Top Ten Things Not to Do on a Photo Shoot.

Here is another great top ten list from John Howell’s blog. Don’t do these things on a photo shoot.

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This list was inspired by my Producer. We did a shoot yesterday and the subject of Ten Things Not to Do came up. I have to admit publically that I only did number ten once.  The rest – all fiction. I hope you enjoy the list.

10. If you are on a photo shoot, do not ignore the advice of your Producer. If you do, at best you’ll have lousy photos. At worst, you’ll have bad pictures and an ex Producer. (See what happens when you ignore good advice, Pard?)

9 If you are on a photo shoot, do not take photos of people without permission. If you do, at best you may have to run fast. At worst, you will take a lovely photo of Tiny the WWF champ before he could suck in his substantial belly. (Funny how that camera turned to dust in Tiny’s hand huh, Tex?)


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Emotional Beats: Light

Here are some helpful ways of expressing light from Nicholas Rossis’ book, Emotional Beats from this post on his blog.

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Back in September, I published Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings. As promised, I will be posting the book on my blog. So, here is the next installment, continuing Part 3 of the book: Other Beats. This chapter deals with:


Emotional Beats | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Read for free with KU

One of my hobbies is photography, and I still remember something a photographer friend and teacher once told me: even with the best film and camera, your photograph will only be as good as the light available to you. Here are some ways to capture its infinite variations:

  • The pitiless afternoon sun filtered through the rose-clad lattices, throwing rhombi of light onto the table.
  • The sun sent the first shy rays across the plain.
  • A few stray rays of sunlight filtered through gauze curtains to caress the wall across him.
  • Sunlight fell across the pavement, making the dust glitter.
  • A…

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How to find the write answers at the right time

Here is some great information for writers from Jean’s Writing blog.

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Stop struggling to write and wait.

Or write something else, or read.

That’s right, sometimes you just have to wait for the answer to find you. If you know me, waiting is not my strong suit. Sigh…

I’d been struggling, writing and rewriting a specific scene. I bet I’ve rewritten that one scene twelve ways to Sunday and wasn’t happy with either of them. The more I struggled to find the answer the more mired in the mud I got, unable to move past that scene. Google didn’t even help.

What to do, what to do?   And then just when it looked darkest…

A wonderful blogger/writer came to my rescue. God, I love y’all!

BECCA PUGLISI over at Writers Helping Writers posted a terrific article that pulled my WIP right back on track.

Today I spent all morning mapping out the rest of my story. Have I decided on which of the twelve scenes I’m going to…

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Writing Contest – FINAL DAYS! AND a sneak peek at a REALLY COOL new idea you are gonna be SUPER excited about…

Check out the cool new idea from Dan Alatorre. He’s still looking for participants.

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You have about a week left to enter your amazing piece of literature in my Word Weaver Writing Contest, so GET TO IT!

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Prizes! (possibly for YOU if you win)

Fame! (totally possible)

A critique by ME! (for the first 25 entries and maybe a few more)

For details and to enter, clickHERE

Last time a had a TON of people enter the contest at the last minute. And that’s okay, but why does everybody have to procrastinate?

Anyway, tick tock. I wanna read your stuff. Get it in!


I had this reeeeeally cool idea.

(Actually, I think I had it a while ago and now I’m having it again.)

But you’re gonna LOVE this.

I think we should write an anthology together.

A bunch of short stories from a bunch of terrific authors, all centered around a common theme. Like scary stuff or Halloween, or…

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Reading Other Book Reviews: A Matter Of Opinion

Here is an interesting take on being influenced by other book reviews from Rachel Poli’s blog.

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Before you read a book, do you head over to Goodreads and read a few reviews? When you’re about to make your decision on a rating, do you check out the ratings on Goodreads first?

If you’re debating on whether or not you want to buy a book, do you check if the average rating is five stars or two?

If you do, then… Stop.

Opinion Matters: Reading Other Book Reviews

I’m not here to tell you what you can and can’t do, but I personally don’t think it’s a good idea to read reviews before reading the book yourself.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t check out the ratings and such beforehand, but I do try to shy away from reading the actual reviews.

Reviews are meant to help the author. The more positive reviews, the higher up on the pedestal the book goes. The more people will likely buy the book if…

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#BlogTour! #Review – Cocktails & Dreams by A.L.Michael (@almichael_) @Canelo_co @NeverlandBT

Check out this review of the book, Cocktail Dreams, by A.L. Michael as it makes a blog tour stop on The Writing Garnet blog.

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It feels like a lifetime ago since A.L.Michael last appeared on TWG, a lot has happened since she has! You may remember the author’s previous book series, The House on Camden Square, which came to an end last year. However, A.L.Michael has returned with a new look, a new vibe, and a new path to move forward on.

I am delighted to be day two on the ‘Cocktails and Dreams’ blog tour – here is my review!

Book CoverA heart-warming novel with characters you’ll love, don’t miss this first in a new series for romance, laugh-out- loud comedy and a feel-good ending. Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Lindsey Kelk.

I was seven years old when I realized my mother was not a great person… 
Since Savvy was abandoned by her rockstar mother, she has craved a normal life. But after years of financing her boyfriend’s lacklustre career, he…

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Giveaway and an Extract from Say My Name by Allegra Huston

Check out this giveaway and extract from the book, Say My Name, by Allegra Huston, as featured on Linda’s Book Bag blog

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I’m delighted to be part of the launch celebrations for Say My Name by Allegra Huston with an extract from the book and a (UK only I’m afraid) hardback giveaway that you can enter at the bottom of this blog post.

Published by HQ, an imprint of Harper Collins, on 27th July, Say My Name is available for purchase through the publisher links here.

Say My Name

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‘This is the time to run away, she thinks, to call it a mistake, to race back to home and safety. If I don’t go home I will never feel safe again.’

On meeting Micajah Burnett, the son of an old school friend, Eve Armanton is faced with a choice. Years of a miserable marriage means she’s as broken as the beautiful antique violin she’s just found, and Micajah offers a spark of life, an opportunity to reawaken her sense.

If Eve…

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