Talking Writing

Some great advice on writing the first draft of a story.

N.J. Nielsen /Saddington

20151022_083954Writing a story is different for everyone… no two authors write exactly the same. Sometimes I wish I could write like so many of the people I admire, but then, if I could I wouldn’t be me.

I often admire they way other authors explain stuff… and try and emulate the way that they do things—without coming off like I’m stuck in description mode. The truth is, I get so caught up in the dialogue I most often forget to describe the setting at all… Thank God for beta readers and editors.

Writing can be very time consuming… so set yourself daily wordage quotas… For me I usually divide the ultimate wordage for the story by the number of days to give me my daily quota EG:40,000 / 30 = 1,333.333333 (1,334) daily count. This might not wrk for everyone but I know it works for me… in me…

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Alison Reviews: Book, Line, and Sinker by LJ LaBarthe

Definitely a recommended read!!

Title: Book, Line, and Sinker
Author: LJ LaBarthe

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 200
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Australiana
Kisses: 5

Source: Alison Reviews: Book, Line, and Sinker by LJ LaBarthe



Food for thought about what people think of the people around them and who those people really are

Autism and Expectations

You don’t look autistic.

Yes I do.

You don’t act autistic though.

Yes I do.

Yeah, but you’re not like “properly” autistic.

Yes I am.

You can make eye contact.

Yes I can.

You don’t flap all the time.

I do at birds.

You flap at birds?

I flap at birds.

Why do you flap at birds?

It would be rude not to wave at them when they wave at me.

That’s a bit weird.

Is it?

But you don’t do all that proper stimming and stuff, do you? Or do you?

Every day. Most moments of every day. See this?

Looks like a tiny bead mat.

Yup. I made it, I made lots of them, for when I lose them. I get distracted easily.

Can I have a go?

Go for it.

It feels nice.

It feels essential.

Why do you do it?

I’m an addict.

But it’s not…

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‘Penal Station 05’ by Valentina Heart #LGBT #Spotlight #RGRgiveaway

‘Penal Station 05’ by Valentina Heart #LGBT #Spotlight #RGRgiveaway

A great book, well worth the read.

Rainbow Gold Reviews


Book Name: Penal Station 05

Author Name: Valentina Heart

Series: With this mark (Book 1)

Publisher: Loose Id

Publication Date: February 2nd 2016

Word Count: 65 372

Blurb: Jared, a guard on one of the many penal space stations, is good at his job, but painfully naive. Getting convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and being sentenced to a life in prison did not feature in his vision of the future. When he gets rescued–then promptly claimed as property by Sar, the most dangerous and biggest man on the penal station–he’s just about ready to faint…gracefully, of course.

But Sar is a genius with a hidden face and big expectations. Sar expects Jared to learn to fight, to serve his sexual needs, and to socialize with Sar’s friends. So while Jared works on his stances and, surprisingly, can’t get enough of sex, he still has trouble cheerfully conversing with…

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Update 2016

A quick update from Dawn H Hawkes, just in case you wondered where she’d gone:

Dawn H. Hawkes's blog

Hey guys, time for an update.

The last month has been crazy busy. After Christmas/New Years I’ve moved, started on my masters degree, gotten a new part-time job (besides the writing, of course) and I’m still getting my s**t together. But I’m still here! And hopefully things will flow better now. 🙂

First, Rooster and Pig update. I’ve gotten some more information and the edits on my books are a go again – there’s been some back and forth with editors and such due to the amount of books that’s been submitted vs the amount of editors, where some have taken on too much. Of course, the holidays slows everything down, but there have also been some health issues and rearrangement of positions in the company. For the moment they’ve closed the submissions at the company to allow for them to catch up. Won’t be a problem when it comes…

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What’s Going On…

NJ Nielsen’s plans for March….

N.J. Nielsen /Saddington

WIPSI’m not going to go into the woes that is currently my life… A) because I don’t really want to talk about it… and B) You don’t really want to hear about it. So instead I thought I would talk about my writing and what the hell I’m going to do to catch up on everything that needs doing for the rest of 2016…
Right now I’m working on these two and hoping to have them mostly finished by the end of March.

Moon Runners 2:I Won’t Let You Go


Lancaster’s Way 3:Pre- Loved

I will do as many of the Penny Brandon Writing Challenge books… they will all or mostly be written and subbed, but may be in waiting lists to be released. I’ve change it up some so that I’m only working on already contracted series

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