Mary E. Thompson’s Never a Bridesmaid, Always a Bride

I’m so happy to introduce Mary E. Thompson to my site for the first time today. She’s here to talk about her novel, Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride. Let’s give her a warm welcome! Thanks so much, Staci, for hosting me today! I can’t wait to share a little about Never A Bridesmaid, Always…

Writing: Business or Hobby?

Originally posted on Story Empire:
Hey, SE gang, Mae here with a reminder that tax time is looming. Ugh! A battle struggling writers often face is whether or not the IRS considers their efforts a business or hobby. Very few of us make bucketfuls of money as writers. For most, expenses outweigh profits during the…

Curated Content 3 March 2017

Originally posted on Story Empire:
Hi, SEers. Happy Friday! We’re trying something new for you. Instead of our own opinions or a reblog here and there, we’re giving you links to valuable content we found this week. Below you’ll find tips from experts like James Scott Bell, Kristen Lamb, Chandler Bolt, and more. We hope…

What’s in a Name?

Originally posted on Story Empire:
Hi SE’rs, Joan here. Happy first day of March. The Story Empire authors are expanding our blogging schedule to Mondays and Wednesdays along with a Friday share thread. I’m the first to post on Wednesday. Today, I want to talk about character names. A couple of months ago, while outlining…

Tantalizing Tuesday Tidbits—Medici Protectorate Series

I’m busy working on Medici Protectorate book three, Body Armor. This story follows Nico and Donni, and they’re in for a bumpy ride. To get readers out of the Cathedral Lake mindset and into the Medici Protectorate mood, I’m going to post not one, not two, but three tidbits today. That’s right; three! One from…

Droll Definitions

Originally posted on Story Empire:
Hello SEers! Harmony here. I hope this finds you all well today 🙂 In the spirit of fostering creativity, I thought we’d have a bit of fun today by playing with definitions. We writers can spend a lot of time looking up word definitions in dictionaries or online. Just for…

By Popular Demand, Flipboard

Originally posted on Story Empire:
Hi all, Craig here again. I’ve posted a few times on my own blog, Entertaining Stories, about how I’ve benefitted from a semi-obscure media called Flipboard. Flipboard is one of those curated content setups, and I came to it by accident. Once upon a time, I had a Zite Magazine…

Kiss and Tell Over At RU

I am so excited today, because I was invited to be a contributor over at Romance University! I’ve loved their blog for years, and it’s such an honor to have been asked to write for them. Because it’s so close to Valentine’s Day, and it is Romance University, I decided to write a post about…

My Grandfather and My Inspiration

February 7 is a difficult day for me. My grandfather—my hero—passed away on February 7, 1986. It’s been 31 years, and I have long since come to terms with the loss, but in some ways, the pain is still raw. Memories of him usually result in smiles or laughter, but sometimes they still bring tears….

And The Winner Is…

Picture it—Late fall, 2016. Tensions are high. Discussions are getting out of hand. Finally the ballot is released and people rush to cast their votes for the main category all the way down the ballot. And then we wait to see who won. Everyone discusses their selections. Results can’t come soon enough. We’re desperate to…

It’s Element-ary, Watson!

Okay, I admit it. The title of this post is hokey. Way hokey. But in honor of my dad’s peculiar sense of humor (Bob jokes are bad enough but his puns are dreadful), I had to do it. Today I’m talking about elements. Not the metals and noble gases that gave us all headaches in…