A Mixed Bag

This post is a little bit of a lot of different things. I didn’t make it an update because it does deal with writing and not simply house keeping on the blog.

I am finally getting back into more writing. It isn’t a set amount per day, but I am making progress. However, the current flow words are not related to the novel that this blog discusses. I do write fan fiction sometimes because you get to play with characters you love from books, movies, or TV shows. I will NOT be sharing any of these works here, nor will I give out any of my pen names for these works. Personally, I view fan fiction as a great honor that someone has created characters that are loved so much that we want their story to continue. It also allows you to go inside their heads and have a perspective that is not available in movies and TV shows (it is available in books).

Fan fiction should never make a profit because that is definitely over-stepping the copyright line. There are people who still put out a print version/magazine of fan fiction and there is a cost associated with these. Just because you pay for these, does not mean that they are making a profit. It costs money to print, sometimes they will pay for the artists for cover art, but a lot of that is donated. The quality of stories in these publications tends to run high.

Now that we have the internet, there are a number of repositories for these stories that cost nothing. Often you can donate, but that pays for the domain names, servers, and sometimes they have paid staff to run the website based upon how sophisticated it is. I will tell you that you can find some fantastic writing here, but there is also the some of the worst writing and you just have to ask yourself how that person could possibly put something up like that and ascribe their name/pen name to it.

Okay, the take away from that overly long ramble is that I am writing, even if it is not the novel represented here. Go me! (yes, that was necessary)

I am reading other blogs that discuss books and/or writing. One thing that seems to be consistent across the board is that they have guest blogs from authors that are doing blog tours. The frequency of the guest posts varies based on the individual blog and its typical content. Blogs that are more focused on book reviews have a higher number of these guests and ones that focus on writing vary from one a month to several times a year.

Please leave a comment and let me know if you would be receptive to having guest posts on this blog as long as they are related to the content that I present here based around writing and the topic of my novel (whatever writing venture I am working on at the time on this novel because in the future it may/probably will also contain fantasy and very slight possibility of paranormal romance).

The last bit of house keeping is that I am looking for an image for this blog instead of the random one provided for me. Does anyone have/know of an image that could be classified as “future medieval” or something you think would present the novel from the information I have provided so far. The image needs to be free at this point (some day I would like to be able to pay) and clearly states that I may use it on this blog without remuneration. If you are an artist that has something or would like to create something, I am more than happy to provide a link to your work and/or make a blog post dedicated to the image/artist.

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Link to Link

In past blog posts, I have included links that were relative to the post. However, the links did not end up in the side bar where they should have. This post will be a mini recap of just to bring everyone back up to speed with new area on the blog. It will be placed in the UPDATE category even though it is more of a house cleaning post.

yWriter
http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter5.html
This is a writing program designed by a writer. It is my favorite app for organizing and working on my novel. You can always just use a word processor and excel to keep track of your writing, but Simon (the software programmer) has combined everything into an easy to use program that gives you various ways to display your information. He is excellent about responding to and fixing accessibility issues.

Full blog post here: https://writingandmarketing.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/outlining/

NLS
http://www.loc.gov/nls/
You will see these initials mentioned occasionally on the blog, and they stand for National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. This is a division of the Library of Congress. They provide audio books and periodicals to US citizens that are blind or have a physical handicap that prevents them from holding a book or turning pages (i.e. cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s), and even though not in the title it includes people with other reading disabilities such as dyslexia or brain injuries that prevent the person from processing visually the printed word. Information about eligibility is listed on the site and if you know someone who is elderly and you see that there is not allowing them to read like they should, please contact NLS about enrolling them.

NFB-Newsline
http://www.nfbnewslineonline.org
This is a free service that offers over 200 local and national newspapers and magazines. It can be accessed over the phone, through email, on the web, through an iPhone app, and several different accessible devices. For writers, this adds easy access to Poets and Writers.

Fantasy-Faction
http://fantasy-faction.com
I love this site; it provides insightful articles that really inspire the writing mind.

These links will be posted on the side bar now. Also, I am going to remove the 2012 Goodreads Reading Challenge. It fails to update and it is a lot of work to make it regenerate code and then replace on this site every time I finish a book. My currently reading list will remain up because it does update correctly. If you are actually interested in keeping up with my stats on the challenge, I believe that you can see this on the Goodreads site when you click on my currently reading list.