Monthly Archives: February 2013

Success Freaks!

Success Freaks!.

Newbie Writers Podcast welcomed  Charles McFall of Success Freaks Podcast.  We met at the New Media Expo in Las Vegas and I invited him to speak on the show.

Success Freaks

Here is just a small sample of his advice:

Your steps to Voodoo What You Love

1.   Realize that you are responsible for your own happiness.

2.   Choose your destiny – or at least a destination.

3.    Create a Roadmap

4.    Layout actionable steps

5.    Carpe Vida – Seize your life

“Now go do that voodoo that you do…so well!”  ~Harvey Korman as “Hedly Lamarr” in “Blazing Saddles”~

Great show and a great guest, check out their pod cast!

Charles is the one in the helmet.

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A Better Map of the Bay Area

I love  this map and I love writing from the perspective of the unreliable narrator.

Instead of mapping a  factual, defensible  view of the world,  create a map of reality from a perspective that may or may not be accurate, but is certainly more entertaining.  If the narrator is throughly convinced of their story and their truth   (The Sound and Fury – Faulkner and Catcher in the Rye – Salinger as two famous examples)   the story will become captivating and often reveal more truth than if it stuck to the omnipotent truth.

So when you write, consider an unreliable narrator, someone who is flawed, has issues and doesn’t want to know the “real” truth, just their own.  It’s infinitely more fun.

CA Bay Area Map

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Sonoma County Literary Update

I think Terry Ehret does a fantastic job assembling events and submission opportunities in Sonoma County, CA.  However, even if you don’t live in the area, the new opportunities for submissions are not site specific.  Check it out –  Sign up.

Calls for Submissions « Sonoma County Literary Update.


Logo for So. Co. Update

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Rest Stops

Often when we work on a big project, we do as we’re told and focus on the big picture;  the large scale ramifications of the thing, on it’s importance, on it’s influence in the world. What happens is that instead of the big picture inspiring and giving  us the fuel we need  to go the distance, all that thinking  can actually grind us to a full stop.

What can you do when you are at a full stop? Or you ran out of gas, or you lost  the directions to the next  scenic view?

rest stop in Vietnam

Rest Stop in Vietnam

Get out of the car.

Walk around, pee.

Stare at the scenic view, allow your breath to be taken away.  Say wow.

Grab a tattered notebook with about seven clean pages left and write down some thoughts about that view.

Toss it in the back of the car and move foward just a few miles.

Get out.

Scribble down a couple more thoughts.

Reduce that big picture to post card size.  Write silly things, weird notes, crazy ideas using just enough sentences to fill the back of a postcard with a Jackalope on the front.  Write  for about five to ten minutes.  These scribblings are not new members of your ultimate dream team, these are just hardy little workers, delivering gas, cleaning the windshelid, chekcing the oil.  Theses notes are the new fuel pushing you from A to B.  The more you often you scribble them down,  the quicker you can assemble them to gain back the view of the big picture.

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Why we Spell Bad

This circulated around the web today, courtesy of my fellow writers at CWC Redwood Branch.

Do you have a strange mind?

if you can raed this, you have a sgtrane mnid too. Can you raed this? Olny plepoe with srtagne mnids can. I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae.

The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

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