Sunday, 8 March 2015

How Do You Know When You're Done?

Kelsye says “How Do You Know When You’re Done? via @berkun — The more creative the project, the more subjective the answer is for when it's finished. If the project was to eat an apple for lunch, you'd know you were done when only the core remained (unless y...

Guest Post: Lori Schafer-On Hearing of my Mother's Death

Lori Schafer
Lori Schafer says “"I looked at my hands & wondered if they were even capable of doing her harm."” — ON HEARING OF MY MOTHER'S DEATH SIX YEARS AFTER IT HAPPENED: A Daughter's Memoir of Mental Illness It was the spring of 1989. I was sixteen years old, a junior in high school and an honors student....

How to Defeat Your Writer's Block

Ryan Lanz
Ryan Lanz says “How to Defeat Your Writer's Block: ” —   For some, writer's block is a very real and forbidding thing. I personally know authors who treat this as a superstition that no amount of garlic and rabbit feet will save them from. There a...

Black Hole 12 Billion Times Bigger Than The Sun?

S. G. BASU says “Black Hole 12 Billion Times Bigger Than The Sun?” — SDSS J0100+2802. That's the name of the quasar hosting the massive black hole most recently spotted by human scientists. The international team led by astronomers from Peking University in China an...

Comparing Selma To Ferguson: 'Mike Brown Is Our Jimmie Lee Jackson'

b.l. wilson
b.l. wilson says “Comparing Selma To Ferguson: 'Mike Brown Is Our Jimmie Lee Jackson' via @blackvoices Good piece of history. Open/read” — In 1965, Jimmie Lee Jackson was shot while taken refuge from violent state troopers in a restaurant in Selma, Alabama. His death ignited a 50-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, which galvanized the passing of the Voting Rights Act. As we reach the ...

A Boy In Her Class Called Her 'Ugly,' And Her Response Is Perfect

b.l. wilson
b.l. wilson says “A Boy In Her Class Called Her 'Ugly,' And Her Response Is Perfect via @blackvoices. From the mouths of babes. LEARN!” — Four-year-old Siahj Chase has some choice words for mean people, and she's not afraid to share them. Siahj -- who goes by "Cici," her mom, Sonya, told The Huffington Post -- has "always been quick on her feet." Based on this vi...

Morally and fiscally irresponsible

John Pirillo
John Pirillo says “Morally and fiscally irresponsible” — Franklin Templeton is investing in Sagent, a pharmaceutical company that has been facilitating barbaric executions. It's time to tell Franklin Templeton that investing in lethal injections is bad for profits and bad for morals.

Happy Publication Day to Amelia Thorne

Holly Martin
Holly Martin says “And you can read the 1st chapter of Tied Up With Love & meet the gorgeous Ethan Chase here” — It's publication day for Amelia Thorne and the gorgeous Tied Up With Love. I'm absolutely thrilled to be sharing with you the first chapter. So here it is. Izzy watched as the grey van skidded roun...

The History of the Greek Language

Chrissie Parker
Chrissie Parker says “The History of the Greek Language. ” — Compared to other Indo-European languages, Greek stands out on its own. Here is an overview history of the Greek language from Ancient Greece to today.

Win Loads of Young Adult Books in Dawn Blog Tour! Enter Now #Books #YA - Stacy Juba

PJ Sharon
PJ Sharon says “What fun! Savage Cinderella is on the list of giveaways, along with a bunch of other great YA reads. Enter before...” — I recently had a blog tour for my young adult supernatural thriller Dark Before Dawn. A bunch of my author friends are helping me to celebrate by giving away young adult e-books and audiobooks. Check out the Rafflecopter below to enter. Deadline is March 24, 2015. Above the entry form are some details about Dark…

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

Allen Tiffany
Allen Tiffany says “Great article on how to use story telling to help your presentations...good ideas for all story tellers. ” — A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.

Study finds significant facial variation in pre-Columbian South America

Merlin Corey
Merlin Corey says “Facial variations; an evidence of several migration waves in pre-columbian South America?” — A team of anthropology researchers has found significant differences in facial features between seven different pre-Columbian peoples they evaluated from what is now Peru – disproving a longstanding perception that these groups were physically homogenous. The finding may lead scholars to revisit any ...

Interview with author Melodie Ramone

Melodie Ramone
Melodie Ramone says “I'm featured in an interview on @MarCarring's blog this week. She's such a wonderful person & author. Check it out!”
Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Melodie Ramone, author of novels AFTER FOREVER ENDS, BURNING DOWN ROME, and short story GLIMMER, and welcome her to my blog. Welcome Melod…

Jennifer's Music

Chris Martin
Chris Martin says “Check out my wife's recordings. We are currently working on some new ones. Hope to have them up soon. ”
Jennifer Martin is a loving mother of two girls, and husband to author Chris Martin. Her spirit glows with a passion to share the love of Christ through music. **We are currently w…

Contact & About

Eli Kale
Eli Kale says “I'd love to have you on my mailing list, so join here's quick and easy! ”
Mailing List Below is a form you can easily use to join the Eli Kale community! Just input your name, email, and a comment saying something like "Please add me to the mailing …

Author Interview At Keep Calm And Write On

S. G. BASU says “Author Interview At Keep Calm And Write On”
Kristy Gillespie's Keep Calm and Write On published a fun author interview as a part of the ongoing book tour. Sharing a bit here - Do you have any advice for aspiring authors…

10 Habits of people who follow their dreams

Gee says “10 Habits of people who follow their dreams ”
People who are true to their purpose and are really successful didn’t always get there because they had the financial means to do so or were just lucky enough to have been brought …

I finished a project, now I have free time!

Joseph Long
Joseph Long says “I finished a project, now I have free time!”
Why use destruction when you try to change the world? I never understood that. No matter how bad the system it has to work on some level for someone, so why not just modify the sys…

"Baseball Girl" Is Now Available

Stephanie Verni
Stephanie Verni says “Grateful to all the supporters of my book launch. It took 3 years, but it's out! ”
* * * After almost three years in the making, my new novel entitled Baseball Girl, is now available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The follow-up novel to Beneath th…

Croatia drama wins Blackburn Prize

Joan Schweighardt
Joan Schweighardt says “Congrats to Tena Stivicic, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her family saga 3 Winters:”
A play about four generations of women growing up in Croatia after World War Two wins a prestigious playwriting prize for women.

Hang With Good People

BeckyDue says “Have a great weekend! :-)”
Today's Challenge: Hang with good people. Stick around positive, happy, healthy, successful people who have goals and dreams--it's contagious!

Chapter Notes

Anthony Hill
Anthony Hill says “Are Chapter Notes and references useful for readers – or do they just get in the way? Let's know your thoughts.”
Many thanks to everyone who contacted me over last week’s post End Matters, and suggested links to programs or apps that might help with my References and Chapter Notes. I'll …


Joelle LeGendre
Joelle LeGendre says “Up….again.”
At 1:40am my feet were cold.   Not that I'm ever warm, unless it's 95 degrees, but there's cold and then there's bone-chilling North Atlantic Iceberg !~~~C...O.…

Six on the Sixth: March 2015

Adam Ickes
Adam Ickes says “Six on the Sixth: March 2015”
Stuntman (Jump) He sped toward the ramp, praying. Sad (Laugh) He laughs so he doesn’t cry. Bully (Caveman) Inside, he’s a scared little boy. Overdose (Crank) His last high brought …

Why I Love the Brits...

Eric B. Ruark
Eric B. Ruark says “Why I Love the Brits...”
Back in the summer of 1961, my parents sent me to summer school in Pully, Switzerland.  Not that I needed to go to summer school.  I hadn’t failed anything.  In fact,  I had just g…

Voyeurism - The Writings of A. K. Frailey

Ann K Frailey
Ann K Frailey says “Voyeurism So, what does get our adrenaline going these days? Sports? A movie? Too often it isn’t real life. @EWTN
Voyeurism is my term for living life through passive distractions. It is one of the greatest dangers I see facing our young people today.