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January 2014 Blog Posts (26)

Sacrifice

"Well, I used to be a god," he replied.



She stared at him, skeptically.



"Really."



"Like a rock star?"



"Like fire and brimstone."



She leaned back from the intimate dinner table and took a drink of wine, studying him solemnly.



"It's true."



"Would people kneel at your feet and worship you?"



"Occasionally."



"What was it like?"



He thought for a moment. "Empowering. I miss… Continue

Added by TheCalebG on January 29, 2014 at 4:08 — 2 Comments

A History of Dremlad

((The story here is this: I needed a main villain for a series of short story ideas I'm working on and decided on a folktale that was known but not so overly used that I couldn't put my own spin on it.  It's not much, but I hope it's at least interesting and makes sense.  Also let me know if it feels cliche?))

Long long ago, in a place before time was measured, there lived two brothers: Sandan and Bogeyn. Sandan and Bogeyn were both given equal reign over the night land,…

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Added by Angie_Fayre on January 28, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

Shadows & Dominions Chapter Six

WarWorld

Shadows & Dominions Chapter Six now posted, kindly share

 

http://www.wattpad.com/36757173-shadows-%26-dominions-warworld-warworld-shadows-%26…

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Added by Steve Downes on January 27, 2014 at 12:01 — No Comments

Starting a writing prompts group?

For a while I've had the idea starting a writing prompts page/group but I have no idea if anyone is interested in this. 

I've done a number of prompts before and in my opinion they are really helpful. Specifically one, which involved a weekly prompt where a author reviewed the works and gave her feedback. (shame it's no longer running) Not only did this improve my writing considerably I also gained numerous story ideas.

I want to do something similar but I need to know if…

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Added by Pim Spierenburg on January 26, 2014 at 18:15 — 5 Comments

something for the weekend

24th Jan to 26th Jan 2014

3 day Promo. Cosmogonic Marbles set at minimum price for three days, something to brighten your weekend ..

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

 

Added by Steve Downes on January 24, 2014 at 9:20 — No Comments

How To Join The Library Beneath The Streets

So I've been working on this the past few days, and sent it to a friend. She told me unequivocally that it wasn't great and should be scrapped. Now obviously I'm biased towards my own work in that I think everything I write is shite. But I also know that the very last person you ask for an opinion about the story is the guy who wrote it. So do me a favor and read this, guys. Tell me what you think. Let me know if there is anything in here worth salvaging. 

The first step is easy: buy…

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Added by Daniel Hale on January 21, 2014 at 0:19 — 2 Comments

New Chapter added

Chapter five of Shadows & Dominions now available to read on following sites



Wattpad

http://www.wattpad.com/36037160-shadows-%26-dominions-warworld-warworld-shadows-%26



Figment …

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Added by Steve Downes on January 20, 2014 at 12:35 — 1 Comment

See Me (Short Story By Matthew Milam)

Sarah. I'm calling you that because I don't know your name. In fact this is even crazy that I would even give a woman a name. Listen to this! I'm actually using a word like woman to describe a bitch I met at the club last night who had her thong sticking out and clearly was looking for some action after grinding up all over me.

I'm kissing you really really slow. I'm thinking, "Let the draws down, dumbass.", but my hands won't let me go there. I stop kissing Sarah and I just start…

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Added by Matthew Milam on January 19, 2014 at 17:13 — 4 Comments

'Writer's Block' ebook

My award-winning story "Writer's Block" by M.P. Witwer is a top pick among short stories on Amazon—and it's free! 

http://www.amazon.com/Writers-Block-M-P-Witwer-ebook/dp/B00FXEAJCM/

Also available in other ebook formats. Download links are at …

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Added by Maggie Rascal on January 19, 2014 at 7:02 — No Comments

Twitter #FF

Twitter #FF good folks to follow @writer_s_downes

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Added by Steve Downes on January 17, 2014 at 13:52 — No Comments

just trying to figure out how to use my page

wonder if this posted?

Added by Tovli Simiryan on January 16, 2014 at 15:44 — 1 Comment

Shadows & Dominions

Chapter 4 of Shadows and Dominions now posted ...

 

Wattpad

http://www.wattpad.com/35381299-shadows-%26-dominions-warworld-warworld-shadows-%26

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Figment…

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Added by Steve Downes on January 13, 2014 at 14:18 — No Comments

When darkness falls

I think I'm coming out of the darkest period of depression I've had in years. Luckily, it was short lived, although it killed off any enthusiasm I had for the current WIP.



I don't write to be published. I'm far too shy to expose myself in that way, too terrified to be vulnerable and have the words ripped to shreds and dreams shattered. I write for myself. I write because I enjoy reading what I've written. I write because I love it and I love my characters and ideas. They make me feel… Continue

Added by Chrissie M on January 13, 2014 at 0:09 — 4 Comments

Made it through the day found a cool site in my favorites.

Don't know how it got there, but its there.  Check it out. http://www.patronquo.com/page/1/

Added by John A. Nau on January 11, 2014 at 3:50 — No Comments

Who?

Who is this Steve Downes guy anyway?


http://stevedownesauthor.webs.com/

Added by Steve Downes on January 10, 2014 at 14:23 — No Comments

Hello, all.  Cool site.  Love to submit.  Hoping to win as well.  I hope all who dream of having many hear their words get the chance, and publish, publish, publish. Everyone one of us should build …

Hello, all.  Cool site.  Love to submit.  Hoping to win as well.  I hope all who dream of having many hear their words get the chance, and publish, publish, publish.

Everyone one of us should build a blog!  good way to attract a following.  Linux is free! WordPress is free.…

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Added by John A. Nau on January 10, 2014 at 5:46 — No Comments

Remembering Crimson

She rose to her feet, creaking, brittle sounds echoing and bouncing off cold dry stone walls. A flash of memory was gone as soon as it appeared. She paused. She stepped out the doorway of the crypt, cold night air greeting her, a welcome visitor.

Another memory resurfaced, but this time lingered. It sang of stabbing, of pain, of blood staining an off-white gown, the dark crimson growing, spreading. Her hand rose, finger tracing the neat hole…

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Added by Ian Smith on January 9, 2014 at 4:56 — 2 Comments

Shadows & Dominions

Shadows & Dominions has reached 700 reads on Wattpad ...happy days



http://www.wattpad.com/32507809-shadows-%26-dominions-warworld…

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Added by Steve Downes on January 8, 2014 at 21:11 — No Comments

Searching for answers

In death, all things are made clear. But truth comes at a cost. His truth came in silver and crimson.



In the first cut, he saw their first meeting. He filled in the gaps with details he knew from later. The next cut started their life together. There were more gaps here, but also more connections to provide knowledge. A third cut brought him to the point where the problems began. The truth flowed more freely now.



He needed to know more, but was nearing the end of the road.… Continue

Added by TheCalebG on January 8, 2014 at 13:28 — No Comments

Untitled Rant

This is just a random rant, nothing more.

Where is the serenity in which to cast my sorrows, my loose threads so I may cleanse this pain? The undying glimpse of the moon as I face skyward towards my destination, the earth holding me in cold hands as if the warmth from living I once felt has melted away? This happiness eludes me, playing a game in which I cannot win. It laughs at me. I, in my sore thoughts of loss, pity myself. It is not subtle. Nothing in this world is gentle, the…

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Added by Jamie Simon on January 7, 2014 at 20:25 — 1 Comment

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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

Blog Posts

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…

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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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