Author: PHS

Speculative Fiction Author

The Week in Review – May 29th

Here’s another review of the week for those interested in what’s appeared on the blog this week and what I’ve been reading.

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From Archer’s Aim This Week:

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Nicholas Rossis

You Blog With What: This post opens the door on a different way to use Scrivener that new users may not have thought of.

Starting An Author Platform Pt. 8: Site Improvements: Changes are inevitable and necessary when building your author presence. This post details upcoming changes to my own website.

Fantasy Authors Unplugged Featuring Nicholas Rossis: A great interview with a 2015 International Book Awards Finalist.

How You Can Join the Mother of All Blog Tours – slots for this tour are going quickly so send your email ASAP!

4 Reasons Why I Journal – I use my journal in different ways, here are just a few.

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Tim Hemlin

Tomorrow I’m hosting a Rave Reviews Book Club SPOTLIGHT Blog Tour for fellow member Tim Hemlin. Check the link for a list of all the blog stops this week.

Posts & Articles I’ve been reading this week:

Top 10 Grammar Myths by Mignon Fogarty

10 Rules for making it as a writer by Dennis Lehane

How to Take Feedback (and Trust It, Too) from Writer’s Circle

Where to Submit Short Stories: 25 Magazines and Websites That Want Your Work by Kelly Gurnett

4 Lessons Running Can Teach You About Writing from Brian Klems’ The Writer’s Dig on Writer’s Digest

Fancy some short fiction reading? Try these speculative fiction magazines for some new stories:

Lightspeed’s Artist Showcase – it’s not fiction but is about some of the artwork in the current issue that influences the stories so take a look around after reading about the artist.

The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies by Matthew Kressel caught my eye on Clarkesworld Magazine

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Books To Brains Blog Tour

As a reminder I have a few changes to the site starting on June 1st so check back on those. I’ll have a new freebie available for download. Next week also kicks off with a new Scrivener post that covers a feature you may never have noticed. I’ll also have a new featured author for Fantasy Authors Unplugged as well as other new posts. Thanks for reading and commenting this week so far.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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4 Reasons Why I Journal

WritingI never considered writing a daily journal until a few years ago. At the time I wanted to see how much I could write per day on a consistent basis. After a month I was surprised by how many words I could churn out. It gave me a baseline for how much I could expect to write daily, weekly and monthly. I even realized I could write most of a rough draft in thirty days – here I come NanoWriMo.

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But as I used a daily journal I discovered a few more reasons to continue. I’ve since read Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way and found that she emphasizes using “Daily Pages” (essentially a journal) to write three pages in the morning. I don’t always write that much since I’d rather spend as much time as possible on projects but the notion and reasons discussed in the book are great for gaining creative traction.

1. I could use it to prime the pump. You want to get started writing but how? Sometimes you need a warm-up and writing about anything can be just the trick to clear the mind. Also, I found that I could set the scene in my mind with a few notes on what I expected to accomplish and how dialogue might flow. I might even return to the journal to further nail down additional scenes depending on what I accomplish.
2. I can track what I need to do during the day. Yesterday I wrote about how I work with goals but I find that putting them in my journal keeps them in my sites throughout the day. I use the Strikethrough button in Word to mark off goals achieved. I can also easily “re-heat” goals that roll over to the next day for whatever reason.
Journal3. I also use a journal to create a loose, fluid schedule of what I’m doing – everything. This way I know how I’m progressing through goals and other activities throughout the day. Now you might wish to use a calendar for this function but I find using the journal is one less thing to update than a calendar. Besides, I find a calendar is better for reminders about events and appointments in advance.
4. A journal can also be used for project development. It’s a great place to explore creative ideas. Once you’ve written these concepts they are easily transferred into other apps or files you use for development such as Scrivener, Evernote, your blog or anything else.

What can you use to journal? I mainly use Word and update it during the day but I only keep a monthly file and transfer developmental ideas to other files and apps. You could use Evernote as a purely developmental journal and tack in links or pictures. You could also use Instagram as a visual journal. While Scrivener would not directly serve this purpose, research containers could be used as a developmental journal as well.

Do you journal? If so, what do you use? I love to receive comments so feel free to leave one. Also, please follow this blog by email using the form on this page. I’m on Twitter @ph_solomon or click the Facebook icon on the sidebar to like my page there.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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How You Can Join the Mother of All Blog Tours

Logo B2BEvery author is looking for a way to discover readers so blog tours are a very popular option. I know I’ll be trying to organize as many tours as possible for the release of The Bow of Destiny this fall. But I didn’t think I’d get an early start on tours. However, I just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to take part in one before the release: The 2015 Books To Brains Blog Tour.

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Angela B. Chrysler has come up with a generous idea to host a month-long tour on her sites, Brain to Books and AngelaBChrysler.com. Each day a new author will be featured with the total being over 60. Wow, that’s just huge! Talk about generosity – Angela’s got it.

B2B ThunderclapI’m scheduled on August 31st with a pre-release post about The Bow of Destiny. I’ll begin sharing about the details of the book and getting a big jump on pre-release promotion. Many thanks to Angela for hosting and kudos for the idea.

If you’re an author interested in being a part of this month-long tour, there’s still slots available. Join Angela’s group on Goodreads for information about the blog tour and email her to gain a spot on the tour. She’s also looking for assistance in several ways so let her know if you can help.

Also, there’s a Thunderclap already running that still needs supporters to amplify the announcement about the tour. If you’re willing to help with a social media blitz then click on the link and help promote the tour.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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