Writing Mis-Advice Reported as Facts #1 (guest post link)

Some good basic writing advice here: Writing Mis-Advice Reported as Facts #1.

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Mothers sharing their stories this month (link)

“… , for fun this month, I’ve decided to alter my revision theme to being about mothers. I’ve invited some authors to come visit, and all of us are going to write new summaries of our books from the moms’ point of view. It should be fun.”

Donna Driver

So here are a variety of mothers, their children, and their stories:  http://www.dgdriver.com/write-and-rewrite-blog/category/all


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Guest post: Author Spotlight: Josh Bertetta (link)

Interesting article via Morgen Bailey’s blog:

Author Spotlight no.408 – fantasy, flash fiction author and essayist Josh Bertetta.


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Detour Trail tidbit

From The Write Stuff:

WHEN ONE OF YOUR CHARACTERS IS A MULEJoy V. Smith ran into a problem with her novel “Detour Trail” when one of her key characters was a mule named Jake. Says she in an April 27 post: One of my first sources said that mules were mostly black so I made Jake black ’cause I wanted to be accurate. Later I learned…that they could be the same colors as horses. After all that’s in their genes!” For her guest post, go to Good Book Alert: http://goodbookalert.blogspot.com/


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Joy V. Smith’s science fiction ebooks

The Doorway and Other Stories: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2

I’m happy to have some of my old stories in one place.  Except for The Princess Quest, which is a humorous fantasy, and Old Rex, a ghost story, the rest of the stories are all science fiction adventures of different types, involving aliens, time travel, symbiotes, and humans searching for a home and/or family. All the stories have been published elsewhere–sometimes more than once–over the years, except for Royal Guardians.

Hot Yellow Planet: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94029 is free until April 30 with coupon code: UX77Y
In this Pretty Pink Planet sequel, Lori and Chiing continue their adventures.

Pretty Pink Planet is always free: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93615

Lori, an agent of SOESFOL, visits Prism to track down planet pirates and rescue aliens.

After Anfissa meets Ferenc, they flee to a planet where even the grass is deadly.

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Keeping Track of What’s in the Novel (link)

Guest post: Keeping Track of What’s in the Novel

I don’t use questionnaires or character interviews either.  Yep, that’s too much like outlining.  I keep notes as I write–and double check when rereading.

I have categories in my little notebooks–one for each novel–for descriptions, settings, names, timelines, …



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My remodeling ebook is half price this week!

Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure:http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/71560  (Non-fiction)
How one woman bought and remodeled a foreclosure; it didn’t even have a kitchen sink! 
The coupon code is: ZP24F (not case-sensitive).


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