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Amos Ballesteros's picture

The Deep End

I don’t like the way that stories have just become derivative drivel mass produced for a cheap thrill and a quick buck. The literary world has shifted to the mundane and we in our need for entertainment have cultivated a lackadaisical form of writing. Now before you stop reading and label me a heretic for having inadvertently insulted your thrilling reads, let me first say that I hold no grudge against entertainment. I recognize and understand the need for some things to be light and frothy.

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Jim Blanton's picture

Changing Gears Part Deux

In my last post I revealed that that I’m considering putting the fiction project on hold and moving toward a non-fiction project. As I mentioned, my non-fiction project is going to focus on the topic of cult movies, a subject about which I am passionate.  To be more specific, it is going to explore the life and filmography of one of my favorite cult movie stars (to be disclosed soon).  This person was born and raised in Kentucky, and actually has a connection to my hometown of Lexington.  How could I resist not delving further into that story?
 

Ryan Henry's picture

Let Us Begin...

“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents – except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.”
                                                                — Edward Bulwer-Lytton, opening line of Paul Clifford (1830)
 

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Changing Gears

One of the items we’ve discussed in the Transformational Editor series here at Daviess County Public Library, is putting aside a project when you hit a wall.  It may be temporary or it may be permanent, but sometimes you have to put that book in the drawer, with the hope that you may return to it later.  I’ve come to the conclusion that for the moment I have to do the same with the “greatest vampire novel in the history of ever.”  Though I’ve made good progress on it, with the help of my partner in crime Phyllis, life has intruded to a point that I can’t get in a c

John Beemer's picture

ePublish or Bust! Author Review: Jen Teachenor’s Beautiful Life

As ePublish or Bust! continues to grow, more and more writers have been able to share their voices and stories. Several authors who have participated in the program as guest speakers have published print versions of their books—copies cataloged and ready for check-out at your local library. One such author is Jean Teachenor, a Franklin, Tennessee native who visited both Daviess and Henderson County Public libraries last month to discuss her self-published 2014 novel, Beautiful Life.
 

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Ryan Henry's picture

Predatory Publishing Companies

Come with me, dear reader, to the land of extended metaphor.
 
Imagine the new employee starting her first day at a popular fast food chain restaurant. A hungry customer approaches and orders a hamburger. In a normal world, the employee would make a hamburger and sell it to the customer, who would then eat the hamburger.
 

Jim Blanton's picture

Resolved

After reading the Write Here, Write Now entry by Amos regarding resolutions for the New Year, I couldn’t help but add my own thoughts on this special time.  With Amos it’s clear that passion is an important part of the equation, but he notes that distracting life events can cancel out passion.  I am a case study in that particular scenario.  My pattern is to get on an incredible streak where I’m producing a healthy amount of pages, and then I’ll get sidetracked by any number of life distractions. 

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Amos Ballesteros's picture

Write Here, Write Now

So the year has ended and I know that going through the year and reflecting on all you’ve done is very cliché, but just you wait. It’ll get even more cliché as the blog continues. Looking back on this last year has been quite productive, to say the very least. We started ePublish or Bust; had a few more join our cause; went to OMG con; and we were even mentioned in the AP for our work. It has been a good year for writing and I feel as if I’ve developed my writing style and have made more progress on my book than ever before. I can only hope the same is true for whoever is reading this now.

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Laura Osterfeld's picture

Technology (or Lack Thereof)

When I noticed that a few of my fellow bloggers had already touched on the topic of writing tools, I was hesitant.  I didn’t want to echo what they had already said.  But I also found it fascinating that we seem to agree on one thing.

Now I don’t want to sound like a hipster or a purist, but when it comes to writing, I’m pretty old school.

John Beemer's picture

Overcoming Writer’s Block: Inspiration through Constraints

The blank page—one of the most daunting obstacles for a writer. The beginning can sometimes intimidate us into never starting at all. We worry: what do I want to say? How will I say it—and will I even be able to? But really, we should approach the page as an empty, free space to accept whatever we place onto it. The following are some tricks to make the creative process easier by introducing constraints or limits on our artistic freedom.
 

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