Plot structure gif

basic plot structureWhile surfing the net, I came across this gif on the a blogger’s site. His name was Andrew, with a profile photo of him in a steampunk tophat.  Unfortunately, I can not remember his last name to give him credit.  My apology to Steampunk Andrew R____.  If you find this page, contact me and I will give you credit.

Interview with Renee D Pellegrino

Renee D Pellegrino, intense storyteller, fan of stephen kingHas your interaction with fans, for example, at conventions, affected your work?

It’s been a while but I do remember at one conference, Cindy had handed my Bound poem to a woman and by the end she was in tears. It was the validation I needed.

Is there any particular incident (a letter, a meeting, a comment that stands out?

There are a few and it usually involves when Cindy and I hang out….weird stuff start to happen.  Baskets fall  and, vending machines go crazy. It’s just the short list.

Do you have a favorite author or book (or writer or film or series) that has influenced you or that you return to?

I have a few authors I idolize Stephen King

It was his stories that  begun to influence me .  The Stand is my favorite book, there is nothing else  that can top that book.

Jude Deveraux, A Knight and Shining Armor is my second favorite

Judith McNaught , her older stuff just plan rocks.

Harry Potter  of course

Lord of the Rings is a classic

Recently I was introduced to Janet Evanoich …the Stephanie Plum series is probably my stress free reads.

Jodi Picolut  Storyteller is amazing.

Robert Kirkman’s the Walking Dead became my newest obsession , don’t ask me why it is just something that happened.

Who is the person you would most like to be trapped in a lift (elevator) with? or a spaceship?

Hmm that is a tricky question cause there is a long list if I had to pick just one I’d pick Roland Orzabal from Tears For Fears,it’s been a long time dream to meet him. But I would need to have Cindy there to translate all my hmmmms.

What would you pack for space? (Is there a food, beverage, book, teddy bear, etc that you couldn’t do without?)

I would need my Walking Dead dvds, my laptop and my dogs.

What is the most important thing you would like to get/achieve from your work?

It’s all about the journey

In order to create an excellent piece of writing, the writer is compelled to the character, their story and their development.

So if the reader has been on the same journey and loved it my job is finished.

What is the special satisfaction of your work?

 Not sure still learning.

Born? (can be date/place as preferred)

Altoona, Pennsylvania

Resides? (can be region, country as preferred)

Same place.

Bibliography/Awards?

As I see you, Altoona High School

Bound , Penn State literary  magazine

Beneath the Wind,  Bella Online

House for Sale. Indy Ink

 

Preferred web links (website/facebook etc)

www.ReneedPellegrino.com

www.SpreadtheWord.com

https://www.facebook.com/Renee-Pellegrino-1447345252250249/

Twitter:  Renee Pellegrino@PellegrinoRenee

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Google Docs

On one hand, I like to try new things.  On the other I resist change about 150% of the time.  There is no guarantee on internet safety, you just need to practice surfing with a prophylactic about your business.  After you install anti-virus software, maybe you add a privacy plugin to your browser, and whatever else there is to keep the snoops away.  This is how I view working on my work in progress while connected to the internet. It was dangerous.Author Apprentices, the indy author, indy publisher

Then our lovely assistant, Claire introduces me to Google Docs.  She does an example page of stuff, shows me how I can watch her edit and make edits of my own while she is working on a different sentence.  Needless to say, I now make my daily to do list in google docs, my work is edited by my critique partner in (you got it) google docs.

If you haven’t tried it with a writing buddy, do so and give it more than an hour or two of use.  The first hour or two was frustrating to me.  There is a chat screen that stays on top of your document.  The frustration for me was not seeing the comments because they stayed behind the chat screen.  I’m telling my critique partner repeatedly, I do not see the comments.   As the night wore on… issues resolved.

From one ol’ dog to another… give google docs a fair shake and you’ll be glad you did.

Interview Cindy Carver

Cindy Carver Interview:

paranormal, suspense author, Cindy Carver, Author Apprentices, marketing, wedding officiantHas your interaction with fans, for example, at conventions, affected your work?

Oh yes!  When I do writer workshops on creative blocks and teaching the tools to overcome these bits of difficulty, I am always intrigued with a writer and their spirituality.  These two things often times entwine.   To watch a writer overcome a stumbling block, and evolve on his or her spiritual path at the same time is very rewarding.

And… The readers, who bring their spiritual questions to me, at conventions, always give me ideas on what to include in the next story.

Is there any particular incident (a letter, a meeting, a comment that stands out?

How gracious my readers are to me.  There isn’t a day, I don’t receive a private message from a fan of my work telling me how real one of the characters feel to them or asking if the story is about someone they know.  Glad to say, the stories are not about those in my past that have been clients or students.  The fact, remains that I am in awe they would think so.  This is what every author strives for and I’m blessed to have readers message me with these little nuggets of nice.

Do you have a favorite author or book (or writer or film or series) that has influenced you or that you return to?

My favorite action heroes have all, but Mr. Chan, have starred in Mr. Stallone’s ‘Expendables’.  While my heroine won’t live up to that type of action status, she is inspired to try at times.  Of course, her action often times is instigated by the paranormal personalities that I have visit her.

Who is the person you would most like to be trapped in a lift (elevator) with? or a spaceship?

To name the heart throbs of my youth maybe TMI.  Given my maturity, I might focus more on Sam Elliott, Sylvester Stallone, and Jackie Chan for distinguished conversation of course and creative influence.

Mr. Stallone and Mr. Chan have carved out exceptional careers for themselves and any of that creative genius that can rub off onto me, I would sincerely appreciate.  Mr. Elliott has an air about him which tells me he made his career while keeping his integrity in tact, and that is important to me.

Who is the person you would most DISlike to be trapped in a lift with? Or a spaceship?

My ex.  While I still have memories of him being a nice, fun, party type of guy, evidently it’s rumored he is not nice with his memories of me.  I steer clear of folks who do not like me or talk nice.  Just a self imposed rule I have for myself.

What would you pack for space? (Is there a food, beverage, book, teddy bear, etc that you couldn’t do without?)

Coffee, Chock Full of Nuts coffee would be the first thing to get packed.  A life-line to my two besties which would be more for me than them and to transverse the afternoon cosmos, we’d pack some coke cola and ice. Hmm, I guess I would have to forgo the ice and hope our mothership had an ice machine.

What is the most important thing you would like to get/achieve from your work?

To inspire fans who want to learn different aspects of spirituality, to put into practice the small lessons my heroine shares with them.  The reader should not try trance without a trained medium/teacher assisting.  The other lessons are safe and can be done alone as a solitary practitioner.

What is the special satisfaction of your work?

I write in first person, therefore during the course of the day I get to be the action figure I write about.  The visions are perfect more often than not, the readings are accurate and my work is well received and honored with hefty gratuity.  Each book contains a spiritual lesson that I have taught to my students of spirituality.  There is a bit of truth in this book of fiction.

Born? (can be date/place as preferred)

In the Ohio Valley in the state of Ohio, this is sometimes referred to as the armpit of America.  I’m not exactly sure what that means, but a lot of folks who travel through seem to agree.

Resides? (can be region, country as preferred)

I’ve returned to Ohio, where southern good manners are a must for those who dine with me.  Just because we live in the north doesn’t mean I do not expect the door opened, the chair pulled out at a restaurant, or yes ma’am, no sir spoken as it should be.

Bibliography/Awards?

My Favorite Dessert (short story erotica-2005)

My Favorite Dessert the long version. (erotica-2007)

EFT for Writers (self-help -2008)

Halloween Kidnapping (short story- 2010)

Time-Warp Katie (short story-2010)

The Missing Locket (short story-tba-2014)

Working Title:  Tracy Richards, Paranormal Investigator (2014)

Preferred web links (website/facebook etc)

Home

http://facebook.com/CynthiaCarverAuthor/

http://twitter.com/cynthiacarver

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Open Source Programs

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What is an open source program, you might ask. Why is open source programs a writers best friend? Both answers are the same. Open Source is equivalent to paid versions of Word, Microsoft Office or Photoshop and the best part is the price, free. Yes, Open Source OpenOffice is free. Yes, GIMP (aka photoshop) is free.

There is a learning curve like anything else. Yet, once you learn the trade secrets of the programs, you never need to purchase another expensive program again. Youtube has helpful tutorials as well as the open source site you download the program.

OpenOffice is compatible, sort of, with your editor’s Microsoft Word Program. Ask your editor, before sending your OpenOffice document to her on how you should save your work. My editor prefers I save it RTF.

Open Source Programs

OpenOffice<https://www.openoffice.org/> This website has in-dept information about each part of OpenOffice. Writer is the word processor. Use it for writing your personal journal or your entire manuscript. Calc creates spreadsheets to calculate, analyze and organize your data in numerical reports. Impress create multi-media projects, while Draw lets you produce simple to 3-D illustrations. Base modifies tables, forms, and is part of Apache OpenOffice 2014. Math does the mathematical equations with a graphic interface, or by typing your formulas into the equation editor.

CutePDF <http://www.cutepdf.com/> is a free PDF formatter. Cute PDF has a professional program for a paid fee. I’ve been using the free version since 2004. CutePDF editor is also free. Whether you need to edit a file you created or someone else’s. This is a web based program, therefore you do not store it on your desktop. The file is limited to 5 mb.

GIMP <http://www.gimpshop.com> GIMP is a GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. GIMP Magazine <http://gimpmagazine.org/courses/> offers how to courses as DVD programs to help you learn how to desktop publish and digital art courses for only $49. That is less than other actual programs, and cheaper than license renewals. Inkscape <http://inkscape.org> different than GIMP and open sourced.

Open Source Programs

OpenOffice Writer, GIMP, and CutePDF are my favorite open source programs. Once I began using them, and ignored others telling me I needed the name brands, I had no desire go return to name brand programs. When there is a bug or glitch, the open source techs develop bug fixes for FREE and available to download at least once a month. Honestly, I haven’t noticed bugs in the programs I have downloaded.

With all the expenses an Indy Author has to cover, ie: graphic artist, editor, formatter, etc, the fact is valid on the need to acquire a quality affordable word processor, graphic program and pdf formatter freeing up finances for book covers, manuscript formatters, and editors.

Author’s Professional Website

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WordPress blogs are one of the easiest scripts available that will provide an affordable professional website. When your friend tells you, ‘oh, I can make you a website. No problem.’ They probably can. A wordpress script and customized header equals a professional looking website for the cost of an URL and hosting.

There you go asking why you can’t just use the free wordpress blog and not add the expense of an URL and hosting. For the first reason, your URL needs to be just that, your URL. Secondly, wordpress dot org does not allow you to sell from their site. As an author, you will want to offer your books to the rest of the world.

Author’s Professional Website

Now that your friend has decided to build your website, this is where you need to get nit picky and make sure the site is professional. Your page and posts should have custom url’s. The non-professional will allow WordPress to add a ?page_id=18 or something similar to the URL instead of the words About, Contact, or the title of your post. Believe me when I say, nobody is going to search for your name and ?page_id=18 via yahoo, google, or duckduckgo.

Your About page should be all about you and have a professional up-to-date photo on it. Should you decide to be more causal, then by all means go ahead and include a high resolution candid shot. Either way, make sure folks know it is you in the photo, and where you are in the photo. “Peter Parker, third from the right, wearing the muffler and mittens Aunt Betty made for him.” This way there is no question where you are in the photo, while leaving others more anonymous.

Author’s Professional Website

The Header should have your name, head shot, book cover, or all three. Make sure your webmaster has the ability to go into the Stylesheet and add your ‘alt tags’ to the header. These alt tags are important because a header is an image and does not allow the words to be searched. The alt tags will provide the necessary searchable words for your header. All images on your site should have alt tags attached to them.

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Cindy Carver is the web mistress for AuthorApprentices.com. She is a non-denominational wedding minister and shamanic practitioner. You can visit Cindy Carver, access her free short stories on http://cindycarver.info. She lives on a farm in south western Ohio with her family, one cat, one wild hound beagle, and an ADHD Westie. An indy author/publisher, and NaNoWriMo participant, making her the perfect author apprentices.

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Author Apprentices, who and what

Author Apprentices, who and what

The young writer has dreams of seeing his or her name on the New York Times and USA Today best seller lists. Yet, reality might seem as if all of the publishing world is conspiring to keep him or her from publishing their novel. How can this dream become their reality? By maturing as an author. Yes, that is the secret to achieving your dream.

Author Apprentices

Author Apprentices are authors who continually strive to become better at their craft. Apprentice may denote a beginner, novice, or as in our case it represents someone who continually learns. The desire to improve their writing ability and present the best they can produce (at this particular time) because as they progress their skill will also evolve and improve.

Author Apprentices

AA for the writer inspires the author to write more, write better, go after their dreams and provide tools to achieve the writers dream. This is the goal for AuthorApprentices dot com to provide you with the tools to make your writer dreams come true.

Cindy Carver is the web mistress for AuthorApprentices.com. She is a non-denominational wedding minister and shamanic practitioner. You can visit Cindy Carver, access her free short stories on http://cindycarver.info. She lives on a farm in south western Ohio with her family, one cat, one wild hound beagle, and an ADHD Westie. An indy author/publisher, and NaNoWriMo participant, making her the perfect author apprentices.