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Confession:  I'm A Keeper of Useless Trivia

Confession:  I'm A Keeper of Useless Trivia | This Writer's Life | Scoop.it
I know this is a bit off my usual topics, but I've recently come to the conclusion that I am a hoarder of sorts. I don't save cans or collect garbage to the point my house is overfilling (although I...
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Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Do You Believe in Ghosts? | This Writer's Life | Scoop.it
So, Halloween is just around the corner and as always, everyone's mind turns to the dark and creepy (So glad I can have so company for the next month).  Anyway, I'm just curious, do you believe in...
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Bitten by Paranormal Romance: Review: Set in Stone By: Aurrora St ...

First in a breathtaking trilogy, the fierce and seductive Gregore Trenowyth-one of three men cursed by Gypsy magic-is driven by desire for the one woman who could be his salvation, but who he dare not let himself love.
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I am so adding this to my To Be Read list!

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The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them)

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The best fiction writers write like they’re in love—and edit like they’re in charge.

 

First drafting should be a wild and wonderful ride, full of discovery, dreams and promises. But at some point you have to settle down and make the book really work. You need to approach your manuscript with sober objectivity and knowledge of the craft.

 

Having reviewed hundreds of manuscripts over the years, I’ve identified the five mistakes that most regularly turn up. Start your revision by addressing these, and you’ll immediately change your story for the better.


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Are you guilty of any of these mistakes?

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America Loves 'Doctor Who' Too

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Step aside, Trekkies — the Whovians are taking over the world of sci-fi fandom.

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Gotta love Doctor Who!

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Editing:  What the Hell Was I Thinking

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As many of you know, I finished my edits and rewrites on Far Away (Gypsy Fairy Tale Book Two) last week.  Yesterday I was cleaning up the living room and came across a stack of chapters marked with...
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I so HATE editing!  It highlights all my craziness right there in one place...And that's not a good thing.

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Cool Collection of 50+ Photo Manipulation

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Creative retouching is one of the coolest photo manipulations made for common to professional advertising photographs. Photo manipulation enhances the editing options of a photograph.

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I love photo manipulation and I'm always amazed at what the artists are capable of!

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Cool photo manipulation is not just for photographers or creative professionals, even the young ones can practice and enjoy the process of editing. So, check out some of these cool photo manipulation and creative desktop wallpaper sites that you can try and be fond of.

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Congrats to this year's RITA winners! - USA TODAY

Congrats to this year's RITA winners! - USA TODAY | This Writer's Life | Scoop.it
Congrats to this year's RITA winners!
USA TODAY
Long Contemporary Series Romance: A Gift for All Seasons by Karen Templeton. Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St.
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Congrats!

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Deadlines and Self Control...I Suck at Both

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So, I'm in the last push of finishing the second book in my Gypsy Fairy Tale series.  I'm close enough to the end that I can taste it...Of course that means I can come up with a thousand other...
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Like many writers, I am my own worst enemy.  I set deadlines, but lack the self control to keep them.  In short...I suck.

 

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A_TiffyFit's Reading Corner: RBTL Presents a BOOK TOUR: AWAKENING 2 by JEANIE GREY with excerpt & giveaway!

A_TiffyFit's Reading Corner: RBTL Presents a BOOK TOUR: AWAKENING 2 by JEANIE GREY with excerpt & giveaway! | This Writer's Life | Scoop.it
NEW on the blog! RBTL Presents a BOOK TOUR: AWAKENING 2 by JEANIE GREY with excerpt & giveaway! http://t.co/tNBXIAd41i Thanks for reading!
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Exciting excerpt and giveaway!  check out the Awakening 2 Book Tour on RBTL!

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Shonda Brock

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Is it the power of suggestion?

 

Is it old, lingering cultural superstition?

 

Or do we just like to be scared?

 

Read more>>> http://ow.ly/mVh75 ;


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The paranormal has long been an interest of mine (obiviously) so I know which group I belong in, but what about you?

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Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki | This Writer's Life | Scoop.it
First off, let me just say WOW!  How beautiful is this cover?  I got this book last week and I'm absolutely loving it!  Second let me say that I'm so excited to be able to share some of it with...
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At the moment, I am so in love with this book, so when I got the opportunity to help out with the blog tour, you know I jumped right at it!

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Vampires Then and Now (INFOGRAPHIC)

Vampires Then and Now (INFOGRAPHIC) | This Writer's Life | Scoop.it

What do you think about modern vampires?

 

Do you miss the old scary vampires?

 

Please leave your comments below!

 

Read more: http://www.shondabrock.com/#/blog/4559736266/Vampires-Then-and-Now-(INFOGRAPHIC)/5910401


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I love vampires and I'm loving this comparison between the classic and modern day vampire!

 

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Love it! I'm a fan of the "Ann Rice" vampire, but this was great!
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Chapter Reveal - Possessed

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I am so excited to reveal the first chapter for Possessed!  I hope you like it. Corydon, Indiana  Summer 1878   It was after midnight. I could feel the night clinging to my skin as I staggered up...
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What Makes A Love Affair Great?

What Makes A Love Affair Great? | This Writer's Life | Scoop.it
So, I've been hard at work on my super secret work in progress and lately it's made me wonder just what it is that makes a great love affair so great? Take for instance oneof my all time favorites,...
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One of my favorite love stories of all time...

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Spiritus Series Flashback:  August 15, 1863 Becca Writes to Alastor

Spiritus Series Flashback:  August 15, 1863 Becca Writes to Alastor | This Writer's Life | Scoop.it
I've been feeling very nostalgic toward my tortured ghost, Alastor.  So, while I'm looking back over some of my favorite scenes, I thought today was a perfect chance to do a Spiritus Series...
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I just can't seem to get enough of this sexy dead guy! 

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‘Broadchurch’ Is Great TV for Fans of ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ and ‘Prime Suspect’

‘Broadchurch’ Is Great TV for Fans of ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ and ‘Prime Suspect’ | This Writer's Life | Scoop.it
BBC America’s new import is more than just another crime drama. It’s one of the best shows on TV, writes Andrew Romano.

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Am I the only one that wants to watch Broadchurch just for David Tennant?

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Conjuring cast reveal spooky set

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The Conjuring star Joey King has revealed the cast and crew experienced a number of spooky events while filming the horror film.

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star in the film about paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who work with a family who find themselves terrorised by a dark presence in their old farmhouse. The film is based on a true story.

Joey revealed at the film's Los Angeles premiere: "I was terrified, it was such a scary movie. This actually happened to some people, it was pretty creepy.


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Conjuring cast talk about the spooky events while filming the horror film.  Is it just me or does it seem like most horror movie sets have strange happenings?

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Baby, it's dark outside ... time to read a new paranormal - USA TODAY

Baby, it's dark outside ... time to read a new paranormal - USA TODAY | This Writer's Life | Scoop.it
Baby, it's dark outside ... time to read a new paranormal
USA TODAY
Expect magic, mayhem, and steamy romance! Welcome to the Neighborhood by Mary Abshire (Lyrical Press).
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I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for a new book to love.  And this one sounds interesting...

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My Favorite Character from My Books

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It’s no secret that out of all my characters, Alastor from my Spiritus Series is my favorite.  It’s not something I really try to hide, but I’ll admit that while finishing Far Away (Gypsy...
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Do you have a favorite character from your books?  I do!

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Kate Middleton in Hospital; Media Awaits Royal Baby

Kate Middleton in Hospital; Media Awaits Royal Baby | This Writer's Life | Scoop.it
Duchess of Cambridge in labour at St Marys Hospital for Baby Cambridge
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The world is watching and waiting!

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Helicopter, snowplow or free range – what's your parenting style?

It used to be said that the difficulty with parenting is that no-one gives you a manual, but you could argue that adage is no longer true.From “tiger mums” to “attachment parents”, countless manifestos…...
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What's your parenting style?  So many things to consider!

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Writers Block:  The Curse of the Indie Writer and 10 Ways to Beat It

Writers Block:  The Curse of the Indie Writer and 10 Ways to Beat It | This Writer's Life | Scoop.it
I was doing so well...Really I was, and then it happened, the block.  When we came back from my daughter’s nationals for dance, I dove back into my work and was able to hit my word count on most...
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I take a humorous look at writers block and the tips that are usually given to authors.  Yes, I do veer off subject such as renaming a popular TLC show "I'd Slap That B**ch", but it's all in good fun....

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Reading Teen: [Blog Tour & Giveaway!] INDELIBLE by Dawn Metcalf

Reading Teen: [Blog Tour & Giveaway!] INDELIBLE by Dawn Metcalf | This Writer's Life | Scoop.it
Dark, Haunting, Sexy- #INDELIBLE @dawnmetcalf @HarlequinTEEN #ya #paranormal #romance http://t.co/3A2UPelkpz
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Definately adding this to my TBR pile!

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Are All Writers Crazy?

Are All Writers Crazy? | This Writer's Life | Scoop.it
So Alyssa was watching Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on DVD and it got to the part where Harry tells his friends about hearing the strange voice right before finding the petrified Mrs....
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It's an interesting question...What do you think?  Are all of us writers crazy in some way shape or form?

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