Five Links 3/29/19
2. https://vivdrewa.me/2019/03/23/the-blank-page-holds-no-fear-for-a-brave-writer-by-derek-haines/ “Every writer confronts the dreaded blank page.
It is white, stark and for many writers and authors, downright intimidating.” True, it’s very hard to start. You’re sitting in your chair with an awesome idea and then when your fingertips hit the keys, the idea battles with where to start, what to say, should you let this one go? You have to take the chance and get something down then go from there.
3. https://storyempire.com/2019/03/27/nudging-that-magic-along/ “Hi Gang, Craig with you again. You’ll hear authors talk pretty frequently about how their characters take over and improve the story beyond what they had outlined. When this happens its magical, and one of the best parts of being a writer.
In a classroom explanation, your character has to change over the course of the story. They evolve in some small way. This is called the character arc. Some plan it, others write by the seat of their pants, but to have a successful story it has to happen.
This is my attempt to help you bottle some of that magic. We’re going to try fishing in those waters.” Good stuff here.
Research & Fun Bits:
1. http://somethingferal.com/2019/03/23/deluge/ ““You know Shuruppak, the ancient city?
I was its king, long ago, when the Great Gods sent a flood.”
4. https://margotkinberg.com/2019/03/23/nobody-should-hear-what-were-saying/ “Real and fictional sleuths know that people aren’t always comfortable giving them information. In some cultures, it can be dangerous to be seen talking to the police. In other cases, a person doesn’t want to be seen as an informant. There are other reasons, too, for which a person might not want a meeting with the police to be public. So, there are plenty of clandestine meetings, especially in crime fiction.”
5. http://nicholasrossis.me/2019/03/25/march-25-the-feast-of-annunciation/ “Americans may be familiar with the Greek Independence Day parade, celebrated throughout the States this time of the year. Even though the parade may take place any day between now and April, in Greece, it always falls on March 25th. To understand why this is such a big day for Greece, you need to keep in mind the date’s twin significance–religious and national.”
Some Things More Serious:
1. https://mybipolarmind.com/2019/03/23/before-the-sun-rises/ “At this very moment, it is almost 5 in the morning. I woke up about 30 minutes ago and haven’t been able to go back to sleep. I figured now is a great time to blog and post an update about how I have been doing. I’ve been meaning to post something for some time now. I’ve created so many personal posts and just ended up deleting them before they were even finished.”
2. http://booksbywomen.org/excerpt-from-beautiful-justice-reclaiming-my-worth-after-human-trafficking-and-sexual-abuse-by-brooke-axtell/ “
3. https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/thank-you-to-readers-3/ “Here is a big thank you to readers! Without readers, writers would be completely lost.”
4. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/27/smorgasbord-health-column-rewind-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-beans-a-staple-food-for-12000-years/ “Beans can be tricky so Carol has been working away in the kitchen to give you some fool proof recipes to try so that you can include this very nutrient dense food.”
Teaser Fiction & Poetry:
2. https://rachelpoli.com/2019/03/24/short-story-sunday-257-shelf/ ““What are you doing?” Angie asked as she stood in the doorway to the basement. She had assumed her brother was watching TV and went to join him, but she could barely get into the room for fear she’d step on a rogue nail.”
3. http://butismileanyway.com/2019/03/24/spideys-serene-sunday-part-214-chill/ “I think this is something I really need to do at the moment.
I spend so long getting myself all caught up in the things I think I have to do, and forget to have that down time for me, or with the family.”
4. https://johnwhowell.com/2019/03/23/stream-of-consciousness-saturday-prompt-the-last-piece-of-mail/ ““What’s this?”
“A ransom note.”
“Ransom note? What’s it say?”
Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews
1. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-come-back-for-me-heidi-perks/ “A shocking
An island wrapped in secrets.
A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body.
For Stella Harvey, the news is doubly shocking: the body was found in the garden of her childhood home.
The home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.
Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated Dorset island. But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets.
one thing rings true…
You can’t bury the truth forever.”
2. https://kimwrtr.wordpress.com/2019/03/23/13897/ ““How fragile everything had been. People walked through life everyday taking it all for granted, their cars, their cell phones, their lattes, their dramatic social issues and their medical problems.”
She started her day at her home in the mountains just like any other.”
3. https://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/2019/03/23/african-me-satellite-tv/ “For many years Suzette has managed very well to live her life without actually taking part in it, avoiding any possibility of pain by very carefully ignoring reality. Until something happens. Something so terrible that she has no choice but to abandon her cocoon of safety.”
4. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/24/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-lynda-mckinney-lambert/ “My guest today is American poet and author Lynda Lambert who shares what is in her briefcase and purse, her fashion sense, a book close to her heart and dreams.”
5. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/the-passengers-john-marrs-blog-tour-review/ “When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course.
The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?”
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