Weatherboy is here!

WeatherboyAfter fifteen-year-old Tuck finds a Maya artifact while on vacation in Guatemala, his whole life changes. To his surprise, he discovers he can make it rain and snow. A local weatherman happens to be around when Tuck creates a waterspout near his home in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and the next thing he knows, someone from the Department of Homeland Security is picking him up at school and taking him to their offices in Orlando. From there, things only get weirder and more dangerous when he’s escorted to Washington, D.C.

With help from friends and family, Tuck tries to outwit government agents while staying one step ahead of the mysterious Rafe Castillo, the man assigned to ride herd on him. Tuck has an amazing opportunity to reverse the effects of climate change… but only if he stays alive long enough to do it.

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Top Ten Writing Mistakes Editors See Every Day

Theo Fenraven:

#9: LOLOLOL! And oh so true.

Originally posted on Blot the Skrip and Jar It:

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In addition to writing and teaching, one of the things I do for a living is to evaluate manuscripts for their suitability for publication. I read fiction (and non-fiction) across several genres, and write comprehensive reports on the books. I try always to guide the author towards knocking his or her project into a shape that could be credibly presented to literary agents, publishers and general readers. You know how Newman and Mittelmark introduce How Not to Write a Novel by saying, ‘We are merely telling you the things that editors are too busy rejecting your novel to tell you themselves, pointing out the mistakes they recognize instantly because they see them again and again in novels they do not buy,’ well they’re right; I am one of those editors.

However good the idea behind a novel, when the author is still learning the craft of writing – like any…

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Announcing a Break

This will be my 875th post. There have been almost 116,000 views and nearly 6700 comments made. It’s time for a break.

As you know, I’ve taken on a lot of editing work lately. One reason is because several authors seem to be finishing their books at the same time, and everyone has a deadline to meet. Another reason is because I welcomed the work; I’m trying to pay off the car ahead of schedule and this helps. And lest you think I’m not enjoying it, think again! These are books from some of my favorite authors!

R is still up north, and that means I’m spending time in both places as I take care of things here and there. Watering what sometimes seems like thousands of plants takes time, and that cuts into my day.

I’ve been editing anywhere from six to twelve or more hours a day. Yesterday was a killer: I did one hundred and fifteen pages. Oy! My brain was scrambled when I finally dragged myself to bed.

I’ve come to the realization that I must cut back on certain obligations in order to stay sane, and because I won’t give up the editing (I’m enjoying it too much!), the blog will have to go on the back burner for now. Continue reading

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Last of the Edit Samples

There are three today. Diane gave me permission to reveal her name. Note: Diane uses Writer, which doesn’t play well with Word; some words and sentences broke in odd places, but it’s still readable. Try as I might, I couldn’t fix it. This is an intriguing start to her story. Continue reading

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Beware: Anonymous Commenters & Those Who Seek To Unmask Them

Theo Fenraven:

One of my favorite bloggers, who is a lawyer, takes a look at Ellora’s Cave.

Originally posted on The Misfortune Of Knowing:

Curious Case of Elloras Cave

Erotica publisher Ellora’s Cave’s defamation (libel) lawsuit in Ohio state court against Dear Author and the blogger behind it for a September 14th post discussing the publisher’s financial stability and practices is a hot topic on the Internet this week.

I’m not going to comment on the merits of the allegations — I really have no idea about the truth or falsity of the statements on Dear Author — but I will say that this lawsuit is yet another cautionary tale for the so-called “uncredentialed” bloggers out there without a legal team or liability insurance. It’s a reminder about the importance of checking quotes, checking facts, and limiting the vitriol in our posts.

But, of course, there’s only so much a blogger can do to protect herself from a defamation lawsuit. I can only hope that the checks we have in our judicial system to limit frivolous lawsuits — such…

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