In most blog tours, a single author appears on a variety of blogs, moving around the Internet and allowing the readers of those blogs get to know the author.
In the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour, the authors stay on their blogs and it's you, the reader, who takes the tour.
Each month, our participating authors from around the world agree to blog on a single topic throughout the month. By following the links in each month's post, you'll discover a whole bunch of new authors in a variety of genres, levels of experience, and styles of writing.
We hope you enjoy the trip and come back each month for a new spin around the globe.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
|The Down The Street Art Gallery, Dec 2013|
Photo by Randy Cockrell
Friday, December 13, 2013
The hallmark of a good author is great world building, whether the story takes place in modern day New York City or the wastelands of Agramar after the Barentcian Empire’s collapse.
My all-time favorite series, The Deeds of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon, feels real to me regardless of the occasional dwarf, elf and diety intervention.
Why? Because the writer has done an excellent job of creating her world and imparting that knowledge throughout the novel.
While I’m not here to discuss how to display your world to…well, the world, I can give you some wonderful tools that I’ve used over the years to create your own.
Continued Reading at In Shadows...
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
As we approach the end of the year, we tend to look back and wonder where the time went, if the year was a prosperous one, and how many socks you could've lost to the Underpants Gnomes in just one year. Or you know, take a look back at your goals and if you reached them.
This year I've kinda' stuck to my guns about the writing goals.
Read more banana-fo-fana-me-my-mo-mana.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I'd like to say I completed everything on my list from last year, but I'd be lying. Not to be a downer, but I rarely do finish everything... Life has a tendency of throwing curve balls when you least expect it, and this year hasn't been any different from any other.
Let's get cracking!
Continue Reading at In Shadows...
Friday, November 1, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
I’ve read a number of books on writing over the years. Not all of them were that good and most didn’t stick with me long enough to make it back to the library or used book store. I do have four, however that I’ve read and reread over the years. They’re too full of gooey writing goodness to sit dusty on a shelf!
Continue Reading at In Shadows
Sunday, September 29, 2013
I once had a teacher (believe this or not) say that there was such a thing as too much research. Initially I thought, "what rubbish," but now I can honestly say that when it comes to certain things, yes, there can be too much research. Research for it's own sake is good I think. Never stop learning and expanding your knowledge base are two things that I feel are important to a writer. Read more on my blog...
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
Back in the late seventies, I read a science fiction short story about Josef Mengele. At the time, the knowledge of him wasn’t well-known (at least not in my small town.) I tore my local library apart before I finally located a piece of information that proved that the menace, Mengele, existed and conducted those horrible experiments in Nazi Germany.
And the book Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson (a.k.a. Somewhere in Time)...
I dug through all the pertinent historical facts in that novel. I located a young actress who performed the appropriate play at the appropriate venue and dates, the same one that the Main Character fell so deeply in love with that he went back in time to find her. (The names had been changed to protect the innocent.)
All that before I graduated high school. (And before the convenience of the internet!)
Thursday, September 12, 2013
This has been my research project for much of this week. I wish I could say it has been for a book in progress. Unfortunately, it's just life. (to see the check and read the rest of my tale of financial woe, head to the Once in a Blue Muse Blog. . . )
Monday, September 2, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Personally, I find that I really have to push myself on some days to write. The writing isn't always award winning (more like rubbish) but at least I am writing. Read more on my blog...
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Two weeks ago I thought I had some good advice on how to stay motivated to write, but as that ship has sailed, I feel that it was good to pack it up with all the goodies in the world, but I think I didn’t pack it well enough, because in the sudden storm, that ship has sunk. I am feeling much less motivated than I care to admit and in this past week, I tried out all the fantastic ideas I found from the books and I can’t really advocate that they’ve worked.
You can continue here.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Wow. That’s a toughie. I don’t think I’ve ever quite learned this skill.
verb [ trans. ]
• provide (someone) with a motive for doing something : he was primarily motivated by the desire for profit.
• stimulate (someone's) interest in or enthusiasm for doing something : I'm going to motivate kids to study civics.
Let’s take the first one:
“Provide (someone) with a motive for doing something.”
Alright, I do have a couple of motives for writing.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
It's an incredible amount of work and more than a little daunting to consider. (continue on Once in a Blue Muse. . . )
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
But let’s face it — sometimes, those things are few and far between.
If you want to know more about how I deal with internal motivation, check out the rest on my blog.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
I mostly view online communities as a positive way for expression. Despite few negative experiences, which I will lightly touch later, they have proved invaluable in long term. I read a lot of how-to books about creative writing and writing in general. Yet it doesn’t quite replace talking about writing with others, who have gone through similar problems or who see things differently. The moment you understand a problem by seeing it in different light, is liberating, and for this I seriously love my companions of writing.
Read more from here...
Friday, July 19, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I'm currently part of several writing communities, some virtual, some physical, and all important to my development as a writer. (Read more on Once in a Blue Muse)
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Every now and again a writer will fall in love with one of their own characters. I believe that it's impossible to fall in love with every character you create. I speak from personal experience. I downright hate some of the characters I've written but hey, that's life right? Visit my blog to read more...
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Characters we hate and love
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
After I’d seen it in the movies – and knowing my brother had too – I turned to my brother and said that what I found most intriguing about it, was the set of actors, who played different roles throughout the whole movie. He looked at me with genuine surprise and said he even noticed! How he could have missed it, I tried to understand…
Read more here.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
(Dude! I can only choose one? Trauma! Brain freeze!)
When people ask me which of my books is my favorite, I always answer, “The one I’m working on.” Problem is, I’m not working on anything at the moment. Curses! Foiled again!
(Author taps chin with index finger, staring at the laundry room ceiling in thought. Yes, I write my blog in the laundry room of my building every week.)
My next scheduled project is Ulina Mokopuni, a cyberpunk pseudo-sequel to Lichii Ba'Cho set in Hawaii. (Yes, dark and dystopian society taking place in the sunny islands. It’ll be full of treachery and cybernetic upgrades, trust me.)
One of the romance interests is Dallon LaCroix, who holds a special place in my heart. I’ve been running her character in a Star Trek role-playing game for several years and love her dearly. (Hence the reason I’m using her for this book.)
Monday, June 10, 2013
(Continue reading on Once in a Blue Muse. . . )
Monday, June 3, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
At this point I have three projects that take up my time in writing sense. I have plenty of other things as well, but when it comes to writing, I’m trying to focus. Can’t say it is actually working.
To read more, please continue at my blog.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Continue reading on my blog....
The Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour is sponsored by the website Forward Motion (http://www.fmwriters.com). The tour is you, the reader, travelling the world from author’s blog to author’s blog. There are all sorts of writers at all stages in their writing career, so there’s always something new and different to enjoy. If you want to get to know the nearly thirty other writers check out the rest of the tour at http://merrygoroundtour.blogspot.com! Up next: Jean Schara!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
The Liz McMullen Show
Top of the list is the podcast, The Liz McMullen Show. In fact, I’m recording with Liz today! As soon as I know when it come available, I’ll let you know.
Our primary focus will be on the Sanguire series. As far as Works in Progress go, I just finished writing the fourth in that series - Lady Dragon and sent it to Bella Books. I don’t know when it’ll be published, but be aware that the book is on its way and your questions will be answered!
Continue reading at In Shadows...
Friday, May 10, 2013
I don't know why, but I love the expression "happy haps". It's fun to say and it has a nice little rhythm to it. It's something I heard my teenagers say and have stolen, much to their chagrin. If Mom uses it, it can no longer be cool/hip/boss or whatever the current slang is for something interesting.
So what's going on in my writing life right now?
Actually, not a lot.
I finished the revision of DERELICT and sent it off to my agent 2 weeks ago. (Continue reading about the Happy Haps on my blog, Once in a Blue Muse.)
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
I write at least two nights or days a week. That’s been my latest schedule for about a year now. Seems too little work?
Well, what do you count for a routine?
Come and find out at my blog.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Writing Routine - Highway to Hell
Look up the word “routine” in a thesaurus and you get a bunch of lackluster words.
“Unremarkable, workaday, mundane, regular, ordinary.”
Yes, that’s the glamorous life of a writer. “Unremarkable.” (At least until you receive that box of books from your publisher. THAT day is anything but ordinary, believe me!)
Those words pretty well sum up my work day, too.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
The one thing that all writers suffers from is the occasional bout of writer's block. Be they blog, novel, or script writers, we all go though the wretched curse of writer's block once and a while. No writer likes it at all. It is not a friend by any means and any devoted writer will curse it's onset.
Every writer has their own way of ridding themselves of such a nuisance. My own methods I suppose vary on the severity of the case. Read more about it here.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Dark Cave in Your WritingWriter's block can be a real kill joy. Especially when it drags on for long periods of time. In some cases writer's block can last for months, even years. In more extreme cases writer's block can stop a writer's career permanently. Read more on The Literary Hub
Monday, March 25, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Writer's Block - who has time for that? I’ve been up to my eyebrows in deadlines for the last two weeks, this blog entry being one of them. I certainly don't, and I bet you don't either! It's an insidious cloud of confusion that hovers between your mind and your computer screen/typewriter/legal pad.
But I have been there, staring at the blank white screen, mind sluggishly pondering what to do next. (Or enjoying the more excited version — panicked terror as the world comes tumbling down around my ears.)
Here are some ways I’ve moved through my Writer’s Block.
Continue Reading at my website, In Shadows.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Read the rest of my experiences with blocks at Cowgirl in New England.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Every couple of months, I see a blog post or a conversation on FB or G+ on writer's block and what to do about it.
To be honest, I'm not sure I believe in it as an individual entity. To believe in writer's block is to believe that we are akin to factories, with a scheduled amount of creativity and that if we don't produce to that standard, we must be blocked. (Continue reading. . . )
Monday, March 4, 2013
Now that I’m taking Karate classes, this term has a new angle of thought for me. When we block, we’re defending ourselves from incoming force. In writing, when we cite a block, we claim we are blocked, kept away from something we want. Sometimes it can be procrastination, or a lack of knowledge of a particular topic, but it could also be that we’ve come up against an obstacle we’re unable to overcome on our own at this point in time. Continue reading here.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
...continued on my .Blog...
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
Continue Reading Here...
Thursday, February 21, 2013
First things first...I'm just going to get it out of the way and say that every writer has a den, or cave, or mountain stronghold of old first-time-for-that type work that's probably best left unearthed. But here I am, taking the alarm coded locks off of that dusty bin o' old first-times. Seriously, my old grade school/junior high/high school writing folder-of-doom literally has dust and a dead spider on it. Read more...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Continue reading on my blog:
It must have been second year of writing, when I reached for one of those old blank application forms I kept around for writing. They were in the size of a letter, so I had these old church sheet music covers and a clamp to keep them all in place. I wrote with pencil, for someone showed me a notebook written in 1910s and all the ink had been smeared, but the pencil work was still intact. I wanted them to last.
The story was 13 handwritten pages long with very small illustrations scribbled on the sides – two portraits, a hand, a birch tree and somewhere was a fountain.
Continue reading "My First Story" here.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Instead, I offer you a different kind of first – my first drabble, a one hundred word story complete with a beginning, middle and end.
And in honor of St Valentine’s Day, yesterday, I give you a love story.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I got an A!
My creative writing instructor then required her students to submit stories and poems to the school’s annual literary magazine, The Flowing Pen. Since the last thing I wanted to do was submit anything for rejection, I handed over my English paper.
Next thing I know, I’m in the annual rag. How the heck did THAT happen?
Continue Reading if you want to see the tortured twisting of my sixteen-year-old self...
Monday, February 11, 2013
But when I think of first stories, what I think about is not what I have written, but the stories we tell ourselves even before we think of putting pen to paper.
The stories we convince ourselves are true about us--the deepest part of us. The stories we choose to believe, that shape the face we show the outside world. The stories that limit the full expression of who we can be.
Continue reading "First Stories" at the Once in a Blue Muse Blog
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
I’ve had a lot of firsts in my writing career: the first poem I wrote (on daffodils), the first book I started to write (it was supposed to be a Regency romance), the first serial I wrote (portal fantasy), the first short story I submitted (cliché-ridden SF), the first short story I sold (sword and sorcery with an assassin as the protagonist), the first novella I completed (Farwalker), the first book in a series (Christmas Tree Farm Murders), and so on.
To read more about my firsts, read the rest of my blog post.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Every year it comes down to it...my least favorite question: "So what are your writing goals/projects for the year?" I hate that question with an undying passion. Mostly I hate it so because it reminds me that another year has gone by with what I feel is little to no progress on any of my projects.
In reality I do get quite a bit done and as my DH is so anxious to point out I do have a whole house, family and two jobs to maintain as well. Read more at my blog...
Friday, January 25, 2013
Not anticipation with regard to getting a book published or holding the final product in my hands. No. While I look forward to those things, they no longer excite me like they once did. Once I’m finished with a book, I must dutifully move on to the next because there’s no rest for the wicked. Readers want more and I have so much more to write. Continue Reading...
Monday, January 21, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
So, this year, it’ll be 12 short stories plus a collection. Next year the same plus one or two novels. Repeat every year and in fifteen more years I’ll have at least 20 novels plus 15 short story collections and 180 short stories.
And in that way I'll achieve my goal.
Read more on my blog AlexWorld
Sunday, January 13, 2013
(Or “Nothing up my sleeve… Let’s see what books I can pull out of my hat!”)
And so begins a new year. Wow! We’re almost halfway through January already. How’d that happen?
As any successful person knows, setting goals is one way to remain motivated. Well, that and threatening yourself with having to clean the bathroom when you falter. Just sayin’. In my house, I can’t think of anything worse. Cleaning the refrigerator might be a close second — depends on what’s growing inside.
For the last five years I’ve written my annual goals on a Post-It note which is prominently attached to my computer. It gives me a framework as well as a constant reminder to get off my duff and scrub out the toilet…erm…write!
My 2013 list has been posted since the middle of December. (Why wait until the socially acknowledged first of the year for such things? New Year’s Eve is exhausting enough without having to contemplate the next year’s projects through a hangover.)
Continue reading at Redhawk's blog, In Shadows.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
As the year starts, I've been giving more an more thought to what I want to accomplish and what is realistic to work toward. One of my personal goals--and it impacts my writing goals--is to sit less and be more physically active. What this means in real terms is I need to spend less time noodling around the net. There is an endless stream of content flowing past all our social media sites: twitter, FB, G+, Tumblr. There is an abundance of interesting people saying interesting things.
(Read more at Once in a Blue Muse Blog)
Friday, January 4, 2013
Continue reading here.