WIP – Opening lines

I hope your writing is going well. Been a busy week, so I thought I’d just share the opening paragraph from my work-in-progress (WIP).

Father is shaking me, whispering hot stale breath in my face. Run! I grab the satchel that he’s
handing me and don’t ask twice. I am only two steps behind him. I can smell the smoke before we reach
the town walls. I can see the light from the flames casting my long shadow into the night. We are not far
away enough when the screaming begins.

You can read a little more about this NaNoWriMo project in a previous post.

Would that make you want to read more? 😉

Writers2Writers Episode 1

The first episode of Writers2Writers premiered this week on Princeton Community Television and apparently, that’s a channel I don’t get! But, have no fear! Thanks to the miracle of YouTube, we can watch it over and over and… okay, maybe once is enough. This series is essentially about authors helping authors. The entire episode is 27 minutes long and the segments are interspersed with fun little interviews and anecdotes. This episode covers anthologies, NaNoWriMo, and a very basic intro to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (by yours truly). My segment starts at the 20:17 mark of the full episode below. Or, you can skip further below to see it as a standalone. Enjoy! It’s really been fun being a part of this little TV adventure. I hope someone somewhere finds it beneficial to their own writing path. I’ll be sharing new episodes every Saturday morning as the season progresses.

Full episode

Just me! 😉

 

Me? On TV? Sure, why not? – We have an air date!

Calendar

Mark your calendars! We (finally!) have an air date for the local TV show I was involved in, called Writers2Writers. (TV show? What? You can catch up by reading my MANY other posts about the show). 😉

The first episode, Show 101, will air on Princeton Community Television on Thursday, November 13th at 7:00 PM and will repeat on Friday, 11/14 at 10:00 AM. Writers2Writers will air on FiOS in several townships and on Comcast in Princeton, NJ. The list of townships and channel information can be found on the About page.

The full episode, along with individual segment videos, will appear on the YouTube page the evening following the first airdate.

A lot of great people came together and invested their time and energy into this show. Like I said in the past, I think it’ll be a nice little reference point for writers and folks who are interested in getting into self-publishing. I hope you’ll check it out. 🙂

Take a poll! It’ll be fun! Please? Pretty please? :-D

Poll

So, there’s probably been a flood of polls up on WordPress blogs these last few days. You can blame the folks running Blogging 201. 😉 But, I figure I’d join in the fray to get a better idea of what brings you back here (or brought you here in the first place). I post a little bit of everything related to writing and publishing (though primarily self-publishing), and I’m considering opening up the blog to guests in a weekly feature that would be focused on a particular craft or self-publishing topic. But, what I’d really like to know is what kind of posts are most worth your time. What do you like to see and what is the most helpful to you? So, if you have a moment, click away at the poll below!

If the choices in the poll don’t cut it, feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by! 😀

P.S. This poll will self-destruct on November 7th.

Happy 1st Day of NaNoWriMo!

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Were you one of those crazy people who started writing at midnight last night? Good for you! The rest of us got a good night’s sleep and will try and crank out that first 1666 during normal business hours. 😉

Again, if for some reason you’ve never heard of National Novel Writing Month, be sure to check it out. It’s fun!

Dream Movie Casting

Don’t deny it. All authors do it. You’ve got your dream cast members for the roles in the movie of your book. Well, so do I. So, I had a little fun today and, for Danny Dirks and the Heir of Pendragon, here’s my dream cast. The only character I couldn’t find an actor for was Ollie Cline. They just don’t have a lot of teenage man-child actors. 😉

Grayson Russell

Grayson Russell – Danny Dirks

Terence Stamp

Terence Stamp – Edward Pendrake (Danny’s Grandfather)

KevinMcKidd

Kevin McKidd – Ted Dirks (Danny’s Father)

 

Saoirse-Ronan

Saoirse Ronan – Kara Brennan (Danny’s next door neighbor)

Iain Glen

Iain Glen – Bob Brennan (Kara’s Father)

Rade Serbedzija

Rade Serbedzija – Maximilian Brennan (Kara’s Uncle)          

MackenzieFoy

Mackenzie Foy – Katie Dirks (Danny’s Sister)

Terry Crews

Terry Crews – Marcus Donovan (Danny’s mentor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, who’d play the lead in your book’s movie? Let us know in the comments and thanks for stopping by! 😀