Tag: authors

Five tips for better summer sleep

Ah, yes, the lazy days of summer…for some. For us sleep psychologists, it can be the busiest time of the year. I suspect that’s because people’s schedules are more open with school being out, but summer has its own sleep challenges. Let’s talk about how to combat the most common ones. Chill out… at night.…
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Using objects, locations, and animals as plot devices

In theater, they call them props. Comedians can make a whole routine out of an object. In movies, the camera can foreshadow developments by focusing closely on seemingly harmless objects. Writers can use props in writing, too. Bringing in ordinary things like objects, locations, and animals to pace and direct the story can slow it…
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Meet The Rogues — Karen M. Bryson

Author Karen M. Bryson Tell us a little about yourself. I’m a bestselling romantic mystery and suspense novelist. My writing has humor, heart, and quirky characters. I’m also an award-winning/optioned screenwriter. When I’m not writing, you can find me riding around the neighborhood on my bicycle, traveling, or spending time with my husband and our…
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5 Summer Tacos To Devour With Your TBR Pile!

I originally came up with the idea for this post before going to a conference in San Antonio in June. Everyone likes tacos, right? They’re like sandwiches, but people actually look forward to eating them. There’s an infinite number of toppings and combos, so there’s something for everyone. Here, in no particular order, are my…
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Declaring Independence – the DIY Movement

Break out your saucepans, drill bits, and knitting needles—the latest trend is to do-it-yourself like our grandparents did. With so much information online, it’s easier than ever to find instructions on everything from dollmaking to drywall.  Or for those seeking to connect with actual humans, knitting circles and crafting afternoons are trending. Still, others may…
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Filling the Creative Well

Being a writer is awesome. You just sit down, close your eyes, say your mantra, put fingers to keys… And floof! The words flow in a torrent of rainbows, unicorns, plot twists, and… Yeah, that’s not how it happens. Writing is hard work, especially for those of us with day jobs. I use a lot…
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Meet The Rogues — Joynell Schultz

Author Joynell Schultz Tell us a little about yourself. I’m a veterinary pharmacist by trade, but currently, help out at my family’s wildlife sanctuary/zoo as well as write. I couldn’t pick which I enjoy more, so I do both! My life gets quite busy when you add in two teenagers and a self-employed husband as…
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Superior Procrastination Techniques

Most of us experience procrastination at some point in our lives. I’m guilty of some very late night submissions, study blitzes, and (ahem) blog posts that barely slide under the wire. But rather than focus on the less attractive aspects of dilly-dallying, why not embrace the creative potential? Don’t settle for any old delay—go for…
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Meet The Rogues — Tracy Korn

Author Tracy Korn Tell us a little about yourself. Well, I am a nerd–an academic nerd, and a bonafide, dresser-upper at Comic-Cons and Renaissance Faires caliber nerd. By day, I teach English Literature and coach a competitive robotics team, and by night, I write all manner of SFF from YA Dystopian to Urban Fantasy. I…
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6 Fantasy Worlds We’d Love To Visit… As Long As The Big Bad Is Gone.

I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve totally immersed myself in different fantasy worlds. Whether it’s a book, a movie, or a tv show, I catch myself longing to be able to visit. Then, the practical side of me takes hold and amends the idea. I won’t go making any travel arrangements…
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