Social Media

For week 15 I had to share the post by Gemma Snow from the 52-week challenge.

 

networks-1987215_1920Social Media is a buzzword. It evokes some millennial-run silver bullet of marketing that includes terms like stream, feed, content and post – nothing words that have been appropriated to explain a totally inexplicable form of communication that has been boggling our minds for the last two decades. I am 24 and have been working in social media for over seven years and for a variety of companies, museums, websites and, naturally, my author personas, so I should know.

And she does, so check out the rest of the post at Social Freaking Media

No Detail Too Small

Week 12 of the 52-week challenge. As I progress to the next week, I’m posting some of them here.  In case you’re following along, they aren’t necessarily in order.

What I call  my greatest strength is attention to detail. This focus combined with a logical thought process stood me in good stead as a computer programmer and system analyst, as well as an author of history books.

You might ask what does teaching a computer to do what you want have to do with writing fantasy novels. A lot of detail goes into creating a novel. Backstory is the details of a character’s life. Then the world needs to be described. Formatting to production standards may focus on a different set of information than backstory, but still requires attention to detail.

Read the rest of the post at Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination then visit the other authors to see their greatest strength. So far perserverance and refusal to give up are the strengths of several posts.

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

Friends for Now Or Forever

Week 5 of the MFRW Authors 52-week 52-post challlenge.

Almost as soon as I signed up for the 52 week challenge I wanted to go back and delete my name. I didn’t mind sharing writing tips or even some insights into my writing life. But there were the other topics–the personal ones. I’m an introvert I admit it. Groups of people do not attract me like a moth to a flame. Talking before groups I can don an outgoing personality, however, it comes at a cost of energy. And I’m old school enough that I don’t share everything on social media. My personal life is my own. In fact, Romance University published a post on drawing the line. Which causes a problem–what to write for the challenge.

How can you introduce someone when you purposely keep in the shadows?

My husband of many years should be listed as my best friend. But telling more about him crosses the line. Best friend could also apply to two authors I’ve known for some years. The relationship qualifies in one way was professional, but I wouldn’t want to put the Nova Scotian pixie or the wandering sailor on the spot. Or exclude one for the other. Which leaves only one thing to do–ask a few of my favorite characters.

Read the rest of the article and their responses here.

And don’t forget while you’re there to join the hop and visit the other participants to meet their “best friend.”

AuThursday – Helen Henderson

Tell us a little about yourself and your background? Thank you, Tina, for letting me stop by. To my readers of fantasy and romance, I’m Helen Henderson. To those of my historical westerns, they know me by the name of my ancestress, Jessie Treon. My Gemini sign matches my heritage and shows in my writing in multiple genres which are perfect for a tour
guide to the stars, the Old West, and worlds of imagination.

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Source: AuThursday – Helen Henderson

Right Thing to Do – Wednesday’s Words by Morgan Ashbury

Those who know me, know I don’t like to upset. I don’t talk politics outside of a few close friends (and never at the dinner table) and try to avoid controversy. But there is something I felt needed to be shared. It might be preaching to the choir, but downloading and sharing books that you haven’t paid for is THEFT. Morgan Ashbury explains legitimate ways to get “free books” and how when they’re stolen it hurts not only the authors who create the books (and their families), but readers as well. Authors are not rich like the fictional Richard Castle. If we give it to you for free, enjoy. If not? Well, read Morgan’s tale as she explains the right thing to do. Time to get off the soapbox and turn it over to Morgan who is far more eloquent.

From Morgan’s Wednesday’s Words of January 25, 2017  …Free stuff is a great resource, too, isn’t it? When you have the opportunity to snatch up free stuff, it’s a bonus. I like it myself. Some places where I go to shop have “rewards” programs, and there’s nothing better than buying that roast of beef at the grocery store, or filling your car’s gas tank, on your “points”. It really makes me feel as if I’ve ‘won’ for a change.

There is, however, one category of “free stuff” being offered on the Internet that is not free at all. In fact, it’s worse than these items not being free because they are, in truth, stolen property. And, since I am a published author, you may have guessed that one category is books….


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Wednesday’s Words by Morgan Ashbury: January 25, 2017