Meet Elisa Michelle

I want to introduce you to Elisa Michelle.

Elisa’s a writer who is, besides being very, very young, on a quest to find herself in the convoluted and crazy world which is publishing in 2011. She’s very talented (and I’ve always thought so, from our earliest encounters on deviantART), and is trying her hand at sort of a dark fantasy-dystopian future sort of novel series. (She has to finish the first one though.)

Elisa’s very smart, but she’s also young and impressionable. Nevertheless, she presses on as best she can and I think she does a decent job of weighing her options. She’s also very good at procrastinating.

I’ve offered to help Elisa with her writing, though she hasn’t taken me up on it (she might not think much of me as a writer — I certainly don’t at this point). But like most other writers I know, she thrives on feedback. And one story she wrote recently got picked up and put on StumbleUpon. Once it did, she got thousands of hits and hundreds of reads, and now she has dozens and dozens of comments too. The piece wasn’t stellar in its writing, and may not even have been a unique or unusual idea, but the piece spoke to so many people. The writing’s weaknesses and flaws actually helped it read more realistically than if she’d cleaned it up too much. And the reviews are, to a person as far as I know, positive.

So, I thought I’d take a moment and introduce you to Elisa Michelle, an up and coming writer with a lot of talent and not nearly as much security or resolution as she needs. (Yes, dear, you need to decide whether you’ll publish or self-publish, get in or get out, and get on.)

Check out her work, and let her know what you think.

-JDT-

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Quick Hit and Random Stuff

Nothing to say, really; just a little brain stew.

SSRLP is kickin’ my a$$. No two ways about it.

WIGSF has a really nice post today. Go check it out and get a smile on.

My beloved did her usual Tuesday Tootsie, so you can go see some strange and unique shoes if you’re a mind to. Remember they’re women’s shoes though.

I got some bad news on the employment front (or UNemployment front, I guess), so if you’re the praying type, we need all of that you can spare. And any money you can spare would be welcome too. (HA! Wacka wacka wacka! Insert rim-shot here.)

How ‘bout some poetry? Check out Jaymie’s blog or Danielle’s blog. Or go see Louise Dragon (Weezel) or Al Bruno III for some intriguing and unique stories. Linda did a nice little fun exercise a few days ago; you writers can check it out here.

Sorry, not much else going on today. A lot of worry and stress. A lot of graying hair. A lot of fear and panic.

How’s it by you?

-JDT-

 

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Mysteries of Nature

writing_instruments I know it’s in my nature to write.  To want to write, anyway.  But getting to the keyboard and actually turning something out has proven to be a challenge, and not in a good way.

The why behind not writing has, therefore, been very mysterious to me.  No matter how I tried I just couldn’t seem to get over the hurdle and get to pounding the keys.

I looked for some way to break the chain of inertiaNaNoWriMo came to mind readily and quick this year.  The problem with NaNo is, it’s ruthless, relentless, and promotes a sensation of failure among those who don’t accomplish the 50K in 30 days.  At least that’s what I’ve seen from those I’ve known who tried it.  The pressure is too much.  It’s a fun idea, but I think part of the problem lies in the timing.  It’s not like the holiday season doesn’t have enough pressure already.  Tack on trying to get a novel written in a short month and it’s a recipe for failure.

So I kept looking.  I’d been seeing this #FridayFlash thing going around Twitter for a couple of months through my buddy Al Bruno III and he graciously invited me to join.  It’s a movement to post flash fiction every Friday and then collect them into a collector site and give folks some exposure.  At least to each other.

But there’s another benefit.  When I finally accepted Al’s invitation, it made me do something I hadn’t done previously.  It made me write.

So far it’s been a lot of fun.  I’ve written a couple of flash pieces (less than 1000 words), and you can see those over at my fiction blog if you’re interested.  They carry the “#flashfriday” label in the title, except my first effort (which is titled “Morning Commute” if you’re wondering, which you probably weren’t).  It’s tough to try and tell a full story in that small a space so a lot of them end up being vignettes instead, but they’re a lot of fun to do and I’ve noticed it’s forcing my prose to be tighter and more concise.  My wife actually made me chop one of them so hard I was afraid I’d lost something in the cuts, but it turned out pretty well.  (It would’ve been too saggy and telegraphed without them, so kudos to you, babe!  Good eye!)

I’ve started writing them ahead of time to post on the Friday following, and then I go and add the piece to the collector when I have time on the actual day.  For now, it’s the only fresh writing I’ve done, and it feels pretty good.

If you’re looking for a way to practice, stay sharp or sharpen up, and like reading short, punchy pieces and offering some feedback, give #FridayFlash a shot.  You might like it.

Thanks, Al.

-JDT-

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Flash Friday/Friday Flash

I don’t know if the hash tag is #flashfriday, or #fridayflash, and I found both on Twitter, so I didn’t know which to use.  Guess I’ll use ‘em both?

Whatever it’s called, I finally broke inertia a little and wrote something.  I need a special shout-out here for a few folks who’ve helped with critiques over the last week or so.

For one, my buddy Sherri.  Her insights are amazing, which is no surprise because she’s an awesome writer.  I don’t know what I’d do without her.  Thanks, Sher, you rock.  I appreciate it.  I know this isn’t your favorite piece, but you helped me just the same, and that means a lot to me.  I’ve never failed to grow after you’ve pruned.

Next, another friend and awesome writer pitched in on short notice not once, but twice this week.  He used to go by the handle Dwight Wannabe, but he’s taken down his blog now.  Maybe I can shame him into getting it back up someday.  It was an incredible resource.  DW, I just can’t quit you dude.  Thanks for being there and being willing to not withhold your honesty.  I learned valuable things from this, and I’ll be a better writer for it.  Thank you.

Finally, my amazing, beautiful and wondrous wife, who is always my first, best reader, and without whom fingers would never reach keyboard.  I love you.

So, without further ado, my contribution to this week’s #flashfriday or #fridayflash is at my fiction blog, awaiting your perusal.

Have a great weekend, everyone.  God bless.

-JDT-

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Promoting a Writer

How well I could write if I were not here!
Image by Esther_G via Flickr

Well, I’ve told you about a couple of blog promotion tools recently.  One is AlphaInventions.com, a great free tool for writers and bloggers to get themselves exposed to the the blogosphere without being arrested for indecent exposure.  Another is Condron.us, a very similar tool, which works in a very similar way.

But, every once in a while, I like to promote folks myself.  And this particular writer beat me to the punch.  I am honor bound to return the favor.

The Wit and Weirdness of Al Bruno III is an eclectic collection of humorous anecdotes and serial novels.  He has a couple of them going and updates them weekly or so.

The one I’m reading now is In the Shadow of His Nemesis, but I’ve also been keeping an eye on Price Breaks and Heart Aches. Both are well-written, witty and add a flair for comedic spin only a macabre mind can fully appreciate.  I do, of course.  I bet you’ll like it too, though.

Stop by and give Al a little notification of your passing.  Writers love comments.  And tell ‘im JD sent ya.  He won’t know who the hell that is, and I love to watch people be confused.

Or you can throw money at him.  Writers like that too.

God bless and have a great weekend, y’all.

-JDT-