TEN Reasons Why Numbered Posts Are So Yesterday

Kira Morgana:

hmmm – I never really thought about that…

Originally posted on Blogdramedy:

Who doesn’t love making a list then ticking it off, or as I like to do, getting out a ruler and drawing a nice, neat line right through the middle. Twice.

But when did numbered lists become the Miley of blog posts? Over the past year, numbered lists have become the itemized notes de jour of online media.

Everywhere you go, someone’s put together a “Reasons Why” or “How To” or “Must Have” list that features numbers. It’s like they’re saying you’re a bad person if reading 106 ways to flambé a chicken is not the most important thing you’ll do all day.

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Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction

Kira Morgana:

Reblogging this one to keep track of it for my next editing adventure… yes, even I, the stupendous author of The Tower and The Eye, need to have these reminders printed out and stuck on the wall in front of me… *grins*

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

Original image via Flikr Commons courtesy of Mark Coggins

Original image via Flikr Commons courtesy of Mark Coggins

There are a lot of hurdles to writing great fiction, which is why it’s always important to keep reading and writing. We only get better by DOING. Today we’re going to talk about some self-editing tips to help you clean up your book before you hire an editor.

When I worked as an editor, I found it frustrating when I couldn’t even GET to the story because I was too distracted by these all too common oopses.

There are many editors who charge by the hour. If they’re spending their time fixing blunders you could’ve easily repaired yourself? You’re burning cash and time. Yet, correct these problems, and editors can more easily get to the MEAT of your novel. This means you will spend less money and get far higher value.

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Poetry Witch is Spooky! | Indiegogo

Meet the Poetry Witch! Illus. by Kari-Anne Fehn

My friend, poet and fellow author, Michele Brenton is publishing a children’s book with the aid of artist, Kari-Anne Fehn  – and it’s looking stunning already!

If you fancy getting your name in the book, getting a signed copy or even an original painting from the book, click the link and pop through to Indiegogo. There you can donate and claim one of these wonderful rewards!

Even if you can’t donate, click through and share the page with your friends – every bit of publicity helps!

Poetry Witch is Spooky! | Indiegogo.

Robin Williams…

… one of the stalwarts of my childhood, the regular alien entertainment…

…Nanu , Nanu!

Mork & Mindy

…that made me laugh and taught me a lot more about life than all those thousands of hours of soap operas my mum subjected me to…

…sorry mum, but it’s the truth – I hated them and its the reason that I don’t watch them now… *Shudders at the memory of watching The Young Doctors, Eastenders, Coronation Street and Prisoner: Cell Block H*…

…is dead.

He was one of the enduring faces that I grew up with and I watched everything I could get my hands on. I will miss him a great deal and I feel that the world has lost a major talent of all trades.

… *clears throat*…

After Mork & Mindy (yes, I used to get called Mindy) went off the air, I forgot about him for a while… and then Good Morning Vietnam appeared on my visual radar.

I actually went out and bought the soundtrack to this one – not only is the music damn good, but the CD has all of Robin’s DJ sections on it. To this day I cannot listen to it without wetting myself laughing or crying to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

While he did have a number of serious roles – “What Dreams May Come” really sticks in my mind (Dead Poets Society” was too close to what I was doing in school for me to really enjoy) and “Bicentennial Man” was my favourite of the serious movies – the movies that really made the mark on my life were his children’s movies.

Toys, Hook, Jumanji, Fern Gully… they all entertained and made my life brighter. Wherever his voice appeared behind an animated character, the movie was instantly improved.

Robin appears at 6.40 sec

“Aladdin” was, of course, the biggest one. It’s my favourite Disney Movie of all time, simply because of the chemistry between Aladdin and Genie. Quotes from that movie slip into my conversation with my children all the time…

“All right you baaaaad boy, but no more freebies.”

The last movie I really watched of his was “Mrs Doubtfire”. As usual, I was laughing along with Robin, enjoying the transformations and the antics he got up to, then bam. I was smacked in the chest with the end scene. You know, the one where Mrs Doubtfire is talking to a little girl about her parent’s divorce.

Swallows against a lump in her throat…

It even affects me now, without actually seeing it. O’ course, the reason it affects me so profoundly is that my parents divorced when I was 16. But the way the speech was written, the way that Robin played that scene, it suddenly hit home to me just how much damage a divorce does to children…

And I found that I couldn’t watch any more of his movies.

I watched his stand up routines, laughing myself sick at his impressions of politicians and when he appeared on chat shows and things…

… but I couldn’t bring myself to watch any more of his movies. I’ll probably go back and watch my way through his catalogue now, laughing and crying in equal measure.

I love comedy. I watch all sorts of Comedians – Bill Bailey, Michael MacIntyre, Billy Connelly and Russell Howard. All of them make me laugh until I can’t physically force the sound out any more.

Only one comedian could ever make me laugh uproariously one moment, and cry with sadness the next.

Rest in Peace, Robin Williams.

I hope that you’re alternating between getting some serious shut eye (he’s been a busy boy on earth, so I figure he deserves it) and cracking up the angels.

We’ll miss you.

Can I please make a point about my blog?

There are other pages on this here blog you know.

I know you probably only visit in order to read whatever delightful insight I’ve had most recently… or to spam me and try to get me to link to you so you can spam others… but please, while you’re here, take a look around!

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Current blog layout (subject to change)

There are pages here where you can find Free Stuff to Read; things that I work on intermittently and am not likely to publish in any other way.

You can also find links to my published writing through the Kira Morgana and A. E. Churchyard pages – I’m working on getting my books out to people through various means.

If you visit The Tower and The Eye pages, you’ll find links to Smashwords, Amazon (both UK & US) and where you can find the book in print format.

You can also buy a PDF copy direct from me by following the “For all electronic readers” links. So if you want to avoid the middlemen, there is a route for you!

Take a look around every time you visit… you never know what I will have changed next…

A Response to ‘Women Against Feminism.’

Kira Morgana:

And the battle rages on – it may be in other countries that the sharp end of Feminism is needed, but what our Great Grandmothers began, we should continue…

Originally posted on iwantedwings:

Imagine this:

The year is 2014. You are a white Western woman. You wake up in the morning in a comfortably sized house or flat. You have a full or part-time job that enables you to pay your rent or mortgage. You have been to school and maybe even college or university as well. You can read and write and count. You own a car or have a driver’s licence. You have enough money in your own bank account to feed and clothe yourself. You have access to the Internet. You can vote. You have a boyfriend or girlfriend of your choosing, who you can also marry if you want to, and raise a family with. You walk down the street wearing whatever you feel like wearing. You can go to bars and clubs and sleep with whomever you want.

Your world is full of freedom and possibility.

Then you…

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