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Cultivating your craft in the digital age
Published on Thursday, April 22, 2010 by Finding Inspiration from Pictures How can pictures serve as a source of inspiration for your writing?  And if you don't have access to pictures of your own that illustrate a certain era or time period are there resources on the web that you can access to view pictures that will serve as writing prompts? Flickr, the popular photo sharing site bills itself as: - ...
The Ways of the World: From The Mixed Up Files…
Published on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 by of Ms. June M. Stormcrow. There are two general ways to go when planning a novel. You're either a plotser, or a pantser. Yet middle ground exists in most of life. It allows a certain fluidity to the writing process, but a lot of scatter brained organization as well. I came to the hard realization this week that my current work in progress needs to be shelved until...
The Ways of the World: Addled by Adverbs
Published on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 by Editing is hell on the self-esteem. I took a poem that was quite nice to a workshop last week, and one of the comments was a request for a few less adverbs, if possible. For a long time, I wondered why so many have a prejudice over these little words that end in -ly. I now see why it is so prevalent. These buggers are everywhere in my writing, lengthening senten...
Spotlight on Second Life® Non-Fiction Authors
Published on Sunday, April 11, 2010 by It’s now time to have a look at our Second Life® non-fiction authors. We have some great people aka avatars writing non-fiction in Second Life®. First I want to introduce Flint Rodas aka Vivake Pathak who has an amazing book entitled God and Destiny:The Supreme Knowledge (2009). Pathak states in his book the theorem of destiny as; Whatever has to happen in the ...
Cultivating your craft in the Digital Age Open Courseware for writing
Published on Thursday, April 8, 2010 by Last week I embarked on an overview of how to design an MFA program if you can't formally attend a university in order to gain that degree.  In other words a self designed, informal education in a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in writing or creative writing.    Many of these courses are at the undergraduate level and do not quality as Master's level courses...
The Ways of the World: Prolonging the Prologue
Published on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 by "Szeth-son-son-Vallano, Truthless of Shinovar, wore white on the day he was to kill a king." So begins the prologue to Brandon Sanderson's yet to be released book, The Way of Kings. As soon as I read it, I knew I had no reason to be worried about what is coming in August. The Stormlight Archive will be as awesome as the Mistborn Trilogy, if not better. I can't...
Reading for Writers: Spotlight on Second Life Fiction Authors
Published on Sunday, April 4, 2010 by Hedda’s Hot Picks “Reading for Writers” by Hedda Hazelnut This week ‘s post will spotlight some of the fiction authors in Second Life (SL). To start I want to introduce you to a great new venue. A week ago Metaverse Books in SL held its grand opening. You can visit at the following slurl. http://slurl.com/secondlife/Market%20Truths/111/213/33 Here you will ...
Cultivating Your Craft in the Digital Age:  The elements of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Published on Thursday, April 1, 2010 by Have you always wanted a Master of Fine Arts but due to family, financial and/or other reasons you just never thought it possible?  Well if you do the right things at the very least you can write your own Master Fine Arts, build a strong portfolio of work and network with known and noted authors. A review of Master of Fine Art programs identifies the followin...
The Ways of the World: A Hero’s Social Network
Published on Monday, March 29, 2010 by Last time on WOTW, I discussed the first five points of David Eddings's list of fantasy novel elements. His list starts with the bigger picture and works its way into the finer details, and so the first choice you need to make for your fantasy novel, or most genre fiction, is theology. In fantasy, this is attached to religion, but even in mainstream fiction there is a...
Reading for Writers: Historical Fiction
Published on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 by Hedda’s Hot Picks Reading for Writers This week I will be talking about historical fiction. Now as with many genres it seems there are many subsections such as historical romance, historical fantasy, or historical mystery. I won’t get into the definitions of historical fiction genres here but I will instead talk about good books to read! One of the top book...
The Ways of the World: Elements of Fantasy
Published on Friday, March 19, 2010 by There are many ways to approach adding plot elements to a story, but the list that inspired me was the one in David Eddings's The Rivan Codex. Eddings wrote the list to be exhaustive in an attempt to deter those not serious about writing from writing in the genre. Instead, it gave me the well defined road map to story elements that I was looking for. This review of...
Cultivating Your Craft in the Digital Age:  Print on Demand Publishing
Published on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 by Perhaps you have poetry, several short stories, or a novel length work that  you would like to publish.  You have the gone the route of sending your work to agents, publishers, editors and others in a  quest to get a contract and become a published author to no avail.  Your work is good, you have been told it is, you have had it critiqued, reviewed, and discu...
Reading for Writers: Irish Authors
Published on Monday, March 15, 2010 by Irresistible Irish: Authors and Books To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I should give you a look at some of the more recently published Irish authors and books set in Ireland. The Yellow House (2010) by Patricia Falvey is newly published and getting good reviews. A work of historical fiction, this book takes us back to Northern Ireland at the begi...
Grinding the Grid: Full Steam Hunt!
Published on Thursday, March 11, 2010 by My new squirrel buddy and I at Red Dragon Tavern Just got back to my office after checking out a few places on the 2nd Annual Steam Hunt, a grid-wide scavenger hunt that has shown me all the various awesomeness the steampunk culture has added to our virtual home. I have been on a few other scavenger hunts since I rezzed a few months ago, stumbling upon the fir...
Cultivating Your Craft in the Digital Age
Published on Monday, March 8, 2010 by I have to admit while I had ideas for my blog this week, I was not inspired.  Drawing upon something I heard  last week from an author presentation in Second Life®..this author stated she would wander around Second Life® seeking inspiration at times like these.  I decided to take a few hours and see if I could be inspired by what I saw and experienced in Second L...
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