When Writers Get Together

I’ve reblogged Cat Sheely’s excellent article about our March Eurobodalla Writers’ Night group meeting. Likewise for our February meeting critiques, then stories of fear, resilience, determination, dark and lighter moments were featured. No doubt with Covid-19 on our doorstep we stay inside and look at more novel ways to ‘get-together’ over cyber-space. The Eurobodalla Writers’ website https://eurobodallawriters.org has poems and stories from members about the bushfires during and the aftermath – some factual, others just snippets, all poignant. Stay tuned for the Night group’s book “Bushfires and Vegemite Sandwiches”.

C. M. Sheely

Like many writers/authors, I am a member of a writing group – the Eurobodalla Fellowship of Australian Writers. There are two groups; one meets during the day and the other at night. The two groups have similar ideals but work toward them in different ways.

Our evening group is made up of a different demographic due to the fact that people who work are able to come. We have teachers, a doctor, a psychologist, a psychiatric nurse, a retired IT manager and trance medium/health advocate and property owners. It makes for very interesting discussions.

Our meeting last night started out as any other, with critiques of short stories or chapters of books that were sent to participants a fortnight before the meeting. But instead of the agenda topics that were to be discussed after, and, as many local groups have found, the bushfires became a topic because one story focussed…

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NSW South Coast fires

Electricity (went out Tues 8.30am) restored to Moruya late last night. Our electronics are charging. Limited internet & phone reception here. Other places none at all since 29/30 Dec. Three cars packed. Mick and I staying in Moruya – don’t want to be trapped in a ‘carpark’ of roads out, we’re at home until we feel it is advisable to leave with 93 yr old father-in-law Jeff, Ruski dog, neighbour from Tomakin. We will all go to the Bowling Club grassed area (others there including a man with his goats). No RFS update so relying on smell, ash/embers falling, and changes in colour of sky and sounds for our info. Pray to the water spirits for drenching rain everywhere, continue praying for safety and strength of everyone involved in fires throughout Australia, and that action rather than ideology becomes the new norm for the various Federal and State decision-makers. https://myfirewatch.landgate.wa.gov.au

Radio interview Sunday 18th August 3pm AEST – psychic abilities

I’m being interviewed about psychic abilities on Eurobodalla Radio 2EAR Sunday 18th August 3-3.30pm (AEST) 17aug10pm/18 Aug 1am (pacific/eastern times) on Dr Di’s Diversity with Dr Dianne McInnes. Streamed live http://www.radio-australia.org/2ear-fm
17aug10pm/18 Aug 1am (pacific/eastern times)

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Why Do Children See Entities That Are Invisible to the Rest of Us?

Reblogged from Melissa Leath – The Go Between: Psychics, Mediums and Integrity.

The Go Between: Psychics, Mediums and Integrity by Melissa Leath


Why do children see entities that are invisible to the rest of us?

As we become adults, we develop a different perception of reality. As adults, we are programmed to discard certain images, noises, and feelings as unreal, especially if they are not scientifically proven or socially accepted. Many of us have programmed our intellect to doubt our intuition. Most children have not had the chance to train their perception to correspond with these adult versions.

Many parents teach their children at a very young age to block psychic images. Humans feel better when we all experience things in similar ways. They may tell their children that imaginary friends are not real, and that visions are just bad dreams. This sends a message to the child that they should mistrust what they actually experience, and instead rely on adult reality. It robs children of a sense of self-trust that they…

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Synopsis Do’s And Don’ts

Do you have a Synopsis or ‘mini-story’ – here are some great tips from KM Allan when writing your your next synopsis.

K.M. Allan

So you’ve done it! Created your characters, planned a world, plotted a story, and turned them into a whole book.

It was hard. It took years. It filled your soul, and it stretched your sanity. It was one of the best things you’ve ever done and one of the worst—or so you thought.

As many writers discover after completing their book, they need to write a synopsis; a process that feels harder than typing “The End” on a 100,000-word manuscript.

Why? Because condensing those characters, world, story, and years of carefully crafted sentences into a one-page summary is damn hard. Like writing a book, however, you can do it, all you need is a little help from these do’s and don’ts…

Do’s

Do Give Yourself Options

A one-page version is usually standard, but some publishers/agents do request a two-page option so it’s a good idea to write both. While…

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“Pain and Awareness” September PnP Authors magazine

2018 is the International Year for Excellence in Pain Education ‘Bridging the gap between knowledge and practice’. July was the Australian National Pain Week with the theme ‘nothing about us without us’ – What’s your story?

And this month, September, is the American Chronic Pain Association’s National Pain Awareness Month which “is a time when various organizations work to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management.

Each month I write a for PnP Authors’ magazine and my column for September is about the difference between acute pain to living with chronic pain.

If you would like to read more: http://authorpp.blogspot.com/2018/07/authors-poets-artist.html

 

REMINDER: Dear Book Bloggers (and others promoting authors) – Guest Post by, Yecheilyah Ysrayl…

Great blog about ensuring your reviews, promoting other peoples’ books, etc are not lost or removed. Read on for informative explanation from Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Hey Gang,

Sooo, I am technically not around right now. I am on a vacation of sorts. I will however dip in to respond to your commentary whenever I can. Thank you for your patience.

Before I left, I wrote this post to share something that’s been on my heart. Instead of keeping it to myself, I thought we could all benefit. After all, authors gotta stick together, right?

Now, if you promote authors then this post is for you. (Authors, don’t go anywhere. I got something for you at the end of this.)

By promote authors I mean that you are essentially doing some form of:

  • Book Promotions
  • Book Reviews
  • New Releases
  • Interviews
  • Shout-Outs

OK so I threw shout-outs in there but you get the point.

This is a reminder because we’ve seen it before. You know her asDG Kayebut I like to call her Debby because…

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Come and be interviewed

Don Massenzio offers this valuable service to authors in providing an opportunity to promote both author and their publications.

Author Don Massenzio

interview-3Hello,

I’ve been running my weekly ‘Perfect 10’ interview series this year. Every Monday, I run an interview with an author and ask them a series of 10 thought-provoking questions. As I look toward the end of the year, I still have about 10 slots open.

If you’re releasing a book for the holidays or trying to get more exposure and meet other authors and bloggers, this is a great opportunity. Just email me at don@donmassenzio.com and I’ll send you the necessary instructions.

This is a great opportunity and there are only 10 slots left until the end of the year.

If you want to check out past interviews, you can find them in the following links:

A.C. FlorySteve BoseleyKayla MattMae ClairJill SammutDeanna KahlerDawn Reno LangleyJohn HowellElaine CouglerJan SikesNancy Bell

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How NOT to promote your books on Goodreads – Guest Post by, Jemima Pett…

Interesting points on the difference between connecting with readers and spamming them with your book.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

According to Goodreads, the site has over 55 million members worldwide. That’s a lot of readers. It doesn’t take much to understand why nearly every self-published person comes to the conclusion that they should be promoting their books on the site.

It’s a sensitive issue, and one that has changed a little since the original Goodreads was sold to Amazon. I notice more ways that Amazon and Goodreads use each others’ opportunities. Amazon now enables you to do giveaways… Goodreads has been doing that since it started. Goodreads now has an extensive list of marketing opportunities that it promotes to authors, which look like things in the Amazon school of marketing to me, but are nevertheless valid and valuable opportunities – so take them.

In researching this post, I was surprised by things I knew about but didn’t know about. I knew about giveaways, I’d seen themed months, and I…

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