Halloween Cartoon for Writers

By , October 31, 2011 12:00 am

 

Happy Halloween!

Cartoon for Writers

"An Indie Halloween" by MMRule

How Siri Can Help Aspiring Writers

By , October 24, 2011 12:00 am

"An Indie Phone" by MMRule

 

As soon as I had some alone time with an iPhone 4S, I couldn’t wait to ask Siri my burning questions.  Should I self publish?  Where can I find a literary agent?  Who wrote the great American novel?

 

The verdict?

 

Siri isn’t a fortune teller, but she can read your text messages and search Google for you.  I’ll settle for that!

 

Have you asked Siri any questions about writing and publishing?  Do you think she is a useful tool?  Comment and let us know!

Time Management for Indie Writers

By , October 17, 2011 12:00 am

 

"Indie Time Management" by MMRule

 

How do you balance work, family, friends, writing, blogging, social networking, etc.?

Does making a schedule help?  Comment and share your tips!

 

Someone Cares and Always Will! Spam Inspiration!

By , October 10, 2011 9:00 pm

 

Feeling unappreciated?

No one tweeting about you?  No pending Facebook notifications?  Checking your work email after dinner just so you feel connected to others?  Do you feel like giving up on your blog?

 

No more! 

You are always connected to hundreds of people who care that you blog: the comment spammers!  Without you they have no purpose, so even when it seems like no one appreciates you, they do!

 

This post is dedicated to the absurd but strangely enjoyable spam comments we don’t mind reading.  Below are some of my favorites that actually lift my mood on a bad day.  Submit your own spam comments for us to enjoy!

 

Short and Sweet

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Hi, this is a great post! Thanks.

Hello. Thank you for posting this post. It helped me alot.

Thanks for the share!

Love your site.

 

Oddly Specific Yet Vague

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I want donate this site, how can I do that?

Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your website? My blog is in the very same area of interest as yours and my visitors would truly benefit from a lot of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this alright with you. Thank you!

I beg permission to quote some articles from this blog to complete the assignment from my school. Thank you for sharing this information, very useful for me.

 

Fortune Cookie Wannabe

Effort only fully releases its reward following a person will not quit.

 

Do You Lie When People Ask You What You Are Reading?

By , October 10, 2011 12:00 am


"Indie Anxiety" by MMRule

"Indie Anxiety" by MMRule

 

What are you reading?

While it may seem innocuous to ask someone what he or she is reading, I struggle to participate in the What are you reading? water cooler banter.

 

It may seem strange for me to say that I dread when people ask me what I’m reading.  As an aspiring author, I treat reading and writing like a second full time job.  But despite the amount of time I spend in front of paragraphs and pages, I find myself often embarrassed to admit what exactly I’m thumbing through in my spare time.

 

Are you an unconventional reader?

Since I’m working on the pacing and opening of my novel, my pleasure reading so far this month has included choice excerpts from On Writing; every scene in Carrie that involves Chris Hargensen; and the first chapter of the Exorcist, 1984, and every Stephen King novel I own.

 

Oh yeah, and I’m reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  At least that is what I told my dentist despite the fact that I haven’t had a chance to pick it up in weeks.

 

Do writers read like everyone else?

I love gulping down commercial novels and savoring literary fiction, but when I’m pressed for time and also trying to write and proofread, what I read is only for research.  I start with what I love and wish to emulate, and then I read and reread key sections with the intent of learning something about the craft of writing.

 

So how does that translate into casual dinner party banter?  Well, it doesn’t.

 

What is the solution?

My solution goes back to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  It is important to always know your audience.  Read as you must and always have a good answer in your queue to share with the world.  There’s no need to stun people with the insanity of your writing process when you can just give a benign answer that gives them a smile before they move on with their day.

 

Are you an unconventional reader?

Do you ever stretch the truth or lie when asked what you’re reading?

Comment on this post and tell us about it!

Books That Everyone Read but You! (Top Ten List)

By , October 3, 2011 12:00 am

 

Since I hadn’t read the iconic The Giving Tree before my work on September’s literary cupcake, I have thought all week about those books that “got away” when I was a child.  These are the books that I remember sitting on the chalkboard ledge in my elementary school classrooms.  Books that librarians plugged, teachers designed bulletin boards after, and every student read.  Everyone, of course, except for me.  There is no time to conform when you are nose deep in a Miss Marple mystery!

 

In honor of these memorable stories that I’m reading only now that I’m an adult, I’m dedicating this week to my top ten list of children’s books that everyone loved but me.

 

Comment by revealing which books “got away” from you, and let me know if I’ve really missed out by not reading the ones on my list!

 

Top Ten Children’s Books That Everyone Read (Except for Me)

10.  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

9. Wacky Wednesday (By far the most popular book at my school’s library.  It was always checked out!)

8. Strider 

7.  If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

6. Horton Hears a Who

5.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar

4.  Where the Wild Things Are

3.  The Giver

2.   Everything by Shel Silverstein because there are so many that I missed! (Where the Sidewalk Ends, Falling Up, A Light in the Attic, etc.)

1.  All of the classic Judy Blume books like Are You There God? It’s Me, Margret., Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Forever, Superfudge, etc.!

 

Now it’s time for you to share your books that “got away!”  And let me know if there are any on my list that I really should have read way back when!

 

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