• Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

    Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

Cool links for 7-7-2018 altered art

Cool links for 7-7-2018. What I’ve found on the internet this week that I’d lie to share with you.

Retro bookmobiles

They’re not your average trailer.

retro bookmobile. Cool links for 7-7-2018

We never had a bookmobile in the town where I grew up. If you wanted a book, you rode your bike into town and checked one out at the teeny-tiny library. Ironically, the place of “shush” and “no talking” shared a building with the fire department, which honored the wartime tradition of blowing the civil defense whistle. Every day. At noon. Wonder what the librarians had to say about that? It was probably the only time of day you could shout and not get in trouble.

John K. King Used and Rare Books

If you don’t like the confines of a bookmobile, how about this library?

Cool Links for 7-7-2018

At four stories tall and containing more than a million books, this former glove factory in Detroit houses John K. King Used and Rare Books. I no longer live in Michigan, or I might take a field trip. On second thought, I turned down a chance to enter Powell’s in Portland because my hosts thought I could “run in for a minute or two.” Silly humans.

Altered Books

If a million books sounds daunting, let’s reduce your scope to one. I’m not one to cut up an old book, but if you can make art, why not give one a second chance?

Illustrator Isobelle Ouzman uses her talent to carve books into works of art.

Cool links for 7-7-2018 altered art

A habit that started accidently when she drew on discarded books, Ouzman now carves intricate “holloways” throughout the books, creating tunnels, leaves, forests, and hidden animals in intricate portraits. Each book can take 25-35 hours to complete.

I’m afraid I don’t have the skill or patience for such an endeavor, but I admire her talent.

Exciting Announcement!

The Plot Thickens: 21 Ways to Plot Your Novel is now available in paperback.

Have you always wanted to write a book but didn’t know where to start?

Don’t waste your life thinking about writing a book when you can do it!

Are you ready to start writing a book?

You’re at the right place.

The Plot Thickens offers you myriad methods of plotting. Whether you are a published veteran or a writing novice, we present alternate methods of finding the best path to express and deliver the stuff pinging around in your head.

After reading “The Plot Thickens” you will know:

•How to write more efficiently whether you’re a plotter or a pantser
•How to take the headache out of starting your novel

•The secret of scene and sequel
•How to avoid sagging middles and lackluster endings
•How to use your character’s Goal, Motivation and Conflict to drive the story
•How to use the Hero’s Journey to plot your novel
•How our 19-1/2 step plotting worksheet can take you from page 1 to “the end”
•Plus 14+ ways to help you plot your novel

Are you ready to start writing your novel?

If you have no idea of how to take the first step, if you can’t decide if writing is a dream come true or a nightmare (hint: sometimes it’s both), this book can help you decide which method works for you.

As part of my MASTER PLAN (bwahahahaha), I’m slowly publishing all my books in paperback format through Amazon. Three down, seven to go, and my short stories will probably be condensed and offered as a box set.

I’ll be back next week with an update on what I’m writing because I seem to fail in giving you a glimpse into my fascinating, riveting writing world.



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7+ tips to revise your rough draft and take your book to the next level. www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

It’s #ThrowbackThursday

We’re in the wayback machine, revisiting revising. How to revise your rough draft is a problem all writers face.

For today’s AtoZChallenge, the letter “R” will show you how to revise your rough draft.

(This post is a revised {a pun!} copy of an earlier blog . I am recycling it for today’s AtoZChallenge. The information is as relevant. 7+ tips to revise your rough draft and take your book to the next level. www.cherylsterlingbooks.comI will show you 7+ tips to revise your rough draft and take your book to the next level).

I’ve just finished the final, final, final edits for Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf. Proofreading it was a long, laborious process, as I wrote 56K of the story last July in a rough NaNo like session. The first draft was not pretty. {Note:This book has been published and is available on Amazon as an ebook and paperback, and Smashwords.}

Let’s face the ugly truth. You’ve spent months, maybe years, writing a book and you have a big, sloppy mess. How do you revise your rough draft, clean it, and make it look good?

Look for inconsistencies.

Did your main character change names, eye color, or gender? Did you mention magic in the first chapter, but no one casts any spells? Does your forest setting change to a desert for no reason? Check your timeline to verify your protag and antag are on the same day. Because of the time involved in writing a book, many details can get lost. Look for inconsistencies and fix them.

Fill in the holes.

When proofreading, fill in the holes of your story. My first draft looks like a tic-tac-toe game.

My first draft looks like a tic-tac-toe game.

I write very fast because I don’t want the bright, shiny light of inspiration to dim. Get the words down, get them down fast is my motto. Fill in the holes later. My first draft is full of XXX’s, my all-purpose placeholder for research I need to do, nameless characters (example from my current WIP: “Name1, Name2, Name3, Name4 and Name5, thank you for coming here today.”), or descriptions that need filling in (example: more here of her physical trauma xxxx.) My first draft is a tic-tac-toe game. Revising is the time to do the research, decide on the names, and fill in the holes. Continue reading “R” is for Revise Your Rough Draft–#ThrowbackThursday

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V-mail. WWII research

WWII Research

Launch week of Love’s Brilliant Wreckage is almost over (99¢ until 6-25-18 midnight or whenever Amazon flips the switch). I thought I’d share some of the WWII research I uncovered as I wrote Annie’s journey.

At the start of the novel, Annie Faraday is ten weeks away from graduating from Dunlap-Dodge School of Nursing, a fictional college oh-so-loosely based on Butterworth Hospital School of Nursing in Grand Rapids, MI. She applies for and is accepted at the Pioneer Nursing and Midwife Academy in Millersburg, TN, which is based on Frontier Nursing Services in southeastern Kentucky,
established by Mary Breckenridge in 1925.

Fun fact: my daughter graduates from Frontier this fall with a master’s degree in midwifery.

Continue reading WWII Research Used in Love’s Brilliant Wreckage

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