I Love The Rainbows! Thank You, WordPress!

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I never thought I would see the day when so many people bemoan the fact that the internet is exploding with… rainbows! Really? Let’s be honest, its not the rainbow you vehemently detest, its the celebration behind the rainbow.

I can think of few things happier and more beautiful than a rainbow… maybe cheesecake… with raspberry sauce 🙂  And I am a HUGE advocate of all things “happy” — why more of us don’t want more pure, unadulterated happiness in our lives is something I cannot wrap my brain around.

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Hypocricy and the Nones

What a great article with interesting, thought-provoking information! I especially like this:
I think more clergy should follow what Episcopal Bishop Robert Wright said in a statement on the Supreme Court decision:

“Today the nation’s highest court has concluded that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.

In the days ahead, whatever your position, I ask you to keep close to your heart and lips the words of scripture, that “God is love.” Christ’s church is trans-political, above all earthly partisanship.

Therefore, if love has won even a small victory today, then let us rejoice.”

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If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:26-27

By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
1 John 3:10

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.
Matthew 23:13

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
Ephesians 5:11

And as they continued to ask him, he stood…

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How a Foodie Navigates the Juicing Universe

I love food! Actually, that’s an understatement. As someone who celebrates her biggest accomplishments of life with fabulous food – and by accomplishments I mean birthdays, anniversaries and days that end in ‘Y’ 🙂 – I’m not one to count calories, limit carbs or peruse the gluten-free section of the local grocery store. But I am aware that I’m at that stage in my life, as well as my husband, that we probably could benefit from being a little more mindful of our food choices.

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Dear Author: Men Don’t Talk Like That!

This will be brief! (Ha! Famous last words… I ramble.) I’m reading a highly rated M/M book by a popular author in our genre and seriously, I can’t believe the dialogue between the two male protagonists. I just had to share… well that and I don’t want to think I’m the only freakin’ reader of this genre that doesn’t read this sh… stuff and talk out loud at your Kindle, “Are you kidding me?”.

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Why Flashbacks Ruin Fiction

Today Kristin Lamb blogs about the annoying Flashback in fiction writing. I have to admit, I am NOT a fan of the flashback and I’m happy to say that most of my favorite, auto-buy authors never use them.

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We have been discussing Deep POV, and yesterday I mentioned hating flashbacks with the power of a thousand suns and promised to explain why next post.

Yay! Here we are.

So you want to be a writer. Okay. I’ll be blunt because that’s my superpower. Check your conscience at the door keyboard. Writers are not civilized humans. In fact, we are the opposite. We are the reptilian brain to the power of a million. We probe and prod and poke the weak places.

Great storytellers are nothing short of sadists. We take a perfectly empathetic/likable person, toss their life in a Vita-Mix and blend, churning that mixture from Level 1-1000.

That is called conflict.

Stories are about people with problems to be solved. Everything else is a travel brochure.

One of the reasons I LOVE teaching craft is I get…

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Deep P.O.V. Part Two—Crawling Inside Your Characters

Deep POV Part Two by Kristin Lamb… more of the same and all of it brilliant! As a reader I find that there’s nothing better than getting “deep” inside a character’s head. Kristin explains how the character’s past, personality can attribute to the voice of the character.

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Last time we talked about the history and evolution of POV (Point of View) and why certain types of POV might not be the best choice for a modern reader. We also talked about what is often called “deep POV” which, until I looked it up one day? I thought was just tight writing. Who knew it had a name?

Today we’re going to dive deeper into deep POV.

Wow, deep.

Yes, there are style changes we can make, like removing as many tags as we can and ditching extraneous sensing and thinking words. But deep POV is strongly tethered to characterization. Good characterization. Before we get to that, let’s talk about what we often do when we’re new.

The Fishy Flashback

When we’re new writers, we often don’t understand plotting. We don’t yet have the skill set…

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Deep P.O.V. Part One—What IS It? How Do We DO It?

If you want to keep your reader deeply entrenched in your book you need to know as much as possible about Deep POV and First Person POV… Kristen Lamb explains the mysteries of POV in a clear and concise manner that is hilariously refreshing!

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Writing is like anything else. The trends and fashions change along with the audience. For instance, Moby Dick spends an excruciatingly long time talking about whales, namely because the audience of the time probably had never seen one and never would. If we did this today? Sure, feel free to walk around in a literary gold-plated cod piece, but er…

Yes, awkward.

Epics were also very popular. Follow a character from the womb until death. FANTASTIC STUFF! Why? Because no one had HBO, Pinterest or Angry Birds. Books were a rare indulgence usually reserved for a handful of literate folks with the money or connections to get their hands on…a book.

Also, since writers were paid by the word, their works were padded more than a freshman term paper. Their motto? No modifier left behind. These days? We have to write leaner…

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Scrivener Simplified – How to Create your eBook in 60 Minutes – course review

I just might have to give this course a try and take Scrivener for a test drive. I have always been one for keeping things as simple as humanly possible when it comes to writing. I mean, if George R.R. Martin can write his epic novels in DOS, I think I can manage to self-publish using MSWord! But I do like the idea of having an outline, images and scene cards all visible while I write.

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As you know I’ve been working (forcing myself) to use Scrivener in my writing.

scrivener-512I tend to be a multiple project kind of worker. In the past, the way I’ve managed this is to create directories and folders (upon folders, upon folders.) As writers, you know that all it takes is to not pay attention when you save a file for it to get lost in another folder – which means you then have to waste time trying to track it down.

*sigh*

One of the beauties of Scrivener is that I can park all of my research, notes, and background material right in my Scrivener project. For someone like me, this is a Godsend.

I also found out that I can download Scrivener onto multiple systems in my household. While I do most of my work at my desk, I do have a portable tablet that I use for…

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Why critique groups MUST DIE

I have never understood the desire to belong to a critique group. I don’t want twenty people, I may or may not know well, telling me how my story is or is not working. It’s my story! I know what works; I know which characters are suppose to do what and when. Did Hemingway have a critique group? How about Jane Austen? Hell, for that matter, how many dozens of people gave Fifty Shades of Grey a once over before it sold a bazillion books (ha! that would have been interesting). Nope, not doing it! Here’s a critique… just write. All the time. And once you have it just the way YOU want it, pass it along to an editor and be done!

The Red Pen of Doom

Every writer gets the notion — from college, from movies, from the Series of Tubes — that they should be in a critique group.

This notion is seven separate types of wrong.

It’s time for critique groups to go the way of the rotary phone — to make way for something better, faster and stronger.

Peoples of the interwebs: critique groups are obsolete

A critique group is useful for certain things:

(a) university professors who want students to break into groups and leave him alone for the next 45 minutes,

(b) writers who really, really like to read their work aloud,

(c) literary snobs who like to say silly pretentious things about the work of others, and

(d) happy writers who like to socialize with fellow writers and talk smack about the craft while drinking bourbon.

Sidenote: Yes, your particular critique group is wonderful, and you couldn’t live without it…

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