Hump Day Kick Start – Writing Prompt #29

April 25, 2018

Writing prompts to kick-start your muse.

Boom. He must have some special skills for the devil to return his soul. What could those skills be and what has Lucifer gotten into? Did someone kidnap Luci’s daughter and he’s calling on badass Liam Neeson for help? Does Luci have a psycho girlfriend, truly more evil than himself, and he needs Jason Momoa’s sexy, hunkiness to distract her away from his lair in hell? Had Luci written a book and he needs a hand navigating Amazon’s infernal algorithms?

Share your ideas and/or post your creations, even if it’s just a line or two. I’d love to hear them.


Link of the Week – A Voice, Indie Author Support Network

April 24, 2018

Indie authors are long past being tired of the Zon’s antics. Such monkey business includes rank stripping, disappearing reviews or page reads, sketchy Terms of Service rules, the ease of which scammers are able to take advantage, the lack of transparency, unfair wielding of power, and so much more. Most of the woes come from the Kindle Unlimited (KU) program but can affect all authors, whether they exclusively sell with Amazon or distribute wide using different platforms. But no matter what we say or do, Amazon ignores our concerns as if we are pesky little peons.

Currently, a new organization is being formed with the idea that indie authors are a massive force that can not only provide support to one another but give indie authors a voice.

You can read more about this group “exclusively focused on high-level advocacy and interfacing with retailers on issues which concern indies” in a blog post written by David Gaughran.

https://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/giving-a-voice-to-indies/

While this group is still very much in its infancy, I suspect this will catch on like a raging wildfire. It’s already gaining momentum.

http://indieauthorsupportnetwork.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/AuthorSupportNetwork/


Hump Day Kick Start – The Drive Edition

April 18, 2018

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.

Lovin’ this pic.

What is going on in today’s prompt? Is he braving his first move on her, worried he’s being too forward? How does she feel about where his hand is? Does she like it or want him to rip his arm off? Could he be easing her anxiety as he encourages her to go faster in his car? Maybe he’s showing her support as they speed away from their latest heist. Or patting her with pride as she steals her first ride. Or hanging on for dear life as she casually drives as if she’s in a demolition derby.

What’s your take? Tell me a tale or caption the pic. I’d love to hear from you.


Link of the Week – Surviving a Human Stampede

April 17, 2018

A human stampede. It can happen. At a concert, a protest, a sporting event, for the last box of Twinkies, or any place where there is a large gathering of people. This blog post from the Art of Manliness on surviving a human stampede offers some useful information should you ever find yourself caught up in the scary situation.

https://www.artofmanliness.com/2018/03/23/survive-human-stampede/


Hump Day Kick Start – Writing Prompt #28

April 11, 2018

Writing prompts to kick-start your muse.

I’m kinda loving today’s writing prompt.

What do you think his tattoo grew into, where, and what does it mean? Had an image of a fighting eagle and serpent appeared across his chest? Could he be locked in an epic battle within himself or with a greater power? What if a colorful 1940’s pin-up girl materialized on his shoulder? Would he be nostalgic and realizing he might be a reincarnation of a WWII pilot who went missing after crash-landing in enemy territory? How about a bloody heart with a dagger through it emblazoned upon his bicep? Does he have violent tendencies? Maybe he’s already planning a murder or two. Or maybe a cute pink bunny holding a bunch of yellow daisies popped up on his butt cheek and he really doesn’t know what it means. Can you help?

Share your ideas and/or post your creations, even if it’s just a line or two. I’d love to hear them.


Link of the Week – Author Beware

April 10, 2018

Here is a one-stop info shop for today’s publishing scams. This Reedsy blog touches on vanity presses, scams, contests and more authors should avoid. They also give some helpful tips on how to sidestep these pitfalls. Check it out!

https://blog.reedsy.com/scams-and-publishing-companies-to-avoid/


Hump Day Kick Start – Behind the Bar Edition

April 4, 2018

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.

This one comes from one of my favorite TV shows and I thought it would be a fun prompt.

Tell me who they are, what they are doing, and what they see. Bartenders watching an epic fight that’s about to get serious? Did they take a dare, break in after closing, and are now hoping they don’t get busted? Are they spying on the friends or caught their significant others hooking up? Or maybe they are BFFs and her Tinder date just walked through the door. Did the wet t-shirt contest just go horribly wrong?

What’s your take? Tell me a tale or caption the pic. I’d love to hear from you.