Archive | June 2017

What is the best way to write that book?

Jean's Writing

Writing with an outline, by pantsing or somewhere between.

Where do you fall?

Everyone has an opinion, but there is no right or wrong solution, just the right one for you.

I spent most of this year studying various outlining styles, trying to find one that fits my style. What did I learn in the last six months?

What did I learn in the last six months about outlining?

  • There is a multitude of ways to outline.
  • An outline can be fluid.
  • You can choose to write without one.
  • Outlining can suck the life out of a story even before you start writing.
  • Or can be a road map to the end.
  • Scrivener is still a writer’s number one go to for outlining.
  • There is no right or wrong way.

I also learned…

  • I’m a panster. Stick with what you know is a good thing.
  • But I can outline a “little bit” as…

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How To Copyright Your Artwork Like A Pro

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We would like to take this time to send a special thank you to Copyright Alliance for featuring our brand on their site for their 5 question weekly interview series! We appreciate the love and support shown and are extremely grateful for the opportunity!

Copyright Alliance is a unified community that advocates for policies that promote and preserve the value of copyright, and protect the rights of creators and innovators all over the world including the United States. This growing brand represents creators of all kind including authors, photographers, performers, artists, software developers, musicians, journalists, directors, songwriters, game designers, book publishers, motion picture studios, software companies, music publishers, sound recording companies, sports leagues, broadcasters, guilds, unions, magazine and newspaper publishers just to name a few.


Obtaining knowledge on copyrights is very important as a creator in order to protect your creations, efforts and investments for the public to enjoy. Check…

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Do you know if you need one yet?

Jean's Writing

An ISBN for your book?

This question pops up again and again.

Free vs Purchased? Which is better?

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I know authors who use both. The answer is a personal one and each #writer must decide what fits the goal for their book. But whatever you do, don’t take the decision lightly.

I purchased my ISBN from Bowker and published through both IngramSpark and Createspace.

Here is why:

  • I wanted hard copies, not just ebooks.
  • A purchased ISBN belongs to me. Giving me all publishing rights and control.
  • Allows me to publish under my imprint. (Second Act Press, not Amazon or Createspace.)
  • My books are available to my local library through the IngramSpark catalog. (Love seeing them there.)
  • Brick and mortar stores can order them. (One-day fingers crossed.)

But, I did not purchase an ISBN for the ebook version.

Here is why:

  • It is my understanding that ebooks use an 

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10 Tips For Proof-Reading and Editing!

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Proof-Reading and Editing Tips

These are very informative, yet simple and easy to do. Melissa writes that “I spend most of my work hours editing other people’s work and self-editing my own writing. In fact, I spend more time on self-editing than I do on writing. So, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite tips for self-editing.”  This is a revisited post from months ago, however, I am editing my recently completed manuscript and I think it is worth reading again!  I hope yo think so too!

– Melissa Donavan,

1.Accept Favor Requests for Editing

When a friend, family member, or co-worker asks you to look at a draft, do it. Even if you’re busy, even if you don’t feel like it or have your own projects to write and edit, take it on. The more editing you do, the better you get at it, and that…

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My Review: June the Prune and Lady Bird


June the Prune and Lady Bird: Cancer Stinks! Kids and Pets Cracking the Power Code by Gracie Bradford

First the author’s blurb found on Amazon, and then my review.

“Have you wondered what goes through the mind of a patient in isolation for nine months? What keeps them going?
June is a 10 year old girl who goes on vacation with her brother and grandmother to Europe and has the time of her life. Six months after their return from vacation, a mysterious “THING” referred to as “Noma” attacks one of the travelers spiraling them out of control. June tells her story of being in a crazy and scary environment revealing unexpected powers that help in coping with loneliness. June finds unusual friends during the darkest days. Lady Bird, the dog, ole folks, Alex and G-Mom play a pivotal role during the journey through a tunnel of darkness.”

This book’s concept is absolutely wonderful and I give Gracie a high five for that! Living in dysfunctional family home environments is tough to write about, and I come from such an environment. Many times I found myself smiling when June, Alex and their grandma, G-Mom, traveled Europe. 

Then I was assailed with tears while reading about June falling victim to cancer at age ten years. My own son fought cancer and died at age five. I feel that writing about cancer from a child’s point of view is a great topic to tackle, and having a dog named Lady Bird was healing for child as she lay in the hospital.

This story went from present tense to past tense often; and has numerous errors. In the event that Ms. Bradford should have this galley professionally edited, I will adjust my star rating accordingly.

Salina, KS, First Ever Comicon 18 JUNE 2017


So the story goes that hubby took both of us to the first ever comicon in Salina, KS. My amusement started off fast when hubby said he couldn’t drop me off at the box office due to police vehicle not allowing anyone through. Quite funny as he then realized that a “Zombie Response Team” with lights flashing wasn’t what he thought it was, and yes, he was rather embarrassed. 


Then we walked inside and the first booth caught my attention right away as a wonderful artist had been found. Anyone who knows me certainly knows I love art!


Had we a granddaughter in tow (or a granddaughter at all for that matter), the Little Mermaid would have enraptured her completely. Yes she is standing among some of the artworks done by the aforementioned man, of whom I should have found out what his name was, and his contact information. I could have asked for that information from this mermaid, but sadly I spaced off that they were married, as I turned around and saw a HAT!


I have to hand it to this young lady below. She designed her hat in TEN minutes! Now, I want a hat that fancy! I don’t have use for the ears, though, and the ears aren’t attached to the hat. She refused to sell it to me. 


Red Wagon comics will be arriving soon in Hays, KS. 


Lastly, and since I can’t post all the pictures and things going on at this comicon, I shall end with one of my favorite movie lines, “May the Force be with You!”