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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Bucket List: Good writing, good living

The beauty of being a Doer -- one wrong step from here and it's a steep and cactus-ridden 100-foot fall to the bottom.
Writing is a cerebral task. As writers, we get caught up in the adventures of our characters to the point that if someone asked us if we've ever been attacked by wolves, been in a sword fight or disarmed a bomb we might say yes without hesitation.

But then, how do our tales of awesomeness measure up when compared to the real deal? How much can Wikipedia research really inform us about what it's like to jump from the top of a building or kayak across an ocean?

Previously, I posted about how we can write what we don't know. But today, I'm taking the challenge one step further. Don't just write what you don't know. Do what you don't know.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

An Interlude: Questions, Answers and other Awesome Blogs

It's a busy week for me in the Schmantasy World (aka The Real World, and not the tv show either). Actual work that pays me has demanded extra helpings of my attention for an annual "Kick-Off!!" event. Isn't it cute how they try to make it sound fun?

Anyway, I thought I'd take the opportunity to rest my brain from the more "business" side of things and just answers some questions about myself and spread the blogging love.

These questions were sent to me by Ben Adams over at Write-First.

First of all: This is me, your Blog-Lady. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

Flash Fiction Challenge: Helical Earth

First things first -- go check out this blog. I've been enjoying it.

Second things second -- this is not a regularly scheduled update. You may be saying, "Duh, it's Friday. I can tell time, you know." Well, Friday is a day, not a time, smartass.

This post exists as part of the Flash Fiction Challenge happening over at the TerribleMinds blog. It seemed apropos given yesterday's post. Therefore, I wanted to participate and encourage all of you to participate, as well!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Baby Shoes, never worn: The Power of Brevity

"For Sale: Baby Shoes, never worn."

This super short has been popping up lately, reinvigorated, perhaps, by Stephen King's recent tweet. This super short/"flash fiction" which has been attributed to Hemingway (although, who knows?) is powerful no matter who wrote it. The first time I encountered it, I sat for a moment and then started tearing up -- although we have established previously that I am a crier, so this might not be so miraculous, it still says something for the power of words that six of them could get you going.

Which brings us to today's topic: the power of brevity.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Schmantastic List of Fantasy: Fantastic-Schmantastic New Year's Resolution Books

Happy New Year, and happy first Thursday! It's officially 2014, which means that if I started college again immediately after graduating ... well, I'd be graduating for a second time this year. Yikes, that went by quickly. I'm to the point where I've been friends with people for spans of time that can be measured in decades. That's a scary milestone.
Still, 2014  is gonna be a kickass year, so I think we should all prepare to kick some literary ass. Which is why I now present to you:

The Schmantastic List of 15 Books You Should Read in 2014

These are the books that we've all heard about, that ever English major claims to have read, but that we never seem to get around to. This list is aspirational in nature, so I'm violating my rule -- I have not read all of these. So take a look, give yourself a hearty pat on the back for each one you've read, and add a few entries to your 2014 reading list.

The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allen Poe