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#AtoZChallenge – L – Madeleine L’Engle Quote

Madeleine L'Engle quotation A to Z Blogging Challenge

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#AtoZChallenge – J – James Baldwin Quote

A to Z Blogging Challenge James Baldwin Quotation

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#AtoZChallenge – F – Sigmund Freud Quote

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Things That Make You Go “Hmm” – and Happy Green Beer Day!

I recently took an AcentryDNA test and got my results (click the link to take a peek at my ethnicity makeup).

Was I surprised.

Instead of being more Italian than anything else, I discovered….

Ten Percent Irish St Patricks Day 2017

This comes at quite the timely time, doesn’t it? After all, today is St. Patrick’s Day!

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Here are some worthy reads on Irish authors, the history of the day, and a few other St. Patrick’s Day goodies:

I hope your holiday is filled with lots of happiness (and reading, if possible). This is what I’ll be having for dinner:

Green Beer St Patricks Day 2017

Drink responsibly, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 



#FridayBookShare – ‘The War of Art’

Welcome to another edition of Friday Book Share.

#fridaybookshare readers books recommendation

The Book: The War of ArtSteven Pressfield

It’s no secret that I struggle with mental illness, and that can put a real damper on the writing I do for myself (and hopefully, one day, for publication): fiction. A friend of mine recommended this book, and while I haven’t finished it, I am eternally grateful that he pushed me to pick it up and start reading.

First line of the book

I get up, take a shower, have breakfast.

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A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul.

What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do?

Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece?

Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.

The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline.

Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself.

Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.

Introduce the main characters using only three words

  • Honest
  • Motivating
  • Inspirational

Delightful Design (the book’s cover image)

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Audience appeal (who would enjoy this book?)

Above all, creators. Anyone who creates any sort of art, whether it be paintings, poems, biographies, choreography…you get the point.

Your favorite line/scene

There are a bunch of them. So far, some of my favorites include (in no particular order):

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That’s it for today, folks. I hope you have a wonderful Friday and weekend…and I hope you consider reading The War of Art, especially if you find yourself facing blocks.

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*


Monday Morning Quote Love – Lauren Holmes

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#FridayBookShare – ‘Writer’s Market 2017’

Welcome to another edition of Friday Book Share.

#fridaybookshare readers books recommendation

The Book: Writer’s Market 2017: Deluxe Edition

Okay, so this isn’t the typical book that would be included in a Friday Book Share, but it’s one that I procured recently – and one that I believe every writer should own and updated copy of.

First line of the book

What’s the most important secret to freelance success?

Not terribly enticing.

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The most trusted guide to getting published!

Want to get published and paid for your writing? Let Writer’s Market 2017 guide you through the process with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. These listings feature contact and submission information to help writers get their work published.

Beyond the listings, you’ll find all-new material devoted to the business and promotion of writing. Discover the secrets to writing better queries and selling more articles, tips for a great conference experience, and insight into developing an effective author brand. Plus, you’ll learn how to write and curate content to grow your audience, connect with book clubs, and make promotions and publicity work for you. This edition includes the ever-popular pay-rate chart and book publisher subject index, too!

You also gain access to:

  • List of professional writing organizations.
  • Sample query letters.
  • A free digital download of Writer’s Yearbook, featuring the 100 Best Markets: WritersDigest.com/WritersDigest-Yearbook-16.

Includes exclusive access to the webinar “7 Principles of Freelance Writing Success” from Robert Lee Brewer, editor of Writer’s Market.

Introduce the main characters using only three words

  • Helpful
  • Money-makers
  • Publishers

Delightful Design (the book’s cover image)

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Since I ordered the deluxe edition, I got…

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Go me.

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One of my favorite features is the section that helps freelancers determine pricing.

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But I’m also a fan of how they have their Book Publishers section set up:

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Audience appeal (who would enjoy this book?)

Writers. Whether you write poetry, nonfiction, historical fiction, literary short stories, or any of the other many forms of the written word, this book will be your best friend if you want to get your work published and potentially make some moolah.

Your favorite line/scene

The Consumer Magazines section, for sure. This is where I look to decide where I’ll submit my short stories.

 

Do you own a copy of the Writer’s Market? Have you found it helpful in your writing endeavors?

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*



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