18 The Anthology – Get your free e-copy

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On one of my recent posts I mentioned that my Writers’ group – Vision Writers’, were producing an anthology. Well, I am happy to announce that ’18’ is here! Woohoo, I hear you all shouting. And believe me, I am just as excited as you are. The anthology celebrates 18 years of Brisbane based writers’ group – Vision Writers’. The group has a number of published members, including our founders Marian De Pierres and Rowena Corey Daniels. Vision Writers’ has a variety of characters from all walks of life, and as a member of the group you’re sure to get honest and invaluable feedback on any stories you submit for critique. I have learned a great deal from this fantastic Medley of Sci fi, Fantasy and Horror Authors. 18 Showcases the talents of some of our current authors with thirteen stories to lose yourselves in. The anthology covers tales of Wizards, Dragon’s, Spirits, Mobsters and much more. These stories will take you to new worlds; worlds of fantasy and worlds of horror. Thanks to all who helped put this anthology together: Trahern, Belinda, Talitha, Meghann, and all the other writers involved. 18 is available as an E book for free on various sites, check out my ‘Publications’ page for details.

So, enjoy and once you’ve sated your reading appetite, please post a review or let me know what you think via comment on this blog post.

Spotlight on the Author – Geneve Flynn

Photo by Pedro Moura Pinheiro

Photo by Pedro Moura Pinheiro

I’d like to shine a bright spotlight on someone who I believe is an extremely talented author. Her name is Geneve Flynn (pronounced Jen-a-vee). Gen joined my writers’ group about a year ago and from day one she has not failed to impress me. She has a talent for writing original stories and building her worlds, with what appears to be an effortless use of well placed words.

Personally, I look forward to Gen’s submissions, not only because every one is a pleasure for me to read, but also because I can learn valuable lessons from them. They are always well edited and well written. Maybe because she not just a writer, but she is an editor too. She frequently puts her editing skills to work, not just on her own stories, but on the work presented for critique at our group. Her critiques of my work are always constructive and offer a great deal of value.

Gen writes in a style that describes the surroundings without you realising she is doing it. The words flow smoothly and draw you into her world. She has a knack for old folk-tale horror stories and I think she is an author to look out for in the future. So when her name is plastered across the store windows, advertising her latest story, remember – you heard it here first!

If you would like to find out more about Geneve and her stories, just follow this link.

Book Covers – Which One Works For You?

Hi everyone, firstly, I’d like to say thank you to those who liked my post on the back blurb for ‘Blood Rage’. It gives me an idea of whether I’m on the right track or not.

Moving along, you may remember in a recent update I mentioned a friend of mine had knocked up some cover designs. I have been messing around with them and, well, I need your help again. I would like to put them to the vote. They are pretty similar, and a I have not tinkered with all of them, just in case you prefer the originals to those I have messed with.

I’d love to get as much feedback as I can on these. So please, if you can spare a moment to let me know which image you think should grace the cover of my book, or to provide some feedback, I’d appreciate it.

Which one works for you, image A, B, C, D or E.

A.

Blood Rage cover 3

B

Blood Rage cover 4

C

Blood Rage cover 5

D

Blood Rage cover 7

E

Blood Rage cover 1

The Principles of Design: Color Harmony

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Some good info in here for design, can also be applied to book covers, etc…

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

Hi bloggers! My name’s Kjell Reigstad, and I’m a designer at Automattic. This is part three in my monthly series on “The Principles of Design.” In this series, I share some of the basic tenets of design, and we explore how to apply them to your blog.

So far, we’ve discussed clarity and visual hierarchy.

Colors can be very powerful. They stir up our emotions, convey personal and cultural messages, and set the mood. A bright red can shout “Stop!” while a deep blue can be calming and quiet. While individual colors say a lot on their own, most of what we see in the world involves more than one color. The way those colors work together is called color harmony.

Have you ever noticed that a bright pink rose stands out against a green bush? Or that a blue top goes well with khaki pants? That’s basic

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Book Review – The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is one of those stories that is loved by many. It is the story of Kvothe, a legend in his own right, hiding out in a small village. But trouble has a way of finding heros.

The Bad Stuff: For me, it was the way this book was written that detracted from my enjoyment of a good read. A large chunk of the tale unravels as the main character, Kvothe, narrates his life story to a scribe. This didn’t work for me.

The Good Stuff: This is a great fantasy story with an array of interesting characters, good and bad alike. A travelling troupe, music, magic and intrigue are all wrapped up in this novel.

There are many fans out there that love this novel, but while I liked the story itself, I struggled with the style in which it was written. I give it 3 out of 5 golden bookmarks.

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How well are you doing with your blog?

Image by Marco Bellucci

Image by Marco Bellucci

Do you know how well your blog is doing? I hope so, because I am going to ask for your knowledge here. I was having a discussion recently with some of my author friends and we got onto the topic of my blog. I wasn’t sure how many of them read my posts, but as it turns out, there are a few that do. And it was nice to know. There was a bit of interest in how many comments I receive, how often I post and also the fact that I keep my post short and relevant. I hadn’t really thought about it that much, but being asked to reflect on this, I found that I don’t actually receive many comments. I do have a schedule though, I try to post twice a week on a consistent basis. Once on a Wednesday and once on a Saturday, though I find that the Saturday blog sometimes creeps into Sunday.

I was also asked if I have a lot of followers. The truth is I’m not sure. My blog has been running for little over a year and I have 196 followers to date. I’m not sure if that is good or bad and I don’t know if that is considered a lot of followers or not. So that’s where you come in. I’d like to know what is considered the norm. What is good and what indicates a blog needs some work. I’d like to get your thoughts and experience on this, so please let me know how your doing.

More writing than you can poke a stick at.

On top of all the other writing stuff I have been doing of late, I have been writing a short story for another anthology that is due to be released later this year. Having been working on my novel for so long, I’m finding that I enjoy writing short stories more and more these days. I have one or two short stories that I started a while ago and have put away, but I’m thinking I may have to pull them out of the vault and finish them off sometime soon. I think it is the fact that I can write and edit them so much quicker, which then lets me move onto something new.

I’ve submitted my anthology piece to my writers’ group for critique, that happens this weekend, so I should get some valuable feedback tomorrow. Then I should be able to polish it up and put the shiny version in for copy editing. I will keep you all posted on the release dates when they come out, but it is probably not going to be released until the end of the year. In the mean time, I will continue to work on the short story and novella that prelude my novel “Blood Rage”.

If you are a writer, I’d love to know what are you working on right now, and if you are a reader, I’d like to hear what you’re reading. Why not drop me a line to let me know.

Everyone Has A Story, How Interesting Is Yours?

Picture by Kynan Tait

Picture by Kynan Tait

Hi everyone, instead of the usual quote, book review or update on my journey as an author, I wanted to share something a little more important. I recently volunteered for MIFQ (Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland) to assist with an art exhibition held at King George Square in Brisbane City. The exhibition had over 300 pieces of work by more than 160 artists with a lived experience of mental illness. I have to say, I was blown away by the quality of the artwork. As an artist and writer myself, it was amazing to see so many visual works displayed in the heart of Brisbane.

The exhibition helps to raise awareness of mental illness and art can help with the recovery of those affected by it. If you get the chance to check out the exhibition next year, I would recommend that you do. Every piece of art tells its own story and I found some of the work on display to be extremely interesting. At the very least you can admire some excellent art work, and who knows, maybe you will find some inspiration there.

Everyone has a story, how interesting is yours?

Click here to find out more about MIFQ.