• Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

    Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday blog

AtoZChallenge the letter “B” is brought to you by BoardBooster, a tool that can pre-schedule your Pinterest pins.

BoardBooster can pre-schedule your Pinterest pins.

We’re in the wayback machine again, traveling to April, 2017 to revisit BoardBooster, a social media scheduling tool. BoardBooster is an efficient tool used with Pinterest.


Social media is overwhelming for an author

The best heads recommend choosing two or three social media outlets to connect with your readers. Whether you pick Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other venue, you want to make sure you’re not spending so much time updating them that your writing suffers.

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What to name your fictional character

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One of the problems (and there are many) a writer faces is what to name your fictional character. A small minority (I don’t know of any) pick a random name and go with it. Others agonize, change, switch and procrastinate until they find the perfect name.

Personally, I don’t think there is a perfect name. Are you happy with your name? Most of us aren’t, yet I’ll bet our parents discussed it more than once. You, like most of us, grew into your name. I can’t imagine my life as a Bobbi Jo, one of the names my mother picked, but I’m comfortable as a Cheryl.

The best thing we can do is find a name that we’re comfortable with, that fits the genre, setting, historical content of the story and defines how the character looks, talks, and acts. Not hard, right?

What a character name should do

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Paint, Pepper, and Flash Fiction—The Best of the Internet This Week

Here are the cool links I’ve found this week. We’re talking paint, peppers, and flash fiction, a truly odd mix, but entertaining.

The Battle of the Pigments

Paint, peppers, and flash fiction—a mix of interesting links on the internet. www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

The Battle of the Pigments

When the blackest black paint was formulated, its creators signed a contract with artist Anish Kapoor, giving him exclusive rights to use Vantablack in art. Kapoor refused access of the paint to any other artist.

Stuart Semple, another, lesser known artist, took offense. In retaliation, he released his pinker-than-pink paint for anyone to use. Anyone, that is, except Anish Kapoor.

Kapoor somehow got his middle finger on a sample of the pink and Instagrammed a picture.

Paint, Peppers, and Flash Fiction. Artist Anish Kapoor gets his hands on Stuart Semple's pinker than pink paint. www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

Anish Kapoor got his hands on the pinkest pink paint

Semple went back to the drawing board and released the greenest-green, and Black 2.0, as close to Vanatblack as possible—all with the same stipulation. Anyone but Kapoor could buy it.

Read the story of the battle of the pigments here.

Bell Peppers have sex

Who knew peppers had genders? Next time you’re in the produce aisle, look at the bottom of a bell pepper. If it has three bumps on the bottom, it’s male and better for cooking. If it has four bumps, it’s female and better for eating.

For explicit details (nudge-nudge-wink-wink-you-know-what-I-mean) go here.

Paint, Peppers, and Flash Fiction. Bell peppers have genders. www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

Bell Peppers have genders.

The best free photo, video and graphic sites

I’m always on the lookout for the perfect photo for my blog or Instagram account. My go-to sites are Pixabay or Unsplash. This site lists a bunch more other sites where you can find free stock photos or videos. It’s always good to mix things up a bit.

The Twelve Steps of Intimacy

If you’re hesitant about writing a love scene, or if you’re a veteran romance writer, the following blog post can walk you through the twelve steps of intimacy. From eye to body—the “summing up” look—to physical intimacy, you’ll learn the different levels on intimacy between a couple.

Paint, peppers, and flash fiction. The twelve steps to intimacy. www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

Stormtrooper intimacy

How to Deconstruct a Scene

If a writing scene isn’t working for you, this graphic will help you deconstruct it like K.M. Weiland.

How to Write Flash Fiction

Paint, peppers, and flash fiction. How to write flash fiction. www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

If you’ve ever wanted to dip your toes into the flash fiction pool, author JJ Burry gives her tips gleaned from the past year of participating in a flash fiction challenge. Plus, she shares other flash fiction resources.

Thanks for joining me on this week’s roundup of fun and useful links.

Join me Monday, January 22 on tips to name your character.






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