Blogs Writers Should Check Out

August 12, 2014

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Justine Musk writes Young Adult Urban Fantasy (not sure if there’s an acronym for that – YAUF?) and her blog is spicy and meaty at the same time.

“You have an inner source code – a soulcode — that holds the secret to where you belong in the world.” Justine Musk, “your passion quest”.

Reprints: One Way to Increase Your Income

August 3, 2014


Great writing advice from my writing partner, Sue Bradford Edwards’ blog, “One Writer’s Journey.” If you’re serious about earning a living as a writer (and graduating from calling yourself “aspiring writer”), her blog is a great place to learn the ropes.

Originally posted on One Writer's Journey:

rewrites incomeIf you make your living as a writer, you have to get a certain amount of work out there to actually make this possible.  It isn’t just word count that matters but also earning potential.  A 500 word all-rights piece for $250.00 may bring in a fair amount right this minute but ultimate earn less than a limited rights sale on a piece that you can sell to multiple markets.

There are two things that you have to do to make this possible:

  • You have to retain some of the rights.  If you sell all rights, the publisher has all rights to the piece.  You can’t use it again.  They, on the other hand, can publish is multiple times without paying you any more after that first check.  Note:  Highlights buys all rights but compensates the author if the piece is used more than once.  To sell a piece…

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Constructive Criticism? Is that Really a Thing?

August 3, 2014

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Do any of you other writers out there have this problem?  I’ve had to give up gigs in which I had to critique other writers’ work – including one of my faves, writing movie reviews for Festival of Films.  I fudged it well enough with this post about Les Miserables and this one reviewing Cloud Atlas, but I just couldn’t bring myself to tear down another writer’s work.

Is there such a thing as “constructive criticism” – one writer to another?

Nexus of Nebulas

July 13, 2014


This dress of flesh, vested with my essence
comprised of skin, synapse, and sinew,
isn’t meant to be some random receptacle
of ennui, contempt, regret.
We are not the sum total of what life has thrown at us.
We are more than all the pain of the past.
Once you let go, you’ll be amazed: life can regenerate.
We can stand at the Intersection of Everything.
At the Nexus of Nebulas.
We can stare into the sun and see the vast expanse before us
or we can look back at the dark matter and say it cannot be.
So what do you lose if you try one more time?
Walk with me, wherever you are. You’ll never pass this way again.

He was singing in the street when two random guys walked up and created something utterly epic

May 17, 2014

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God’s Message: Love Yourself

May 4, 2014


Wonderful blog post by my writing partner, Sue Bradford Edwards, from our bloggie, praypower4today:

Originally posted on praypower4today:

I don’t know about you but I have a bad habit of letting my thoughts hold me hostage, especially when I mess up. Whenever something bad happens, I run through it again and again and I call myself names I would never call anyone else.

Last weekend, I got to see this in action. My husband bought me a laptop because I’m in the middle of a huge assignment. I took the laptop with me on my annual writers’ retreat. That way I could participate and still get some work done. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, the first night at the retreat, I cracked the screen.

Predictably, the negative thoughts came rolling in and the big ones were “Why am I such an idiot?” and “Why does God hate me?”

On my good days, I know God doesn’t hate me. I truly know this, at least right up until the…

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Holey, Wholly, Holy

April 17, 2014


Wonderful post today by my writing partner, Lori Strawn, from our blog, praypower4today.  She really tells it like it is with this one!

Originally posted on praypower4today:

Not gonna lie; I’m kind of falling apart right now. I’m beset with a host of physical complaints — too small to dignify by naming, but taken together, quite wearying. And I’m mourning four deaths in seven months, with another looming. I’m tired and sore in spirit and flesh. The up side? I’m ripe for a resurrection, just in time for Easter.

In her book A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary, Marcrina Wiederkehr writes about the voids in our beings, and how they provide God space to work within us. In other words, I may be at my shabbiest now, full of holes, but those very holes give God space to fill me, heal me, work God’s grace within me.

Sure, it would be nice to be wholly holy. But that doesn’t give God any room to maneuver, to effect change. God not only…

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