Friday, April 29, 2011
I had the pleasure of meeting C.R. Moss in person at the TWRP's Writer's Retreat last year. She's from Vegas, I'm from Reno and we met in Bandera, TX. Go figure. I'm visiting her blog today and chatting about Howl. Hope to see you there.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
This is my 4th year attending the TMCC Writer’s Conference and I’m always amazed at what the conference delivers for the price ($99) and this year was no exception. Like many community colleges, TMCC has been hit hard by the economy, the fact that the college ran the conference with its highest attendance ever is a miracle.
Writer and KUNR Broadcaster, David Stipech, opened with a discussion on the writer’s journey. He noted a couple of key points to a writer’s reality check.
· Do you know what you want out of writing?
· Are your setbacks motivating you or stopping you? “No” should be a street sign not a stop sign.
I especially liked his comment that it is okay to feel frustration-people without ambition seldom feel frustrated.
Editor for Writer’s Digest books, Chuck Sambuchino advised writers to approach markets and agents that are small, new or local. He urged writers write to articles for magazines and local papers to establish credentials and to make contacts.
This year the conference featured a book store where attendees could purchase books by the speakers and on the writer’s craft. I scored a copy of Susan Palwick’s The Fate of Mice and she signed it for me prior to her session.
Susan Palwick is a rock star to me. Not only is she a sci-fi novelist and an UNR professor, she also knits socks. Her discussion on the use of setting to advance the story was insightful. Writers should consider how setting rules or limits the characters. Palwick noted that the setting should be as essential as the other elements of the story.
The conference packed plenty of content into a single day, including mini sessions on marketing and screenwriting. Can communities provide artistic endeavors on a tight budget? For TMCC the answer is a resounding Yes!
Saturday, April 9, 2011
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Regina O’Malley is a college student who’s just discovered she’s magic. Today is the first day of her internship at a prominent brokerage house at the World Center, and she’s late. She doesn’t know disaster is right around the corner.
Gregor Vasiliev is a financial advisor at the World Trade Center. This shapeshifter hates the office coffee, and while on a donut run he gazes out the window of his favorite coffee shop. There in the street stands the lifemate he’s been searching for. If he doesn’t act now, he’ll lose her forever.
VAMPIRE IN THE BASEMENT features that shifter, his beloved, and his family as well as elves, a leprechaun, and vampires. When the wedding party is cursed, saving them depends on a half leprechaun/half elf unsure of her powers and a bunny shifter sister-in-law who is sure of her powers but not of her heart.
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