Saturday, December 31, 2011

Silenced- Characters

One thing that I like to do is find a picture of what I envisioned my characters to look like. As I was searching today, I found two perfect pictures.

Here is what I imagined Amber, the main character of Silenced looks like:

Here is what I imagined her best friend, Casey looking like:

Both girls are in the 12th grade and going through some ordeals that define them. They are both confused and just trying to find out who they are. Hope this help all the readers who will one day obtain a copy of Silenced when it's released.

By looking at the pictures, what do you think their personalities are?

2012 New Year.....

I know that I haven't been as active as I'd like to be on this blog. Well, in the coming New Year.... I have several things planned for my Writing Blog. First, I'll be connecting my main blog (that deals with life) with this one. Anytime I do a review on a book, I'll post it here so they are easy to find.

I also plan on posting short previews of my work for all to comment on and add tips on how I could make it better.... sound like fun?

What are your new goals for the upcoming year?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Gap Creek- By Robert Morgan (Review)

Author: Robert Morgan
ISBN: 9781565127425
Sold by: Barnes & Noble


There is a most unusual woman living in Gap Creek. Julie Harmon works hard, "hard as a man," they say, so hard that at times she's not sure she can stop. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. People are weak, and there is so much to do. She is just a teenager when her little brother dies in her arms. That same year she marries and moves down into the valley where floods and fire and visions visit themselves on her, and con men and drunks and lawyers come calling.
Julie and her husband discover that the modern world is complex and that it grinds ever on without pause or concern for their hard work. To survive, they must find out whether love can keep chaos and madness at bay.
Robert Morgan's latest novel, Gap Creek, returns his readers to the vivid world of the Appalachian high country. Julie and Hank's new life in the valley of Gap Creek in the last years of the nineteenth century is more complicated than the couple ever imagined. Sometimes it's hard to tell what to fear most-the fires and floods or the flesh-and-blood grifters, drunks, and busybodies who insinuate themselves into their new lives. Their struggles with nature, with work, with the changing century, and with their disappointments and triumphs make this a riveting follow-up to Morgan's acclaimed novel, The Truest Pleasure.


Gap Creek was an inspiring read for me. This story can show you how hard times could be and makes you take a look at your own life. It gives you a great view of what live could have been like back then. By the end of the book, I was pulled in and couldn't put the book down. I just had to find out what happened to Julie and Hank. 

I was disappointed because of the fact that nothing good came out of this story for the young couple. It seemed like the more they tried, the harder they kept falling. The story ended too soon for my liking. I would have liked it to end on a better note. Perhaps Julie seeing her Mom and sisters for the first time since she left home. 
Other than that, it's a great read. (****) I give this book four (4) stars.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Best Left Buried (Book Review)

Book Title: Best Left Buried

Author: Cindy Hutchins

ISBN: 9781618423634

Arliss Pardot was found as a child in a house with a corpse and hundreds of caged birds. She was adopted and forgot everything. Now, the death of her birth mother in mental institution in North Carolina brings her back to a town full of dark, forgotten secrets - secrets which are Best left Buried.


Best Left Buried is a great horror story that takes you on a journey that is both confusing and captivating. The story pulls you right in. Arliss Pardot lives a life that's unspeakable as a child. Once she's adopted, she decides to forget the past and plan for the future with Nick, her love. This all changes when she gets a call saying her birth mother has passed and shes needed to return to North Carolina for the funeral. Upon her arrival, Arliss realizes something isn't right. Before she realizes it, she finds she's the key to the local mystery and legend.

Best left Buried is a book one could read and not want to put down. The journey keeps pulling you in more and more. It leaves you wanting to know more. Christmas is right around the corner and Best Left Buried would make the perfect gift for a loved one who loves horror stories.

Best Left Buried is available on Amazon and at other retailers.
(Originally posted on my main blog: Rae Beth's Corner)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2012

This will be the first year I'll be participating in this challenge. It seems fun and exciting. I'd recommend everyone to hop on over to The Book Vixen and check it out for yourself. You can even join in if you'd like.

2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

  • Runs January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012 (books read prior to 1/1/12 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more books in 2012 than you did in 2011. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. Nothing is set in stone; you can change levels at any time during the challenge.
  • Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Grab the reading challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you could track your progress on Goodreads or LibraryThing.

Getting my heart rate up – Read 1–5 more books
Out of breath – Read 6–10 more books
Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books
I’m on fire! – Read 16+ more books

      Some of the books I plan to read you can see here: Goodreads Some of them that I had on the list couldn't be found. Therefore, when I'm finished with one of them, I will add it to the list below.  There are a total of 36 books and I'm sure my list will grow. 2012 Books I've Read:

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

    Writing Contest

    Attention All Writers (and non writers, too)

    Current Contest Opens on Nov. 1st
    Prize: Your Button Displayed on My Blog for a month as well as in every post I publish.

    Instructions: Short essay (500-1000) words on what inspires you the most.

    Deadline is Nov. 30th. Winners will be announced on my blog as well as on Twitter.


    • No Plagiarism!!!

    • All contestants must be a follower of both The Writing World and on twitter. All contestants must "like" The Writing World Facebook Page. (This will be checked before winner is chosen.)

    • All contestants must tweet about the contest.

    • Lastly after all the above steps are done, please leave a comment saying you emailed you entry to me at

    Any questions feel free to email me at:

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    Author Spotlight- Jayde Scott

    We're back with another week of our Author Spotlight. This week I'd like to welcome Jayde Scott.

    Where are you from?
    I’m British, but I’ve lived all over the world. So I consider myself a bit of a nomad. My home’s wherever my heart is.

    Tell us your latest news?
    I’m currently in the process of migrating and learning a new language, which is tough but also a very interesting experience.

    When and why did you begin writing?
    As soon as I could spell. I used to read a lot of romance (think Barbara Cartland and Sandra Brown) and rewrite the ending.

    When did you first consider yourself a writer?
    Because I used to spend most of my spare time writing, I’ve always considered myself a writer at heart. When I became published, I just changed my status from querying/unpublished to published.

    What inspired you to write your first book?
    It was a novel called The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice. I loved that book so much, I couldn’t wait to start working on my own vampire novel. That one’s still gathering dust in some drawer.

    Do you have a specific writing style?
    Like most writers, I do. I prefer first person past tense and have a tendency toward description and sarcasm. My first draft tends to be rather verbose, but I have an editor who’s not afraid to cut.

    How did you come up with the title?
    I woke up and thought, “Wouldn’t it be lovely to write about a voodoo priestess who kisses a striking demon?” So I called the book Voodoo Kiss long before I came up with the plot.

    Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
    Never trust a pretty face.

    How much of the book is realistic?
    The magic parts are based on research, so I’d say that’s pretty realistic.

    Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
    My romantic chick-lit novel, The Divorce Club, is pretty much based on my own experiences with dating and cheating. But I tend to stay away from heavy topics in my paranormal romance series, Ancient Legends. I wouldn’t mind meeting a handsome demon like Thrain though, or a blue-eyed vampire like Aidan though.

    What books have most influenced your life most?
    Definitely The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tolkien has taught me so much about description and character development, he’s basically shaped my writing. Also Anne Rice. Without her inspiring books, it might have taken me a while to realize that writing about vampires, fallen angels and demons is what I want to do in life.

    If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
    Tough one, but I’d have to go with Tolkien.

    What book are you reading now?
    I’m currently reading and editing my new novel, which is the first book in a new series and shall hit the stores around Christmas. Editing takes so much time that I don’t have the time or energy to read anything else.
    What are your current projects?
    I’m currently working on a new series I’ve been writing to write for ages. It’s dark and mysterious with lots of new paranormal elements.

    Do you see writing as a career?
    Definitely. I see it as a job and try to treat it as such. However, most of the time it doesn’t really work because life and other commitments come in between.

    Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
    I think it’s always been there. I loved books as a child, particularly their smell, and begged my mother to teach me to read before I started school. Whenever I loved a book, I would reread it countless times to remember the passages that fascinated me. And then I would try to write something similar.

    Can you share a little of your current work with us?
    My most recent work is Voodoo Kiss, which is a paranormal romance slash mystery about a young woman, Sofia, whose half-sister is killed. Sofia’s now plagued by nightmares and visions from a past she never knew existed. She knows she’s someone very important. She knows immortals will come looking for her, but she doesn’t know why. And so, together with the help of a very handsome demon, Thrain, she sets out to discover the truth about her past and her sister’s murder.

    Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
    Not editing while I write. It takes me forever to finish a chapter because I’m a compulsive perfectionist who keeps rewriting and tweaking until I feel everything’s the way I want it to be. I know you shouldn’t edit while you write but I just can’t help myself.
    Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
    I’d say Tolkien and his talent for world building and fantastic characters. He can fill page after page with the most beautiful description and prose.

    What was the hardest part of writing your book?
    Writing the last chapter. I always get emotional and have a hard time finishing the last chapter.

    Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
    Don’t wait for inspiration to find you. Write even when you don’t feel like it.

    Do you have any advice for other writers?
    See above. Also, continue to work on improving your style and prose.

    Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
    Thank you so much for reading my books :-)

    Voodoo Kiss on Amazon:Click Here

    Voodoo Kiss book trailer: here

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

    Author Spotlight- Barbara Freethy

    Welcome to this week's Author Spotlight. We have an amazing, New York Times Today Bestselling Author with us this week. Let's welcome Barbara Freethy.

    Welcome Barbara. As a writer myself, I know the writing world can be very challenging. The writing world requires talent and a lot of creativity.

    Barbara, tell the readers a little more about yourself and your work.
    I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and write contemporary romance, women's fiction and romantic suspense novels.

    How many books have you written?
    I just finished writing my 30th novel!

    What inspired you to start writing?
    I was a huge reader growing up. My mom filled our house with books, overflowing on every shelf, so it was a natural progression to wanting to write my own stories. I’m just lucky enough that I get to do it for a living.

    What's your favorite book that you've got published?
    My favorite book tends to be whatever I've worked on last! That means I’m currently favoring SILENT RUN and SILENT FALL, my Sanders Brothers duo as well as GARDEN OF SECRETS, the fifth book in my Angel’s Bay series. All three were released in the past couple of weeks.

    Typically, how long does it take you to write a book?
    Beginnings take the longest for me. Lots of decisions to be made about character and plot. But once I'm halfway through the story, it starts to roll. On average, after I have the initial idea, it probably takes me 3-4 months to write. Then, of course, I usually go back and rewrite. It's a very dynamic process.

    Do you have a set schedule where you dedicate time to writing?
    I never had the luxury of a set schedule when I started writing because I had a baby and a toddler, and they dictated the schedule. They're a lot older now, so I'm starting to settle into more of a routine. But when I'm on deadline, I write all the time!

    Where do your ideas for your books come from?
    I take inspiration from everywhere. ALMOST HOME takes place in a Kentucky horse racing town and draws from my family’s experience with horse racing. A lot of my books take place in the Bay Area where I live and the Angel’s Bay series is a fictionalized northern California coastal town.

    In your opinion, what's the hardest part of writing a book?
    Finishing!  Making the actual product match the vision in my head. That's the challenge.

    What's the title of the book you're working on now?
    I’m working on a few things – an original novel which is currently untitled. I'm also working on the eBook release of my next romantic suspense duo with Taken and Played which should debut mid-October.

    Which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?
    It changes with every book. And whatever the initial seed is, it changes about fifty times in the process of writing, so sometimes I barely remember where I got the original idea.

    Do you plot out your stories or just write it as it comes?
    I love to just write, but I usually have a few key plot points mapped out before I begin. But for me outlining takes away some of the fun of discovery when I just let the characters act and talk and see what happens. But "winging it" usually involves a lot of rewriting, too.

    What advice would you pass on to other authors who are planning on publishing a book?
    Write what you love. It seems simplistic, but I think authors can get carried away with what’s selling or trendy. Some of my recent success has come from books that probably wouldn’t be considered en vogue, but I really loved writing them. And second, don't give up. It takes a lot of endurance and stubborn persistence to write a full-length novel. But getting to the end is a beautiful feeling.

    Saturday, October 1, 2011

    100 Days of Pictures Challenge

    I know this doesn't pertain to writing but I think photography is an art as well. Therefore, I came across this challenge that I'd like to partake in.... here's the list...

    Day 01 – A picture of yourself with ten facts.
    Day 02 – A picture of you and the person you have been close with for the longest.
    Day 03 – A picture of the cast from your favorite show.
    Day 04 – A picture of your night.
    Day 05 – A picture of your favorite memory.
    Day 06 – A picture of a person you’d love to trade places with for a day.
    Day 07 – A picture of your most treasured item.
    Day 08 – A picture that makes you laugh.
    Day 09 – A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
    Day 10 – A picture of the person you do the most messed up things with.
    Day 11 – A picture of something you hate.
    Day 12 – A picture of something you love.
    Day 13 – A picture of your favorite band or artist.
    Day 14 – A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.
    Day 15 – A picture of something you want to do before you die.
    Day 16 – A picture of someone who inspires you.
    Day 17 – A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.
    Day 18 – A picture of your biggest insecurity.
    Day 19 – A picture of you when you were little.
    Day 20 – A picture of somewhere you’d love to travel.
    Day 21 – A picture of something you wish you could forget.
    Day 22 – A picture of something you wish you were better at.
    Day 23 – A picture of your favorite book.
    Day 24 – A picture of something you wish you could change.
    Day 25 – A picture of your day.
    Day 26 – A picture of something that means a lot to you.
    Day 27 – A picture of yourself and a family member.
    Day 28 – A picture of something you’re afraid of.
    Day 29 – A picture that can always make you smile.
    Day 30 – A picture of someone you miss.
    Day 31 – A picture of a tradition you have.
    Day 32 – A picture of a crazy night.
    Day 33 – A picture of the house you grew up in.
    Day 34 – A picture of your currently most played CD.
    Day 35 – A picture of your favorite place to eat.
    Day 36 – A picture of your ‘other half’.
    Day 37 – A picture of the people you spend most of your time with.
    Day 38 – A picture of the best part of your day.
    Day 39 – A picture of your favorite movie.
    Day 40 – A picture of your favorite Disney character.
    Day 41 – A picture of your pet.
    Day 42 – A picture of your dream house.
    Day 43 – A picture of something you can’t function without.
    Day 44 – A picture of someone you’re told you look like.
    Day 45 – A picture of your room.
    Day 46 – A picture of where you wish you were right now.
    Day 47 – A picture of your favorite place to shop.
    Day 48 – A picture of your favorite actress/actor.
    Day 49 – A picture of where you live.
    Day 50 – A picture of your most frequented place.
    Day 51 – A picture of your dream car.
    Day 52 – A picture of your favorite sport.
    Day 53 – A picture of someone you think is hot.
    Day 54 – A picture of the one thing you would bring if you were stranded on a deserted island.
    Day 55 – A picture of the last movie you saw in theaters.
    Day 56 – A picture of something that makes you happy.
    Day 57 – A picture of your favorite holiday.
    Day 58 – A picture of your favorite animal.
    Day 59 – A picture of a random item that you own.
    Day 60 – A picture of something you’re excited about
    Day 61 – School class picture
    Day 62 – Last place you traveled to
    Day 63 – Sports awards
    Day 64 – Favorite childhood book
    Day 65 – A picture of you and your best friend
    Day 66 – A picture in your room
    Day 67 – Something Green
    Day 68 – A magazine you like
    Day 69 – Something Red
    Day 70 – Something you borrowed from someone else
    Day 71 – A picture of your favorite piece of jewelry
    Day 72 – A stuffed animal
    Day 73 – Your lunch
    Day 74 – Something you found under your bed
    Day 75 – You and a friend
    Day 76 – Something that annoys you
    Day 77 – The last thing that you bought
    Day 78 – Your sunglasses
    Day 79 – A ticket from somewhere you’ve been
    Day 80 – Your favorite childhood movie
    Day 81 – Something you baked
    Day 82 – The most embarrassing thing in your closet
    Day 83 – The moon tonight
    Day 84 – Your favorite pair of shorts
    Day 85 – Something Pink
    Day 86 – Something your mom bought you
    Day 87 – Something you hold dear to your heart
    Day 88 – Your bathroom
    Day 89 – What’s in your fridge?

    Day 91 – Something that made you smile today
    Day 92 – Something weird in your house
    Day 93 – The view from your bedroom window
    Day 94 – What your doing right now
    Day 95 – Something yellow
    Day 96 – A place you went today
    Day 97 – Something heart shaped
    Day 98 – Your favorite nail polish color/favorite cologne
    Day 99 – Something that makes you feel accomplished
    Day 100 – The final picture of yourself

    Feel free to join in... don't forget to return to this blog everyday to share your link so I can take a look...... enjoy and have fun.

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    Author Spotlight- Mary DeMuth

    Welcome to this week's Author Spotlight. I have an amazing author, speaker, and book mentor with us this week. Let me introduce Mary DeMuth.

    Mary, welcome to The Writing World.

    Please introduce yourself by telling the readers a little bit about yourself.
    I’m the author of 11 traditionally published books, one ebook on how to get published, with several more books in the hopper. I live in Texas with my three kids and husband.

    1. What made you want to begin writing?

    I couldn’t help but write. I’ve been doing it since I can remember.

    2. What's your favorite book you've written?
    Probably Thin Places: A Memoir because there is so much of me and my difficult journey overcoming a hard past. It hurt to write, but because it hurt so much, the potential for growth for those who read it (and healing) is big too.

    3. When did you first start writing and what was your first book?
    I’ve been writing since forever, but more purposely since 1992. I spent tent years writing in obscurity, writing miles and miles of unpublished words. None of that was wasted, though, because all that hard work made me a faster, better writer. My first published book was Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God (Harvest House, 2005), and it’s still in print.

    4. Are you traditionally published or self published?
    Mostly traditionally published (Zondervan, WaterBrook Multnomah, Harvest House, Tyndale, Thomas Nelson, etc.) I recently e-published The 11 Secrets of Getting Published. And here’s my books page. I have a mixture of parenting books, a memoir, and several novels:

    5. What were the biggest challenges you faced when you first started publishing your work?
    Understanding the publishing industry and learning how to market my book.

    6. Have you experienced a writer's block? How do you overcome it?

    7. What is one thing you never leave home without?
    My cell phone.

    8. Do you have any books that are currently in the works?
    Yes, a book about spiritual warfare: And a book about spiritual growth

    9. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
    I had an email recently where someone said they couldn’t believe my latest novel had been published, and that I had to learn how to write sentences. Ouch. Why are people so mean? (And for the record, I know how to write sentences!) The best compliments come when readers tell me they no longer feel alone after they read my books.

    10. Are you currently reading a book? If so, what's it about and would you recommend it to others?
    I just finished The Bishop by Steven James. If you like suspense, it’s a good read, but if you’re queasy, maybe not. There are some scary elements in it.

    11. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
    Write, write, write. Give yourself deadlines and meet them. Set a word count goal every day. Read widely. Read craft books. Go to conferences. Find a writers critique group. Be willing to listen to critique. Take risks.

    12. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
    Just that I’m a word servant for their sakes.

    Thank you for your time. It was wonderful having you with us today. We wish you the best in your writing journey. Have a wonderful day.

    Sunday, September 25, 2011

    Upcoming Photo Contest

    I'd like to announce the next contest that's coming up.

    Photo Contest

    In this contest, all persons wanting to enter will have one entry ONLY. All photo's submitted must portray all elements in the contest detail to be considered. There will only be one winner. The person who wins will have their photo used as the cover of Silenced. All work will be given credit to the photographer within the first part of the book.

    Elements for Photo:

    Subject: Female (dark hair and clothing)
    Remember the book is about "cutting" please portray this in the photo.

    More information to come at a later date. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in a comment below.

    Thanks for reading.

    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Crazy Busy Days

    Things around my house have been crazy busy lately. I've managed to get behind on my critiques as well as my blogs. But here I am now trying to catch up.

    My novel really hasn't been center of attention lately. Even though it should be. I just want to have a completed manuscript by Christmas. Therefore, I'm going to make it a point where I get to do some editing every day. Even if it's just one page.

    My critique group is still going strong. I just love it. The other authors there are so nice and helpful. So far they've helped me find errors throughout 11 chapters within my novel to help me better the novel. Awesome!

    At this point, I'm waiting to hear back from some awesome authors to see if they'd like to star in the Author Spotlight. Therefore, keep your eyes out for our next Author.

    Well, there's the update for the day. Thanks for reading.

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Author Spotlight- Jayden Woods

    This week in my Author Spotlight... I'd like to welcome Jayden Woods. She has written several awesome books that I have downloaded to my Nook from Barnes and Noble's website.

    Most current book: "Godric the Kingslayer," Sons of Mercia Vol. 2, releasing September 27, 2011

    Available Book: The First Lost Tale of Merica: Golde the Mother

    "The Lost Tales of Mercia" is a series of ten short stories set in England near the end of the Viking Age. These swashbuckling tales, based heavily on true events, educate and entertain simultaneously. The First Tale follows the mother of Eadric Streona. It raises the question of who fathered the boy that would become notorious as one of the most treacherous men in England. 

    1. Who are you and what do you do?Jayden Woods is my pen name, and I have been an avid writer ever since I learned to write at all. I also love to draw and compose music, so at an early age I had the additional dream of becoming a filmmaker. I grew up in the hills of rural Tennessee until moving to Los Angeles to study screenwriting at the University of Southern California. I went on to work in Hollywood for a short while before deciding that I wanted to establish myself as a novelist first and foremost. I moved to St Louis where I have focused on publishing the Sons of Mercia trilogy while continuing to write and studying Psychology on the side.

    2. What type of books have you written?
    I write in several genres. My first few books were science fiction and fantasy, but I moved towards historical fiction as my fantasy stories became more and more realistic. With "Eadric the Grasper" I dove in all the way, immersing myself in Anglo-Saxon history and carefully matching my story to the known facts.
    3. What’s your favorite genre to write? Favorite to read?
    The answer to that question is once I am constantly exploring. I believe that a great story can be told in any genre, so I like to read and write all sorts. I must say, however, that the thrill of writing historical fiction has gone unmatched for me, even though I've returned to writing fantasy. Something about piecing together characters and stories based on tiny little clues from history is both exhilarating and very fulfilling.
    4. Are you a self published author? If so, what made you decide to do self publishing?
    Yes. For a long time, I confess, I spurned the idea of self-publishing. Several dozen rejections later, I began to reconsider. These days, agents don't blink an eye at your grandiose novel unless you have some sort of proof to assure them it's good. This became my goal with self-publishing, and it worked. I gathered a lot of great critical reviews before publicly releasing the book. Kirkus Discoveries chose "Eadric the Grasper" as one of the top 12 books of 2010. This finally got me noticed by an agent, and now we are working together to find a major publisher for the series.
    5. When and why did you began writing?
    I wrote my first storybook when I was five years old. Ever since, I have been addicted to writing and it's hard to explain why. I am a very passionate and emotional person. I think I realized at a young age that I could not afford to express the full extent of my feelings to other people on a daily basis, so I learned to hold in all my rage, all my sorrow, all my joy, and all my desire deep inside myself, then let it loose once I was alone with pen and paper.
    6. What do you consider is the hardest part of writing a book?
    Starting it, for sure. There is hardly anything as daunting as staring at a blank page and figuring out how to link your first few scribbles to that large, writhing mass of ideas in your head. For me, once the first few pages are done I can see my story coming to life through the words, the rest flows out with relative ease.
    7. What is the title of the book you are working on now? What inspired you to use this title?
    The book I'm currently writing is called "Ashes of Dearen." It's an epic fantasy, and it's actually a rewrite of a story I wrote years ago. A full explanation of the title would actually give some of the story away, so I'll just let you wonder for now.
    8. Do you have any advice for other writers who are beginning to write?
    Ask yourself why you write and what you hope to achieve through your writing. Do you do it for yourself, or for others, or for both? Do you want to keep it private, or do you want to share it? And why? I feel like too many people write for the wrong reasons--such as the vague goal of "being a writer"--or they don't know what they hope to achieve with their writing and so, inevitably, they never achieve it. Answering these questions will help motivate you and focus your writing accordingly. In any case, if you plan to share your writing, it is important to think of your audience as you're writing.
    9. Do you have any advice for writers for the writing process?
    If you sit for an hour in front of a blank page and never write a word, don't feel discouraged. Sitting and thinking is actually an important part of the writing process. People around you may not understand that you are "working" if you haven't yet written something, but a huge part of your work as a writer is to THINK!
    10. What book would you suggest others to read? Why?
    "The Farseer Trilogy" by Robin Hobb is my favorite book series, ever. So read it, and hopefully you'll love it, too! But my point is to read whatever you love, and always try to read the work of a writer you feel is better than you are. It will give you something to aspire to.
    11. What author do you look up to and why?
    Robin Hobb, because she's amazing. Also my husband, Malcolm Pierce, because he's also one of the best writers alive and one day the whole world will realize it. But even if they don't, he'd keep writing anyway.
    12. Please tell us your main website and any other means of contacting you...
    My main website is
     You can read my short stories and other pieces of writing at "Eadric the Grasper" can be purchased in various stores in paperback ( or as an ebook ( Vol. 2 releases soon--September 27, 2011--so get reading!

    Thank you Jayden for your time and best of luck with all your future plans with your books. Have a wonderful day.

    Saturday, September 3, 2011

    Interview with Author: Kimberly MacEachern

    Weekly Author Spotlight

    1) Who are you? What do you do? My name is Kimberly MacEachern. I am the oldest of three kids and I have a wonderful husband and two children of my own. Recently I gained guardianship of my younger brother. I am a caregiver, mother, wife, and a big sister. I am always wanting and willing to help anyone I see in need. Throughout my entire childhood I loved writing, it was my escape. In the past few years since my children began school, I returned to my passion, writing and I can’t be happier.

    2) What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? My writing process seems to change with each story. Right now I am beginning to keep a note book and whenever I think of a new idea for a story I write it down, and expand as the ideas begin to flow. Then I take a day or two thinking about how to start the story, before I actually begin. My regular routine is right after my morning workout I get dressed and head to the basement, my office where I stay planted for a minimum of two hours.

    3) What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers? I think the most important tool for a writer is time. At least that’s always been my biggest tool, I can virtually write anywhere as long as I have a notebook and a pen, and the problem is finding enough time.

    4) What motivates you to write? I can’t say for sure what motivates me to write, but I do know that if I am not writing or busy working on a project I become extremely cranky. I guess you could say I don’t feel good about myself and don’t feel fulfilled without writing. Writing makes me complete, it’s more of a need then motivation.

    5) Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I think every writer from time to time suffers from writer’s block. I don’t think there is a cure. When I come down with a case of writer’s block I usually switch up my routine and take a break, Spend extra time with my kids or begin a new sewing project. I am always looking to improve on something so when I get writer’s block I do what I can to improve something else around the house.

    6) Do you have any advice for other writers? The best advice I can give an author is not to jump into the first deal they are offered. Always check with the better business Bauru, and ask your peers for their thoughts before signing on the dotted line. And if you love writing and enjoy it, whether your great at it or don’t have a clue on what you’re doing, as long as you enjoy it then stick with it. In the end all the really matter’s is what you think of yourself.

    7) What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it? Each story I write I always write it with the intention of somehow placing the same message in each one and that is, The world can be a better place all you need to do is act like it is and soon enough other people will catch on and hopefully the world will one day treat each other the way they themselves wish to be treated.

    8)8) Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learn something new from each book I write. I can’t sit down and pin point exactly what I learn but it usually has something to do with improving myself as a mother or a wife. Most of the time each book manages to teach me just a little bit more patience.

    9) What are your current/future projects?
    Right now I am working on finishing the first draft on my newest manuscript “The house.” I already have plans for eight different short stories. Once this manuscript is done I plan on to returning to writing short stories, I believe I can right them better.

    10) What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing? To be honest the book that has influenced me the most must be “Angela’s ashes” by Frank McCourt. My favorite author has to be Dean Kootntz. Right now I am currently reading his series “Odd Thomas.” I can’t let the list be complete without Stephen King, Anne Rule and Anne Frank.

    Check out more about the author and her work here: Facebook Group

    Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    FAQ for Beginning Writers

    FAQ for Beginning Writers

    Frequently Asked Questions and Answered for Beginning Writers

    Q: How do I keep from looking like an amateur when I submit a story?
    A: By acting like a professional.

    Do your homework. Find out what the editor you are submitting to wants. Let the story speak for itself. Be willing to work with the editor on requested changes. Learn what you can do to make the editor’s job easier. Pay attention to the following:

    Do not put extra spaces between the paragraphs (set them off by indenting at the beginning of each paragraph instead). Do not put the creation date on the manuscript, a rights-offered statement, or the Copyright notice. Do not end the story with -30- (this used to be a telegraphic signal for the end of a message when the message was long, and was later used by journalists–it has no place in fiction).

    Do not bind or staple your manuscript. Do not use ring binders, clamp binders, comb binders, brads, string, or any other thing that cannot be easily removed. Paper clips or rubber bands are OK.
    Always include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) that is large enough and has enough postage. Do not send a letter-sized envelope if you expect to get your manuscript back.

    Do not attempt to draw attention to your manuscript by using colored paper or colored ink. Do not use specialty typefaces. Do not put each page of the manuscript in sheet protectors. Do not try to write a “memorable” submission letter. Don’t be cute. Although your manuscript may be funny, its surroundings should not. Gifts for the editor, tie-dyed envelopes, and the like mark your submission as unprofessional.

    Making your manuscript appear to be a thing of intrinsic value is a ploy much beloved of unpublished writers. That’s why editors get submissions in safe-deposit boxes, or couriered envelopes, or wrapped in fancy paper, etc. That’s why people worry about the effect of saying that a manuscript is disposable. However, a moment’s consideration will tell you that people like editors, who handle thousands of manuscripts a year, writing on them, copying them, sending them here and there, generally treating them like the pieces of paper they are–don’t place much value on physical manuscripts. The first thing an editor must learn to do is read the =text= and not the packaging. The words and story are the thing, not the frills.

    Do not paste pages together, or turn a page upside down, or use any other clever device to find out if the editor has read the manuscript all the way through. Editors have seen these things over and over again.

    Don’t ever miss your deadlines, even if the editor says it’s okay. Publishing seems to run on a slower clock some of the time, but when an editor gives you a deadline, that means there’s money involved. People don’t like it very much when you cost them money. If you are going to miss a deadline, please give them at least two months notice.

    Don’t be afraid to call your editor or agent to talk about questions or problems concerning business. That’s what they’re there for. They won’t thank you if you don’t tell them about something vital because you didn’t want to bother them.

    Remember that editors try to be nice and gentle and may understate things. Don’t take advantage of that. If an editor goes to the trouble of saying something to you, take it very seriously.

    Q: Will it really hurt my manuscript’s chances if I don’t format it exactly right?A: Probably not.

    The bare-bones basics of manuscript preparation– double-spaced, right unjustified, margins of about an inch–really covers 99% of getting it right. Many aspiring writers can become a bit obsessive about the minutiae, as if submitting a letter-perfect manuscript format can supplement their stories’ uncertain merits. A perfect manuscript will not save a poor story.

    Q: What’s the preferred format for a manuscript?

    A: Paper: White 8 1/2″ x 11″ bond. At least 20-pound. Not erasable.

    Type face: 10 pitch (12-point) Courier monospace, or other clearly readable face. Not proportionate. Do not use specialty typefaces. If you simply can’t abide Courier, use some other monospaced font. (See question on pitch versus point for clarification.)

    Printer: In order of preference, 1) laser printer with fresh toner cartridge, 2) inkjet printer with fresh toner, 3) typewriter with a new carbon ribbon, 4) 24-pin dot matrix printer in near-letter-quality mode with a fresh ribbon. Not draft-quality dot matrix printers with faded ribbons, or anything else that makes the editor’s eyes hurt.

    Page format: Double spaced. Indent first lines of paragraphs 3-5 spaces. Do not add an extra line space after paragraphs. Type the manuscript on one side of the page only.

    Margins: 1″ to 1.5″ on all sides.

    Character and line count: 65-72 characters per line. 25-27 lines per page. Do not justify your lines. Justified left, ragged right is what’s required.

    Headers: About an inch from the top. Include your name, the title (or a few words from the title), and the page number on all pages–the page number should go in the upper right corner and nowhere else, but the rest of the format for the header is up to you as long as you have everything there somehow. (Putting the page number anywhere but in the upper right corner makes unnecessary trouble for editorial staff who have to make sure all the pages are there, refer to specific pages in notes and correspondence, etc.)

    First page: Include your name, address, phone number, and an approximate word count (but do not put “approximate” by your word count number), on the first page. (See question on how editors count words.) Do not print/type the creation date on the manuscript. There’s no point in telling an editor how long a story has been circulating. SF/F practice is not to put a rights-offered statement on the first page of a manuscript, as in “First North American Serial Rights” in spite of standard writers’-manual advice.

    Q: So I should put that in the cover letter instead?

    A: No. Don’t put it anywhere. It is not needed. If the editor accepts your work, the contract she offers will tell you what rights she wants to buy. You can negotiate at that time.

    Do not include a Copyright notice unless you have specific market information which suggests that such a notice may be appropriate. If the manuscript is disposable, you may put that on the first page. Center the title 10 or 15 lines from the top, put “by” and your name beneath the title, also centered. (Use the name you wish it published under, if different from your legal name.) If this is a title page (a title page is optional but recommended, especially for longer works), start the text on the next page. If this is the first page of the story, skip a line and start the text below your name. This should give you about 13 lines of story text on your first page.

    Special characters: Avoid italic typefaces (use underlines instead), bold-face, and other special formats. If you have a long passage that you want printed in italics, you don’t need to underline the whole thing. It’s enough to mark the passage with a vertical line in the margin, write “set in italic” next to the line, and circle the phrase. (Please reconsider having a long passage in italics, though.) Foreign characters are okay, if your printer can do them right. If not, hand-correct them in black ink. Dashes can be indicated by a pair of hyphens. (Do =not= put spaces before and after them. Do it–like this, rather than — this –) Don’t break words at the ends of lines with a hyphen, even hyphenated words. To indicate a line break, you may type the character “#” centered, on a line by itself (or the character “*” or three of them, or you may just leave an extra space–this isn’t crucial to perfect manuscript format). Be sure your punctuation is correct–get a copy of The Chicago Manual of Style or Words Into Type and study it often.

    Endings: If you want to let the reader know your story or novel is ended, just center the word “END” in capital letters two lines below the last line of the work. You don’t need to do this, though, since the story should be written so it is clear to the readers when they have reached the end.

    Q: What about formatting electronic submissions?

    A: For the most part formatting it as a print submission works well, but the preferences vary market by market.

    Start by reading the guidelines, some markets don’t allow e-subs at all. Others want them in the body of an email, some attached as a .doc or .rtf, and some have special webforms. The bottom line is that, as with any market, reading the guidelines is extremely important.

    Q: Is 12 POINT Courier the same as 10 PITCH Courier?

    A: Yes, it works out that way. What the Mac calls “12-point Courier” (measuring by height of character) is 10 pitch, meaning there are ten letters and/or spaces in an inch.

    Point describes the vertical height of typefaces in 1/72nds of an inch.

    Pitch defines typefaces horizontally, by the number of characters that can fit in an inch. “Point up, pitch across.”

    One problem with pitch vs. point is that, if you have a PostScript printer, the fonts on your menu are defined by point size – Courier 10 point, Courier 12 point. But the HP PCL fonts for your laserjet will be given in cpi–characters per inch (=pitch). So if you change the printer selection on your PC from the HP Laserjet III with the Post Script option on, you select Courier 12 point. If you decide to use THE VERY SAME PRINTER BUT WITHOUT POST SCRIPT, you have to choose Courier 10 cpi.

    So, pitch = cpi.

    It doesn’t help that 12 cpi/pitch = 10 point and 10 cpi/pitch = 12 point, more or less.
    Q: How do you correctly package a novel manuscript?

    I’m using a box that bond paper came in, but how do I handle the postage and label and wrapping for the return trip? I plan on putting the postage and label in a separate envelope. Will the publishing house use their own wrapping paper, or am I expected to provide a large envelope or something?
    A: For the return of your novel, provide a envelope big enough to hold the box your manuscript is in. Put an address label on the envelope, along with the postage.

    If you sent your manuscript in one of those heavy-duty manuscript mailing boxes, you can include a return label and postage inside. The publisher will tape the box shut, and apply the label and new postage. Nobody wraps manuscript boxes.

    Don’t send the manuscript in a box that is twenty times the size of the manuscript. And make sure the box is easy to open. If you want the editor to use the box to return the manuscript, make sure the box is also easy to seal.

    Bubble-pak envelopes are a good choice if you use an envelope.

    Jiffy Paks are a royal pain to open (especially when sealed with fifteen heavy-duty staples and five yards of strapping tape) and they tend to cover the innocent editor with clinging gray fluff.

    Tyvek envelopes seem to result in very battered manuscripts which are harder to page through. Particularly when a 250-page manuscript is left loose in a Tyvek envelope the size of a small desktop, as seems to happen constantly.

    Office Depot (and probably lots of other places) has quite inexpensive manuscript boxes that you fold up, nice and sturdy and easy to use; all the editor has to do to return the ms is paste on a new label which you can provide. (Return postage could be included in a labeled envelope taped inside the top). No gray fluff, easy to stack on a desk, and a nice neat manuscript both ways if such should be the writer’s fate.

    Another possibility is to use those corrugated cardboard manuscript boxes. Affix the return postage and address on the box, then wrap it in brown postal wrapping paper and address the whole thing to the publisher. That way, all the publisher has to do to return it is pop it back in the box, seal it up and drop it in the outgoing mail. Keeps the manuscript presentable enough to go out again, as well.

    Do NOT submit your only copy.

    Do NOT send by mail formats that require the recipient to sign for delivery (such as registered or certified mail or return receipt).

    Do NOT use metered postage for your return postage. Use stamps. The post office will not accept outdated metered postage, and you won’t get your manuscript back.
    Q: Do you need to include a cover letter when you send in a manuscript?
    A: There are several reasons why an editor would want a cover letter:

    It has the author’s name, address and phone number on it, along with the name of the story. It’s a good place to make notes about the story and the editor’s reaction to it. If the editor decides to acquire the story, it is also a good place for notes about the offer. And it is used to draft a rejection letter if the editor doesn’t buy the story. A cover letter just makes it easier to keep things straight when an editor is dealing with dozens of manuscripts.

    You definitely need a cover letter to tell the editor if you are making a simultaneous submission, or if the manuscript is disposable (in which case, the SASE only needs to be a standard letter-sized envelope).

    This material was developed as a service to writers by members of GEnie’s Science Fiction Roundtable, many of them professional writers and editors. Contributors include James Brunet, John C. Bunnell, Gregory Feeley, Larry Hammer, David M. Harris, Glenn Hauman, John E. Johnston III, Tappan King, Damon Knight, James D. Macdonald, Beth Meacham, Kevin O’Donnell Jr., Elizabeth Perry, Susan Shwartz, Martha Soukup, Judith Tarr and Mitch Wagner.

    It was compiled by Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury. Copyright © 1994 by GEnie Information Service. All rights reserved.

    New Facebook Fan Page

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    I've gotten several authors who are in the editing phase of their novels to do some interviews. Keep your eyes posted for the Author Post of The Week.

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    Free eBooks

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    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    Hurricane Irene

    Photo Taken By RaeBeth McGee
    I do know that this post has nothing to do with writing. Though my heart breaks when I took a look at these photos I found posted on my facebook. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by the destruction of this hurricane.

    To check out the photo's for yourself visit: Hurricane Irene Photo's

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    How To Make a Blog Button

    I have gotten several people asking me how I made my button. Well, here are the steps you can take to make one of your very own.

    1. Find the backgroud you want to use. (Google, Yahoo Search, your own pics)

    3. Upload the photo (for free) and edit to your taste.

    4. Resize the photo to the needed size for your blog.

    5. Save to computer.

    7. Either sign in or create an account.

    8. Upload the new picture you just saved to photobucket.

    9. Set that aside for now.

    10. Go to your blog (for blogger users) and choose design.

    11. Add Widget

    12. HTML Code

    13. Type in the title you want on top of your button. (Example: Share my Button or Grab my Button)

    14. Use the code at the bottom of this post in the lower part of the box.

    15. Get your web address for your blog and replace the http://YOUR WEB ADDRESS with your actual address. There are two spots within the code.

    16. Remove the words: Blog title with your actual title of your blog. There are two here as well.

    17. Go back to photobuck. Put your mouse over your picture and a list appears below it. Click on the direct link to the photo and copy it.

    18. Paste the image address in the code where it says image web address... there are two here as well.

    19. Once you're done, save and preview your blog to ensure the code works.

    20. When you see the new button on your blog, save the updated blog.

    21. You can move the button anywhere on your blog that you like. Then, let others know about your button so they can add it to their own websites. (If they want)

    <center><a href="http://YOUR WEB ADDRESS/" target="_blank" title="BLOG TITLE"><img alt="BLOG TITLE" src="http://IMAGE WEB ADDRESS"/></a> <center>
    <center><textarea id="code-source" rows="3" cols="13" name="code-source"><center><a href="http://YOUR WEB ADDRESS/"><img border="0" src="http://IMAGE WEB ADDRESS"/></a></center></textarea></center>

    My New Button

    After weeks of searching, I finally figured out how to make a button. So, here it is:

    What do you think?

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    My FIRST Nephew is HERE!!!!

    This past Monday, my sister gave birth to her son. He's the first boy within the family. His name is Kurtis Gene. He was 7lbs 10 oz. & 19 1/2 inches long. Though it was a long and trying delivery, both mommy and baby are doing well. I'd like to introduce my nephew, Kurt.

    Once the excitement is over, I will resume writing and editing my novel. I'm trying to help my sister out as much as I can. Kurtis is her first child. Therefore, all mothers know how scary it is when you gave birth to your first.

    Thursday, August 18, 2011

    Guest Author / Interview- Nicky Charles

    I'm sure there are many reader's out there who have read the works of this wonderful author. I've taken the time to talk to Nicky Charles and had her answer some basic questions. Check it out:

    When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

    I don’t think I ever had a conscience moment when I thought ‘Hey, I want to be a writer.”  (I still don’t consider myself a writer – I think of myself as a hobbyist, lol!)  I know I always did well writing in school and even had bouts of ‘pretending’ to be an author, scribbling down tales based on favourite books I’d read such as the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder or The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley.  In Gr. 8 a teacher actually told me if I ever wanted to publish something he’d help me but writing always took a back seat to more important things such as studying and work.  Then in 2009 I sat down one Saturday and penned a quick fanfiction and the writing bug came alive again.  I wrote constantly after that and eventually was inspired to try an original story by Jan Gordon (my friend and editor) when she wrote Black Silk.  I wrote my first book shortly after that and, as they say, the rest is history!

    How long does it take you to write a book?

    Writing a book can take me almost a year from the time I first think of a possible plot up to the final moment I push the ‘publish’ button.  My stories are usually around 100,000 words.  Shorter stories would, of course, take me less time I suppose.

    What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

    I work full time at a job that involves a lot of overtime so my chances to write are limited.  I have to squeeze it in around ‘real life’ but try to work in a few hours of writing each night.  It doesn’t always happen of course.  I love vacations and holidays when I can have large blocks of free time and will write for several hours a day then.

    Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
    Confession time.  I’m basically a lazy author.  I hate research and try to write what I know or can create in my head.  When I do need to research I use Google or ask friends who I know have information on certain topics. 

    Ideas for writing come from the strangest places.  It might be a song, a book I’m reading, a TV show or movie, something someone says or something I see.  Just the other day I was in a restaurant and noticed the waitress leaning against the counter.  She was filling out some type of daily log and then just stood there looking around with this bored expression.  It suddenly made me think of writing a story about a waitress who possibly had a werewolf as a regular customer.  I don’t know if it will ever become part of a book but as soon as I got home, I added it to my ‘ideas’ file.

    When did you write your first book and how old were you?
    I wrote my first original, Forever in Time, in 2009.  Age is a state of mind and irrelevant – lol!

    What do you like to do when you're not writing?

    When I’m not writing, I read.  I also like to garden, paint, take nature walks, go on day trips, eat out with friends.  Nothing special just ‘regular’ stuff. 

    What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

    The editing process – I never realized how long and drawn out it is.  I hate it and am so thankful Jan Gordon helps me with it.  When I write a story and get to the ‘happily ever after’ bit, I’m done.  I want to move on.  I don’t have a lot of patience for rereading and checking commas and spacing etc.  By time I’ve written the story, I’ve already reread it dozens of times checking content, the flow of sentences, looking for plot holes etc.  By that point I’m not even fond of the story anymore and having to read it word by word is painful.  However as an independent writer/publisher I have to do it.  It costs around 5 cents a word to hire someone to edit your books and at over 100,000 words per book...well, you do the math!  I just don’t have that kind of money to spend on something that is basically my hobby.

    How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?

    I’ve written 4 original stories and am working on my 5th presently.  If I had to choose a favourite I’d be torn between Forever in Time because it was my first and The Keeping because I love the characters and the setting (Stump River.)

    Do you hear from your readers much?  What kinds of things do they say?

    I get (in my opinion) lots of fan mail.  There are usually five or six emails every day, sometimes more if it’s been a holiday and people had time to read.  Mostly they say they like my books, discuss favourite characters and express opinions about what story line they’d like me to develop next.  A lot say they have read the books late into the night, have neglected family or snuck reading devices into work so they could keep reading – apparently my stories are quite addictive!  Some share experiences about their lives, for example if they’ve been going through a rough patch they’ll say they enjoyed the escape my stories provided.  A few point out errors they’ve found or things they think need improving and I always consider those points, even if at first I might not agree.  As an author, you are always refining your craft so suggestions are appreciated - as long as they are worded nicely, that is!

    What do you think makes a good story?

    To me a good story has to have characters you care about or that grab your imagination in one way or another.  Then of course you need a good plot, which for me means it includes some suspense and lots of steamy romance.

    Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

    My first piece of advice would be to write a lot and read a lot because you learn from other authors.  Secondly, choose to write about something you are passionate about or that grabs your imagination because if you love the topic, you’ll spend more time working on it.  Thirdly, read about writing.  I’ve had no formal ‘writing’ training and am constantly discovering things I should or shouldn’t do.  There are lots of great websites that offer advice.  Check them out and try to use one or two of their ideas in your next piece.  For example, I recently read that you should search your work for ‘ly’ adverbs and try to eliminate as many as possible so I’m working on that in my next book.  Finally, find someone you trust and have them give you an honest opinion about your work and then really reflect on what they say.  No one likes to have their work criticized but if someone mentions something consider it.  It might not be a valid point but perhaps there is a grain of truth.

    Don’t get discouraged. Remember there are a wide variety of people in the world, all with different tastes in books.  Not everyone will love your stories but keep working on your craft and eventually you will find your niche audience.

    Thank you for your time and I've enjoyed having you as a guest on my blog. : )
    If anyone is interested in reading some of Nicky's work, you can find it listed on


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