NaNoWriMo 2014

Posted by Akira | Posted in Author Platform, Competition, General Writing, Writing Projects | Posted on 29-09-2014

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Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

It’s almost time again, readers!

NaNoWriMo  is an annual internet-based creative writing project that takes place every November. NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel between November 1 and 30. Despite its name, it accepts entries from around the world. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to get people writing, no matter how bad the writing is, through the end of a first draft. The idea is that many people are scared to start writing because it won’t be any good, and if there’s a time to celebrate length, rather than quality, more people will write an entire first draft, which they can then proceed to edit if they wish.

Recent Happenings, or why you should never delete old drafts and writing projects

Posted by Akira | Posted in Author Platform, Gaming Writing, Writing Projects | Posted on 24-03-2014

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Courtesy of Wikipedia

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Recently, I’ve been working out the details on a major project in development. Well, two major projects I guess. Of course, I always have Trials of The Hunt updating weekly, and I’ll post the Spring cliffhanger this week, so that’s exciting.

How to Get the Most Out of Writing Seminars

Posted by Akira | Posted in Author Platform, General Writing | Posted on 27-01-2014

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Courtesy of free-clipart.net

Courtesy of free-clipart.net

I was going to write about using seminars as a tool to grow an author platform, but frankly, that seems dull. What I really want to discuss is how to get the most out of seminars. Improving writing skills is the best way to grow an author platform. When you write better, you produce better work. People want to read your stuff, they want to know about other projects you’re working on. They read your blog, they listen to your podcast, they buy your books. That’s what every writer wants – a platform that drives readers and fans to their work.

In this article, I’m not referring to the classes or seminar-type coursework you find at universities for a writing degree. I don’t know one bit about those and I’m not going to pretend to expound on their content.

Blogroll Highlights – December 2013

Posted by Akira | Posted in Blogroll Highlights, General Writing | Posted on 02-12-2013

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I’m not usually one for New Year’s resolutions, but I hear they are good for setting goals and focusing one’s efforts. For the writing inclined, I suggest the following blogs:

Courtesy of: www.markhorne.com

Courtesy of: www.markhorne.com

Maybe you want to try a contest this year. L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers and Illustrators of the Future – Contest begins on January 1st. This is the perfect time to try a short submission for competition. I recently wrote about writing for submission to competition. This  contest is a good opportunity to try your hand at meeting a submission deadline. There is no entry fee, and the contest runs four times a year on October 1st, January 1st, April 1st and July 1st, respectively. There are prizes for first, second and third place, and also an annual grand prize.

This contest also has an illustrator category, so if you or someone you know has graphic talents, this could be just the thing. Both contests can be found at L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers and Illustrators of the Future. Good luck entrants!

Perhaps you want to get organized this year. Savvy Authors – The spotlight is on preparations for 2014.  And, there are several new seminars – both online and in person – to choose from. Take a look at their offerings and plan something to jump start your This is a great time to pick up a good read and plan ahead for your own writing projects. The beginning of the year is also a great time to work on organizing your work spaces and writing schedule. Take this month to get organized – your thoughts and your space – and head into 2014 with a fresh, uncluttered approach on your craft.

Maybe you have a complete manuscript, but are wondering where to go next. Women’s Fiction Writers – The beginning of the year would be a good time to take advantage of getting your manuscript edited, and there are freelance services marketed on this blog that come highly recommended. Take the opportunity to find a new perspective for your writing, new input from an unbiased source.

Or, 2014 may be the year you seek to build your readership. Writer’s Digest – Live Webinars and Bootcamps to help you round out your skills and author platform. In-demand tutorials. Writing prompts to help strengthen your craft. If you’re looking for a way to strengthen your craft or market your writing for publication, this is the place.

In short, there are many ways to ring in the new year. Start 2014 off on a positive note by meeting some of your goals!

Spotlight on Beauty Regiments

Posted by Akira | Posted in General Writing, Spotlight | Posted on 18-11-2013

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Courtesy of www.younganddraw.com

Courtesy of www.younganddraw.com

St. Augustine once said, “Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.” I would go a step further and say that it must be maintained, and to maintain it takes work and consistency.

In Wild Royal, the main character has been living with goblins for a number of years. Contrary to what people think about goblins, her master treated her well and loved her truly. He is careful not to let her drink from foreign water sources and he takes great care in handling her physical well-being.

Grohl took very good care of me and his fine treatment helped keep my fur in top condition. He brought fresh eggs in the morning and that helped to keep it glossy and luxurious. He brushed my coat with a boar’s hair brush once a week to keep it dust and dirt free. He bathed me in crushed soapberries and dandelions just to make sure any cuts I had beneath my fur were cleaned and treated appropriately.

Quote from Wild Royal

We all have our own beauty regimen, either handed down through the family or close friends, or what we find in magazines. My personal favorite, and all natural, regimen is a once a month face mask made of green clay, a little witch hazel and rose water. Mix until you have the consistency of mud and slather on your face and neck. Leave on until it dries. I emerge feeling fresh faced every time.  I like to slather this concoction on my face, turn on some music and soak in the tub while it dries. Then I rinse it off and let the steam from the bath do the rest of the work. No excess drying of the skin after that little treatment.This seems to tackle any acne problems that pop up from time to time, and my pores seem to be diminished as well.

The first historical beauty tip is to use a simple mix of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and water to wash your face. Simply use a teaspoon of ACV to two cups of water. Cleopatra as well as other Egyptian beauties used this pungent mixture to rinse their faces and used honey as an antibacterial treatment on their faces. Milk and honey seemed to be the most popular ingredients in Cleopatra’s natural beauty regimen. The combination can be used to freshen and cleanse skin and as a conditioner and cleanser for hair.

The egg white face mask which Queen Elizabeth was a big fan of is widely used to treat acne, reduce redness and inflammation and have firmer looking skin. Grab an egg and break it, separating the egg white from the yolk. Next, make sure your hair is out of the way and apply the egg white all of your face. Leave this on for about ten minutes or so and rinse off with warm water. I’ve heard of women using this on their hair as a conditioner. However, rinse with cool to cold water if you put egg in your hair or you will emerge with cooked eggs in your tresses.  This vintage beauty tip is still practiced to this day!
What tried and true beauty regiments do you use?