Sunday Small Talk

One day late and for a bad reason: my computer is sick and I’m having to share with my mother.

I don’t have a lot to say anyhow. I mostly wanted to share some of the accumulated writing links.

I am, however, getting more time on my post-apocalyptic solarpunk because the deadline I swore was at the end of the month is now September. That’s great.

Camp nano is going well. I’m about halfway to my goal.

Have some links from my friend Betty

The No. 1 Rule for Flashbacks in a Story Opening

6 Easy Writing Exercises to Fuel Your Creativity

Redesign Your Life To Prioritize Writing With David Kadavy

Five Story Elements That Worked in One Story but not in Another

Creating a Magic System for Superpowers

Creating Character Chemistry podcast

And from around the web

Writers and the “F” Word: Coping With Failure

The Psychology of Author Marketing

The Power of Sharing Writing, Even in Draft Form I think I shared this last week but it’s worth sharing again. And seriously I’m up for sharing.

The Delights And Dangers Of First-Person Narration

Conducting Interviews For Research: Identifying And Contacting Expert Sources

Make A Plan To Start Writing Your Book

Rainbow Snippets

Camp nano kicked off well but I’m already flagging (It’s hard to write when you’re visiting the parents).

Here’s more of These Haunted Hills. We left off when Brendan in the bathroom looking for ticks. We’re in Josh’s head and I skipped over some of the angst and self doubt he was feeling during his wait on Brendan. It’s a few sentences longer than 6.

Josh shut the door and quickly stripped down, acutely aware that he was no more comfortable being the naked one with Brendan just on the other side of door. At least the awkwardness killed any unwanted action certain parts of him might have gotten up to otherwise. He ran his fingers through his hair feeling for ticks. Finding none there nor reflected in the mirror, he checked the inside of his clothing before redressing.

“Are you okay you seem a little …flat? You’ve been pretty much a bottle of champagne since I’ve met you.”

Josh chuckled, wagging his head. “Just feeling bad about the tick thing, maybe the ghost too.”

“I didn’t mean to make you feel that way.”

“It’s not you. It’s all in my head. Residual crap from high school. I’m fine.”

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!

Sunday Small Talk

It’s the start of Camp Nano. I failed at it in April, mostly due to the edits required on Blood Red Roulette and the end of the semester. I’m not exactly upset by that of course. It’s a good reason to fail. I should have no real issues in July. Even if edits on Purrfect Holiday come in, that’s not a very long story (unlike the over 300 pages BRR).

I’m working on two projects but only one under this pen name. It’s a solarpunk post apocalyptic. I have a local fellow who’s the farmer/fisher type with some scientific background and from the city, a scientist who has some messed up DNA thanks to the alien trying to decide can he live so remotely.

the beginning is rough because it’s more of an info dump for me that I’ll smooth out later (mostly I was pantsing it without a lot of notes, creating as I go). Hopefully it’ll get done for the anthology deadline. I do like these characters but I need to take some precautions with Sam. Yes, he’s into green tech and sustainable living but he’s also Native American and I don’t want him to look like a stereotype.

And have about three weeks worth of writing links

From around the web: A Celebration of the Generous Spirit of Indie Authors and the Self-publishing Community

So You Want to Be A Writer

Creating a Book Trailer That Sells Books I’m interested in this one

Creating An Audiobook As A Self-Published Author

Every Writer Should Attend At Least One Writers’ Conference. Here’s Why. I might have shared this one before

Look For Ideas In All The Wrong Places

Why You Should Put Your Books On Subscription Services

What writing rules do you live by (and which ones do you break)?

First Things First – Why Book Marketing Doesn’t Trump Writing Craft


What Makes Stories Go Viral

Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck

Learn from The Incredibles: How to Write Super Characters

Write Confidently and From the Depths of Your Heart

What Goes On A One Sheet?

How to Make Your Sentences More Descriptive I could use this

Create Drama with Your Character’s Desire

6 Ways For Writers To Find Inspiration In A Graveyard

podcast fight-scenes

How Can I Write a Tight Story That Takes Place Over Years?

Five Underused Character Archetypes

Start Your Novel with a Bang! 12 Ways to Hook Readers

Non-Verbal Communication in Writing

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