For your listening enjoyment on this fine Wednesday.
Hodderscape recently published an infographic summarizing Stephen King’s tips on writing from his On Writing.
Good stuff. For me, the most important are:
* Start your concept with a what-if question
* Respect the reader’s imagination in your descriptions
* Character comes first
* Don’t chase an objective standard of quality but instead write to satisfy a real or imagination Ideal Reader
Geek Syndicate reviewed Children of God, writing:
“Sometimes … the written word can bring the reader or writer closer to their own vulnerability and pain, their own soft center that is rarely breached by the mundanity of everyday life. Children of God is one such book, a book that takes the reader into the thoughts and emotional states of some cult members, people who turned to the written word as a way to come to terms with the ordeal they went through, when the end of the world didn’t come, and events took a brutal turn …
“Children of God is an emotive look at the inner-workings of people who have come through a traumatic event, one that is expressed in their own words and feelings. As a consequence, it doesn’t make for pleasant reading, but once you come out on the other side of the last page, you will almost certainly have felt moved by at least one poem inside, whatever your religious beliefs, or lack thereof.”
Thank you for reviewing Children of God, Geek Syndicate!
Read the review here.
Around 800 AD, the Maya civilization in Central America collapsed, mostly likely due to climate change caused by volcanic eruptions. Nobody knew where they went, so it was theorized they died out.
When Maya ruins were first discovered by Europeans in the 1800s, many immediately saw cultural similarities between them and North American natives. But no evidence of a migration.
Ruins discovered in Georgia suggest a possible connection between the Maya and the natives of the Southeastern United States. The ruins align with Maya building practices and suggest the Maya middle and lower classes migrated north to escape the drought. They build towns and eventually became absorbed into local societies.
It’s an intriguing and controversial theory. Learn more here at MysteriousEarth.net.
In Romania, police are investigating a vampire slaying in a village. The family of a dead man, whom they believed had become a vampire, dug him up, tore out his heart, burned it to ashes, mixed it with water, and drank it.
According to legend, vampires like to prey on their families. The family contends they are following tradition and beliefs to protect themselves. The police contend vampires aren’t real and digging up and destroying deceased relations is illegal.
The case offers interesting insight into vampire lore in Romania. Men in the village stated:
* They learned vampire slaying when they were very young
* Many had a vampire and vampire victims in their family histories
* Causes of vampirism include dying before baptism and black cats jumping over your coffin
* Vampires can be seen in mirrors and are not warded off by crosses or garlic
* If a family member gets sick shortly after another family member dies, their blood is being drained each night
* Two ways to kill a vampire–cut out the heart and burn it (it will squeak and try to escape, so pin it with a wooden stake), the other is to pierce the bellybutton before it rises to feed
Learn more here.
The popular CRASH DIVE series, previously available for Kindle, is now available in trade paperback and audiobook!
The audiobook is narrated by none other than the great RC Bray.
Learn more about CRASH DIVE and your options here.
Learn more about SILENT RUNNING and your options here.
The third book in the series, BATTLE STATIONS, is now available for pre-order here. The Kindle book will be released October 28, 2016. The paperback and audio versions will follow shortly afterwards.
Thank you for reading!