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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Happy HalloweenThe hosts of our party have some mean bad guys hiding among their pages. Today, some of our authors open their books and let their monsters take a peek outside. Click on over to the Awesome Indies, read the descriptions and vote for the monster you think is the creepiest.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Watch out! There's demons, ghouls, ghosts and other nasties on the Awesome Indies and they're escaping their books on Halloween to host a party for all the gentle souls from the less frightening stories. The spread is amazing, a smorgasbord of genres, over 40 books on sale at 99c from the 30th of October to the 1st November, plus a fun quiz, a meet the monster day and a goody-bag of give-aways. The party starts today with a fun quiz. Click over to the Awesome Indies blog to find out what you didn't know about Halloween.
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This is an interesting article that poses an important question to authors, especially those who tend to write stories that contain philosophical, theological or metaphysical themes and ideas and/or those whose stories have a greater focus on the interiority of their character(s) and/or the relationship dynamic between people - by default, the type of stories that are usually more dependent on the intricacies of language and frequently require more complex sentence structure.
It's been suggested that a writer always needs to write to his or her audience, but that a writer also must write what's in them to write. So, if the above types of stories are what an author is called strongly to write, how does he or she present these ideas, which inherently require more focused attention, a slower, more careful reading and deeper thought (more "work") on the part of the reader, to a growing audience of readers who are more familiar with and expect what technology presents as the norm: rapid absorption of concise bits of information, immediate gratification and a more exterior, visual transmission of ideas rather than one which is more interior and language-oriented?
Definitely a fascinating question for me as I don't feel I've figured that out yet. Are there many writers who are challenged by this, pre-modern technology readers who find more recently-released books to be lacking in certain respects because of it and what modern authors are known for succeeding extremely well at combining the two, seemingly at odds, facets of writing?
Thanks to The Passive Voice for the share.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Mech, L. David (1999). "Alpha Status, Dominance, and Division of Labor in Wolf Packs".
"Dominance hierarchies and dominance disputes and testing are a fundamental characteristic of all social groups... But perhaps only we humans learn to use punishment (and pain - poster's add.) primarily to gain for ourselves the reward of being dominant."
Pryor, Karen (August 1999) "Chap. 4." Don't Shoot the Dog! (Bantam trade paperback ed.). Bantam Books. p.108.
Something to think about when calling the hero of one's novel an "alpha male," not to mention when using the word dominance in other capacities. In an additional note, as someone who lives with a real dog pack - mother, father, four of their offspring and a non-related dog - I can second the above very strongly and suggest that an arrogant, condescending, violence-prone, controlling human man (or woman), and especially one who needs to hurt others to elevate him or herself, isn't anything like a canine "alpha" male (or female), and perhaps ought to only be considered a mentally or emotionally unstable antagonist (or another starts-with-a synonym that isn't alpha). I'm thinking it wouldn't be unfair to imagine that dogs and wolves the world over would be horrified to discover that certain lauded human behaviors today are mistakenly being compared to their own.
(Quotes courtesy of Wikipedia.)
Sunday, August 4, 2013
The Horrors of Self-Promotion
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Double award-winning YA novel 'You Can't Shatter Me' is FREE from the 29th to the 31st of May 2013. (Pacific Standard Time) This book on empowering ways to handle bullying has been hailed as a must-read for teens, parents & educatorsThis heart-warming magical realism story has received an AIA Seal of Excellence and a B.R.A.G.MedallionTM for outstanding independent fiction. It offers real solutions for handling bullying that will inspire and empower teens and adults alike.
When superhero wanna-be, Carly, stands up to a bully, he turns on her, forcing her to battle cutting words, flying hooks, a doubt dragon and a suffocating closet. Her karate-trained boyfriend, Dylan’s desire to stop the harassment sets off a struggle to control his inner caveman. Meanwhile, Carly searches for inner strength and a peaceful solution. Will she find it before Dylan resorts to violence?
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT YOU CAN’T SHATTER ME
‘I was awed . . . Tahlia Newland’s fiction is some of the best YA on the market . . . in Newland’s deft hands, this novel is an absorbing, educational read, that both satisfies and gives hope to adults and younger readers alike.’ Blibliotica Book Reviews.
‘An entertaining and uplifting read.’ Linda Gillard, best selling author of ‘A House of Silence’.
‘This is a story about understanding, kindness and compassion, uniquely told with surreal fantasy elements, and is both entertaining and thought-provoking.’ Kevin Berry, author .’
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About the Author
Award winning author Tahlia Newland writes contemporary fantasy and magical realism with a metaphysical twist. She also mentors authors and provides Digital Reading Seminars in High Schools. When not reading, writing or reviewing you may find her being an extremely casual high school teacher or making decorative masks.
Tahlia is a bone-fide expatriate of the performing arts, with over 20 years experience in scripting and performing in Visual Theatre and Theatre in Education. She has studied philosophy & meditation for many years, lives in an Australian rain forest and loves cats, but she doesn’t have one because they eat native birds.
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Saturday, May 25, 2013
10 Reasons Not to Be A Writer
Friday, May 17, 2013
How It Feels When Your Ex Publishes a Book
Thursday, May 2, 2013
These Amazon Products Are No Joke, But the Online Reviews Are
Friday, April 26, 2013
Thank you to author Werner Lind for letting me know!
A fantastic interview with Dean Koontz on author Mark Young's blog:
Hook'em and Book'em: Interview: NYT Bestselling Novelist Dean Koontz: By Mark Young Novelist Dean Koontz’s novels have become my own personal addiction. All I have to do is pull out one of Dean’s many n...
Friday, April 5, 2013
Opinion: The Unsettling Truth About Easter
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M.R. Gott's Cutis Anserina: M.R. Gott interviews...Werner A Lind: Please Welcome Novelist Werner A. Lind to Cutis Anserina... Your novel Lifeblood is a century-spanning vampiric romance; what were t...