Day: June 13, 2015

Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction Writers

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Good advice for ALL writers!

Linda Ulleseit, Author

Today we have a guest post from Karin Rita Gastreich, author of Eolyn and High Maga.High Maga 2Eolyn_Audio Cover compressed

Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction Writers

By Karin Rita Gastreich

Enjoy the journey.

Writing novels takes time. There’s no way to get around this, no magic wand that will spit out a full-length novel in a few weeks. True, we have fun challenges like NaNoWriMo that encourage us to complete 50,000 words inside of a month. But anyone who has participated in NaNoWriMo will tell you the work doesn’t end there. The “completed” novel must be revised, perhaps rewritten, often expanded, and certainly edited before it can truly be finished. For this reason, while it’s important to keep an eye on the prize, you need to enjoy every part of writing a novel, from beginning to middle to end. Don’t stress out if it feels like you’re taking forever to finish. The time you…

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Review of ‘Now They Tell Me: 50 Life Lessons I Didn’t Learn in School’

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If you’re one of those people who think most of your time in school was wasted, as useless—and sometimes wrong—information was crammed into your brain, you’ll love reading Now They Tell Me: 50 Life Lessons I Didn’t Learn in School by Ed Harris.

This is a humorous look at a very serious subject; how our education system fails us all. The author looks at the myths, and mythtakes, foisted upon students in the formal school system with a wry style that will have you chuckling as you nod in agreement with his observations. In the end, you’ll be forced to agree with the author when he says, “Ultimately, we all get our wisdom the hard-earned way, and I hope you are now a little bit closer to achieving yours.”

Kudos to Harris for his ability to broach such a sensitive subject in such an engaging and entertaining manner. A great five star read!

The Bride and Groom

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Another addition to the growing Ray family of travelers!

Beth and David's Wedding

Engagement Photo Sort Of Beth and David met on a dating website in the summer of 2013. Beth was attracted to David’s humor, and when we met, David decided he liked Beth’s laugh and smile.  By the third date, which our friend Lisa chaperoned, we were goners.

When we started dating, we discovered we shared a love of travel, books, food, and cocktails. Since then, we’ve traveled together to Chicago, Philadelphia, the Mexican Riviera, London, Edinburgh, San Francisco, Madrid, Seville, Granada, and New York, and we’ve read, eaten, and drunk along the way. We are looking forward to many more decades of trips near and far, literal and metaphorical, and we’re so glad you can share the start with us.

(By the way, this photo has its own travel story.  When we took it, David was leaving in less than an hour for a two-week trip to Norway.  The airline lost his luggage, and…

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