Saturday, July 2, 2011

A Writing Challenge Success in June!

Several writers challenged their self to do more in June. I joined the challenge. While I can't say I kept up with the schedule of some of them, I feel content with what I did accomplish. I made way more money than I did the month before and that's always a good thing!

My short story, "The 4.0 Wedding" published as a digital download in June and I take that as a huge success! It is even available at and Smashwords. com as well as at Twin Trinity Media. The owner and publisher at Twin Trinity Media even told me she thought the story would make a great made-for-tv movie and that I should write a script. Anybody know how to do that?

I even picked up a couple more beats at Yahoo Contributor Network, so it will be writing, writing, writing in the month of July. That's okay, though, because that is the goal....the more I write the more money I make. Besides, it is something I love doing, and I guess I am pretty good at

Don't ever let anyone tell you that you cannot make money with online writing, because you are the only one who determines that. I have read many forums where people are saying you cannot earn much money with online writing. That totally depends on the writing site and how much effort you put into it.

If you work at it and continue to add good quality content the opportunities are there. YCN for example, offers beat assignments to writers that put forth their best work. I now have 4 beat assignments. I contacted the appropriate person and asked for them. They gave them too me!

If you have had the dream of being a writer, I would advise going for it. Just remember, it is a slow process to build up your own style and voice and to get noticed. Success won't come over night, but in the end you'll be rewarded by doing something you enjoy....

Thursday, June 16, 2011

My First Digitally Published Short Story!

After challenging myself this week, getting notified that my first fictional short story has been published online was a welcome reward. I can now say I am a published author with Twin Trinity Media. I entered a contest for short stories awhile back and was thrilled to be chosen to have a digital download on Twin Trinity's book site.

"The 4.0 Wedding" is a short story that I am very proud of. It can be downloaded for a modest 79 cents. Twin Trinity Media, LLC is owned by Michelle Devon and I can tell you she has been a great help in inspiring me to continue writing fiction.

So, what is the story about? Well, Paul is the perpetual bad boy, but when he realizes his drinking and drug-dealing ways are ruining his true love's life, he leaves town before it's too late. After starting a whole new life, he finds out she's getting married--and he knows what he has to do....

That's all I am going to tell you. If you want to know what he did, and what happened, you'll just have to go spend 79 cents to find out! Then you can come back here and let me know how you liked it. I will say that the art work for the cover is fantastic. If you like motorcycles and bad boys, you will love my story, but I bet the end will surprise you!

You can order the digital download here. The 4.0 Wedding

Be sure to come back and tell me what you think. Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Taking on a Writing Challenge - Can You Keep Up?

A fellow writer friend, Lyn Lomasi, challenges herself daily to do more than any "normal" person can even imagine. Sometimes she throws the challenges out to other writers in our Facebook writing group. Her last one asks, "Can you keep up?" My honest answer was, "No, I cannot!"

Motivation is a good thing, so even though many of us cannot keep up with Lyn Lomasi, we do try to come up with our own challenges to motivate ourselves. We try to keep track of each other and Lyn is great about asking, "How you guys doing?" The idea is not to compete with each other, it is to help us all focus and accomplish more than we are now doing. We all say, "I need to do more."

I, for instance, have a TV beat that I write for Yahoo TV. The show comes on at 8pm central time. After I have lounged on the couch for an hour, I know longer feel like writing, so I have been waiting until the next morning to write my article.

Link Yes, procrastination is a bad habit I am challenging myself to break! Last night, I watched the show and then immediately went to my laptop and wrote the article and submitted it. Yay, me!

Taking on a writing challenge does not have to mean writing as many articles as your fellow writers do in a days time. It really means challenging yourself to do what you know you are capable of. Just don't get to zealous with your challenge to yourself, or you'll find yourself frustrated and overwhelmed.

I have neglected this blog for awhile. Part of my challenge to myself is to keep it active. You all can help motivate me by watching for new posts. If you don't see one every few days, drop me a line and say, "Hey, how about a new post?"

Friday, June 10, 2011

Book Review: Elements of Dimension

I do not normally read science fiction, but I wanted this book because it was part of a series published by Twin Trinity Media, LLC. “Elements of Dimension” is one of several books of short stories written by award winning authors from the Accentuate Writers. Some of these authors are fellow writers that I am familiar with and I enjoyed their previous work, but I just wasn’t sure about reading sci-fi or fantasy.

When the book arrived, I sat down to look it over and I found myself starting to read the first story in the book. It is a sci-fi tale called “Brain Restoration” by Daniel Thrasher. It was so well written and interesting that I sat there and read the entire story.

As I continued story after story, I was amazed at how much I was enjoying the different story lines and the wonderful writing style of these talented writers. I didn’t think I would ever call myself a reader of sci-fi or fantasy, but I enjoyed the stories in “Elements of Dimension” very much.

If you have read either of the previous books in the series, “Elements of Time” or “Elements of the Soul” you will expect to read stories by talented writers. You won’t be disappointed. “Elements of Dimension” is the 3rd book in the series and it is every bit as high quality and enjoyable as the first two.

I can now say I enjoy sci-fi and fantasy, and I bet you will too, even if you never thought you would. Once you have read the first 3 in the series, you will want to read more by these authors. Twin Trinity Media, LLC plans not to disappoint their readers! Book 4 and 5 are in the works.

I can’t wait until “Elements of Life” and “Elements of Love” are released. You may even see my name in one or the other of them! Start your collection today. I know you will enjoy this series as much as I did!

You can order the Element series at Twin Trinity Media, LLC