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Collaboration Opportunity for Authors


At a recent writer’s conference, I attended a workshop by Heather Moore, who showed how she collaborated with other authors to create a novel length work by collaborating with other authors, each of whom wrote a novella length work related on a same theme or world. She did romance stories, and I wondered if the same thing might work for speculative fiction.


Here’s my idea:


The Averters are a group of scientist/agents who are tasked with preventing “extinction level events” that can “end the world”. These are much more common than the public knows because the efforts of the group have prevented numerous such disasters. Sure, some of them come in the “asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs” variety, but often danger comes from where you least expect it.


I want to create an anthology based on the Averters, where each volume is made up of three novella/novelette length manuscripts each based on the same team, but focusing on a different POV character and a different crisis to be averted.


For the first test volume, I want to write one novella, but then have two co-authors write the other two novellas. In this way, we can cross promote each other’s work. To decide whom to include, I’m holding an open submission for ideas.


  1. Pitch your team member/POV character. Come up with a character that would be on the Averters team. Tell me why this person would be both an interesting and useful addition to the team. This can be a regular person, a “Batman” kind of person who gains power through technology/training, or a “Superman” kind of person, who is born with innate superhuman abilities.


  1. Pitch your crisis that needs averting. Come up with a threat that could end the world and that would take some creative problem solving to avert it. Bonus points for creativity, but make sure if you idea is pretty off-the-wall that there’s some logical cause and a logical cure.

Send your pitches to thecanticlekingdom@gmail.com

Collaboration Opportunity for Authors

At a recent writer’s conference, I attended a workshop by Heather Moore, who showed how she collaborated with other authors to create a novel length work by collaborating with other authors, each of whom wrote a novella length work related on a same theme or world. She did romance stories, and I wondered if the same thing might work for speculative fiction.

Here’s my idea:

The Averters are a group of scientist/agents who are tasked with preventing “extinction level events” that can “end the world”. These are much more common than the public knows because the efforts of the group have prevented numerous such disasters. Sure, some of them come in the “asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs” variety, but often danger comes from where you least expect it.

I want to create an anthology based on the Averters, where each volume is made up of three novella/novelette length manuscripts each based on the same team, but focusing on a different POV character and a different crisis to be averted.

For the first test volume, I want to write one novella, but then have two co-authors write the other two novellas. In this way, we can cross promote each other’s work. To decide whom to include, I’m holding an open submission for ideas.

  1. Pitch your team member/POV character. Come up with a character that would be on the Averters team. Tell me why this person would be both an interesting and useful addition to the team. This can be a regular person, a “Batman” kind of person who gains power through technology/training, or a “Superman” kind of person, who is born with innate superhuman abilities.

  1. Pitch your crisis that needs averting. Come up with a threat that could end the world and that would take some creative problem solving to avert it. Bonus points for creativity, but make sure if you idea is pretty off-the-wall that there’s some logical cause and a logical cure.

Send your pitches to thecanticlekingdom@gmail.com



Description: 
Maybe today the sun came up just like it always does, and you rolled out of bed just like you always do, and you knew it was going to be one of those days. But maybe today could be different. What does your soul need? What do you long for? This path that you are on, where is it taking you? How do you fill your unscheduled moments? Is your heart content? Perhaps you feel as if you are missing something. If you want life to satisfy your soul, you have to start living the soul-satisfying life.

Maybe Today describes five holy patterns that, when lived daily, will lead to the soul-satisfying life. 

* Tilt Your Soul 
* Let Down Your Bucket 
* Tune Your Heart 
* Take Off Your Shoes 
* Be All In

EMILY BELLE FREEMAN is a coach's wife, a mother to four children and a few others who have found refuge in her home, author of several bestselling books, and sought-after inspirational speaker. Her days are spent watching over teenagers, her flock of pampered chickens, and a rabbit that she adores. She finds great joy in studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Her deep love of the scriptures comes from a desire to find their application in everyday life. For a few minutes every day Emily forgets about the laundry, leaves the dishes in the sink, and writes. She coauthors a blog that is a stopping place for hearts seeking all that is good: www. multiplygoodness.com.

DAVID BUTLER is by day a high school religious educator sharing his love for the scriptures and his belief that there is a power for good innate in every human soul. By night he is a fort builder, waffle maker, sports coach, and storyteller for his five favorite little people, also known as his children. Somewhere in between he is a motivational speaker and writer. Some of his musings and challenges can be found on the blog www.multiplygoodness.com. He and his wife, Jenny, live with their family amid the snowcapped peaks of the Mountain West, but they often dream of a beach house on a sunny shore somewhere.



This is the second album for inspirational singer Calee Reed, but my first exposure to her. She has an exception voice that is a cross been gospel and folk. She reminded me a bit of other LDS singers such as Cherie Call. The album is only seven tracks, all of which had a bit of a different feel to it. I especially enjoyed track two, that talks about everyone as an in-progress work of art, that while it has some flaws (especially up close), is constantly improving. It had some clever lyrics and wordplay, along with a catchy tune.

Another interesting track was "Sunshine", which incorporated original lyrics with those of "There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today" to talk about the love of a mother for a daughter. The last track, Come, Unto Christ", I also found especially well done, and helped me feel much better when I was having a bad day.

Here's a little more about the album.

Description:
Calee Reed makes her mark as a thoughtful and exciting new voice in spiritual and inspirational music with this beautiful follow-up to her debut album. The folk pop sound on this album has hints of Gospel and forges a new exciting direction for her music. These songs will help you see and enjoy more in life, it’s the perfect album to keep you dancing and singing through the summer.
Track List:
  1. Living Water
  2. I Am Enough
  3. Possible
  4. Miraculous
  5. What Heaven Feels Like
  6. Sunshine
  7. Come Unto Christ

Calee Reed

A native of San Diego, CALEE REED has been writing and singing songs since she was a little girl. Her latest work shows her at her peak vocally and stylistically. She writes songs that capture raw emotion and vivid imagery, helping the listener tune into their own faith journey and find the peace and joy that she points out from her own experience. As a new mother, she makes poignant observations about the depth and meaning of the human experience, with all of its ups and downs. Her latest album is a heartfelt testimony that reflects the joy she has found in her journey.

Thank you to all of you who came to my presentations at LDStorymakers this year. I always have a wonderful time presenting, especially when I have good audiences. For those of you who attended and wanted my notes, or who couldn't attend and wanted to see them anyway, here you go! There first is about using music in your fiction, while the second is about creating your own audio books, much like I do for my work with BigWorldNetwork.com. 
Please let me know if you have any questions!


  Myteries of COVE_cover

Author Note: Like many of my books, the inspiration for my new series Fires of Invention came from the collision of two ideas. The first time the story occurred to me was while I was watching the musical Wicked with my wife. The moment I walked into the theater and saw the huge mechanical dragon above the stage, I thought, Wow! I have to write a story about that! A few weeks later, I was talking with my nephew, who is probably the most creative kid I know, but whose inventiveness often gets him into trouble, and I thought, What if a kid who had the talents of my nephew lived in a world where creativity was against the law? What if the kids were building . . . a steam-powered dragon? Bam! I had my story. Powered by great feedback from my agent, Michael Bourret, my good friend and author James Dashner, my publisher, Chris Schoebinger, and the song “Warriors” by Imagine Dragons, I wrote the entire first draft of the first volume in the series, Mysteries of Cove in four weeks. This book is unlike anything I have ever written. There are elements of City of Ember, Dragon Riders, and Hugo in it all mashed up together in a world I fell in love with from the moment I started writing. I think what’s most exciting to me about this book is that it’s about giving yourself the freedom to imagine. To take chances. Too often we limit ourselves by only trying things we’re confident we can succeed at when what we need to do is give ourselves permission to fail. Often it is when we attempt things with no idea of how we can possibly pull them off that we achieve our greatest successes. 

  Book Description: STEAMPUNK! Plus Dragons! Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and "invention" is a curse word. Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion-an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity. Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlikely anything they've ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on-and quite possibly their very lives.

  Author Bio:

savage, j. scott 
 Scott Savage is the author of the Farworld middle grade fantasy series and the Case File 13 middle grade monster series. He has been writing and publishing books for over ten years. He has visited over 400 elementary schools, dozens of writers conferences, and taught many writing classes. He has four children and lives with his wife Jennifer and their Border Collie, Pepper, in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains. 

INSTAGRAM: jscottsavage


Today we are featuring Author Lynn Parsons' book 
(dis)Abilities and the Gospel

First a little about the author:

Lynn Parsons became a teacher because of her experiences helping two of her children with special needs. She has taught special education children at both the elementary and secondary levels. Lynn’s instructional methods have been published by the Council for Exceptional Children and featured in several professional online magazines. Her love of education has extended to seven years teaching daily Seminary. She continues to look for innovative teaching methods that can reach all learners. Lynn now works as an Educational Diagnostician, evaluating children with disabilities. She is an advocate for them and their families through her website at ldsdisabilitieshelp.com and her blog at lynndeniseparsons.blogspot.com. Lynn has a Ph.D. in Exceptional Student, and is head of the Faith Committee of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Needs Council for her county. She also enjoys reading, writing, and needlework.
 





Links to social media sites for the author
Facebook page:
Twitter: @parsonslynn
Web sites:
Blog:










Now for her book:
"(dis)Abilities and the Gospel: 
How to Bring People with Special Needs Closer to Christ"


Each day, parents and church leaders struggle to teach individuals with special needs. Using helpful information, real-life stories, and a touch of humor, "(dis)Abilities and the Gospel" provides ways for you to effectively teach people of all ages with autism, Down syndrome, bipolar disorder, memory loss, and other disabilities. 










Tour schedule:
Featuring Both books:
Plain and Simple Truths & (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 10

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 11

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 12

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 13

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 14

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 15

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 16

Featuring Both books:
Plain and Simple Truths & (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 17

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 18

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 19

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 20

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 21

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 22

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 23
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Hello, readers!

In a hope to have more control over my website, I'm transitioning over to a WordPress based site. Right now, you can find the work in progress at writermike.wordpress.com, but I will eventually move the name "www.writermike.com" over to that site.

I will leave this site up as a "legacy" site to preserve all of the content and it will eventually revert to writemike.blogspot.com.

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions!

Michael


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