Thursday, December 31, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing prompt. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.

Today's prompt is:

Cobwebs plastered the wall.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing prompt. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.

Today's prompt is:

A knocking came from under the step.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing prompt. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.

Today's prompt is:

One last kiss before I go.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing prompt. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.

Today's prompt is:

The windshield cracked into several spiderwebs.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing prompt. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.

Today's prompt is:
The helicopter dropped from they sky.
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Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing prompt. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.

Today's prompt is:

I saw the drone before I heard it.

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing prompt. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.

Today's prompt is:

I dropped the key in a bottle and threw it over the waterfall.

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing prompt. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.

Today's prompt is:

The colors swirled together into one hot messy blob.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing exercise. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.

Today's prompt is:

The delivery driver will arrive at four o'clock.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing exercise. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.

Today's prompt is:

He's asleep now.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing exercise. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.

Today's prompt is:

The cast iron skillet is heavy.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing exercise. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.


Today's prompt is:

I'm not eating that.
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing exercise. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.

Today's prompt is:

Where's the baby?

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Rules For January Writing Prompt Contest Entry

Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card by entering the Writing Prompt Contest.


Some contests expect you to jump through hoops to enter them. Like my page, follow me on twitter, share on social media, blah, blah, blah. I'm all for it if you want to share and follow, but I'm not going to demand you do it in order to enter. Let's keep it simple and to the point, shall we? It's all about the story telling.

The rules are simple:

  1. The writing prompt contest begins January 1, 2016. Last entry accepted is January 31, 2016 9:00 PM, Pacific time. You can enter at anytime. 
  2. The writing prompt will be announced January 1, 2016 5:00 AM Pacific Time.
  3. Spend a minimum of ten minutes on the writing prompt listed for January 1, 2016. I don't care how much time you actually put into it. I'll take your word for it that it was at least ten minutes.
  4. Share your story with me via google docs.  Invite me to review or comment by using the email writingpromptcontest@gmail.com
  5. Give one-time permission to publish your story on this website if (and only if) you are the winner. You retain all rights.
  6. You may submit multiple entries (different stories for the same writing prompt). 
  7. The writing prompt contest begins January 1, 2016. Last entry accepted is January 31, 2016 9:00 PM, Pacific time. 
  8. The prize is a ten dollar gift card from Amazon.
All entries will be reviewed. The winner  of the $10.00 Amazon gift card will be announced February 6, 2015. The winner's story will also be published on The Attic Ghost's blog. 

Who are the judges?  Me, Myself, and I.  The story I find the most entertaining will be the winner.

I told you I would keep the entry rules simple. I recommend that you subscribe or come back to this blog on a daily basis and practice using the daily writing prompts. They can be fun and you might surprise yourself at what you come up with. Your simple prompt might even grown into a novel.

Now get busy writing. You can't win if you don't enter. Good luck. 

Have fun. Keep on Writing.



Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing exercise. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.


Today's prompt is:

The floor felt cool on my _____
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Friday, December 18, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing exercise. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.


Today's prompt is:

Did you leave the light on?

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing exercise. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.

Today's prompt is:

I could count all the dog's teeth.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing exercise. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.


Today's prompt is:

I forgot I need to pick the kid up from school.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Write everyday. I'll help you get started with a simple writing exercise. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and somewhere in your mini story include the sentence(s) below. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Have fun.

Today's prompt is:

"You said what? Tell me you did not say that out loud."


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Friday, December 11, 2015

How People React to House of Redemption

This video is why I write my stories. I had so much fun making this video and watching them react. It was a thrill to have them get pulled into the book even though they knew I was filming them. I have laughed all day.  I hope you enjoy the mini film.

The moment when ...

That moment happens to readers while reading House of Redemption  (wait for video to load).


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Save 30% at Smashwords for House of Redemption

Everyone likes to save money when they can. Now is your chance to save 30% when you purchase House of Redemption at Smashwords when you use promo code ZB89Z. Offer expires 1/15/2016. Order your e-book now.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Interview with Clara Bush

I had a wonderful chance to interview Clara Bush. She is the author of the Creep Mystique Anthologies and blogger of the paranormal and weird. Check out the video below to hear Clara speak of the haunted houses she has lived in, and the sage advice she gives.



You can purchase Clara's novels here at Amazon. Don't forget to check out her blog at www.clarabush.com.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

House of Redemption Is Live

Happy to announce that the House of Redemption correct edited file for the Kindle has been uploaded and published on Amazon. It has also been uploaded to Smashwords and the ebook will soon be available at Barnes and Noble, Ibooks, Kobo, and more.

Next on my list of things to do is to fix the hard copy and spruce up the back cover. I am working on the sequel. It is very much like having a root canal. I sometimes wonder if I should start drinking.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

House of Redemption Unavailable Temporarily

House of Redemption is temporarily unavailable. I'm thinking, as I make excuses for myself, that I must have sent the wrong file to my formatter and thus published the wrong file when I put House of Redemption up for sale. One day when I went to grab an excerpt, I noticed a statement that ended with a question mark instead of a period. It bugged me a lot. Many people said, "Don't worry about it. It happens."

I'm not going to worry about it. I'm going to fix it. So I set to work and found a nightmare.  It was more than a few errors. I hung my head in shame when I saw "whoever was sitting next to her." That was not in the final manuscript, but it was in the file that got published.

I set my profanity aside and I am currently working on fixing this error and all of it's sisters and brothers.  I plan to have the revised file published the middle of October. If you have purchased the e-book, you'll get a free update. I'll make it up to those of you who bought the hard copy.

Speaking of the hard copy; if you haven't purchased it and are planning too, please wait until November to get the current version.  I don't want to walk the hall of shame.




Saturday, September 19, 2015

Passion Planner

 Procrastination thinks we are best friends. I admit that sometimes I get a little overwhelmed with the projects I want to accomplish. Hanging out with Procrastination can be toxic. For some unfortunate projects, the relationship is fatal.

In order to save the remaining projects, I need help. I found that help with The Passion Planner. There are a ton of planners out there, but I always come back to this one.

What I like about the free version:

1.) There is plenty of space to write.
2.)  Space to write this week's specific focus.
3.)  Space to write positive good things that happened.
4.) Space for a personal to do list
5.) space for a work to do list
6) Space to doodle, make notes, brainstorm, whatever

The paid version gives you even more. Daily inspirations, challenges to help you meet your goal, timelines to meet your goals and so much more. At the end of each month, there are pages where questions are asked as to how you did on reaching your goals. It's a time to reflect on what worked and what didn't work and what can you do to improve? Good questions.

This is planner helps you sit down and prioritize where you want to go and what you want to do.

I admit that I'm not consistent in using a planner. I chose to go with the free version. I printed out the free weekly pages and stapled them to the paper in a spiral notebook. I needed to write in the dates. You don't need to do that with the paid version. I also like having a spiral binding, so this works for me. I miss out on the inspiration quotes, challenges, and reflections.



The free version is also a great way to discover if this is the right layout for you. It comes in two sizes, 8 1/2 x 11 or 5.5" x 8.5".

I'm not the only one who likes this planner. For more detail on what the planner has to offer, check out the video below. (Sorry. The lighting is a bit dark.)


My question to the readers are:
1.) Do you use a planner?
2.) What do you use?
3.) What is it you like about yours?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Indie Publishing: What's Your Plan?

So you've decided to self-publish. That's great, except as you know, there is more to publishing your book than just making the decision to do so. Jami Gold has written an excellent article on what you need to think about as an independent publisher.

Indie Publishing Paths: What’s Your Distribution Plan? Part One http://ow.ly/33CdYZ  covers the topic things to consider whether selling direct from your website or selling through a distributor such as  SmashwordsDraft2Digital,BookBaby, or IngramSpark. It is a compelling list of pros and cons.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Writing Tip: Playing with Foils

The first time I heard the term foils used in a writing group, I was wondering what the heck did hair coloring have to do with writing. Turns out it's all about the highlighting. The video below by September C. Fawkes gives an excellent explanation on how and where to use foils.



Monday, August 24, 2015

Interview with Brian Philipsen


I am pleased to announce that the author interview with Brian Philipsen is up and live. Brian was gracious enough to take the leap from the searing pan into the pit of boiling oil with the making of this video. It's my first time doing an interview and my first time editing a video. I did better with the editing than my screen time, but Brian was a pro. I am grateful that he explored this new arena and was kept his sense of humor as we worked out the glitches.






Brian's new book, The Prick of Time, has been released and the Kindle version will be available for free on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Another free give-away is scheduled for September. Details in the video.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Editors - Accept or Reject?

"The editor is alway right." 
The corollary is that no writer will take all of his or her editor's advice; 
for all have sinned and fallen short of editorial perfection. 
Put another way, to write is human, to edit is divine. 
Stephen King - On Writing

One evening, I went to listen to the fiction writer Tim Powers. He spoke about editors and the difference between self-publishing and traditional publishers. 

When a book is up for traditional publishing and the editor tells the writer to make certain changes, the writer makes those changes ... or his book isn't going to be published. 

When a book is self-published, the writer hires the editor. The editor says changes need to be made. Errors need corrections. Since the author is doing the paying, it is the author who decides to explain why they don't want to make those changes, doesn't want to to take the time to make the changes, and doesn't care what the editor said. Heck, they'll just find another editor. Money wasted. 

Then there are the writers who are so self-critical that it doesn't matter how many times their book is edited. They will strive for perfection and end up with a book that is never published. Time and money wasted. 

I have found this to be more common than not. 

How do you feel about your editor? Do you listen to the changes suggested? Do you make all the changes suggested or do you pick and choose? Let me hear back what you think in the comments below. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Author Interviews Coming Soon

Our first guest interview will be Kevin Pickell, author of Revenge Ticket. So many choices and decisions that need to be done first. Video? Audio? A picture and text? What is your preference?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Revenge Ticket Release

Very excited to share Kevin Pickell's new Kindle book release of Revenge Ticket. It was a blast working with him during the editing process. It’s about the government’s most insidious games; rewarding one yearly lottery winner with a windfall of prize-money, and allowing them to select one of their fellow citizens for execution. I would think that people would be a lot nicer with this kind of lottery floating about. I would be wrong. I really enjoyed reading this story. Check it out. http://amzn.to/1Oi6JN4