Friday, April 24, 2015

So It Begins - BLUE #writing #mm

The eagerly anticipated spin-off to the Saving Liam now a thing! The first chapter exploded onto the page this morning. You know Blue. He's not one for subtle entrances.

It won't be out for several more weeks, but here is a preview of the story he's telling, complete with soundtrack. 

Brady sat on the dark leather couch in the game room mesmerized by the man in front of him. Dressed in torn black jeans and a gray sleeveless shirt, Blue held his preferred means of communication in his hands, tethered to him by the strap across one shoulder.

Despite years of tender moments and shared nights riding out the storms of Blue's past, there were still things he couldn't say. Words he couldn't speak on his own. He needed a translator. Standing with it in his hands, Blue began to play. Emotion seeped from him with each note, trickling off the tension in his arms, flowing from the intense, almost pained expression on his face. It dripped from Blue's fingertips, absorbed by the electric guitar, and spilled into the room.

He knew what those notes represented. The screech of tension, the groan of old pain, melting back into the steady flow of the love affair neither of them had anticipated. He watched, enthralled by the message and the man, afraid to move and shatter the moment. Only when the momentum waned and Blue shifted his gaze from the floor to his face did he find a reason to risk it. He stood, Blue's eyes on him as he stepped closer, stopping with only a guitar width between them. 

He rested a hand against Blue's cheek and kissed him, pouring the emotion back into him. Stepping away long enough to let Blue take off the guitar, he wrapped his arms around his battered and scarred, axe-playing wild man and swayed with him to the memory of the music that echoed inside.

Stay tuned!

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Support A Charity - Win A Book! #LGBTPushBack

You've all heard about the great Indiana Pizza Nonsense of 2015, right? If you haven't, you can read about it here. There are a lot of lessons in this mess. The most obvious being that open hostility is the wrong response to a group that mistakenly believes they are the victim in this fight for equality.

No, this isn't a rant. It's an opportunity. Supporters of the pizza place handed them more than $1 million dollars for their pain and suffering. (The linked article was published before the fundraiser ended.) That gave a few people an idea. If they can generate a landslide of cash to support ignorance, we can generate one to support equality.

224 authors and publishers who support LGBTQIA rights got together to donate books to the cause. Now it's your turn!

Here's how it works: 

  1. Pick a charity that supports LGBTQIA people. Local, national, international. We don't care. If you're stumped we have a few suggestions
  2. Make a donation of any amount. 
  3. Go to the Push Back blog post
  4. Leave a comment at the bottom telling us which charity you chose to support.
  5. Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. (You can only enter once and winners will be randomly selected from all entries.)
  6. Tell EVERYBODY!

Help us make a statement to those who still don't get what anti-discrimination laws are for. This fight isn't about the freedom to be hateful. It's about the freedom to be.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Work Smarter: Keep it short

Size matters. We all know, so why not say it out loud? In this case, I'm talking about blog posts and the experts say smaller is better. That's good news for those of you trying to post several times a week. Here are two great hints I've picked up for getting the most out of your posts without taking up so much of your time.

Short Titles

Keep your titles short and to the point. Most blog posts are shared on Twitter, right? That means your title should be 130 characters or less to allow for the addition of a link. Otherwise you risk only getting part of your message across.

Small Content

Our society thrives on bullet points, sound bytes, and snippets. That's why the experts recommend condensed posts. If you can't say what you have to say in 500 words or less consider breaking your post into a series. At the very least, use summary statements to catch the eye of readers who skim for content or graphics to break up the paragraphs. Without those, few people will stick around long enough to read more than the first few lines...unless it's a particularly intriguing rant about bad behavior or celebrity gossip.

Don't let your content fall prey to short attention spans. Post more than an embedded YouTube video or a solitary quote so people feel inspired to share it, but don't feel like you have to spend hours on a topic. Brief is better!

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