Well, folks. It was fun while it lasted.

As you can see, not much has been happening on this blog lately.

There are several reasons for this, but I will only hit on a couple:

First: It's amazing how much can change in a couple of months--both in our personal lives and on the writing front. A couple of us have signed publishing contracts, and so the need to write, edit, market, promote HAD to take preference over this blog and the services we were providing.

Second: Running this blog, critiquing submissions, providing feedback...well, that's a LOT of dang work. We weren't getting paid for this service. We had a concept and we went with it--for free--not realizing how much time it would involve with very little (nothing) in return for our effort.

Third: Probably the biggest factor that made us come to this decision, was the fact that a good portion of the submissions we received just weren't ready. They needed more revision. We were wanting to give out reviews on AMAZING, fully complete, well edited novels. 90% of what we received didn't come close.

So we've shut it down. We've moved on.

If you liked our comments and our posts, you can check us out on our individual blogs:

Angela Scott: www.whimsywritingandreading.weebly.com or @whimsywriting on twitter or http://www.facebook.com/AngelaScottWriter

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Guest Blogger: The Stories We Tell

Posted by Ready, Aim, Hook Me at 9:17 PM
Thanks to my guest blogger, Elisabeth from ECWrites for subbing for me today. She's about to release The Golden Sky in November, which is a heartbreaking and endearingly funny look through the eyes of a young mother as she loses her son to birth defects. I thought she could talk a little bit about why she leans toward nonfiction, specifically Memoir. I've heard it been said that we all have a story in us somewhere, and if you've been to Elisabeth's blog, you'll know she has more than enough stories for all of us.

~The Skeptical Hook'er

    For me, writing is like growing up--it's just something you do.  I write early, every morning.  Whether I'm having a hard time, or a good time, I write no matter what.  It isn't about how much other people like my words, or even what they evoke for them.  No, writing is about expressing my passion and life.  Maybe my loved ones will have those words to remember me by when I'm gone.  I sure hope so.  But for now, the simple act of writing is enough.
    Everyone has a story to tell, something they see distinctly through a special perception.  A good writer can take any moment in life, put it on paper and make it something wonderful for the reader.  It's not the experience per se, but rather how the experience is conveyed that makes it relevant.

    For example, when detectives investigate a crime scene, every witness will describe things a bit differently.  If everyone explains the scenario exactly the same, the authorities will know it's a lie.
    Last week I went to a baby shower with a writing friend.  We had a great time, but for the most part, it was a normal shower.  It became so ordinary, we decided to write about our experiences.  
    Both of us noticed entirely different things.  I couldn't pull my eyes from the woman with the sparkly dress and the powdered nose.  She smiled with genuine delight although from the design of her collar, I would have pegged her for a stuffy seamstress.  My friend decided to write about the dog, a playful fellow who kept nibbling her feet.  Through those two experiences, I found the whole scenario quite exciting amidst the booties, carrots and tea.  
    It wasn't the baby shower itself that made our stories so interesting, but rather the little details which told more about how we viewed our own surroundings.

    Do you ever write non-fiction?  If so, what do your words display about your perception of the world?

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Komz@The Review Girl on September 2, 2011 at 7:26 AM said...

I have written non-fiction in terms of journalistic artciles, features on social issues and entertainment as well as reviews...yes...I am talking about published articles. My perception is influenced by my frame of reference and my exposure to the global audience. In other terms, sometimes they covey the harsh and bitter truths of people's lives and at other times, it is purely fun and humorous, even crazy! ...maybe that is why I love Elisa's posts...great guest post.

I loved your blog and will be coming here again to read more.
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Komz@The Review Girl on September 2, 2011 at 7:27 AM said...

Just posted your blog button on my blog, would love it if you grab one of my buttons too!:)

Ed Pilolla on September 2, 2011 at 11:12 AM said...

i, like many, prefer writing fiction. i mean, there's so much non-fiction that goes into my fiction. every character i create is filled with some of me and some of someone else i know and, of course, some magic of someone i don't know at all.
i still write non-fiction, both in my blog and elsewhere. it's a different animal. i find humor so much more difficult in non-fiction, perhaps mostly becuz i am concentrating on getting all the facts right, and looking at things from multiple angles since i owe that to the readers. in fiction, i owe nothing and find myself having more fun becuz i feel freer. that said, i love a good non-fiction book. i'm currently reading the wolf in the parlor by jon franklin. it's about how wolves and ancient humans collaborated and evolved together.

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