Guest Post: How to Salvage a Bad Writing Day

They happen. Some days, you just can’t squeeze out a sentence.

Maybe you just don’t have a clue what to say or how to say it today.

Maybe your brain is fried. “It’s December first,” I heard a bunch of NaNoWriMo participants say during a quiet post-November meeting. “We’re all out of words!”

Or maybe life smacks you upside the head, and we react in different ways. A few months ago, when my dog Shakespeare was diagnosed and given weeks to live, I pounded out a short story that afternoon (and it promptly sold). Last month, when I learned my dog Laev was probably coming out of remission even before her final scheduled chemo treatment, my NaNoWriMo graph flat-lined for nearly a week. It’s hard to say how things will affect us or our writing.

Bryan Cohen Author of 1,000 Creative Writing PromptsBut we need to recover and write on. So today we have a guest post from Bryan Cohen, whose new book 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts, Volume 2: More Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More is now available on Amazon (and yes, he had a Volume 1 of 1,000 other prompts). Also, there’s a writing contest with big money, details at the bottom. Continue reading

Contest! win Kitsune-Mochi before the other kids on your block!

The kitsune Kuzunoha. Note the shadow of a fox...

The kitsune Kuzunoha. Note the shadow of a fox cast on the screen. Print by Kuniyoshi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s coming. It’s coming! Kitsune-Mochi is nearly here, and I’m so excited.

In fact, I’m so excited that I want to share. How about an ARC (advance review copy) of Kitsune-Mochi? So you can read it before it even goes on sale? Boo-yeah. Let’s do this. Continue reading

What if Book Reviews and Author Interviews Ran Like Football Commentary?

This was long thought to be the only portrait ...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I was watching some football highlights and player interviews — okay, I wasn’t watching, exactly, I happened to be in the area when a television was playing. See, I don’t exactly follow football, as I tend to be of the opinion that if these guys are getting paid millions of dollars, they can each afford their own ball and they shouldn’t have to fight over one. Continue reading

Four ‘Til Late – an Eric Garrison contest!

Check it out: today’s post has a contest. Free books! And we’re hosting Eric Garrison and his book Four ‘Til Late (which you might remember me mentioning before).

But first, this is Eric’s first blog tour stop. Please give him a hearty welcome! As I’ve mentioned, I first met Eric at a local short story gathering, where his short (set in the Four ‘Til Late universe) made me laugh aloud. That’s a good start to nearly anything. Read down for details on his latest and the contest itself….

EricGarrisonTourBadge Continue reading