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#authorinterview: Jonathan Bowerman on Life and Elves

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The Secret Realms of Hidden Elves Today we have Jonathan Bowerman the author of the self-published The Secret Realms of Hidden Elves. Jonathan is a relatively recent and active member of Fantasy Writer.org with an impressive enthusiasm for writing. But he doesn’t tell us much about himself, so I just have to do an interview to uncover the secret realms of Jonathan Bowerman. And I uncovered very cool information.

Tell me a little bit about you. Do you have a day job? And if so, what is it? When did you start writing? What’s your education?

Day job: I am a firefighter in Georgia and have been for nearly thirteen years now and before that, I was in the ARMY for four years, also a firefighter. When I am not on shift, I have a full-time job at home wrestling and otherwise entertaining my three-year-old son. My daughters are at an age where they find other things to do besides requiring their daddy’s attention. 😉 I officially began writing in early 2016 but have many fond memories of writing short stories even as a little kid. My imagination never slowed down and it seems like that has stuck with me through all these years. I have a BS in Psychology focused on Christian Counseling with a minor in Global Studies. At one point in time, I wanted to be a counselor and help those who were hurting. I still desire to help anyone in need but no longer as a counselor. I truly feel my education has been a huge accomplishment and a tool in my toolbox when it comes to understanding those around me and learning to both sympathize and empathize with anyone and everyone. Continue reading #authorinterview: Jonathan Bowerman on Life and Elves

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Pirate’s Luck~Chapter Twelve-The New Man

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The slave’s face crumbled into disgust when the hatch of the ship sealed.

“Great gods,” he muttered in Fedeng.

“What?” said Arekan.

“I thought that awful smell came from you,” he said. “It’s all over your clothes. But I see now it’s from the ship.”


Arekan felt a blush creep up his neck. He must have gotten used the stench that first hit him when he walked onto the ship. It embarrassed him to think he carried the stink in his clothes.

“Stop your jabbering, both of you,” snapped Grokin. He sat on one of the crates while he lovingly stroked one of the snakelets.

Arekan snatched the canvas bag back.

“Hey,” protested Grokin.

“Should we not get ready for take-off?” Arekan said.

“That’s right,” crackled the captain over the intercom system. “Grokin, get off that ass of yours and see to it! Thad, bring the new crew member up to the bridge so I can inspect him.”

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Interview With The Author

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Interviewer: We are here today with Beth Turnage, the author of Forced Labor and the sequel No Free Lunch, and the protagonist of those stories Arekan Mor’a’stan. Welcome, both of you, though, I must say it is unusual to have a fictional character sit in on an interview.

Arekan: What the hells are we doing here?

Beth: Behave.

Interviewer scratches head. So Beth, tell me. You are writing a series of books of what you call the Mor’a’stani Universe. How did you decide to develop these stories?

Arekan: She got bored in geometry class.

Beth: Arekan!

Arekan: Well, it’s true. You started writing that first piece of trash in that geometry class and then when you finished that you started on Kelleen’s, that’s my daughter’s, story. Forty years and she’s still not done. Continue reading Interview With The Author

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The Craft of #Writing: Brain Secrets of Lexical Density

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Writing is hard. Difficult. Okay, it’s the kick in your stomach when you are working like a demon to scrape the words out of your dissolute soul.The words refuse to arrive like the A-list celebrities you invited to your party. Your characters snottily refuse to talk to you, your descriptions fall flatter than gluten-free pancakes, and your inner world sucks.

W. Somerset Maugham said:
“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

You can construct a plot, get the pacing just right, create compelling characters but if the words on the page are lackluster the story just isn’t going to fly. Continue reading The Craft of #Writing: Brain Secrets of Lexical Density

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#Writerslife: Interview with a character

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Writers are advised to write character studies or “interview” their characters. How do you interview an imaginary character? Here to help you is my process.

Beth: Hello, new guy. Welcome to my head. Have a seat and get comfortable.

NG: [looks around] Gee. It looks crowded in here.

Beth: Yeah. I write a lot. Some people like to read it.

NG: Hey, that’s good. You should use it as a tagline or something.

Beth: [clears throat, because Beth has indeed used this a tagline] Let’s get going.

NG: [craning neck] Who are those people over there with the swords? They look dangerous.Continue reading #Writerslife: Interview with a character

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Feedspot Names Bethturnage.com a Top 40 Ghostwriter Blog

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Feedspot names Bethturnage.com in the top forty of ghostwriter blogs
In September Feedspot sent me this thing
Out of the blue Feedspot sends me this handy dandy little award naming this writer’s blog a top forty ghostwriter blog.

Cool.

I’ve been a little too busy to post it, but seeing it languish in my draft section made me sad, so I’ll display it now for your perusal.

You can see the list of other top forty blogs here.

Thanks Feedspot!

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#Writing Arts: Master Your Tweet Pitch

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Send those Twitter pitches
Send those Twitter pitches
The newest kidz on the block are Twitter pitch events where writers pitch their books in 140 characters or less to catch the attention of agents and publishers. If interested in reading more the agents and publishers like your pitch which is an invitation to query them.

Yes. You must go through the query process. But at least you have an invite and aren’t a stranger knocking at the gate.

Pitch Events are very competitive with only eight to ten percent of submitters gaining that coveted Twitter like. So what is it going to take to make your Twitter pitch shine? What do the agents and publishers look for.

Dan Kobel, an ardent supporter of SFFPit, says that they are looking for the main character’s name, the challenge they face and the stakes.

Great.

Cool.

In 140 characters?

Argh…

Well, it goes a beyond that because let’s face it. Your pitch is a marketing tool. And here I’ll let you in on a little secret. If you want to get the attention of agents and publishers you may have to write like a copywriter.Continue reading #Writing Arts: Master Your Tweet Pitch

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The Craft of #Writing: Beware the Adverb Nazis.

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Adverb Word Cloud Pro-Writing Aid, an online program that analyzes your writing and gives you recommendations to improve it. As I was looking at a report on a piece it gave the number of adverbs and recommended that I remove three.

I must have missed this before but I do tend to use the old editor, instead of the report on the new editor.

Hmm.

With a word count and a number of allowed adverbs in hand, I calculated the percentage of adverbs that Pro-Writing Aid said I could use.

And I was shocked.

Those of us that ply the writer’s craft are aware of all the different pieces of advice from different writers, editors, and pundits that basically boil down to “use fewer words to express your thoughts.”

Adverbs, in particular, have received a bum rap. Stephen King wrote in On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft:Continue reading The Craft of #Writing: Beware the Adverb Nazis.

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#SFF #Bloggers is now live!

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Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 8.10.20 AM Every once in a while I get a cool idea. And this idea comes from the space of generating more traffic to my blog. But we don’t live in a vacuum. Okay, space is a vacuum and our planet resides in it, but you know what I mean. There is strength in numbers, and as it turns out, traffic too.

So by the sweat of my brow, because it is hot on Connecticut now, I created SFFBloggers.com, an aggregator of Science Fiction and Fantasy blogs. A bunch of my buddies at Fantasy-Writers.org, drank the cool-aid climbed on board and we’ve got a nice community going on of writers blogging and getting a snippet of their posts automatically uploaded to the aggregator.

And you can too.Continue reading #SFF #Bloggers is now live!

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Chuck Wendig’s #FlashFiction Challenge: Demons vs. Assassins

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DemonThis piece of flash comes to you by the way of two sources. The first is Chuck Wendig’s Friday Flash Fiction Challenge. And here is what he says about that:

Way this works is, below you will find two tables — X and Y! — and you will pick (or randomly draw) from those tables. That will leave you with a set of X versus Y — and from there, you will write a piece of flash fiction based on that parameter set. You can even use the match up (SKELETONS VS. SCIENTISTS!) as the title to the work, or come up with a new title.

The second is a contest of sorts held between the writers at Fantasy Writers.org called FWO’s Deadliest Warriors. Here one of our own challenged us to bring out our deadliest warriors and pit them in matches against our fellow writer’s warriors. What started as a D&D style matching of abilities and battle strategies turned into, toward the end, a head to head battle of writing skill, where entries started to assume the form of short stories. Continue reading Chuck Wendig’s #FlashFiction Challenge: Demons vs. Assassins

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