May 27, 2015

Wednesday Writing Challenge: A Near-Death Experience

Welcome to the Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Every Wednesday, I pose a new writing challenge here on the blog. These challenges come from books on writing, classes I've taken on creative writing, or sometimes just from my own imagination. If you're an author, hopefully they will help you get your writing juices flowing and help you improve your craft.

 

 

??  Want to Participate  ??

The Wednesday Challenges are open to all readers. In order to participate, simply comment on the challenge post with your response to the exercise. Not only is it good practice, but you could win something nifty and fun!

 


May Prize: A e-copy of the newly re-released novel, His Cemetery Doll!

 PLEASE REMEMBER YOU MUST BE SIGNED UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER. OTHERWISE I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO NOTIFY YOU IF YOU WIN!

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 And now...

***Here's Today's Challenge!***




Write about a near-death experience. Consider something fresh, unusual. Describe it in detail, and make it as vivid and memorable as you can.

 

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Utilize sensory imagery to make your description more vivid. Appeal to scent, taste, hearing, sight and touch.

Give me your best, darlings!!

May 25, 2015

Talking Shop: Bisexuality and Reflections in Romance

I read a blog recently about coming out as bisexual, and it got me thinking. I hadn't realized until recently there's such a controversy about bisexuals and their place in the LGBTQ spectrum. We seem to fall between the cracks when it comes to gay issues, maybe because we can "pass" for straight. There are those who feel bisexuals aren't truly BI-sexual, but straight and "confused", or gay and "pretending".

 


I've been fortunate in that I've never run up against biphobia in my own experience, but it saddens me to see it exists, just as much as any other phobia against the LGBTQ community. And of course, much like the other orientations and gender identifications on the spectrum, bisexuals are greatly under-represented or mis-represented in romantic fiction.

May 22, 2015

Self-Published Short: Equinox



getBook.at/Equinox



He is the only mate she will ever want...

Sara can only change shape into a human body once a year, on the night of Ostara when the Goddess is said to return to her maidenhood—on that night and that night only, Sara will finally have the chance to be one with the man she loves.

 

A new $.99 Fantasy Short Story by Brantwijn Serrah

 

Available at:

Amazon KDP Select

 



Also on GoodReads

Friday Free Read: "The Shed", Audio Excerpt

This recording is NC17 and contains graphic sexual content. You may want to listen with headphones!

(If you aren't able to listen to the audio, the text version is posted below)

 





May 19, 2015

Wednesday Writing Challenge: The Key

Welcome to the Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Every Wednesday, I pose a new writing challenge here on the blog. These challenges come from books on writing, classes I've taken on creative writing, or sometimes just from my own imagination. If you're an author, hopefully they will help you get your writing juices flowing and help you improve your craft.

 

 

??  Want to Participate  ??

The Wednesday Challenges are open to all readers. In order to participate, simply comment on the challenge post with your response to the exercise. Not only is it good practice, but you could win something nifty and fun!

 


May Prize: A e-copy of the newly re-released novel, His Cemetery Doll!

 PLEASE REMEMBER YOU MUST BE SIGNED UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER. OTHERWISE I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO NOTIFY YOU IF YOU WIN!

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 And now...

***Here's Today's Challenge!***




You wake up with a key gripped tightly in your hand.  How did you get this key?  What does it lock or unlock?

 

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Give me your best, darlings!!

May 18, 2015

Talking Shop: Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands, Part 2 - Blogs

This week we're continuing our look at steps to increase your visibility and presence--your author "brand"--on social media in cyberspace. Last time we discussed the two most common social media platforms, Twitter and Facebook. Today, it's time to discuss: 

 

 

Do you have to have a blog? Possibly not, but the benefits of having one far outweigh the "costs". Since most blog sites are free, you're mostly talking about time, effort, and upkeep when it comes to your investment in the blog.

 

Why is a blog important for indie authors?