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Maybe you watched it – the Viral video about fame featuring Russel Brand and Lady Gaga lamenting the hollowness of fame and how being famous didn’t really make them happy. Speaking as an audience member and not participate, I wouldn’t mind confirming this for myself. I’d like to give all that money and fame thing a whirl, then tearfully admit it wasn’t all I thought it would be, but wow, those clubs are fantastic!

Got that out of the way.

The essential message isn’t bad. For writers, our wildly successful path looks like Emmys and Oscars and Pulitzer Prizes.  Just … Read more

Rules of Conflict

code of conductKristine Smith’s new book, Rules of Conflict, was released January 26.

I however, read the first in the series, Code of Conduct because I like to start at the beginning. And I’m glad I did.

Code of Conduct Introduces heroine  to Jani Kilian, her hybrid body, past relationships and an elaborately coded new world:

After an accident, doctors repair Jani using the most advanced Service Medical technologies available, or so they assured her. In the last days of the idomeni civil war, she escaped their homeworld of Shèrá, and spent the next 18 years on the run.

But someone like Read more

Protect your writing timeWe say the words, make time. We can’t make time. I try in my Future Girls books to make time, to travel back and forth changing up everything.  It’s fun in fiction, not as easy in real life – so to speak.

In a conversation with Beth Barany, she asked, how do I make time for my writing.

And I had the epiphany that I don’t make time at all.

But I do protect it.

I do schedule part of the day for writing, for being creative.

And that’s the making of time I suppose.  I make time for writing.… Read more

Reward your writing, www.newbiewriters.comI wrote on Writer’s Fun Zone about how to reward yourself for your writing.  sounds crazy? Sometimes writing is not its own reward. Sometimes, particularly when you’re editing, you need some encouragement and some fun.

That’s where a good reward system comes in.  Set one up, and keep to it, don’t ignore your own needs, that never works out well.

My only caution is to not reward yourself with alcohol.  No matter how tempting, it’s not a good habit.  Wine tasting trips, now that is completely different!

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Book stall, GermanyIt’s 2015, or, if you prefer: 8 A.K. — After Kindle. That device was supposed to bring about the end of physical books. …

Source: The Death of the Death of Books — 500ish Words — Medium

I just wrote a love letter to books and the bookcases we built to house them.  I have found the indie publisher and indie bookstores to be thriving, well, not dead in the water, let’s be clear, the margins on books is very small for everyone involved.  But we, as readers can’t stay away from the real thing.

And that is great news.  … Read more

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