Tree ferns in the canopy of the Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve (2006) and Jelly fish near the jetty, Ross Island (1998)...
Part of 'Island worlds...of land and sea' an exhibition of A&N photographs, all printed on silk! @ the Art Gallery, Kamal... Read more of this blog post »
Jake from book one finds love.
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She’ll be on the bus to St. Cloud in a few hours, the girl I love more than anything in this whole world. The burnt metallic smell of fresh blood mingles with the lingering residue of cordite in the room. As I look at my father’s body lying so... Read more of this blog post »
I’m not an angry person, I swear it. I just don’t tolerate stupidity very well. I used to handle it just fine. In fact, I think I may have been a bit oblivious to the level of stupidity that exists in our world. Then, I started working in healthcare. Whoa. A single twelve-hour shift in the...Read more of this blog post »
There are so many books in the world. One may never read all the books. But one can definitely make his own category of books to read.
Everyone has interest in a particular topic or genre. I love books related to philosophy, religion, poems by mystics. It elevates my mood.
Yet you don't have time...Read more of this blog post »
20 years after it was first published in the UK in 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is to be translated into its 80th language – Scots!
Publisher Itchy Coo today announced that you will soon be able to read the Scots version of the first Harry Potter book, which will be published und...Read more of this blog post »
For the last few years, I’ve been keeping track of every book I read on Goodreads. I haven’t gone all out with this. I give a star rating and then move on. That’s not to say I didn’t keep track in other ways. Since I read the vast majority of my books on Kindle, I […]
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[image error]“They were coming. They never stopped coming.
A wolf howled, the call rising to an eerie pitch before dropping, hurtling downward. The echo barely faded when another howl replied. Always… Always, forever, and yet again, they would come.
His breath slipped between his teeth and he...Read more of this blog post »
Hey guys. I hope you all are having a great summer! I’ve been hard at work writing but I thought I would take a little break to hold a sale.
Awaken Online: Catharsis is currently available for FREE from June 29 – July 3.
This is a great opportunity to pressure your friends and family into reading...Read more of this blog post »
Don’t you hate it when you’re sad and people tell you: “Don’t be sad.”
Like, dude, I’m sad not because you want me to be sad. I’m sad because stupid things happen, and that makes me sad.
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Way back when I was in high school, I got invited to a party with the cool kids.
You know, the cool kids.
I spent the entire party standing in a corner with a strawberry daiquiri in my hand thinking, “Holy shit. I’m hanging with the cool kids. How the hell did that happen?”
When I saw the lineup for...Read more of this blog post »
Posso dire che ho sempre avuto la mania di scrivere per narrare. Conservo ancora una poesia di quando avevo dieci anni e l’incipit di un romanzo ambizioso vergato in un quadernetto a quadretti quando andavo in terza media: un romanzo d’amore, ambientato in Eritrea perché in quel momento dell’anno...Read more of this blog post »
SW Hammond talks with Amber Stoke about the creative process behind The Final Book: Gods, favorite characters, and the future of the trilogy.
What was the inspiration for your story?
The idea for The Final Book came to me as I was digging fencepost holes in Colorado Springs. I had a lot of time...Read more of this blog post »
The winners of this year's INSPY Awards have been officially announced! I had such a great time judging the Mystery/Thriller category, and I absolutely love the book that we chose as the winner: If I Run by Terri Blackstock. I'll be posting my review of it in a few minutes. Read more of this blog post »
This is a story that is very close to my heart for a number of reasons. It is so wonderful to see that someone else a...Read more of this blog post »
Here in Waco, our local farmer’s market is a big event on Saturday mornings. It’s held right beside the river, and there’s nothing better than stopping by to stock up on local produce.
This summer, we were inspired by how much the city of Waco embraces our local farmer’s market, and decided to mod...Read more of this blog post »
I am past the seven-year mark of my digital portfolio (you are reading it right now), and I would say that both personally and professionally, nothing has made more of an impact on my career or learning. If I would have known what this endeavour would have led to in both growth and opportunities...Read more of this blog post »
Most parents seek to protect their children from evil. We don’t want our children to be frightened, harmed, or attracted by it. But is a parent’s protective instinct always right? Is there a time we should expose our children to evil for their good?
Imagine Frodo on his quest to reach Mount Doom b...Read more of this blog post »
At the start of Under the Sugar Sun, Georgina Potter travels to the Philippines to search for her brother, Ben—a soldier missing since the Philippine-American War. The very night she arrives, she walks into a fire set by the cholera police to “cleanse” a neighborhood. Right away we are rooted int...Read more of this blog post »
1. So what is the premise of your book?
I’m going to try without giving to much away! Five thousand years before The Eighth God begins seven elven soldiers are given divine powers by the elven gods at the point where they are about to be annihilated, and call themselves Orcslayers. Cut to the pre... Read more of this blog post »
I’ve never felt more definitively “between projects” than I do right now. I mean for the first time in three years I’m neither under contract nor am I currently working on a manuscript. I do have ten thousand words of a literary novel for adults that I’m pretty stoked on, and I think I’ll get bac...Read more of this blog post »
One side effect of my attempt at a running streak is that I take my running shoes and clothes with me when I travel. And often, that means I wind up exploring some interesting places. Not always -- I have seen the insides of a lot of hotel gyms -- but I've also been able to turn business travel i...Read more of this blog post »
— Day One Inspirations
Interesting creative day today. Reworked a scene that’s been bothering...
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All of that bullshit for this one gif are you kidding me
Soon afterward [Jesus] went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. An...Read more of this blog post »
Dee’s first book SWEET SUNSET was released in December 2016 to wonderful reviews. Stay tuned after the interview because she’s giving me ( and you!) a little glimpse of the book.
D...Read more of this blog post »
So… amazon just told me that The Power of Zero has passed review and is up for sale. This makes today…never mind it’s evening here… my fifth release day! So far, while working with Dreamspinner Press, I’ve always known my release day weeks in advance. I could plan promotion for it, arrange my day...Read more of this blog post »
I write about writing and creativity all the time, but the other thing I write about is what I learned raising a son who was diagnosed with autism (for instance, this piece in the New York Times). The two subjects are surprisingly related. The lesson, for lack of a better word, that I learned rai...Read more of this blog post »
I have written twenty pages in a single day, reaching page 313! Seven Hells, that was a glorious day! I have finished the epic conclusion of the siege battle and it had exceeded my expectations! Now I am about to write the aftermath of the siege battle and it is going to be grisly and dark, but t...Read more of this blog post »
Yesterday morning, I was humbled to learn my debut novel, A Decent Woman, set in turn of the century Puerto Rico, is a finalist in the 2017 International Latino Book Award with Latino Literacy Now for Best Latino Focused Fiction Book. I’m beyond honored, blessed, and pro...Read more of this blog post »
You might think, from this blog, that I’m the cool person in my household. After all, I have books published, I’m an invited panelist at cool events, and people regularly send me books to read for my opinion before they’re even published. I guess that’s pretty cool. (I certainly enjoy it.)
But you...Read more of this blog post »
I was wondering if you have any bad habits or vices. I have a couple, drinking and smoking, mostly, and I feel like they’re holding me back. Any advice?
DRINKING TOO MUCH
Sure, I have bad habits. I wait too long to file income taxes. I haven’t made my bed since nine...Read more of this blog post »
Photo by Kyle Meck via Unsplash.
Yesterday, my friend Seth blogged about failure, and he penned one of my favorite lines I’ve read this year:
“I’m making this request to the formula-peddling self-helpers (Christian and otherwise): Don’t just sell me your answers; show me your work.”
Now, I hope I’m... Read more of this blog post »
Immanuela here, Christopher’s assistant. We know many of you have been anxiously wondering when his next book will be coming out, and we have more news on the subject!
Tiny Mimas, Huge Rings
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
So there is a guy who owns a candy store. One day, while some of his customers are browsing around, a little boy walks inside. The store owner turns to one of his customers and whispers in his ear, “watch how dumb this kid is.” The store owner calls the boy over and in his hand places a dollar an...Read more of this blog post »
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm not without bias, but I'd like to think I came at this book with an open mind. I have a deep respect for hard-won expertise. But, like most academics, I also have a d... Read more of this blog post »
To celebrate one year of podcasting (!!), we are rebroadcasting a couple of classic episodes that we really like, in case you hadn’t heard them yet (and a little summer break for us). We’ll be back with a new episode next week.
You can see Casey’s website and her social m...Read more of this blog post »
“Thrilling … an engrossing, emotionally rankling speed-read … original and sure-footed.”
– Jane Graham, The Big Issue
The first review of my third novel (in English translation), Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash.Read more of this blog post »
As usual, I'll start by posting the full first 250 excerpt, after which I'll share my overall thoughts, then my redline critique. I encourage you guys to share your own thoug... Read more of this blog post »
… Seriously. That’s how I’m surviving week to week. Paycheck to paycheck. A few groceries here, a glass of wine there. $15 left on Monday, with 1/3 of a gas tank and one day’s worth of food, until Thursday.
I’ve never been so poor yet wanting to do so much. Its a tragedy how younger people are tra...Read more of this blog post »
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