Writing Contest News: Nimrod Literary Awards

This is information about the Nimrod Literary Awards writing contest (2017), including rules, fees, and other details

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The 39th Nimrod Literary Awards

The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction &

The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

Founded by Ruth G. Hardman

FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication

SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication

Contest Rules

Contest Begins: January 1, 2017

Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2017

Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).

Fiction: 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)

No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere.  Author's name must not appear on the manuscript.

Postal mail: Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author's name, full address, phone, & email. Manuscripts should be stapled, if possible; if not, please bind with a heavy clip. “Contest Entry" should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Include SASE for results only.  If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s website. Manuscripts will not be returned. Send to: Nimrod Journal, Literary Contest—Fiction or Poetry, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104.

Online submissions: https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit.

Submitters must be living in the US by October of 2017 to enter the contest.

Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October. All finalists will be considered for publication.

Entry/Subscription Fee: Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee.  Make checks payable to Nimrod. $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues).

Feel free to pass the information along in any way you like—be it in emails, newsletters, or on your website. For more information about Nimrod, please visit our website at www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about the Nimrod Literary Awards to the writers in your writing group. We hope to see your submissions soon!

Best,

Eilis O’Neal

Editor-in-Chief

Nimrod International Journal

Website:  www.utulsa.edu/nimrod

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nimrodjournal

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A Milliner, a Haberdasher, and a Scrivener Went to a Bar

A friend asked me wat a haberdasher was, and it got me thinking about cool words I haven’t seen since school (decades ago, ehem, ehem) Here are a few I remember. #wordplay

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Does that sound like the beginning of an arcane joke?

The other day, somebody asked me what a haberdasher was, and I started thinking about words I haven't seen since school.

I don't recall when I first encountered Haberdasher, but I know  it was in a British story taking place a couple centuries ago. I associated it with gentlemens' hats, handkerchiefs, and the like.  The Canterbury Tales includes 3 of the notions peddlers.

Cool Words ya Just Don't See Anymore

I don't remember my first literary encounter with a milliner, but since ladies' hat-making isn't that big these days, it was also in an older story.

Where I met "scrivener" sticks out clearly inmy mind. IT was in a super-annoying story I had to read in sophomore year of high school, "Bartleby the Scrivener.." Maybe it says something that the story stuck out for well north of 3 decades, but not for the right reason. Scribes back in the day, writers in more modern parlance.

Here are a few other words I first met in grade school that aren't used in the same aspect today.

  • Ginger, as in careful (not the root),
  • Ecstasy as in supreme joy (not drugs), and
  • Elated, as in overjoyed (close cousin to ecstatic).

What out-of-date or out-of-time words do you remember from school? Add them to the comments below.

If you love words, come play Word Streak, Word Chums, or Words with Friends with me.

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Author Resources: Writing Inspiration, Tips, and Tools on Pinterest

If you’re an author wanting writing help, you’ll want to follow my Writing Tips & Skills Pinerest board. Details in this post #WritingTips #WritingSkills #NovelWriting #WritingABook

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Looking for writing tips? I have a board called Writing Tips and Tools that's here to help!

If you need help in any of these areas, this is a helpful board to follow:

  • Novel writing
  • Short story writing
  • Character development
  • Plotting
  • Pacing
  • Word choice
  • Setting a scene
  • and more

Please follow my board, because every time I find a great resource, I share it with you

Follow the Writing Tips and Tools Board

Writing Tips & Skills Pinterest Board

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Self Mastery Weekly Focus: Nourish, Jan 15-21, 2017

This week’s self mastery focus for me is “nourish.” Check it out and share yours! #BLISSfulLife #SelfMastery

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I choose a new self mastery focus for each week, and this week, my word is nourish. Here's the picture of it in my planner.

Nourish: Self Mastery weekly focusThis week I will consider what nourishes me and make choices accordingly.

  • Nourishment isn't only about food. It includes:
  • People
  • Home environment
  • Music
  • Entertainment
  • Activities
  • Fitness
  • Hydration
  • Nutrition
  • Spirituality

Do you choose a weekly self mastery focus? Tell me in the comments!

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Author: What Is Your Vision for Your Writing?

What is your vision for your author journey? Please partake in this visioning meditation as you plan create your future. THis is my gift to you!

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It's good to check in with oneself from time to time and reconnect with your goals and vision that you have for yourself as an author.

BLISS Butterfly - Follow your bliss - Follow Your B.L.I.S.S. - Celebrity Author Mentor - Book Marketing Coach - Ronda Del Boccio

You might ask yourself questions like these:

  • Why am I writing?
  • What do I want to accomplish with my work?
  • What do I consider success?

I did a visioning meditation. I'm giving it to you here. You may listen now or download, but know this...if you don't make an appointment with yourself, you'll just keep being too busy.

Journal As You Dream

Journaling as you craft your ideal future, whether for the coming season, year, or lifetime, is an excellent tool. You can get in touch with your hidden desires, goals and needs this way.

Here are some helpful ihints:

  1. Keep a blank page.
  2. Don't constrict yourself to a certain format.
  3. Write, draw, doodle..let the ideas flow.

So, give yourself an hour to meditate/ponder and plan. Here's the audio. Enjoy!

If you aren't seeing the player (because you're seeing this on another site besides WriteOnPurpose.com), here is the download link.

Download the Visioning Meditation NOW.

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Words to Use Instead of Good infographic

Whether you’re writing an essay, a novel, a report, or an article, you might want to use the word “good.” Here are 200 powerful words to use instead of good, courtesy of guest poster Jack Milgram. #WritingTips

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I love words. Go figure...I'm a writer. Yet I think every word wrangler can get into a rut using the same words.  Jack Milgram shared a great infographic for you with a whole bunch of bod.

Here's his infographic.
200 Powerful Words Instead Of Good Jack Milgram infographic

Hopefully, this will get you thinking and unlock your inner thesaurus. Click the image to go to Jack's original post.

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Author: Does Your Book Title Sing?

A book or story title has a big job. It has to stop a potential reader in her tracks and make her want to know more. Here are some ways to craft tantalizing titles that sing. #AmWriting #WritingTips

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Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, short piece or novel, the title is one of the elements that first captures or loses a prospective reader's attention. So it better be great.

The job of a title is simply to grab your busy possible reader's attention and make her want to know, "What's that?"

A Tasty Morsel Book Tease: Bloodlust awakens, secreted deep in a cave. Humans are tasty. A Tasty Morsel by Ronda Del Boccio, available on Amazon Kindle http://WriteOnPurpose.com/morsel

I had been trying to find the perfect title for my fantasy suspense novel for weeks. I played with various ones, and finally got it. Yay! Below, I'll share techniques I use to get a title that sings.

When a title "sings," you FEEL it in your body. Sure, it touches the ear just right too, but once you've found the right one, it feels right.

Here are some of my titles.

  • A Tasty Morsel
  • "Into the Bubble" (spiritual fantasy short story"
  • Deadly Mist: Mirrored Worlds, Book 1 (fantasy-suspense novel, available to publish)
  • Real Dogs Don't Eat Kibble by Sandra Bailey
  • "She Had a Curfew...I Had a Van" (award-winning short story.
  • "Hillbilly Heaven" (award-winning short story)

Crafting Titles That Sing

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Authors, Need A Shortcut? Introducing 101 Tricks & Hacks for Writers

Being a writer is great, but it has its challenges. I’m always asked for the tricks & hacks I use to get so much done. Here’s your chance to tell me what you need as I write my upcoming book 101 Tricks and Hacks for Writers! #101WriterHacks #WritersLife #AmWriting

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People keep asking me for the tricks I use to get so much done.

  • A literary agent recently asked little ol' me for advice on how to streamline her social media.
  • An author asked how I get so much done.
  • Another asked, "You are everywhere all the time. Do you sleep?"

Thank you all, because you gave me the inspiration to write 101 Tricks and Hacks for Writers. I'm working on the book right now, and I need YOUR help.

101 Tricks and Hacks for Writers

Please Tell me where you struggle so I can share the trick or hack that will make your life easier.

As a Writer, Where do you struggle?

  • Exasperating Editing?
  • Pesky punctuation?
  • Grammar grumbles?
  • Marketing misgivings?
  • Pinterest pains?
  • Facebook foibles?
  • Something else?

Tell me where you suffer so I can share the tricks and hacks I myself use to enjoy the fun, cool side of being a writer. I plan to finish the book by the start of fall 2016.

Thanks for helping me help you!

Please tell me what tricks or hack you desire in the comments below!

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About Ronda Del Boccio

Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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Verbosity Surgery: Cut Meaningless Phrases from Your Writing

Every #writer or #author is guilty of verbosity at times, saying something in way more words than is strictly necessary. Here are 3 quick editing tips and a terrific infographic with sleeker ways to word your work. #AmEditing #WritingTips

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When writing the first draft, just get the words out. Don't worry about grammar, word choice, or anything else. Just tell the story or craft the article. When it's time for editing, every work (mine, yours, everybody's) neds to go in for verbosity surgery.

Cut Out Meaningless Phrases

"Cut to the chase" is something my parents said whenever anyone (not just me) told a story that blathered on and on too long. Good advice.

A HUGE thank-you goes to Jefferson D. Bates, author of Writing with Precision, for this list of wordy phrases and their streamlined replacements.

Cut Meaningless Phrases from Your Writing

3 Quick Tips for Editing

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MyBookProgress Update: Epic Fantasy Revision: Slogging through Editing

How’s that book coming along? Here’s your answer as it pertains to my epic fantasy novel revision of Rue the Day. #MyBOokProgress #AmWriting #AmEditing

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A number of years ago I wrote an epic fantasy or maybe a paranormal fantasy. Hard to tell what to call it sometimes, as the lines blur.

I want to get it back out into the world now. A small press published it back before publishing was easier and cheaper. No, I didn't pay to publish but each copy of the book cost me $11, so that already made it an expensive book before earning any profit. I have my rights back, so I can publish it.

Rue the Day was never on Amazon and not widely available. I wrote it from start to polish in 4 months, and it's an intense story full of suspense, jealousy. and trickery.

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First Round: Revisions

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Epic Fantasy (Revision) Progress Update

Here’s another update on how I’m coming along with the epic fantasy novel revision!
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Progress update on my Epic Fantasy (Revision)! So far I'm 25% complete on the Revision phase. 4 Weeks remain until the deadline. I've done some massaging and editing along the way. #AmWriting #MyBOokProgress #AmEditing

Author Ronda Del Boccio
Epic Fantasy (Revision)
Phase:Revision
Due:9 months ago
25%

I'm having a blast reworking this novel from 12 years ago. It's nice to delve back into the story, visit the characters, and realize how much I still like the story.

I hope you're progressing well with your works in progress!

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Epic Fantasy Revision Progress Update: Chapters 1-4 Done

I’m being transparent about my works in progress to share what I #AmWriting and #AmEditing. A little of both in this case as I revise an epic fantasy novel.

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I just made progress on Epic Fantasy (Revision)! So far I'm 13% complete on the Revision phase. 5 Weeks remain until the deadline.

Author Ronda Del Boccio
Epic Fantasy (Revision)
Phase:Revision
Due:9 months ago
12.9%

A long time ago in a room very close by...

...I wrote my first novel in 4 months. I thought I was writing a short story, but no.

I wrote an epic fantasy novel a dozen years ago, and it's time for that book to experience a revival. SO I'm breathing new life into it and, hopefully, improving it. I suspect I've learned a few things about writing in those years.

I've done quite a bit of rearranging.

Chapter 1 used to be the prologue. It has a new scene and some things added to what was on the page back then.

What used to be Chapter 1 is now Chapter 3.

What used to be memories or the protagonist sharing her past with people has been moved into what is now Chapter 2.

Some things I've learned thus far:

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New: My Book Progress

Wondering what I #AmWriting & #AmEditing? I’m using a great new tool called #MyBookProgress to keep you in the loop, share stories & updates.

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"How's that book coming along? is a common question people ask writers. I'm being transparent about it and sharing progress bars for my current works in progress right here on WriteOnPurpose.com.

#MyBOokProgress

I'm using a tool called My Book Progress to keep myself on track and you in the loop. Each day, I add the day's work to the tracker for that book or story.

Author Ronda Del Boccio
Deadly Mist
Phase:Proofing
100%
Hillbilly Daze Anthology
Phase:Assemble
Due:8 months ago
38.5%
Hidden Ozarks Paranormal Novellas
Phase:Revise
Due:8 months ago
33.3%
101 Tips & Hacks for Busy Writers
Phase:First draft
Due:6 months ago
19.8%
Leader Dog Jemma Memoir
0%

I'm so excited that now you can see at a glance how I'm doing on my various projects. And you can get free stories and special updates by joining Ronda's Readers, and if you're already one of my fans, you'll get those updates, so no need to re-subscribe..

My Works in Progress

I'm only tracking my active projects in MyBOokProgress, but here's what I have going on:

They All Died Smiling (Paranormal romance suspense): Complete. Waiting to hear back from the agent.

"Into the Bubble" (mystic/paranormal short story) This is the dolphin story I've been mentioning across the social web. Finally got a title. In the final edits and getting ready to seek a home for it. This is a companion story to "Trouble's Turn", which you can get FREE on Smashwords at WriteOnPurpose.com/foreverfree.

Hillbilly Daze (anthology: Writing more stories.

Rue the Day (coming of age epic fantasy romance): I had this out with a publisher and have regained my rights. I'm going through to freshen things up, then I will seek publication.

In My Right Mind (Paranormal Romance Novella): I wrote this a while back, and it will be in a set of 3 paranormal tales. Going through it for edits.

Hidden Ozarks: Not sure this will be the name, but this will have 3 connected paranormal novellas all set in the lush Ozarks. I have 2 of them already and will get going on the third soon.

I LOVE my readers!

When you read any of my books or stories, I am so happy! It's truly an honor. I like bringing you tantalizing transformational tales. I hope you'll keep in touch and tell me what stories you love, which characters make you mad, or whatever else you'd like to say.

Thank you!

Much love...

Follow your B.L.I.S.S.

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Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon or your favorite bookseller, and on Smashwords..

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A Tasty Morsel - Forever Free on Smashwords

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Book Review of Jewish Historical Fiction Novel Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a Jewish historical novel called Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I share well-written books. I highlight what makes each good from the reader’s perspective, and reveal what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers. This time, it's a Jewish historical novel called Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

The author describes this book as "The dark side of Fiddler on the Roof." This is the perfect elevator pitch for the historical tale set in czarist Russia at the turn of the 20th Century. Here is the description from Amazon:

Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Jewish persecution under Russian Czar

1899 Russia under the cruel Czarist rule is not a good place to be a Jew!

cover of Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-FieldsRussia under the diabolical Czarist rule is a very bad place and a very bad time to be a Jew. Fair game to marauding peasants and government militia alike, the random slaughter of entire Jewish families is commonplace rather than a rare occurrence. It is, however, a time for brave men. And brave women.

Barefoot, wearing only a flimsy nightgown, sixteen-year-old Havah Cohen alone escapes the brutal massacre by the Czarist tyranny that destroys her home and slaughters her family on a frigid November night in 1899.

Love ignited, lost and found, insurmountable struggles and challenges, Kishinev's Jewish pogroms and all odds against them, Havah and her soul mate, Arel, withstand the storms of life in this unforgettable story of a time and place rarely spoken of, and romance and courage so profound as to be rarely experienced.

While I read more paranormal, fantasy and suspense, I enjoy historical fiction, because I gain insight into another era in a way that my boring history classes in school never conveyed.

What made Please Say Kaddish for Me a great story, and what can authors learn by reading it? Continue reading "Book Review of Jewish Historical Fiction Novel Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields"

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Writing Skills Advice: How to Avoid Using Very

Do you ever get stuck in your writing? Here are a whole bunch of ways to avoid using “very” in your articles and stories. #WritingTips #WritingAdvice

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Very is a very boring word. Teehee. Yeah, I used it. Here are a bunch of ways to avoid using it.

Avoid "very" infographic

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About Ronda Del Boccio

Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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Using Inspirational Quotes for Writing Prompts?

If you’re looking for something to get your creative juices flowing, why not try using inspirational quotes to prime the pump? #WritingPrompt

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Looking for something to spark your creative juices? Try using  inspirational quotes.

I personally don't believe in "writer's block," but  I do believe in helping the creative juices flow when needed. I call it "priming the pump."

Miracles happen in moments. Be ready and willing. -Wayne Dyer inspirational quote.

One way to tickle the writer brain is to begin with something on which to focus. How about trying an inspirational quote?  Here's how it works: Continue reading "Using Inspirational Quotes for Writing Prompts?"

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Innovative Way to Write a Novel Synopsis via Jan Morrill

If you struggle with writing book blurbs & synopses, this innovative idea might set you free.

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If you're not a writer, this may surprise you. If you are an author who has ever tried to craft a synopsis for your novel or novella, you'll know this pain.

Writing a synopsis is almost harder than writing the novel itself.

Last year I was finishing up They All Died Smiling in preparation for getting it ready to pitch to an agent. By the way,  4months later, not a word from the agent. Still waiting But I digress.

I had to prepare a brief letter and a 1 page synopsis. FOr the uninitiated, this is a summary of the store, including the resolution at the end. It's supposed to cover the highlights quickly so a publisher or agent can decide if it's the sort of thing they want to see.

It's HARD. Did I mention that?

I have yet to find an author who enjoys writing them for their own book. I can help someone else write THEIRS with no sweat. Doing mine is a different matter.

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I took a haiku class from author and speaker Jan Morrill last fall. Now, I don't write a lot of poetry, but 17 syllables I figured I could handle. She made haiku relevant for non-poets. If you missed my article about how valuable her workshop was, you can read "How Can Haiku Help Your Writing."

One of her BRILLIANT suggestions that would never have occurred to me was to write a haiku summarizing your book. While this would not replace the 1-pager publishers and agents want, it can serve as a great book blurb or elevator pitch that you might even put in the letter accompanying the submission.

I invite YOU to share a haiku of your novel or novella in the comments! The typical haiku form is as follows: 3 lines, 17 syllables total, 5-7-5. Continue reading "Innovative Way to Write a Novel Synopsis via Jan Morrill"

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Writing Prompts: How Can Haiku Help Your Writing?

Discover haiku as a new way to spark your writing with these haiku examples and writing prompts #haiku #WritingPrompts The Red Kimono author Jan Morrill‘s haiku workshop at a writing conference inspired this post.

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Have you heard of haiku? Maybe you remember it from your language arts classes at school.

I've seen it. I've written some upon occasion outside of academic necessity for a grade. Recently, author Jan Morrill taught a workshop that helped me hone my poetry writing skills  and opened my eyes to a variety of ways to use Haiku to help my other writing.

What is Haiku?

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form that traditionally has 17 syllables across 3 lines. The typical pattern is 5-7-5. haiku are generally about nature.

I remember that much from my English classes, which is what my school district called language arts.

Beyond the Nature 5-7-5

Beyond the brevity, I learned from Jan Morrill that haiku should capture a moment. While nature inspires much haiku, anything in life can find its way into one of those tight little gems.

"Haiku captures a moment."

- Jan Morrill, author of The Red Kimono, Life: Haiku by Haiku, and other books

Haiku as Writing Prompt

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They All Died Smiling Novel Update

What’s happening with the #paranormal #suspense novel They All died Smiling? Here’s an update on what’s happening now with this finally completed novel.

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If you've been following my work, you may have seen posts with little excerpts or other tidbits from my works in progress. Here's the latest update on my novel.

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Blogs that Pay $50+ for Guest Posts

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Guest blogging can do a ot to help an author build name recognition, but it doesn’t often bolster your bank account. Here are a few paying gigs I found with a link back to the whole list of paying guest blogging opportunities.

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(Note from Ronda: Guest blogging is a great way to get your name and expertise out there and get traffic to your website and potentially book sales. IT can also be a source of actual cash when you know where to look. This is a guest post in which you'll see a FEW of the 45 paying markets for writers. Go to FreedomWithWriting.com and sign up for their emails to receive a plethora of paying markets right in your inbox.)

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Thank you Jan Chandler for these resources. See original article source for all 45 she lists across several categories.

  1. Miscellaneous

  2. Lawyerist is an online magazine about law practice. They cover topics such as technology, marketing, ethics, practice management, and law school. They pay $100 per article or articles 1,000 words or longer. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  3. Conspiracy Club pays $50 for well research, fact based articles about conspiracy theories. They accept pitches for articles and pay $50 for published articles. Typical length is 1,500 to 2,000 words. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  4.  Hakai Magazine “explores science and society in coastal ecosystems.” They accept queries for feature articles. When they first launched, their guidelines said they pay $1/word. Pay is not listed on the guidelines anymore, but should still be quite competitive. Features range from 1,000 to 3,000 words. Shorter articles are around 350 words. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  5. Funny Times is a monthly humor magazine that publishes funny stories and cartoons. They pay $60 for stories, and all contributors receive a complimentary subscription to the magazine. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  6. The IWA Wine Blog is the official blog of International Wine Accessories. They publish articles that help wine collectors and connoisseurs store and enjoy wine. They pay $50 per post. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  7. The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) Blog publishes informative articles on “holistic health and wellness.” They’re looking for graduates, students, and industry experts with experience in the healthcare field. They pay $50 per post (600-1,000 words). To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  8. The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy blog and podcast that discusses all aspects of various philosophies and texts. They publish thoughtful blog posts and essays that discuss philosophy in any and all contexts. They pay up to $60 per post/article. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  9. Submittable is a widely-used submissions portal that publishes its own blog. They accept articles that discuss publishing or digital media. They’re also looking for book reviews and essays on any topic, as long as they “of high literary quality.” They pay $50 per post. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

To see all 45 blogs that pay at least $50 for guest posts, please see the original article source here. Other categories include parenting, entertainment, and travel.

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Location Name Generators

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Writers need to name places, not just characters. Where do your heroes go to rown their sorrows or defeat the bad guys? Here are some useful location name generators for you. #WritingTips #WritingSkills

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Looking for a name for your kingdom, realm, or tavern? These generators may be precisely the inspiration you seek.

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Realm Name Generator

You can select Earldoms, Duchies, and large or small areas. Here are some of the names that arose using the small area option:

  • Mystic Necromancer's Earldom
  • Orange Sunset State
  • Soft Duchy
  • Unholy Duchy of the Vine

Adventurous Places

I would call this a Quest Location Generator, because these are the sorts of names where your hero might go to right a wrong. Ready for an exciting place name where adventures happen? Here are a few examples that came up for me.

  • Battlefield of Visions
  • Cave of Oblivion
  • Decrepit Tunnels of Desolation
  • Maze of Secrets
  • Sanctum of Crystal

Those are great quest destinations!

Outer Plane Generator

Do you need a far away land with a mysterious name? Try this name propagator. Here are a few it offered me:

  • Domain of the Damned
  • Dry Cities of Suffering
  • False Wilderness of the Unnamed
  • First Region
  • Fourth Terrifying Hall

I like False Wilderness of the Unnamed. Sounds mysterious.

Rooms and Locations Generator

Sometimes you just need a room or structure rather than a realm or town. Here are some cool names it spat out for me:

  • Cloister of Deception
  • Dead Threshold of Hoards
  • Frozen Gallery
  • Gold Watchtower
  • Hideaway of Pits and Lanterns
  • Infamous Vault

I like Dead Threshold of Hoards. Really sick stuff would have to happen there. Infamous Vault is cool too, but it needs an "of something" after it, like Infamous Vault of Destinies.

Tavern Names

Where do your characters go for a quick pint after work, or to drown their sorrows? Here are some of the local watering hole names that came up for me:

  • The Funny Priestess
  • The Gory Sword Inn
  • The Joyous Bawd's Tavern
  • The Morose Footpad Saloon
  • The New Casque Saloon

Did these location names spark your muse into action? Did you stumble across a different generator you'd like to share? Please add your musings or great finds in the comments section.
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Character Name Generators

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Need a name? Sometimes it’s a challenge to get the right name for a character. Here are some online name generators that might provide some inspiration. #WritingAdvice #WritingTips #AmWriting

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Have you ever been writing a story (whether short or novel length) and found yourself stuck for a name of a character? I certainly have. Sometimes I have a first name and need a surname. Sometimes I want a fantasy- or an evil sounding name.

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So here are some name generators of different types that might be just what you seek. I hope you find htem useful. And if you come across a different one that isn't included in this list, please DO let me know by adding it to the comments using Facebook or Google+.

Fantasy Names

When I opened this generator, these are a few of the names it gave me:

  • Brand Ravendread
  •  Dirk Seraphdream
  •  Drake Loreguard
  •  Eden Griffonvictor
  • < Grail Chaostotem

Quick Character Namer

This isn't sophisticated, but it might give you a good idea. You can choose a male or female name and say how many names to provide. You could always mix and match. This uses common names in the USA based on census data.

  • Grace Mills
  •  Ivy Diaz
  •  Jillian Carson
  •  Joy Zelma Moon
  •  Juanita Mattie Chen
  •  Kathy Trevino
  •  Keisha Tasha Sanders
  •  Kristine Fuller

Weird Name Generator

I write fantasy and paranormal quite a bit, and next time I need a strange sounding name, I might try this one. Maybe one of these will be what you seek:

  • The Seventh Profane Queen Who Desires Madness
  • The Seventh Rogue That Burns the Monk
  • The Sly Bloodstained Sultanna
  • The Studious Forgotten Czarina That Burns Clouds
  • Turquoise of the Celestial Tower

Not sure why the fixation on burning clouds, but it just might tickle your muse. My personal fav from this short list is The Studious Forgotten Czarina That Burns Clouds. Maybe I'll use that as a writing prompt and write a story about her.

Evil Sounding Names

These names are inspired by J. R. R. Tolkein's body of work. Her are a few samples:

  • Durormat
  • Faua
  • Glard
  • Gwengoturathae
  • Ingo
  • Itungu
  • Lariauindua
  • Ldugon
  • Lonalongila
  • Matur

I'm using one of these for a Ghoul in a humorous paranormal sequel to A Tasty Morsel.

Demon Name Generator

I have a feeling I'll be using this one to help inspire me for the series around my "pantser" demon hunter Kassidy. Here are a few samples.

  • Hasatuzs
  • Zsuesason
  • Tonserolon
  • Lasoron
  • Nuhsatoah
  • Lais
  • Ponis
  • Olashadea

Western Names

I love looking at these generators, even though I don't write westerns. Here are a few from when I ran it to write this post:

  • Angela "Thinker" Jensen
  • Deborah "Gravedigger" Stevens
  • Gambling Reynolds
  • Joanne "Shooter" Payne
  • Lillie "Sunset" Beck
  • Lost Adams

My personal favorite from this list is Deborah "Gravedigger" Stevens. If you're into writing westerns, I bet you could craft a short story around a female grave digger, or one who doesn't dig them but has that nickname.

Wrestler Names

This one's also good for warriors/fighters or bad guys. I thought this was so funnyt that I had to share it. You don't need to be writing a story about WWF to use a name like any of these:

  • Q. O. "The Princess" Turner
  • Sandra "Unknowable Venus" Johnson
  • Stephanie "Blessed Goddess" Scott
  • Sue "The Word" Pierce

I like Stephanie "Blessed Goddess" Scott. Imagine a fighter with that appellation. Fun.Those should help you find character names. I'll post generators for places, animals, etc. in future posts, so watch the "Name Generators" series for more.

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Abundance and The Power of Belief: Are You Allowed Only One?

Have you ever said that you can have only one great love or opportunity or anything else? Read this and shift your belief about #abundance.

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Have you ever said, or heard someone else say, that you can have only one great something?

  • 1 great opportunity
  • 1 great pet
  • 1 true love

It seems to be something instilled, and thus installed, into most people. The underlying belief is you only get one allotment of something precious and no more. Lose it and you're done.

I've heard it and I've overcome that belief.

When I had my first of 3 amazing guide dogs, Thunder, she was so amazing that at first I thought I could never have another guide dog to match or top her level of awesome.

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Then I asked myself, "Why can you have only ONE great dog in your lifetime"

I answered myself, "I don't know. That's silly. I may have half a dozen guide dogs in my lifetime. Why should I believe it's all down hill from here

I further reflected  that I NEVER believed I was allowed only one great:

  • Bouquet
  • Delicious food
  • Friend
  • Fun
  • Vacation
  • Adventure
  • Extraordinary Experience
  • Joyful moment

...so why should I accept that I could only have 1 great guide dog and then my chances were gone for the rest of my life?

Ridiculous!

Yeah - why CAN'T I have more than 1 awesome dog to go along with all my fabulous vacations, experiences, friends, or anything else?

Each wonderful whatever will be great in its own way. Thunder Cloudy Skywalker (her official AKC Name) was a smooth coated (short haired) collie

How useful that I eradicated that false belief and embraced the power of ABUNDANCE in Thunder's lifetime, because a couple months after she crossed the Rainbow Bridge, A little black Belgian shepherd mix puppy with white paint on her wriggled her way into my heart and became a great guide dog named Molly Flagtail.

Molly Flagtail lying on my mom's paisley print couch

Each had her own kind of awesome. Thunder had such astounding memory that could backtrack through the twistiest path to get me back to the start, even when I myself didn't know which way to turn. Molly had amazing emotional intelligence. She had her own mission beyond guiding me that involved healing hearts.

And after Molly finished her time with me, a stunning diva dog named Jemma from Leader Dogs for the Blind came to me. She displays Thunder-style smarts, Molly-style empathy, and her own pure divalicious Jemma star power.

Leader Dog Jemma Close-up. Jemma is a golden retriever wearing a royal blue collar

And yet...I still come up with issues around abundance and deserving. This became clear to me when I had my Miracle Mindshift.

This is a 30 day program you can do over and over again. Whenever I go through my Mindshift month, I experience deeper levels of awareness about my own resistance to life's abundance. If you'd like to join me, I invite you to visit the Miracle Mindshift page for details at WriteOnPurpose.com/miracle..

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Jemma is a busy dog. Not only is she my guide, toy reviewer and treat tester, but she also shares her adventures in her own voice on her own Facebook page and Instagram Feed.

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Grief Is Like a Tea Bag: Book Excerpt from They All Died Smiling: Kassidy and Russell First Kiss

This is a combination writing clinic about bringing emotion into your work and a snack for readers in the form of a book excerpt of my upcoming novel They All Died Smiling. This excerpt shows Kassidy and Russell’s first kiss. She struggles between her attraction and grief over the death of her soldier husband.

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I just did an interview for a funeral home. Not a job interview. The kind a writer gives to an interested party.

Yeah, I don't know "why Ronda" either, but there it is.

Writing Challenges

Anyway, the topic of grief naturally arose, and I mentioned how grief infiltrates life the way a teabag infuses its essence into water. Grief can be a powerful motivator for a wide variety of actions a character takes (or does not take).  For the reader, seeing how the protagonist or other character responds to grief can make for fascinating  reading. The more a book or short story brings out emotion in the reader, the better.

That means a writer needs to infuse each tale with any and all emotions that comprise life. An author who is a student of human  nature and a keen observer has a clear advantage in potraying these emotions on the page.

Here is a book excerpt from my upcoming novel They All Died Smiling, .showing how Kassidy's grief over the death of her husband makes it hard for her to consider being with another man, even though she knows full well Randy would want her to move on. Continue reading "Grief Is Like a Tea Bag: Book Excerpt from They All Died Smiling: Kassidy and Russell First Kiss"

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16 Free Writing Competitions with Worthwhile Prizes

16 Free Writing Competitions with Worthwhile Prizes is a guest post that shows you writing contests you can enter

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You’d love to enter writing competitions, but they’re so expensive. And what are the chances of winning? It doesn’t make good financial sense. You shake your head firmly, close the window on your screen, and sigh a little.

And then, I hope, you remember that not all writing competitions charge a fee, and you have some fun entering the free ones below.

You literally have nothing to lose – not even a few dollars – and there are some excellent prizes out there, just waiting to be yours.

I’ve done pretty well by entering these myself. Who doesn’t love accolades and money for their creative work?

1. Open internationally, this contest asking for a funny poem is a firm favourite in the writing comp world. It has twelve prizes ranging from $100 to $1000, and there’s no fee to pay. Entry is simple via a form on the site. Disclosure: I won this in 2015 and it’s just glorious. I got a shirt and a certificate as well as the money. Money is useful for grown-ups, but my inner child loves a fancy certificate. https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free

2. Again open worldwide, this comp from ThinkGeek is for techie haiku. Surely if it’s funny, as most entries are, then it’s a senryu? Either way, you could win a $50 ThinkGeek voucher. If a friend or relative does your tech support, as in my case, then giving them the voucher would be a great way to say thank you. Or, you know, you could actually pay them, though that seems a bit extreme. After all, they’re IT people and we’re writers. They have all the money already. http://www.thinkgeek.com/haiku/#details

3. Another international competition, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award has a delectable £30,000 prize and is a must-enter in your comp list. This year’s has already been won – congratulations to the winners! – but the next should be open early in 2016. Get writing short fiction now! How often do we writers see a prize that big, without having to pay a hefty entry fee? http://www.booktrust.org.uk/prizes/5/

4. The prizes for the regular themed fiction comps at On the Premises are small, but they host several comps and mini-contests per year, so it’s worth having a go. The themes make great prompts, too. The easiest way to stay informed is to sign up to their newsletter. I never win these but I find the prompts useful, and I usually place my work elsewhere eventually. http://onthepremises.com/index.html

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