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A Request For Three Poetic Lines

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2014 at 12:50 am

From a languishing side project of mine. I thought I’d breathe new life into it with some help from you.

The Adventures of The Cursed Family Chasticayn

On one of these pages I have an incomplete poem. It is tentatively titled, “The Dysfunctional Chasticayn Family Tree”. I could really use some help with the first stanza. Even my first line works only as a second, third, or possibly fourth line. Since I am asking for help composing a poem about a fictitious family with no source material provided I will start with some inspiration.

The Chasticayn’s are modeled after those dysfunctional families like the Addams family, the Collins family of Dark Shadows, or the Munsters.

Now imagine a family like that running off to Mendocino County California to hide out from their extended family.

Here is the line to play with:

The creepy carp hidden in the crypt of the decrepit family plot

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Writing Tip: Dialogue Tag DOs and DON’Ts

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2014 at 12:10 am

Michelle Proulx - Author

Today we’re talking about dialogue tags! I already rambled about them in a previous post, but I’m going to ramble some more about them now, so prepare yourself.

What is a dialogue tag?

It’s the short phrase you stick after a line of dialogue — i.e., “he said”, “she said”, etc.

Simple dialogue tag

Observe the following sentence:

“I love your socks,” he said.

That’s a simple dialogue tag — sentence of dialogue, followed by a dialogue tag. Here are some more:

“Your face is on fire!” she said.

“Are you sure?” he said.


  • You have to use a punctuation mark at the end of the sentence of dialogue that’s not a period — i.e., comma (most common), question mark (for questions), exclamation mark (for excitement!) — Using a period is effectively ending the sentence, so if you put a period after “I love your socks”, you’re ending…

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Bookmarks (Better than Business Cards for Authors)

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2014 at 8:08 pm


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I ordered bookmarks from Overnight Prints and I’m very pleased with the results.

  • The images and text printed wonderfully (be sure to use 300 DPI).
  • I’m pleased with the quality of the cardstock.
  • The 2″ x 6″ size works for me.
  • I ordered double-sided bookmarks with rounded corners.

There are many sites that print bookmarks. I appreciated that Overnight Prints specifically mentioned bookmarks on the site (i.e. I didn’t have to choose a custom product to create something that was shaped and sized like a bookmark).

I may have supported Amazon by ordering bookmarks from CreateSpace, but CreateSpace would only create bookmarks for the book, more or less following some template; they wouldn’t allow me to create a bookmark for a series of books, for example. I wanted the freedom of design for my bookmarks.

The design for my bookmarks was created by artist Melissa Stevens (she also made…

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Do you want to be a writer?

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2014 at 7:41 pm

The Jenny Mac Book Blog

Here are a few simple steps to take if you want to be a writer.

1 Sit down think of something interesting and start typing

2 Start a blog to get your writing out there

3 Research

4 Write until you’ve come up with something that people will actually like

5 Relax and let your instincts lead you the rest of the way

Well there you have it five easy to follow steps, who knew becoming a writer could so simple.

If only it were that easy but if writing were that simple everyone would be a writer, though I must admit when I was fifteen I was actually this naive. Nine years later and I still agree with number 5.

Happy Friday 😀

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