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Webcam Fun

My son loves to play with the webcam and adding special effects to the photos.  Since I have little time to write, I just thought I'd share some of today's photos...













Formatting for Kindle

I have written an e-book for Kindle.  It's a book of very short and simple writing prompts for writers.  At the moment, it's 365 writing prompts (obviously, my idea was one for every day). I have bought numerous writing prompt books and they are always filled with all sorts of plots and story starters giving a good amount of detail.  The thing I don't like about these books is that the prompts offer too much detail and leave very little to the imagination.  My book will be the other extreme.  It will give very simple and short opening lines that will leave the details to the writer.
Ok that said, I wrote the book and today, I started formatting it for Kindle.  I'm fried.  I should have researched this before finishing my first draft because I have each prompt on a separate page (I hate writing prompts books that just lump the prompts into a numbered list - it doesn't look inspiring to me - the prompt on an empty page shows so much room for creativity).  I've g…

My writing progress

The worst part of finishing a story that I'm really proud of is not being able to share it with anyone.  Most writing competitions do not allow previously published pieces to be entered.  This blog counts as publishing.  I finished a story the other day that I was really proud of.  It was my first darker piece with a twist as well.  I wrote all day on and off knowing how I wanted it to go.  I stopped to do my mom stuff, but for the most part, I wrote all day.  My back was killing me, but I wouldn't stop until I had a first draft done.  When I finally finished, I was on a high.  The high didn't last long because all there was to do was save it and close the document.  I shared it with a few people (mostly with people who love me and as I said before, people who love you will always give you great feedback), but that was it.  I really wanted to post it, but I'm pretty sure this one was good enough to enter into a competition and I didn't want to ruin my chances.  eve…

My Week

The more I learn about writing, the more I want to delete every entry of this blog and start over.  The writing is pretty poor.  It's cringe worthy.  One day I just may do it.  Either that or start editing them from beginning to end.  It took me years to write them and it would probably take me just as long to find the time to edit them.  The end result would be never having a new entry.  I guess I'll leave it for now, but I warn you - one day it will make me crazy and I'll just start deleting!
Here's some news.  I sold my first piece to a magazine.  I won't say what it was or to who, but I will say, I made a whopping £25 (about $40) on it :-) Hey, you have to start somewhere right?
Did I mention my book has been put on hold?  Here's the deal -  I am just starting out with writing.  I'm not that good - yet.  I really want to write the book, but I what I want more, is to write it well.  Right now, I'm writing shorter pieces.  Some of those pieces are lit…