Why Do David Baldacci and I Write?

  Posted by M. K. Waller

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Why do writers write?  Anyone who’s ever sworn at a blinking cursor has asked herself that question at some point. Or at many, many points. ~ Meredith Maran

In Why We Write, twenty authors answer that question. Below are quotations from six of their essays.

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I write because in 1962 I put in my application for a job working at the children’s department at Sears, and they never called me back…. Seriously, I write because it’s all I know how to do. Writing is my anchor and my purpose. My life is informed by writing, whether the work is going well, or I’m stuck in the hell of writer’s block, which I’m happy to report only happens about once a day. ~ Sue Grafton, author of A Is for Alibi through Y Is for Yesterday
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I’m really not qualified to do anything else. At this point it’s so much a part of my life that I can’t not do it. If I don’t work I go crazy. And frankly, I have a family, and I need the money. ~ James Frey, author of The Final Testament of the Holy Bible

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If writing were illegal, I’d be in prison. I can’t not write. It’s a compulsion. ~David Baldacci, author of The Innocent

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The only thing that makes me crazier than writing is not writing. ~ Sarah Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

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I write to dream; to connect with other human beings; to record; to clarify; to visit the dead. I have a kind of primitive need to leave a mark on the world. Also, I have a need for money. ~ Mary Karr, author of Lit

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I write because I swear to God I don’t know how to do anything else. ~ Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto

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This week my cousin Ann found something I wrote when I was about ten years old. It announces the engagement of her cat, Tommy, to Miss Kittie Kay Kat, and marked my entry into the world of journalism a la community goings-on columns in small town newspapers.

Relative legibility is courtesy of Mrs. Bessie Fricke, a marvelous fourth-grade teacher, who gave every student in class (except Bernard and Patricia) a B in handwriting the first six weeks, and spurred me to practice my cursive every day after school so that wouldn’t happen again.

So why do I write? Considering that I did this of my own free will, just for fun, I guess, like Mr. Baldacci, et al., I can’t not write.

And please forgive me, but I can’t not share this.

Note: The date of the wedding, October twelfth, happens to be Ann’s birthday. She’s a year minus twelve days younger than I. Along with her older sister, Sally, we rode bicycles and horses, swam in the river, and renovated an old chicken house–painted the outside white and pasted newspapers on the inside walls–to use as a clubhouse. I don’t remember having many meetings there.

Tommy Barber was an orange tabby. He didn’t have a middle name, but people in engagement announcements always have them, so I gave him one.

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KAT-BARBER ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

Mr. and Mrs. Alley Kat announce the engagement of their daughter, Kitty Kay, to Mr. Tommy Len Barber.

Miss Kat was the Fish Queen of 1960 and served as Duchess in the Trout Sellers’ Festival in 1961. Kitty Kay attended Kittie Kapers Elementary School and graduated from Catwell’s Girls’ High School. She attended the Feline Women’s College where she majored in English. Then she entered Katley Acting School, where she starred in “The Rat Trap.” Kitty Kay graduated from Cat Carson’s Finishing School in May of 1963. She is now employed as a secretary at Fishington Fish Markets, Inc.

Tommy Len Barber attended Cat Carver Elementary and later Kitolene High School. He entered Carvard University and was then employed at Cape Catnaperal . He is presently employed as a detective with the Fentress Cat Patrol for the Extermination of Rats and Mice.

The wedding will be held at the First Methodist Church in Fentress at eight o’clock in the evening on October the twelfth. The reception will be held in the church parlor.

 

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Meredith Maran, ed. Why We Write: Twenty Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do. New York: Plume, 2013.

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I’ve published short stories, the latest in Austin Mystery WritersLone Star Lawless, and blog at Telling the Truth, Mainly. I write as M. K. Waller and as Kathy Waller.

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The First Time

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There is a first time for everything. The first time most of us rode a bike without training wheels, we fell. That very first cup of coffee tasted bitter to a lot of us. Some people remember their first time experiences from long ago, others do not.

SJBrown Weather VaneI have had some interesting firsts as a wildlife photographer. The first time I saw a male moose in the wild I didn’t get the shot, but in my defense it was 4 am and pitch black out.

The first time I saw wolf in the wild I was in Minnesota. Jay and I had just finished lunch and were heading to a nearby refuge. As he drove Jay began yelling “Wolf, Wolf”. Silly me I was wondering why he was barking. As he brought the truck to a stop I realized he was pointing at a wolf on the edge of a nearby field. No I didn’t get a shot of him before he disappeared.

You might think you are seeing a pattern here, but the first time I saw an alligator in the wild I got the shot.

SJBrown AlligatorWhen Jay and I were in South Dakota I saw Big Horn sheep for the first time and got some nice shots.

SJBrown Big HornI have had other firsts because I am in the field photographing wildlife. I still remember the first time I held a wild duck. I was banning ducks with the refuge staff in Minnesota; Yes I had a few firsts on that trip.

SJBrown MallardThe first time I went to a writers conference I had more than one first. Before going to the conference I filled out my first grant application, and I got my first grant. This was also the first time I attended a workshop on character development, and sat in on a panel discussion about publishing.

Yes I took some time to hang out with the local critters while I was there.

SJBrown GooseThe first time I exhibited my work to the public led to my first published manuscript. Keeping your life filled with firsts keeps it interesting, and fun. Now it is time for you to go out and experience a few firsts of your own.

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That’s a whole lot of reviews

Mike Staton

The post was written by Mike Staton.

Sometimes a number can stun a guy.

For example, 1,009.

That’s how many review of fellow writers’ chapters I’ve done since joining an online writers’ workshop back in 2003. And I’ve gotten many, many reviews from other writers for my novels’ chapters. How many novels? Let’s see – The Emperor’s Mistress, Thief’s Coin, Assassins’ Lair, Blessed Shadows Dark and Deep, and my current WIP, Deepening Homefront Shadows.

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Here’s my homepage on the online workshop. Reviewing other writers’ chapters earns me points I can spend to post my own chapters.

A friend told me about the Online Writers’ Workshop of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror back in early 2003. I checked it out and joined. It’s hard to believe it has been fifteen years. The workshop has been a godsend for me. My writing has improved tremendously, and mainly because of the wonderful reviewers on the OWW.

Reviewers have come and gone. Some have even died. It’s been fifteen years after all. The ones I have now are priceless. They do quality reviews. I like to keep the number of reviewers at a manageable number – four or five. Now four men and women consistently critique my chapters for Deepening Homefront Shadows – Michael Keyton, Larry Pinaire, David Kernot and Robyn Wescombe.

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I ran this Civil War novel through the Online Writers Workshop of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, getting the manuscript ready to submit to my publisher.

Currently, Keyton is writing an alternate history novel where Lucifer and his horde of demons are trying to use World War II to plunge the human race into an age of darkness. Pinaire is running a science fiction novel through the OWW, the story of the initial colonization of Mars. Pinaire is doing a traditional sword-and-sorcery novel where the hero is snatched from our world and dropped into a medieval one where sorcerers cast magic spells. Robyn Wescombe, my newest reviewer, is doing an alternate history novel where Immortals are copulating with human women to breed immortal children. I enjoy reviewing them, trying to help my online friends improve their writing – plot, characterization, setting and dialogue.

It’s really hard to believe that I’ve done more than 1,000 reviews over the last fifteen years. In 2014, I joined the Henderson Writers Group and tried a couple of in-person reviews. Someone would read a portion of a chapter for five minutes and fellow group members would critique as he or she read. I read a partial chapter once, and found the results unsatisfying. On the OWW, they review the entire chapter.

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I also workshopped my fantasy trilogy.

When I joined the OWW, I was 51 years old. Today, I’m 66. Over those fifteen years, I managed to write four books and find a small publisher to publish them for me. Now I’m working on my fifth novel and currently running the chapters through the OWW. The first three novels turned out to be a fantasy trilogy. Now I’m writing another trilogy – this one a Civil War saga with fantasy and romance subplots. I’m really enjoying my novel-writing career.

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I’m an author with four published novels that include a sword-and-sorcery fantasy trilogy – The Emperor’s Mistress, Thief’s Coin and Assassins’ Lair. The fourth novel is a historical romance set during the Civil War. It’s called Blessed Shadows Dark and Deep. I’ve begun writing my second Civil War novel – Deepening Homefront Shadows. All my novels can be purchased via the website of my publisher, Wings ePress, as well as the websites of Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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Oh my, Valentine!

Cole Smith

 

 

Have you ever wondered about the origins of Valentine’s Day? Where did our favorite romantic holiday find its many symbols–the pink and red, the cards, the sweets, and the hearts? Is it really, as some suggest, a holiday cooked up by greeting card companies?

 

Valentine’s Day is an old holiday, with roots extending all the way back to third-century Rome and a Roman Catholic presbyter named Valentinus. Most of the facts have been lost to history, and all we really know for certain is that Valentinus was martyred and buried in a cemetery on the Via Flaminia. His alleged skull, ringed with a crown of flowers, is on display in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. It’s both creepy and Valentine’s-y, no?

 

 

Valentine's Key

 

Legend has it that on the night before he was to be martyred, Valentine sent a card to the daughter of his prison guard, for whom he’d performed a healing miracle. He signed the card “your Valentine”. Did that simple letter start the tradition of sending cards with the words “from your Valentine”? We can’t know. Some sources claim this young woman planted an almond tree on Valentine’s grave. Its pink blossoms have endured as a symbol of love and friendship.

 

Probably, the St. Valentine we remember on February 14th is a composite of two or three men named Valentine, who were all active in the church at that time. There are many unverified legends associated with this figure. One is that he performed secret weddings for active military soldiers who were forbidden to marry during times of conflict. (It’s been argued Claudius never issued such a ban.)

 

Soldiers who were keen to marry their sweethearts in a holy Christian ceremony would recognize Valentine by the amethyst Cupid ring he wore. Since Cupid was an approved symbol of love during the marriage ban, the ring was a safe secret sign. It’s probably one reason the amethyst became the February birthstone, since it’s believed by some to attract love!

 

Another legend is that Valentine also cut parchment paper hearts and presented them to soldiers and other persecuted Christians as a reminder to uphold their serious vows and to remember the greatest love from Heaven.

 

 

Oh, Valentine!

 

 

It wasn’t until Chaucer published the Parlement of Foules in the fourteenth century that St. Valentine’s Day became associated with “courtly love”, and many of the traditions we celebrate today. That’s right, writers. Chaucer and his following created a holiday. Now that’s the power of a great story!

 

Romantic courtiers started to apply themselves to Valentine’s poems. The now-cheesy “Roses are red…” line first showed up in 1590, in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queen!

 

 

Be My Valentine!

 

It didn’t take long to match sweet words with sweet treats, and the Cadbury candy company claims credit for making the first heart-shaped box of chocolates in 1868. Mass-marketed paper valentines showed up around 1847. And so it goes, even today.

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or Pal-entine’s Day, I wish you all the joy, sweets, and sentiment the holiday has to offer. What’s the best valentine you’ve ever received?

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Cole Smith is a writer, teacher, and mountain biker in West Virginia. She enjoys good coffee and great stories. She shares inspiration, encouragement, and tips for creative overwhelm at www.colesmithwrites.com.

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A Valentine Song and Poem by Abbie Johnson Taylor

I know it’s a day early, but here’s a poem I wrote for my late husband to commemorate Valentine’s Day. You can click on the title to hear me read it and sing a related song. I hope that tomorrow, you do something special with the one you love.

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TO MY DEPARTED VALENTINE

 

 

Dearest of hearts, most gentle of souls,

you are my only one,

always remembered, never forgotten.

 

With you, I soared to unimaginable heights.

Now you’re gone—I still fly

for you’ve given me my own wings.

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Abbie Johnson Taylor is the author of a novel, two poetry collections and a memoir. Her work has appeared in Magnets and Ladders and Serendipity Poets Journal. She has a visual impairment and lives in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, she cared for her late husband, totally blind and partially paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit her blog and website.

 

 

 

Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

We Shall Overcome

How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

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MY JOURNEY BECOMING A PUBLISHED AUTHOR

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Posted by: Karen Ingalls

Once I arrived home from the doctor’s office I knew that I wanted to journal my fears and questions, and what had been happening to my body for the past few months. Writing was a tool I had used most of my life to rise above, or outshine, sexual abuse, family alcoholism, untimely deaths, and divorce. After I heard the fateful words, “You have cancer,” recovered from surgery, gone through chemotherapy, and had begun a new life as a cancer survivor, a friend asked if she could read my journal. Days later she called to encourage me to publish my journal saying, “Women need to read this.”

Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is a story of my survival, and that cancer, other diseases, or life-changing events are challenges from which there are opportunities for self-growth, ministry, and living more fully. God’s gift to me was my ability to write; the publication of this book is my gift to God. (https://www.amazon.com/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI/ref=sr)

  • Step one was to journal and write stories about my life, goals, and fears as an adolescent, imagining that someday my words would help others.
  • I explored the magical, informative, and historical world of literature; thereby, unconsciously determining the style of writing and subjects I enjoyed.
  • My journal about a life threatening illness was put into a publishing format after encouragement from others.
  • An important step was to trust a friend, who is an English professor, to read my novel and non-fiction manuscripts for objective feedback.
  • Seeking publication for both manuscripts by contacting publishers and agents required courage and willingness to receive rejection letters.
  • I followed the advice of my publisher, accepted challenges and critiques, and worked hard through the publishing and selling processes.

 

If you dream to be a published author, then I say, “Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from traveling the sometimes bumpy, difficult, and rewarding road to make your dream come true.”

Tags: writing, authors, journaling, research

Categories: Authors, Books

Karen Ingalls is an author of three published books, two blogs, and many articles. She is an advocate for health/wellness, social issues, and ovarian cancer awareness.

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Fast Paced and Crazy with a hint of Antigues by Cher’ley

 This blog by Cher’ley  Grogg

How do people read online?  Fast and Furious.

Fast and Furious #8. Do you remember number 1? It was a favorite in my family.

What not to to in a blog:

Image result for Free to use illustration about boring or self centered “Think about yourself. Talk about yourself. Use “I” as often as possible. Mirror yourself continually in the opinion of others. Listen greedily to what people say about you. Expect to be appreciated. Be suspicious. Be jealous and envious. Be sensitive to slights. Never forgive a criticism. Trust nobody but yourself. Insist on consideration and respect. Demand agreement with your own views on everything. Sulk if people are not grateful to you for favors shown them. Never forget a service you have rendered. Shirk your duties if you can. Do as little as possible for others.”

What are some things we want from a blog?

  1. What’s it about?
  2. Who wrote it?
  3. How much time will you spend reading it?
  4. Is it interesting?
  5. Is it relevant?
  6. Can you glance at it and get an idea of what it’s about?
  7. Are there links if you want to read more?
  8. Does the blogger make you feel comfortable?
  9. The blog is not about selling anything?
  10. Can you share this blog?

 

  1. Limit each paragraph to less than 5 sentences
  2. Make sentences shorter
  3. Strive for quality

So if you are promoting, go in the back door. Something like this:

Image result for antique brooch free to use images In Stamp Out Murder Carolyn, James’ new-found love interest lives and works in a bed and breakfast with her Aunt Linda. The first antique he noticed (on page 10) was a Louis XV sofa that set in a large sitting room. James loves antiques. He got this love of antiques from his mother. There are many unusual originals scattered throughout the house and the town. In fact, much of the story centers around a beautiful antique brooch.

I promised Kathy Waller some links to free images. Make sure your images are totally free to use so as to not infringe on copy-writen material.

1. Pixabay

2. New Old Stock

3. Unsplash

4. Foodie’s Feed

5. Death to the Stock Photo

6. Magdeleine

7. Public Domain Archive

8. Good Free Photos 

9. Free Range Stock

10. Pickup Image

11. Photogen

12. Gratisography

13. Skitterphoto

14. Life of Pix

15. Pexels

16. Morgue File

17. SplitShire

18. 1 Million Free Pictures

19. pdpics

20. Flickr: Creative Commons

Please add any other thoughts or links in the comments. Hope this was beneficial and fun. What do you think about blog writing?

If all else fails, use your own photos, if you have Google you proba20180209_075732bly have your own phone photos backed up in Google Drive,  and you can even blog about the mounds of things you need to get done, like sorting clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors.

Stamp Out Murder”.
 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back
Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 

All About the Girls 5(3)

Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell
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So, You Want to Write A Book…

Keri De Deo

 

 

This post by Keri De Deo

 

When I meet people and mention that I’m an author and editor, they often launch into their book writing aspirations. They end the discussion with the statement, “But I don’t know where to start.”

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Yes, Lewis Carroll said, “Begin at the beginning,” but it’s not as simple as that.

Editors and agents want the beginning of a book to capture its audience from the first sentence and to entice the reader to continue to the end.

That’s a daunting task. So, of course, if thinking about this beginning, you’ll never begin. Rather than “begin at the beginning,” begin writing where your idea starts. You can figure out the beginning later.

Diana Gabaldon, a favorite author of mine, speaks about “kernels.” These are small snapshots of characters, descriptions, images…short sentences that start an idea. From there, she develops these ideas into larger and longer texts. Sometimes, these ideas make it into the book, but sometimes, they hit the editing floor. That’s OK.

I repeat: THAT’S OK. Every thought you have for a book or a character or an idea does not have to end up in the book. It doesn’t mean it’s not valuable. It simply means that it’s not meant for the reader. Hold on to those pieces, though, because they could be useful in developing your character.

It’s also important to develop the habit of writing. Write daily–whether it’s in the morning, afternoon, or the middle of the night. Many famous authors write best in the morning, but morning writing isn’t necessarily the best time for all writers. I tend to write best late at night when it’s quiet except for the occasional owl or coyote. That’s my best time, but it may not be your best time. Explore your writing time–see when it flows the best, and then stick to that time and write, write, write.

Don’t worry if it’s good or not–just write. You can figure out if it’s good later, and if it’s not good, you can fix it. Writing is an art, but it’s also a skill that we must practice if we want to improve.

So, good luck with that book! Keep at it, and you just might find yourself among the published authors!

{A previous version of this was posted at keridedeo.com}


Keri De Deo, owner of Witty Owl Consulting, lives in northern Arizona and works as a writer, editor, researcher, and instructional designer. She is author of the young adult novel Nothing but a Song, released in December 2017. She loves technology and finding innovative tools for a happy, healthy life. Keri spends her free time with her husband kayaking, hiking, and walking her two beautiful dogs, Maiya and Lilla. To learn more about Keri, visit her website keridedeo.com or follow her on Facebook (@authorkeridedeo) and Twitter (@thewittyowl).

 

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Wedding Receptions in the You-Tube Era

 Posted by N. M. Cedeño

 

 

What’s going on with wedding receptions these days?

My husband and I were apparently married in a bygone era, the pre-YouTube era. Consequently, our bridesmaids and groomsmen did not choreograph dances, put on a ballet, or produce a Broadway musical during our reception for the entertainment of our guests. I would never have asked them to do so. And, it wouldn’t have occurred to them.

Now, the newly engaged search YouTube for what’s “traditional” at wedding receptions. Because if it’s “traditional,” it must be on YouTube, right? And, if the newly engaged believe the videos online, then an important part of the reception is the “Introduction of the Bridal Party” who are called out by name and title by a DJ, as if he were introducing contestants on the Price is Right.

“Introducing the Mother of the Bride! Mary Smith, come on down!” yells the DJ as music booms loudly in the background.

The members of the bridal party then enter the room in pairs or individually, dancing into the room possibly with props, to the applause of the gathered guests. Sometimes, the entire wedding party then gets together and performs a choreographed dance number for the watching crowd. Based on YouTube, this is a required duty of the bridal party and an important part of entertaining the guests. The bridal party had better be ready to put on a show.

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My wedding cake

Not having been involved in any weddings recently, I had no idea that this practice had become so ubiquitous. Back when I got married, the bridesmaids went to showers, paid for a dress, showed up at the wedding, and posed for pictures. The maid of honor and best man had a few other duties as well: giving speeches and planning parties. So, when asked to be a bridesmaid recently, I said yes, not knowing that I would be receiving instructions on choosing an appropriate song for my grand entrance, selecting props and/or costume items, and, of course, choreographing my dance moves.

I have never aspired to be on Broadway or dance in musical theater. I have two left feet and no sense of rhythm. The ballroom dance class I took in college taught me quickly that my ability to see a dance step and then copy it was almost nonexistent. Imagine my shock when I received my instructions.

So of course, I told the bridal couple that my husband wasn’t willing to do any of that stuff. He’s a required member of the wedding party, so I threw him under the bus. The bride was surprised, but understanding. Having carefully studied YouTube, she hadn’t realized that bridal parties haven’t always danced into the reception. It never occurred to her that we didn’t know that entertaining the crowd with a dance routine was a duty of the bridal party.

In days past, I remember the bride and groom being introduced as they came to do their first dance. No one bothered to introduce the entire bridal party. Bridal parties didn’t do choreographed dances and post them online in the pre-YouTube era, that bygone era, before 2005.

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N. M. Cedeño writes short stories and novels that are typically set in Texas. Her stories vary from traditional mystery, to science fiction, to paranormal mystery in genre. Her debut novel, All in Her Head, was published in 2014, followed by her second novel, For the Children’s Sake, in 2015. In 2016, For the Children’s Sake was selected as a finalist for the East Texas Writers Guild Book Award in the Mystery/Thriller category. Most recently, she has begun writing the Bad Vibes Removal Services Series which includes short stories and the novel The Walls Can Talk (2017).

Visit her at www.nmcedeno.com or find her books at her Amazon author page .

 

 

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The Princess is here – what’s next?

It feels like it took forever to get The Princess Prophecy out into the world. From the idea to it finally being live was almost three years. And it’s not a long book. Procrastination isn’t my middle name for no reason. Of course it was the fear that made me do other things instead of the writing I should have been doing. Anything else was so much easier than getting words on the page and revising those words. No matter how many times I told myself the books can’t make money if they’re just sitting on my hard, I still put the writing off. Oh, I did some here and there. Wrote short stories for anthologies. Made notes on other stories. Plotted stories. Printed and reprinted manuscripts so I could go back and revise. But I still wasn’t doing the work I should have been doing to release works under my own name. Releasing under a pen name, that only a select four know, is so much easier.

But I did it! The Princess is finally out there on major retailers. The audio book is underway and hopefully will be up by April. I can’t wait to hear what my narrator does with the story. Luckily, she loves the story and her characterizations are great. And I’m not just saying that because she’s my friend. She’s very talented.

Now that I have one project off my plate, there are a whole lot more on there that need work. So next up is Almost Normal, book one in one of my urban fantasy series. That one has been done for ages too but it’s a lot messier than The Princess Prophecy was. This new one was written out order, before I started doing outlines. I don’t know what’s missing, what makes no sense, what scenes need to be added. But I’m slowly getting through it, making notes, revising sections, fixing the time line. It feels good to be doing actual work again and I know revising is work. However, I’m looking forward to writing new words, on a new book so that one can be finished too. Before that can happen I need to get Almost Normal off my plate.

Forgot what The Princess Prophecy was about? Here’s the blurb again and finally a buy link! It takes you to a page that lists everywhere the book is so you can pick your preferred store.

The Princess Prophecy

An ancient throne. An unknown prophecy. A reluctant princess controls the fate of the world…

Sophie thinks she’s a typical college freshman. She spends her days making friends and coping with classes, until her whole world changes forever. A group of strange men try to kidnap her, and the only thing that saves her is a long-lost friend who’s sworn to protect his princess…

Nathan tells Sophie that she’s not only half-alien, but she’s royalty on another planet. To make things more complicated, she’s forced to go to that planet to take the throne… or her entire kingdom will suffer.

As Nathan helps her train for her second life, she can’t help but fall for him. But when their ship comes under attack, she wonders if any of them will survive the journey.

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