Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
I’m offering the Writers' Resources section, which is intended to get people to that blessed point where they can type the words THE END. So if you’re among those who want to finish (or even begin) a novel, check this section out – there may be something that you’ll find helpful.I spent half a day reading through Timothy's exercises and suggestions. Hopefully, this will help with finishing my own WIP's. If you're experiencing the same dilemma, I suggest you go on over and read Timothy's suggestions. Happy Writing
- One who writes, or has written; a scribe; a clerk.
- One who is engaged in literary composition as a profession; an author; as, a writer of novels.
- A clerk of a certain rank in the service of the late East India Company, who, after serving a certain number of years, became a factor.
- The beginner, former, or first mover of anything; hence, the efficient cause of a thing; a creator; an originator.
- One who composes or writes a book; a composer, as distinguished from an editor, translator, or compiler.
- The editor of a periodical.
- An informant.
- To occasion; to originate.
- To tell; to say; to declare.
Writer or Author. Which is the correct title if you're unpublished?
There's a post at The Writing Life that's similar to this one, with a few links to other blogs on the subject. The more I read what other writer's thought and felt about this, the more I realized I wasn't alone.
I read somewhere that the term "Writer" is described as - one who writes, especially as a business or occupation (author, journalist, etc.) and the term "Author" is described as - one who makes or originates something; creator. The writer of a book, article, etc. For some reason, I feel uncomfortable calling myself an author. In my mind, I won't earn that title until I'm published. Until then, I'm a writer.
The term "author" to me, refers to someone who has a written a book (or article or whatever) that you are able to purchase, either online or at a brick and mortar store. It has a cover, an ISBN number and a Publisher. The lucky ones who've had the good fortune to accomplish this, IMO, are authors. Until you're published, you're a writer. Right...?
Thursday, December 27, 2007
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- Australia and New Zealand
- In a similar vein to the United Kingdom (see below), shopping occurs similarly in Australia and New Zealand, although some Australian states, including New South Wales are tightening restrictions on Boxing Day retail trading, deferring the post-Christmas sales to December 27. Boxing Day is not formally observed in the Australian state of South Australia, instead what would have been the next working day after Christmas is officially titled Proclamation Day and a public holiday is observed. . However, it is still referred to as Boxing Day.
- In Canada, Boxing Day is observed as a holiday, except (in some cases) for those in the retail business. Boxing Day and the days immediately following are when many retail stores sell their Christmas and retired model products by holding clearance sales. Some shoppers will line up for hours at night (sometimes before midnight and after midnight on December 26) for retailers to open their doors. Except in Quebec, retailers often open their stores earlier than usual, such as 6 or 7 am. Some retail companies internally refer to the sales week after Christmas as the "thirteenth month." (See Boxing Week.) It is similar to Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, in the United States. Boxing Day 2005 was the single largest economic transaction day ever in the history of Canadian commerce (according to Visa). Individual big box stores can even gross over CAD$1,000,000 on one single Boxing Day.
- As an exception, most retail stores are not permitted to open on Boxing Day in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2006, Nova Scotia eliminated a similar ban on Boxing Day openings, although most retailers elected to continue past practice and remain closed that day. In these provinces, most stores offer the same specials on December 27 that they would offer elsewhere on the 26th. This distinction is not well known in central and western Canada.
- In addition to the retail aspect of the holiday, Boxing Day also serves as a second day for families to gather for dinner and to exchange gifts. Boxing Day dinner is, in many ways, just as much a part of many families traditions as Christmas dinner itself.
- Boxing Day has also been referred to as the day that people "box" up their Christmas decorations and put them away until next year.
- European countries
- Boxing Day is a holiday of peculiarly British origin, but in most years it falls on the same day as the Feast of St. Stephen (St. Stephen's Day - 26 December).
- See December 26#Holidays and observances
- South Africa
- In South Africa, Boxing Day is known in the official calendar as Day of Goodwill.
- In Irish it is called Lá Fhéile Stiofán or Lá an Dreoilín — the latter translates literally as another English name used, the Day of the Wren or Wren's Day. When used in this context, 'wren' is often pronounced 'ran'. This name alludes to several legends, including those found in Ireland linking episodes in the life of Jesus to the wren. In parts of Ireland persons carrying either an effigy of a wren, or an actual caged wren, travel from house to house playing music, singing and dancing. Depending on which region of the country, they are called Wrenboys, Mummers or Strawboys. A Mummer's Festival is held at this time every year in the village of New Inn, County Galway, Co. Galway. St Stephen's Day is also a popular day for visiting family members. A popular rhyme, known to many Irish children and sung at each house visited by the mummers goes as follows:
- The wren, the wren, the king of all birds, On St. Stephen's Day was caught in the furze, Up with the kettle and down with the pan, Give us some money to bury the wren.
- St. Stephen's Day in Wales is known as Gŵyl San Steffan. Ancient Welsh custom, discontinued in the 19th century, included bleeding of livestock and "holming" (beating or slashing with holly branches) of late risers and female servants.
- CataloniaIn Catalonia it is called "Sant Esteve" and is a bank holiday, but not in the whole country of Spain.
Year One topics: Writing Basics: Ideas, Genres, Themes, Conflict and more Character development Worldbuilding Outlining Writing, including what to do when you get stuck Year Two topics: Completing your first draft The second draft Final edits Submission You might also consider buying the 2YN: Year 1 book, which is available in PDF (Download) format and which you can print out. This is the material that I'll present in the class, so it's not necessary that you have it. However, some people have found it helpful to have the book since they can look ahead and do the work in an order that is more natural to them, though they cannot post material before the class is presented on the boards. It is also helpful so you can do the work even if they are not able to get to the computer on days I put the material up. As always, there are no fees or special requirements, other than you be a member of Forward Motion. If you are interested, just post to this thread and I'll add you to the board when it's open.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
You have won a door prize via the Night Owl Romance Yahoo Group.Can you please send me your snail mail address.My direct email is (blank)
Your winnings include -
- -Book Marks and Book Flats from around 15 different authors.
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Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
75% of the blogs I read have posted their Writers Christmas list, so I thought I'd get in on the fun. Who knows, maybe I have a secret Santa somewhere just waiting for me to post this list. :) Word 2007 RWA Membership Subscription to Writers Digest Subscription to Romantic Times Subscription to Wild West Magazine Digital Camera Studs 'N Spurs Calendar Women Writing the West Membership Gift Certificate(s) to Barnes and Noble and/or Amazon E-book Reader (Maybe) So, what's on your X-Mas list this year?
Monday, December 17, 2007
Carol, Congratulations! You won the Karma Sutra Honey Dust from our Blue Moon Magic giveaway. All you need to do is pick your favorite flavor...Original, Strawberries and Cream, or Raspberry. Just email me back to let me know your preference and I'll get it shipped to you. Happy Holidays,
Woo-hoo! Can you guess which one I picked? Strawberries and Cream, of course (the dh's favorite *grin*) This is the second thing I've won this past week. A couple of posts down, I blogged about the package of books I got in the snail mail last week. Remember, five books from romance author Ann Christopher's contest? I wonder if this is any indication of how my new year go! Maybe my luck will hold out long enough to snag a contract! Wouldn't that be nice? Happy Holidays!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
- Lord Perfect by Loretta Chase
- The Devils Waltz by Anne Stuart
- Just One of Those Things by Candace Hern
- Lord of Fire by Gaelen Foley
- A Passion for Him by Sylvia Day
- Four bookmarks
Monday, December 10, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I ran across a couple of really nice writing exercises and thought I'd share.
- Create a Memory House by sketching a floor plan of any house in which you have lived. Now write a memory in each room. If a memory inspires you, write from it.
Here's another one:
- Take a sheet of paper and write"I remember" at the top of the page, then just write. Keep your hand moving and let the words flow. When you come to a stopping place, take a deep breath, let it out, write "I remember" again and keep going. Come back to this exercise often. Different days evoke different memories. Go back to the memory list later and highlight (or use a crayon to encircle) the ones that seem fresh and full of potential stories.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
- Male Archetypes and how they affect our characters
- How (il)logical men think and why they act the way they do
- How to take any male character from any movie/story and modify him to fit your story
- How to get your man to express his true "self"
- The Male Cycle of Emotions and how it compares to the female cycle of emotions
- A man's journey in life
Although the title says "Romance Writers Association" authors of all genres are welcome to join.
In fact, we have one big fat rule about joining – we don’t exclude anyone. We want you here. We know we can learn from you and from each other.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
- *First prize – win yourself an editor for a year!
- *Two runners-up will be given editorial critiques of their first chapter entries and also a personal telephone consultation about their writing!