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#AtoZChallenge is a blogging challenge that takes place in the month of April.

#AtoZChallenge is, um, challenging?

#AtoZChallenge is a blogging challenge that takes place in the month of April.

#AtoZChallenge is a blogging challenge that takes place in the month of April.

Starting April 1st, I will be taking part in the #AtoZChallenge, hosted by www.blogchatter.com.
For those who don’t know (and I didn’t), the #AtoZChallenge is a blogging challenge that takes place in April (except on Sundays). Participants blog every day around a theme of their choosing, in alphabetical order. For example, on the 1st, they blog about something “A” related. On the 3rd (the 2nd is a Sunday), they blog about something “B”, etc.

Most participants chose a theme and reveal it in a blog a few days ahead of time.

Bloggers also have the option of compiling their month’s worth of posts into an ebook and self-publishing it during the first week of May.

Because this is my first challenge, I’m a little nervous. I’ve never blogged continuously for a month. Yes, I’ve done NaNo, officially and self-motivated, and topped 7K in one day, but the thought of being accountable for 26 blogs blows my mind. Can I do it? Will I pre-schedule or scramble to post something at stupid o’clock in the morning?

I’ve already started an alphabetical list with possible post subjects, but what does one do with the awkward, ugly step-children of the alphabet? How do you handle “Q” without “X” and “Z” feeling left out?

 

Drumroll, please

So, in order to feel comfortable with accountability the whole world can see, I’ve picked a theme I can write about (almost) in my sleep:

Writing

In managing my social media accounts, I’ve noted an incredible thirst for knowledge from new writers. What should I try? What works, what doesn’t? How can I get noticed?

I’m taking my eighteen years of writing, the many workshops I’ve attended (and held) and all the goofs and hiccups I’ve encountered along the way and sharing that with new writers. I’ll pick twenty-six subjects (“Q” and “X” and “Z” included) and share why they worked (or didn’t). Hopefully, you won’t make the same mistakes I did, and my challenge won’t be as painful because I know (or hope) I’ve helped someone.

 

Stay tuned until Saturday

Here’s a hint: It starts with “A”, it has to do with Amazon, but it’s not Amazon.

Until then, blessings to you.

Cheryl

 

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Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf, an adult fairy tale recreation

Book Excerpt from Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf

Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf releases on Saturday, March 25th. Go here to pre-order from Amazon (available as an e-book and paperback), and here to pre-order from Smashwords (ibook, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and a bunch more). Until then, please enjoy this book excerpt:

Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf, an adult fairy tale recreation, book excerpt

Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf, Available March 25, 2017

Snow White and the Eight Dwarf:

LEX SANDS SWUNG AN AX with force and decapitated his victim. Blood spurted, and steam rose as it met the frozen winter air.

Such a savage beast I am. The Queen should be honored to have me in her army.

He looped twine around his victim’s feet and hoisted the body from a barn beam to let it bleed out.

A familiar tightness gripped his chest. He fell back against a wall, gasping, his lungs constricted at the slight exertion. Black and white dots speckled his vision.

Oh, so savage. I can’t even breathe on my own. How can I be a warrior for the Queen?

His illusions of grandeur evaporated as he fought the pain. By the time he’d regained control of his breathing, reality crashed around him. The victim he’d killed swung from the beam, its feathers still wet from when he’d chased it around the hen house. He’d fought the battle only in his mind, and the Queen would laugh if she knew of his folly.

Another boring day in the life of Lex the dwarf. Except he wasn’t a dwarf. The Dredge family had fostered him for almost twenty-one years. Though he towered over them, they still treated him as a baby. His stupid, weak lungs blocked working in the damp gold mines and shadowed his place in the family.

His lungs still tight, Lex finished his routine chores, collected the chicken carcass, and trudged toward the cottage. He might not have won on the battlefield, but he’d proven victorious in the barnyard.

While he’d been inside the barn, the winter storm had intensified. The wind howled in the surrounding trees, and sunlight paled to a dim star. As he climbed the cottage steps, he noticed footprints, too small to belong to a dwarf, on the snow-blown porch floor.

The hair on the back of his neck rose. Continue reading Book Excerpt of Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf

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#NaNoHop, Social Media Buzz and Networking

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#NaNoHop, Social Media Buzz and Networking

Welcome, new followers from #NaNoHop! @RaimeyGallant has done an awesome job of creating social media, buzz, and networking opportunities for the 400+ writers who signed up for the NaNo Blog and Social Media Hop. I imagine her hunkering down in a bunker, living off coffee and stale Girl Scout cookies until all the lists were complete. <insert round of cyber applause here for her hard work>.

I’ve made my way through the Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram lists and am waiting for Goodreads to open its gates to follow the rest of you. I’ve tried to leave comments, retweets and reposts instead of zipping down the lists. Getting to know you is the main reason for #NaNoHop. I hope you’ll visit my “About Me” page or shoot me a question if you’re curious about what a full-time writer of paranormal/fantasy romantic comedies (with occasional forays into light sci-fi) does with her time.

What We’re Doing Right, What We’re Doing Wrong with Social Media.

The range of NaNo Hoppers is astounding. As isolated as we writers are (quiet applause for us introverts), it’s easy to forget there is a world of diversity, genres, experience, and hopes and fears among us. A few things have caught my attention as I visited hundreds of social media accounts. Continue reading #NaNoHop, Social Media Buzz and Networking

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