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It is my pleasure to spread the word again for Inkitt. They have another contest for March – why not enter?

Running Poster

The contest begins on March 3rd and ends on March 31st. The theme this month is “Running Scared: The Most Terrifying Tale Ever Told” (though writers are not required to have this line anywhere in their story – anything horror goes!). Here are the details:

Write a horror story that will have people running for cover! Inkitt, a free platform for writers to cultivate ideas and watch their stories grow, is holding their second horror writing contest this month! Inkitt is a place where writers and readers collaborate, giving each other feedback and improving their work. Inkitt wants to help writers get the exposure they deserve and the publishing deals they covet without suffering the frustrations and bias of traditional printing and self- publishing.

The theme of Inkitt’s March horror contest is “Running Scared: The Most Terrifying Tale Ever Told.” In the tradition of classic horror flicks and monster movies, they want the freakiest, flashiest fables you can come up with. Make them scream!

Inkitt is accepting all frightening fiction up to 15,000 words. The contest opens on March 3rd and closes on March 31st . It’s free to enter , and you’ll retain all rights to any work submitted. By collecting the most community votes, the top 10% of entries will be bumped into judging by Inkitt’s guest judges (horror authors J.D. Horn , Armand Rosamilia , and J. Thorn ). They’re pretty unshakeable guys, so pull out all the stops to get them quaking in their boots!

Running prizes

Win and you’ll receive a petrifying prize package, including Amazon gift cards and Inkitt custom mugs. The first place winner will also get a custom poster spotlighting their story! Readers, be on your toes, too: there’s an Amazon gift card up for grabs for one lucky reviewer!

Got gore on your mind and fear in your heart? Enter the contest now at http://www.inkitt.com/runningscared for all the (literal) guts and glory!

Good luck!


mandyevebarnett:

A worthwhile read to maximize your widgets to improve your blog.

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

Whether you’re just starting a blog or have had a site for several years, you’ve likely heard the term “widget” thrown around at one point or another. A widget is simply a tool that you can use to add or remove content from various areas of your site.

There is a widget for almost anything you can think of. You can alert visitors where the conversation is happening on your site using the Recent Comments widget, introduce them to popular topics on your site with the Category Cloud, or even point out your popularity using the Blog Stats widget.

With so many options, it can be hard to figure out where to start. Here are some of the more popular uses of widgets around WordPress.com to get your creative juices flowing.

What have readers missed on your site?

The Top Posts and Pages widget is perfect for showing off…

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I grabbed this from Jackie over at To Breathe Is To Write – a great idea. Why not do your own answers?

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What do you think you can do but can’t?

Be all things to all people – but I do try! It is a female’s dilemma to nurture, protect and create an all encompassing loving and creative environment for her family and friends, and if there is time or space a little something for herself.

What’s a difficult word for you to pronounce?

I’m told I say ‘demons’ – wrong! Sounds like ‘demonds’ so I’m told. 

What are your favorite TV shows from your childhood?

Wow now you have me thinking. Robinson Crusoe, White Horses, Animal Magic, Dr. Who, Crackerjack,  Steptoe & Son, Dr. Finlay’s Casebook (Dr Finlay (man on right of photo beside little lady- was my first crush) Steptoe & Son – tag line “You dirty olde man.  The White Horses – I can still hear the theme tune.  I grew up with Dr. Who from the original Doctor onward. There are too many to name and they weren’t all in black & white!. 

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What are your virtues and vices?

Virtues: Fierce loyalty and love to family and friends.

Vices: Can be selfish with my time when the Muse speaks.

What’s more important: love, fame, power, or money?

Love of family, money to ensure they are looked after.

If you could live in any era/time period, when would it be and why?

1960’s – life was seemingly simpler but probably because I was a child then. There was respect for our elders, less technology and childhood innocence.

If you had to redo your entire wardrobe with 2 stores, what would they be and why?

I regularly do this anyway – thrift stores allow me to change everything cheaply. I tend to avoid clothing stores because of the mark-up they make.

Can you recall what you were doing a year ago on this day?

Exactly  what I’m doing now, sitting at work wishing for the workday to end so I can work with my publisher, Dream Write Publishing this evening, as I do every Thursday.

Do you have reoccurring dreams? If so, explain?

I rarely dream now-a-days. My only recurring dreams were when I was struggling with emotional fears of one sort or another. One was being paralyzed in a hospital bed with blood dripping until it filled the room. The other when my children were young and the three of us were trapped under an avalanche. (which in itself is odd as I lived in England at the time!) To protect them I cut my stomach open, empty the contents and place them inside the void to keep warm…gives you an idea how my mind works when I’m writing now doesn’t it!!!

What’s your horoscope?

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For a while now, you’ve been wanting to do a certain something, but haven’t quite been able to give yourself the necessary nudge to get going — until now. This push may come in the form of someone else’s inspiring story, a sudden influx of cash, or maybe it’s just that little voice inside of you getting louder. Whatever the cause, you will finally get that needed push out of the nest. Hit the ground running and move forward with this fun and exciting adventure!

What does your dream bedroom look like?

I would need to morph these three into one – I’ve always wanted a round bed – don’t ask me why I just have! Earth tones are my favorite as well as large windows, which have to overlook Rome or the Italian countryside and let in the golden Italian light .

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What position do you sleep in?

I always slept on my front but after my back injury it is not as comfortable so mostly I lie on my side now.

What are your all-time favorite films?

Another difficult question. There are so many and my answer varies depending on my mood. I love Julie & Julia, Thelma & Louise, Lucy, Carrie – is there a theme here? I also watch multiple genres.

What makeup are you currently wearing?

The usual – Compact powder, eyeliner, mascara and lipstick.

Do you have neat handwriting? Show us!

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promptsI came across this post and loved the use of the prompts.

http://vanessa-chapman.com/2014/11/24/contrived-story/

As a frequent prompt user myself; some of which I successfully morphed into novels, I am always contriving stories in my head. As writers we have the ability to create ‘something from nothing’ a good deal of the time. This is one of the reasons writing is such fun. No matter what our minds construct as a character, circumstance or environment, it is feasible within a narrative.

I set a prompt every Saturday on my writing groups calendar, to refresh and inspire. http://www.wfscsherwoodpark.com – why not try one or two, just scroll backwards until you find one that appeals. Some use pictures, others are a list of words or a sentence to incorporate.

Has a prompt inspired a story for you? 

Care to share it here?

I enjoyed this prompt – limited to 300 words or less from the starting paragraph.

It wasn’t like that before, Andrea thought to herself. The previous night’s storm had caused the tree to topple over like it had never been rooted to the ground. The hole it left in the wake of the storm-induced tragedy was enormous, bigger than she could possibly fill in on her own, especially with nothing but a broken shovel. Andrea walked to the large pit that was now the center of her front yard and peered in. What was that she was seeing? It looked like a…

skeletal hand pointing upwards. Andrea turned her head as she vomited on the grass. Wiping the back of her hand across her mouth she looked down again. Bile rose but she managed to swallow it. A body under the old tree? How long had it been there? Who was it?The shock of her discovery numbed her mind. What should she do first? Call the police? Call Dan? 

A cloud moved away from the sun brightening the scene, a sparkle caught Andrea’s eye. There on one finger was a jeweled ring. Could she manage to climb down and get it? Wasn’t there a ‘finders keepers’ thing for buried treasure?  Determined to reach the ring Andrea used her shovel to steady herself into the hole. Gritting her teeth she gripped the ring and pulled, it came off the bone easily. The gem was a large sapphire in a gold setting. There were words engraved on the inside. Andrea read them and everything was dark.

Dan called out as he entered the house. Andrea did not respond. He searched the house, the garage and the garden – no Andrea. A missing person’s report was filed. Andrea was never found. Underneath the tree roots the darkness slithered over the new body – a welcomed feast.

Did you like my interpretation?

Want to use it and share?

If you want a unique prompt book try this one.

http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/writing-prompt-journey-road-your-creativity

Writing Prompt Journal


mandyevebarnett:

A hero of mine – David Attenborough. Take heed for your sake and that of your children and grand-children.

Originally posted on GarryRogers Nature Conservation:

GR:  As the human population and impact grows, wildlife is declining worldwide just as in the U.K. The National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat program covers basic ideas.  Start there.  Then, look for opportunities to recommend other sites.  As Attenborough says, many other places that we modify and use can be habitat.

“Broadcaster calls for radical new approach to conservation, urging people to use all spaces from gardens to roadside verges to help wildlife.

“Speaking at the RSPB’s Conference for Nature in London, Attenborough said it was now understood that British wildlife was in grave peril of disappearing. “50% of the hedgehog population has gone in 25 years, 90% of the wildlife meadows have disappeared in 100 years; 60% of all wildlife is diminishing and in danger, with 10% doomed to disappear in the next decades. Nowhere in Britain is unsullied, is unaffected by human action. We now have a…

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Karen McGill

What inspired you to write this book?

I have had multiple sclerosis since June of 2000. It took me thirteen years, but I got rid of my cane in 2013 and I thought it was time for people to hear my story. Maybe I’ll be able to help someone.

How did you come up with the title?

On the Right Side

I believe that as long as you aren’t six feet under, you are on the right side and anything is possible. The title is On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success.

Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)?

This was my fourth published book, I have five books available. The other four are fiction.

Missing flowersmystique risingThe BondA Little Poison

 

 

 

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

People are stronger than we think and we can conquer most anything. We are not victims.

How much of the book is realistic?

The entire book!

Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Since this is nonfiction, the whole thing is based on my life.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I don’t think I would change anything in it.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

On The Right Side is an inspiring story

What is your favorite part/chapter of your book/project?

That would have to be the poem at the end. There is a special story to it but you have to read the book to find out! LOL

What is your favorite theme/genre to write?

I enjoy writing paranormal, exploring the unexplainable.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t write on. If I get inspired, I will write on the topic.

What book are you reading now?

The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane and Set Your Voice Free by Roger Love.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Unfortunately, for the last few months, I have been buried in technical books and working on speeches. I haven’t had the time to explore any fiction or new writers.

Do you see writing as a career?

Most definitely!

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself as a highly successful motivational speaker with both nonfiction and fiction books available and selling well.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Getting started! I have tons of ideas but getting them on paper is sometimes difficult.

Have you ever hated something you wrote?

No, I have abandoned many projects, but I have never hated anything. They are all a part of me and to hate them would be to hate myself.

What book do you wish you had written?

I can’t think of any. Not to say that I don’t admire other works because I do but they are part of that writer, not me.

What is your best marketing tip?

Keep an open mind. What works for someone may not work for you and often the thing that worked for you in the past may not work again. And don’t give up.

What genre is your next project? What is it about?

Presently, I am working on speaking career and investigating other markets for On The Right Side.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

I am not working on one at the moment though I am playing with ideas for the third in the Julie/Santoro (Missing Flowers, A Little Poison) series.

How do we find your books, blog and bio?

www.karenmagill.com

Vancouver Vagabond blog: http://karen-magill.blogspot.com

Twitter: @KarenMagill https://twitter.com/KarenMagill

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6436248.Karen_Magill

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KarenMagill/posts/p/pub

Face book: http://goo.gl/1VL3f

FB Fan page: http://goo.gl/ulvSy

Author/Speaker fan page: http://goo.gl/SjnsrW

On The Right Side group: http://goo.gl/LWZKme

Amazon page: http://goo.gl/0LrRK

Karen’s last interview with me -http://mandyevebarnett.com/2013/01/13/interview-with-karen-magill/

 

 

 

 

 


Joal's Head Shot

What inspired you to write your first book?  My dog, Sadie who was saved for a reason. Her mission is to have children with special needs to focus on what they can do and not what they can’t do. Also Sadie is teaching others to break the cycle of abuse.

How did you come up with the title? As we were writing, the name Superstars seemed natural.

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Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)? First one, working on Sadie’s memoir.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yes, as mentioned in the first question.

How much of the book is realistic? Sadie is a real dog, and Joal is also real, so 90%.

Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Sadie is real and I am real.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? No.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Just the messages that Sadie has mentioned.

What is your favorite part/chapter of your book/project? Many emotions that readers can relate to in the book.

Joal & Sadie

What is your favourite theme/genre to write? Dogs, obviously.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it? Things that I am not familiar with.

What book are you reading now? Angel Come Home by Stuart R. Wisong

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? None off hand.

Do you see writing as a career? Not as a career, but as an inspirational story of hope to share.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?  Helping other animals with special needs.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Writing Sadie’s memoir is more difficult than I thought.  Sadie and the Superstars was relatively easy.

Have you ever hated something you wrote? No

What book do you wish you had written? I am thrilled to be writing Sadie’s memoir and I know that I would be deeply disappointed if I hadn’t.

What is your best marketing tip? Just get out there and talk to people who will give names of others for you to contact.

What genre is your next project? What is it about?  Saving Sadie. How a dog that no one wanted ended up inspiring the world.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book? That is what it is. How a dog who was shot between the eyes and in the back after she had puppies and left for dead, ended up not only surviving but thriving. Sadie was urinary and fecally incontinent and couldn’t walk when i saw her at the animal shelter and asked the volunteer what Sadie’s story was.  I took her to a few doctors who urged me to do the kind thing. But I saw something in Sadie’s eyes that told me differently.  The third doctor, who is holistic said that we should give Sadie a chance and so we did.  Now known in 15 countries and across the United States, Sadie teaches acceptance of people and animals who have special needs.  This true story of inspiration deals with Sadie’s trials and tribulations and all of the people around the world who have sent their love, support, prayer cards and messages of love to Sadie.  Sadie’s story is so large that it will attract a large audience.

How do we find your books, blog and bio?  Working on some of it, but the children’s book, Sadie and the Superstars is on Amazon or at 2foreverfriends.com or there is a link on Sadie site,  http://savingsadie.com/

Sadie and the Superstars Cover

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