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Helpful Tips from 4WillsPublishing @RaveReviewsBookClub 2016 Book and Blog Block Party

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I know that you have been visiting some really awesome blogs along this block party tour, with really interesting blog posts.  Some were short and sweet, others were lengthy and filled with details.  Mine, well, it will fall somewhere in the middle.

I thought I’d feed you a little Author Stew…a little of this, and a little of that, but all in the helpful tips department.  So, here goes…I’m going to ask you 5…

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Post-Writing/Pre-Beta Readers and Trauma

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She isn’t me, but she illustrates, perfectly, how I feel right about now.

I got a bit of encouragement yesterday from one of the board members of a book club I belong to (Oh, heck! It’s Rave Reviews Book Club). Anyway, he (John Fioravanti—name dropping again) reminded me that he is awaiting the publication of my book.

(Dancing, dancing, dancing in my seat!) This was very heartwarming because John is a published author and he was taking time to remind me that I’m not alone. Other writers have also been encouraging and supporting me by tweeting that my book is coming! That is so humbling, so daunting, and so AWESOME!

That said, let me tell you where I stand.

Yesterday, I leapt up from my chair after writing my last sentence, and declared to the world, “I’m done!” There would have been cause for much celebration if those words had been true, but I know that there is still much to do.

You won’t remember my excitement a few months back after I’d used Scrivener for the first time. I will insert the link to that post here. Scrivener—everything in one application?—You lie!

However, there are some things in Scrivener that I still don’t know how to do. They are:

  • Write into the notes (I knew this and I did it a few times, but now I can’t remember it).
  • Eliminate chapters (Some are duplicates, others are places I put notes when I couldn’t find the note thingy).
  • Combine parts in chapters (My chapters have chapters inside them because as I wrote, scenes became whole chapters and now I don’t know how to put them together).
  • Compile for publishing (After I clean up everything above, I will be ready to compile the chapters).
  • Make an e book (This is how I plan to send my book to my beta-readers unless someone is willing to suggest another way I can get it to them)
  • I will need to Google all these things to get the book ready for my Beta Readers. However I still L-O-V-E Scrivener!

I have targeted my daughter, a former school teacher and now administrator, to read for me. I can trust her to be (almost) brutally honest. Also, I’m going back to Mocha Girls Read, a book club I belonged to three years ago. Hat-in-hand, I plan to ask if any of them will read. (It would be nice if all ten active members said yes).

Last Fall, during Rave Reviews Book Club’s “Back to School Book and Blog Block Party”, I revealed a couple of chapters of the book, Neon Houses. The responses were good and all were encouraging. There were offers to host me on a tour, to make my trailer, and to design a cover when the book was finished. Well, if you were serious, I’m almost there Guys.

It’s an exciting time and I’m looking forward to being a published author.

 

 

All Lives Won’t Matter Until Black Lives Matter

Of Course “All Lives Matter” and that is the point of “Black Lives Matter”. I get so tired of people viewing the “Black Lives Matter” movement with narrowed or accusatory eyes. To say that “Black Lives Matter is not to negate that White, Brown, or Yellow lives matter.

Actor Jessie Williams said it best, “What we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm and not kill white people everyday.”

That’s what “Black Lives Matter” is about. Its purpose is to focus attention on the perpetual inequalities that exist in the United States (and presumably other countries since it has exploded all over the world).

Black Lives are disproportionately taken for inanely stupid things like traffic stops. You may say that they should have cooperated with the police, but I say even when they do, some end up dead.

I’ve seen non-black detainees hit cops, curse at them, spit on them, and still be given the benefit of the doubt because they were drunk. These people live to drive away.

To argue the importance of this movement or to say it shouldn’t exist because “All Lives Matter” is missing the point.

I’m not political, but please STOP with this “All Lives Matter” retort. It makes you seem ignorant and petty—almost as if abused people can’t get attention for their suffering without you wanting to take even that away?

Watch this video by Jane Elliot and then tell me if you don’t agree with “BLACK LIVES MATTER”. The video so aptly captures the plight of Black America.

ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE #RRBC #RWISA

This is a post from a woman of strength. She is full of the courage of her convictions. I am proud to belong to the organization of Writers that she leads. Please read and follow my President, Nonnie Jules, instructions completely.

Watch Nonnie Write!

People wonder why I sometimes refer to myself as “Careful Chooser of Words.”  If I’ve had a recent visit to see the doctor, I get phone calls from family and friends, asking: “Well, what did he say?  What’s wrong?”  Most often, they all get the same response of, “Nothing’s wrong with me and I refuse to claim that, which is not mine, therefore, I will not speak on it.”  When they hear those words, they instantly know to move on to another topic.  {“So, how many people did you terrify in Walmart today?”}

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I share openly that I’m not a really religious person, but I am a spiritual person.  I have a strong belief that what you speak into the Universe, the Universe will return to you.  Because of this belief, I am careful what I put out, as I know that I will get…

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