Crossing Mediums I have something of an obsession with YouTube. Not just the viral videos that everyone checks out; I use it for music, I watch daily vlogs from all kinds of users, gaming videos, you name it. More than once, I’d considered making a channel of my own for any or all of those purposes. YouTube, more than anything else, is my worst distraction when I’m trying to write, so it just made sense to figure out some way to make my Achille’s heel into something productive. There are loads of vlogs from travellers, web personalities, and gamers, but one group that I saw was largely missing was authors. There were a few examples, but nothing cohesive, and for the most part, these were people who were pursuing a career in writing but who had yet to publish their work. I love reading interviews and posts by my favorite authors, talking about their writing process, or giving insider information about their books and characters that never got into the novel itself. So one night when I couldn’t sleep, I built up a Magyver-ed tri-pod out of video games and hardbacks, propped my phone on top, took a seat ... Read More »
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It’s nearly Halloween and that is the time of year when all the supernatural creatures come out to play. Even though Halloween is not quite as big an occasion here in England as it is in America, I do have a great fondness for all things paranormal. One of my favourites has to be werewolves. Actually, I find wolves in general to be fascinating and beautiful creatures. If I see a documentary on TV about them I have to watch it. They are also my favourite animals to see whenever I go to a safari park. Unfortunately they are quite camera shy and I only have one really good picture of a wolf. Good for me, that is. Although I love photography I am certainly not a professional. One day I do hope to capture the image of a wolf gazing lovingly at the camera for me. I have wolf ornaments, wolf jewellery, t-shirts – you name it and I probably have at least two. They are quite easily my favourite wild animal and werewolves are consequently one of my favourite paranormal creatures. But where did the werewolf legends come from? Werewolves are, as you are ... Read More »
Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster Back in our November 2013 issue Lori Foster talks about her book Getting Rowdy. Read more here Read More »
Two years after I moved to Spain, I joined an English-speaking writers group. This was both much delayed and, in a sense, inevitable: the only Spanish-language creativity I’d achieved in all that time was a limerick, composed in hospital while wishing I didn’t have a kidney stone to deal with. And I certainly learned my lesson. My Spanish hasn’t improved greatly, but I drink a lot more water. If you read last week’s article, you’ll know this isn’t the only writers group I’m in (you’ll also know why there’s an apostrophe missing from that sentence). I’m in three, which I categorise as: • The Critiquing Writers Group • The Reading Writers Group • The Writing Writers Group All of them are useful, none of them are perfect, and one day I’ll strip away their chaff and start a group of my own, one filled with nothing but wheaty goodness – you too could do the same! But first, you’d need to discover the strengths and weaknesses of each one. So let’s keep doing that. Part One can be found here Part Two: The Reading Writers Group Towards the end of 2010, an American ex-patriot (excuse me: expatriate) couple attended my first ... Read More »
Love is a Battlefield by Elizabeth Coldwell If there’s one thing guaranteed to have me hooked on a romance story, it’s an ongoing battle of wills between hero and heroine. There’s no doubt that both of them desire each other like crazy, but they loudly declare to anyone who’ll listen that the last thing they want is to be in a relationship. They express their feelings for each other by means of sharp, snappy dialogue, constantly trying to have the upper hand and the last word in any conversation. And the reader waits for the moment when all pretence will be put aside and our warring couple fall into each other’s arms, just as they’ve been dying to do pretty much from the moment they met. It’s one of the oldest conventions in fiction. You’ll find this behaviour in so many places – from the behaviour of Beatrice and Benedick in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing via the characters Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn played in all those glorious 1940s screwball comedies right up to the eponymous hero of the sitcom Frasier, who seemed to start half his romances as a direct result of having a blazing row with ... Read More »
Blogging 101 Guest Blogging Guest blogging really does work IF you know how to do it and do it right. It can help you and your blog and also the other person’s blog. There are several reasons why you would want to guest blog. You would like to build your creditability Create Connections Drive Traffic We will touch on these to help you get started. Building your creditability. You want to talk about something you know. Readers will pick over your post especially if they think you are have no clue what you are talking about. Some of the best sites like Lifehacker, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Entrepreneur, etc. are ones you should try and get on. They will bring small traffic to your site but the bigger picture is they will get your the you the exposure and raise your authority in the buisness. Creating Connections you want to build a relationship with fellow bloggers and readers. Providing high quality posts will do this for you and gain you some readers. The bloggers will love you have content for their authors that will be worth wild in reading. Be sure to look around for some places/ blogs that you ... Read More »