Tough, by Mary Crawford: A Book Review

Plot, character development, and symbolism are a universal language. Tough, by Mary Crawford speaks this universal language I so love.

I am not a huge fan of romance novels. I’ve been reading science fiction and fantasy since I was a child. So, when I say a romance novel is a gripping story with compelling characters, it’s because the novel really is something special.

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[repost] Read This Before Patheos Deletes it. – GODS & RADICALS

Patheos Pagan, owned by an evangelical Christian corporation. is now censoring their writers. Here is a post they deleted.

Source: [repost] Read This Before Patheos Deletes it. – GODS & RADICALS

The original article by John Halstead. It was reposted by Gods and Radicals before it had been deleted at Patheos. The article is well worth your read. I don’t usually copy the whole deal when I reblog, but this time I will, in case Patheos tries to get it taken down.

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Making Plans Happen

First off, I remember that there is joy in writing.  But, it’s easy for other concerns to overshadow the enjoyment of creating with words, of telling a story that engages me as a writer and and demands to be told. I try not to allow schedules and plans to take precedence over the joy of creativity.

Great plans require great execution.  So do good plans.  I’m happy with my goals and objectives for next year, but I’m apprehensive about whether I will complete them all.  During this final week of 2016 I’m taking the opportunity to think about some how-tos that will put my goals in reach.

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2016 Wrap-up

Reflections

This year, I self-identified as a writer.  Writing is what I do.  “Writer” is how I introduce myself.  It started small.  I chose the variant of my name that I will put on book covers and business cards, bought a domain name, rented some server space and started this blog.  Within a few months, I had duplicated most of my personal social media presence with professional versions using the name M. C. Frye.  A few months later I had ventured into social media avenues where I’d never ventured under my personal name.

But there is more to it than the statistics about where I am active as a writer on social media.   The activity has spawned and nurtured meaningful acquaintanceships and friendships with other writers, both published and unpublished.  I’m learning both practical and philosophical lessons about the craft and the business from people I would never have met without taking those first steps of calling myself a writer.

And the effort has been successful in terms of building a nascent author platform and support network, but it was and is missing one critical ingredient:  a published work.  In a nutshell, that’s how the year went.

The devil is in the details.

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Post-NaNoWriMo Euphoria

Hello, fellow NanoWriMo Blog-hoppers!  I’m excited to make your acquaintance and look forward to reading your blogs and your novels!

The first NaNoWriMo I participated in was a blind leap of faith, but since then I have always known right from the start on November 1 if I will win it or not.  There’s a clearness of purpose and focus that I either have or don’t have before November arrives.  I’m a hybrid writer, somewhere between the extremes of pantsing and obsessive pre-planning.  But, when I have done no planning, had no thoughts or dreams about my stories or characters or settings, I know the month won’t result in 50,000+ words of rough draft.

This year, my setting inspiration struck in early August.  Along with the setting, I had vague ideas for a plot and a handful of characters.  I opened a Scrivener file and created a Pinterest board a few days later, to start capturing information about the characters and the initial setting inspiration.

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