How to get your Twitter Handle to show when people Share your blog articles.

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You ever notice how when your blog gets tweeted by someone that it says ‘by @wordpress’? You want it to say ‘by @yourtwitterhandle’, well not actually the words yourtwitterhandle. It would actually be whatever your actual . . . um, you get it.

Why is this important? Each time someone clicks the Twitter option to share your blog article you want your name attached to. That’s advertising, that’s credit, that’s what you deserve. When I share an article of a blog I like and the Twitter Handle isn’t in there I go looking for it either on their site or on Twitter itself and replace the WordPress with the real thing, but I don’t know if that’s just me or not.

How to get your Twitter Handle to show up when your articles are shared in Tweets.

by: Ronovan

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Author Interview – Becky Michael

Hello and welcome to another brand new edition of Author Interview Fridays! This week we are chatting with author and former teacher, Becky Michael. Let’s dive in:

 

  • Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

 

This has been a gradual process, so there wasn’t a specific moment of realization. Creative writing wasn’t as commonly cultivated for us who grew up during the 50s and 60s, and it was only after becoming a teacher that the idea of working toward publication began to come together for me as a realistic pursuit.

 

Sadly, it seems as though the schools are beginning to shy away from creative writing more and more now. Creativity doesn’t test well apparently, but those who love writing will find their ways eventually.

 

  • What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

 

Writing for children is a way for me to retell some of the fun events from my childhood. This way, I can better fashion the outcomes to my liking! My stories and books for adults tend to focus on complicated relationships and often contain an aspect of mystery.

 

Both sound like fun! I think I might start re-telling some events from my childhood and tweak a few things 😉

 

  • What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

 

I tend to read mysteries, but find myself drawn to the titles that delve deeply into the psyches of the characters and their relationships.

 

I love character studies, though I tend to read more fantasy than anything now.

 

  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.

 

A favorite in my own writing would be Solveig Baumann. Sol is one of the main characters in my short story, “Romantivores” (although her name isn’t mentioned), and readers will share more of Sol’s life in my still-to-be-published book by the same title. The story first appeared in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and introduced this woman and her lover cooking dinner under somewhat unusual circumstances. She’s a little “kinked”, but a good person. Sol is independent and accomplished in her field, yet craves that “other” who will always be there for her. At the time of this interview’s posting, my story is available free of charge through Amazon Kindle until January 12.

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It’s difficult to choose a favorite character by another author, since there are so many I enjoy! One of the first that comes to mind is “Ruth Galloway”, from the wonderful series by British mystery novelist Elly Griffiths. Ruth is well educated, successful and independent. She’s also a loving mother who holds a secret love close to her heart.

 

You seem to favor independent, well educated women. I think a lot of people still gravitate toward ‘traditional’ princess types of women instead and it is very refreshing to see two favorites like yours!

 

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

 

Since I also work as a contract writer for a company offering courses and other educational content online, I have another outlet. If I’m not making much progress in my personal writing, I may review and edit more of that freelance work, which also helps pay the bills. Eventually, my own writing pulls me back.

 

It sounds like you have it covered! I find that moving between projects helps me as well. I wonder if this is something all writers have done throughout the ages?

 

  • What inspires you?

 

Nature and beautiful surroundings, such as those found in the Upper Peninsula of my home state, Michigan, inspire me. Books and stories by great authors are also stimulating, so I try to read as much as possible.

 

Your home state sounds beautiful! I don’t think I’ve ever been there.

 

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Online Bookstores, Physical Stores, Etc. List them all for us please!)

I blog about pursuing publication, the craft of writing, reading, and other favorite interests at Platform Number 4. Readers may also discover more at my about.me  and Pinterest pages, and my story is available for Kindle through Amazon. Don’t forget…it’s free, from now until January 12. I’d love some additional reviews!

 

Thank you for dropping by and answering some of our questions today Becky! I’m excited to read your story. Good luck!

Remember guys, if you want your very own Author Interview or Artist Spotlight, just let me know! Until next time, have a wonderful week!

Writer’s Quote Wednesday

Welcome to the first Writing Quote Wednesday of the year 2016! Phew…I don’t know how I’m in 2016 already but I do know that if you want to take part in our little weekly party, you can head over to Silver Threading to see the rules for Writer’s Quote Wednesdays and talk to RonovanWrites about #BEWOW.

This week I want to share with you a quote that jumped out at me because of my friends. You see, I shared the beginning of a contest entry with 3 friends (who had requested to see what I was working on) and their reactions were as follows:

  1. Pretty good. It’s almost to perfect…just needs a few tweaks.
  2. Hey, I love the way you write and this is pretty decent. Just work on it a little.
  3. THIS IS SO INTENSE, I LOVE IT! You’ve written this story to perfection.

Friend #1 has been a writer before, though they have mostly stopped at this point, and looked at it from the author’s perspective.

Friend #2 reads voraciously and has taken up my bad habit of grammar policing. They looked at it from the perspective of an editing type.

Friend #3 just enjoys reading for the sake of the story and read from the perspective of a joyous audience member, a reader just wanting to know what happened next.

Through their eyes I saw what needed worked on, what needed lost, and what needed to stay exactly as it was. Then I began to look at quotes for this week’s post and almost immediately saw:

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“THAT’S IT!” I cried, “The perfect quote! I’ve been writing…been pushing through a story I’m almost afraid to tackle. A pre-fairy tale fairy tale. A mythical origin story, if you will, and this…OH THIS! This quote is exactly what I needed. Take chances, get it down, and don’t worry about having to ‘tweak’ it later or how it ‘might be perfect if you…’ just WRITE!”

So that is today’s advice, ladies and gentlemen, Just Write. Just put down the story stomping and swirling through your membranes and, once it is all written down and glorious in it’s unedited range of possibly not quite horrendousness, then you edit it. Only then do you need to be concerned with editing. Get it down, then get it right. This isn’t brain surgery, it’s world writing.

Until next Time…Have a Blessed and Wonderful week!

 

Weekly Goals

Every Sunday I am going to be posting my writing and reading goals for the coming week. This is in an attempt to more often prod me into action so that I am accountable for my work, or lack there of! The following Saturday will be a weekly wrap up to see whether or not I reached my goals. Please feel free to heckle, taunt, and pester whenever you like!

This week’s goals are:

  1. Finish, or come as close as possible to finishing, the short story I’m working for contest.
  2. Organize the 1st half of my novel, The Way We Were and see if anything needs added before moving on to the second portion.
  3. Write at least 3 chapters for Paulonious Punk.

TBR:

  1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Here is my Video on the subject:

 

If you have any suggestions, questions, or goals to share please leave them for me! I can’t wait to hear from you.

Until Next Time…May your week be happy and blessed!

Author Interview – M. Lachi

 

Welcome to our first Author Interview of 2016! This week we welcome author M. Lachi to the ranks of the Here There Be Dragons author army! (oooh, I like the sound of that…) Her book, The Ivory Staff, is available for you now and the book trailer…well, see for yourself:

Let’s get this new year show on the road!

Welcome Author Lachi, thank you for spending some time with us today. I hope your 2015 has ended amazingly. Our first question should be pretty simple for you:

  • What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?

 

I write under the name M. Lachi. Lachi is my middle name and is short for Ulachi which means ‘ring of God’ in my parents’ native tongue. Currently I do not write under any other names.

I love that name. “Ring of God” sounds very regal and important. That’s a big thumbs up for your parents!

  • Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

 

I’d always been into writing: short stories, poems, songs. I wrote a novella in Dante’s Destiny and had it published by a small press. From that point on, I knew professional fiction writing was in the works for me in some form or fashion.

 That’s fabulous! I wrote a poem that got published in 8th grade and that really solidified for me as well. I love the chance happenings that point people in their directions. 

  • What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

 

Though relatively new to the stage, I am interested mostly in Sci-Fi and Fantasy encompassing varying aspects of political intrigue, psychological thrill, mystery and romance.  I waft towards fantasy because I love to embrace the whimsied escape from our realm, and I’m into touching upon sci-fi due to a constant need for humanity to continue to speculate. A lot of today’s awesome technology was born on a sci fi page, and I believe that that tradition must endure in order to continue our technological rise.

 Embrace the whimsied escape from our realm…” That needs to be the tag line on every interview, book summary, youtube channel, and website you do! Beautiful. 

  • What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

 

I like to read both Fantasy/Horror and Mysteries. Both genres tend to challenge the mind and force engagement.  I do prefer the adult settings and content of Sandra Brown and Dean Koontz, but I have been known to find myself inhaling Veronica Roth novels as well.

Books that challenge the mind and force the reader to become engaged are so much more fun to read for me! Fluff books make me super annoyed and frustrated because they lay it all out and there’s no reason for me to keep investing my time. 

  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.

 

In my novel “The Ivory Staff” I’ve been darting back and forth from who my favorite character is simply because, how can you pick a favorite from all of your creations? Presently, and this will most likely change with the wind, my favorite self-written character is Pan—mainly because he embodies the falters of self-preservation we all possess and cringe to see in our heroes.

One of my all-time favorite non-self-written characters is Achilles from the Enderverse Shadow Series. I love falling in love with perfectly intelligent villains, and Achilles did not disappoint.

I adore villains with intelligence and smooth charm, I will definitely have to check out Enderverse Shadows. 

 

  • There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?

 

I would.  It would be amazing if I could have some sort of voice when it came to casting and interpretation.

I think that’s the crux of the situation. I would love mine to be filmed as well, but I would want to be incredibly vocal with it too!

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

 

I take a shower and listen to classical music. Or I’ll pick out a hand full of titles currently circulating and scarf them down.

All good ideas! Who is your favorite? Ok ok I know, we have a lot to get through, but we should talk music sometime.

I have this great mix of music on Pandora…a punk rock station, new rock station, classic rock station, jazz station, big band station, classical station, and symphonic rock (Like Trans Siberian Orchestra) all mixed together to make the most random assortment…there’s even Native American flutes and Celtic music that pop up. Music and dishes and reading always make me stop whatever I’m doing to write! 

  • What inspires you?

I close my eyes and journey into the vastly infinite planes of my still vibrant childhood imagination.

YES! Remembering the musings of your childhood mind can be amazing and frightening all at once!

 

  • How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?

I honestly have not yet gotten the face. Perhaps because I am also a performing artist, so they recognize the ‘face’ to be a lost cause!

People in my small town(s) have started to become invested, and just know I’m an odd one anyway, so I’m seeing the ‘face’ less and less of late…but when I go elsewhere…phew. Silly normals.

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Online Bookstores, Physical Stores, Etc. List them all for us please!)

I can be found on my website and all social media!

  1. mlachi.com – Blogs, content and updates!
  2. facebook.com/mlachiauthor
  3. twitter.com/mlachiauthor
  4. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and all online book outlets

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us today! I look forward to more great things coming from you soon!

Remember everyone, if you want an interview of your own just give me a shout here in the comments, on my YouTube comments, or on Twitter!

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Goals for 2016

There are approximately 12 hours left until the year 2015 dies away with the bang of firecrackers and chanting, 5…4…3…2…1 – 2016 will be born in bright lights or, in many places, the dark contemplativeness of ancient stars and moon.

In honor of this yearly renewal, many people create resolutions and goals for their lives. Things like “I will exercise at the gym 5 days a week” or “This year I swear I’ll be nicer to my co-workers.” Last year I resolved to not resolve a thing…and that rings us here, to my goals for the new year.  These are all things that have been growing, pressing on my mind and heart more and more as 2015 fades to allow 2016’s entrance. I’ll list them for you here, and if you’d like to see the video I made for my Book Tube channel you can click the link at the bottom of the page.

May your New Year be blessed with love, inspiration, and enough resolve to get you through anything you have coming at you.

Goals for 2016:

Personal:

1) Read with my daughter daily and work on letters/numbers etc for her pre-literacy love of words

2) Continue to eat healthy and get up/move around more

3) GET ORGANIZED!!! (For every aspect of my life!)

 

Reading: 

1) Participate in reading challenge(s):

a) PopSugar Challenge

b) Book Tuber Recommends Challenge

2) Read more Diversely

3) Read between 50-75 books (hopefully many, many more!)

Writing:

1) Review more books for both Book Tube videos and Blogs!

2) Face my fear of failure and rejection and FIND AN AGENT!

3) Enter at least 1 contest a month (mostly short stories)

4) Promote books and TyreeTomes each month

5) Complete Works in Progress (WIPs)!

6) Stick to a schedule and really work on Blog and Book Tube videos. (3 videos and 4-5 blog posts a week prefereably)

7) Write! Write everyday, everywhere…and attend at least one writing retreat or lectureship etc this year (classes, retreat, bookcon…something!)

What are your resolves?

 

Writer’s Quote Wednesday

As I am writing this today, there are only 31 hours of the year left. 31 hours before 2015 slips every so gently…or noisily…into 2016 and everyone begins to be resolved and renewed. In that vein, my final quote of 2015 will be my own. A personal mantra that I wish to pass along to you, my favored friends. The simplest and most difficult gift in the world to give…

 

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#BeWriter’s Quote Wednesday

Welcome, Welcome to the next to last #BeWriter’sQuoting Wednesday of 2015 (I’ll come up with a good combo name…just wait for it!).

Remember to check out Silver Threading and Ronovan for more information, rules, prompts, and general merriment.

This week I wanted to continue with the ‘gifts’ theme we’ve been exploring for the Holiday season…and away we go!

 

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Passionate about writing? Write..Passionate about miniature, ceramic goat herders? Open a museum/auction house. Passionate about the person you stare at through the window at night? Seek help…that wasn’t isn’t calling you! 

Hopefully we all have things light a fire inside of us. Writing and reading do that for me. I get started and lose myself entirely in the story, whether it’s mine or someone else’s. Someday I will be doing that for a living and acing it, right now I’m doing it for (mostly) free and loving it. Whatever you’re passionate about, I hope you pursue it throughout the new year.

 

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Trudge on, push through that block, work every day: A muse comes to you through hard work, not booze and pretty lights (ok…not normally through booze and pretty lights). 

Inspiration comes and goes but when you keep going without it, that is when you discover the true depths of your passion and gift. Keep on swimming!

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This is technically something for a teacher, but every author, every artist, every person that is passionate about their work becomes a teacher through that passion. Thank you all!

Remain passionate, seek personal inspirations, and pour yourself into making sure that the joy and passion you find in your gift shine through in all you do. Happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, and any other holiday that happens in this end of year time.

I hope that my love, joy, and passion for words shines through to you all. I adore sharing it with you and I thank you for sharing your passions with me. until next time…