Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Post



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August



I went on vacation to Wisconsin.  You got to love the lakes there.  They seem to call out to you, swim in me, sail on me. Come into the conservatory and park by the dock.  In fact, dock wherever you want.  Wouldn't it be cool if everywhere you went you could dock?  Docking is so much different than walking or perching yourself somewhere. The subtle flow of the water makes you ask a question like: Do I want to stay here?  Cause if i don't I can easily just float away. Float, float, float away just like that. And everything you do is made choice by the lake which steers you away calmly.

I had a few friends text me their whereabouts during my trip.  They were either taking a meditation class or enjoying a Backstreet Boys concert.  Other friends were discussing music or smiling into video calls, saying hi, waving even, while I pointed at the lake.  Isn't communication great?

We also stayed at the Hilton in Wisconsin Dells and swam in the hotel pool.  You just have to swim in hotel pools, don't you?  You just have to take in everything on vacation.








We also watched a group of people who had rented a pontoon boat and had a party. They back flipped and jumped off the pontoon that also substituted as a cafe.  Honestly, it looked like a cabin that could be an outhouse in the middle of the lake.

Other than that the trip was pretty great.  I hope to remember Mt Olympus and the looks on people's faces as ten foot waves came and picked everyone up and distributed them somewhere else in the pool.

CURRENTLY

Reading:  Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, Bone Gap by Laura Ruby


Listening: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, Geekerella by Ashley Poston,Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult

Watching:  Girl Boss on Netflix.  Finally a show that combines my two loves: Fashion and Online Shopping! Also watching Ozark and Game of Thrones.

  


ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

(Not a whole lot so I'll talk about last week)

Wednesday: Posted #WordlessWednesday and some pics that related to my trip to Chicago a while back.  Visited places like Grant park and took double decker tour.



Up Coming:
Wednesday:Wordless Wednesday
Sunday:Weekend Warriors 


Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.














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Monday, August 7, 2017

Interview with @CDGallantKing #amreading @amjoy

Joining me today is author, C.D. Gallant-King. C.D. was born and raised in Newfoundland and currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario.

C.D. has written eight novels you haven't read, because they're still locked in The Closet. The Closet is both a figurative and literal location - it is the space in his head where the stories are kept, but it's also an actual closet under the stairs in his basement where the stories are also kept. It's very meta.
He has published two novels you can read, Ten Thousand Days in 2015 and Hell Comes to Hogtown in 2016. He has an ongoing series of dark comic fantasy stories called Werebear vs. Landopus, which is available on Kindle Unlimited. His work will also appear in Mystery and Horror’s upcoming humour/speculative fiction anthology, Strangely Funny IV.

And onto the interview....


So C.D, what have you written?
I’ve written I believe ten novels and dozens of short stories, but most of them are still sitting in the basement in the little room under the stairs I affectionately call The Closet. I’ve self-published two of those novels - Ten Thousand Days and Hell Comes to Hogtown. Both are technically urban fantasy, but Days leans more toward fantasy and romance while Hogtown leans (really hard) into comedy and horror. I’m also self-publishing a dark comic fantasy series of short-stories called Werebear vs. Landopus. The second installment, “Revenge of the Lycanterrancephalopod,” was just released. I also have a story appearing in Mystery and Horror’s Strangely Funny IV anthology of humorous speculative fiction.


Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?
My writing career is a series of baby steps and experiments. Each time I release a book I try a little more, to see what works and what doesn’t. I’ve done blog tours and podcast interviews. For the last book I did a video trailer. I’ve given away more free copies each time, hoping for reviews and feedback in exchange. I’ve done a few small promotions and a little advertising.


Has any of it worked? Maybe a little. I haven’t spent a ton of time or money on these things, so I didn’t get a huge return on them, but a little promotion will give you a little response. Maybe one or two sales. It may not seem like much, but do you know what no promotion will get you? Zero sales. So a bare minimum of shilling your work is required just so people remember you’re alive.

You're right about that one C.D. I find that the more an author publishes the more they get noticed. And it can't be a huge time span between each book. I look at how many books Amanda Hocking has published and say, "Now that's a woman who knows how to market and write at the same time!"


I haven’t put a ton of effort into marketing because what am I marketing? Two books and a couple of short stories? That’s what I currently have on Amazon. And they’re all very different in tone and style. So even if I convince someone to read something and they like it, there’s no guarantee I have anything else they’d like, so what’s the point? If I turn them off as quickly as I win them, I haven’t gained anything. But if someone can read two or three of your books and enjoy them, they’re more likely to become a fan, and more likely to tell other people about it, who may buy even more books. The marketing will pay off a lot more than just making one or two sales.


Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I proofread and edit, everyone should and you need to be able to do at least a cursory revision of your own work. Authors should be their own worst critic, and not be afraid to cut out anything that doesn’t serve the greater purpose of the story.


That being said, getting someone to help you edit or proofread is non-negotiable. You have to do it. No matter how good you are, someone else will always point out errors and typos, and more importantly, they will tell you when something is stupid and should be changed. You need a second set of critical eyes on your work (sometimes three or more sets). If you can’t afford a real editor at the very least find a friend or family member who is well-read and/or an academic (preferably both) who is willing to help you out for beer and pizza. A well-read reader should be able to pick up plot holes, weird pacing, bad tropes and clichés, and other story errors. An academic will help you with grammar.


I’ve had the pleasure and good fortune to work with freelance editor Amy Allen-Macleod on my last two books. If you’re looking for an editor, be sure to check her out at: https://amyallenmacleod.com/


Which writers inspire you?
Terry Pratchett, Kurt Vonnegut, Christopher Moore, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy, Ken Follett, Chuck Palahniuk. I'm currently really digging PG Wodehouse. My first book, Ten Thousand Days, was my take on Gaiman. Hell Comes to Hogtown is my Christopher Moore. I have other unpublished works that are takes on Pratchett and Palahniuk. I suspect (at least hope) my author voice will end up being some unholy combination of all of those, I’m still working on it.
Last question C.D., do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
Don’t do what I do?

Seriously, I really don’t have a plan. I’m winging it and playing it by ear, trying different things to see how they work. I don’t have a serious career path in writing at the moment, so I don’t have much to lose. But if you do want to make a serious go of it, you have to make a plan. Know exactly what you want and find some way to measure it. Do you want a review in X magazine or website? Do you want to gain 10,000 new followers? Do you want to increase your sales rank to top 100 on Amazon, or sell X number of copies per week? Pick a target and then figure out a logical way to get there. Talk to professionals and people who have done it before (definitely not me) to make a realistic action plan. I think a lot of writers put out a book or two and then kind of float nebulously, wishing they got more sales but not really having a plan to get there, and then they are disappointed when nothing happens. Don’t do that. Pick a road and stick to it.


That's all the time we have today folks. Thanks for joining me C.D.

Thanks for having me.


How to get in touch with C.D.



Books:


Readers, if you have any questions or comments for C.D. please comment below.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

#WeWriWA #YA

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write!  Sign up on the website:Wewriwa.com and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday.
No one likes it when their family life changes.  This is particularly hard for the Radtke's.  A troublesome boy enters their lives and the children are an endless journey to make sure this boy doesn't get into any further trouble or cause their parents to lose their fostering license.  This is a snippet from my novella, "Oh Brother."
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I pulled the bus' stop cord, and the bus driver skidded to the curb.
Bachman's flower shop stood across the busy boulevard, and we got off and jaywalked across the street when there was a gap in the traffic flow.
Honk, honk.
"Get out of the way" yelled a driver in a pickup truck, as we crossed the second one way track intersection. His fist was extended out the window.
"Hey, you shut the hell up," said the bus driver in our defense.
“Thanks driver,” I said, giving a short wave.
“Don't mention it kid.” He said out the window, and sped away.
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Readers, feel free to comment below.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Turkey Comes to Trin Carl's Blog

Here is another expat blog, aysulove.com This woman is writing from Turkey. She has a montage of beautiful city pictures of Turkey in her cover page and she has a post called Ex-Pats the TV show.  I like how she describes herself in her blog A married girl married and living in Turkey for 3 years, sadness to happiness. Here you will hear about the struggles and high points of living in another culture, learning the new ways to cook, speak, make friends along with many more.  Now I really thought I heard it all when it comes to reality shows but here we go folks another show to add to your list.  She posts a link of where you can find the show on her page aysulove.com/2014/01/19/ex-pats-the-tv-show-2/ .


Here is another Blog from Turkey called Post Cards from Istanbul.  But the actual site can be found at pointwhitedrive.wordpress.com and she has a cloud a list of words related to Turkey.  One phrase  caught my mind Night Life in Istanbul.  Okay readers, what do we think we'll find here? Yes, of course clubs and more clubs  One of the clubs called Quick China looks very modern and romantic, dark and cavernous.

#French writer, Isabelle Esling #amreading #fridayreads

With me today is author, Isabelle Esling.  Isabelle has spent the last decade as a music journalist. She has interviewed some of the best talents in the music business, including Proof of D12. In 2012, Isabelle released her first book, EMINEM and the Detroit Rap Scene: White Kid in a Black Music World; instantly becoming a National Bestseller.




And onto the interview...

Isabelle, what advice would you give to aspiring writers?

One becomes a writer by writing. Accept constructive criticism, learn from it, but ignore negative critics who just want to put you down. Every professional was once an amateur, so never give up. Write daily or as often as you can. Always work on perfecting your skills. Learn from other writers.

What is your favourite motivational phrase ?

Quitters never win. Winners never quit.


What is your favourite quote?
Don't worry, be happy 


What is your favourite movie and why?

I don't have a favorite movie. I am very picky about movies. Most of the time, I like movies based on real stories.


What advice would you give to your younger self?

Be more relaxed and be more focused.


Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

I've already met the most wonderful person one would wish to meet, his name is Yeshua of Nazareth.


Last question, what have you published?

I am trilingual, and a very eclectic author of 11 books so far. I have published:

  •  a biographical essay about Eminem, 
  • a spiritual book entitled « Unwrap your Present », 
  • a Parisian novel «  Sous le Ciel de Paris »,
  •  My grandma's biography «  Liebe Oma »
  • , an essay about Richard Wagner 's relationship to France «
  •   Vom Frankophilen zum Frankophoben : die Einflüsse Frankreich auf Wagners Werk »
  • , a science-fiction book « le Voyageur du Temps », 
  • two love stories, one in French «  Mon Coeur bat pour toi, 
  • Sammy » and one in English, « the Muse », 
  • two spiritual books about our Messiah «  An Encounter with Yeshua » and « An Encounter with Yeshua, the Sequel ». 
  • There is also an e-book : «  7 Days in Israel, my journey to the Holy Land » that depicts my recent travel to Israel.


There is a 12th book to come soon :  Heart of a Savior.   A friend is currently reading it and will be working on the preface.

Thanks for joining me Isabelle.

Thanks for having me.

Readers, please comment below.



Saturday, July 29, 2017

#FlashbackSat, my trip to #London

This is a flashback piece I wrote a while back right before I went to London for the first time.

I remember that I wanted to write some goals I had for my travels there. Many of the things I planned on doing actually did come happen and look back at this piece with very fond memories. Following this piece is also goals I have for my upcoming trip to Wisconsin Dells this weekend.

Londo:
When I go to London I picture wearing pea coats and green ribbons in my hair.  And I picture the twin movie, (The Parent Trap, 1998).
Dressing up like a beautiful french woman in an elegant dress and window shopping and being the icon of the town so dainty like.
I picture eating baguettes and a variety of cheeses.
 Of dancing in a circle on the street and going up to British soldiers with the top hats.

And I picture going up to people who do canvas' in the park.  I picture sitting in the tube or train and looking out the window as if I was Harry Potter.

And I picture getting up early for breakfast in bed and seeing buildings, white buildings, connected buildings.  

I picture seeing women in high heels....
I picture fitting in and feeling so extremely elegant and wonderful...I picture walking up spiral staircases and being familiar with music.

I picture it raining and it being so romantic and I'm standing there with my umbrella with rain boots on. I picture:

Talking to people like Aaron
, joking with people
having long discussions
and being able to talk with anyone.
I picture taking pics,
I picture seeing something very lovely.
I picture sports and kids
I picture seeing landscapes and wandering so majestically about ALLAH's creation and how some people have come to live in these areas and come with different agendas.  I picture looking so wonderful and showing off.

I picture walking by myself,  like in a Rihanna video and writing in a balcony of a building.  
And I picture sitting in a hot tub feeling luxurious and I picture talking to a least one dainty chick about what she likes about living there.

I would like to talk to one old, old person.
One person who speaks French or three or four languages.
I picture myself going to some cultural event and dancing..

I picture myself going to a sporting event and seeing what another country feels like it has pride in like in British soccer games...


I picture myself being the Shawn Johnson or Nastia Liukin of my time, feeling American pride and showing off how wonderful America is...

I picture myself feeling like J.K Rowling and how she picked such  inspiration from the UK and wandering to myself where this all came from..and if I, too, could be a writer there and write a novel worth writing...

I picture loving my own country even more by the time I return...
I picture talking to some European Guys and flirting...

I picture myself in heels and skirts and feeling like one of the classiest chicks ever....

(These are my goals for Wisconsin Dells)




I'm feeling super syked for my trip to Wisconsin Dells. This is what I plan to do:

Stay cool. Which means lots of water, and Mountain Dew.  Gotta have the dew these days.
Eat tons of fruit.
Ask someone for directions.
Talk to someone about their favorite place in Wisconsin.
Enjoy a water park.
See never seen before places.
Knock two things off my bucket list, whatever they may be
Plan the hell out of the trip.
Go to a new place in the hotel even if I don't want to go there.
Try some amazing new drink because I got to drink more.
Be careful.
Take care of my legs which means a lot of ice packs.
Go and see something with art.
Go and taste some new ice cream
Do something cool with photography since I'm always pictures anyway.
Skype someone and show them Wisconsin.
Try to sleep in at least one day even if it seems dreadful.
Remember to keep my expectations low in case things don't happen.
Remember fashion self on this trips.
Keep myself grounded.

Go to the cheese factory








Friday, July 28, 2017

Do You have a Goal?

Do You Have a Goal?





This is a blog hop.  You're more than welcome to join. All you need to do is read and follow the guidelines on this
site
JenBrittney, and Misha are co-hosts of the hop.

My writing goal this year is to submit my novella by December to a publisher. 

 I have been working on this book for like two years.  Two Years!!!! Can you believe it?!  It's consisted of hundreds of writers' feedback, researching, editing and drafting.  It's been my baby even before my baby was born( which was only a 10 months ago) **chuckles to self**

This is how I plan to do it.
1.Finish writing book by August.  I take no prisoners, this has got to happen.
2.Edit some more
3.Learn more about publishing and what's behind it from September to November and then submit queries and submit to publishers.

Thankfully, I'm part of a critique group that consists of 20 members in Minneapolis.  I've been in this group for about three years.  Its helped me learn about some of my strong and weak points in my writing.   We all have em' folks.  I'm just glad I found out mine sooner than later, that's not to say I can overcome them quickly but I'm working on it.

Readers, please comment below.

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