Special Book Give away

I’m working on an interview with Kerry Morgan to help spotlight her as an author. Expect it to be here by Monday. Meanwhile, she’s offering this give-away. Give her a look. It’ll be worth your time. 🙂

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The Next Great Writer

I was looking at my stats on Good Reads tonight, and discovered almost all the authors in my top 10 are dead. The majority of the ones still alive are over 65. This caused me a moment’s sadness that soon the stories I know best will not be continued. There are authors I will never get enough of, just as there are some stories I hope will go on forever, even though I know they won’t.

It also caused me to wonder who’s great now? Who are the teens and 20-somethings reading now? I’ve looked in stores and online and have discovered I have no way to know if an author or a story is appealing to me, except for the five or so that get national attention. I’m afraid I’m still stuck in the last century. The only way I can tell if I like a story or author’s style is to open the book and read a few pages.

How do you decide what and who to read?

Punctuation

Just out of curiosity, has anyone else noticed a lack of punctuation either in their own blog writings or in the replies they get? I noticed sometimes when I use smilies, my punctuation doesn’t register. After so many years (since 1996) of posting on forums and other forms of social media, sometimes that period at the end of the sentence, or the capital at the beginning, just don’t happen. It’s a bad habit I freely admit, but I’m working on noticing it more often.

Oh, I guess I need to remember that a wall of text on a computer screen isn’t the same as a full paragraph on a printed page, too. 🙂

Censoring Myself

I’m not exactly sure why it’s happening, but for some reason, this blog seems to be a lot about drafting posts, and not so much about publishing them. It looks like I haven’t been here for days, but the truth is, I just haven’t posted what I’ve written. Is it because all previous blogs were private and I only let people I knew see them? Or is it because this blog is supposed to be more professional and topic oriented and none of the others were?

At any rate, I’ll figure it out and get back in the swing of things… I hope. *insert evil snicker here*

Decisions, Decisions

I was curious. Did you know there are free online college level courses for writing? I searched it, there are dozens of links. Problem is, I’m not sure which one to take. Still, it’s sort of nice to have a choice. Online classes would give me the flexibility to do the work when I’m able, instead of having to show up in a classroom at a specific time. Makes me wonder if there are other types of classes I should be looking into, as well?

How it all started

It’s embarrassing now, but back in 1976, there was a show call “The Hardy Boys Adventures” on TV. It starred Shawn Cassidy and Parker Stevenson. Yes, they were cute. Yes, my friends and I all had major crushes on them. Of course, we started writing fan fiction, back before it was called fan fiction. Back then, we would never have dreamed of publishing our stories because they were a direct rip-off of something already copyrighted. I still have that story.

Shows came, and went, some inspired other stories. Eventually, I started making up my own stuff. Usually under 10,000 words, nothing major. I met a bunch of artists when I made my first website (no longer there- the web company went under) We started forums and decided the best way to challenge ourselves was to try challenging each other to create works based on themes. Those forums are gone, now, as are most of the artists that were present. They didn’t die, they just sort of drifted away.

Then blogging became more popular. My circle of influences became larger. I love that the internet is a place where you can interact with people from anywhere in the world. It broadens the possibilities. So, now, I still write offline, but my online activities help to bring a wider experience than I would have had if the internet hadn’t become a part of my life. I hadn’t realized until a few days ago that I had been a closet writer for so long. It was just something there that I didn’t think about very much until  someone asked the question.