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1. Writing Links


July is my blogging sabbath, a time for me to step away and recharge. Usually during this season I re-run popular posts once a week. This year I’ve come across a number of great writing articles, so many that I realized July would work perfectly for sharing them.

I hope you enjoy what you find here. Monday I’ll return to my regular blogging schedule.


On Despair and the Writing Process by Anne Nesbet :: Project Mayhem

Thirteen Writing Tips :: Chuck Palahnuik

Life Lessons from the Bronte Sisters :: The Daily Beast

6 Things I Tell Myself Once I’m Done Writing a Book :: Jody Hedlund

Killing Darlings :: Tara Lazar

The post Writing Links originally appeared on Caroline Starr Rose

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2. 3, a number poem

draft (c) Heidi Mordhorst 2016
3 is the magic number,
bulging with possibilities.
One thing leads to another
                and then another.
Beginning middle end.
3 has eyes to see and ears to hear.
3 purses its lips and
blows a kiss to the future.
         Promise of wishes fulfilled.


That's a less-than-one-minute poem that COULD have been (but isn't) in the forthcoming anthology ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME, edited by Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt.  Instead a different tiny poem by me is included, along with many more "60-second poems to send you off to sleep."

I just love the cover illustration by Christoph Niemann, and I can't wait to see what other poems by our Poetry Friday friends are included.  It comes out November 1 from Little Brown, just in time for winter gift-giving!

The Poetry Friday round-up is with Margaret at Reflections on the Teche.

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3. Friday Linky List - 29 July 2016

From Ursula K. Le Guin's Book View Café: The Big Book of Earthsea - reveal of the upcoming book illustrated by Charles Vess

From The Atlantci: Where Books Are All But Nonexistent (book deserts)

From Wheeler Studio: Tell Me a Tattoo Story

From Nevada Today: Books in the home as important as parents' education level

From The Telegraph: Lauren Child's 14 favourite children's books

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4. Poetry Friday: Red-headed Restaurant Cashier by Carl Sandburg

Shake back your hair; let go your laughter.

Carl Sandburg wrote this line about a red-headed restaurant cashier; I share it here for anyone that needs encouragement to be themselves and to be happy.

View all posts tagged as Poetry Friday at Bildungsroman.

View the roundup schedule at A Year of Reading.

Learn more about Poetry Friday.

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5. Waiting for the Bus

While waiting for the bus, a woman
Started to converse.
She sensed I wasn't in the mood
But then, what made it worse

Was when she mentioned that she came
From having radiation.
I couldn't just ignore her, having
That as information.

We both wore baseball caps, but then
She pulled hers off to show
Me that the little hair upon her head
Had started, now, to grow.

Our conversation on the bus
Touched down on this and that - 
The neighborhood, the weather, food;
We had a pleasant chat.

A tidbit we discovered was
Our ages were the same.
Her stop came first - we said goodbye
With no exchange of name.

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6. Comment on The Day Katie McAvity Turned Off Gravity by Frances Delgatto

Simply wanna state that this is extremely helpful, Thanks for taking your time to write this.


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8. Tell a Tale

He lives to tell a tale,
In a body so frail,
Ever young heart,
Experience of a new scale,

He lives to tell a tale,
To those wandering seeds,
That needs water to sprout,
That needs to check the deeds,

He lives to tell a tale,
Like, ‘Alice in a wonderland’,
Stitching the belief in love,
Gifting this age, a brand,

He lives to tell a tale,
He knows, sharing is caring,
He instills the smile around,
Signifying the importance of baring,

He lives to tell a tale,
Every color is so different,
And the world needs more,

‘Rainbow of unity’, not a dent.  

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9. Comment on Faraway Father by スーパーコピーブランド キーケース

20位 Crystal Tourbillon $900,000 (1.08億円)シルヴェスター?スタローンも愛用する時計ブランド、Jacob & Co. (ジェイコブ)の時計だ。エントリーモデルは50万位からあるが、このハイエンドモデルは1億超の商品。時計というよりは宝飾品に近い。
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10. स्वच्छता का महत्व और हमारी जागरुकता – ऑडियो

क्लिक करिए और सुनिए दो मिनट और 37 सैकिंड का स्वच्छता पर ऑडियो स्वच्छता का महत्व और हमारी जागरुकता – ऑडियो धरती को रहने लायक कैसे बना जाए ? क्या वाकई में स्वच्छता अभियान में हमारा कोई योगदान हो सकता है ? या फिर  दान पुण्य के नाम पर गंदगी फैलाना ही जायज है…!! हास्य […]

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11. Sales Figures

How much do the sales of a previous book impact your ability to get your next book published.


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12. I thought all publishing was behind me. Then this.

Last October, Danielle M. Smith, a friend and agent, picked up the phone and called me. My husband and I happened to be away, at a just-the-two-of-us retreat. It was raining. Outside, a river rose. I talked to Danielle for close to an hour.

About life, moose, cookies, hope. About what I was and was not writing. She asked the question. I said "not much." Finally, I confessed. There was this book, this very personal book, a book that I'd been writing. I wasn't sure I'd ever publish again. But the truth was, I couldn't stop myself from writing.

A few weeks later, I finished that book. I sent it to Danielle, a presumption. It isn't as if she'd asked for it. In fact, she actually had not. Danielle was busy building her new list with Red Fox Literary. She was selling story after story. I don't think she was in the market for another client. But there, with this book, I was.

She read right away. She had a hunch. A little while later, the book went to auction.

So, Danielle, this is for you. And this is for Caitlyn Dlouhy, editor extraordinaire, who said so much when we first talked that still resonates here, in my head and heart. And this is for the other really kind and smart editors who talked with me that week. Each of you a boon. Each unforgettable.

Sometimes, we give up on ourselves. Sometimes we're given (a gift) brand new chances.

I'm grateful for this one.

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13. FOODFIC: Please Welcome Karen Kondazian, Author of The Whip

It’s the 1850s in Sacramento, California and the Gold Rush is booming. Streets are packed with men of all color and constitution, wheeling and dealing...having left their families and traveling sometimes treacherous journeys to seek their fortune. After a fruitless day digging for gold, the men might get their kicks through a variety of amusements: mainly brothels, live theater and gambling saloons. They also imbibe in whisky, beer, tobacco... and for the wealthy and adventurous, opium that the Chinese introduced.  But then there was something else that few would try, something called Indian Whisky!

Wait, what? Indian Whisky? That doesn’t sound exactly PC. Well let’s put this into historical context: It was still the ‘Wild West’ and territorial hostilities were at a high but there were also friendly negotiations made between the 'white man' and the Indians.  Although some of the trades between them were not exactly fair to the Indians, there was indeed a huge run on a particular cheap, homemade 'Indian' whisky sold to the Indians, in exchange for goods such as fresh cut tobacco.

What secret ingredients were in Indian Whisky that so titillated the Indian palate and why is it featured in The Whip? (a historical novel inspired by the true story of Charlotte ‘Charley’ Parkhurst (1812-1879), a famous Wells Fargo stagecoach driver who disguised herself as a man). Not to give away spoilers but there is a point in the novel when Charley looses the sight in one eye, having been kicked by her horse.  She is laying in bed, while her friend and fellow stagecoach driver, Ben, is trying to cheer her up by offering her a slug of Indian Whisky and explaining what’s in it: (this is an authentic recipe from the old west, believe it or not!)

"So you take one barrel of river water, and two gallons of alcohol. Then you add two ounces of strychnine...  'cuz strychnine is a f'ing great stimulant. Add three plugs of tobacco to make ‘em sick; an Indian wouldn’t figure it was whiskey unless it made him sick. Then add five bars of soap to give it a bead, and half-pound of red pepper. Put in some sagebrush, boil it ‘til it’s brown, strain it into a barrel and hell, you got yourself some delicious Indian Whiskey."

So if you’re down in the dumps, you might want to try whipping up some Indian Whisky and see if that does the trick~or not.

Thanks for stopping by to share your food for thought, Karen!

You can find Karen here:

The Whip by Karen Kondazian is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audible and Itunes in all formats: Paperback, Hardback, Kindle, Nook, E-book, Audio Book CD and Audible Audio Book.

* 2014 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Prize - Fiction-Western category
* 2013 Best Western, International Book Awards
* 2012 Award-Winner in Fiction: Historical category - USA Best Book Awards

2014 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Prize in the Fiction-Western
2013 International Book Award/ Best Western Fiction
2013 National Indie Excellence Award /Best Western
2013 Best eBook Global Award/Best Historical Fiction/Western
2012 USA News Book Award/ Best Historical Fiction

Goodreads: Best Book to be made into a Film / Top 12 Best Western Books

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14. FRENTE FAVELA BRASIL – nova política, novo Brasil.

Jessé Andarilho de Antares, poeta-escritor, fala sobre o novo partido Frente Favela Brasil. Clica pra ouvir. Novo movimento político que se coloca à frente da nova política brasileira, protagonizado por negros com origem nas favelas.
Importante entender: o Brasil é negro. Foi e é construído pelo trabalho negro e, infelizmente, com custos altos para essa população. São hiper-explorados – a relação de mais valia é maior quanto mais escura a pele – são as maiores vítimas de mortes violentas e violações de direitos humanos.
Ao mesmo tempo, é na efervescência cultural que brota desta dor as mais belas manifestações de arte, educação e cultura. Favelas são laboratórios de humanidades. Ali a sociedade impera sobre o mercado (monopólio dos ricos, voluntariamente segregados da vida comum), a economia é solidária e em muitos pontos mais forte do que o mundo do financismo.
Não vejo nada que se compare à força que emerge das favelas, num compasso organizado, quase como uma canção de guerra, seja no funk ou no jongo ancestral (que quando se unem são imbatíveis).
Sentada, silenciosa, no meio daquela festa onde se marcava um momento histórico, na favela mais antiga do Brasil – Morro da Providência, construída por ex-combatentes de Canudos – não fiz mais do que vibrar com a energia transformadora daquelas pessoas, de peles coloridas e utopias, agora possíveis.

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15. Comment on Pancakes With Papa by エルメス ドゴン スーパーコピー

また、ロレックス支持を高協と世界トップゴルフ大会機構の連絡、:サン・アンドリュースロイヤル古いゴルフクラブ(R&A)、アメリカPGA、女子プロゴルフ協会(LPGA)、アメリカゴルフ協会(USGA)、ヨーロッパツアー(Europeanツアー)、アメリカ名人戦(ザMaters)靑少年、アメリカゴルフ協会(AJGA)、PGAツアー(PGAツアー)を賛助中国ゴルフ協会と世界級のゴルフ大会組織と協力を含むエビアンマスターズ(Evianマスターズ)とエビアン靑少年マスターズ(ジュニアEvianマスターズ)。中国のゴルファーの訓练プロジェクトや靑少年の育成プロジェクトをロレックスの支持を得る。ロレックス_スーパーコピー時計サン・アンドリュースロイヤル古いゴルフクラブ(R&A)(美、カナダ、墨のほかにゴルフ競技の管理担当機関)に出版された『ゴルフルール』(RulesオブGolf)と言われるロブ運動の権威の典籍、本の中国語版の出版をロレックスまでの独占賛助。また、同項の戦略的協力のパートナー関係を深めると同じくきっと気ままなその後ロレックス国内トップゴルフ競技の関係を含む:例えば、ボルボオープン(Volvoチャイナの)、アジアアマチュア选手権(アジアンAmateur Championships)と世界選手権- HSBC选手権(WGC HSBC WorldGolf Championships)
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16. ऐतिहासिक सड़क जाम

ऐतिहासिक सड़क जाम कुछ समय पर गुडगांव नाम परिवर्तन के लिए सुर्खियों मे रहा था और आज एतिहासिक जाम के लिए गुरुग्राम ने सुर्खिया बटोरी. ट्विटर यूजर्स ने फोटो पोस्ट करते हुए लिखा कि एक दिन में गुड़गांव वेनिस बन गया. गुड़गांव में शाम 4 बजे के आसपास तेज बारिश के बाद  भयंकर और एतिहासिक […]

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17. Comment on Dolls of Hope by Kenisha Whitwell

Cada aviso que recibimos para reparar una Neveras Ignis es un reto para nosotros ya que sabemos que nuestro prestigio está en juego, y que respetamos al máximo a nuestros clientes ya que hemos llegado donde hemos llegado en este sector gracias a la confianza depositada por ustedes y la expansión de persona a persona de nuestro SERVICIO TÉCNICO DE REPARACIÓN DE Neveras Ignis como el más efectivo, profesional y económico de Madrid y comunidad autónoma.


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18. Panning for Gold!

I finally realized what doing research for writing historical fiction is like: panning for gold!

Here is the 7th part of the television interview I did with Kevin Avard on Gate City Chronicles. If you cannot see the video on your mobile device, go here to watch it.

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19. रजनीकांत के जोक्स

  रजनीकांत के जोक्स पोकीमॉन गो और रजनीकांत -रजनीकांत की कबाली फिल्म रिलीज होने से पहले लीक हो गई तब सच मानिए मैं उचित शब्द खोजने लगी क्योकि लीक शब्द रजनीकांत के नाम के साथ सूट नही करता.उनके लिए  सुनामी टाईप  शब्द होना चाहिए.. पर शब्द नही मिला तो कार्टून भी नही बना. जब गूगल […]

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20. Jack Canfield 7-minute Videos to Help Writers


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21. Giveaway! Copy of Jedi Academy: A New Class with endpapers filled with doodles.

I'll be giving away five copies of Jedi Academy: A New Class with endpapers filled with original drawings!

This is a contest where you will literally get bonus points for supporting your local bookshop. Please see the details below.

Contest is for ages 18 plus. Entries will be accepted through the end of the day on Monday, August 2nd.

Thanks so much and may the Force be with you!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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22. CBCA Shortlist: Finished Reading A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay

Wel, I've completed my read of this particular CBCA shortlist book.

Is it good? Yes. And even if it doesn't win this award, it has already won some others, including one for spec fic. I finished the last chapters quickly, which says something about the readability of the story, and the heroine was good, as was her foster sister and a boy she was friendly with(no romance) but ...

There were some questions left unanswered at the end. I can't go into detail here without spoilers. I described the story outline in my last post on this. It's a dystopia set in a small village where everyone has been trapped for several generations after a rockfall(known as The Rockfall) got them stuck in a valley surrounded by mountains. It has become the ritual to send very slim young girls from seven years upwards to mine mica in the narrow natural passages -men aren't allowed into the mountain or allowed to scoop anything out, because the only survivors of the disaster last time, just after the Rockfall, were women - seven of them, so there is a team of seven girls who are trained to go in and get the mica needed badly for heat and light -only seven at a time, because that's the ritual. And no scooping out anything but what the mountain will allow because that's what caused the Rockfall. I totally understand the point the author is making here.

As I said in my last post, there's no comment on how small the gene pool is in a place where there's only one village - no point in naming it when there aren't any others - although there is a bit on the careful harvests and how happy everyone is when they manage to catch a bird the villagers can share.

But I think the ending let it down. Not so much the discovery of the other people on the other side and that there might be a way to reach them - that's more or less indicated in the scenes from the POV  of a girl called Lia, so not a spoiler. Again, I can't tell you, because spoiler. But I was left saying, "Hang on, there's been this flashback going on through the book and it never quite told us what happened to two of the characters and suddenly we find out what happened to one of them, but not how." 

To be honest, of the four Older Readers books I've read so far, I like two equally best, The Flywheel and Cloudwish. Possibly Cloudwish a bit ahead... Freedom Ride was good for the history it brought to life, though there were some familiar tropes in it I've seen before. This novel is, so far, the one I like the least. And I'm a lover of speculative fiction. 


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23. Comment on The Carver Chronicles: Don’t Feed the Geckos by Don Naftzger

Very interesting details you have remarked, thanks for posting . “Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.” by Baltasar Gracian.


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24. Happy Feline Friday! Why am I always the first to arrive for band practice?

Happy Feline Friday! Feline Friday is a Kitty meme I found on my buddy Sandee of, Comedy Plus'  blog and Sandee discovered on her buddy Steve of  Burnt Food Dude's,  blog, which is where the meme originated.  -Us bloggers "pay it forward." -

Why am I always the first to arrive for band practice?

Feline Friday is a fun meme that is easy to join. All you have to do is post a silly or cute picture, video, or cartoon of a kitty Cat, perhaps your own. Then, paste a copy of the link to your post to Mister Linky's link list. The code for the link is available on Comedy Plus and Burnt Food Dude. (Just click on the links above for both blogs.)

I'm not sure why, but I couldn't add the link list...:(  Although, luckily you can find it on Burnt Food Dude or Comedy Plus. This is the first time I've had a problem with it, and I'm so sorry.)

     In any event, have a happy, fun, and worry-free day!
    And thank you for stopping by A Nice Place In The Sun.

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25. Friday Feature: If It Walks Like a Killer

A perfect family living a perfect lie...

by Kiersten Modglin
Series: The Caroline Killer Files #1
Genres: Thriller | Crime | Suspense 
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctor Designs

What Caide and Rachael Abbott want you to believe…

They are happily married college sweethearts, parents to two beautiful children, and they lead a perfect, quiet little life.

What you should believe…


Nothing they tell you.

Nothing you hear.

In fact, nothing in the Abbotts’ picture-perfect world is what it seems.

But when their small town of La Rue, North Carolina is rocked by the brutal murder of a beloved member of the community, a manhunt begins, and neither Caide nor Rachael thought they would become prime suspects.

Every belief Caide and Rachael have about their lives is thrown out the window…

With mounting evidence and lives on the line, the Abbotts are forced to uncover what mysteries are hiding behind closed doors. When old wounds are torn open, secrets are revealed, and their sanity is put to the ultimate test, even memories can’t be trusted in their quest to find the truth. And when the community rallies for justice, suspicions of one another rise, leaving one question begging to be answered...

If it walks like a killer, will the small town of La Rue ever know who the real murderer is?


Kiersten Modglin lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and their two Boston Terriers, Cedric and Chloe. A psychology fanatic, lover of Netflix, coffee and all things Harry Potter, Kiersten can almost always be found curled up in her favorite writing chair with a good book. Kiersten writes psychological suspense novels that explore the darkest parts of human nature and the inner workings of twisted minds. Writing has always been an important part of Kiersten’s life; for her, this is just the beginning.

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