Week In Review: September 17

In Case You Missed it, here’s the round up of all of my latest content, plus updates from old guests!

Read on if you want to know more.

If not? See you next week with more writing tips and writerly musings.

Coming up this week:

On Youtube: I’ll be back for the weekly livestream on Sunday! Come hang out and join the productivity sprints from 4:30-6:30pm EDT.

On Twitch: You can check out my productivity livestream there as well, from 4:30-6:30pm EDT. And, I’ve been streaming several of my short writing tips daily at 4:30pm.

Content Around The Web:

On Youtube:

  • Loglines Versus QueriesYou’d think I know querying forward and backward — and I do, when I stop to think about it. But, recently, one of the query submission forms asked for a one-sentence pitch — a logline — I almost flubbed it!
  • Rewriting Queries with Patrick Hopkins (and Morgan)My friend Patrick and I indulged our addiction to rewriting other people’s queries. He’s got success rates to back him up, I’ve got enthusiasm and the claim of having inspired him. We did a pop-up streams from 9:30pm EDT Wednesday nights. We’ll be doing this again, whenever we get our next chance.

On the Podcast “Writing Tips and Writerly Musings”:

  • What I Love Most About WritingSometimes, when you’re stuck at some writing stage for too long, it can be hard to remember why you started this thing in the first place. So, here are the 10 things I love most about being a writer.

On The Blog (In Case You Missed It):

  • Loglines versus QueriesYou’d think I know querying forward and backward — and I do, when I stop to think about it. But, recently, one of the query submission forms asked for a one-sentence pitch — a logline — I almost flubbed it!
  • Author Spotlight: Bruno Martins Soaresan emerging Portuguese SciFi writer, sharing writing tips and writerly musings.


Nothing this week.

What I’ve Been Reading:

When Sorrows Come: An October Daye Novel by [Seanan McGuire]

Seanan McGuire’s latest October Daye book, When Sorrows Come.

It’s hard to be a hero. There’s always something needing October “Toby” Daye’s attention, and her own desires tend to fall by the wayside in favor of solving the Kingdom’s problems. That includes the desire to marry her long-time suitor and current fiancé, Tybalt, San Francisco’s King of Cats. She doesn’t mean to keep delaying the wedding, it just sort of…happens. And that’s why her closest friends have taken the choice out of her hands, ambushing her with a court wedding at the High Court in Toronto. Once the High King gets involved, there’s not much even Toby can do to delay things

…except for getting involved in stopping a plot to overthrow the High Throne itself, destabilizing the Westlands entirely, and keeping her from getting married through nothing more than the sheer volume of chaos it would cause. Can Toby save the Westlands and make it to her own wedding on time? Or is she going to have to choose one over the other?

New Works By Previous Guests

New from Barna William Donavan, Fatal Pose


Fatal Pose by [Barna William Donovan]

Venice, California: Where you’ll find the hottest beaches, hottest gyms, and hottest bodies. This is where ex-bodybuilder turned private investigator, Gunnar Marino, runs his business.

The World BodyBuilding Federation: The most successful health and fitness empire in the world. But WBBF President of Operations, Laura Preston, suddenly finds herself in the middle of a blackmail scheme, with bodybuilder Brad Holt threatening to expose a shattering secret from her past.

Where two adversaries meet: After Holt dies at a contest from what appears to be a dangerously unhealthy dieting regime, Marino is hired to look into whether or not his demise might have been the perfect act of murder. But the deeper Marino digs into the case—pressed by a personal obligation to Holt’s sister—the more unsettled he is by Holt’s background, questioning the morality of seeking justice for a corrupt murder victim and pursuing a prime suspect who might have been a victim herself.

A showdown no one might walk away from:  Finding himself in an escalating battle of wills and wits with Laura Preston, Marino is aided by a group of athletes he employs as an investigative staff, and Dr. Erika Lindstad, his former lover and ex-bodybuilder in her own right. But the more troubled Marino gets by the case, he realizes that he has no choice but to see the investigation to its conclusion…because suddenly he and everyone he cares for are targeted for death.

Picture(s) of the Week

Last weekend, I hit my town’s local Arts Alive weekend. I dressed up in my best book themed skirt and did my makeup to match.

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