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Weekly Writing Spark~July 30th, 2012 || via www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com

Is there a certain place that holds a special spot in your heart? A place that feels enchanted to you for one reason or another? Is it real or imagined? Does this place have beauty or does it have a certain ambiance? Or, is it the memories of the place that haunt you?

Write about your enchanted place.

Get creative and have fun! 🙂

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Weekly Writing Spark~July 23rd, 2012 || via www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com

Every family has at least one quirky member who has an outrageous story.  You know the sort of tale, the story that seems to be told at almost every family gathering.

Revisit a story that various family members have told and retold.  Use this story as inspiration for a piece of fiction.  Can you expand on it?  Use your imagination and think of details and dialog that would add to the story.

Get creative and have fun! 🙂

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“The Most Inspiring Blogger Award”

Over the weekend I received a message saying that the very multi-talented Solitaire Parke of http://solitaireparke.wordpress.com has nominated me for “The Most Inspiring Blogger Award”!

Solitaire Parke, is a wonderfully gifted writer, author, poet, professional photographer, graphic artist and a truly genuine spirit. I am truly honoured that he has nominated me for this award.

The rules of acceptance for this award nomination are as follows: Share 7 things about yourself and nominate 7 bloggers who inspire you!
The 7 things about myself which I would like to share with you are:

  • I am happily married to my best friend, he is my soul-mate and my rock (plus it doesn’t hurt that he likes my cooking and laughs at my jokes! LOL).
  • I have an extremely optimistic, quirky and direct sense of humour which is usually always present but often rears its head during stressful times.
  • I am a true nerd, I love learning new things and researching topics of interest such as creativity, art therapy, neuroscience, archaeology, spirituality, books, art, music…well pretty much everything and anything. I know more useless facts than anyone probably should.
  • I love to collect vintage/antique cameras, typewriters, and fountain pens. I like to think of the wonderful words and images that were captured by their previous owners.
  • I am totally enthralled by the creative process and in addition to writing, I am also an artist, crafter and amateur photographer.
  • I have a coffee and chai tea addiction, people are painfully aware they are not to talk to me until I’ve had my first cup! 😉
  • I love music and have very eclectic tastes, I listen to everything from Jazz to Punk. I am also my husband’s bass roadie and #1 fan.

The 7 fabulous bloggers I choose to nominate are all extremely talented and giving bloggers; in no particular order:

 

It was such a difficult decision ~ there are so many more that should be on this list, so please don’t feel bad if you’re not included! You’re all my favourites!

Again, I am honoured and would like to thank Solitaire for nominating me! Please stop by and check out his blog http://solitaireparke.wordpress.com

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

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Review of “Closed Doors, A Trilogy” by Rich Weatherly

I was thrilled to get an advanced copy of Rich Weatherly’s soon to be released “Closed Doors, A Trilogy”.

This debut collection brings together stories that will appeal to many, both the thrill seekers and those who enjoy clean, unpretentious prose and impeccable story telling. Each story resonates in a fresh, yet well-honed voice and are connected by generations of the Wells Family. These stories take the reader on a journey of discovery and a glimpse into human nature, which goes beyond location, or time. Written in a descriptive and well-crafted narrative, it is close to impossible to put the book down before finishing each story which, in my opinion, is a journey which is well-worth taking.

“Toxic Situations, A Novella”, is a fast-paced thriller that leads the reader from Atlanta to Australia on the hunt for stolen capsules containing a deadly avian flu virus. We follow the adventures of CDC agent Craig Wells Jr. as he and his partner travel the globe battling warring organized crime figures that are determined to sell them to the highest bidder or unleash the deadly virus.

In “Family Secrets”, the reader is invited to a family gathering where the stage is set for an unfolding tragedy and the discovery of the horrid truth about the secrets hidden by seemingly happy families.

In the final story of the trilogy, “Thrills at the Esplanade Cinema”, a unique tale unfolds.  What begins as an innocent daily occurrence has the potential to become a life-ending event that stays with the protagonist.

After reading Rich Weatherly’s “Closed Doors: a Trilogy”, I am convinced that he is an extremely talented writer who has some fascinating stories to tell. His ability to craft interesting characters and intrigue you with compelling plots while maintaining such a high standard of writing throughout, is brilliant and the mark of a true storyteller.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and cannot wait to read his future work; he definitely has a fan in me.

“Closed Doors, A Trilogy” will be available soon on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com

You can find Rich Weatherly here:

Author Page: http://richweatherly.wordpress.com/my-writing/
IAN: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/rich-weatherly.html
Twitter: twitter.com/richweatherly43
Facebook: http://facebook.com/ richard.weatherly1
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6572905-rich-weatherly

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Quote of the Week~July 20th, 2012~www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com

“When I was in the middle of writing Eat Pray Love and I fell into one of those pits of despair that we will fall into when we’re working on something that’s not coming and we think ‘this is going to be a disaster, this is going to be the worst book I’ve ever written — not just that but the worst book ever written … So I just lifted my face up from the manuscript and I directed my comments to an empty corner of the room and I said aloud ‘ Listen you, thing! You and I both know that if this book isn’t brilliant that is not entirely my fault, right? Because you can see I am putting everything I have into this, I don’t have any more than this, so if you want it to be better then you’ve got to show up and do your part of the deal, OK? But you know what? If you don’t do that then I’m going to keep writing because that’s my job and I would please like the record to reflect today that I showed up and did my part of the job!”

~ Elizabeth Gilbert


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Writerzblox.net’s July 2012 Monthly Newsletter!

Welcome to Writerzblox.net’s July 2012 Newsletter! This month we have some advice on what to get the writer or student in your life, as well as book recommendations, a monthly writing prompt, free wallpaper, tips, tricks and plenty of inspiration.

via Writerzblox.net’s July 2012 Monthly Newsletter!.