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Devon Hartford’s Top 10 Ambitious & Only Slightly Ridiculous Writing Goals

Guest post: Devon Hartford’s Top 10 Ambitious & Only Slightly Ridiculous Writing Goals


10. Get Steven Spielberg or Peter Jackson to adapt my new book trilogy If I Were Beautiful for the screen. Think epic blockbuster film franchise. Watch the Benjamins roll in.

Guest post: Devon Hartford’s Top 10 Ambitious & Only Slightly Ridiculous Writing Goals
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9. Enter physical copies of all my books (with solid gold book covers) into the Library of Congress AND the Library of Hogwarts.

8. Own the zeitgeist like a boss.

7. Use every word in the English language at least once in my books.

6. Write stories that encourage young children to change the world for the better.

5.Create at least one new nonsense word in every book that hashtag trends on Twitter during release week.

4. Guest host Saturday Night Live with guest band Iron Maiden. Do a skit where Bruce Dickinson (the singer) makes a cameo appearance as a singing priest. Or in his case, a British vicar.

3. Reference the cartoon Adventure Time in every novel I write. Done and done.

2. Make my readers laugh out loud to the point of tears, make them turn those pages, and leave them with a nasty book hangover every single time.

1. Wealth, fame, power, my own private jet, and my own private island. Oh yeah, and world peace. And end poverty. Not necessarily in that order.

Guest post: Devon Hartford’s Top 10 Ambitious & Only Slightly Ridiculous Writing Goals
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Excerpt: Calling the Reaper by Jason Pere



Excerpt: Calling the Reaper by Jason Pere


Title: Calling the Reaper

Author: Jason Pere

Purchasing link: http://amzn.to/2fuf75N

Excerpt: Calling the Reaper by Jason Pere
About the Book:

The time of the Unity has ended. Now, the realm of man is stranded between Paradise and Purgatory. The Valkyrie and Reaper battle over the fate of all who pass from the land of the living and into the afterlife.

Eight mortal spirits from vastly different worlds tread the same, inevitable path toward their last, crucial decision. Within them all exists the defining conflict every man must face—to look upon the end of their life with glory and honor, or to give credence to their baser longings, calling the Reaper to their own demise.

In this rich, harrowing tale of pride, deceit, honor, vengeance, and redemption, each individual must battle their inner turmoil, facing the sacrifices they have made before their unavoidable end in the land of the living.

But their last day in life is also their first day of death amidst the terrors of the underworld. Lord Master Death wants them all…and the real battle has only just begun.

Excerpt:

“In the beginning. In the time before. When the Unity sat atop the throne in Paradise and reigned over the world of man below, all was good and fruitful. There was life without end for every spirit drawing breath within the embrace of the Unity. Things were as such for a time longer than memory itself. But such things end. The day of the Shattering came upon us all. Paradise above and the realm of man below were forever changed. The Unity became no more, and from it was born both Life and Death. On that day, it was decreed that all who lived must one day die. And we the Valkyrie, the children of Paradise, became its warriors. Our robes were replaced with armor, and hands once empty now grasp sword and shield. Our charge is to watch over those who dwell below in the realm of man. We are tasked with the guardianship of every spirit that yet holds life. We shall protect them until that life is at an end. Then it must leave the realm of man. For each spirit that meets its end with virtue and courage, we the Valkyrie shall fly to them and bid them welcome into the warmth of Paradise. For each spirit that meets its end with fear and wickedness, they shall call the Reaper, and I shall mourn them as they are cast into the cold realm filled with weeping and the gnashing of teeth.”

—Laurel, ArchValkyrie of the Thorn Crown

Excerpt: Calling the Reaper by Jason Pere
About the Author:

Jason Pere is a born-and-raised New Englander. He always had a passion for the arts and creative storytelling. At the age of thirteen, Jason took up the craft of acting for film and theater. He pursued that interest for over a decade until refocusing his medium of expression into writing.

At first, Jason took a causal interest in writing, starting with poetry and journaling. Over time, he honed his direction and finally began writing larger works. In November of 2012, Jason self-published his first book, Modern Knighthood: Diary of a Warrior Poet.

Since then, Jason has continued writing on his own, mostly short stories and poetry. Calling the Reaper was his first experience committing to a full-length Fiction title.

In early 2015, Jason became affiliated with Collaborative Writing Challenge (CWC). Since then, he has joined many other writers on numerous collaborative projects. Jason is a regular contributor to CWC and is scheduled to have multiple pieces of his work appear in their publications throughout 2016.

You can find out more about Jason Pere’s involvement and publications in collaborative fiction at: http://www.collaborativewritingchallenge.com

To connect with Jason, check him out at: http://www.facebook.com/jason.pere.7

Jason also writes fanfiction for Team Covenant on their Blog of the Pheonixborn, dedicated to the new game by Plaid Hat Games, ‘Ashes’. Go to http://teamcovenant.com/ashesonline/ to read Jason’s flash fiction work.




Excerpt: Calling the Reaper by Jason Pere


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Interview with William Michael Davidson

Interview with William Michael Davidson @MCBookTours @realwmdavidson

What genre do you write and why?

I generally enjoy supernatural suspense fiction, although I do have two children’s books that are out there (one of which won an award).  I’m not sure why I’m drawn to supernatural fiction, but I just tend to find it fascinating.  I like the element of mystery and the otherworldly in stories.

Tell us about your latest book.


The Remnant is about a post-theological world.  The government has created a superflu that wipes out humanity’s VMAT2 Gene, which is, according to some scientists, the reason people have spiritual experience.  The action centers around Colton Pierce, an extractor for the Center for Theological Control.  He apprehends Aberrants (those who display symptoms of faith) and quarantines them on a remote Island.  The crux of the novel is what happens when Colton’s own son, Marty, is targeted for extraction.  Colton has to decide whether to turn in his son or help him flee the government.  At this time he also learns of the Remnant, an underground militia of Aberrants, who have managed to stay “off the grid.”  They agree to help Colton save his son in exchange for a favor: They want Colton to help them free the Aberrants who have been quarantined on the Island.

How was this book published? 


This book was published through Dancing Lemur Press. 

Why did you choose that particular publishing route?

I have self-published before and, while I don’t regret it, I found it very, very difficult to promote my work when nobody else had a vested interest in it.  It has been nice having a publishing company also want to see the book to well.  They have given me good editing advice, marketing advice, and have even helped secure some book signings.

How do you select the names of your characters?


I have no idea.  Usually as I’m writing, I will stop and think about it for a second and try to conjure up a name that “fits.”  But there have been times I’ve pulled up the white pages and scanned through it to just come up with a different name.  There’s no real method to my madness.

What marketing methods are you using to promote your book?


As much as possible.  I’ve tried to have an active online campaign through Twitter and Facebook.  I’m part of an online book tour as well.  I will also be doing signings at a local bookstore here in Long Beach and traveling to San Francisco to promote the work.  I know this market is inundated with books, so I’m doing my best to get my voice to rise above the noise.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad or good ones?


I do, and I’ve developed a very thick skin over the years.  I don’t take anything personally.  Obviously, I love it when I read a good review and it will make my day.  But this is art— and art is subjective— and poor reviews are inevitable.  There’s just no way around it.

What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?


My favorite quote is from Burton Rascoe: “What no wife of a writer understands is that a writer is working when he’s staring out the window.” I always loved that one.  And it gives me a little bit of an excuse to zone out.

Interview with William Michael Davidson @MCBookTours @realwmdavidsonWhere can people find out more about you and your writing?


Are you a plotter or a pantser?


I’ve tried plotting out stories and it usually doesn’t work out for me.  Once I start writing, things start to suggest themselves and the story goes on a completely different course.  So I might come up with a very rough outline that will get me from Point A to Point B, but I never know exactly what is going to happen until I’m actually doing it.  Sometimes writing feels like walking down a path at night with a flashlight in my hand.  I can see about ten feet ahead, but I have no idea what’s around the corner.  But that’s what makes it so much fun.


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Advice For A Fledgling Writer

Advice For A Fledgling Writer, guest post by Jason Pere


What is the best advice that you have for a fledgling writer? I ask this question about as much as I am asked it. The answer is pretty simple, just write. Write everyday as much as you can tolerate. It doesn’t matter if you feel your work is good or not, just get some words on the page. You can always go back and revise it later, just get those ideas out of your head. It doesn’t matter what you think other people will think of your work when you are producing material. Until you put that pen down, forget about everything but the story that you want to tell.

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Also it is critical that you know your limits. Writing is supposed to be a fun passion not a dull chore. Have a goal for yourself, something small and reasonably attainable in the short term. It can be a word count, page count, finish scene xyz, or just go until you feel satisfied with what you have gotten accomplished. 
I like to aim for 1,000 words a day. It is a number that I can reach without too much effort and keeps my steadily producing material. My number one rule to keep me from getting burned out is, “the moment it starts to feel like work, I stop and walk away.”

Apart from writing constantly I cannot stress the importance of finding a writing group and close circle of writing buddies. Unless you want to write solely for yourself, you are going to have to share your work at some point. Having other people with a similar passion to use as a sounding board is a valuable asset. You may be worried about harsh critique and it is true that there are some viciously abrasive folks out there in the indie writing world but they are a minority. In my experience the bulk of writers are genuinely helpful pleasant human beings that wish for your success just as much as their own. If you are not fortunate enough to have a writers group at your local library, book store or university then just go online. The internet and social medial is proliferated with writing support groups.

Writing every day and finding a writing group is not particularly breaking news in the realm of advice so I will leave off with something a little more personal and subjective. If you can write a killer opening line to your piece then you are in great shape. Seriously spend a good chunk of creative energy on the first thing that your reader is going to read. A strong first line with buy you a lot of good will with your reader and they will stay hooked for a nice long while. You can use the credit you establish with your opening line to drift into the realm of heavy exposition, showing vs telling and other conventional literary “no-no’s” before you need to worry that your reader is going to put down your story. Alternatively you can just continue to keep on writing amazing line after amazing line and then it won’t be too long before you end up on the best seller list.

Advice For A Fledgling Writer, guest post by Jason Pere
Jason Pere is a born-and-raised New Englander. He always had a passion for the arts and creative storytelling. At the age of thirteen, Jason took up the craft of acting for film and theater. He pursued that interest for over a decade until refocusing his medium of expression into writing.

At first, Jason took a causal interest in writing, starting with poetry and journaling. Over time, he honed his direction and finally began writing larger works. In November of 2012, Jason self-published his first book, Modern Knighthood: Diary of a Warrior Poet.

Since then, Jason has continued writing on his own, mostly short stories and poetry. Calling the Reaper was his first experience committing to a full-length Fiction title.

In early 2015, Jason became affiliated with Collaborative Writing Challenge (CWC). Since then, he has joined many other writers on numerous collaborative projects. Jason is a regular contributor to CWC and is scheduled to have multiple pieces of his work appear in their publications throughout 2016.

You can find out more about Jason Pere’s involvement and publications in collaborative fiction at: http://www.collaborativewritingchallenge.com

To connect with Jason, check him out at: http://www.facebook.com/jason.pere.7

Jason also writes fanfiction for Team Covenant on their Blog of the Pheonixborn, dedicated to the new game by Plaid Hat Games, ‘Ashes’. Go to http://teamcovenant.com/ashesonline/ to read Jason’s flash fiction work.



Advice For A Fledgling Writer, guest post by Jason Pere

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Excerpt: Bet You Didn't Think MS Could Look This Good, Ramblings of a Medicated Mind by Lisa A. Baeringer

Excerpt: Bet You Didn't Think MS Could Look This Good, Ramblings of a Medicated Mind by Lisa A. Baeringer


Title: Bet You Didn't Think MS Could Look This Good, Ramblings of a Medicated Mind

Author: Lisa A. Baeringer

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About the book:

Lisa had a good life; married to her high school sweetheart, two handsome sons, and a nice home.  Quite literally, in the blink of an eye, her whole world turned upside down.  Sickness began to not only ravage her body, but also her world.  In her own words, taken from her private journal, she takes you through what daily life is like when you have a seriously incurable, chronic illness.  It gets even more complicated when the illness she was told she had turns out to be something else, something rare and possibly even fatal.

Excerpt:

IS THIS WHAT DYING FEELS LIKE?

            I’m taken to my room and am thankful it’s a single unit so I don’t have to share it with another person.  I am utterly exhausted so I quickly fall asleep after changing into the customary hospital apparel.  I believe it is night time but I can’t be sure because there aren’t any windows in my room.  I don’t even bother to find out the time.  Periodically, the nurse comes in to check on my vitals.  She also checks the I.V. drip since they are still pumping fluids into me.  I barely open my eyes while she’s taking my blood pressure.  I fearfully whisper to her, “Why can’t I stay awake.  Am I dying?”
            She responds in a pleasant voice, “No sweetie.  You’re just really weak from all the vomiting.  You get some rest.”
            I close my eyes and wrap myself in the thin scratchy covers.  I begin to wonder to myself is this what dying feels like?  Will I never see my boys again?  Will I never get to feel Chrissy’s arms around me again?  Tears start to trickle down my cheeks even though my eyes are closed.  I picture how upset the boys would be without their mother being there for them.  I whisper to myself, “Please God!  Don’t let me die!  My boys need me.  Chrissy needs me.  Please help me, I beg of you, please!”
            At this moment I feel a gentle and reassuring caress on the top of my head.  You know, the kind your mom use to do when you were a kid and were either sick or sad.  It felt like that, a hand gently running down my hair on the top of my head.  I barely had the strength to turn around but I do because I want to see who is there.  Nobody.  It’s just the regular hospital supplies and equipment.  I’m not even freaked out by this experience because the touch was so comforting.  Could it be an angel telling me it will all turn out fine?  Perhaps my grandparents or Chris’ grandmother who are deceased are letting me know they are with me?  I’m too tired to even think about it anymore.
            I become afraid to close my eyes again because I feel like perhaps I won’t wake up.  I fought the sleep off as long as I could and try to keep my heavy eyelids from closing.  But as reluctant as I am I begin to slowly drift off.  Right before I enter that restful and much needed slumber I come to terms that if this is the end of me I am ok with that.  Honestly, in those few moments one has before death, it feels so peaceful, pleasant, and relieving.  You feel like you just completely understand everything of the world all at once instantaneously.  It’s as if you are granted God’s wisdom during those few moments between life and death.  I only speak of this so personally because I experienced those glorious moments between life and death and lived to speak of them.  I realize everyone is scared of dying because they feel like it’s the ultimate end.  They’ll no longer be around in this world and their family.  They don’t know or either don’t believe that there is actually something after their lives end in this world.  I can tell you from my own experience that there is something more out there than just this life.  Everyone might believe in their own version but no matter what that is I do know that this life is just a temporary stop along the road.  Also, if that’s what those few moments feel like right before you die then I’m actually comforted and it eases my fear of dying a tad.
            I wake up to noise and chatter in the hallways.  I think it must be morning now because everything is lit up more brightly and it seems busier with all the nurses and employees passing by in the halls.  My initial reaction is regret.  I came to terms with death and was prepared for it.  I actually welcomed and invited it.  It was a solace to my torment.  I guess it just wasn’t my time to go.



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