The Gift (Friday Fictioneers)

Are you staring at a blank screen with no writing ideas? Here is a prompt from Laurie Bell. Every Friday she inspires us. I especially like this one. Go for it.

Rambles, writing and amusing musings

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The fire had been years ago. There was one room, a small one, tucked away out the back that was still structurally sound. That was where I hid, on the day of the fire. That is where I hide now, day after day, year after year. My sanctuary.

I survived because of the power I had been gifted on that same fateful day. Which is why I can’t leave. This is my home. This was hers.

I hold my hand up to the dying sun. In a blink my hand becomes a living flame. Superpowers are not always a gift.

This is a Friday Fictioneers prompt

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Review: Our House is not in Paris by Susan Cutsforth

Book Review Reblog from solothefirst.wordpress.com

Rambles, writing and amusing musings

Our House is not in Paris by Susan Cutsforth
Blurb:
Susan Cutsforth and her husband, Stuart, are ‘ordinary’ people living an extraordinary life. They both work full-time: one is a teacher librarian of thirty years, and the other, a middle-level clerk in the public service.

But, as Susan recounts in ‘Our House is Not in Paris’, they own a holiday house in France — the other side of the world. And not only that, this petite maison required significant renovating, which they accomplished almost singlehandedly during their working holidays.

Our House is Not in Paris is a story of pushing boundaries, aiming high and, most of all, taking risks. With humour, poetry and insight, Susan’s story shows that you can do more than simply dream: if you work hard, anything is possible.

My review:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Our House is Not in Paris, and felt transported into author Susan’s…

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Saving Time

Violet’s father said it right.

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When I was in first grade, my mother let my twin and me play with neighbor kids anywhere on our block in our small town if their parents were home. Her safety rule was to “be home by dark.”  I had several close calls when I dashed onto the covered front porch in the waning light of sunset. I needed more light after school.

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One cool spring day during World War II, I overheard my father talking about the return of “War Time.” War sounded terrible to me until he said it was a way to save daylight like people did during the war. Grandpa Carr had saved cans for dimes in the war. Maybe I could save time like pennies in my amber glass piggybank. Excited about a way to prolong sunset and play longer, I asked him what it had been like to save time.

He harrumphed and…

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Author Interview: 5 Tips to Ace It Without Freaking Out #ASMSG #IARTG #MFRWOrg

Helpful tips and opportunity. Thanks, N.N. Light.

POTL: All Things Books, Reading and Publishing

 

Ask a roomful of authors how they feel about writing author interviews and you’ll likely clear the room. For many authors, debut as well as seasoned, conducting an interview is scary. There’s a lot of pressure and it’s easy to get caught up in it.

How can I create the right first impression?

How do I want to be perceived?

What do I want someone to remember about me?

Why can’t I just talk about my book?

What if I come across as dumb?

These questions and more pummel an author until he/she lies in a puddle on the floor. Listen, promoting yourself as well as your books is essential in the industry. Readers want to know about you first and your books second. The quickest way to do that is to do an author interview.

As you may or may not know, I’m a book marketer and I…

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The Male Brain vs. The Female Brain. Boxed in, out or just plain Boxed?

This 5:13 minute talk is not only funny, but could help a writer to use the information in writing the difference between female and male characters.

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Mark Gungor is a man who speaks around the nation about of all things . . . marriage. Yes, after you watch this, he still does continue to speak on the subject and in all honesty I think it’s because he’s dead right and not afraid to say it.

You may find some things he says to be stereotyping but guess what? There is a reason they have those weird laws in your town like, don’t tie your giraffe to a lamp post in Atlanta, GA, or in Idaho you cannot fish from the back of a camel.

It’s because it’s happened. Stereotyping man and woman has been in the millennia in the making. Sit back, click, and enjoy without any guilt the truth that is the male brain and the female brain.

What are some things you’ve noticed are different between the male and female brain?

 

 

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MARCH-ing Books to Kids

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I believe books are one of the most special gifts we can give children. According to Reading is Fundamental (RIF), nearly two-thirds of low-income families in the U.S. DO NOT own books. The literacy initiative Picture Book Pass it On is working hard to get books into the hands of less fortunate children.

I was super excited when I discovered Picture Book Pass it On. I singed five copies of my picture book, Mama’s Purse, and headed down to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance to donate them. Then I wrote a blog post and completed the three PBPiO calls to action. What an incredible feeling to help children in my community!

I love reading. I love picture books. I love helping kids. When I learned about MARCH-ing Books to Kids, I said, “Count me in!”

Picture Book Pass it On is encouraging folks to participate in MARCH-ing…

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