Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Show don't Tell #IWSG


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Show, don't tell, they say. Less is more and more is less, they say. Well ... HA!

Sometimes I give longwinded explanations and confuse the masses. I reiterate it into what I think is simpler but still gain a following of mass confusion.

One of my writerly frustrations is teaching or leading. I can do fiction well. But when it comes to something else, it filters out differently from my brain to my mouth. The past few months I've spent hours creating marketing strategies for Masquerade: Oddly Suited and have shared my vision with the anthology authors.

I created some visuals and hope that my effort explains better in depth than jumbled words. My sister once asked me to explain something to her as though she is a 4th grader. I don't want to offend anyone by being too simple.

What are your strategies, techniques, when holding workshops or presentations at author events?


Guess what? Our book releases April 30th! Squeee! We are hosting many events that is building to the climax. We also have an $50 Amazon gift card giveaway:


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About the Anthology

Title: Masquerade: Oddly SuitedRelease date: April 30th, 2019
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press
Genres: Young Adult Fiction: Romance – General / Paranormal / Contemporary
Print ISBN: 9781939844644
EBook ISBN: 9781939844651


Book cover for Masquerade: Oddly Suited
Find love at the ball...

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?
Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. 



Don your mask and join the party…



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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Good or Bad? The Perspective View #IWSG


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Please forgive me for posting way past Wednesday! The month escaped me and I remembered too late!

The question of the month is: Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?


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I always write through the protagonist's viewpoint because I have an affinity toward good guys (and gals) compared to bad ones. It's just easy for me to put myself in the place of someone who strives to make right choices and overcome obstacles.

I have written one book through a young man's point of view who's turned into a demon on his 18th birthday. He doesn't really see himself as a villain until he recognizes the harm he's doing to others and is shocked at his behavior. He has internal struggles but doesn't know how to cope with his existence. Though he does have heroics, the characters view him as a villain! Haha


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Another story I wrote is through an assassin's viewpoint but he falls in love with his victim and goes against all odds to protect her and her son against his handler (he does slay a group of people at the beginning of the book).



I suppose it all depends on what my muse wants me to write! What about you? Do you prefer writing through the good guy's perspective, or the bad guy's?












Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Creating is Synonymous to Escapism #IWSG


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Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?



I've always loved drawing. It was the first thing I learned before writing. My mother is an artist and she'd draw me pictures of horses and I'd spend my time tracing over them with my pencil until I was able to go at it on my own.

After years of drawing with pencil, I tried drawing portraits using graphites. I've used colored pencils, soft and hard pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, marker... To say the least, I feel that I've excelled with graphites. I feel unsure about my other art forms.

I've always stayed clear of digital art. I was scared of the learning curve. Then one day, I decided to enter a contest via Webtoons.com and forced myself to learn how to do digital art. It was a learning curve that took me a week to pin down. Whew! I thought it would take me months! One thing, though, if you know how to draw with a pencil, going digital isn't so difficult--it's the learning the applications of the different "buttons" that's the toughest thing!




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my digital art using oil paints
I've experimented with photo editing and making mock book covers just to see if I could do it. Still a work in progress:



Then there's photography. And cooking. Baking. Cutting hair. Haha!



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cut my son's hair when he was 15
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My daughter's Extreme A-line Hair cut when she was 10.
This was a HUGE challenge as it was my very first one.
I'd gotten the instructions from online.
Glad it came out way cute. Whew!

























Then there's making friends! That's all I can think of for now on what I can do other than write.

Exciting news! The 2019 IWSG Anthology has a new cover!

Ebook available now for preorder! 😝


Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…


My story's title is The Cog Prince. A little about it:
Falling in love, saving the day, and a masque--oh my! The clock strikes the thirteenth hour and Ivy is sucked into a masquerade ball of whirling dancers where the Cog Prince has summoned her.
Mysterious darkness seeks their destruction and she alone holds the key. Will Ivy save his kingdom in time?

Can't wait for its release! 


Though I have other creative avenues, the one that provides the best escapism is writing of course!


What is your form of escapism?













Wednesday, January 2, 2019

IWSG January 2019


Before I say anything
                                  . . .


HaPpY nEw YeAr!!!!!


Now onto the regular programming.



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Today’s question - What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

Well, shame on me because I can't think of anything right now. After 2 months of holidays and battling sickness from my family, my brain isn't cooperating. Also, I've set aside my writing-to-public relations for such a long time that I've fallen off the grid. I need to crank these old wheels again because I'm coming out of hiding!

Guess what? I'm one of the winners for the IWSG Anthology contest. Squeeeeeee! 



Here is the list--congratulations, guys!

Oddly Suited by LG Keltner
Sea of Sorrows by AV Brown
Behind the Catcher’s Mask by Jennifer Lane
A Diver’s Ball by Angela Brown
Fearless Heart by Deborah Solice
The Dark Charade by CD Gallant-King
The Cog Prince by Elizabeth Mueller
Flower of Ronda by Myles Christensen
Remedy by Chelsea Ballard
Charleston Masquerade by Carrie-Anne Brownian 



What methods do you recommend I use to making a comeback into the author world?







Wednesday, December 5, 2018

What do I Write About--for a Blog? #IWSG


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I lack the confidence in what I should write about in a blog. I know that we need to write about stuff readers find useful, but how do I write with that kind of authority?

I am so ordinary and feel as though I don't have much to offer.

I have a fabulous friend who discovered she has Asperger's at age 33 and has a very informative blog. There are writers who blog about great publishing tips and secrets. There are others like Wellness Mama!

I need to up my ante but feel at a loss.

What thoughts or ideas do you have on how I can improve?