Welcome to the debut of the WATCH #RWISA WRITE 2022 Anthology: “Life Is But A Rose Garden” @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA

Look what’s arrived – the new RWISA Anthology! Click on the link below and pick up your copy today. Then curl up in your favorite chair and sample the writing of some of the RWISA authors. If you like what you read in this sampling, grab a book by that author and/or leave a review. Happy reading!

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Hello, friends!  

Is this the first time we’re meeting in 2022?  If so, I promise to do a better job of bringing you great content to Watch Nonnie Write!  But today, I have a very, very, very special treat for you!

Introducing the WATCH RWISA WRITE 2022 Anthology, “Life Is But A Rose Garden,”debuting on Amazon today for only $2.99!  We invite you to take a look at the promo for this little gem below, and lastly, we ask for your support by purchasing a copy, as well as spreading the word of its release via your own social media! 

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Friends, thank you for dropping by today in support of this new release!  We hope that what you find between the covers brings you much joy and pleasure as you read it, and we also hope that some of what you find here will give you pause…

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Canceled and/or Beloved?

Don’t miss this timely and insightful blog post by the excellent writer, Gwen M. Plano. Much food for thought here, Gwen!

Story Empire

Hello SE friends, Gwen with you today. When we last met, the topic was 1984, and we focused on writers who predicted the future. Several of the mentioned books were banned because the content was controversial. Of course, George Orwell and Aldous Huxley were two of those authors. SE writer John Howell had an excellent post on banned books earlier this year. If you’d like to check it out, you can find it here.

What was so threatening about these books that they were banned? Let’s answer this by looking at the present.

These days we hear a lot about folks being canceled. Basically, anyone who doesn’t accept the popular narrative is a potential target. That narrative covers topics such as sexual identity, COVID vaccines, demonstrations vs. riots, border walls, gun control, and the list goes on. The finger-pointing is everywhere present.  

For writers, this blame…

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More Genre Clichés

Multi-genre author Staci Troilo has some great advice for authors on what NOT to write about! A fun and informative post. She nailed it!!

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Ciao, SEers! Last time, we talked about clichés in horror and how to fix them. This time, we’re going to look at stereotypes in two more genres and ways to turn them around.

Mystery

  • Title of the book is “the character in the place (often vantage point)” i.e. The Woman in the Window
    • Solution: Find something more appealing to name your book. Often a word or line in the text will pop.
  • Bad guy sees the voyeur investigating what they saw
    • Solution: This is overdone. If you want to have a voyeur, don’t let the villain see the voyeur. Let the voyeur approach the villain. Maybe the voyeur is worse than the villain and blackmails him or becomes inspired by him and becomes a supervillain.
  • Washed up grizzled alcoholic detective who lost someone and comes out of retirement to solve the crime even though competent cops can’t
    • Solution:…

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Twitter: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Check out this post by best-selling author, Mae Clair, with helpful tips for Twitter:

Story Empire

Hello, SEers! It’s a Mae Day on Story Empire, and the topic is Twitter. We all have social media platforms we favor. For me (outside of blogging) it’s all about Tweeting. Strangely, when I first ventured into the realm of social media almost ten years ago, I was certain I would detest Twitter. Not so.

Which brings me to this quick overview of the good, the bad, and the ugly. See if you agree.

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THE GOOD

Twitter delivers news as it happens, enabling a user to follow a thread as it unfolds in real time. I like that. And not all news is bad news. There’s a lot of silliness out there, too. A few years ago, I remember watching two escaped llamas lead police officers on a merry chase through a downtown city. Tell me THAT wasn’t fun to watch in real time!

There are a lot of connections…

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Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Poetry – Slivers: Chiseled Poetry by Balroop Singh

On a lovely summer day, immerse yourself in the exquisite poetry of Ballroom Singh. Here’s a book to start with:

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This week as I sat in the peace of the back garden and enjoyed the last of the sunshine for a while, I enjoyed reading and rereading the poems in the latest collection of Balroop Singh –  Slivers:Chiseled Poetry.

About the collection

When I stumbled upon haiku – a Japanese form of poetry, I scoffed it away, thinking it to be too short and easy to write. My hubris got a setback when I was challenged to write it! My earlier efforts show how I struggled with the syllables that could convey a meaningful message. Slowly I discovered this art form, which I revere now. I’ve taken some liberties with the rules though.

The poetry in this collection is not traditional haiku and tanka but inspired from them.This collection focuses on micro-poetry, inspired from haiku, senryu, tanka and acrostic poems. Brevity and discipline is the hallmark of these poems.

My…

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Welcome to Day 11 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors June Series! @MauraBeth2014 #TheEdgeOfFear @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

#RRBC founder and president, Nonnie Jules, was kind enough to interview me for her series, 12 Days of Authors. Check it out here, and follow her blog. Hope you follow mine, too!

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12 Days of Authors Maura Beth Brennan

GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card + a book trailer, courtesy of 4WillsPublishing!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 11th day of the June “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, MAURA BETH BRENNAN!

Author bio:

I grew up in the 50’s in what, I think, would now be called an “exburb.” We were really far out from everything and from other kids, and so I learned early on to use my imagination. I went to an all-girls Catholic high school, married young, had a daughter, got a divorce, remarried and eventually got a job writing job descriptions and other materials for the Department of Defense. I had gone…

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A new painting

Writer Robbie Cheadle introduces us to a wonderful artist, Smitha Vishmanath and her painting of the sun rising over a snowy scene. Refreshing in all this heat! Bonus – a link to a gallery of more paintings to brighten your Sunday:

Robbie's inspiration

My blogging friend, Smitha Vishwanath, started painting at the beginning of the pandemic last year. I have been watching her improve and stretch her creative wings with oil paints and watercolours and I am amazed by her progress and talent.

A couple of months ago, one of her paintings caught my eye and I bought it from her. Smitha was very obliging and arranged for the painting to be couriered to South Africa from Mumbai in India.

This painting of a group of barren trees in the snow really spoke to me.

I chose this painting as I love the contrast of the stark and bare trees in their snowy setting with the rising sun. The darkness of the tree trunks and branches and the bluey greys of the snow and shadows make the gorgeous brightness of the yellowy sun creeping up into the sky all the more warm…

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Developing Your Villain

Love creating villains for your readers to root against? Read this post from best-selling author, Staci Troilo, about adding depth to your characters.

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Ciao, SEers! I’ve been talking to you about some of my favorite character types the last couple of times I was with you. We’ve already gone over sidekicks and red herrings (if you missed them). Today, I’m sure it’s no surprise that I, the writer who delights in killing so many of her characters in so many different ways, is talking to you about the villain.

I feel like I could write a book on the subject. Many writers already have. Today, however, I want to focus on three points: power, motivation, and success.

Power

A villain needs to be a worth adversary for your hero. By worthy, I mean he needs to be slightly more powerful. Yes, more powerful. Not equal, not less. More.

If he’s too strong, he’ll never be beaten. Too weak…

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The other sister

Check out this fun and informative post by writer C.S. Boyack

Story Empire

Hi gang, Craig with you again today. We’re going to talk about something that could really help in your stories. I’m going to use the analogy of two sisters.

We all know Suspense. She’s pretty, gets invited to parties, and can carry a story all by herself. Readers are drawn to her like bees to honey. “Any more at home like her?” Funny you should ask. She has a sister.

This sister can really fill in the gaps in your tale, but she’s hard to get close to. She takes a bit of practice. Her name is Tension.

Tension

Your first attempts to talk with her might feel clumsy and forced, but it’s worth struggling through. She’s a powerful friend if you take the time.

She works like this: Things shouldn’t be comfortable for your main characters. Suspense can make them flip the pages, but if everything between the turning points…

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