Saturday, December 31, 2016

Celebrations and Motivation

Happy New Year!!!

Tomorrow, I have a much more important post, but today, I just had to stop and say:







I admit, I have a few things to celebrate today.

Madeline Mora-Summonte and I both have stories
in The Best of 2016

We won't get paid for this honor, and the journal is a celebration of tiny fiction, but I'm still excited and honored to be included with such great company - Madeline is an exceptional short fiction author.

And, then, there's this fun and awesome video celebrating 2016 with my daughters' team - created by one of the athletes:
My youngest has short, blonde hair and kayaks (two-sided paddle)
My oldest has long hair with blonde ends (usually up in a high messy ponytail) and canoes (one sided paddle).
If you watch, see if you can find them.

Celebrations help motivate me.

What inspires and motivates you?.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tara Tyler's Five Reasons to Use Chapter Titles

Please welcome Tara Tyler, guest extraordinaire!

5 Reasons to Write with Chapter Titles
By Tara Tyler

I am a total PLOTTER. I need organization. I also like to name things, people, places, stories, even scenes. So this topic spoke to me… I even gave a few chapter headings from all my books as teasers.

5 Reasons to Use Chapter Titles
  1. As a Teaser/Preview - I like to hint what the chapter is about. And the hint lets the reader guess what’s coming
  2. For a Character POV - I love how some books, like Game of Thrones, have characters for the chapters so I could look ahead and see when my faves were coming up
  3. As a Quick Reference - I use them for myself whether I put them into the novel or not for organization. Like in my YA/Adult series Pop Travel, I have the list (with page numbers of course) so I know where to look for a certain scene or section as needed.
  4. To be Quirky & Funny - I have fun coming up with the previews and teasers. I was raised to be punny =D
  5. For Creativity - The process of devising them stretches the brain muscles!
As promised, here are some of my faves from my novels…

For my Pop Travel Series, the chapter names are just for me, they're not in the books.
From the middle Pop Travel. As you can see, I started very basic, until I switch series...
Saffioti & Jones
Miki & Jared

A few from Simulation, can't give too many or they spoil the story!
a new deal
C meets the C
G meets A
C chase
G&A investigate/C Slug
G & A trap

And here's a sneak peek at Disposal, these chapter titles are a little more detailed:
  1. Passion in a pill
  2. Jimmy's all-nighter
  3. Get to work
  4. Let's do lunch
  5. Is he dead?
  6. You can have him
  7. Kids, nothing but trouble
  8. You want me to what?
  9. Torture Chamber
  10. Thrill of a lifetime
For my Beast World Series, these chapter titles are totally in the books.
Chapters 1-16 From Broken Branch Falls
  1. Careful what you wish for
  2. Best laid plans
  3. Meet cute
  4. Leave the pranking to the pros
  5. Punishment fits the crime
  6. No pain, no gain
  7. Phoenix from ashes
  8. Cracking the armor
  9. Hiding in the bushes
  10. Here's the deal
  11. A glimpse of hope
  12. Smashed to pieces
  13. Powder keg ignited
  14. The big deal
  15. Plan hatched
  16. Werewolves? There wolves
And lastly, the first twelve from Cradle Rock
  1. You Can't Live With 'Em
  2. Sense of Insecurity
  3. Up, Up, and Away
  4. Fire It Up
  5. Watch Out For That Tree
  6. Pit of Despair
  7. Gesundheit!
  8. Without a Paddle
  9. Don't Get Too Cozy
  10. Forget Me Not
  11. Sticks and Stones
  12. Be Our Guest
I hope you had fun reading the chapter headers and maybe they piqued your interest! Thanks Tyrean, for letting me come over and be a part of my release party. I had a great time!

Do you use chapter titles? Give us a teaser!


CRADLE ROCK, Beast World Book Two
by Tara Tyler

Gabe the goblin just saved his town Broken Branch Falls from splitting apart. He also revealed that humans--horrible creatures of myth and legend--may actually be part of their history! But seriously? Nah!

Now Ona, Gabe’s girlfriend, is headed thousands of miles away to Camp Cradle Rock for Spring Break seeking evidence of humans. Gabe knows better than to tell a stubborn ogress she’s crazy, so he’s letting her go and spending the break at the beach like a normal teenage beast. And he’s determined to have a good time without her, whether he likes it or not.

But when Gabe hears Ona went missing, he and his friends set out for the wilds of the west to find her, no matter what dangerous creatures get in his way. Not even humans.

Check out the Book Trailer!

Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently she has two series, Pop Travel (techno-thriller detective capers) and Broken Branch Falls (fantasy adventures). To squeeze in writing, she economizes her time aka the Lazy Housewife. Make every day an adventure!

Talk to me!
Author Blog ~~ @taratylertalks ~~ Facebook ~~ Housewives Blog

I'm also giving away signed copies of Broken Branch Falls and Cradle Rock, some Beast World swag, and a $20 GC!

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Tyrean's Review: Cradle Rock is an excellently fun MG adventure through a fantastical world of Beasts and those strange mythical creatures, humans. Gabe, Ona, and their friends stumble into a human camp, nearly begin a war, and then . . . well, you have to read to find out! It's hard for me to review this one because I was so caught up in the adventure that I didn't slow down. The characters are fully developed, the world-building is insteresting and full of depth, and the plot rocks! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

#IWSG December, Christmas, and an Apology to Jeff

An awesome, encouraging blog hop founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh and supported by amazing writers from around the web-sphere.
Co-hosts this month: 
December's Question:
In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

Erk. Plan?

No, wait. I do have a plan. Or, I had a plan once.

I lost my plan somewhere in the hustle of the last three years.
I attempted to re-create it a few times, but it didn't stick.
This month's question burned deep, so I revisited my goals and my plan.
If you do not want to read it all, I suggest hitting the bits in bold.

I hope to be a hybrid author with 1 or more traditionally published titles, 2 or more small press titles, and 30 self-pubbed titles.  
I hope to make part-time to full-time wages as a writer, and not just tips.
I hope to gain a few public speaking gigs at writing conferences and/or community classes.
Finally, I hope to have over 300 short works published: poetry, short stories, and articles.

Writing 2-3 hours a day. This is a must to make all that writing possible.
Marketing/Networking: 30-60 minutes a day. (Find some marketing wisdom somewhere.)
Joining a toastmaster group/public speaking group to practice public speaking.
Keep writing, keep revising, keep submitting, repeat as many times as needed.
By keeping my goals in front of me! (lesson learned)

Since 2009, I have blundered my way through the blosphere, learning through a huge number of mistakes some small bits about blogging, tweeting, facebook(ing), and instagram. Along the way, I've made some friends, and I've had a few friends send me extra bits of wisdom via e-mail. Thank you, sweet friends!
Since 1992, I have had 102 short works accepted for publication and 101 of those published. (One is forthcoming in 2017.) I've gained momentum in the last two years. I've also gained determination - no matter the rate of rejection, I can still get published.
Since 2013, I have self-published: 3 novels, 3 writing prompt books (2 are journals), 3 writing curriculum books, 3 collections of short works, 1 study guide for a novel, 1 small devotional book, and 7 short or experimental fiction e-books. That's a total of 21 self-pubbed titles, although some are only at smashwords, and some are very short.
I have one novella published through a small press - this novella is associated with a youtube series with a tiny following.
I teach writing classes at a local homeschool co-operative, have taught one class on writing through my church, have taught some Sunday School classes over the last twenty years, and I have given the message at church a few dozen times. (This is all working on my public speaking skills, although that wasn't the primary motivation to speak on any of these ocassions.)

So, my additional question for those of you who are planning - have you written down what you've accomplished so far? 
It's a powerful thing to do - even if I realized that my results are not what I want them to be - lots of self-pubbed titles and very few sales. 

Merry Christmas! 
I'll still be around this month for a bit, but I know that many of you are snuggling up in blankets, reading books, and calling this year a wrap. To you and to all, I wish you a Merry Christmas, Much Holiday Cheer, and a Happy New Year!

An Apology to Jeff Chapman, who had an amazing guest post that everyone seemed to think was my writing last month . . .
I actually don't own an iPad.
Jeff writes on an iPad.
He guest posted.
If you looked up his blog, you may not have found him.
His website is here: Jeff Chapman Books
His twitter is here: Jeff on Twitter
His amazon page with oodles of awesome reads is here: Jeff Chapman at Amazon
Please stop by his website or his twitter or his amazon page and give him some writerly hugs!