Another short story available on Amazon

Goodnight-And God Be With You All I'm so excited to announce that Goodnight-and God Be With You All has now been released for sale in its own right on Amazon! Another story previously published in the anthology Heart of a Child, this one is close to my heart. Inspired by the song ‘The Parting Glass’,... Continue Reading →

The Power of Positive Affirmations

All writers have days when we need a boost. Written by CrystalMMBurton a writer friend of mine, this piece is excellent.

Arcana

It’s no secret that positive affirmations work. You’ve probably heard someone recommend them before to help boost your mood, motivate you, or to generally improve your outlook on life.

A positive affirmation is a self-truth. It’s a statement that we know or desire to be true, which we affirm and bring into being with our words. Naturally, it should also be optimistic to help combat the negativity and unhelpful thoughts we have. I’ve mentioned in previous posts how much our thoughts and emotions affect our reality—especially in THIS post—and one of the best ways to take control of that is to have daily affirmations that align with the life you want to lead and the person you want to be.

How do they work?

There is a strange power to words. A compliment can lift your spirit (“You look nice today!” ) while an insult can break your…

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We will remember them. Always.

I took the photo above as I was walking my dog, Bindi, this morning. The kids in a house in my street had lovingly made tributes to our soldiers and displayed them outside their house. Australians were encouraged to show their appreciation for our military, both past and present, in ways that did not involve... Continue Reading →

Why I don’t use Beta Readers #WriterWednesday #AmWriting

I’m so conscious of taking up people’s time that I essentially just use a few ‘readers’ – and what they’ve done by the time I’m ready to roll is what I use. I don’t classify them as alpha or beta – I just put out a general call in @authorstalepub and I usually get some constructive feedback.

D.E. Haggerty

As many of you know, I’ve just finished the draft of my latest novel (insert shameless plug for new novel here). Now that the manuscript is off to the editor, it should be time to send the ARC to beta readers. Notice me rushing off to do that? No? That’s because I no longer use beta readers. Oh, the shame! Who the hell do I think I am not using beta readers?!?

I could go into a long background story of all the mistakes I’ve made with beta readers and even the heartbreaking story of losing a good friend over it all, but I’m just going to get to the heart of the matter.

 

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Reasons I don’t use Beta Readers:

Timing. In order to plan my book marketing properly, there is a two-month gap between the time I finish the novel and it goes to the…

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Different Germs, Same Problems

There is no denying it: we are in the midst of a pandemic. Covid-19 has impacted every person in every country in some way or another: wedding plans need to change, holidays cancelled, workplaces need to implement different practices—and buying some products has become an adventure due to the hoarding practices of others. While on... Continue Reading →

My first solo publication!

I can't believe it: I've finally published a story on my own! I've wanted to 'get myself out there' in my own right for a while now. Don't get me wrong: I love being part of anthologies and will continue to do that. But I also wanted to be an author publishing in my own... Continue Reading →

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