Social Media During Life

A good friend of mine posted this experiment and I think it is genius! Wanted to share. Would love your opinion. 🙂 

I was considering titling this post “Social Media: Gift or Curse?” but I thought that sounded a bit overly-dramatic, so I went with a statement of simple fact: What I learned from a month of staying off all my social media. Social media. Some people love it, some people don’t care. Some people are gurus […]

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The Storyteller by Nicole DragonBeck

A beautiful tale that brought tears to my eyes… Enjoy!

Stories My Friends Started

For Briana Jaeger, I hope you like it.

My jaw dropped as my eyes unveiled the secret before me…”

“And what was it?” a small boy in the back piped up.

“I’m getting there,” James said, a little crossly. He hated being interrupted when he was telling a story. He took a moment to remember where he was. “My jaw dropped as I saw what it was the ancient chest contained.” He paused, daring anyone to jump in. “It was an apple.”

“That’s all?” The small boy looked put out. “I have one of those every day.”

“But it wasn’t just any apple,” James said with a triumphant shake of his fist. “It was the last golden apple of the Tree of Time.”

“How do you know it was the last one?” a girl sitting in the front asked. “Maybe there were others.”

“Yeah, maybe there were others!” several…

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Author Mercedes Fox

I was lucky to meet author Mercedes Fox online recently and I’m excited to share her with you! One of the things I really like about her is how she feels about critiques. I couldn’t agree more. If you’re an artist – trust yourself. Make YOUR art and don’t listen to what people say you should do (or worse!). Here’s Mercedes! Enjoy!

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About Mercedes Fox

 

I’ve been writing seriously for the last 4 years. I’m married for 20+ years and we have three adorable furbabies. I enjoy benchrest competition shooting, crocheting, reading, and spending money.

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What are you up to right now? I’m working on Vengeance of the Werewolf 3 which is going to tell Principal Nico Howell’s story. I left him with a cloud of questions surrounding him in book 1. I’m also working on another erotic short story and horror short story.

Tell us a little about your book; Poaching the Immortal – where did the original ideas for the story come from? I’ve seen a couple movies along the same lines and read a couple books. Because I love werewolves and Ted is my star it just felt right he go to Alaska.

Do you have a set writing routine that you follow?  No I’m keep telling myself to make a daily schedule but as soon as I do everything changes and my schedule is null and void.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Don’t let anyone put you or your work down. Don’t let yourself get belittled because someone doesn’t believe its more than playtime. And stick to it. Write what you want. Don’t worry about your mom reading it. If she knows you, she’ll just smile and shake her head.

What are your three all-time favorite books? Any of the Harry Potter books and Ada the Ayrshire 

What do you get up to when you aren’t writing? I crochet and read and go shopping.

Do you use critique partners to get feedback on your work? Nope never have.PTI 1 (002)

What were you like at school? I was an A student and played in the band a couple years.

Were you good at English? I was, but my mother made sure I knew what I was doing and understood it.

What are your ambitions for your writing career? I’d really like to be just a writer. I currently am only writing.

So, what have you written? Vengeance of the Werewolf, Poaching the Immortal, Life After: Werewolf Domination, Mitch: Naughty Teddy Bear Tale

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? Matt Damon would make a great Ted Applegate

Do you ever get writer’s Block? Yup. I had a really bad case for a few months before I finished Poaching the Immortal. I’ve since purchased a book with writing prompts to help the writers mind.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you? Never ever do your own editing. Yes proof and edit when you’re done with the first manuscript, but gather your pennies and get it to a professional editor before ever considering publishing it. Trust me, if you don’t, it will hurt you, your brand, and your book.

Who edited your book and how did you select him/her? I have a fabulous editor, Wendy Schirmer. I found her through a different site a couple years back, she offered great rates and she was very good. Never once did I feel like a noob even though that’s exactly what I was.

Who designed your book covers? These are all me. I’ve recently updated the covers on my first 2 books, Vengeance of the Werewolf and Life After. Thanks to all the interviews I do, I learned about how other authors design their covers and where to get images. I do want to have a cover drawn up for me for which I own the rights, but I don’t have the money required for the service yet.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process? I’m going to answer this question from the customer POV. Whether I’m in the store or looking online, if that cover looks noobish, seen it on several other books, or it just screams “not professional” at me I tend to move past it. I know this is rather harsh but I do this with all my shopping. So yes that cover is extremely important. It’s the first step to get your book looked at, picked up or clicked on. I know it’s said ‘never judge a book by its cover’, but that’s just not true. If the cover looks ridiculous more than likely the inside will be ridiculous.

Here’s how to find out more about Mercedes and her books:

Thanks Mercedes!

 

Hot Damn, Ms. Claus by Lisa Barry

A little fun!

Stories My Friends Started

To Trish Collins ~ thank you for the first line that led to such a fun little yarn!

A Santa costume isn’t the easiest place to hide a gun. 

Especially when it’s a cheap Mrs. Santa Slut suit and some asshat decided to ship you a size too small when you needed it fast. I had no idea where I was going to find another in less than a day so I had to improvise.

I went and found a ridiculous pair of thigh high boots and fashioned a furry white topper for each. After placing a buckle on the sides, I was able to tuck the gun inside my right thigh inside the boot. It would be an evening event so the darkness would be on my side.

I was certain that the decorator Mr. Grayson McNeally had hired would keep his home muted and candle lit, soft and…

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Could Have Ripped Me to Pieces! – an ISG Writing Exercise

As always, the Ink Slingers Guild had a blast creating these short short stories. Enjoy!

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On 16 September 2015, these four words were chosen:

  • Reflection
  • Terror
  • Honey
  •  Supernatural

And these blurbs were written within eight minutes….Enjoy!

NICOLE DRAGONBECK:

In that moment of pure terror, Honey paused for a moment of reflection. How on earth had she ended up in this supernatural nightmare? Things like this did not happen to normal people. Why did she have to be so…..abnormal?

The moment was shattered by the claw of the creature trying to rip out her heart. For obvious reasons, she had a problem with this.

“Benji!!” she hollered as loud as she could. “Now would be a great time to show yourself!”

The creature trying to kill her was startled for the briefest fraction of a second by her yell, but that was not enough to deter it. The dragon’s roar was. Benji appeared above them, hundred-foot wingspan blocking most of the moonlight. He roared again, the sound tearing…

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Short Story now published on Amazon

I am absolutely thrilled and floating in a surreal cloud. Yeah, I’m a newbie but still. There is nothing cooler than seeing a book containing one of your very own short stories for sale on Amazon.

Beyond the Threshold presented by the Ink Slinger’s Guild is now released and available here!!!

After I come down from my high (and do some shameless self-promotion, and maybe some grocery shopping) I’ll be posting what I went through to get this thing live.

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