How Long it Takes to Create a Novel Isn’t Important, Writing it is. Inspiration From Author Ritu Bhathal #IWSG

Do you ever feel it’s taking too long to write your novel? What if I told you there is no prescribed timescale. Avoid internal pressure by learning from Ritu.
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Stream of Conscious Saturday. Grill. #SoCS

“If you are to host an inquisition then do so in a deep chamber with thick walls. There is nothing like the sounds of screaming to upset ones digestion.” Old gaoler saying in Ang Nafud.

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Goodreads: How to Promote a Book Effectively for Free


A collaborative post with Janice Wald and Melissa Marietta on how to use GoodReads to promote your books. Continue reading

Warning; Fictionisfood.com Theme Change Imminent. A Journey Through Cognitive Dissonance.

To do, or not to do? That is the question. I have pondered long and hard about improving the look of this blog and making things easier to find. In a few days it might look very broken so no laughing please… Continue reading

Stream of Conscious Saturday. Hollow / Empty #SoCS

“Hollows are the empty places of the world. In them lie demons and relics of times long gone. Enter them with care traveller. Most never return.”

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Reflections on the A to Z Challenge. Simply That, or A New WIP? #AtoZchallenge

“When a challenge is completed then see it not as a task accomplished, but as an achievement through perseverance and endeavour.” The Amanuensis.

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The Blue Sky Tag. A Great Way to Kick Out Winter and Say Hello Summer.

I received this way back last spring when skies were indeed turning from persistent grey and into something resembling warmer days and greenery bursting forth. With sun brewing and greenery returning it seemed a good time to dust this off. Continue reading

Update On Battle Status

Let the stories begin! Rachael Ritchey has been broken down at long last to revisit Blog Battle.

Yes, you heard it right Blog Battle is coming back.

Never heard of it? Shame on you. Were part if it then get thinking….

On an aside I can now hound you too, because…. I’m an editor on this now too. More info coming soon.

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As you’ve noticed, the battle has sat dormant for many months. It is still here because I cannot let it go. I love the battle. BUT we are getting ourselves dusted off and set aright once again.

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What is my point, you ask?

The point is BlogBattle is coming back! Yes. You heard me right. We will battle once again. There will be changes, so be prepared.

The good news? The parts of battle we all liked best will be back, and all the stuff that bogged it down will be wiped away. We’ll prompt once a month, genre requirements will disappear, your stories will be listed, and there will be opportunity to be found and read by the waiting world. Voting will be gone, but there’ll still be incentive to participate in the form of my (and possibly one or two other admin’s consensus) top pick for the…

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Author Spotlight; Ritu Bhathal and Poetry Rituals.

Poetry is a mysterious thing to me. Epics I have warmed to, how the minutia works is for better minds than mine. Enter Ritu, an enthusiastic poetess and successful blogger.
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Announcing the Winners of the ASF Short Story Contest!

Rachael Ritchey announced the winners of the ASF short story competition. Huge congratulations to the top three winners and accolades to the runners up who will be featuring in the up-coming anthology The Crux.

I will be featuring a post dedicated to this soon. …

Rachael Ritchey

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*Before you do anything else, push play on this video. You will want Victory music playing while you enjoy the inaugural ASF Short Story Contest results!*

Back in November, I got this hairbrained idea to put together a short story contest based off a book cover I’d randomly been designing just for kicks. I put some feelers out, and BAM! some people were like, “Heck yeah! I wanna do that.” SO here we are!

It was an absolute blast reading all the entries…well, all except the judging part. I would rather not do that part, but the stories are inspiring. It’s thrilling to see all the passion and talent.

Thank you to every person who submitted to the contest! The coolest part is that we’re going to put together an anthology of Adventurous Scifi & Fantasy stories. Once we’ve polished these babies up and made them shine, we’ll slap ’em into…

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