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January 2010 Blog Posts (38)

My fidget manuscript

This is the book I have been writing forever. It's where I go when I need to take time away from the manuscript that I am currently in polishing mode on. This is just the first two characters, but pivotal. There are three other pivotal characters. This is an experiment in head hopping times ten.

"Feeback good," grunts Marco. "Pardon format, ooo, ooo."

I've got another 30,000 words on it, and I will present more if you are at all interested.

My… Continue

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Added by Mark A. Santomieri on January 31, 2010 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Sky Pack's Epilogue

This is the epilogue of the book, I'm working on called Sky Pack, you can get a taste of my writing and what the book's about. =]

Long ago there were two packs that lived in the forest and mountains. They were known as Sky and Ice pack. One night a terrible storm rose and lightning struck a tree. The great crack echoed through the forest as the tree fell and caught fire. Luckily Sky Pack and Ice pack were able to make it out of the forest. A great rain began to pour down and… Continue

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Added by Nora Wilson on January 31, 2010 at 8:58pm — No Comments

First Rose by mary barton wilcox

An exerpt from First Rose:

My heart was pounding a little faster as he came closer and closer to where we were. He was unbridled and free.

Soon he was right in front of me. He reared his front legs upward, neighed and when he brought his hooves down again, he stopped abruptly at my face. He was large and imposing. I had to look upward just to glimpse his neck.

He backed off a little, lowered his nose,… Continue

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Added by Mary Barton Wilcox on January 31, 2010 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Why First Rose Needed to be Written

It has been my experience through the years as an ordained minister that people recoil from expressing what they think the "after life" may contain. Since the Bible has given only "the Ezekiel bones" of eternal life and its content, it is up to us who want to know to facilitate the flesh, sinew and body of it. The Holy Spirit is present in each believer's life to reveal "things to come" and "the kingdom of God" to seekers. Our thoughts,… Continue

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Added by Mary Barton Wilcox on January 31, 2010 at 3:20pm — No Comments

A Milestone...

Today I wrote two of the most beautiful words I'd written in my book so far...The End.

After nine months, I finally finished my first novel. Yes, I cried. Yes, I felt a crazy satisfaction that I'd never known before. Yes, I still have some editing to do, but it's done. The story has been told and now I turn the page to the new adventure of finding an agent and publisher. At this point, I feel that the hardest part is done. Patience is all I need for the next part of the… Continue

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Added by Danielle on January 31, 2010 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

This Just In. . .

Hey all! I've been away for some time, but I have something new to contribute.

As a new year starts to progress at pace, I want to make a few things clear to the aspiring writer.

First of all, DO NOT EBOOK! It is a quick trip to being ripped off.

Secondarily, find an agent. Learn how to write query letters for your "baby" manuscript.

Thirdly, be persistent. Don't be afraid and get used to rejection slips.

The most modest of ways, these days, is to proactively try… Continue

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Added by Mark A. Santomieri on January 31, 2010 at 1:19am — 3 Comments

More About First Rose

First Rose is a book about what one imagines will occur immediately after death. This is a subject that few people discuss with one another. The Bible is relatively silent on the subject except for the fact that "to be absent from the body is to be present with Christ." First Rose is a work of fiction but it is possible that God has revealed to us some of the events likely to transpire following physical death. Just as dreams (through which God speaks)must be "rightly divided" so must our… Continue

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Added by Mary Barton Wilcox on January 30, 2010 at 2:27am — 5 Comments

The Host(a movie?)

OK, I have heard from some of my friends on that The Host is being turned into a movie, and I was wondering if any of you knew whether this is true, or if you've heard anything about it? :) I've only read a bit of the book, but so far it's a genius work of story telling(just as I'd expect from Stephonie Meyer :]); it would be awesome if they really were making it into a movie! XD Man, it's such an acomplishment to have even one of your books be so populare that they make it… Continue

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Added by Pink Asassin on January 29, 2010 at 10:15pm — 6 Comments

A Girl in Train Station

Wikan had arrived quite early at the station, despite his train to Bandung not departing until seven thirty. It was the holiday season, and most people travelling to and from Yogyakarta had booked their ticket at least six or seven days in advance. Not having planned his trip, (it was a last minute decision the boss employed to show his power) Wikan had therefore been left with the unenviable task of managing his ticket purchase from one of the many scalpers, who plied the main hall of Tugu… Continue

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Added by era fiyantiningrum on January 28, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

This is an oldie - Hannah and her Heart

Hannah was a special little girl. There was only one small problem. She herself didn't think she was. Hannah wasn't really sure why she felt like that. It just seemed to be something that she had always known--that she was nothing special.

She was small for her age, so she couldn't run as fast as the others that won the races. She was shy, so she found it hard to make friends and only had one (and some days none when her 'friend' didn't feel like being her friend that day). She… Continue

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Added by Kay Elizabeth on January 27, 2010 at 6:07am — 2 Comments

Chapter 2 - Dimensions of Genesis

The pressure on his chest always came first. A deep-seated panic washed over him as he became lucid within his dream.

Water. Floundering in an ocean of liquid, smothering him from all sides. All his senses dulled by the fluid, trapping him within its suffocating density.

Frantic for a breath of air, his lungs blazed with pain. David searched the black abyss for some signature of light, to shine a path to salvation. There didn't seem to be a sense of logical direction, he couldn't tell… Continue

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Added by Danielle on January 26, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments



Alsion sighed, palms fixed on the far end of the small table they'd gven her to eat on. The files of Cody Miller and everyone that had talked to him, they were all irrelevant...only connected by two things, they all went to a highschool and were girls. Sighing, she shuffled quickly through the papers, suddenly stopping at one of the girls.

"Kayla?" Alison mused.

She pulled out the blonde, curly haired girl's file. It'd been so long, last time she'd seen this girl… Continue

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Added by Alex Davis on January 25, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

POD Versus POD: Or What's the Difference Between Print On Demand And Publish On Demand?

Acronyms can be confusing. POD stands for both print on demand and publish on demand. The terms should not be used interchangeably but often are. Unfortunately in the publishing world, POD has come to mean the business model of publish on demand or vanity publishing.

Print On Demand

Print on demand is a technology that allows one copy of a book to be printed and bound at a time. It's no longer necessary to have offset print runs of several thousand copies. The technology… Continue

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Added by on January 24, 2010 at 7:36pm — 4 Comments

Free Syllabuses for Writing Workshops

I facilitate a series of writing workshops sponsored by The Palm Beach County Library System, and at no charge. I will more then happy to provide the syllabus material, along with the notes, to anyone who would be interested in conducting similar programs.

There are three separate series that I have available, each designed to meet once a month for a two hour session. The Developmental Series is configured over a 12 month period, with the Intermediate and Advanced Programs at 9… Continue

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Added by Robert L. Bacon on January 23, 2010 at 4:55am — No Comments

Dimensions of Genesis Chapter 1 (warning, very long.)

Lily Donovan felt apprehensive as the heavy door slammed behind her. Her bright green eyes scanned the austere environment. Knowing Sunday mass didn’t begin for another forty-five minutes, she felt intimidated by the virtually empty church.

Lily removed her white knit sweater, damp from the light rain, and hung it in the coat closet provided for the congregation. Thinking ahead, she chose to hang the sweater as close to the end of the closet as she could.

That way, I can escape… Continue

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Added by Danielle on January 22, 2010 at 9:31pm — 5 Comments

Tips on How to Write Publishable Material - Understanding Point of View

Please note before reading this piece that it is lengthy, almost 1500 words. But since the agents, publishers, and other professional editors I know feel that Point of View is not a subject to be taken lightly, I decided it should not receive short shrift.

What prompted me to address POV at this time is that I recently read a scene that contained four POV shifts, and when I brought this to the author's attention, I was told this was the intent. And it was explained to me in no… Continue

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Added by Robert L. Bacon on January 21, 2010 at 1:30am — 1 Comment


As a roleplayer, I need to keep making fresh concepts for my characters. Say what you will of me, but it's difficult.

One little niche that I have in my roleplay circles is the ambiguous gender. Dunno what that means? Well give these paragraphs a little look. This is the description and basic profile of one of my RPCs, Sage Skarba.

The sole member of Niwadaigaku Tantei: Afterschool Detective, a group of prodigies (Although Sage is once again, the only member) who… Continue

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Added by Aries on January 20, 2010 at 9:32pm — 4 Comments

My manifesto? my brain spill.

hello hello.

not sure what to do here, i thought i'd exercise the blog feature, and use it to explain my pressence here, to both myself, to set a few things straight in my mind, and to any others who care to read it also.

i'll probably look at it later, feel foolish, edit and/or delete it.

i've always liked to create stories, since i was small. for a long time, it manifested purely as drawing, but as i grew older, i began to write and it slowly caught up. it was unexpected… Continue

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Added by Zebulon on January 20, 2010 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Sweet ride

a few months back i did an exercise where i was to draw story out of a single word or concept in an hour. i used 'camel' and this was the result...

any advice, criticism, commentry on the story or the writing itself would be much appreciated. :)


He rode through the streets, his head held high; his ride was the best around. People stared, mouths open. A small child cried out and pointed. Yes. This man’s camel was… Continue

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Added by Zebulon on January 20, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

What do you do first. ?

Wow : There is so much info here and trying to catch up on it, And then where do I start? writting my first pages of what I hope to be a book. Do I post a poem already written hopeing someone will see it read it want to use. Or do I keep reading, learning, Making a few friends???

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Added by Don Dockery on January 19, 2010 at 8:17pm — 4 Comments

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