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Why it’s vital to have full control of your writing style

Another brilliant article from Michael. Cheers!

Matthew Wright

The other day, in fairly quick succession, I found myself writing (a) revisions to a second edition of a non-fiction history book I wrote years ago, (b) a fantasy story I’ve recently been commissioned to write, and (c) a grant application.

Chrysler Airflow in Napier, New Zealand. Chrysler Airflow in Napier, New Zealand. Design styling par excellence – because the designers could control what they wanted. Writers need to too.

All of them demanded utterly different writing styles – and I had to jump between them.

Luckily I’ve spent several decades writing and have full control of writing style. But I didn’t get there by accident. It’s a specific skill, and it’s one writers have to deliberately acquire. I also think that the ability to control style is one of the most crucial and basic skills needed in writing.

All too often I see beginning writers – now, of course, publishing on Amazon – clearly struggling…

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Need to Change My Writing Process

Given the time it’s taking to revise my manuscripts, it’s pretty obvious my process kind of sucks. I know some writers approach their first draft as the “junk …

Source: Need to Change My Writing Process

I know more writers than I can count who have this same issue! Visit A.D. Martin and check out the whole post. . . ;-)  Leiah

A perfect evening in

While I am busy, thought I would let you see what Midnight Owl is up to! Books and knitting…. ahhhhhhh.

MidKnit Owl

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A Note From Kerry Adrienne – And A New Anthology!

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I got a note from Kerry Adrienne – check out Wicked Legends – it’s on pre-order for only .99!

(From Kerry)

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With over one million words of romantic fiction from all of your favorite genres, this limited edition omnibus will provide over 100 hours of reading!

That means you’re paying just a penny per sixty minutes of enjoyment!

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An American Disgrace

A report by Jonathan M. Katz for The New York Times. Just days after the United Nations acknowledged playing a role in a cholera outbreak in Haiti, and a day after it was ruled immune from related lawsuits by a United States court, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on the organization’s member states to […]

via U.N. Leader Urges Member States to Fund Haiti’s Cholera Recovery — Repeating Islands

It is bad enough that our courts were such cowards in 2010. Now, what do you think the most hateful, bigoted presidential candidate in the history of the US would say to Haiti when they ask for help? This is a tiny planet, under incredible stress. Turning our backs on our neighbors is inexcusable.

 

Dream Job: Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager by Janet Garber

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This sounds like a hoot, and it is on my read list, but with my schedule right now it will be a couple weeks before I get to it – so I wanted to share the press release and links. If you read it before me – let me know what you think!

Leiah

 

Single and sexless Melie Kohl strives to keep order at the out-of-control Axis Mundi Medical Center, which is swarming with buttock-grabbing doctors, hebephrenic staff and monstrous bosses, all while trying to find a life of her own in author Janet Garber’s new novel, “Dream Job: Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager.”

As the story unfolds, Melie runs into a little murder here, some cancer there, a handsome devil and rivals, not all of whom are human, like Gladys, the first parrot-woman gladiator. Through it all, Melie won’t give up until she has sorted it all out – the hunk, the macaw and her life’s work.

Garber says she wrote the book after being inspired with a “burning need to inject humor into my day-to-day existence.”

Dream Job, Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager

By Janet Garber

Softcover | 6 x 9in | 178 pages | ISBN 9781483447476

E-Book | 178 pages | ISBN 9781483447469

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and Lulu

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61GG8xsSTZL._UX250_.jpgAbout the Author*

Janet Garber’s nonfiction work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal’s Vertical Network, New York Times, New York Post, Jewish Week, NeworldReview, HR Magazine and Working Mother Magazine. In 2001, Silver Lining Press brought out her nonfiction book, “I Need a Job, Now What?” and rereleased it as “Getting a Job” by Barnes & Noble Basics. Of late, her fiction and poetry have appeared in a few dozen literary journals. She received a bachelor’s degree from Queens College in New York and a master’s in English from the University of Rochester. She’s had a long career in human resources while moonlighting as a freelance journalist, fiction writer and poet. You can visit her and learn more at www.janetgarber.com.

 

Buy now at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Melie5 in paperback or e-book.

Win a Kindle Fire and 30 Clean Fantasy Ebooks!

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My good friend and wonderful writer, Michael Angel, turned me on to this giveaway. Besides Michael, check out all the books by other amazing fantasy and science fiction writers as well! What a score if you are the person to win!

Vellichor: (n) the wistfulness embodied by second hand bookstores

What a lovely post – I would love to visit here! But Oh,  the hopelessness of those books, sentenced to reside as mere legs to the value of the rest! Sigh.

Well, my revival has survived into its second week. This Sunday’s word is one that I only recently learned, despite spending large chunks of my youth in used bookstores precisely because of it. Well, it and the cheap books.

via Venice, why we really haunt used bookstores, and some thoughts on geography — pohltry

 

Dirty Deals (Olesia Anderson #1) by D.D. Marks

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Concrete shoes, cyanide, TNT
Done dirt cheap
Neckties, contracts, high voltage
Done dirt cheap

Dirty deeds
Do anything you wanna do
Done dirty cheap
Dirty deeds
Dirty deeds
Dirty deeds
Done dirt cheap

AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Lyrics

Olesia Anderson knows all about Dirty Deals. Well, let’s just call a spade a spade, a heart a heart, and a dirty deed, a Dirty Deed. Working for Blackrock means guns, bombs . . . and of course, explosions. But, darn! It was one tiny office block! One! Can’t a girl get a break?

Whether it was her or the Blackrock quartermaster who miscalculated the weight of the thermite used to blow the door, nobody would ever know. Nothing was left of that office block now but ash and sticks of concrete smoking in the wind.” Sigh. And just like that, Olesia goes from an AA-rated operative to a G-rated operative. Just call her “Crappy Jobs Are Us.” So, she isn’t really surprised when she is jerked out of bed with the boy toy of the evening and shipped off to the wilds of rural Maryland to take on a milk run which should have been a breeze. After all:

“IRS comes knocking, and there’s things that you can’t show . . . call Blackrock! If your Directors gone missing, and your shareholders can’t know-ow-ow . . . Blackrock! Competitor threatening your life? Got a leak in accounting and you think that it’s your wife? Call . . . Blackrock!

Yeah, well. Lockheed’s lost a tarball of highly confidential material, and getting it back means grabbing the engineer who lifted it and offered it for sale on the DarkNet. But when said engineer ends up dead in his house, things go way sideways for Olesia.

This book was, for want of a better word, a ‘Romp Through Spy-Land’. Jean Bonsour is old CIA, but sometimes works on the side for Blackrock, and he is her handler on the op. Their history is fascinating, in the “Old CIA” fashion, with exploding scientists, a wild escape across Pakistan, drones, IEDs and sex in the sands to spice up the mix. As her handler on the mission Jean’s job is to make sure Olesia has everything she needs to finish the job. But when the engineer ends up dead, Oleisia’s job gets a lot more interesting than expected – in a very ‘guns and knives’ sort of way. Intrigue, suspense, betrayal, it’s all here.

Olesia is an interesting character. She’s good at her job – but she is also a wildcard, with a tendency to do stupid things on the spur of the moment. This time? It could get a lot of people dead.

This was a relaxing afternoon read, not on the level of the greats of the Spycraft Genre, but an interesting read none-the-less.

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