Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour! Part II – Interview with 3 Ch1Con Staff Members

In continuation of our Ch1Con blog tour festivities, I had the honor of interviewing three members of the amazing team that makes this revolutionary convention possible each year. 🙂

Julia Byers is the founder and CEO of Chapter One Events, LLC, which focuses on running the Chapter One Young Writers Conference. Kira Budge is the associate online administrator and Ariel Kalati is one of the creative consultants. Various bits of info on these wondrous people can be found all across the web, such as on the Ch1Con website. Continue reading →


Short Story Anthology Group!

Check this out! It’s awesome! (Note to self – do a formal post about this later. :D)

Michael Gunter's Tales of Today and of Yesterday

For the last two months, a small group of authors has been working to create a team.  As part of that team, I’m happy to be able (after much preparation) to tell you about our new website!

scriptoriumbackgroundThe five of us put our heads together and created The Scriptorium Anthologies.  As you might expect, the main goal is to create short story anthologies, featuring work from each author.  The idea for the group started when we realized that since novels take time to write, our readers had to wait a long time for their next read.  After we coupled that realization with the fact that we all had short stories in our personal libraries, common sense practically screamed for an anthology.

With a team, the difficulties of creating a book are lessened, the most important of which is time.  With  five of us working to create short stories, we’ll…

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The 777 Writing Challenge

I’ve been tagged by Michael Gunter to participate in the 777 Writing Challenge.  Michael picked this up from author Lynette Noni, who summarizes the challenge as follows:

The 777 challenge requires you go to Page 7 of your work-in-progress, scroll down to Line 7 and share the next 7 lines in a blog post. Once you have done this, you can tag 7 other bloggers to do the same with their work-in-progress.

That said, here’s a seven-line excerpt from the seventh page of the Camp NaNoWriMo story I wrote with my friend Becky, starting from the seventh line: Continue reading →

Allison Reviews: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron was released in American theaters this Friday, and I thought I’d share my thoughts on this movie. 🙂

I should mention that instead of picking up where the first movie left off, Ultron is set almost immediately after the events of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier.  The Marvel Cinematic Universe is magic that way … all the films are intertwined, which means to fully understand what’s going on in each movie, you have to see all the movies and Marvel makes tons of money from all the sales!  (*cough* not that there’s anything wrong with that *cough*)  Honestly, though, if the Thor and Iron Man films conflict with your values, you’ll understand the plot just fine without them. Continue reading →