Archive for October, 2010

Thoughts on the e-world

We all know the electronic industry is here to stay. e-readers, e-books, e-commerce, e-publishing, e-libraries. e-everything these days.

So what are your thought?  More specifically, what do you think about e-readers? Do you own a Kindle or other e-reader? Also, as a writer, have you published electronically? Would you be open to it?

In a nutshell, today’s Friday Free-for-All question is:

Are you embracing the whole electronic thing or are you still a paper person in a world full of e?

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New and improved Ratings Categories

If you’re a regular entrant in the Weekly Writing Challenge, maybe you’ve wondered just how the entries are rated. Although there have been specific categories in place for a long time now, these categories were recently tweaked a bit. Here are the descriptions of each ratings category, as explained on the message boards last week by Challenge Coordinator, Deb Porter.

RATING CATEGORIES OVERVIEW — as from October 22, 2010

Judging for the Challenge is very different to reading for pure pleasure. [...]

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Wednesday Word: Feet for the Path I’m On

Feet for the Path I’m On

by Rhonda Shrock

Friends of ours, Bob and Tami, just returned from a walking tour of Israel.  They, along with a group of Bethel college kids, got to see the Holy Land from a different perspective – on foot.  It was, they said, life changing.

In recounting the highlights and what impacted them, one phrase that Bob used repeatedly was “feet for the path that I’m on.”  The guide (their ‘rabbi’; they traveled as a [...]

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Clashing isn’t always a bad thing

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Lisa Lickel, an author from Wisconsin, who writes fiction with a Midwestern flavor. She and her husband live in a hundred and fifty-year old Great Lakes ship captain’s house and have two grown sons. Lisa is involved with a new website called CLASH OF THE TITLES (Clever, huh?), which is basically the ultimate literary challenge where writers battle and readers judge. Intrigued? I know I am!

Today, she’s going to tell us [...]

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Meet Member, Dub Wright

Dub Wright is a long-time FaithWriters member who describes himself this way: Curmudgeon; Exercise fanatic; sailing enthusiast; Dead beat writer, scratching to make a dime, attempting to find his way; surviving only by the blood of Jesus Christ. Dub is active on the message boards, a regular Challenge entrant, and an all-around great guy. Join me in getting to know him a little better.

Tell us a little about yourself and your Christian testimony.

Retired after 30 years [...]

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Early Writing Memories

I remember a story I wrote in 6th grade, called The Summer I Went to Honolulu (and no, I’d never been to Hawaii). I also remember one of my teachers complimenting me and encouraging me to enter it in a contest. I never did enter, which I regret to this day.

I’m thinking because this story is so memorable for me (I still  have it), that it was around the age of 12 when I started to fall in love with [...]

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This and That Thursday: Author Christa Allan shares her journey to publication

Today we’re doing something a little different, just for fun. I had the privilege of meeting author Christa Allan at a 2009 writing conference, where people were buzzing about her then-soon-to-be-released debut novel, Walking on Broken Glass (this book came out in February, 2010). Because Christa is just recently published for the first time, I thought you might be interested in how the process worked for her. This is a fun account of Christa’s journey to publication. Enjoy! (And [...]

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Wednesday Word: Ever Green, Ever Constant

Evergreen, Ever Constant

by Nancy Quinn

My family loves to go camping. I don’t see myself as an outdoorsy person since my idea of “roughing it” is in our 20-foot camper with air conditioning with hot and cold running water. But I do love sitting next to a cozy fire at our campsite and watch the birds and chipmunks come curiously close to see if we’ll give them a snack. [...]

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Novel Writing and Mountain Climbing

Novel Writing and Mountain Climbing

by Paul Baines

It’s the usual scenario. You were full of get-up-and-go and you set yourself a target of a thousand words a day. Manageable but enough to make you feel as though you are making headway. You draw a chart, showing your progress. A novel in three months. Not bad. You imagine holding the finished manuscript in your hand. You see agents and publishers smiling and nodding as they read through it.

That was four [...]

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2011 Best of the Best Contenders

I had an interview all set up for this week, but I’m still waiting to hear back on a couple of additional questions for the member, so I’m holding off posting the interview until next week. In the meantime, I am posting a list of the Writing Challenge Best of the Best contenders so far this year (Remember, in the Challenge, a year runs July – June).

So, here are the members who took first place in the first [...]

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