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Failures – Part II

This blog was originally published December 27, 2017, on my Only for the Brave blog, which is being eliminated as I decided to merge the two blogs. Because failure is an important part of succeeding for writers, I felt it was … Continue reading → Original link Original author: Diana Stout


The flower is the stem’s cry of beauty to the universe. -Vassilis Comporozos Thimbleberry flower, Washington State. These pink and red poppies were also found bursting in bloom in Washington state. We can’t grow peonies at The Holler, but I buy them in season, to display in bouquets. Holler white rose. Holler sweet peas. We had loads of blooms this year due to the wonderful rain. Rhododendron Washington State. Cheers to you from summer’s smiling flowers~ View original post Original link Original author: Susanne Leist


Source: lafleurdesmurailles     A candy store of adventure. Yellow, red, or blue? Which one is for you? Original link Original author: Susanne Leist


Source: torturezone   Stop me. Imprison me. Cage me. Bury me. Beneath the house. In the dungeons. In hell. But I will return. To take the town back. The Dead will return. And so will I. PREY FOR THE DEAD Original link Original author: Susanne Leist


woodendreams ( by Derek Kind )     Take me to the bright light that shimmers in the far reaches of the forest. I lay my head on a thick bed of grass. A blanket of flowers for my cover. Sleeps takes me away from here to a place where there’s no fear. I fly above the branches and gaze at my sleeping form. Contentment relaxes my face. My eyelids flicker in my dream. Too soon it will be night, bringing the dark and cold. I must return tomorrow to see how my dream unfolds. Original link Original author: Susanne Leist

Me, Steve Perry, Fritz Leiber and why I won’t write about kids on bikes in the 80s

This is a weird post (maybe the title could have forewarned you) and it is a part of something larger I’ve been trying to put into words these last few months. It has to do with marketing, platforms and brands, and writing for a living – indeed, it is the sort of post I usually write once or twice a month for my Patrons, under the header of Nuts & Bolts. But I’m doing it open because… well, because. We were discussing nostalgia and exploitation, yesterday, with some friends that have been binge-watching the third season of Stranger Things. The series has been called exploitative and manipulative by some. It ticks all the right boxes, and it settles in a general trend that builds commercial s...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! #RRBC #RWISA

Welcome to Day 12 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Fiza Pathan and her powerful short story, THE STAR PUPIL’S DIARY ENTRY. Fiza Pathan The Star Pupil’s Diary Entry by Fiza Pathan Dear Diary, I had a wonderful day at school today. I got a star and I’mgoing to tell you all about it. I’m eight years old, but I’m the tallest boy in the class. I, and the other kids in my neighborhood study at the school down the block. Actually, our school was once something terrible; it was a disgusting Christian church, something called “Catholic.” The school officials tore it down and made it into a proper school for...
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Music Monday: “To Love Somebody”

Hi, everyone. It’s been a tough few days at our place. I’ve averaged about four hours of sleep a night for the past five days. We had two more cats at the veterinarian on an urgent basis, so I’ve spent $1K on vet bills in the same period (most of it for lab work). The good news is that the other two cats are okay except for some tummy trouble, which may be due to stress in the wake of us losing Paddy. I am sure you also noticed that I primarily reblogged stories over the weekend. Honestly, I didn’t have the mental energy to do much else. I’m trying to be gentle with myself during a difficult time (and I’m not always very good at that). So, this week’s song. As has happened so many times in t...
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No baby fever here

Ah, baby fever – the intense desire some women (and men) get to have a baby. Some people may never feel this. Some parents have one baby and know they are done. Others have two, three, four or more kids and can never seem to shake that desire to have one more. And that desire is often fueled by seeing other women with their newborns. I know quite a few moms that hold someone else’s newborn (or even just attend a baby shower) and get that wishful look on their face even if they know they are done having babies. Nope. Not me. For the longest time, I didn’t want to have children. I think the fear of childbirth was a major put off. But after we decided to have a baby and Jase came along, I knew ...
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Owen - Book One of the Tudor Trilogy: On Special 99p / $1.24 Kindle Summer Reading Promotion

Available from Amazon UK and Amazon US Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, OWEN is the epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience as he changes the course of English history. England 1422: Owen Tudor, a Welsh servant, waits in Windsor Castle to meet his new mistress, the beautiful and lonely Queen Catherine of Valois, widow of the warrior king, Henry V. Her infant son is crowned King of England and France, and while the country simmers on the brink of civil war, Owen becomes her protector. They fall in love, risking Owen’s life and Queen Catherine’s reputation—but how do they found the dynasty which changes British history – the Tudors? This is the first historic...
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It’s time for a contest!

It’s been over a year when I last held a contest here.  After coming off a wonderful two-week break, I’m ready to give something away.  What’s up for grabs?  A $25.00 Gift Certificate from eXtasy Books/Devine Destinies. What do you have to do?   It’s easy.  And there are three ways to enter. Method 1:  Subscribe … Continue reading Original link Original author: Maggie Blackbird



Out of Options is a prequel novella to the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series, and introduces Lois Stone and her companions, Raggs and Ribbons, a pair of perceptive calico cats. A dry district, a shocking secret, a missing person. When Lois Stone’s friend, Beth Darrow, arranges to meet her to reveal an astonishing discovery, Lois’s curiosity is piqued. Then Beth doesn’t keep their lunch date and Lois becomes worried. What has happened to her friend? Middle-aged widow Lois is settling into life on her own in her neighbourhood and in the library where she works, and she is just about coping with her fear of strangers after her husband was mugged and died in the park at the ...
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alien skulls     My whole Sunday has passed in torment and hell. I waited for Optimum to ring the bell. I’ve been in hell for a week already. This is not me being mean or petty. No phone or internet for a week. I’ve been so upset I couldn’t sleep. Many hours later, I heard the news. No one was coming to relieve my blues. They might return Tuesday or maybe not. Who needs the internet on days so hot? “Death to Optimum,” I say. Time is past for them to pay. Blood will fall if they don’t fix their mistakes. I can see a few heads sitting on stakes.     Original link Original author: Susanne Leist

From the sea shore to the Rockies

On our way to Jasper, Alberta, one of our favorite places. Will post pictures next week. Original link


    A puff of smoke. A flicker of light. Life is sweet. It is memorable. It can be fleeting. Gone in a puff of smoke. Don’t close your eyes. Keep them wide open. Dangers lurk everywhere. Poof! A life is gone. Is it yours? Only THE DEAD have the power. Only THE DEAD hold the cure. Only THE DEAD know who’s next. THE DEAD GAME Original link Original author: Susanne Leist


      Write your story. Add the details. Don’t forget your characters. Leave no event untold. Leave no rock unturned. Write your book. Your life story. Write it in blood. Original link Original author: Susanne Leist

Walking back from the carnage

I was talking about walking and hiking with some friends, today. It all started with the fact that a newspaper published an article claiming “walking is for the middle aged, hiking is cool”. As I never had a problem with being uncool, and indeed I was not cool back when not being cool was not considered cool yet, I accept my role as a walker, and said as much. From there we went on talking about how walking (or hiking, if you’re cool) is an excellent way for coping with trauma. I walked miles and miles after my mother’s death, and after my father. I find walking a good solution to recharge my batteries, and react to those periodic bouts of depression that sometimes come. And there’s science ...
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Writing Historical Fiction: The Forgotten Golden Egg of Writing | FreelanceWriting

Writing is hard work; it’s not for the faint of heart. Writing historical fiction is even harder, as it is more than just crafting an intriguing plotline. There’s the laborious task of researching the history that drives the story. Any authentic historical reference that I used in the book, I researched at least three times. If I could not validate something I had written in the book with three different sources, I would continue looking until I could, or I found alternatives to what I had written. This is hard; after all, I was trying to get this book published. via Writing Historical Fiction: The Forgotten Golden Egg of Writing | FreelanceWriting Original link

The Impossible Task of Writing Historical Fiction

The study of history is tricky, not least for that fact that its two primary difficulties are antithetical: both too much and too little information. Starting with the latter, there is plenty we simply do not know. When I’m not writing, I work in a museum archive handling research requests and I can tell you that half the time what people are looking for simply does not exist, though they spend years searching. Records burn, get tossed or, more often, were not kept in the first place. Journals kept in the past were, of course, written by literate people with the leisure for self-contemplation. In the 1850s, in the early days of photography, guess what the rich people who could afford it were...
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