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Title Advice?

I just completed, as near as I can tell, my first book: a collection stories disguised as a novel. I do currently have a working title that I was initially happy with, BUT it may now be too obscure or inapplicable.

The title as it is now is "The Psalterdemalion." This is a combination of two of my favorite words: Psalter, which is a small book of psalms, and Tatterdemalion, which is a man dressed in multicolored rags and tatters. My thinking was that the man character, a story thief,…

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Added by Daniel Hale on December 14, 2015 at 18:29 — No Comments

A Memory Resides In Soho

A Memory Resides In Soho

On the 1st August 2015 a special night had arrived for seventy-five year old Robert Harris and his seventy-two year old wife Barbara.  Robert was nattily dressed in a blue suit and Barbara looked elegant in a long flowing…

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Added by Ronnie Capaldi on November 24, 2015 at 21:06 — No Comments

Final Stretch for my First Project

So I've got my stories together for my first collection, and am currently working on the connecting narrative. I haven't even thought yet how I'm gonna get this published. Gotta start thinking what I need to do. 

Added by Daniel Hale on November 16, 2015 at 2:41 — No Comments

Premonition

Premonition

Mark stood on a sea cliff top. A wave below roared in and sprayed out a ferocious impact. Its retreat left a glistening carpet of foamy shale. To his left, a slender figured girl appeared, dressed only in a skimpy black nightie. Her blonde…

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Added by Ronnie Capaldi on November 12, 2015 at 17:40 — No Comments

Horror Story Ideas

I'm consistently humbled by the creepypasta movement online. Marble Hornets, Dogscape, Candle Cove, Dionaea House...stories I never would have thought of, concepts beyond anything I could dream  even after an entire of binge drinking coffee and trawling the darker corners of YouTube.

Is anyone else familiar with these? If so, what do you think it takes to create a truly unique horror concept? Something with the flavors of Lovecraft, yet grounded in a modern human experience? House of…

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Added by Daniel Hale on September 20, 2015 at 18:03 — No Comments

A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park

 

 

Almondell, the oasis in a sea of concrete

Ecosystems for all walks of life

Where ancient and contemporary meld

And nature blends with man

 

A tapestry of green, woven skilfully by Mother nature

Giant redwoods, to miniature Monkey puzzles

Feeding frenzies at the feeder

Buzzards circling on the thermals

Children screaming with ecstasy

All kinds of life are…

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Added by Mary Chandler on August 23, 2015 at 10:07 — No Comments

Backhanded Comments from Friends and Family

Recently, I had my second round at the Writer's Arena, and made a greater effort than previously to tell my friends and family about it. More than once, I heard this:



"I'll vote for your story, but I won't read it."

That kinda stung, not gonna lie. The contest doesn't matter to me if I can't even rely on my friends and family to read my stuff and give me their honest opinions. I'd rather they just said they wouldn't vote at all.

What do you think? Do you ever have a…

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Added by Daniel Hale on June 28, 2015 at 2:48 — 2 Comments

FREE Novel this weekend

FREE this weekend

Part I of the Botolf Chronicles

Cosmogonic Marbles (e-book format)

“Milliganesque absurdities pile on just recognisable (and very clever) feasibilities.”  Amazon Review 

UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cosmogonic-Marbles-Botolf-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00E2SB1P4

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Added by Steve Downes on June 12, 2015 at 12:02 — No Comments

Cosmogonic Marbles in print

“For lovers of authors such as Tom Holt, Rankin and Walter Moers, this trans-dimensional journey is a winner.” 5 Star Review Amazon

Cosmogonic Marbles, Book I of the Botolf Chronicles, available in Print and E-book.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cosmogonic-Marbles-Part-Botolf-Chronicles/dp/1511907193…

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Added by Steve Downes on May 13, 2015 at 14:15 — No Comments

NEW Print Title

Cosmogonic Marbles

Part I of the Botolf Chronicles is now available IN PRINT

so now you can use the book as a doorstop, a flyswatter, a basis to start a new religion or even (at a push) something to read 

#comedy #fantasy #novels

Amazon UK £7.50

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cosmogonic-Marbles-Part-Botolf-Chronicles/dp/1511907193

Amazon.com…

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Added by Steve Downes on May 6, 2015 at 13:37 — No Comments

Stuck for Ideas in an Anthology

I've just started my third attempt for a story to submit to an anthology and I'm already having misgivings again. This one is tricky, because it refers to a work in the public domain and I dunno how they'd feel about that. Sent an email to ask. Nothing so far.

Should I continue this for now? Or maybe try for something else? 

Added by Daniel Hale on April 26, 2015 at 5:50 — No Comments

Books On Sale

April Book Sale, All Pagan Publications books are reduced to minimum price for this week only

£0.99 / $1.48

4 Authors and 7 title to choose from with more titles coming soon …

Cosmogonic Marbles

http://www.amazon.com/Cosmogonic-Marbles-Botolf-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00E2SB1P4

 

Temporal Tome…

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Added by Steve Downes on April 21, 2015 at 9:56 — No Comments

March and April Competition

Hi, we've now been able to catch up with our March entries and everyone should now have a reply. We're also delaying the March announcement until Sunday 26 April. Apologies for the delay. Keep writing!!

Added by Jem (Admin) on April 19, 2015 at 16:13 — No Comments

New Poetry Collection

NEW Release #Poetry from Misplaced Places

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Poetry-MisPlaced-Places-Steve-Downes-ebook/dp/B00VK2FATS

Added by Steve Downes on April 3, 2015 at 10:05 — No Comments

FREE Poetry Book

Have a…

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Added by Steve Downes on March 27, 2015 at 8:57 — No Comments

New Book

NEW from Pagan Publications Ireland:  Land of Lies by Cal Murphy available on all Amazon Book Stores Today #novel

Writer, Cal Murphy, touches down at LAX. His Marine pal, Johnny Kensow, picks him up and the two drink themselves into the following week. For this week and two more, Cal obsessively documents his day-to-day happenings as well as the criticisms, insights, and hallucinations that come with them.

With an endgame in sight and a meantime for degeneracy and brilliance,…

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Added by Steve Downes on March 23, 2015 at 8:32 — No Comments

Is There Still a Market for Short Story Collections?

One day, I know, I shall start work on a proper novel. But I've been doing the short story thing, partly because I enjoy it, and partly because Bradbury recommended it as a the best exercise for finding ideas and keeping a hand in storytelling. And speaking of Bradbury, I have ideas for story collections that I want to put together in a way that works as a narrative, not just a hodgepodge collection.

I know the market has changed immensely with the Internet; there's still places for…

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Added by Daniel Hale on March 16, 2015 at 2:28 — No Comments

The Botolf Chronicles

One of the Positions you could apply for at Botolf-Almost-Oxford ….

 

Interim Professor of Greek Illogical Thought

 

From the Botolf Chronicles by Steve Downes

 

Cosmogonic Marbles

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cosmogonic-Marbles-Botolf-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00E2SB1P4

 

Temporal Tome…

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Added by Steve Downes on March 13, 2015 at 16:09 — No Comments

Grrrr Synopsis

So happy to have finally finished editing my YA Scifi novel but, my god!  Writing the synopsis to send out to agents is like wringing the life out of a beloved pet.

Added by Misinformed Poet on March 12, 2015 at 17:45 — No Comments

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Who Do You Show Your Stories To?

Started by Daniel Hale in Sample Title. Last reply by Mary Chandler Nov 9, 2015. 3 Replies

I'm still working at the story-a-week thing, and keeping up with it so far. One thing I'm wondering is who I should show them to to get feedback. Some of these I want to put in the novel/collection…Continue

A Formatting Question-- How would you...?

Started by Angie_Fayre in Uncategorized Sep 2, 2015. 0 Replies

Okay, I know that there are about 3 instances where you'd regularly use italics in fiction: showing foreign/made-up goblidigoober words, "indicating mental thoughts" and putting stress on words being…Continue

Publishing Percentages!

Started by Naomi Rawle in Sample Title. Last reply by Gia Lee Jul 19, 2015. 3 Replies

Do you send everything you complete off for publication? What's your written/submitted ratio like? What do you consider a successful percentage? Or do you go for quality over quantity! (I mean…Continue

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New works: published and otherwise.

Started by Zachary T. Owen in Sample Title. Last reply by Naomi Rawle Mar 27, 2015. 4 Replies

What stories/books/poems/novels have you recently completed or had published?I'll go first:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDvvPFBisAA^This…Continue

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Title Advice?

Posted by Daniel Hale on December 14, 2015 at 18:29 0 Comments

I just completed, as near as I can tell, my first book: a collection stories disguised as a novel. I do currently have a working title that I was initially happy with, BUT it may now be too obscure or inapplicable.

The title as it is now is "The Psalterdemalion." This is a combination of two of my favorite words: Psalter, which is a small book of psalms, and Tatterdemalion, which is a man dressed in multicolored rags and tatters. My thinking was that the man character, a story thief,…

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A Memory Resides In Soho

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 24, 2015 at 21:06 0 Comments

A Memory Resides In Soho

On the 1st August 2015 a special night had arrived for seventy-five year old Robert Harris and his seventy-two year old wife Barbara.  Robert was nattily dressed in a blue suit and Barbara looked elegant in a long flowing…

Continue

Final Stretch for my First Project

Posted by Daniel Hale on November 16, 2015 at 2:41 0 Comments

So I've got my stories together for my first collection, and am currently working on the connecting narrative. I haven't even thought yet how I'm gonna get this published. Gotta start thinking what I need to do. 

Premonition

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 12, 2015 at 17:40 0 Comments

Premonition

Mark stood on a sea cliff top. A wave below roared in and sprayed out a ferocious impact. Its retreat left a glistening carpet of foamy shale. To his left, a slender figured girl appeared, dressed only in a skimpy black nightie. Her blonde…

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