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Guest Post! WRITING WIDE by J.S. Wayne

Writing Wide

I’m easily bored.

I hate convention. I hate tropes, though I often find myself weaving them into my stories without conscious intent. I despise “the usual” and am always looking for a way to do things differently, some way to shake up the system and cause a little disruption in people’s expectations. This sensibility, of not doing the expected thing, or of doing the expected in an unexpected way, has been part of me for as long as I can remember.

When it comes to writing, I can’t write the same thing twice in a row. I don’t mean I don’t want to, or it doesn’t interest me. I am literally, physically incapable of it. I finish a story, and I know it’s something good. I know there’s a sequel there, and I’m the one to write it because I’m the one who lives in my characters’ heads.

But I sit down to the keyboard, and nothing happens.

You’ve done it all before, my brain says. You’re not bringing anything new to this story right now.

At this point, I have two choices: I can either force it, and it will sound and feel forced because it is, or I can set it aside and do something else, purging the new idea so I can look at the sequel with fresh eyes.

I never wanted to write erotic romance. I was urban fantasy all the way, and ride or die, that was my genre and Hell would hold Latin High Mass in a raging blizzard with compulsory attendance for every damned soul and demon before I’d get within an astronomical unit of writing romance. It was “too easy,” too safe, and besides, every single romance writer is a woman! (Yes, I’m well aware the entire last sentence is a series of myths now, thanks. But I didn’t know that then.)

And yet…

 

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July 2018 Instachallenges! One for Readers and One for Writers!

Good afternoon and Happy Thursday!

I cant believe it’s almost July already. Since we’re a few days away from the start of a new month, we thought this would be a good time to launch an Instagram photo challenge. We’ve got one for readers and one for writers. If you’re both, feel free to participate in both! They’ve each been assigned a separate hashtag and the challenge assignments were organized so you don’t have two similar overlapping.

Speak of assignments, below you will find not only the challenge graphics, but also an explanation of the assignment meaning. That way, if there is one you don’t quite understand, you can refer back here to see what the hell I was talking about.

For those not familiar with how an Instagram Photo Challenge works, we’ve created a list of assignments. Each assignment has a set day. You take or post a picture to your Instagram account on the assigned day with the event hashtag (#ReaderLife2018 or #AuthorLife2018) and your caption. Those following the event hashtag can then search the hashtag and your post will show up among the results.

Hope to see you all participate!  See you over on Instagram!  @puretextuality


MAKE SURE ALL OF YOUR POSTS
INCLUDE THE HASHTAG #ReaderLife2018

Additional Hashtag Suggestions
#authorlife #readerlife #bookstagram #photochallenge #amreading #amwriting

What They Mean

  • 1 – Shelfie:  Your book collection.
  • 2 – Favorite Reading Spot:  Where do you like to read?
  • 3 – Well-Loved Reads:  Books you’ve read to tatters.
  • 4 – Favorite Plot Twist:  Which book blindsided you?
  • 5 – Ugly Cry Story:  The book that made you cry like an insane person.
  • 6 – Current Read:  What are you reading now?
  • 7 – Tiny Books: Show your tiny reads (small books; book jewelry; book bobbles)
  • 8 – True Story: Your favorite non-fiction read.
  • 9 – Favorite Series:  What series have you read and reread?
  • 10 – Favorite Author:  Who is your one-click go-to author?
  • 11 – Favorite LOL Story:  What book made you laugh out loud?
  • 12 – Favorite Underdog:  What’s your favorite come-from-behind-win story?
  • 13 – Nostalgia Read:  What book takes you back as soon as you start reading?
  • 14 – Book to Bigscreen:  Your favorite book that’s been made into a TV show or movie.
  • 15 – Favorite Quote:  One line from a book that really stuck with you.
  • 16 – Favorite Romance:  Your favorite love story or fictional couple.
  • 17 – Favorite Fantasy:  What’s your favorite fantasy read?
  • 18 – Favorite Mystery:  Your favorite mystery novel?
  • 19 – Coming Release:  What book are you most anticipating?
  • 20 – Your TBR Pile:  Show us your To Be Read pile!
  • 21 – Favorite Book Title:  What title has stuck with you?
  • 22 – Favorite Genre:  What’s your go-to genre to read?
  • 23 – Reading Snacks:  Your must-have muchies when you’re reading.
  • 24 – Favorite Standalone:  Favorite book not part of a series.
  • 25 – Favorite Audio Books:  Your favorite audio read.
  • 26 – Magical Moment:  Your favorite scene that has stuck with you.
  • 27 – Most Emo Death:  What death did you read that hit you the hardest.
  • 28 – Favorite Cover:  Show us your favorite book cover.
  • 29 – Girl Power Read:  Your favorite female hero.
  • 30 – Autographs:  Got any signed books? Show us! If not, tell us who you want a signed book from.
  • 31 – Classic Reads:  Your favorites from the classics.

MAKE SURE ALL OF YOUR POSTS
INCLUDE THE HASHTAG #AuthorLife2018

Additional Hashtag Suggestions
#authorlife #readerlife #bookstagram #photochallenge #amreading #amwriting

What They Mean

  • 1 – Your Books:  Show us your bookshelf of currently available titles.
  • 2 – Writer Selfie:  Smile for the camera!
  • 3 – Writing Cave:  Show us where the magic happens!
  • 4 – Research Mode:  Your go-to places or resources.
  • 5 – WIP Quote:  A quote from your current work in progress.
  • 6 – Soundtrack:  Music you write to or a song that reminds you of your story.
  • 7 – Milestone:  A milestone moment in your writing career.
  • 8 – Favorite of Your Covers:  Which one is your favorite?
  • 9 – Swag:  Show us the merch for your books.
  • 10 – Writer Tribe:  Who are your writer buddies?
  • 11 – Your Muse:  Show us your writing inspiration.
  • 12 – Dedications:  Show us one of your dedication pages.
  • 13 – Your Mentor:  Who is someone you’d consider an influencer or shaper of your writing career?
  • 14 – Your Autograph:  Show us your autograph.
  • 15 – Author Event:  Show us an event photo or an event you want to be in one day.
  • 16 – Your Hero:  Who is your hero? A writer you look up to as the shining example of what you want to be as a writer.
  • 17 – Inner Circle:  Who is your inner circle? Writers and non-writers alike.
  • 18 – #WriterGoals:  Tell us a bucket list item for your writing career.
  • 19 – Message to Readers:  A message just for your readers.
  • 20 – #AmWriting:  Tell us what writing means to you.
  • 21 – Your Team:  Who is your publishing team? Cover designer, editor, proofreader, betas, etc.
  • 22 – WIP Cover:  Show us your current WIP cover. If you dont have a cover (or dont want to reveal it), tell us a little about the project.
  • 23 – Your Genre:  What’s the genre you write in most?
  • 24 – Your Favorite Character:  Our of all your stories, who was your favorite character to write?
  • 25 – Must-Have Tools:  What tools do you use for writing?
  • 26 – Panster / Plotter:  Do you write by the seat of your pants or plot first?
  • 27 – Writing Rituals:  What do you need to do or have to feel prepared when you sit down to write?
  • 28 – Writer Fuel:  Habitual chip muncher? Coffee addict? What physically fuels your stories?
  • 29 – Writer Advice:  Give us a piece of advice for fellow writers.
  • 30 – Good Juju:  Post something nice for a fellow writer like a book promo or follow shout out.
  • 31 – What Comes Next:  After the project you’re currently working on, what project are you jumping to next?
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RANDOMS: Show Your Support and Take a Stand Against eBook Piracy!

Hey readers!  Jena here.  As most of you are aware, Pure Textuality is a site that is a lover of all books – traditional and indie published alike.  A rising problem in the publishing industry as a whole is the piracy of eBooks.

As an indie author, I can tell you that there is a LOT of work that goes into publishing one single title.  Not only work but also money out of our own pocket.  The reality of being an indie publisher is that there is very little return on our investment unless we happen to be one of the lucky ones that hits it big.  Whether the author is extremely successful or just getting started, eBook piracy is the same thing as walking into their house and stealing their money.

More and more sites are being found out and shut down for taking copies of legally purchased books, stripping away the protections and duplicating the file.  They are then either putting them on the internet for free or (worse in my eyes) putting them up for sale at a discounted price, of which they collect 100% (self-published authors only take a small percentage of their book’s list price).

Another rising problem is bloggers.  Oh, I hate even bringing this up, and I assure you that Pure Textuality is not one of them.  There is a problem happening with bloggers who receive free books turning around and giving them away.  Essentially, this is the same thing as piracy.

As these sites are being found out, authors are fighting back.  Both traditionally published and self-published are taking a stand.  And I am reaching out to you now, not just as a reader and book blogger but also as an author to show your support.  Below are two images – one for readers and one for authors to support the fight against eBook piracy.  I encourage you to share it.  Post it on your blog.  Put it up on Twitter.  Put it up on Facebook.  Email it to your friends.  Spread the word.  eBook piracy is a crime.  Every bit as much as stealing a car is a crime.  The amount of money being stolen shouldn’t matter.  Stealing is stealing.

Thank you for your support on behalf of authors everywhere!

– Jena

 

P.S. – These images were not created by me.  I tried tracking down who the creator was to grant proper credit but I was unsuccessful.  I do know that it was posted on Facebook by and author I am unfamiliar with and now I can’t for the life of me find the post to grant HER credit for sharing it.  If anyone saw the post I am referring to, please by all means, leave the author’s name in the comments.

 

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RANDOMS: Happy 165th Birthday Bram Stoker!

Today marks what would have been Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday!  So Happy Birthday to you Mr. Stoker!  Without your most famous piece of work, Dracula, we wouldn’t have the likes of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries and even the sparkly non-badass vamps of Twilight that serve as so many readers’ very own guilty pleasure.  Thank you for all you contributed to our literary world! 

Look!  Even Google is celebrating!

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RANDOMS: My Chat With Kerrelyn Sparks (@avonbooks, @kerrelynsparks)

As I’ve mentioned before, I was lucky enough to get picked for this term of Avon Addicts with Avon Books.  Tonight, we had an Shindig video chat with Kerrelyn herself.  We talked about everything from publishing to her Love At Stake series and her newest release The Forbidden Lady.

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NEWS: A Little Props From the Fangtastic Folks at The Fangreaders Chat!!! (@FangreadersChat)

 
A few mornings ago, I was going through my normal routine – check the site for comments, see how the hits are doing, draft up reviews to post and check the e-mail box.  I had a wonderful surprise from the fangtastic folks at Fangreaders Chat. 

 
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GUEST POST by Book Blogger Dolly: The Glamorous Life of a Book Blogger/Reviewer

When I volunteered to be a book blogger, I had all these wonderful thoughts and ideas.  I’d get to share my love of books with others who loved books at an established, fun website.  Naive, right?  I mean, I talk books all the time with family and friends, how could writing about them in a forum be any different?  I’m more than naive, I’m pretty much delusional. 
 
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NEWS: Anne Rice on Sparkly Vampires, ‘Twilight,’ ‘True Blood,’ and Werewolves

I almost died when I saw this interview!  I am a very big Anne Rice fan and ever since I read the Twilight series and the Southern Vampire Mysteries, I have wondered what Anne Rice, the queen of vampire novels, would think of their cuddly vampire leads.  Read on to find out how she feels!  *wink wink*

 

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