Friday, January 27, 2012
The Find: pinterest.com
How did I find "The Find"? My daughter, a rabid pinner, told me about it.
My reaction to "The Find"? Have mercy! It's addictive and requires self-control. It's a social network, cookbook, image research tool, and an online scrapbook rolled into one handy site. As a writer, I use it in many ways. It helps me get to know my favorite scribes better, certainly, but it also provides a place for me to find and store images that inspire my writing. It's good medicine to help ward off a deadly case of writer's block, because I can always find something to write about. On my page, the "boards" that relate most closely to my writing are "Books and Brew Bistro," "Writer's Inspiration," "Evocative Images," "Faces and Folks," "Brushstrokes," and "Galleria Fantasia." Pinners create and name their own boards. It's great fun.
Your turn. Do you have a Pinterest site? How do you use it? What do you like best about it? If you're a writer, what special applications do you use? Please share in "Comments."
Because of Christ,
Saturday, January 21, 2012
(In the interest of full disclosure, I must confess that I may not have actually found "Friday's Find" feature on a Friday.)
The Find: Tammie Edington Shaw--Letters Across the Page, "Splickety: A New Magazine"; Friday, January 20.
How did I find the find? Shaw, a fellow member of ACFW's 19th Century Writers email loop, announced her interview with Splickety's executive editor, Ben Erlichman.
My reaction to the find? Though the main purpose of the article is to announce the inaugural issue of Splickety, a publication in both print and digital formats that specializes in flash fiction, three other magazines, also imprints of Written World Communications, are listed: Harpstring (Christian fiction); Other Sheep (Christian speculative fiction); and Starsongs (fiction for kids by kids). I'm always thrilled to hear about new potential writing markets.
The first issue of Splickety features a story by Brandilyn Collins. According to Shaw's article, each issue will feature a well-known author, but Erlichman also welcomes submissions from lesser-known and new writers. I see it as an opportunity to become more familiar with the work of several writers. I also might submit a short, short story of my own occasionally.
Because of Christ
Postscript: Yes, yes, I know. Technically this is a "Saturday Find." Sorry.
Friday, January 13, 2012
The Find: Kaye Dacus--Humor, Hope, and Happily Ever Afters, "Internal Dialogue," Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007.
How did I find the find? I went looking for it.
My reaction to the find? One of my critique partners raised the question about proper style for deep third-person POV. Since it seemed to me there is a difference between internal monologue and deep third, I searched for other perspectives. Ultimately, it may be a matter of personal and editorial style, but I liked what Kaye had to say.
Your turn. Where do you stand on the issue? If you're agented or published, what stance does your agent or editor take. Please weigh in with a comment. I'm eager to hear.
Because of Christ,
Friday, January 6, 2012
The Find: "The Best of Daily Writing Tips in 2011."
How did I find the find? I subscribe to "Daily Writing Tips" e-letter.
My reaction to the find? Many of the articles chosen were ones that had caught my attention first time through my inbox, some of which I didn't get time to read. They are pertinent to writing both fiction and non-fiction. I also thought it worthwhile to call the site to the attention to other writers who might not be aware of it.
Your turn. Have you discovered a particularly good site you'd be willing to share with others? Please comment and leave a link. Thank you!
Because of Christ,