cj Sez: Writers live and writhe on reviews. We want them,
solicit them, need them, and thank you for giving them.
But this note from one of my author friends puts them into
“You have officially arrived when someone makes a Goodreads
account JUST to one-star your book that isn't even out yet. Ha! Do watch for
the trolls, ladies. They are everywhere.”
The moral is: Take your reviews with a grain of salt
Why it’s good to read anthologies
you’re reading a story that drags you deep into the plot, do you wonder how the
author could have imagined all those twists and turns? I do because I know
personally that writing a coherent story is a difficult and exacting task, and
I get a ton of inspiration by reading. In fact, a writer has to be a reader,
especially in the genre they write.
Because I also like to read the works of different authors in
multiple genres, I find reading anthologies filled with short stories appealing
for many reasons, but the top three are:
1) they don’t require a singular lengthy commitment;
2) they provide a lot of variety; and
3) they often introduce me to a new favorite author.
I say three cheers for anthologies and their short stories! (Try
it, you’ll like it.)
Participating in NaNoWriMo?
I’m rooting for you …
This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you
put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard. — Neil
My non-publishing victory . . .
Tis the giving season, and I joined a group of police officers and Mobile Citizens Police Academy Alumni on Saturday morning to help
decorate a Giving Tree in front of the Mobile Police Department headquarters.
And as the picture can attest, it was a cold morning, and I'm wearing a down coat over a wool shirt.
the second annual event hosted by the MPD Victim Services unit to acknowledge
victims of crime and families served by the Mobile Police Department.
course, the absolute prettiest ornaments were the ones hand decorated by school children.
The Giving Tree lighting ceremony takes place Monday, November 21.
Speaking of anthologies . . . but I repeat myself:
Ebooks are available for 99 cents at the time of
Books are the kind of gifts
that keep on giving, don’t you know, and each of these anthologies is a
two-fer—you get wonderful stories to read and part of the proceeds will go to
benefit a worthwhile charity. (Note: I have a short story in each anthology.)
That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on,
and I’ll try to do the same.
Sending my warmest and best wishes for your Happy
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