Writing: A Career Or Your Hobby?

Originally posted on Armand Rosamilia:

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Writing: A Career Or Your Hobby?

 

            I write full-time, as anyone reading this blog will know. I have been for the last two years, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I can think of no better job than being my own boss, creating something from scratch each day and then having to do most (if not all) of the work to make money doing it.

            For years I wrote between work schedules, kids, marriages and divorces and a hundred other things. I wrote sporadically and I wrote random stories and have a ton of unfinished and/or vague ideas on hard drives, thumb drives, floppy discs and a dead Brother word processor. I wrote when I could and I just sat down and wrote something with no real goal in mind and no real focus.

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            Until two years ago, when it was sink or swim. I…

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My Writing Process: Blog Tour

Originally posted on Dr. Shay West:

Today is Blog Tour Day! *tosses confetti*  This blog tour is where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process. My lovely friend Lisa Fender posted hers last week. You can check out her unique writing process (she writes novels with her sister Toni!) here: Lisa’s Djen Den

Here’s a little taste into how I do my thang:

1)     What am I working on?

My current WIP is an urban fantasy/murder mystery that is tentatively called The Harvesters. A slew of grisly murders leaves Detectives Eli Robins and Ava Aguilar baffled; none of the evidence adds up and the only thing all murders have in common are that the victims are missing vital organs. And witnesses claim to have seen a flash of light around the time of the murders. Eli and Ava think they are dealing with a team of serial killers but the truth is even more terrifying; a group…

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George R.R. Martin on why [spoiler] died THAT way — EXCLUSIVE

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If you haven’t read the books (Like me) or watched the episode and don’t like spoilers turn away.

Originally posted on Inside TV:

[ew_image url="http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/i/2014/04/13/game-of-thrones-01.jpg " credit="" align="none"]Spoiler alert : The following interview with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin discusses a major plot point in Sunday’s second episode of season 4.

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Forever a Warrior (R.I.P Ultimate Warrior)

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The Ultimate Warrior was my favorite wrestler when I used to watch it. He was an inspiration to many despite his flaws and he will be missed.

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Growing up, I was a huge wrestling fan. I went to several live shows when they came to the UK, and loved every minute of it. There have always been a lot a iconic names in the ring, but only a select few transcend it all, and stay legends when their time between the ropes has come to an end.

Today saw one of those legends pass, taken at an early age after what can now only be classed as a darkly romantic goodbye performance, The Ultimate Warrior is no longer with us.

I remember watching the Warrior, at an age when I knew nothing about the world, gave no care to the business side of the industry that kept me so entertained. Regardless of the man he was then, the Warrior will always e a legend in my eyes, and in the yes of every fan out there.

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Alex Laybourne ‘Diaries of the Damned’ Review

Originally posted on Horror Novel Reviews:

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The theme here isn’t gore, or even action. It’s how individuals rise or fall to meet extraordinary situations. Will they conquer their fears in order to cope with their new world, will they figure out why their world has changed and will they be able to beat back the zombie hordes or will they have to learn to live with this ever-present danger.

I’m not a huge fan of zombie books, but Alex Laybourne has delivered a good one. The zombies are on the move again. But these are not your typical slow, shambling zombies. Laybourne’s zombies can move and they move with purpose. Not only do they have the typical zombie hunger for living things, but they also continue to feel whatever urges they had at the moment they were turned.

The living are trying to escape on airplanes, destinations unknown. We meet nine of…

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Why Series are Becoming Hot, Hot, HOT! How Dragging Out the Pain is Good for Your Readers

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

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Every setback is an opportunity for an even greater comeback. I love these words. No idea who said it, but it rocks. Life has a way of being awesome, amazing, fantastic…and a ROYAL @$$whipping, too. Not only is this quote great to hold close to our chests when life has us on the spin-cycle, this is a FABULOUS mantra for writing memorable, epic stories.

Hubby and I just finished a marathon session of gorging ourselves on Battlestar Galactica and are now careening through Caprica because it is backstory for BSG. I refuse to watch any show that doesn’t have at least four seasons complete, namely because, if I like a new show? Apparently it spells its DEATH for the new showThus, I don’t like getting too attached. I wait, then inhale an entire season a day.

Don’t judge. I know you do it too O_o.

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In the Books featuring Clandestine by Joseph Eastwood

Clandestine (Night Falls, #1)Clandestine by Joseph Eastwood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We’re introduced to Brandon Holmes, an eighteen-year-old young man getting ready to begin his life’s journey. The only problem is he doesn’t know it yet. A simple night out on Halloween brings him face to face with a cousin he never knew existed, as well as a family his mother hid from him his entire life.

While the choice if seemingly his, he’s more or less kidnapped to begin his training as a Dark Phaser under his grandfather and other family members. Once there, he discovers things about his real father he never imagined.

The author captured teenage angst perfectly and you’re stuck between wanting to rejoice in the power Brandon has while also mourning the life he wanted to have but can’t. His frustration is relatable and at times, you want him to kick some tail and go back to his old life.

The story is quick paced and fun as you follow along with Brandon as he makes his discoveries. There’s an interesting balance between the Dark and Light Phasers, similar to night and day. It’s a tremendous balancing act between the mythologies surrounding the main character and it’s pulled off perfectly.

I don’t say this often, but Clandestine is one of my favorite new reads and I can’t wait to read more from this author.

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