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Worst. Poems. Ever. May 7, 2010

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Chip McGregor is hosting his yearly bad poetry contest this week. The entries, so far, are a real treat, especially the very first entry by Aimee Salter. I have submitted my own special piece, entitled SPECIAL.

It looks like I might be in with a chance if no one else enters . . . so I challenge you all to oust me from my winning (in my opinion) spot. Here is my entry, but you will need to post your own on Chip’s page, and it should be PG clean.


SPECIAL

This poetry contest does be great
and while i wait
to see if i can a winner be
i can be a poem as lovely as a tree

the tree it blows
in the way vacuums suck
and fat men eat
like turkeys that gobble
in their special way

speaking of special
like the half-off coupons in the Sunday paper and you can rip them out with your sharp nail with the pointy bits of
skin
that stick out the side that you can’t never seem to get your teeth onto the edges of

THE END

 

 

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Query help May 3, 2010

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There’s nothing like a short and sweet post. 🙂

This fabulous Web site can help us all: Online promotion made easy. Use it for promotions, and it is also a perfect tool to use when writing a book query. You can find out in minutes how many books are already in print that cover your topic, and what the sales figures are like for them.

And for something completely different . . . I just read this fascinating article on the lack of Jewish fantasy writers, and I wanted to share it with you.

 

 

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Why keep blogging? April 29, 2010

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You write a blog, but what is your ultimate goal with it? Every journey should have a destination. Here are some more questions to help you on your path.


Why do you write?
Who do you write for (if not just for you)?

If you are writing for others, are you writing:
a) to inspire?
b) to teach?
c) to amuse?
d) to enrich?
e) to provoke thought?

No matter what you want to write for, you need to decide if you will use material from other sources or if you will provide something unique. From what I can gather, most of the popular blogs are the unique ones.

So my last question for you is:
How can you make your blog unique? (Or is it ok to be another blog in blog world that is just like everyone else’s?)

 

 

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Fed up writing your blog? April 27, 2010

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As you may have guessed, I’m tired of writing this blog. Things will have to change. While I remain on sabbatical, resting my mind and then forcing it to think again, here are some questions to help you decide what to do with your own blog.

What made you start your blog?
How did you decide what to post about?
Who is your target audience?
How many people have you managed to inspire/help?

If you were to change one thing about your posts, what would it be?
If you were to completely change your posts, what would you write about instead?
Do you need to zone in on a more specific topic or broaden your topic choices?
Will you post with the same frequency?
Will your posts be the same length?

Has it just been a good experience but your taste for it has gone?
What would happen if you never posted another thing?

 

 

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Forget Me Not April 18, 2010

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First off, I apologize for posting two book reviews in a row—I prefer to spread them out. This week, though, I had two books that needed to have reviews posted within certain dates, and Forget Me Not and The Bridegrooms happened to fall together.

Forget Me Not
Forget Me Not is a thriller that makes one read fast. This is not your usual templated plot—Hinze has managed to put intricate details into her story that add excitement and interest to each of her characters. As for the romance, she has been able to pace the love interest angle with restraint.

The plot has many characters in it—probably the only thing that made the reading a little less satisfactory—but it makes sense for the plot and the sub plots that tied in to the main story as it was revealed. For speed readers, it might be difficult to remember who’s who. Dialogue is well written, settings are detailed enough to be seen in the mind’s eye without being overdone, and the MC’s worst fear isn’t repeated ad nauseum until it’s suddenly gone.

All in all, I recommend this as a good read for people who love a realistic thriller to sink their teeth into, with romance attached.

 

 

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The Bridegrooms April 12, 2010

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Overall impression
I must confess: Because The Bridegrooms was set in the late 1800’s, I was expecting to read the usual frills and clichés period writers seem so fond of using. I should have known better than to have a Multnomah book be a normal read. The Bridegrooms was a delightful concoction of unexpected happenings and tantalizing writing.

It would have been tempting for the writer to move into the Jane Austen style of sarcasm and make fun of people with money and the desperation of single ladies, but Pittman doesn’t do this.

The plot
Mixing a middle-class family without a mother, baseball, music, and a dalliance with the town’s wealthy visitors, Pittman has a unique style of her own that illustrates the richness of the soul and spirit within each of her unique characters. Following the stories of four girls keeps the plot and sub plots moving along quickly, and this is a book that is difficult to put down once begun. Each story within the story is beautifully paced to the end, and even then Pittman doesn’t wrap it all up with a perfect bow—she leaves the readers to use their imaginations to see into the future.

(This book was given to me by Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.)

 

 

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What happens to my book proposal? April 8, 2010

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Chip McGregor is one of those guys who seems to do it all—blogging, speaking, writing, finding future best-selling authors, securing over 1,000 book deals . . . blah, blah, blah. It’s enough to make the lesser gods sick, but you can temper your loserville/lessergod pain quickly when you read all of the great advice Chip gives you in his blog.

Chip’s latest post is about the journey your proposal takes once an agent asks for it. Many times your novel/non-fiction opus might not pass through the golden doors of publishing for reasons you’ve never thought of.

Read more here.
                                                                 
And for some other insights on what happens to your blood, sweat and tears:

From proposal to published book.

The parts of the proposal agents focus on.

Thoughts from author/editor Diane Eble.

 

 

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