Hello 2018 – The “No Excuses” Year

As my last post of 2017 was a wrap up of the year, let’s make my first post of 2018 goals for what I want to achieve this year. 

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Despite having had this blog since 2013, I didn’t really start blogging until 2016 and only in 2017 did I find my feet with it and blog more regularly.

I am aiming to keep up the Monday and Friday blog posting schedule along with the Wednesday Guest posting.  So if you’re a writer, I may very well be chasing you for a guest post!

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GP: The Scandals in Hollywood by Lindy S Hudis

We have all seen the news regarding the extend of the harassment and abuse that has been ongoing in Hollywood by men who have been using their power and status to abuse people.  Many brave actresses and actors have been speaking out about this.  Today’s guest poster is the author Lindy S Hudis who knows about these scandals first-hand.  She shares her story here.
Lindy21I moved to Los Angeles in the spring of 1992 to become an actress. I had no money, contacts or connections, just a heart full of dreams and a spirit filled with ambition. I moved into a tiny studio apartment right in the heart of Hollywood. I felt that I was on my way, and I was excited!
 
I did everything right. I had studied drama in New York, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, as a matter of fact. I had done quite a bit of live theater, including a season of Summer Stock in Upstate New York, and several Off-Off Broadway plays. I quickly learned that nobody was half as interested in looking down my resume as they were in looking down my shirt.

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GP: I Wanna Give Good Query by Cass Alexander

Oh yes, she’s back!  My (becoming a regular) guest poster Cass Alexander, author of the Persimmon Series is back to show us just how she did her last query letter. 😀

Cass1I Wanna Give Good Query

by Cass Alexander

I hesitate to write this post as it will truly demonstrate to readers that I do things I probably shouldn’t. My mouth runs faster than my brain. It always has. Now, my fingers type and click Send on emails faster than my brain can process the whole of what I’ve sent.

I recently wrote a query letter and I’d like to share my experience with the Universe.

My brother and I are currently writing a non-fiction humor book. We had always planned to self-publish. However, after zero research and one or two impulsive texts, we thought it would be a great idea to query a publisher. Bro is super busy, so he gave me the go ahead to do it myself. He really shouldn’t have. Wanna see it? Below is the first half. Try not to cringe as you read.

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Why you should Embrace your Mistakes

 

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Do you embrace your mistakes?

 

I think there is a part in all of us that loves the idea of holding ourselves accountable to mistakes me make.  But that’s not always the case, is it?

So why don’t we embrace our mistakes?

Maybe you blame schools… or parents… or bosses!  Because they are easy to blame.  Though maybe the real culprit is society.

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GP: My name’s not Cass, but you can call me Cass

Once again I have been harassing other writers to guest post on this blog. This week’s guester is the lovely Cass Alexander, who talks about whether to use a Pen Name. Enjoy!

Cass1My Name’s Not Cass, But You Can Call Me Cass

by Cass Alexander

Prior to publishing my first romance novel, my husband and I debated whether I should publish under my real name or use a pen name. Marketing, in the short term, would be easier if I used my legit name, because I know lots of people. And, let’s face it, it’s pretty damn cool to see your name slapped on the cover of a book.

But, in the end, I didn’t have the balls to use my real name. Like all healthy, well-adjusted citizens of the world, I blame societal pressures.

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Interview with author Khaled Talib

This week’s guest post is an interview with the wonderful Khaled Talib, author of Incognito. Enjoy!

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Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?

I was fourteen when I tried to write a detective story.  I wrote it on a school notebook.  Halfway into the story I gave up when the person sitting next to me pried into the content when I was not in class.  He laughed at me, but he didn’t seem to understand what I was trying to do.

I’ve been reading detective books, which inspired me to write my own story.  From that day, I stopped writing, but there was a yearning to tell stories.  It took a long time before I listened to the little voice again.

Q02 – Did you find people supportive when they learned you were a writer?

Not at all.  I once told a distant relative who lives overseas that I wanted to write.  He told not to waste my time.  He said a few more things that was disheartening.  There are other stories, of course, but you get the drift.  From that day I kept my dreams to myself.
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Guest post: But for the Grace

This week’s guest post is the lovely Annette Rochelle Aben who has written a short story. Enjoy!

AnnetteBut For The Grace

by Annette Rochelle Aben

Being swallowed by the dark, Caryn felt she’d never live to see the dawn…

Everything was in place. It was only a matter of time. Caryn knew she had made the right decision and there was no turning back.

She settled on the loveseat, glanced at the clock and noted that the hour was fast approaching. Calling to her two companions was unnecessary, her babies hopped up into her lap within moments of her sitting. How funny her male cats were in comparison to the females she had in the past. Her male cats were the most affectionate, always wanting to be on her lap, sleeping next to her in bed and enjoyed being petted. Caryn gently stroked each of the cats pouring as much love as she had into each caress.

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