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A response to Raani York's "How Authors would wish their books to be reviewed"

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Once upon a time Raani York, an author, wrote a blog post titled How Authors would wish their books to be reviewed and some people thought it was cool. Others thought it was kinda lame. I decided to read it. I fell into the latter category. And, I decided to write a blog post, too!

York had a list, so let's start with that...
York-Peppermint #1: If you aren’t convinced of our work, and you don’t feel it deserves a 4- or 5-Star review, please contact us in private and let us know why you are not the biggest fan of our book. When you find constructive criticisms we understand, but still have good words about our writing, we can decide together, whether or not a quite positive 3-Star review can be published.
Ratings vs. Reviews: Let me start this segment by saying, I believe there are two very different parts to a review, and I'm not sure that was evident in York's post. There's the rating (1-5) and review (words). My understanding is that the rating is data and the review i…

Musical Writing Prompt #3

I got so busy writing other posts, I completely forgot about picking a musical writing prompt. Normally I have it picked and ready to go well in advance of posting on Wednesday.

Not today. Was sitting here, halfway through the day, when I realized I hadn't posted.

The first week, we had the innocent sounding ABBA selection. The second week we had an epic sounding piece. And this week, we're going dark. Dark and moody.

Suicide Blonde
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Jim Carrey's movie The Number 23 might not have gone over as well as he wanted, and it certainly isn't the best limb in his body of work. It does however showcase him in arguably his darkest role, and accompanied by a great soundtrack (as always) by Harry Gregson-Williams.

There are several great tracks to listen to on Gregson-Williams' 23 soundtrack, and it made it hard to pick one for the post. If you've never heard it, or given it much thought, you might try taking it for a spin. It's very dar…

On Writing (Part 3): Narrative Should be Confident

A common thing to do with narrative is to have doubt, lack confidence. I catch myself doing this sometimes. I think it's OK for characters to have doubt internally and express that through narrative, or dialogue. But sometimes that doubt bleeds through into narrative. The narrator's voice should be confident, and harbor no doubt.

Typically this is notable when a statement is made, and then immediately taken back.

Example 1: John was a good looking man, at least to most, who knew how to get what he wanted.

Example 2: Stacy walked down the black corridor, which was more of a dark gray.

Statements like these have a tendency to: a) cause confusion, and b) add very little to the narrative. Is John good looking or not? Is the corridor black or gray? Just tell us, Ms. Narrator.

Instead of spending time going back and forth on one detail, pick one and describe it. Decide John is good looking and describe the features that make him such. Decide the corridor is black and describe what that m…

Musical Writing Prompt #2

The second week of the Musical Writing Prompt brings us something completely different. Our first song was Knowing Me, Knowing You by ABBA. A little 1970s pop for inspiration.

This week, on the other hand, is going back in time even further and ditching pop altogether. Unless you consider that classical music was the (pop)ular music of the day. Womp, womp. But alas, moving forward to the important parts.
How it works

Listen to song embedded in post
Reblog post
Enter flash fiction inspired by song in reblog
Be esteemed by peers

O Fortuna
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O Fortuna is so incredible and old, that I'm even going to give you a little reading with it. Here's a link to its Wikipedia page. Hope you enjoy this incredible piece of music and it inspires you to write something awesome.

On Writing (Part 2): Man in the Mirror

Let's talk about the strange image I'm using for these posts, the mirror with no reflection.

When I was 15 years old, I landed a role in a play that was only my second play I'd ever done and first lead I'd ever played. The show was performed at Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, Missouri, and the image is taken at that theatre. This mirror is in their green room, which is to the left of the actual stage.

The theatre itself is an old church dating way back to the 1800s, and has lots of history. If I had to pick between performing in old theatres and state of the art, I'd choose old. Way more character, way more engrossing as an actor.
But what's up with the mirror?
I can't tell you how many times I've stood in front of this mirror and made a last minute adjustment to a costume piece, hat, hair, whatever. I performed at the theatre so many times, that it became natural to not feel comfortable and ready as the character until I had verified the character in the ol…

Hridoypur**

Dipankar's work of translating these poems into English is much appreciated. This latest addition is completely fantastic. Love the rhythm and wording. Highly recommended reading, if you love reading poetry.

You'll need to click-through to the original post to read the poem.