I've been a fan and patron of Chick-fil-A for many years. I stood by them even during the gay boycotting despite being a member of the LGBT community. I can't remember a time that I haven't enjoyed Chick-fil-A in my 33 years of life until today. The Chick-fil-A in Eastgate, Ohio is a disgrace to the name Chick-fil-A. I drove into their drive-thru and though seeing how long their line was, was confident that Chick-fil-A would batter it down as they always do. I was disappointed. After approximately 10 minutes of not moving, I backed out of the drive-thru line and pulled into a parking spot. I grabbed my two-year-old daughter from my car and carried her into the restaurant at ten minutes until 9 pm (they close at 10 pm.) After standing in … [Read more...] about Not to play, says Chick-fil-A
Dear Writer's Block, It's not you; it's me. I simply can't have you lording over me and casting your shadow as I struggle endlessly to craft the next great novel. While I've loved the challenge having you with me creates, I don't have any room in my life for you anymore. Therefore, I must bid you adieu. I hope you find someone else, some new fledgling writer to torment. I know with you on their backs, looking over their shoulders, and constantly on their minds, they have no choice but to struggle through and become better writers. I wish you the best, away from me. Far, far away. Au revoir. … [Read more...] about Dear Writer’s Block
Well, I mentioned in my last post under this category, Mutterings, that I often use writing prompt books such as 300 Writing Prompts by Piccadilly. Today is no different. Today, I was flipping through my writing prompt book and found a topic that interested me. It hit home as it said I was a children's book writer and wanted me to write the first few lines of my new book. While I'm not a children's book writer, I am a young adult fiction writer and am in fact working on another novel. So, I thought, why not? I'm going to share some of it with you today. Into the Darkness by C.K. Austin Chapter 1 He shot me. The bastard actually shot me, my mind screamed as I fell to the ground. Blood poured out of the hole in my shoulder as I … [Read more...] about Into the Darkness – Teaser
As a writer, I often turn to writing prompt books like 300 Writing Prompts by Piccadilly, to get the creative juices flowing. As I was perusing it this morning I saw an interesting topic - "When was the last time you got lost?" Now the obvious meaning to this questions is the literal one. When was the last time you got lost? Were you a kid in the grocery store or an Uber driver trying to pick up your next passenger? Maybe you were a patient trying to find your new doctor's office to which you had been referred. Whatever the case may be, most would read that and take the literal interpretation of that question to mind and answer it. While my mind did flit in that direction at first, I've recently had some life changing, heart-warming and … [Read more...] about When Was the Last Time You Got Lost?
Anyone else having trouble accomplishing anything this holiday season? I think this is the first time I've been able to sit down at my computer for a week. A week! Between Christmas shopping, entertaining kids that are out of school, traveling to and from family and friends, and still trying to maintain a clean house, I consider myself lucky to remember how to use a keyboard. I have seen enough of malls to last me until next holiday season, I'm sure. In fact, I might just order everyone's gifts next year. It's a whole lot easier, less hectic, and opens up more time to spend time with loved ones and the ever important demand we writer's face, get our butts in the chair and write! That can be a challenge any time of year with kids, … [Read more...] about Hectic Holidays
Have you crossed ever "t" and dotted every "i." Did you read your dialogue out loud to make sure the character's voice sounds real and authentic - did it match his or her personality? Did you maintain the same point of view for the entire piece? Did you maintain the same tense? Did you double-check your grammar and syntax? So you've done all the above! Great! After hours and hours of grueling writing, knuckle-biting reviews, and getting rid of your fluff - as Stephen King says perfectly, "kill your darlings," you're finally here! You're finally ready to write up those query letters, submit relentlessly to any and all agents, editors, and publishers. So now it's also time to check out this fun poster! It was written by Ryan Lewis, … [Read more...] about Ready to Publish – Are You Sure?