A Different Surprise in the Kid’s Happy Meals

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“Daddy where is the toy?” Giselle asked her daddy.

“That is the surprise,” her daddy responded enthusiastically.

“A book?”

“Yeah. That could be our bedtime story for tonight.”

“Cool.” Giselle puts the book next to her as she eats her Happy Meal.

That could have went a whole other direction such as the kid could have thrown a serious ass hissy fit because she did not get a toy. Why would there be a book in a happy meal anyway? November Mcdonalds will be replacing their ususual toys for books in a two week trial. The books will be about active play and nutrition. This comes after fast food chains getting flack for allowing athletes to promote eating at their restaurants.
My opinion?

I’m always down for kids and reading. Our literacy issue here is embarrassing. Think about this, kids in the inner city are more exposed to fast food joints because it is cheap also inner city kids are more likely to have lower test and reading scores in school. Get what I’m saying? Any opportunity to get a book into their hands is fine with me. Of course there will be some kids that will fuss their spoiled asses off because they want a toy not a book but they will be alright. I will say this though I don’t believe they are doing this because they care but more because of the bad complaints they are getting from parents. Your thoughts?

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

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Pacemaker

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Let me tell you a little secret. Don’t tell anyone alright? Ok. I have a slight problem with deadlines. Take for instance this novel I am writing, I want so bad to have it finished and published by December. Well my ass haven’t finished the first draft yet. Now I’ve learned my lesson with my first novel that I published a few years ago not to rush a product just to say I am an official author so that is why I’m taking my time to give you a great product however it’s still taking me a minute to finish this great story. I read this website who is offering a free way to stay on your writing grind. It’s called Pacemaker and I checked it out and it is something you should check it yourself. It’s simple, just fill out your word count goal, when you want it done and you’re basically done. How hard is that? You will have something to motivate you to write daily. NaNoWriMo is coming up so you will need all the help you can get. Visit http://pacemaker.sewillia.com to get started.

Peace and luv! 

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Don’t Get Rusty at Writing

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It’s easy to make an excuse not to write: my kids are working my nerves, too tired, too many other ish to do, no motivation, not good enough, I could go on but you get the idea.

Contrary to popular believe getting back into writing isn’t necessarily as easy as getting on a bike you haven’t rode in years and feeling like you never took a break. The ideas may not disappear but the technicality of it will. It’s frustrating when you are working on a novel and pause writing for a day, or two, or five then try to hop back up in it and you are not feeling it on any level. How can you prevent that from happening? Here are three suggestions that are the best to prevent a situation like this:

Always write no matter how silly it sounds. This means every day. Even if it’s for 5 minutes while you’re on the toilet, (ay you gotta do what you gotta do!) write. And don’t worry if it doesn’t sound perfect, it’s just a way to keep your juices flowing consistently. You never know what might come out of that crazy mind of yours.

Write when you don’t feel like it. I still have problems with this. Sometimes my kids work my last nerves so I don’t write. I regret it in the morning trust me. That’s a missed opportunity to finish whatever project I’m working on. As difficult as it sounds you need to write through those times. The my man just left me time, the my day was too hectic time, the I have no motivation time. Keep that pen always in your hand. Use my mantra, write the pain away.

Read. Read a lot! Reading keeps you motivated and interested in writing. It also prevents you from getting rusty in your writing. In order to get better in writing read other authors, it can improve your own skills and style. You can’t be a great writer without being a great reader.

Take these 3 suggestions and keep them around your work area so you don’t fall out of your passion. Someone once told me that it takes 21 days to make a habit. If you consistently write for 21 days writing will come as easy as brushing your teeth. Does this help?

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Union & Guild Resources

I haven’t told you but I’ve given up on freelance writing. I haven’t had much success as long as I have been pursuing it I should have had more success and I haven’t. Back to the 9-5 situation which is driving me crazy but one must digress and handle business. I’m not saying you can’t have that success. Hey if you’ve found a way let me and my readers know about it maybe it is something we haven’t tried yet. In the meantime for those who deal with it 24/7 I’m for sure the issues of pay and health insurance is a concern for you, trust me pay was on mine. So MediaBistro has compiled a list of resources from the union and guild. Have you joined any of them?

Authors Guild
Writers Guild of America east/west
Newspaper Guild
Boston NWU Chapter
Chicago NWU Chapter
Freelancers Union
LA NWU Chapter
NY NWU Chapter
Pacific Northwest NWU Chapter
Philadelphia NWU Chapter
S.F. Bay Arena NWU Chapter
Santa Cruz/Monterey NWU Chapter
Southeast Michigan NWU Chapter
Tucson NWU Chapter
Twin Cities NWU Chapter
Washington DC NWU Chapter
Western New England NWU Chapter

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Oxford Dictionary Online Adds a Word

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What in the world has Miley Cyrus done? After that horrendous performance at the VMAs that I’m still bleaching my eyes from Oxford Dictionary Online has decided to incorporate the word twerking into their dictionary! Yes twerking and in case you don’t know what it means this is their definition: to dance in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance.

Chile I have officially heard it all. I know that they wanna keep up with the slang of the times but what intelligent person use twerking on a regular basis? Do my readers? You can’t use that on an interview and if I hear it I will fall the hell out of the chair for real. Oxford please use your smarts next time you decide to add words. Your credibility sucks right now!

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Agents & Conferences Looking for Writers 8-29-13

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Get your pens and papers ready. Here are three agents looking for writers!

Lisa Rodgers – Jabberwocky Literary
Julie Just – Pippin Properties
Sharon Pelletier – Dystel & Goderich

Conference to check out:

American Christian Fiction Writers Conference
Sept. 13-15th, Indianapolis, IN

Northern Ohio SCWBWI Conference
Sept. 20-21st, Cleveland, OH

Writer’s Digest Conference West
Sept. 27-29th, L.A.

Oklahoma SCBWI “Agents Day”
Oct. 5th, Chandler, OK

Emerald City Writers Conference
Oct 18-20th, Bellevue, WA

Mid-Atlantic SCBWI Conference
Oct. 25-26th, Sterling, VA

Missouri SCBWI Conference
Nov. 2-3rd, St. Charles, MO

Atlanta Writers Conference
Nov. 8-9th, Atlanta, GA

San Francisco Writers Conference
Feb. 13-16th, 2014

Missouri Writers Guild Conference
April 25-27th 2014, St. Louis, MO

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Poets and Poetesses in the 2015 Poets Market

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I admire poets because I can’t write poetry to save my life and a lot of it is beautiful works of art. If you can write poetry I suggest you get your pitches together because you can end up in the 2015 Poet’s Market. The deadline is approaching – that is September 27th. The categories to pitch on are craft of poetry, business of poetry and promotion of poetry. Submit work in an email to Robert.brewer@fwmedia.com. Good luck.

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia