#WeeklyWritables Challenge

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Good morning, writers, readers, bloggers & all around mischief makers!

One of my biggest goals for 2019 is to get back into the habit of blogging more regularly, but after being on WP since 2013, finding fresh and original content can be quite difficult. I used to participate in the Daily Prompt hosted by WP, but I’m no longer in the position to do that. I need to schedule my post in advance by at least 24 hours. I know I can’t be alone in this, so I’ve come up with an idea that I hope will eventually catch on:

I’m launching a weekly writing challenge called #WeeklyWritables starting today. Every Tuesday morning I will post a random word and anyone who’d like to join in will have until Thursday to publish their work.

The rules are simple:

  1. Your post must contain the random word at least once (using it for your pingback is probably the most familiar practice for anyone who’s ever done the Daily Prompts)
  2. Short stories, flash fiction, poems, WIP excerpts, and real life experiences are welcome
  3. Please no song lyrics, unless you wrote them yourself – there are already so many music challenges out there, I’d really like this one to be all about creative writing

That’s it! There are no restrictions on length, you can make it as long or short as you want, this is all about feeding your creative energy! You’re free to use the graphic I’ve created for my posts or you can create your own. And if you do participate please don’t forget to leave a pingback so I can find your post and read it. I don’t expect this to be an overnight success, but do hope you’ll join in if/when you can!

The #WeeklyWritables word for this Thursday is: Hustle

Important Changes

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve had to put a small delay on the tours for my upcoming novella, Avarice. Apparently, I got a little overzealous and tried to bite off more than I can chew – hopefully that’s a common side affect of being a first time Indie and not just me! 😀

Here are the new dates:

Avarice Cover RevealJuly 14th changed to August 5th

Avarice Release Day BlitzAugust 1st changed to August 22nd

If you were one of the awesome people that signed up to host these tours, hopefully Once Upon an Alpha has or will soon send out a new schedule for you. If not, make sure to re-mark your calendars for the new dates, so you can join in the fun!

What movie was this quote read aloud in? (No cheating!) “You may chain my hands, you may shackle my feet; you may even throw me into a dark prison; but you shall not enslave my thinking, because it is free!” – Kahlil Gibran

Feeling Jazzy Redux

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He Was

He was rickety jazz
Blue smoke haze
Disjointed hips
Bohemian brimmed Fedora
Finger slide phantasm
The bilateral conjecture
Dissipates

My memory knew him
Passion burnt night
Paradoxical lingo
Bracketed bourbon smile
Sultry spotlight specter
The billowing curtain
Lingers…

…He was rickety jazz

~A.C.M.

Have a great weekend all!

Winters Deep

(an Ode to Yule) Yule2Dry the berries and pop the corn
There’s boughs of Pine hung to adorn
In darkening days and snow felled form
Melted candles and hearths doth warm

The harvest is stored and meat be cured
Our long laboring days have granted award
Of Holiday so loving and blessedly shared
We forgive of our foes, wrongs they once dared

Traditions have passed from eldest to young
In tales ne’er told, but carols doth sung
How the Mother she slumbers in Winters Deep
While legendary brothers sentry her keep

One golden Oak and one sable Holly
These fabled Kings are not for folly
For twice a wheel, the Solstice doth come
The fate of seasons can crown only one

‘Round trees of presents and Yule logs bright
From elder’s mouths for childrens delight
The battle unravels, on this longest of nights
As they cheer for a victor who’ll hasten the light

~A.C.M.

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New Year Makeover!

Hi! Welcome to the new blog, what do you think?

January is right around the corner and I thought “What a good time to totally jazz up the old blog!” I’m really liking it, myself. Been here since October of 2013 with the same theme, which I still have, but never really poked around too much to see what personal touches I could put in place.

Of course, for all of us still using WordPress for free, we’re already aware of the limitations on our ability to really spruce up a blog without forking out the yearly subscription cost. I’m an author not a day trader, but I was also really, really bored with the white walls, if you know what I mean! So I got nerdy and checked into it and Wallah! Turns out WP does have certain free themes that allow just enough wiggle room to put up some new wallpaper and curtains. 😉

I lucked out already having one of those themes. I really like the layout and cringed at the idea of having to shop for a new one. With the New Year looming ahead, I’ve also decided it was time to get a little more organized. I’ve updated all of those nifty pages there on the menu bar. Added quick links to my poems, since… you know, I’m not a poet.

Unfortunately, I’ve also been going through and deleting old posts regarding my unpublished works – for future publication purposes – so there’s a little bit of construction still going on. Or maybe it’s just remodeling? Redecorating! Yeah, I like that better.

Just out of curiosity, what would you change about your blog if you had complete design control? Let me know if you do make any, and I’ll be sure to come check it out!

Happy Tuesday

He Was

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© 2014 A.C. Melody

He was rickety jazz
Blue smoke haze
Disjointed hips
Bohemian brimmed Fedora
Finger slide phantasm
The bilateral conjecture
Dissipates

My memory knew him
Passion burnt night
Paradoxical lingo
Bracketed bourbon smile
Sultry spotlight specter
The billowing curtain
Lingers…

…He was rickety jazz

~A.C.M.

The Downside of Blogging

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Recently, I’ve been looking around at magazines to possibly submit my poems and/or chapter series.  Only, I’m learning that I can’t.  Admittedly, I’ve kept myself in the dark, by not researching enough when it comes to the ever-changing rules of publishing – And I guess I failed to recognize that anything I post on my blog is now considered “Published.”

Why does that matter?

Because, no one wants previously published work submitted to them.  That includes from your own personal blog, or any other place online with the (possible) exception of critiquing group forums.

How could you not know that already?

In a way, I Publishing-Contract1did.  I first read the legal jargon about not having my work previously on the internet in my contract for The Zen Lounge.  Luckily, I hadn’t found the addicting world of WordPress before my publisher took an interest and everything you’ve seen here regarding that book has been pre-approved by them.  But, what about all of the other story bits and poems I’ve posted since my arrival to WP last October?

Apparently, excerpts of books are in a gray area where publishers might still be willing to accept submission.  It’s only ‘complete’ works that are pretty much a solid: “No Way! No How! No Exceptions!”  I suppose that would include poems, since they are, in and of themselves, complete works.

Does this mean that blogging has forced the hand of writers to self-publish?  The rise in Indie authors is difficult to ignore and while I can understand the appeal, I never considered it would be my only option, simply because I blog.  Sure, I could stop posting poems or bits and pieces of my books, I could stop talking about my characters or using my own work when discussing various styles – but then what is the point in having this blog?  It’s my author blog!  It’s under my pseudonym!  That would be like a chef having a blog, and never once posting about cooking or baking.  A fashionista who writes about politics, rather than the latest gossip out of Parsons.  manuscript

And while I understand the reasons behind these fluctuating rules – I don’t like the fact that I have to hold back, be careful about what I post just in case I might – someday – want to submit it to a magazine or publisher.  Nor am I too crazy about the fact that now all of these works already posted on my blog are considered useless in the eyes of the literary authorities; sterile.  Cut down before their time and the only way they’ll ever reach actual Bookdom is if I self-publish.

Yes, I said it.  Bookdom.

Personally, I don’t think anything should be considered a ‘published work’ unless said author is actually getting compensated for it, but that opens a whole new arena of technicalities that publishers simply don’t want to tangle with – and I can begrudgingly sympathize with that.  So, for myself and all the other unsure or beginning writers out there – be aware and be cautious of what you blog,  unless you’re already planning on going Indie or have one of those rare publishers that doesn’t mind ‘reprints.’