Saturday, March 3, 2012

Great Videos for Aspiring Fiction Writers

I recently discovered a great resource for budding fiction writers. Richard A McCullough is the creator and editor of the Fiction Writers source for Writing Better Fiction Faster and Selling More of What You Write.

The REALLY good news is that the videos and articles are Free at this time. A donation is accepted, but not required. I have taken several Craft of Writing classes (not expensive ones) in the past few years, and these are worth money! He also asks that you share the links with your fellow writers, and writer-wannabes.
I definitely feel that it is worth sharing, Richard! Here is the first plug of many! Also, I cannot wait to get your book! (He has written a book outlining the creative processes he describes in the videos.)

The following link is an index to all the articles and videos. You will be glad you took the time to check these great resources at

Monday, April 5, 2010

A Great New Blog and a Tribute to Jane Orcutt

I found a wonderful blog today, through the White Rose Press (one of my favorites groups on Yahoo). Jenny (the owner), is a self-described "Aussie who loves Cricket and reading". She reviews books of different genres and invites guest authors to blog with her. Her link is

I found at least three new books to add to my "READ ME" list! (As if that list wasn't already LONG enough!) These genres of these new MUST-READ books range from Women's Fiction, to Historical (Regency) Romance, to Non-Fiction, and deal with subjects as diverse as their genres. Thanks to Jenny for broadening my reading horizons even more!

Jenny has some tantalizing reviews on the books that I have listed below, and videos and podcasts to make them all the more desirable. Please visit her blog to see and learn more, since I have given FLASH reviews below!  Her link is

The bittersweet link on the blog is for the author Jane Orcutt. I have posted the same link (to Jane's website) below, and will have it on my sidebar when this post is no longer new. Jane died in 2007, but I am certain that her followers and new readers - such as I - will continue to miss her for years to come.

At the Top of my list of MODERN Women's Fiction (at least for today) is the new release by Melody Carlson, As Young As We Feel. I can certainly relate to these ladies, and trying to redesign oneself in the autumn of one's life! The link takes you to Melody's blog, and an exerpt of Chapter One is available for your reading pleasure.

At the Top of my list of Non-Fiction Books about Healing is the book by Cecil Murphey and Liz Allison (widow of Davey Allison), Words of Comfort for Times of Loss. This link takes you to Jenny's fabulous review of the book, and background about the authors. I have lost two grandparents in less than six months, and words such as these are very welcome at this time.

And now, Last, but certainly not Least...since I had to give plenty of room to the beautiful slideshow provided by the publishers...At the Top of my list of Historical Fiction, is the final book by Jane Orcutt, All the Tea in China. I learned about her books, and her untimely death, when I visited the link to her website. The link has many treats for those who visit: Just two treats are an exerpt, and a wonderful video trailer about Jane's last book, All the Tea in China.

All The Tea In China, A Regency Romance by Jane Orcutt

Happy Reading to all!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Alpha Smart for Writers

I am inspired! This little gadget has the word processing capabilities of a Netbook (more on that one later) without the heat! It can compose and export to WORD, EXCEL, and POWERPOINT! It only displays a few lines at a time, so the urge to re-write is squashed and the freedom of creativity is unleashed.
The cost is $219, when purchased from the company, Neo Direct, Inc.
The link to there site is here:
Some of the impressive points to consider, other than the hardware, are:
  • They offer a 30 day guarantee and 3 year warranty.
  • Connectivity is very simple: USB cables!
  • Battery life is great! About 700 hours on 3 AA batteries, and you can buy a rechargeable one for about $30 extra. I was concerned about the data disappearing if the batteries died, but it has a back-up lithium battery just in case!
  • It has an IR (infrared) port, or Beamer, for sharing files wirelessly, and can be connected to your PC and a Printer at the same time.
These gadgets HAVE to be tough, since they are made for kids in classrooms...
Please, let me know if you like or dislike the Alpha Smart!