Archive for January, 2014

Story Sprouts Blog Tour: Visiting Milo James Fowler

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We’ve reached the end of the Story Sprouts Blog Tour!

For the final stop, you’ll find me having a cup of tea at Milo James Fowler’s blog!

http://www.milo-inmediasres.com

Visit In Medias Res and check out my final SSBT post on A Writer’s Poison.

 

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As it is the last day, Alana and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful, amazing, awesome bloggers who have been kind enough to host us this month. You guys and gals seriously rock!!!

We tremendously appreciate your help in spreading the word about Story Sprouts. As you all know, we will be donating 50% of our November 2013 – January 2014 book sales to the continuing typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.

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Since we are children’s book writers, we’ve chosen to send our monetary donations to Child Fund International, a group that continues to help the children affected by supertyphoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

I’d also personally like to thank  CBW-LA Publications Editor, Story Sprouts Co-editor, partner in crime, my dear friend Alana Garrigues for her hard work this month. She wrote tons of fun, informative guest posts and continues to work tirelessly for our beloved CBW-LA. I could not have done this tour without you!

Again a big thank you to all our amazing blog hosts and to all our wonderful bloggy friends who have followed our tour this month.

JANUARY 2014 STORY SPROUTS BLOG TOUR HOSTS

 

January 3, 2014, Friday –  Karen Strong

January 4, 2014, Saturday – Michael Di Gesu

January 6, 2014, Monday – Mooderino

January 7, 2014, Tuesday – Theresa Milstein

January 8, 2014, Wednesday – Jemi Fraser

January 9, 2014, Thursday – Cherie Reich

January 10, 2014, Friday – Medeia Sharif

January 11, 2014, Saturday – Page Cravings

January 13, 2014, Monday – Julie Flanders

January 13, 2014, Monday – Natalie Aguirre

January 14, 2014, Tuesday – Nas Dean

January 15, 2014, Wednesday – Alex Cavanaugh

January 16, 2014, Thursday – Shelly Arkon

January 17, 2014, Friday – Arlee Bird

January 18, 2014, Saturday – Becca Puglisi

January 20, 2014, Monday – J.L. Campbell

January 21, 2014, Tuesday – Christine Rains

January 22, 2104, Wednesday – Annalisa Crawford

January 23, 2014, Thursday – Lisa Gail Green

January 24, 2014, Friday – MJ Fifield

January 25, 2014, Saturday – PK Hrezo

January 27, 2014, Monday – Stephen Tremp

January 28, 2014, Tuesday – Emily Ann Girdner

January 29, 2014, Wednesday – Lynda R. Young

January 30, 2014, Thursday – L. Diane Wolfe

January 31, 2014, Friday – Milo James Fowler

 

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Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Cherie Reich

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Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome speculative fiction author Cherie Reich. Learn more about Cherie and her books at http://cheriereich.blogspot.com/

 Welcome, Cherie!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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Author Cherie Reich

 A self-proclaimed bookworm, I am a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. I’ve had several short stories published in anthologies and magazines, and I have self-published some of my shorter works. I’m the Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms. My debut YA Epic Fantasy novel Reborn, book one in The Fate Challenges, will be released on May 23, 2014.

 

When I’m not writing or editing, I can be found with my Kindle Fire HD nearby, so I can read, check emails, and the like. I enjoy watching way too much TV, particularly crime dramas. As for a hidden talent, I used to sing opera.

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing during the day job, where I work at a small academic library. I have several desks at work. When I write at home, I typically write in a chair with ottoman and use a laptop desk.

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Cherie’s office workspace

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

I’m not sure where they got my desks at work. I prefer a clean and organized workspace with very little clutter. Just don’t look in the drawers!

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

I sometimes outline my stories in a notebook, so I’ll have my notebook around. I also have to have a drink of some kind, usually water or hot tea. I need nothing else with me except my laptop/computer.

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I love writing at work because it’s fairly quiet, unless the phone’s ringing. I mainly just need the computer to write.

 

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

As I mentioned in #4, I like to have water or some hot tea, occasionally coffee. Must have some caffeine on those slower writing days. *grins*

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On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

Do I have to pick just one author? If so, I guess I would pick Michael Crichton. I’ve always admired his stories and the amount of research he did for them to make them 100% believable. But the author who inspired me to write was a cross between Gaston Leroux and JK Rowling. My obsession for The Phantom of the Opera and the Harry Potter series inspired me to write in those worlds through role-playing games. Eventually I decided to try my hand at my own worlds.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

When at the day job, I do my day job work first. Then, I’ll play around on social media a bit. After that, I’m ready to write. I’ll usually have a scene/chapter I want to write, and I’ll keep going until that’s done. My biggest writing-related quirk involves tilting my head. When I am thinking of a word/grammar/etc. (something more logical), I tilt my head to the left. When I am trying to be very creative, I tilt my head to the right. The more I need one or the other, the farther I tilt my head. It’s weird. I know. *laughs*

 

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I don’t write every day. It would be nice to, but I’m more of a sprint writer than a marathon one. I’ll work on a project and write on it until it’s done. Then I’ll spend a few weeks without writing or writing very little. The internet is a big writing distraction at work, but at home, my biggest writing distraction is the adorableness of my cats, particularly Cinderella.

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Cinderella, one of Cherie’s adorable distractions

 

4. Why do you write?

I write to empty my head of all the characters clogging it. It can get pretty crowded in there.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Read a lot. Write a lot. Try different genres and different forms of fiction to find what works best for you. One of my favorite quotes comes from Stephen King, “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

 

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life,Cherie!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

 

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Story Sprouts Blog Tour: Visiting Stephen Tremp

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Hello friends! I’m over at author Stephen Tremp’s blog!

http://authorstephentremp.blogspot.com/

Visit Stephen’s blog and check out my post on Assembling Your Publishing Team.

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The Story Sprouts Blog Tour continues with co-editor Alana Garrigues’s articles. She’ll be visiting the following blogs this coming Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!

 

January 28, 2014, Tuesday – Emily Ann Girdner

From Canvas to Page – Art & Literature

January 29, 2014, Wednesday – Lynda R. Young

The Five Stages of First Publication

January 30, 2014, Thursday – L. Diane Wolfe

Help! I’ve Gotta Edit!

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Story Sprouts Blog Tour: Visiting PK Hrezo

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Hello friends! I’m over at Author PK Hrezo’s blog

http://pk-hrezo.blogspot.com

Visit PK’s blog and check out my post on The Power of Names.

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Story Sprouts Blog Tour: Visiting MJ Fifield

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Hello friends! I’m over at MJ Fifield’s blog!

http://mjfifield.blogspot.com/

Visit My Pet Blog and check out my post on The Value of Critiques.

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Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Elise Fallson

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Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome writer Elise Fallson. You can find her blogging at  http://elisefallson.blogspot.fr/

 Welcome, Elise!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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Elise Fallson

 Currently, I live in France with my family and teach conversational English part-time. Before moving to my current location, I was an Entomologist and have always found insects and their macro-world fascinating beyond compare. They are the original architects and engineers of this planet and hold many more secrets just waiting to be discovered. As a writer, I have a penchant for fiction, mainly in the fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction genres. And when it comes to writing, I’m not afraid of turning to my six-legged friends for inspiration. When I’m not writing, reading, chasing the kids around the house, or singing off key, I’m trail running or doing some other sports related activity. As for hidden talents . . . I’m not sure I have any. I don’t feel I’m particularly good at any one thing to call it a talent. Oh wait.  I can force out a really loud, high-pitched scream. It’ll make your ears bleed. I’ve gotten hate mail from dogs and mermaids about it. Does that count?

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing on my desktop computer and/or on my laptop. When I’m working on the laptop, I’m either seated at the kitchen table or I’m at the local coffee shop.

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Elise’s desktop

 

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

We recently renovated this room to turn it into an office (it’s still a work in progress) and as you can see, my desk is actually the top of an old coffee table placed on top of two trestles. It’s a temporary setup but you know what, I like it. It’s functional, stays uncluttered, easy to clean. Plus, I’m not worried about the kids scratching or writing on it, heck, I may paint the trestles one of these days and keep the desk as is.

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Elise’s workspace

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

To work, I like to have paper, pencil, computer, and an internet connection. I’d also say I need a dictionary, but I’m too lazy to open the one that sits on the shelf right next to me. Instead, I use an online dictionary when I need. Oh, and I like to have my headphones and iPod to listen to music from time to time.

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I like my desk because it didn’t cost much, it’s sturdy, and relatively big. I like to spread out when I work. My favorite items on my desk are two little wooden toys I call BB (Blue Bot) and his friend, George. When I get stuck on my writing and need a distraction, I pick them up. They’re fun to play with and twist into different positions. Note, BB and George were my kid’s toys. My kids played with them for about a day, but as soon as they put them down, I was all over them. Now they’re mine. ALL MINE. NO TOUCHY. 😀

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5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Coffee or tea. I drink both.

 

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

I enjoy many authors like King, Gaiman, Poe, Rice, Bradbury—the list is long. But the one who inspired me to write is my Dad.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

I have two very active children ages 7 and 5 which means, I don’t have a typical day. Or maybe you could say my typical day is crazy, unpredictable, and full of interruptions. It’s not very conducive to writing during daylight hours, which is why I usually write at night.

 

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I don’t write on my wip (work in progress) everyday, but everyday I do write something, posts, poetry, short stories, etc. I can’t imagine a day without writing. My kids are pretty demanding, so I’d have to say they’re my main distraction.

 

4. Why do you write?

I write because I like to see characters and scenes come alive on page. There’s something incredibly satisfying about seeing the right words come together. When you think about it, writing is just a bunch of symbols and squiggles on a piece of paper, yet these specific squiggles have the ability to produce a multitude of emotions in people—it’s a very power tool when used correctly.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Having a good critique partner or being in a good writing group is important, especially for new writers. And I’d also say to writers who are thinking about starting a writing blog–get your first draft of your manuscript finished BEFORE you start blogging. If you’re serious about blogging and building a platform, remember it is very time consuming. The time you spend on-line is time not spent writing your manuscript. It’s more important to get at least your first draft finished before you dive into the social media circus.

 

As for quotes, there are many I like. What comes to mind right now is this one:

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”

–       Thomas Jefferson

 

Thank you for having me here today, Nutschell! I’ve enjoyed sharing my thoughts, and showing you my writing space here at The Writing Nut. Happy Wednesday and I wish everyone much success in their writing endeavors.  😀

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Elise!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

 

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Story Sprouts Blog Tour: Visiting J.L. Campbell

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Hello friends! I’m over at J.L. Campbell’s blog!

http://thecharacterdepot.blogspot.com

Visit the Character Depot and check out my post on Using Archetypes to Create Your Characters.

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The Story Sprouts Blog Tour continues with co-editor Alana Garrigues’s articles. She’ll be visiting the following blogs this coming Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!

January 21, 2014, Tuesday: Christine Rains

http://christinerains.net/

January 22, 2014, Wednesday: Annalisa Crawford

http://annalisacrawford.blogspot.com

January 23, 2014, Thursday: Lisa Gail Green

http://paranormalpointofview.blogspot.com

 

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Story Sprouts Blog Tour: Visiting Arlee Bird

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Hello friends! I’m over at blogging guru Arlee Bird’s blog.

http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

Visit Tossing it Out and check out my post on The Benefits of Joining a Professional Writing Organization.

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Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Jeff Hargett

Jeff takes over the reins today as I continue the Story Sprouts Blog Tour with a visit to Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh’s blog. Check out my post on the Top 5 Movies Based on YA Books to Look Forward to This 2014.

In the meantime, check out Jeff’s amazing workspace below!

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Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome fantasy writer Jeff Hargett. You can find him blogging at Strands of Pattern.

 Welcome, Jeff!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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Author Jeff Hargett

I earn a living by writing computer software for a Fortune 500 financial company as a Lead Developer. I’m perhaps at my happiest when writing software that aids my creative writing. Epic fantasy is my favorite genre for novel writing, but pretty much anything goes when it comes to short stories.

I have a keen interest in the sciences, particularly astronomy and physics, although I’m not that well-versed in them. I’ve tried my hand at sketching, painting and 3D modelling. I find each relaxing, but my talent falls short of my enthusiasm. Oh, and I have a thing for maps.

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing on one of the computers in my man-cave. Occasionally, I’ll write using my laptop, but I prefer using the twenty-year-old IBM keyboards; they fit my fingers. My tablet and smart phone serve as note-taking devices when the muse drops by unexpectedly.

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Jeff’s man-cave workspace

 

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

The glass, L-shape desk was a gift from my daughter and son-in-law and the credenza was compliments of my home’s previous owner.

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Jeff’s main desk

 The second desk might have been a Staples purchase, but I don’t remember for certain. My favorite desk is too large and heavy to bring upstairs, so my wife uses that one.

 

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Jeff’s second desk

 I prefer to arrange my workspace so that I am surrounded by copious amounts of flat surface. I waste none of it.

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Jeff’s credenza

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

Very little sits on my desks unless it has a function. Mementos and sentimental items find their way to shelves or mantles. I do, however, have a large whiteboard and a couple smaller ones. They do come in handy.

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I think I probably love having the room’s north wall being a bookshelf the most. Unfortunately, the lack of a fridge and bathroom means I must, on occasion, leave my domain.

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Jeff’s bookshelves

 

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

I almost always have a diet cola at hand regardless of what I’m doing. The exceptions would be milk and orange juice. On rare occasions, I’ll have a hot chocolate. I never managed to develop a liking for alcohol or coffee.

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On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

I can’t single out just one. I’ve always credited Tolkien for igniting my love for fantasy and Robert Jordan for triggering my desire to actually write it. I’m also a big fan of Terry Goodkind, Robin Hobb, Brandon Sanderson and Mark Lawrence to name a few. There are so many great writers just within the fantasy genre that have had a huge impact on me. I can’t possibly list them all.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

For me, a typical day writing begins in the evening. My job can be demanding in terms of time and brainpower alike. I cherish my days off work and quiet weekends when the writing day can begin earlier.

Perhaps my biggest writing quirk is that I simply can’t do it with music playing. Even an instrumental interferes with my concentration. I just can’t “get in the zone” without quiet. Maybe it has to do with my job’s forced multitasking all day, but I suspect it runs deeper than that.

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I tend to write in a batch of sprints and definitely not every day. I normally won’t even attempt it unless I have a half-hour–minimum–of uninterrupted quiet time. Email is my primary distraction, followed by social media.

 

4. Why do you write?

Because I must. Writing is one of the few creative disciplines at which I have any real aptitude. I can’t sing or dance. I can’t draw or paint well. Yet I have this need to create, to entertain and amuse. I can sometimes accomplish that by writing. There is also within me a need to leave something behind for my children and grandchildren. I’d like for them to catch a glimpse of the part of me that can only be expressed through written words.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Write now. Edit later. Publish afterwards. Do not skip steps.

 

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Jeff!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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Hello friends! Today I’m visiting author Julie Flanders.

http://julieflanders.blogspot.com/

Visit Julie’s blog and check out my post on Using Photo Prompts to Spark Your Story Ideas.

There was a glitch last Saturday so our post on Page Cravings didn’t go through. Now it’s up and running and you can check it out: Story Sprouts Author Interview

Bloggy buddy Natalie Aguirre also features Story Sprouts on her blog Literary Rambles today.

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On Wednesday, January 15, I’ll be dropping by Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh’s blog. I’ll be talking about 5 Movies Based on YA Books to Look Forward to in 2014.

http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/

The Story Sprouts Blog Tour also continues with co-editor Alana Garrigues’s articles. She’ll be visiting the following blogs this coming Tuesday and Thursday!

 

January 14, 2014, Tuesday – Nas Dean

The Thrill of the First Time (Publishing)

January 16, 2014, Thursday – Shelly Arkon

Book for Sale, Book for Sale! Hawking the Self-Published Story

 

 

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