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Farewell and Many Blessings…

17 Apr

Dandilian farewellDear readers,

After much discussion and attention to the long range plans of the authors on this blog, we’ve decided it’s time to shut the doors on Passionate Reads. We’ve enjoyed connecting with you and sharing our tales. For me as one of the newest bloggers here, it’s been a great experience and honor to post on the blog, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to connect with you all.

But for now, we must stay goodbye and turn our attention not only to our individual blogs, but our writing too. You can find us all at the links below and the best part is most of us regularly blog at these places.

Nara Malone
naramalone.com
Tea and Strumpets

Nara’s Nook
Therian Verse

Marilyn Campbell
marilyncampbell.com

Siobhan Muir:
The Weird, the Wild, & the Wicked
Buy a Book, Tell a Friend

Brandi Evans
branidevansauthor.com

Shannon Emmel
Shannon’s Blog

Thank you all for joining us on this blog. Take care, be well, and stop by our respective blogs. If you follow them, you can get announcements when we post. Thanks again, and many blessings.

Enter the Dream World of OpenSim Interactive Fiction

20 Feb

Have you heard of interactive fiction? Years ago it started with those old Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novels where the authors had written multiple endings and paths to get through the story depending on which choice the reader made at the end of each chapter. It was very cool because you could get a different story each time you read it.

Now, in the Twenty-first Century, we have things like SecondLife and OpenSimulator which allow us to build actual avatars (characters) and wander around a fictional world. A new kind of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure in digital worlds.Tarot 2-3-14

This week, my good friend Nara Malone has introduced one step higher in interactive fiction. She’s asked me and several other authors to write OpenSim stories so readers can come visit, wander through our worlds, and get a story along with the adventure. You can visit Tina Glasneck’s suspense tale Letter to Charlie that takes you through Greyville Writer’s Colony, drop by Shara Lanel’s Good Karma Tarot shop, or trip across worlds (grids) to Nara Malone’s Blue Harbor. And if you like your stories a little more sensual and romantic, follow my Incubus Dream through Cloudburst, Colorado and beyond.Incubus Dream cover

How do you do this? Nara has a gift for teaching others and she’s posted a great article of how to get started. It says it’s for authors, but anyone can use the information therein to visit the Metaverse and Greyville. Greyville is where you start all the stories. Once you log in, just find the park with all the books in it and you’re off. Shara Lanel wrote a blog post on her experience and what you can expect. We’ll all be around at one time or another, time zones permitting, to answer questions or tell you the tricks we’ve learned putting this together.Dragon Temple Book intro

We hope to see you there.

For those already familiar with SecondLife and the Metaverse, you can tromp on over to Nara’s Nook and see for yourself at: world.narasnook.com:8900

Three Lies and a Truth

17 Nov

I’ve been a bad, bad girl. Not in a sexy, punish-me-I’m-naughty sort of way, but in a I’ve-been-away-for-WAY-too-long and that’s suck-tastic sort of way. And if we learned anything from Moulin Rouge (besides the fact that Hollywood has no idea how unbeautiful consumption really is) is that the show must go on.

So …I’m back, but I won’t get into the sordid details. I will however, give you three much more exciting, but alas, not true, reasons for my absence….

1. I’ve started a writer’s colony. It’s on a secluded beach where it’s perpetually 77 degrees with a gentle breeze.  The cabana boys range from beta-ly beautiful Ben Whishaw or as awesomely alpha as Boris Kodjoe depending on your desires. Writer’s block is solved by massages, all drinks are served with umbrellas, and the muse is always faithful, attentive, and ready to go. I’ve written 30 novellas and sold 42 in my absence. Inquire for rates.

2. I became a Professional Procrastinator. Yes, this is a very well payed position that requires, my special skills of goof-offery. I spent endless hours, juggling  Twitter, Facebook, Ravelry and Pinterest. And it all crashed once I tried to add Reddit.  I officially burned out and have left the life behind. And yes, they made me give back the pony.

3. Hollywood came calling! After hearing about my rabid love for Daniel Craig and the James Bond franchise, they whisked me away to work on the script for the next movie. They loved my idea so much that they’ve invited me to be a Bond Girl….Iso De Lusional

Oh if only it were that glamorous. But I’m back.  And I’ll endeavor to be as exciting as all that moving forward.

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Sasha

Who is back for the duration, she promises. If you want to hear more of Sasha’s ramblings, visit her at http://www.sashadevlin.com or follow her on Twitter @SashaDevlin. You can also peep her pins on Pinterest here

So, Twitter…baby

13 Apr

I’ve learned a lot about social networking since deciding to become a writer and since becoming published as an author. Prior to that, I thought it was something that wouldn’t interest me in a million years. I mean, who would actually want to interact with strangers, strangers who could be anyone? Like a serial killer, right? Of course, I’d worked in computers for years. It was my old career after all, but this social networking stuff didn’t seem like something I’d take to. I dipped my toe in slowly. My blog was first. I struggled to think about things to write about. Seriously, I thought, who’d possibly be interested in what I had to say? It was a great exercise in discipline. I played around with it, posted my entries, figured out what I wanted to do with it and…found my groove. Who knew ‘build it and they would come’ could actually be applied to blogs LOL? And then I discovered, I not only liked to blog, I LOVED it. Huh. Never saw that one coming.

I figured I needed a web site soon thereafter, so created one in an evening with a front-end, user-friendly interface. It should be called ‘building a website for dummies’ it was so easy. Of course, it’s pretty basic, no fancy bells or whisstles, but I had one at least. Now, I’m looking to have it professionally redesigned and updated and I’m really looking forward to that.

Then it was…Facebook. I have to say it took awhile to get into the swing of things there. I like to be a person who knows the ins and outs of something and FB has its ‘quirks’. I’d sit staring at a blank status and think…what should I say? Now, it’s become second nature and I do really like the structured nature of it.

Next on the horizon? Twitter. I have an account. I follow people. I have followers, but haven’t jumped into Twitter perhaps as much as I could. Or should. Not yet, anyway. Just like with FB I think there’s a learning curve to get the most out of it and it takes a while to get the ‘feel’ for one of these social networks. Twitter for me seems to be like this fast flowing river. You have to just close your eyes and dive in. It kind of an all or nothing thing. You can drive by every so often. Well, you can but you might not get the most out of it that way. I hear others rave about Twitter and talk about its many virtues. I haven’t figured out if it’s a tool to connect with readers so much as a way to keep up with what’s going on in the industry, but I do want to get immersed in it for sure to see if it’s for me.

 So…do YOU Twitter? Any tips, tricks, suggestions and/or recommendations for an author about to jump in? Holding her nose, eyes closed and hoping I don’t sink straight to the bottom LOL?

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