Week In Review: August 19th, 2022

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:

On Twitch:

  • Or join the Lazy Sunday Afternoon “Productivity Stream” here on twitch!

Content Around The Web:

On Youtube/Twitch:

  • Writers, Are You Using Your Beta Readers Wrong?Beta Readers aren’t mentally comparing it to your rough draft and seeing how far you’ve come. They’re looking into your writing potential and seeing how far you can take it. 5 Biggest Mistakes Writers Make With Beta Readers

On the Podcast “Writing Tips and Writerly Musings”:

  • YA Futures YA is big and has been since the late 90s. But the future today doesn’t look like it did even 10 or 20 years ago. What do YA fantasy and science fiction readers want today? I had the opportunity to listen to the top professionals in the field discuss what they see coming. On the panel were Charlie Jane Anders, James Smythe, Eric Picholle, Fonda Lee, and Kristina Perez.

On The Blog (In Case You Missed It):

  • Writers, Are You Using Your Beta Readers Wrong?Beta Readers aren’t mentally comparing it to your rough draft and seeing how far you’ve come. They’re looking into your writing potential and seeing how far you can take it. 5 Biggest Mistakes Writers Make With Beta Readers
  • Author Spotlight Guest: Randee Dawn a longtime journalist who writes about the world of showbiz during the day, and about the fantastic convergence of pop culture and fantasy creatures by night. She’s sharing writing tips and writerly musings with us.

Upcoming Events:

On YouTube/Twitch: The Queery Helpline w/Patrick Hopkins, Hosted by Morgan Hazelwood – Monday 8/16 9:30pm EDT. Where we take queries (or synopsis or first pages) and rework them live. Currently doing these alternating Mondays as a fundraiser for Reproductive Rights. DM/email one of us a receipt of a donation to a qualifying non-profit and get on our waitlist today.

Sept 1-5th, you can find me at ChiCon 8 (the 80th WorldCon) in Chicago, IL.

I have a schedule!

Morgan's WorldCon Schedule:
Fri - 7pm Livestreaming for Beginners (v)
Sat - 4pm Mental Health & Conrunning (live)
Sat - 8:30pm Legal Considerations for Podcasters (v)
Sun - 11:30pm Starting Your Own Podcast (v)
Sun - 5:30pm Judging a Book by Page 119 (live)

What I’ve Been Reading:

I beta-read a story for a friend.

New Works By Previous Guests:

Mark Johnson‘s 6th and Finale book in his FireWall series is out!, (affiliate link)

Bridge of Gods

As the Darkness awaits, a new dimension opens to a newly born demi-god.

In her last mortal moments, First Custodian Terese Saarg created a gateway and entered a new realm. But her mission continues: To seal her god’s vulnerable heart and save Him and His people. Standing in her way is the unyielding Night Princess.

Sarra is Terese’s greatest hope against the Darkness. And FireWall’s mightiest weapons; the Seraph, are too vulnerable to defend against the strengthening demons. Only Sarra can push the boundaries and break the mystery behind the Seraph’s existence that will save her people.

In a world of adversities and forever-shifting boundaries, how can Terese save her god, before the Darkness strikes? And after Terese and her people have endured and learned, still, the monster that committed the initial massacre remains concealed.

And from Abigail Manning:

Towering Future

It’s been over twenty years since the princess of Sybettal mysteriously vanished from her fallen kingdom. Many assumed the princess was slain alongside her parents, but the king of Ashbourne seems to harbor more information than he’s let on.

Living entirely oblivious to the scarring caused by her home kingdom of Ashbourne, the sorceress Elle dreams of exploring the world beyond the walls of her tower. With a magic gift as dangerous as her own, she understands the king’s reasoning for keeping her tucked away. After all, seeing the future can prove to be rather powerful when a war between kingdoms is brewing.

As tension builds between Ashbourne and the other kingdoms of the realm, Prince Miron seeks an opportunity to prove himself useful before his father selects his heir. Knowing his father has some sort of insight into the future, Miron explores the king’s forbidden tower to investigate. When his unexpected arrival startles a vision out of Elle, a terrifying future intertwines them both. Can Elle learn the truth behind her past while battling her pre-determined future? Or will Ashbourne’s strength prove to be too much to stand against?


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