MonthApril 2013

Tune-In Tuesday: Panic Station

Welcome back to Tune-In Tuesday! Today’s musical choice comes from one my favorite bands of all time, MUSE. This is their latest single, Panic Station.  Last week I got an alert from YouTube that a new vid had been posted by the band, and boy was I ever not prepared for this video. LOL! Don’t get me wrong, this video is awesome and these guys clearly had a fantastic time filming. But talk about psychedelic, man. 😉 Hope you enjoy! […]

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Advice to My Newbie Author Self, Part 2: Buh-Bye Self-Doubt & Introverted Tendencies

Two weeks ago I addressed the first piece of advice to my newbie author self: Patience, Young Padawan. This week I wanted to address another important piece of advice I believe every author, especially newbies, can benefit from: saying sayonara to our self-doubt and introverted ways. Part of the time, at least. Yes, I know, this is definitely easier said than done. 🙂 Step 1: Start with Social Media In the WikiHow article How to Make Friends As an Introvert, […]

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Tune-In Tuesday: Beautiful With You

Last week was a tough week. Between the Boston Marathon bombing and the explosion in Texas, it just didn’t seem as though things could get any worse. Ah, but they could … and they did. At least on my end. My friends were dealt with terrible news. Then as I tried to be there for them, I learned a harsh reality: people change and friends grow apart. Most times there’s nothing you can do. People reach for their dreams, take […]

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It’s Liebster Blog Award Time! Eleven Facts About Me

HUGE thank you to Tina Moss for this Liebster Award! 😀 The Liebster Award gives bloggers the opportunity to share a glimpse of themselves by sharing eleven random facts, and by answering eleven questions from the nominator. Eleven Fun Facts About Me: I’m 6’1″ and I love wearing 3-4″ heels. The hubs is 6’10”–hence the reason I wear heels in the first place. 😉 I enjoy tying my characters to a corner and forcing them into spilling their guts. My […]

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What’s Your Favorite Craft Book?

Today I’m interrupting the continuation of my Advice to My Newbie Author Self series to rave about the latest craft books I’ve been devouring–yet again: The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes & Heroines by Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever and Sue Viders All fiction writers want to write stories with great heroes and heroines–characters who leap off the page and capture the reader’s imagination.   Fallen Heroes: Sixteen Master Villain Archetypes by Tami D. Cowden The villain is the hero […]

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Tune-In Tuesday: Army of Me

This week’s song is by Christina Aguilera, from her latest album Lotus. During my last spurt of revisions, I ended up playing “Army of Me” on a perpetual loop because I needed to draw on the strength, the fight, and determination that Christina’s brought to this particular jam. Have a listen of “Army of Me”: Like what you heard?  I’ve uploaded the entire Lotus album to my Grooveshark playlist page. Enjoy! 🙂 *Tune-In Tuesday is a weekly post for musical sharing. […]

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Are You a Pen Addict?

Hi, my name is Melinda. I’m an author and a pen addict. *waves* My obsession started when I was in high school. At first, it was fun making notes in so many colors. History was purple. Math was green. Journalism was blue. Chemistry was red. Then I went to college, and the same thing happened. Next thing I knew, when I was out of college and back home, I had a drawer overflowing with pens. I’m talking 20 different orange […]

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Advice to My Newbie Author Self – Part 1: Patience, Young Padawan

When we first start venturing down the road to becoming a published author, there are many, many, many aspects of this writing life that we don’t know. Some things are fairly simple–such as writing craft techniques that’ll make your life so much easier–but others are the kind of stumbling blocks we didn’t know were there until we’ve already tripped and smacked our heads on the pavement. *re-applies ice packet to forehead* The pain! OMG, the pain!! I set out to […]

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Tune-In Tuesday: Salt

When it comes to creating, writing and editing, most of us writerly types tend to lean on movie soundtracks. And the one movie soundtrack that I’ve been leaning on these days is Salt. Here’s a quick sample: Taser Puppet – SALT (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Like what you heard?  I’ve uploaded the entire soundtrack to my Grooveshark playlist page. Enjoy! 🙂 *Tune-In Tuesday is a weekly post for musical sharing. Whatever song’s keeping you sane or lifting your spirits, please feel […]

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Getting Armed and Ready for a New Author Site & Blog

Usually when writers set out to start a blog, we get so excited over the idea of getting out there and sharing our journeys that we make the mistake of not truly researching all the options out there for an author site and/or blog. Who has two thumbs and made that mistake three years ago? *whistles and looks away* 😉 When we’re finally ready to put ourselves out there, we can sometimes go with the first blogging platform we’ve discovered. […]

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