So it’s been a month-long hiatus.
Classes full of summer-happy students were taught, babies were born (not mine), and most ominously (for my writing productivity, at least) World Cup 2014 began. I…can’t look away. As we speak. Brazil & Cameroon play the final group game and…David Luiz to Fred…he scores!!!
It is a sickness.
In my (desperate) defense, there’s an awful lot of colourful characters and dramatic narratives playing out. Could be considered…research…?
In more writerly news, I did do some useful stuff this month. My short story “Black as Sin” received honourable mention in the WCDR Short Story Contest (yay!). I’ve bought my airfare and registration for 2014 World Fantasy Convention in November. The 2012 Toronto version was so awesome, and I know SO much more useful writer-y stuff now. All that remains is to excise “stuff” and undictionary-certified “-y” words from my vocabulary so I can masquerade as an adult, and all will be well!
OH! And I totally signed up to do a slam performance. Anyone (local…or hey, with an over-large travel budget) that wishes to watch me be talk-y on stage, do come out on July 7th to the Bear and Firkin at 1294 Kingston Road, Pickering. You *might* catch the encore at the WCDR July Breakfast, but only if I manage to sound entertaining the first time round.
And now, back to our wishful-thinking-y regularly scheduled program:
Classic Fantasy Quote of the Week:
“If reassurances could dull pain, nobody would ever go to the trouble of pressing grapes.” ~ The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Writerly Wisdom of the Week:
“I think it’s fairly common for writers to be afflicted with two simultaneous yet contradictory delusions: the burning certainty that we’re unique geniuses, and the constant fear that we’re witless frauds who are speeding toward epic failure.” ~ Scott Lynch
Links on Writing:
- Being an Author vs. Running a Business as an Author – http://t.co/eUh38ZlxAi
- Writer Victory!—Identify Problem Areas – http://t.co/W5tOwSRU0F
- Thou Shalt Not Kill (your characters) – http://t.co/nENVS8qDOq
- The Power of Covers – http://t.co/bTyxyj7Lrg
- The Key to Balancing Business and Personal Social Media – http://t.co/YGXrGmH2tG
- Series—Keeping Things Fresh Without Alarming Readers – http://t.co/aDtvOk5ToI
- Learn More About the People that Matter to Your Business with Facebook Audience Insights – http://t.co/3Yw0Y5UuS5
- Transitioning from Fiction to Nonfiction: 4 Easy Steps – http://t.co/CF69CFfHC3
- What’s Wrong with your Story, Part 7 – http://t.co/3hg8YJa319
- The Importance of Multiple Structures – http://t.co/adR3wAQPZt
- Getting Started on Twitter – http://t.co/YeUraYuj5N
- Series Readers—What they Really Want to See in Our Books – http://t.co/dJEtmQEyrO
- How to Create a Google+ Community to Grow Your Business – http://t.co/XBlJeXm07L
- How to Value your Writing – http://t.co/s9nHRCLq9S
- Fantasy Medicine – Part One: Healthcare, Magical and Mundane - http://t.co/jLs0hrRBHR
- 5 Ways to Improve Social Sharing on Your Blog - http://t.co/4JulkeCxJK
- Why My Mornings Tend to Start Slow (plus pancrepes recipe!) – http://t.co/QiYOfLHgpk
- 3 Ways to Use Humor to Keep Your Audience Coming Back – http://t.co/fejzI8GxVx
- Developing Thematic Ideas in Your Fiction – http://t.co/GPjBcnAMD3
- Case Study: When a Concept is TOO Big – http://t.co/6siqOxAN1n
- How to Keep Your Personal & Professional Lives Separate with Facebook Lists [VIDEO] – http://t.co/oStk3yPNMf
- A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Tend Your (Self-Published) Garden – http://t.co/vzLaf55l0X
- What’s Wrong with your Story, Part 6 – http://t.co/Z2YGpWMQYL
- Getting Our Work Out There (A Look at Wattpad) – http://t.co/yXnFZJSZBT
- What’s Wrong with your Story, Part 5 – http://t.co/73bqNczvgN
- 7 Things Your Fiction Fans Want to Hear You Say – http://t.co/0y2FVdLGBQ
- Plotting, Pacing, and Crossing Over – http://t.co/QYriA4gJMZ
- The Root of “Prolific” – http://t.co/DxG2TW2F3A
- About ‘Marketing to Writers’ – http://t.co/JAuifBKxF2
- What Are You Doing to Improve? – http://t.co/gVQwbDZxlc
- Story Structure… for Television – http://t.co/91Mzek8JKx
- Why Too Many Flashbacks Might Be a Warning of Deeper Story Problems – http://t.co/0AJ3EjSh0h
- Dive into Worldbuilding! – Disability and Accommodation (A Google+ hangout report with video) – http://t.co/7FdccL3twV