A 5* Blog Site Recommendation + Kreativ Blogger Award

Hi to all my Readers,

I am updating my Favorite Blog list to include Kristen Lamb’s Blog.  I wish I had found her when I started this journey a few months ago.  Following is from Kristen’s bio: “Kristen worked in international sales before transitioning into a career as an author, freelance editor and speaker. She takes her years of experience in sales & promotion and merges it with almost a decade as a writer to create a program designed to help authors construct a platform in the new paradigm of publishing. Kristen has guided writers of all levels, from unpublished green peas to NY Times best-selling big fish, how to use social media to create a solid platform and brand. Most importantly, Kristen helps authors of all levels connect to their READERS and then maintain a relationship that grows into a long-term fan base.”

I just finished reading Kristen’s book,  Are You There, Blog? It’s Me Writer.  I learned so much about developing a social platform and using social media.  As soon as I finished the book yesterday, I ordered We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media.  We Are Not Alone The Writer's Guide to Social Media eBookAre You There Blog? It's Me, Writer eBook

Kristen’s blog and books are written with humor and clear explanations.  They are fun to read and provide invaluable information.  If I could give her work more than 5 stars, I would.   I strongly recommend to every writer that you follow Kristen Lamb!

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I was very honored to have been nominated for a Kreativ Blogger Award this week by my fellow blogger, Vikki, The View Outside.   This honor requires me to list 7 facts about myself and pass this award on to 7 other bloggers who I think deserve it.  They, in turn, should provide 7 facts about themselves and pass this on to 7 other bloggers.

The bloggers I am nominating will also be added to my favorite blog list.  Please check them out if you are not already following them.

Congratulations to:

  1. Ritesh Kala, Ritish Kala’s Book Reviews
  2. Thea Atkinson
  3. Alan McDermott, jambalian
  4. Donna Martin, On the Write Track
  5. Kevin Hanrahan
  6. Shelli Johnson
  7. Kirkus MacGowan, Diapers, Bookmarks, and Pipe Dreams
    

Now for the 7 facts about me you probably did not know.

  • I own an audiophile level surround sound system.
  • Besides the sound system, my favorite item in the media room is a teddy bear wearing a stocking cap and scarf with the colors of Yellowstone National Park.
  • I love high-speed and long distance driving, and I don’t know why.
  • I spent Saturday mornings during high school helping developmentally challenged children.
  • I have rescued two people from drowning.
  • I started reading adult level non-fiction at the age of 8.
  • I am an accomplished chef, especially with seafood.

Have fun and happy writing.

Virtual Book Tour and A Real Challenge

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Richard Alan’s  MEANT TO BE SERIES VIRTUAL BOOK PUBLICITY TOUR will officially begin on March 5 and end on March 23 2012. Please contact Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife(at)gmail.com if you are interested in hosting and/or reviewing his book. Thank you!

I am so excited to be part of a Virtual Book Tour.  Each day I participate in a different interview, blog, or guest blog.  There will also be giveaways.  I will try to keep you updated by twitter of the various stops I’m making during the tour.  Click on the image below for the schedule of events.

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While on tour the second challenge came out from Rachel Harrie’s Fourth Writer Platform-Building Campaign.

Prompt 1: 

Two people are sitting together under the remains of a concrete bridge. Their backs are against a rusted bridge support. One person’s leg is cut. The other person has wet hair.

Prompt 2: 

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Second Campaigner Challenge

Do one or more of the following:

  1. Write a pitch/logline for a book based on the prompts (less than 100 words)
  2. Write a short story/flash fiction piece of less than 200 words based on the prompts
  3. Write a poem with a twist using the prompts as inspiration (in less than 200 words)
  4. Write a story/poem in five sentences, each sentence based on one of the prompts
  5. Write a poem/flash fiction piece (in less than 200 words) about the water pear *without* using the words “pear”, “spoon”, or “droplet”.


Here is my entry:

Two people are sitting together under the remains of a concrete bridge. Their backs are against a rusted bridge support. One person’s leg is cut. The other person has wet hair.  Three children are in the midst of a large garbage dump.

“It’s not a bad cut,” he told his sister.  “Besides, the rain has almost stopped.  I see another garbage truck coming.  We better get out there and see if there’s something for us to eat.  I’m so hungry, my belly aches.”

On the other side of the world, my son runs along the pier chasing his ball.   He has thoughts of the cotton candy he ate at the fair yesterday.   He doesn’t worry about hunger and if anything, he could stand to lose a few pounds.

How will he react when he is kidnapped?  How will he manage to exist when he is left on a garbage dump on the other side of the world, to fend for himself?  After a life of not knowing hunger, will he have the physical and social skills to join with the other children in a desperate attempt to survive?

I welcome your critique of this piece.  Flash fiction is very new to me.  Now I can go and read other people’s entries.  There were so many wonderful flash fictions stories from the first challenge.  It was fascinating how many different themes came out of the same input.  I expect to see that here also and I’m really looking forward to it.

Until next time – Happy Reading!

Richard Alan