Well, the tour continues today. I will be at Romance University talking about deep point of view, and I'll also be visiting Story Empire author Joan Hall and taking a bookmobile tour of Pittsburgh. As our Story Empire Roadshow rolls forward, I'm happy to welcome a repeat visitor to my site---Joan Hall. Joan released her... Continue Reading →
Enjoy winning prizes while learning about other authors and their work? Then Story Empire has a treat for you this week.
Six authors making their rounds all week long, offering prizes and introducing their work to the world. Won’t you join us?
We’re using the bookmobile theme, but somehow I’m picturing a road trip on the Partridge Family’s bus. No matter the image in your mind, I hope we see you this week!
Hey gang, Craig here. As you know, Story Empire is a cooperative effort of six talented authors. We try to bring you some wonderful content on this blog, but we’re all authors, too. Doing a bit of collaborative promotion is part of the deal.
This week we’re going on the Story Empire Roadshow. All six of us are doing a blog tour, there will be some deep discounts on our books, and maybe a few freebies along the way. Watch for the Story Empire Bookmobile out in blogland, and tell your friends about it. You might find some wonderful new blogs to follow, too.
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Joan Hall at Story Empire wrote a great post today on the Freedom App. It's free and it helps eliminate distractions when we write. Check out her post and the awesome tool! By the way, it's the first day of spring. Hope it's a warm and wonderful one for you!
Do you have trouble naming characters? Joan Hall at Story Empire has written a great post about it, and there are even more suggestions in the comments. Check it out…
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 my current WIP, I said to my husband, “I need a name for my antagonist.”
He was quick to respond. “How about Damien?”
Immediately I thought of The Omen. “He’s a bad guy not a child of the devil.” Needless to say, I chose something else.
A few days later, after having thought about it, I decided to look up the meaning of Damien. Turns out, it is of Greek origin, derived from the word Damianos, which is from the word damazo and means “to tame.”
Saint Damian and his twin brother Cosmo were martyred in the early fourth century…
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I know, I know. I said I was winding down for the year. But a friend of mine has published her first novel, and I'd really love to introduce you to her and her work. I watched as Joan labored over her novel from the beginning, and I can honestly tell you, her efforts were... Continue Reading →
Last week, AIW Press released a short story anthology called Unshod. Its tagline? "Not your granddaddy's westerns." That's probably pretty apt. I remember visiting my grandparents on Sunday evenings. If football or baseball wasn't on, a western was, and as much as I loved my grandfather, I hated his choice of television entertainment. Spaghetti Westerns... Continue Reading →