excerpt of the first book in the Tower of Bones series. I am enthralled and have put every book in the set on my Kindle wish list. Tower of Bones (3 Book Series) via To schedule writing time or to wing … Continue reading Just Discovered A New Author


#Writerlife101 Day 7: Worst writing advice #amwriting

Great advice from authors who know what they are talking and writing about. Reblogged from https://conniejajasperson.com

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Writing advice is good because beginning authors need to learn the craft, and simple sayings are easy to remember. They encourage us to write lean, descriptive prose and craft engaging conversations. The craft of writing involves learning the rules of grammar, developing a wider vocabulary, learning how to develop characters, build worlds, etc., etc. Authors spend a lifetime learning their craft and never learn all there is to know about the subject.

Writing advice is bad because it is so frequently taken to extremes by novice authors armed with a little dangerous knowledge.

  • Remove all adverbs.
    This advice is complete crap. Use common sense and don’t use unnecessary adverbs.
  • Don’t use speech tags.
    What? Who said that and why are there no speech tags in this drivel?
  • Show, Don’t Tell. Don’t Ever Don’t do it!

Quote from Susan Defreitas for Lit Reactor: Sure, hot tears, a pounding pulse, and clenched…

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A Disorganized Mind

Frustration. Aggravation. These last two or three days have been some of the most frustrating of my life. Being disorganized (as opposed to unorganized) is nothing new for me. But some days it seems as if I don't have a mind at all. I think I have done something and find out I didn't.  Unorganized … Continue reading A Disorganized Mind


Walmart Makes a Late Entry Into the E-Book Market

Walmart Gets Into e-book Business. This is a surprising (although I suppose we should have seen it coming) turn of events. I wonder if their prices will compete with Amazon’s. Be interesting to find out. Reblogged

A Writer's Path

by Michael Corkery at The New York Times

Walmart is making a circuitous and belated push into the digital book market, teaming up with a Japanese company to sell e-books and audiobooks.

The deal with Rakuten, an e-commerce giant based in Japan, will allow Walmart to start selling digital books on its website for the first time later this year.

The move, which was announced late Thursday, comes years after Walmart’s archrival, Amazon, began to dominate the market for digital readers.

Walmart customers will be able to read the books through Rakuten Kobo e-reading devices — which have not taken hold with Americans the way Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook have.

The partnership is part of Walmart’s effort to ensure that its online offerings include every conceivable product line, giving shoppers no reason to click over to Amazon.

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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2018…

More great information for writers. Reblogged from https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

By Dana Sitar  on The Write Life Site:

The world offers a lot of ways to become a writer.

You can go to school for journalism or creative writing, get a Ph.D. and publish in journals, start a blog and turn it into a business, write a book and become famous…The paths are innumerable.

Whatever kind of writer you want to be, you can probably find a blog or online community to help you get there.

Each year, The Write Life celebrates these vast resources available to us online by releasing a list of the 100 Best Websites for Writers, and we’re excited to do it for the fifth year in a row.

Thanks to your suggestions, you’ve helped us curate hundreds of websites to bring you the best of the best.

Many are tried-and-true favorites previously featured in our 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 lists, and this year we’re…

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Calling All Teachers

If you love kids, and you should if you are in the teaching profession, this is an article that may prove quite helpful to you when dealing with young boys. Written by a teacher and athletic coach, this post is filled with statistics and data regarding the mental/psychological differences between left-brained and right-brained male students … Continue reading Calling All Teachers