Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 18

Up for another round of excitement? Join Copper and her friends…Episode 18 re-blogged here!

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Communication Breakdown

Communication Breakdown, It’s always the same;Victorian Airships
I’m having a nervous breakdown, Drive me insane…  Led Zeppelin

Pardon me for jittering off into a Zeppelin-zone… It was that kind of week.  I could describe all the chaos that resulted from lack of communication, but that would take all day. Just watch a clip of the Keystone Cops and you’ll get the general idea.

But it’s the weekend now, and I’ve escaped to my Sanctuary — this blog where our communications are so wonderful.  Communications are an integral part of all the “Three Things” serials here. If you didn’t send the things that drive the episodes, I wouldn’t be writing the stories.

At about the same time that John W. Howell (Episode-17) sent me a second set of “three things,” so did another reader — Suzanne Debrango, the extraordinary chef at “A Pug in the Kitchen.”  Her second…

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I need help with my new #YA series. Anybody for a #blogtour post in June?

Blog Tour, anyone?

Just Olga

Hi all:

You know I’ve been pestering you all about my new YA series‘Angelic Business’ and asking questions about marketing to try and put a plan together. OK, I’m not sure it’s a fully-fledged plan, but I’ve decided a few things.  As I’ve written already the three novels, I will put them in Amazon in pre-order this weekend (with about a month in between the releases of each part), at low prices to begin with and then they’ll go up. I might later on make the first one free (either temporarily or permanently, but we shall see). I haven’t yet decided on the KDP Select thing. Might try initially (I haven’t had any of my novels in Select for a while) but…

I want to give a go at having somebody organise a blog tour for me at some point, but I think it’s probably best to wait until…

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Editing Software Tools For Writers

Editing Software Tools for Writers…read on!

No Wasted Ink

Editing For WritersThere are many tools to help people with writing such as word processors, apps, pen and paper and more. Never has it been easier to record the written word into a manuscript. However, what do you do with your draft once it is complete? Until recently, you paid a high price for an editor to go over it for grammar, spelling, and content errors. Today, there are software tools to help bring down the cost of hiring an editor. I use some of these tools myself, going over my manuscript in layers, each program helping me locate certain issues that I want to address before I pack it up and send it to my human editor. By doing so, I save money since the final corrections that the editor makes are minimal.

All of the programs I review below have not contacted me to review them. I selected them because…

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#WritingANovel: Preparation for Plotters and Pantsters.

A good read. Check it out for yourself!

Alison Williams Writing

“It’s a job, not a hobby. You don’t write the way you build a model airplane. You have to sit down and work, to schedule your time and stick with it. Even if it’s just for an hour or so each day, you have to get a babysitter and make the time. If you’re going to make writing succeed, you have to approach it as a job.”
Rosellen Brown 

 So you’re ready to write your novel? You’ve got an idea burning away at the back of your mind that you can’t get rid of. Characters keep popping up, talking to you, urging you to write their story. But the notebook’s blank, the computer screen‘s white. You’re hesitating over that first line. How do you get prepared?

Spongebob blank

Well, that rather depends on whether you’re a plotter or a pantster!

If you’re a plotter, like me, you like to have that…

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Book Promotion Opportunities for Authors (It’s Free)

Book Promotion Opportunities…


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Marketing books is hard. I will try to help.

I have a few book promotion opportunities for authors.

Participation is FREE.

(1) Meet the Characters

I have a page on my Read Tuesday website called Meet the Characters.

On this page, readers find short creative pieces featuring one of the characters from various books.

The idea is that readers can learn about books without first seeing the cover or price.

Their first taste of the book is a character’s personality and the author’s writing style.

Many authors and readers have expressed positive feedback about this idea.

(If you like the idea, please tell a friend.)

But we need more authors to participate. Signing up is free.

The earlier you participate, the better the reader-to-book ratio works in your favor.

Once submissions grow enough, Meet the Characters will grow onto multiple pages, different pages…

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Freestyle Writing Challenge 2: Fear an adrenalin shot taken or avoided

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As a child, almost instinctively you know not to walk the streets at night, even if you are holding onto the hands of your mother, and trying to get a taxi. There is nothing more frightening than the sound of the wind at your back, roughly tugging as though it would rather wear your clothes, and walk in your shoes. So you close your eyes, the way you do when you are home alone, and there is no one else there to protect you.

Because the room is dark and you can hear the curtain move as it beats upon the glass. Or is it your teeth that are chattering. Either way it is fear, inside and outside of you, like a doppelganger that cannot be soothed. But closing your eyes only makes the fear more palatable, and just when you think it can’t get any worse, you are feeling to go to the bathroom, only to get there you will have to compete with a long narrow hallway, a square, obzokie washing machine and a leaky faucet.

No, things can’t get any worse you tell yourself, wondering if you can make it down there with your eyes closed, and then you feel someone’s hand on your arm. So you do the only thinkable thing that comes to you.


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222 words, 10 minutes

Okay, Marjorie I saw the new post option this time. Thanks again for the writing challenge.

This post is an answer to a free style writing challenge


The Free Style Writing Challenge Rules:

1. Set a stop watch or your mobile to 5 minutes or 10 minutes whichever challenge you think you can beat.

2. Your topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.

3. Fill the word doc with as many words as you want. Once you began writing do not stop even to turn.

4. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check in MS WORD (it is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write the right spelling and stick to grammar rules)

5. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals. However, if you do, it would be best.

6. At the end of your post write down ‘Word count =_____’ so that we would have an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.

7. Do not forget to copy paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new Topic for your nominees and copy paste these rules with your nominations (at least 5 bloggers).

So, instead of blanket nominations, I invite any interested parties to continue with the new post below, and thanks again for reading.




Your New Topic:

Oh the tangled web we weave, when we try to deceive. (Deception)