What Makes a “Real” Writer?

30 03 2015

sharonhughson:

Yes folks, I’m a “real” writer even though I don’t have the paycheck to prove it.
Also, just because the IRS will classify my writing as a hobby if I make no profit for three years, that doesn’t make me any less of a writer.
Writers write. I write. Therefore, I am a writer.

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

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I’m finally home from speaking in Pennsylvania. Was honored to keynote for The Write Stuff Conference and super sad to leave. I get so attached to the writers and miss them when I have to go. Their passion, imagination and enthusiasm never fails to inspire me. I’d keep them and collect them in my basement except apparently this is called “taking hostages” and is “illegal” *rolls eyes*

…that, and I don’t have a basement.

I never prepare a speech. I’ve tried. But I am too ADD and end up ignoring/forgetting everything I prepared, so why not save time? Also, I present quite often and never want attendees to feel like they will hear the same things from me. Every class, every presentation is new. I love listening to those around me so my content fits better because it’s custom made.

This said, when I arrived in Pennsylvania, I had no…

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Happy Book Birthday Accidental Valentine! My Fiction Debut!

13 02 2015

Happy Book Birthday Accidental Valentine!

Accidental Valentine
Author:  Various Authors
Publisher:  Roane Publishing
Release Date:  February 13, 2015
Keywords:  Contemporary, Romance, Valentine’s Day, Short Stories, Anthology, Sweet
Guiding Hearts by Claire Gillian
Description: Is a lonely woman’s GPS sentient or is her subconscious taking her by the hand to help heal a scarred heart?When Jemma Ernst’s GPS malfunctions and sends her to the home of handsome and engaging Gabriel Nash, she writes it off as a fluke. But she can’t seem to reprogram him out of her thoughts nor her GPS.

Better Latte Than Never by Katrina Sizemore
Description: Single and cold on Valentine’s Day, Hailey Merritt is not looking forward to working all day at the coffee shop while everyone around her is cheery with romance and she’s stuck trying to figure out her next step in life.

But, when a special bouquet arrives for her from a secret admirer, she decides to reserve judgment on this holiday and find whomever sent the flowers.

Maybe Cupid has a plan to make this her favorite Valentine’s Day ever.

Dream Architect by S.L. Hughson
Description: Taylor and Sons Custom Design keeps Ashlin Taylor at arm’s length from her dream job. If only she were a son, she could follow her architectural dream. In the Taylor creed, girls get married and boys have careers. Dylan Cutright focuses on finishing college and landing an architectural engineering job in a large firm. Minus emotional ties.

After their accidental encounter, their attraction is amplified during their work interaction. Unlike her family, Dylan encourages Ashlin to pursue her dream by enrolling in college. Which confuses Ashlin since whenever she moves closer to him, he rebuffs her – reasons unknown.

Valentine’s Day might be the perfect opportunity for Ashlin to make him notice her. They are working together – alone – on the most romantic day of the year. Dylan builds her dream of career, but will he ever lower his walls and become more than just the man IN her dreams?

One Hot Angel by Jaylee Austin
Description: Oblivious to Tiffany Jenkins in three short weeks her life will end—unless she makes the perfect choice. Will she chose revenge and expose her ex-husband? Or chose love and surrender her heart to the only man who can save her?

Rock My Bones by Wendy Sparrow
Description: Jared has been eyeing the sexy mural painter from inside the museum’s paleontology lab, but she’s way out of his league. He can’t let her paint that obviously misplaced fern, though…even if it means initiating contact.

You could call her a paleontology groupie, but Shay Meyers is interested in a more modern specimen. An adult male Homo Sapien to be exact—one who needs to be dragged out of his lab for a practical course in mating rituals. If she’s lucky, this will be the Valentine’s Day she rocks his bones.

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Read Chapter One of @JenniferMEaton ‘s FIRE IN THE WOODS for free! Question and answer session after. @Month9Books

1 12 2014

sharonhughson:

This is THE BEST YA science fiction story I have ever read.
Check out the first five chapters FREE this week. If you can make it to Friday without buying the book, you have more willpower than I do.
For more information, you can read my review on http://www.sharonleehughson.com/blogs/fire-in-the-woods.

Originally posted on Jennifer M Eaton:

Woo-hoo! Here we go.

Day one of five chapters of FIRE IN THE WOODS. Enjoy!

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Chapter 1

The walls shook.

My favorite sunset photograph crashed to the floor. Again.

Why the Air Force felt the need to fly so low over the houses was beyond me. Whole sky up there, guys. Geeze.

I picked up the frame and checked the glass. No cracks, thank goodness. I hung the photo back on the wall with the rest of my collection: landscapes, animals, daily living, the greatest of the great. Someday my photos would be featured in galleries across the country. But first I had to graduate high school and get my butt off Maguire Air Force Base.

One more year—that’s all that separated me from the real world. The clock wasn’t ticking fast enough. Not for me, at least.

Settling back down at my desk, I flipped through the pages of…

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Are We TRULY Thankful? Unseen Blessings that Can Change Our Lives

26 11 2014

sharonhughson:

I love how Kristen displays her “attitude of gratitude” in her blog posts.
If you can read through her list of “I’m thankful” statements without crying, you probably aren’t as hormonal as me *sighs, sniffles, wipes tears, blows nose*
I am thankful that my house hasn’t sold because it means I have a home filled with wonderful memories.
What are you thankful for?

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

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One thing I’ve learned is that happiness is a fleeting shadow. Contentment and gratitude are all that last. When circumstances dictate how we feel? Just accept that life is going to feel as if we are strapped to Hell’s Tilt-A-Whirl.

Because cats will never puke on tile instead of carpet, cars break, sinks leak, pipes bust, bills come, illness happens, kids act up, family WILL make us nuts, work will suck, some people will NEVER learn not to CC ALL in an e-mail, and the news will always be filled with the worst examples of “humanity.” EVERY network will spew doom, gloom, division, hate and hopelessness.

On the other side of that?

We also live in a society that tells us everything should be a highlight reel, that everyone ELSE is living a highlight reel, when truth is? That’s a…

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Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.

19 11 2014

sharonhughson:

The amazing wisdom of an inventor and savvy businessman…

Originally posted on Don Charisma:


«Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.»

— Henry Ford


DonCharisma.com-logo-4 Charisma quotes are sponsored by DonCharisma.com – you dream it we built it … because – “anything is possible with Charisma”

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The Three “Acts” of a Writer’s Journey—From Newbie to Master

3 11 2014

sharonhughson:

Another brilliant post to keep young writers (and those of who are older but still new writers) moving ahead.
Most days lately, I haven’t even felt like an intermediate apprentice. I needed this encouragement today. Hope it gives you the determination to keep writing.

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

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The mark of a great storyteller is they make our job look easy. The story flows, pulls us in, and appears seamless. Many of us decided to become writers because we grew up loving books. Because good storytellers are masters of what they do, we can easily fall into a misguided notion that “writing is easy.” Granted there are a rare few exceptions, but most of us will go through three acts (stages) in this career if we stick it through.

Act One—The Neophyte

This is when we are brand new. We’ve never read a craft book and the words flow. We never run out of words to put on a page because we are like a kid banging away on a piano having fun and making up “music.” We aren’t held back or hindered by any structure or rules and we have amazing…

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Saturday Sit Down — With Jennifer M Eaton

26 10 2014

sharonhughson:

I reviewed this book right here last month when the eBook was released. I loved learning more about the inspiration behind the story.
If there are four books in the series, I will read them. If you haven’t read this book, please consider adding it to you TBR list, even if you aren’t a sci-fi fan (remember, I’m not).

Originally posted on jmmcdowell:

Seventeen-year-old Jess’s dream is to graduate High School and get away from her dull military-brat existence. But racing for her life across New Jersey with a boy she hardly knows is not quite what she had in mind.

David is alone, injured, and lost in the woods. When a young girl stumbles across him, he places his trust, and his life, in her hands. Will she lead him to safety, or right into the hands of the men he is hiding from?

It’s been a while, but I’m delighted to bring you another Saturday Sit Down post. Today, Jennifer M. Eaton joins us. The ebook edition of her novel Fire in the Woods was published in September by Month9Books, and the paperback has just been released. Why not settle into a comfortable seat and help me welcome Jennifer to the blog?

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