And to do that, I'd draw on the lessons I'd learned in those four published novels.
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Next page. Blog post. Weapons of Mass Construction. I know some young digital warriors who embarrass and befuddle me with their high-tech gizmos and space-age savvy. They write every word electronically, including shopping lists and daily journals. I salute them. Allow me to share my new Weapons of Mass Construction, beginning with the newest.
The joke was on me for believing that great numbers on Facebook mean power. How I envied any writer who had Friends! Though I hadn't written horror since my fourth Kelley Wilde book in , I craved the c.
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I heard the school bells ringing after seven years as a struggling e-book writer--and thirty years after my award-winning hardcover first novel. With fourteen books beneath my belt, the bold thought occurred to me that I shouldn't need to work in a grocery store to pay the rent.
Now, it wasn't as if I'd never asked myself this tough question before. I'd tried different types of books, built up a small readership, experimented different cover artists, learned the imperative of the ground ru. A Writer's Notebook: Blue Plastic. Let's try something different here: a completely random and spontaneous collection of thoughts about writing and the writer's life.
In no particular order today Few of those who know us personally can believe that we might have real talent or maybe something greater still. Almost everyone thinks about writing a book--and what a beauty it will be! But they never get around to it for a few hundred reasons. The writers they love are all strangers, blessed not with more talent but mo. There are certain things that no one should get used to.
I gave up on smiling years ago when a certain procedure went wrong. It went wrong because I'd pinched pennies. My reward was a reverse, or negative, smile that frustrated and shamed me. Reverse and positive smiles look like these: My speech had also become somewhat impaired. Over and over again, people asked me to repeat what I'd just said.
And they seemed to be trying to read the lips I was using to cover my teeth. Instead of a post this week, I need to run a test. Somehow or other, I ended up changing my user ID or password elsewhere, and it's ended up changing things on Blogger. Now my default setting is under my main email rather than the account I used when setting up my blog. As a result of that--which I can live with--the blogs show no traffic since March 31, though by this time I'd usually have hundreds of visits or hits.
So I'm posting this on Facebook and Twitter to see i. Let the Lion Roar Some More.
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Of a sudden, I felt a lion's roar within. I've run a third of the text through Grammarly, an editorial app, and should have an error-free copy in a few more weeks. I felt good. But then the lion roared and I began to grow hungry for more. Now that I knew I was on schedule, not late, I sought to emulate my writing schedule of last year, taking notes and outlining for the next couple of months and then star.
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Surprise Yourself With a Staycation. I never thought I'd say these words in such a happy tone: This sure wasn't what I'd planned. For almost half a year I'd planned on a new cross-country train trip with my arriving Sunday in a town I'd never seen. But for a number of reasons that wasn't meant to be. Not yet. So, here I was with my time off work request approved I might have canceled the time off from work. Something Big is Going Down. A day that might have been like any other day ain't so.
This day's been a long time bornin'. Four days from now, it will arrive with minimal fanfare but high hopes. After all, I dreamed of it for longer than I can remember and I worked like a bastard to bring it about. But you all know all about that, in terms of your own lives. You've had your share of days like this, when you were on the cusp, at last, of a brand-new amazing adventure, the publication of a book, the s.
The Manly Art of Ironing. Has a small decision in your life ever been a real Eureka moment? Say, instead of doing something the usual way you decided to do it another. Not just new ways of doing things, new styles of inner architecture. My adventure started with a lovely pre-loved flannel shirt with two pockets whose flaps needed pressing.
I'd acquired so many shirts that I'd already started. Let's begin with the moral, up front: a mountain of knowledge and research are worth no more than a pile of beans if you can't retrieve what you need in a blink. If you've found yourself wondering 'I know I read about this somewhere You try Googling the subject, finding thousands of related entries Then you look at the shelves of books you read for research It's that time, cat time, again. I adore cats and always have.
They kept me sane in difficult times. Then, when Romeo died in his tenth year, I took Juliette with me to Charlotte. We formed an especially close bond in the final five years of her life.
After her death, I moved to Seattle, where I've been cat-less for over four years. Here's what those four years have taught me. See Now for ! I've lost track of the number of planners I've tried since I first started to plan. Monthly, weekly, daily Shirt-pocket, coat pocket, attache size Planners with far too much room for appointments and too little space for To Do's I've loved them all in my fashion but found myself starting to drift within months.
If only, I'd think, I could find one that was a sort of all-in-one. Amazon Basics. Post-Producers Bring Home the Bacon. Get this: Quentin Tarantino has begun post-production on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, for which he wrote the screenplay in Principal photography began in June of this year and the release date is scheduled for July 26, A biker returns from Thailand to set things straight with his girlfriend.
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R 99 min Comedy, Music. R 95 min Crime, Horror, Thriller. A group of medical students devise a deadly game: to see which one of them can commit the perfect murder. R min Comedy, Drama, Romance. An ensemble piece examining the health risks involved in the fast food industry and its environmental and social consequences as well. Follows real-life law enforcement officers from various regions and departments of the US armed with nothing but with cameras to capture their actions.
Votes: 4, PG 97 min Action, Crime, Drama. A single mother struggling with drug addiction is taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run who has broken out of jail and murdered the judge assigned to his case. R min Crime, Drama, Mystery. After a tragic incident, a man drifts into a world populated by thugs and speed junkies.
Director: D. R min Crime, Drama, Thriller. In the hope of a big score, two junkie couples team up to commit various drug robberies which go disastrously wrong leading to dissent, violence and murder. R min Action, Comedy, Crime. An anthology of stories involving meth addicted white supremacists, a man looking for his kidnapped wife and an Elvis impersonator. R 99 min Crime, Drama, Horror. The distinction between faith and religion is explored amid an assortment of frayed relationships when a devout Christian man contracts a life-altering illness, forms a drug dependency and becomes the key suspect in a murder investigation.
A group of hotheaded street racers are on their way to the Road Rally As they drive through a desolate shortcut on the way to the race, a man starts tracking, teasing and torturing them until the end of the road. Votes: 3, K-7 88 min Documentary, Biography, History. The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr.
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The young men fall in love, believing that their Votes: R 95 min Comedy, Romance. An offbeat romantic comedy about a decent guy, Ray Tuckby, with a dead-end life in the dead-end town of Trona, CA. After encouragement from a stranger whom he happens upon, Ray begins to dream again. He sheds the parasites in his life, musters the nerve to pursue his childhood love, and finally takes back his community by toppling the local teenage Meth-baron. R 98 min Crime, Drama, Thriller.
In post-Katrina New Orleans, a disgraced detective encounters the ghost of a murdered woman who wants to help him identify her killer. Not Rated min Documentary. From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.
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In hidden basements, bedrooms and bars across London, "Chemsex" is a documentary that exposes frankly and intimately a dark side to modern gay life. Traversing an underworld of intravenous Directors: William Fairman , Max Gogarty. TV-MA 72 min Documentary. American Meth is more than a movie, it's a movement.