It’s a book!

Entertaining Stories

Voyage of the Lanternfish is a book. Okay, officially it’s a draft, but spot me some of the emotion of finishing the damned thing for a day.

I could have easily finished yesterday. I was on a roll, but my wife got home from work, and with two more days off I wasn’t worried.

Some of you like to keep score, so it’s at 105, 503 words. This will likely go down in my editing phase. That makes for about 1500 words before I called my parents this morning.

My cool new monster did his job, and the pirates freed him to terrorize a small village somewhere. I think his abilities are pretty cool, and hope my readers will too.

In typical fantasy fashion, the girl is rescued, the enemy is smited smitten, and the ship is sailing over the horizon.

I also managed to shave the girl’s head because…

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Hello, my wonderful readers! I wish you an incredible Friday and an even more incredible weekend.

As I’m writing this, there is a stray thunderstorm booming above my house, but it is acting as the perfect backdrop to my introverted, homebody personality today. Since I haven’t shared anything in a while, I thought it would be perfect to share my favorite reasons for why writing is good for you–in terms of your health, emotional well-being, and overall satisfaction!

To begin, I think it is important to remember that there are various types of writing, and various types of writers. There are novelists, who write books; poets, who pen poetry; journalists, who are supposed to report on facts; short story writers; essayists and diarists; and bloggers, probably like you!

No one type of writing is better than the next, and that is important. Also, if you enjoy writing poetry, it isn’t…

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How to Accept Some Stories Will Never Make it Out of Your Notebook #MondayBlogs #Writer

You mention a failure filter, which is something I don’t seem to have. If something doesn’t work, it is usually my fault and fixable. I think what I have instead is called a hope filter…


It has taken me a long time to accept this. When you start out as a writer, your ego assures you that ALL your stories will, at some point, turn into bestselling novels. You happily fill up an array of notebooks with stories, quietly confident, they will all feature somewhere in your future writing career. I mean why would you doubt your ego?

It is only after writing seriously for several years, you come to realise that not all your stories have made it out of your notebook (cue strongly worded letter of complaint to your ego) and more importantly, some were not supposed to. 

Stories come to us for a number of reasons and it is naive to think every single one will grow literary wings and fly away.

A lot of stories come to teach us things.

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Guest author: G. Michael Vasey ~ I’m an artist

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Someone said to me this last weekend – “You are an artist.” I wasn’t quite sure which way to take this comment after all, I had my fifth whisky and soda in hand and perhaps he was referring to my semi-inebriated state? As the conversation progressed it became transparent he meant I was a different type of artist. My hackles went down. What he meant by the word ‘artist’ though was quite intriguing to me. He described how every time he met me, my view of the world, filled him with astonishment. “You see the world differently,” he continued. “Your music, books, poems and so on are all about how you see the world. It’s very inspiring, but like all artists, no one will ever understand your world view. They will just view you as different, eccentric perhaps.”

Much to our combined amazement, we…

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The other path

Story Empire

Craig here today to talk about something most writers don’t discuss. We always write about our ongoing projects, maybe share a new trick we’ve picked up, that sort of thing.

Today, I want to talk about that other time in a writer’s life. I can only speak for myself, but I don’t constantly draft new material. When I do, I tend to hit it pretty hard, but I’m fast approaching that crossroads again.

Once I finish my draft, I’ll probably do some specific word searches and correct the simple errors before putting it away somewhere. I need distance to make my editing passes. This doesn’t mean I’m not working at the writing life, it’s just not drafting new material.

I have a cover and promotional artwork ordered, but won’t need it until it’s time to publish. The down time will give me some time to draft promotional posts. It may…

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Thrills, Chills and Spills!

From the Pen of Mae Clair

I’m back from vacation! A bit overwhelmed with playing catch-up, but I hope to be back in the swing of things soon. Right now, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you about an uber-fab giveaway taking place. I’m a HUGE mystery/thriller/suspense fan, so this one is right up my alley.

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Felony Fiction has put together a giveaway for a $100 Amazon gift card. Just thinking about $100 worth of books has me doing mental cartwheels! Best of all, entering is easy and free. You can sign up HERE, then choose a few authors to follow on Bookbub. Easy peasy! You’ll be entered in the drawing, plus notified when any of the authors you follow has a new release (BTW, I’m on BookBub, and would love to have you follow me).

I’ve become very impressed with BookBub as of late, and intend to start using it more for sharing…

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Another Fine Mashup: Why The Heroes of Romantic and Literary Fiction Shouldn’t Live Together

Tara Sparling writes

There are many reasons why we shouldn’t live with Unreliable Narrator, Chick-Lit HeroineCop From A Crime NovelCharacter From A Young Adult NovelLiterary Fiction HeroRomantic HeroHistorical Fiction HeroHusband From A Women’s Fiction Novel or Woman From A Historical Period TV Drama. 

But what if some of them ended up living together? What happens to fictional stereotypes, if genres collide?

Recently, we looked at the less than harmonic domestic arrangements between a Crime Novel Cop and a Chick-Lit Heroine, and a Historical Fiction Hero and the protagonist of a YA novel.

So now, dear readers, what would happen if the heroes of romantic and literary fiction were to shack up together?

Why The Heroes of Romantic and Literary Fiction Shouldn't Live Together

It’s midnight. A solitary plastic bag floats gently down a garden path, before settling atop a thicket of dying roses. Literary Hero returns from a solitary wander about the streets…

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Washing the washing machine


We were rather pleased to inherit a washing machine with the house as it was a make we were familiar with and had never had one let us down. It also saved us a couple of hundred pounds on our diminishing budget for purchase, so we were glad of it.

First order of the day before use was to take out the detergent drawer to clean inside and out and dispose of any build up of residue. Past experience in the cottage taught us never to rely on pipes being clear or clean. When we replaced the kitchen in the cottage, we were glad we’d put in new washing machine connections and drainage as theirs was solid with a rainbow soap amoeba, which when flushed through the drainage pipe on its way to the cess pit measured at least a foot across, four inches thick and six inches long. And…

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