Rushing ~ I Wasted Time and Drive

I so wanted to get my work out that I took short cuts and destroyed my novel openings. Joined a Beta reading group, while I was devastated over the reviews, I did learn some valueable lessons. 

  1. Never take it for granted that your work has been corrected. I trusted a couple of people to format and proof read my work. I got comforatable leaving my success to others and it costed be big time.  So I pulled all my novels down and decided to re-read them again myself. Was I that retarded in writing 4 drafts with language that was so confusing ~ I felt as though someone else wrote the work? After re-reading the novel twice and reading the reviews left by my peers,  I threw it across the table and didn’t look at the computer for three weeks.

Waking up at three in the morning, I gathered the pages placed them in order and brewed a pot of coffee. One of the few time in my life when I so wanted a cig ~ chewed 4 sticks of gum instead and pulled out my 300 soundcloud House Music saved likes and played it. Sorry neighbors. Reading my novel out loud. I’ve made my own corrections thanks to ProWritingAd ~ I know Grammely is the rave, but to me it’s a pain in the ass. So this time once I’m finish I do know of a great formatter and I’m going to replace my works on Amazon and Goodreads. Being bold and resubmit my piece to the same beta reading group. Hiopefull, the reviews will be different. 

Vol. 3 Phase 1 Completed

My-ro-na!! The first draft of You Can’t Have Us ~ Grace from the Dead Silent Voices Series: Vol. 3, is finally finished. As of 3:14 PM Thursday March 22, 2018. My fingers are so tight and numb, I’ve been here today on the computer since 6 A.M. this morning. One cup of Chocolate Raspberry Coffee and a Blueberry Muffin.  I’m starved and need to move my poor stiff body. Thank goodness for Sound-cloud and my 532 saved House Music favorites. 

Now that I’m over this hurdle, I’ll work on gathering some images and send those to my book-cover creator. Proofreading and editing will be done by me this time around using ProWritingAid. So bear with me as I get working on that next week.  Since this is finishing up, I’m think about either a sequel to Under My Umbrella or something a little more racy, for me anyway. Always wanted to try my hand at an Adult Novella.  

Right now, I’m taking some time out for myself re-decorating my studio, knitting a sweater for next winter, quilting two pillowcases for my jumbo body pillow and giving support to my fellow writers at Voracious Readers Only. So much to do and never enough time to do everything, considering a schedule guide where I just focus on one outside  activity a day. 

In the meantime, don’t forget to look for me on Amazon, Smashword and B&N under this  name T. Otelia Scriber.

Thank you,

Otelia

What is an ISBN?

isbn If you are publishing a novel or any written work , you might be asking yourself what is an ISBN and do you need one. Until recently most writer’s never had to worry about this publishing responsibility your brick and mortar publishing company took care of this. Now, if you’re a self publisher, you might be able to publish your masterpiece without one. E-Books published under Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble will provide you with a ISBN, they become your publishers ~ your work is still your own. 

  • ISBN = International Standard Book Number
  • it’s a 13 digit number (It used to be 10.)
  • it’s printed on the copyright page
  • The ISBN identifies the title and edition of a book and the publisher to be contacted for ordering the book
  • each edition or format of a book gets its own ISBN
  • Who buys the ISBN?  The publisher.

If you plan on printing a hard copy physical book then you MUST purchase an ISBN code. Bookstores track books solely by their ISBNs.  If you’re selling your printed book on your own website without the benefit of submitting to stores or libraries or with wholesalers, it’s not required.

You may buy ISBNs one at a time or in quantity from Bowker. In the U.S., one ISBN costs $125. Larger orders get a discount, so if you’re certain you’ll be self-publishing at least two books (or two formats of the same book), then you may want to purchase ten ISBNs for $295 and use the rest later. (Sorry, once assigned, ISBNs are non-transferable.)

International ISBN

Australia

United Kingdom

Canadian  {when last checked ISBN were free}

ISBN Fields of Information

isbn_detail For more updated information please visit Here

If you self-publish and plan to sell print versions, you may want a bar-code on the cover as few book merchants actually read the ISBN numbers anymore, they scan them. You can turn a number into a bar-code for $25.

T. Otelia

Need Reviews for Your Written Works?

Every person that uses electronic marketing needs exposure for their business, their novels, their ideas. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to just place something on the Web and hope that it’s going to get discovered.  Marketing on the Web is harder than a brick and mortar business and triple harder for upcoming writers.

Yes, we can self publish our work, but we also need readers, clients that might want to purchase our work. We need EXPOSURE in order for that to happen. Why should I be bothered to read or consider your novel when I readily enjoy Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon or Michael Peterson? Who are you?

I was contacted by and organization an I love their concept. Please note this might not be for everyone, but it works for me. Welcome to the Voracious Readers Only List!

I’m skeptical of emails from unknown addresses and 9 times out of 10, I automatically delete. Not time to read and not interested. This caught my eye and peaked my interest. In a nutshell sign up to be a Beta Reader for other authors in your genre, review them Amazon, Goodreads, Smashword, Nook and submit a completed work that you don’t mind giving free samples of.  Get your own work reviewed by others.  Not only do you get reviews of your novel, but you might also get a sale if they enjoy it enough to want to keep a copy. I have submitted two of my works so far. 

Who doesn’t enjoy getting new ebooks for FREE to read?

I’m not soliciting any affiliate program. I’m getting getting any perps for suggesting this. As one new author to many merely suggesting this might work for you. It’s worth a try.

T. Oetlia Scriber

Novella ~ Who?

It wasn’t until I began writing professionally that I discovered there was a difference between short stories and novels. So, now that I had the difference between those two down pact, the literary world decided to throw in terms like novellas and novelettes.

Novellas and Novelettes are not common, but the differences are still important and worthy to be mentioned.

Flash Fiction

The briefest of short short stories ranging from 53 – 1000 words. These literary works became the norm @ the year 2000. You can read Monster,” by Michael Czyzniejewski.

Short Story

Traditional short stories are readings that a person could finish in one day. The word count for short stories range up to 3,500 words, but no more than 7,500 words. The theme of these works usually center on a single plot, one main character and is told in either single person or third person narrative style depending upon the author. Short stories do not as a rule involve multi-plots or major twist and conflicts.

Novelette

New writing contender in the literary world. As the name implies this form of writing focused around romantic or semtimental themes and characters. Because of the fact that they are short and brief in their telling the catergory will have several volumes centering upon a central theme. The word count for a single writing can range from 7,500 words to 17,500 words.

  • Gordon R Dickson ~ The Cloak and the Staff
  • Conn Iggulden ~ Blackwater

Novellas

Novellas have been around since the 1300’s but did not become famous enough to make any type of writing impact until the eighteenth century. They were considered to be in the genre of the short novel or the long short story. You might remember the movie A Clockwork Orange which was written by Anthony Burgess. This is just one famous example of a novella, another example of the form of fiction would be The Metamorphosis by Kafka. 

Novellas can range from 17,500 words to 40,000. Looking for complicated plots, twist, conflicts, involving more than one character ~ bring it on. It will have more content than the flash fiction, short story and novelette, but less than the novel. Full blown up storyline. You can still read these written works within one day. You can still have volumes attached to this form of writing the works are usually broken up into time periods.

Novels

Readers get your reading fix here: 40,000 to 120,000 words. Science fiction, fantasy and horror can touch as high as a 1,250,000 word count. Consider this the written work of a movie production. Several characters, intricate plots and sub-plots, minor and major characters, time travel over a period of days, months and / or years. The writer addressing character growth issues, morals, judgments, personal situations, disappointments and victories. Some authors you might recognize:

Interview with an Editor

Attended a writer’s convention in December 2017, and had the pleasure to interview one of the Guest Speakers ~ Mr. Patrick, who was speaking about the Benefits of the Writing.

THE BENEFIT OF WRITING

It is likely that most adults do not give much thought to the writing that they do – in terms of the amount of text produced, quality of the written work, or the variety of writing tasks in which they engage.

Typically, writing in everyday life tends to be performed for either the mundane tasks of personal and household management – shopping lists, phone messages, reminder notes to the kids – or for work-related tasks, such as inter-office memos, sales reports, or personnel evaluations.

Writing using a computer or smart phone is increasingly common with the spread of technology into all aspects of modern life, although there are generational and demographic differences in the practice of using a computer for writing.

A recent study found that younger, better educated, and employed US adults spent more time writing with computers, while older, less educated, and non-working persons spent more time writing using paper. While the variety of writing tasks adults engage in might be thought of as essential to work and home life, many everyday writing tasks probably contribute little to the overall quality of individuals’ intellectual and emotional lives.

Of course, a significant number of adults engage in extensive and meaningful writing tasks. The most obvious examples are professional writers – journalists, book and short story authors, poets, and essayists, opinion columnists, college professors. The products of their work can be said to contribute to society in important ways: Inspiring and entertaining readers, reporting and analyzing significant political, cultural, and world events, critiquing government officials’ actions, educating children, youth, and adults. Of course, one need not be a professional writer to obtain benefits from writing or to share what they know and think with others.

Even some nonprofessional writers may be prolific, daily writers. Although extended letter writing is less common today, given the ease of text messaging and email for instant communication, some adults remain devoted and adept letter writers

The ubiquity of writing in everyday life raises the question of how – and how much – writing contributes to individuals’ intellectual and emotional development. Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of reading, but much less scholarly attention has been devoted to the personal outcomes that derive from writing.

What advantages does writing afford to individuals? How does writing contribute to the development and maintenance of one’s thinking abilities? And, how does writing contribute to emotional well being

  1. Writing Can Help You Think

Writing is necessary to help the human mind achieve its full potential. Writing, for example, allows the writer to concretize abstract ideas and to “connect the dots in their knowledge. Particular kinds of writing tasks may, indeed, be beneficial to intellectual vitality, creativity, and thinking abilities. A study found, for example, that when adults write about significant life events their memory for such events is improved.

Writing enables the external storage of information that can be represented symbolically (e.g., letters, numbers, words, formulas drawings) and which can then be analyzed, critiqued, reproduced, and transformed, among other potential actions.

  1. Writing Might be Beneficial to Cognitive Skills

Writing enables the external storage of information that can be represented symbolically (e.g., letters, numbers, words, formulas drawings) and which can then be analyzed, critiqued, reproduced, and transformed, among other potential actions. Writing might be beneficial to cognitive skills because it requires focusing of attention, planning and forethought, organization of one’s thinking, and reflective thought, among other abilities – thereby sharpening these skills through practice and reinforcement.

  1. Writing Can Help You Feel Good

James Pennebaker, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Texas-Austin has undertaken a series of investigations into the benefits of writing, including its ability to heal emotional wounds.

Short-term, focused writing can, benefit anyone who is dealing with terminal illness, victims of violent crime, or new college students struggling with the transition from high school.

Egyptian Feast ~ Silent Voices Series Vol. 3

Recipes found in Vol. 3 Silent Voices Series ~ You Can’t Have Us ~ Grace from the Dead

Kabab wa kofta (Grilled meats): Veal/Lamb

4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound ground lamb
3 tablespoons grated onion
Onions Yellow/Brown
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
28 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

  • Mash the garlic into a paste with the salt using a mortar and pestle or the flat side of a chef’s knife on your cutting board. Mix the garlic into the lamb along with the onion, parsley, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, allspice, cayenne pepper, ginger, and pepper in a mixing bowl until well blended. Form the mixture into 28 balls. Form each ball around the tip of a skewer, flattening into a 2-inch oval; repeat with the remaining skewers.
  • Place the kebabs on a baking sheet, cover, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat, and lightly oil grate. Or line oven rack with aluminum foil spray with Pam and arrange skewers 
  • Cook the skewers on the preheated grill, turning occasionally, until the lamb has cooked to your desired degree of doneness, about 6 minutes for medium.

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Baladi Bread

MAKES 16 BREAD pieces: 35 MINUTES

1 tbsp. active dry yeast
2 1⁄2 cups water, heated to 105º
5 cups whole-wheat flour, plus more for dusting
1 tbsp. kosher salt
1 tbsp. vegetable oil, plus more for greasing
Cracked wheat bran for proofing, optional

  • In a large bowl, whisk the yeast with the water and let stand until foamy, 10 minutes. Add 2 1⁄2 cups of the whole-wheat flour and stir until smooth. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Uncover the dough and, using your hand, stir the salt and oil into the dough and then add the remaining 2 1⁄2 cups whole-wheat flour and mix until the dough comes together. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place the dough in a large bowl greased with oil and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand until doubled in size, about 1 1⁄2 hours.
  • Place a baking stone on a rack in the oven and heat the oven to 500° for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, punch the dough down and divide into 16 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and then flatten into a 5-inch circle. Lightly sprinkle the cracked wheat bran, if using, or more whole-wheat flour over 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Divide the dough circles between the baking sheets and loosely cover with a kitchen towel. Let stand until slightly puffed, about 30 minutes.
  • Working in batches, place the dough circles on the hot baking stone, spaced 2 inches apart, and bake until puffed and lightly charred in spots, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the pieces of bread to a rack and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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Sahlab Drink

Serves: 4 cups

1 sachet of sahlab powder
2 cups of water
2 cups of milk

  • In a medium pot, on a medium heat add water and sahlab powder.
    stir occasionally, and when it near boiling, lower the heat and keep stirring, until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Serve immediately and add your favorite topping.
  • Refrigerate any leftovers.

The amount is enough for 4 small cups or 2 full mugs.

Optional:
1 tsp of rose water
Toppings:
Ground cinnamon, grated coconut, raisins, ground pistachio, almonds, honey.

 

Enjoy,

Otelia