Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Teaser Tuesday post for 18 November 2014:

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J. K. RowlingHarry’s heart was beating a violent tattoo against his Adam’s apple.  He swallowed hard, turned the heavy iron door handle, and stepped inside the courtroom.

from Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

 

 

 

 

Teaser Tuesday logo

———————————————————————————–

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

—————————————————————————————————————————

BookBlogWriMo.  Book Blog Writing Month.  Created by “Book Bumblings” as a book bloggers’ version of NaNoWriMo.  I found it through “Shattered Hearts Reviews“.

Day Ten – Memes I Meme

Teaser Tuesday – The idea is that you open the book you’re reading to a pseudo-random page, pick two sentences from those pages, and provide a teaser, which shouldn’t provide any spoilers.  When Sunday or Monday night rolls around, I start looking for a couple sentences while I’m reading that would make a good teaser.

Flashy Fiction Friday – Well, I actually post the prompts for this one and don’t write stories for the prompts often enough.  The active site just moved from Blogger to WordPress.

Wednesday Poetry Prompts – Weekly prompts by Robert Lee Brewer on the writersdigest.com site.

#FridayFollows (on Twitter) – I got caught up in this a bit when I first got into Twitter a couple years ago.  The idea was that each Friday, you’d give a shout out to a handful of folks you were following.

#MorningMusic (on Twitter) – I don’t know that it’s a meme, but for many months now, I post a couple lines from one of the songs I’m listening to on the way to work using Tweetcaster.  [Yes, this is only done when I'm either stopped at lights or after I get to work.]  It posts to my Twitter feed and Facebook.  I get occasional likes, comments, and retweets.

I’ve participated in a number of Poem-A-Day (PAD) challenges and now BookBlogWriMo, none of which, I think, are quite memes.

Day Eleven – Most Popular Posts

As of 14 November 2014, these are the top ten posts on this blog.  A few of my pages (the homepage, writing background, The Reading List, and Favorite Writers) actually were in the overall top ten page hits, but I limited this list to only posts.  In order of popularity:

1.  “If you see it, darling, then it’s there.” – a quote by Freddie Mercury

The flamboyant front man of Queen on stage, who was much more reserved off stage, explaining what the lyrics of Queen’s songs mean.

2.  “Waiting was a sin” – A Quote from “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman

An excerpt from the dark story in which one of the characters thinks about waiting is a waste of time.

3.  “…it was a beginning”:  An excerpt from “The Eye of the World” by Robert Jordan

A short discussion of the cyclical nature of life in my favorite book series, The Wheel of Time.

4.  Ask Boromir – A Quote by R. A.. Salvatore

An excerpt from R.A. Salvatore’s “Why Fantasy?”, the Introduction to Philip Athans “The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction”, in which he talks about ethical/moral decisions made by characters in fantasy.

5.  Poem:  Better Off Me

A free verse poem about thinking it might be better to be someone else.

6.  Poem:  Like a Mojito…or Three

A shadorma (poetic form) about life being confusing.

7.  Poem:  Redemption

An American Haiku (not about nature)

8.  Review:  Gauntlgrym, Neverwinter Book I by R.A. Salvatore

9.  Review:  Neverwinter, The Neverwinter Saga, Book II by R.A. Salvatore

10.  Poems:  Day Thirty One & Sometimes It’s Better To Just Move On

A lune and a triolet (poetic forms) on the subject of moving on.

Day Twelve – Advice for Newbie Bloggers

As this is far from a highly visited blog –none of mine are, actually– I’m not sure I’m really the person to provide advice to newbies, especially those who are looking to see their number of followers hit stratospheric levels.  Here’s my short list of advice:

1.  Don’t write for the visitors, write for yourself.

2.  “Don’t let the bastards wear you down”

That’s from a mug I’ve had for years….and years…and years, but it’s great advice.  People love to trash people, to criticize them, especially if their writings, ideas, etc. are the least bit controversial or edgy.  Learn to separate good negative criticism (sounds like an oxymoron, right?) from a trashing.  You should welcome the negative and positive criticism and learn from both.

2.  Don’t chase the followers.

3.  Follow people whose writing/posts you might actually be interested in reading.

4.  If you want your numbers to grow, write more.  The more prolific you are, the more followers you’ll end up with.

5. Don’t chase the money.

If writing/blogging is your passion, do it because it’s your passion, not because you want to get rich.  If you take something you love to do and try to force it to make money for you, you’re more than likely going to get frustrated and lose your enthusiasm for it.  If you’re passionate, and good at writing, opportunities will present themselves…

which leads to my last bit of advice…

6.  Embrace life’s opportunities when they present themselves…and this includes writing/blogging.  The worst thing that can happen is that you fail, and, in doing so, you learn and grow.

BookBlogWriMo.  Book Blog Writing Month.  Created by “Book Bumblings” as a book bloggers’ version of NaNoWriMo.  I found it through “Shattered Hearts Reviews“.

WayBack Machine - PubWrite  1June2011Day Seven – WayBack Machine

The earliest instance that the WayBack Machine (web.archive.org/web/) has of this blog is from 1 June 2011, about a year after I started it.  Not a big deal since you can see from the image to the right of by clicking the link to the archive page that the look hasn’t changed.  I preview new themes now and again, but always end up leaving it as is.  This layout/theme works for what I want to present.

Day Eight – My Blogging Toolkit

I have a fairly small, but effective toolbox:

  • WordPress, which is the host for my blogs, and its associated mobile app.  I have also used Blogger and its app.
  • I rely heavily on Evernote, which I mentioned in a previous post in BookBlogWriMo. It’s a great tool for drafting up posts and jotting down ideas on the go.
  • Adobe Photoshop for manipulating graphics, when I use them
  • A number of writing prompt sites for inspiration:
  • A couple other sites that are of use:
    • Wikipedia helps check facts
    • Google is a great tool for a quick spelling or definition check. Often, I don’t even have to click any of the links that come up in the search results.

Day Nine – My Blogging Workflow

Workflow.  Hmmm…that implies process.  Of which I don’t really have one.  The closest thing I have is “copy a post” from one I previously used to get a quick template for the new post.  Sometimes I sit down and blast out a post in one sitting, but more often, I open a post multiple times, editing a bit here, adding a bit there, until I post it hours or days (or months) later.

 

 

BookBlogWriMo.  Book Blog Writing Month.  Created by “Book Bumblings” as a book blogger’s version of NaNoWriMo.  I found it through “Shattered Hearts Reviews“.

Day Four – Why I Blog

Initially, I started this blog to make myself publicly…accountable, for lack of a better word, to my own writing. It didn’t really help. I didn’t write any more than I did without the blog. It did provide me a venue to share poems that I was writing, followed soon thereafter by flash fiction, in a single location after posting them to various blogs, which I continue to do today. As an avid reader, it also provides me a place for me to post reviews of books, as well as share quotes/excerpts from books and authors. In short, this blog now serves as a central location for me to post and track most things that have to do with my reading and writing.

Day Five – Where I Blog

Short answer: wherever I am when the urge strikes me. As I type the answer to this question, I am sitting in the waiting room at the dentist. I blog in the gym on the recumbent bike. I blog in the car waiting for soccer practices to end. Sometimes, I blog directly into the WordPress mobile app, sometimes I draft the post in Evernote, then copy it over to WordPress while on my laptop. The usual place I blog via laptop is on the couch, in the evenings, next to my wife, watching TV.  [Evernote, BTW, is a must-have app.  Even for the limited use I make of it, it's a fantastic tool for creating and accessing my "notes" on the go.]

Day Six – Favorite Childhood Books

The Pokey Little Puppy by Janette Sebring LowreyBears in the Night by Stan & Jan BerenstainThe Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss
I didn’t really read for leisure from some point in elementary school through most of high school. Sad, I know, but before I stopped reading, I had read through most of The Hardy Boys mysteries.

 

Teaser Tuesday post for 11 November 2014:

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J. K. RowlingA swishing noise and a second voice, which screeched the words to the night: “Avada Kedavra!”

A blast of green light blazed through Harry’s eyelids, and he heard something heavy fall to the ground beside him; the pain in his scar reached such a pitch that he retched, and then it diminished; terrified of what he wad about to see, he opened his stinging eyes.

from Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

 

 

 

 

Teaser Tuesday logo

———————————————————————————–

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

—————————————————————————————————————————

BookBlogWriMo.  Book Blog Writing Month.  Created by “Book Bumblings” as a book bloggers’ version of NaNoWriMo.  I decided a couple weeks ago to give this a shot after I found it through “Shattered Hearts Reviews“, then couldn’t find the link again.  It’s now the 10th of the month and I’m going to try to make up for lost time and then stay current with the posting.  So, without further ado, I’m going to cram the first three days posts into this one.

Day One – The History of Wanna Get Published, Write!

In June of 2010, I decided to blog about my writing experiences:  how my stories were coming, the trials and tribulations of trying to get them published, etc.  More than four years later, I still haven’t gotten anywhere with the story publishing, other than a little Flash Fiction, which is only published in that you can find it on this blog and in the comments of the writing prompts at various sites.  I have written many poems, posted here, as well as at poetry prompt sites.  I was lucky enough to be included in a great collection of poetry called “Beyond the Dark Room“, with the proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.  I’ve added book reviews and quotes, among other things over the years, and like most things, there are periods of time where I write more than others.  I continue to dream that I’ll write a book someday, but life does have a way of making it difficult to find time to write.

Day Two – How I Read

I am an anti-eReader, and  prefer hardback over paperback.  I understand the benefit of the eReaders, especially when traveling, but they can’t adequately reproduce the feel, the intimacy of a physical book, especially that first opening of a hardback.  I love the smell, the feel of the pages as I run my fingers down them, turning them, one after another, the sound as the spine is cracked for the first time.  No electronic device can replace that.

As for technical books…web design, coding, etc., I still prefer to have the hardback-sized paperback versions that I can open in my lap while typing in the code, or sit back and read while doing the short exercises that my favorite series of tech books have in them.  I usually also access the electronic version of these online so that i can down load the errata and source code, if it’s extensive.

I suppose, as an aspiring writer, I should be more embracing of the e-publishing world.  It makes for a much cheaper way for writers to self-publish.  Hopefully, that won’t be my only path to publication, but before I can worry about that, I need to get busy on the writing front.

Day Three – Where I Read

Mostly, I read in “the Library”.  On trips, I’ll read in the living room, the bedroom, or wherever I find myself lounging about with my book, but at home, “the Library” serves as my man-cave…the place I get away for a bit of quiet.

Teaser Tuesday post for 4 November 2014:

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J. K. RowlingFrowning, he avoided her gaze and looked down at words the quill had just written:

Tears fill those startlingly green eyes as our conversation turns to the parents he can barely remember.

“I have NOT got tears in my eyes!” said Harry loudly.

from Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

 

 

 

 

Teaser Tuesday logo

———————————————————————————–

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

—————————————————————————————————————————

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 873 other followers

%d bloggers like this: