Out and About – Chatting with Ally Shields

One of the more enjoyable parts of marketing is being out and about. Here’s my visit with Ally Shields. We both like fantasy and to hang out with mages. Her specialty is contemporary fantasy.

Hope you’ll stop by and visit. And while you’re there check out her books.

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~till next time, Helen

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Last Meal? What Takes Forever to Cook

For a bit of fun, another post from the MFRWauthor 52-week challenge.

Saw the topic of last meal and a line from the television series, Air America, just leaped from the pen, “Peking Duck.” Now that might seem to be a strange choice for a meat and potatoes kind of gal, so I’ll give you the background. After being captured by South American revolutionaries, Lorenzo Lamas, aka Rio Garnett, and his co-pilot/friend were offered a last meal before their execution by firing squad. The friend said, “Peking Duck.” After their captors went away, Lamas inquired why. The buddy explained it takes 3 days to make, I was trying to buy time.”

Besides lots of time for a meal to be prepared–and later, and even greater amount to eat it, here’s a few items for a last meal.

First, the appetizers: shrimp cocktail and stuffed mushrooms.

Then there are several entrees. Filet mignon with sweet potato, loaded with cinnamon brown sugar, and freshly churned butter. A heaping side plate of lobster tail with drawn butter, and fried scallops. Hot dinner rolls, fresh out of the oven, with lots of butter to help things go down.

Where’s the vegetables you asked? Not for this gal’s final forging.

The final course took a little more thought. Going with the delay approach, rice pudding. For those with a lactose intolerance, that would guarantee at least 3 hours in the bathroom. On second thought, the captors might think it funny to hold off the toilet run. Note to self, no pudding, no ice cream. Boston cream pie, chocolate eclair, (no make that 2 eclairs, properly chilled) and a slice of death by chocolate cake. Notice the theme? Chocolate – my favorite food group.

I almost forget the drinks, which unlike James Bond’s preference is not a shaken vodka martini or champagne.

Read the rest of the menu at http://helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com/2017/06/last-meal-what-takes-forever-to-cook.html.

 

Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination: Plotter, Pantser, Explorer #mfrwauthor

Week 11 of the #MFRWAuthor 52-week Challenge

First stop on this week’s blog hop. The topic is “My writing process.” The answer, whatever works. No labels, no worries. Hope you’ll stop by and read the rest of the tale, then visit the other authors.

One of the first things I get asked when someone learns I am a published author is “Are you a plotter or a pantser?” To avoid the impassioned defense of whatever method the questioner uses or the inevitable proselytizing to change to their side, I’ve developed a response, “Yes.”

How do I justify being both a plotter or pantser? Or anti-plotter, discoverer, or whatever the latest process is.

Read the rest of it on Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination: Plotter, Pantser, Explorer

Out and About with Cynthia Woolf

The first interview of the year is up. I’m dishing secrets with Cynthia Woolf. You’re invited to stop on by and see the answers to questions such as “Was your road to publication fraught with peril or a walk in the park?” and “advice for aspiring writers.” There are also a couple of special questions answered just for my readers.

Hope you’ll stop on by and leave a comment. The post is at http://cynthiawoolf.com/?p=6732

~till next time, Helen

Characters Meet and Greet – Name Tag Anyone?

When you walk into a large party or business meeting with dozens of people in attendance you never met before, do you have trouble remembering the names that go with the faces as everyone is introduced? I sure do! Thank goodness for BIG name tags is all I can say. (Yes, I stole these lines from Veronica Scott in her 10/24/16 post for Romance University.)

Read more of why an author can need a name tag at Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination: Characters Meet and Greet

~till next time, Helen

World Building by Janet Lane Walters

World building is something every writer in every genre needs to pay attentio1n to. Sometimes it’s to build a town similar to the one we live in, or it could be a fantasy world where magic rules and dragons fly. Read an informative article by Jane Lane Walters of tips and traps on world building. Be sure to read all the way through. The ending is one every writer can relate to. And then go back to read parts 1 and 2. Or pick up one of Janet’s books.

~till next time, Helen

Books We Love Insider Blog: World Building For All Genres Part 3 Janet Lane Wa…: The next area of World building to consider is Characters. There are a number of areas where people help weave the world web. …