Fiction Friday, Flash Friday, Free Reads, Giveaways, Writing

April Flash Fiction Challenge & Writing Giveaway!

Coinciding with NaNoCamp this month, I’m teaming up with a fellow writer from #Bookstagram to host a Flash Fiction Challenge & Giveaway!  Visit the challenge post on my Instagram (link in sidebar) for the full details on how to enter the giveaway.  But even if you don’t participate on Instagram, feel free to use these prompts and post to your blog or other social media accounts.  Share and tag me, so I can read!

I love flash fiction.  It’s a great exercise for the creative muscles and wonderful practice at “show, don’t tell” because you don’t have enough words to tell.  I used to do regular flash, and I’m trying to get back to at least a weekly fic. Stay tuned for more in the future!

Here’s my fic for this week’s photo prompt:

“Are you going to sit there sulking all night?” Lise’s voice asks from the darkness at my back. I take the last swig from the scavenged bottle in my hand, and then chuck it into the waves to distract her from my face as I scrub the gathering tears from my eyes.

“I don’t sulk.”

“Whatever you say,” she answers as she settles beside me. In the distance I hear the rest of the gang laughing and talking by the bonfire down the beach.

She tucks her spindly legs up to her chest and rests her head on them, blinking at me with those large owl-eyes that always see too much, even at night. Especially at night.

Of all of them, she is always watching me. Waiting for me to say or do something, to lead? Or maybe to break.

Everyone breaks. Eventually.

We’ve carved a makeshift life out of this graveyard of ships. We have shelter from the sun, safety from the packs of wandering wild dogs, and when the prophesied flood comes, we will be ready.

It was my idea to come here. To band together for strength. To assign people jobs to keep them busy, keep their minds off the tragedies that brought us here and help the group as a whole. They all wait to hear me speak before they act. But I am no leader.

I can’t be their leader. I can’t live with anymore blood on my hands. /244 words

I hope you will join us!

 

Audiobooks, Excerpts, Fun Extras, Rain of Ash, Shameless Self-Pimping, Skydancer Series, Writing Wednesday

Interview with Narrator Daniela Acitelli

I have something a little different for this WW post–my narrator has graciously agreed to do an interview!

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Daniela Acitelli:

Daniela Acitelli is a professional Audiobook Narrator / Voice Over Artist with a Theatre, Film, Cabaret and Circus background.  You can find her on Audible, iTunes and Amazon. She also narrates for the RNIB, SpokenRealms, Deyan and Whitehouse publishing. Continue reading “Interview with Narrator Daniela Acitelli”

Writing, Writing Wednesday

Building a Character with MBTI

Creating characters that readers can connect with is the key to writing kingdom.  Stories are all the same.  Unique worlds, though numerous and sometimes extremely vivid, are all just variations on a theme.  Characters are the only part of writing that can be truly unique and original.  Characters sell the story and the world and can stay with us long after the riveting action and intriguing backdrop have faded from memory.

So, how to write a unique and memorable character? Most of them don’t spring fully formed into a writer’s mind.  It takes some effort to create a multi-dimensional made-up person!  It’s definitely not as simple as giving them an interesting physical trait, tragic backstory, quirky saying or hard-to-pronounce name.  

What makes characters memorable is authenticity. Continue reading “Building a Character with MBTI”

Fiction Friday, Healthy Living, Writing

When will body positivity meet literary diversity?

Diversity is shaping up to be the word of the decade. From the White House to the Oscars to literature, it’s a hot topic. As it should be.

As both an author and reader, I’m taking steps to curb the gross bias against non-white, non-hetero, and disabled people in our literature. I’m reading more diverse (especially diverse authors) and being far more conscious of the diversity in my own writing than I ever have before, because I have come to see how much REPRESENTATION MATTERS.   Continue reading “When will body positivity meet literary diversity?”

Announcements, Books, Skydancer Series, Updates, Writing, Zyne Legacy

Winter Writing Update

I took a much-needed vacation in mid-November and once I came back, it was as if the wind had gone out of my sails. Not in a bad way! Actually it would be more accurate to say that instead of the hurricane frenzy I left in, I came back riding a nice subtle breeze.  So rather than try to gear up for a big push at the end of the year, I decided to just relax and let things flow. Continue reading “Winter Writing Update”

Magic & Witchcraft, Real Life, Writing

2018 Intention: Your Focus Determines Your Reality

When I started ruminating on what my intention should be for the coming year, for the first time since I embarked on this journey, I came up blank.  I tried on a lot of different intentions and goals, but none of them resonated the way it has in the past when I find the right one.  I took that as a good sign, that I didn’t have some blaring need or imbalance to address.  But still…I needed my touchstone going forward.  I need an intention.  It is the idea that I use to filter all my other plans and goals: “Does this fit my intention?” If yes, proceed.  That’s what I did last year with PRODUCTIVITY, and it yielded amazing results.

I considered that–maybe–this meant I should just stick with productivity.  Who says you have to have a different intention every year?  And then, it hit me.  Most years, what I am seeking is right there waiting for me to pluck the word out of the ether.  This year was more difficult because it was about what I DON’T want. Continue reading “2018 Intention: Your Focus Determines Your Reality”