Tag: Writing

Patriot Day and Another Busy Week

It's hard to believe that sixteen years have passed since that fateful day in 2001. For as long as I live, I'll never forget the feeling I had when I first heard the news of the planes hitting the Twin Towers. Sitting in my office at work, I turned on the radio seconds later to listen to the report of a plane hitting the Pentagon. And then I watched on television as newscasters announced a fourth plane had crashed in rural Pennsylvania. [caption id="attachment_2942" align="alignleft" width="300"] The rebuilt section of the Pentagon. If you look closely, you can see the lighter color in the center of the building. This is the area the plane hit.[/caption] My eyes were glued to the TV as every flight in the United States was grounded, kept up-to-date as Air Force One carrying our President made its way back to Washington, and saw the mighty…

Full Moons, Time Travel, and a Holiday

After taking two days off from my day job last week, I had a five day weekend with the Labor Day holiday. And can I say those five days went by incredibly fast? Somehow, in my busyness to finish Unknown Reasons as well as formatting another book, I lost track of the fact we had a full moon this week until I saw the setting moon in the western sky as I left the house yesterday morning. [caption id="attachment_3924" align="alignleft" width="300"] A Harvest Moon from a few years ago. One of my attempts at capturing a good shot.[/caption] Frustrated that I'd missed this year's Harvest Moon, I searched for the date once I arrived at work and learned the Harvest Moon occurs in October this year because it's closest to the equinox on September 22. Hopefully, I remember to look at the horizon on the night of October 5. I…

Can’t Fight This Feeling

This is a continuation of some short fiction pieces. To read the first part click here. The second installment is avaiable by clicking here. He was still asleep when I walked outside this morning. I couldn’t help but be a little disappointed. Last night he said we needed to talk, but once we were inside the house, I could tell he was exhausted. By unspoken agreement, we remained silent. I showed him the guest bedroom and then went upstairs. I tossed and turned all night. Hard to sleep knowing he was so near. Why had he come to me? And how did he even get to Angel Falls? He had no car, the closest airport was fifty miles away, and we didn’t even have a bus stop. Life on a ranch doesn’t stop for an unexpected visitor. As I went about my daily chores, I couldn’t help but remember one…

The Passenger

This is a follow-up to my flash-fiction piece from last week. Another one written in first person. Not sure if I'm going anywhere with this story, but time will tell. I glanced at the man sitting beside me in my car. He was here. Now. And she wasn’t with him. Why had he come? I didn’t ask him too many questions at the bar, but I knew sooner or later I needed answers. And I wasn’t sure I was ready to hear what he had to say without opening up to him completely. He told me he had to get away from Somerset and needed a place to hide. But why here? And why now? Who was he hiding from? Her or someone else? And why had he come to me? I should have said no. In spite of my reservations, I said yes. I focused my attention on the…

Wrapping it Up – June 16

Hi, everyone. Hard to believe another week has come and gone. While the official start of summer is still a few days away, we're already experiencing summer-like temperatures here in Texas. The days have grown longer, but that is something I enjoy. And, in spite of the heat, there are so many things I enjoy about summer. However, it's time for my weekly wrap-up with links to Story Empire and AIW Press. I'm a Beatles fan, in case you didn't know, so of course, I would find a way to tie them to writing. My Monday post at Story Empire talks about their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album and how writers can learn from them. Click here to read. Wednesday, Harmony Kent had a great post about the use of commas. This is part one of two - the second will be upcoming in a few weeks. Be sure to…

Wrapping it Up

Hi, everyone. To not have so many posts each week linking to the other sites where I contribute (AIW Press and Story Empire), I've decided to do a weekly wrap-up post each Friday. The idea is to free the other days for original content. It's been a crazy couple of weeks here for me. We're expecting surveyors at my day job, and by preparing for that, I've come home mentally exhausted each day which is not good for writing. However, I'm still hard at work on the first draft for Unknown Reasons, the sequel to Unseen Motives. I also have a short-story planned for an upcoming anthology (more about that later), and a couple of ideas are floating in my head for two free-standing novels. So many ideas, so little time to write. Anyhow, let's get to this week's links. Monday at Story Empire, fellow author P. H. Solomon shared…

In and Around the Web

TGIF everyone! I, for one, am glad for an upcoming three-day weekend. But for now, it's Friday and that means it's time for another curated content post at Story Empire. Each week, the six Story Empire authors share different posts we've found around the web related to writing and/or marketing. Click here to read this week's list. And yesterday at the AIW Press blog, K. E. Lane shared the second in her series on Ten Tips to a Better Manuscript. And if you missed part one, click here. And last, but not least, fellow author Carmen Stefanescu posted a wonderful review of my novel Unseen Motives. You can read her review by clicking this link. (Thanks, Carmen!) Wishing everyone a great fun-filled weekend.

Building Your Followers

Hi, everyone. As writers, we need to build our list of followers. And I have to admit, this is one of the hardest things for me to do. Not because I don't enjoy the interaction with readers, but self-promotion just isn't me. However, promoting our work in this day and age is a necessity. It's my time to post at Story Empire today where I talk about this subject, using an example from one of my favorite movies. (Hint, it involves baseball.) So why not hop over to SE now?  

Harvesting the Crop of your writing | Story Empire

Good morning, readers. I've been a bit silent here and social media. I'm going into what I call my "summer mode." Things change around the Hall household during summer as my husband, who normally works evenings transitions to days. That means I get less writing done, but we get to spend more time together. However, he's made a promise to hold me accountable to writing at least an hour each evening. After all, I have a novel to finish as well as a short story for an upcoming anthology (more to come on that down the road). Suffice to say, I'm excited about the project. Anyhow, Harmony Kent is posting today at Story Empire with another great article. Click the link below to visit and read. Source: Harvesting the Crop of your writing | Story Empire

One Tip to Type Faster Using Scrivener | Story Empire

Many of you may know that I'm a big fan of the writing tool, Scrivener. It's much better than using Word or any other word-processing software. However, I've only scratched the surface of what this tool can do. Fellow author P. H. Solomon takes the reigns at Story Empire today with another Scrivener tip. Click the link below to visit and read. Source: One Tip to Type Faster Using Scrivener | Story Empire