I have a course that I am creating in Teachable on fiction writing. The course is designed for youth. Yes, young folks with big imaginations. When the teacher says ‘tell me about your summer vacation’ or ‘write a story’…and they go ‘duh?
Writing stories is about more than stringing together sentences or paragraphs. Storytelling involves settings, conflict, action, the dreaded ‘plot’ or ‘theme’. In my course, I’ll break these down into bite-size, none jargon words that your child can be comfortable with and finally understand.
The course is self-paced. Finish. Come back again and again. If they want feedback on a completed story, there will be a way to get that option as well.
If this is something you are interested in or want your child to participate in this summer, send me your email firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the course goes live, you’ll be notified.
Letting our imagination soar.
Every time I hear about or see someone talking about their ‘tribe’, I wonder what that is supposed to mean. I am trying to figure out, what does my ‘tribe’ mean or want from me. I’m a writer. So does that mean my ‘tribe’ wants me to produce books, stories or some form of writing on a more productive basis? Does my ‘tribe’ know that I will always advocate for women’s rights but I’ll try not to write in a preachy way? As a writer, my main goal is to write entertaining stories. I’m not a judge or jury to what works or doesn’t work for other people.
There are random folks (total generalization here) who want everyone to be in their tribe. I don’t. I don’t want everybody to like me. Because I don’t believe that. Truth be told, I don’t like everybody either.
I curse. A lot. So I don’t want people in my tribe that get mad because I use profanity. Profanity doesn’t diminish what I’m saying, and in some instances, I don’t want to use the smartest word when a really good f-bomb works so much better. The folks in my tribe understand that if they read my work, there will be some cussing involved.
People that think about other people and want to help and support them. People that care about children. People that allow people to live their own lives. People that realize that unless that adult came from your womb, they have a mother and daddy or somebody that has already raised them. They might ask for your opinion but my people know that their opinion and experience won’t necessarily help that person. Because their worldview has been shaped by different experiences. People get to make their mistakes. My tribe speaks their own truth. And you don’t have to like it. But you listen and understand, it’s not yours.
My tribe knows respect. I’d like to know if you are part of my tribe? If not, what does your tribe look like? Do you know and do you care? I am still defining my tribe and figuring out who wants to be a part of it. As a writer, the goal is to reach an audience. Entertain and give the reader something they can enjoy. Today and tomorrow, I will continue to figure out who my ‘tribe’ is and invite you to think about who you want to keep in yours.
Blood Sisters is now available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback format. I am happy with the content, and ready to start work on the next book in that series. Dark City, the location of the story has a lot of nooks and crannies where bad, and I hope, good happens. We all know that no one comes out the womb a bad person. What makes a person do the things they do? What will be questioned and answered. Is the big bad, the real big bad? Are there other puppet-masters on top of puppet-masters. We’ll find out together.
So. The book is done. But I’m waiting on the book cover to be completed. I hope it will be ready by this Friday otherwise, I will start looking for a new cover. I will set up a pre-release for the book because I want to have the second one as close to complete so there will not be a long wait between releases.
My running mantra when I feel stuck or not good enough is that I am writing the best I can, at this point in my life. And every day, as I put words on paper, I get better and stronger. I am proud of this story. I’m looking forward to the tales of “Dark City” it is a place where nooks and crannies hide secrets and a slash of sunlight reveals possibilities. Filth and beauty exist in the same space depending on your outlook.
I’m excited. Working title “Infiltration 1.0” is done. I have completed the revision and edits. Now it’s off to several trusted readers. I’m looking for the perfect cover and then it’s ready to publish on Kindle.
The story: What if you could payback the man who took you captive? Take what he values most. His money. Alicia Powers was 11 when she was taken. Held for seven years. She came out stronger than she went in. And revenge is all she’s thinking about.
I can’t wait for you to read it.