Flash (back) Fiction

Typewriter - Once upon a timeAck! Almost forgot to post my two-minute bits from JD Mader’s Friday Flash Fiction luau and quilting bee. Definitely run over there and see the awesome-on-a-stick going on from these amazing writers. It’s weird how once we all get going, and the whatever juice starts flowing, that we get stronger. Themes sometimes emerge. Or we riff off each other. Don’t know which. But at 250 comments, we came pretty close to breaking the blog. Maybe next week. I went for four this time. Must have been the coffee. Or the power. Continue reading “Flash (back) Fiction”

A Glance in The Rear-view Mirror

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdvice is a funny thing. More often it has to do with the person giving it than the person it’s directed toward. I’ve been advised frequently not to look back. That history is in the past, and we are all supposed to move forward. Sharks have to keep swimming or die. Lot’s poor wife chanced a glimpse over her shoulder, and look what happened to her. Salt city. Continue reading “A Glance in The Rear-view Mirror”

My Favorite Banned Books: The Grapes of Wrath

Banned BooksLike most people trundled through the American public school system, I was coerced into reading a selection of “classical” literature as a teen. Because I didn’t like the way it was taught in my district—all this emphasis on theme and metaphor the author might not even have intended—I didn’t enjoy it all that much, little goody-two-shoes rebel that I’d been. As much as I grumbled when teachers said that the tree at the end of the book meant crucifixion and the way the moon hung in the sky was a symbol of the protagonist’s ennui about his impending marriage, I loved reading. I loved the places a good story took me to and the opportunity to see life through someone else’s eyes. Without someone telling me what it all meant. Only now, some (mumble mumble) decades later, rereading some of those works, am I more deeply appreciating the opportunity I’d been given. Some students have had wonderful books like Moby-Dick, The Catcher in the Rye (banned as late as 2001), Cat’s Cradle, and The Sun Also Rises (also banned, and burned in Nazi bonfires) removed from their libraries and school districts. Some countries do not permit their distribution at all. Continue reading “My Favorite Banned Books: The Grapes of Wrath”

Can I Get a ThunderClap Over Here?

Charlie_Cool_kindle500It might sound like a particularly virulent case of a disease you don’t want, but a ThunderClap does not require a trip to the clinic. It’s a crowdfunding social media deal that is totally free for your network of friends to participate in. If you’d like to get a whole lot of social media attention all at once—say, for the launch of a book, she said coyly—you set up your event, share your link, and when you hit the minimum number of supporters…BAM! It glitter-bombs the interwebs.

Okay, not literally. But if you get 100 people to agree to support your message, via Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, every single tweet and post is released on the day of your choosing, amplifying your message.

If you don’t hit the 100-mark, you get bupkes.

Mine was set up for me by the lovely folks at Book Partners in Crime, but it looks fairly straightforward if you’d like to set up your own.

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  1. Start an account at https://www.thunderclap.it
  2. Click “start a thunderclap” on the top bar.
  3. Sign in with your Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr account.
  4. Follow the directions to set up your own message.

HeadTalker is a similar crowdsourcing sort of product, but it asks for 50 supporters…a much easier task if you only have a short time to get a message out.

I’d love your help making my first try at these new opportunities a success for the launch of Playing Charlie Cool. If you have a minute and don’t mind voting, here are the links:

ThunderClap   https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/16606-can-charlie-play-it-cool

Headtalker     https://headtalker.com/campaigns/can-charlie-play-cool/ 

If you don’t care for the standard message, you can adjust it a little to your taste. Whatever you put up there is what goes out if we hit the quota.

Thank you for your help! Stay tuned, because on launch day, we’ll be giving away some Amazon gift cards and stuff. More about that later.

Also…if you’re an author or have an event, a cause, or something that might lend itself to a social media boost, maybe you’ll want to try this new tool.

Flash Fiction Frenzy

writerEvery Friday, a bunch of eager and intrepid scribes write two-minute flash fiction with atom-splitting fury over at JD Mader’s website. Why, you ask? Because it’s there. Because he gives us the space and has the best snacks. And his writing makes grown men and stout-hearted ladies cry. Our numbers are growing like crazy, and something like magic happens when we write together. Maybe next week you’ll join us? Or add to the fun any time you’d like. Just take a deep breath, close your eyes and write. We’ll break that blog yet. Here is what this week’s alchemy inspired for me.  Continue reading “Flash Fiction Frenzy”

Awesome Authors–Yvonne Hertzberger

DV Berkom hosts the lovely Yvonne Hertzberger, who talks about her fantasy novels and growing up in Gouda (not the cheese!) Good stuff, ladies!

DV Berkom Books

photo of the authorWelcome back to Awesome Authors! My guest today is the lovely epic fantasy author Yvonne Hertzberger. Yvonne and I met a couple of years back as minions of the inimitable death star blog known as Indies Unlimited. She shared her gruel with me which should tell you something about her–Yvonne has got to be the nicest person on the planet, bar none. I don’t think I’ve ever read a negative word from her about anyone. And THAT’S rare, especially online where people tend to hide behind their anonymity. Since I’m firmly in the “mean people suck” camp, knowing Yvonne has been quite a breath of fresh air. Here’s her bio:

(From the author): Yvonne Hertzberger lives in Stratford, Ontario with her spouse, Mark. She calls herself a late bloomer as she began writing at the ripe age of 56. Her Fantasy/ Magic Realism trilogy, ‘Earth’s…

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The Snake Pit: Jr High Can be Torture

I have a soft spot for books that speak to bullying in schools…and among kids in general. This powerful little story by my friend Donna Dillon has just undergone a makeover courtesy of the lovely Kim Mutch Emerson and the folks at MKSP. I’m excited to see this story get a little more attention and…wait for it…MSKP is putting out the sequel, as well. Powerful stuff, adding one more voice to the fight.

Making Believe

imagesSchool has begun and with it anticipation, hope, trials, successes and failures. Unfortunately what also comes when school is in session are children struggling with their social skills. Some will learn to respect, accept, understand and enjoy their peers, and others will act out hostilities they might be witnessing at home, or that might be bottled up inside from their own fears and anxieties.

With so much talk about bullying these days you’d think America would see a decrease. Not so. Although there have been an increase of authors that have addressed the subject. Master Koda Select Publishing has a few of those novels and memoirs available.

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This is not an easy, fun read, but is rather a book that every student, teacher and child advocate should read.

Donna is very passionate to do what she can…

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