Monday, July 29, 2013

It's #Goodbye But Not Gone Forever #IAmWriting #author #blogger

Tis the End, 
My Friend

Today's the last day of the 10 Day Writing Blogger Challenge. It's been a fun. I have always enjoyed sharing my writing experiences with others. I hope you have enjoyed it as well.

Another writing adventure has ended for me as well. I have been participating in the July 2013 Camp NaNoWriMo session. I finished my manuscript, Elsa, last week and turned it in to my editor.

 Two endings yet these are only beginnings. I will continue to blog and write. With projects behind me I have more in front of me. I'm currently working on Passions Awakening (Draconian Corazon: Book 1) as it is to be published in September. I have many other books to write as well so stay tuned.

So as my farewell to the Day 10 Writing Challenge Blogger Challenge I was asked to write the following:

I decided to donate money to a worthy cause for my last post. My husband and I normally donate money and items through out local church, Crestwood Baptist Church. Crestwood Baptist Church, located in Crestwood, Kentucky supports local, national and international missions. We have participated in several local missions and look forward to someday spending time and money on national and international missions. You can learn more about what the church does from their website at

Sunday, July 28, 2013

#Love, #Magic, #Dragons, O My.

Welcome back to the 10 Day Writer's Challenge.

Today's prompt is:

Hmm a setting from my latest fiction project. Well I finished Elsa (The Secret Heritage: Book 1) and have already begun to talk about the Progressive Era on my blog. Elsa will be released next month by Mountain Springs House. 

I think today I will introduce you to the setting of my next book, Passions Awakenings (Draconian Corazon: Book 1). Passions Awakening is a high fantasy erotica book. That is something very different for my regular readers since I tend to write historical fiction. Passions Awakening takes place in a mystical land that contains the kingdoms of Fath'more and Kil'adar. The two kingdoms use to be together but were town apart when the one God religion spread through the lands. The priest who lead the movement was able to overthrow the queen of Kil'adar's reign and claim the throne as his own by his marriage to the queen. He chased the dragons out of the kingdom, massacred anyone who practiced magic and forbid any magic to be practiced. 

Almost twenty years have passed since the Great Cleansing seperated Kil'adar and Fath'more.  With the Dragon Lord missing his queen, there is a great unbalance in the kingdom. Unless a Dragon Lady arises to take the place of Kil'adar's queen all magic will be lost forever in Fath'more.  Dragons, magic, prophecies and mystery await for anyone who reads my Draconian Corazon series. 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

My #writing routine #author #IAmWriting #bestseller

 Welcome back to my blog. Today is the eighth day in my 10 Day Writing Blogger Challenge and I was given the following challenge.

So what is my writing ritual?

Wow that's a great question. As most of my readers know I own Mountain Springs House, a publishing company in Louisville, Kentucky. I am also a writer. I use the term writer because I am not only a novelist but also write poems, short stories, screenplays, TV scripts, graphic novels, webseries, music videos and more. Basically, I write in all styles of writing for both the media and literary worlds. With so much to do I need a daily routine.

I usually wake up around 6am and head straight to the kitchen table where I spend time with God, work through the section of The Artist Way that I'm on, write my morning pages and then write a chapter of whatever book I happen to be writing on. It usually takes anywhere between 1 1/2 hrs to 2 hrs to get through it all. But this is my ME time. I rarely have personal writing time in the day since I am usually busy running the day to day operations of Mountain Springs House.

I spent most of my morning and early afternoon with the day to day operations. On a normal day, after lunch I'll take off my publisher hat and put on my screenwriter hat while I'm doing dishes and the laundry. I have several projects I am working on with two production companies. I used to use this time for my studies when I was in grad school but since I graduated with my MFA in Creative Writing on June 28 I devoted this time to continue with my screenwriting endeavors. It has paid off. I've been able to complete a few projects already by keeping my daily routine.

At the end of the day, if I was able to get to the bottom of my routine, I try to push out one or two more chapters of my next novel.

The weekend is a bit different for me routine wise. On Saturdays, if I'm not working an event, I wake up early and do what I normally do except instead of writing after my morning pages I spend that time on an Artist Date. I do not work on Saturday mornings but take this time to pamper my muse who loves to paint, color, draw, and other artistic ventures. Sometimes she'll give me story and other times she just enjoys the pampering. After my Artist Date is through I return to my regular routine.

Sunday's I go to church and when I come home I spend the rest of the time writing.

Well there you have it, Allison's writing routine. I hope you enjoyed learning about my writing habits. See you tomorrow.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Progressive Era: In the beginning...the American #Civil War

Progressive Era:
The First Reforms

Welcome back to our in depth look at the American Progressive Era. The Progressive Era is also know as the Second Reform Movement. In order to understand the progressive movement we need to look back to the first reforms that occurred before, during and after the American Civil War.

The debate to end slavery did not begin in the American Civil War nor did it start a war. Abolitionism, those who supported the end of slavery, had started a reformation movement during the late 18th century to free the slaves and make them members of the American society. Abolitionist sometimes would illegally grant slaves an education. The abolitionist movement gained wider attention with the release of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

The American Civil War lasted from April 12, 1861 – May 10, 1865 and is known as the Bloodiest War the United States has ever fought. Although it occurred in the beginning of the 19th century it has caused the most American lives in any war we have ever fought. The Civil War cost 1,030,000 casualties, including about 620,000 soldier deaths—two-thirds by disease, and 50,000 civilians. According to a September 2011 New York Times article, "Binghamton University historian J. David Hacker believes the number of soldier deaths was approximately 750,000, 20% higher than traditionally estimated, and possibly as high as 850,000." 56,000 soldiers died in prison camps while approximately 60,000 men lost a limb.

The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, changed everything for the Civil War. At the beginning of the war slavery had been only one issue that the states were fighting against. With Abraham Lincoln's signature the war now became about only one thing - slavery. Abraham Lincoln had reformed the United States by stripping away one of the south's precious commodities, slavery. It wasn't an unheard of move at the time. The United Kingdom had outlawed slavery with the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. Before  the war, many slaves had tried to escape from their masters via the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a secret, safe route from the south to Canada that was manned by abolitionists. Harriet Tubman, former slave and Union spy during the American Civil War, helped many former slaves navigate through the Underground Railroad. The Emancipation Proclamation was a major reform for African Americans but it was only a stepping stone towards complete freedom. After the proclamation was signed the United States government knew it would have to do something to ensure these newly freed slaves would have a place in our society. During the war, groups of Northern soldiers would experiment with localized reform efforts by granting the former slaves an education and teaching them how to manage their own farms.

After the Civil War, the United States had a new problem on their hands along with the integration of the former slaves into society. Entire cities, towns and personal property throughout the North and South lay in ruins with the Southern states receiving most of the damages. Most of the war was fought in the south. It was a common characteristic of the Union soldiers to burn any Southern farm and home they came across plus rob the locals. Images such as the picture above were common place after the war. Life after the war had become an emotional, mental and physical ordeal for most people, especially for the Southern states.

The #Host and #HungerGames: The #books were great. The #movies, eh not so much.

Welcome back. I know you are expecting the Progressive Era America post to be here. But I am in the mist of playing catch up after taking the day off yesterday. This post will be my 10 Day Writing Blogger Challenge post for today. The next one will have the Progressive Era posting you are looking for.

Hmmm, just two books? Really? Ok, ok, I'll chose just two books. I am that type of girl who can't watch a movie before I read a book. It just ruins if for me BUT I did just that a few months ago. I had picked up The Host by Stephanie Meyers when the movie came out and against my better judgement I went to see the movie first.

 I should have known better. Really, I should have. I started the book before we went to the movies but I wasn't far enough into it to really know the plot. 

Well the one reason it took me so long to get into the book is that the book is written in first person. I hate reading in first person because it doesn't dig deep enough into the characters' psyche for me. But, like The Hunger Games, I chewed through for awhile and then began to love it. 

It was ingenious of the author to have written in 1st person. It totally works for The Host because the conflict is in the head of the main character. I loved the way the author was able to distinguish Melanie and Wanda's personalities by using italics to differentiate between the two beings. Yet what impressed me more was the way, through the use of dialogue, she was able to bring out distinct personalities each with their own wants and needs. I can see how this book became a bestseller yet as for the movie I felt the story had too much internal conflicts to become a success. To me it had the same problem as The Hunger Games. Yet like The Hunger Games, Hollywood was able to pull it off by changing parts of the story. I still felt like you had to have read the book in order to understand both movies.  I am currently working my way through The Host.

Since I have already mentioned it I would have to say the other book that I recently and loved reading was The Hunger Games. I've read the entire series. I love to read serials instead of stand alone books. There's just something about reading alot of books about characters I have grown to love that interests me. I mainly picked up The Hunger Games because everyone was talking about. I wanted to know what all the hype was about. Like I mentioned before it took me awhile to get into it but when I did it proved to me a really good book. I love stories that have to do with the future. Not so much sci-fi but something about the near future. Hunger Games was great because it also hit home with me. My family was from the Appalachian Mountains. I live in Kentucky. The area Katniss was from was in my backyard. I could relate to her. But like, the Host, the movie left alot to be desired. 

#Genealogy showed me the way. #author #history #family

Yesterday was Thursday and I didn't have a chance to blog so I'm a little behind. I was supposed to write about the Progressive Era on my blog. I will do that two posts from now. This blog post will be for yesterday's 10 Day Writing Blogger Challenge. So here it goes. Day #6

Today I'm going to chose the alternative assignment. Share a personal interest of hobby that I have aside from writing and how it has inspired or impacted my writing. This one is easy for me to write about because my interest in genealogy sparked the story behind my current series, The Secret Heritage. You can read how genealogy inspired The Secret Heritage by reading this post.

 I have had an interest in genealogy since I was child. I first learned about genealogy through 4H. I began our family tree when I was nine years old and have been compiling it ever since. What I love the most about genealogy is the family stories that you learn while conducting research. There is so much fodder in family stories for any historical writer that they could write for the rest of their lives. One thing to remember while conducting research is that no matter how important a person was in society that person was human. When we humanize our heroes and leaders that's when we get to know them better than most people do without ever meeting them. Also, when dealing with a group of people who have been greatly known about in history, such as the Shawnee, it is generally best for the author not to take everything they read about that culture as fact. They should look at every situation from both side of the conflict.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My Top 3 #Blog Posts

My Top Three Blog Posts

Welcome back to my 10 Day Writing Blogger Challenge. Can you believe today is the half way through mark for the writing challenge? It seems to have flown by so fast.

Wow, this is a hard one for me because I use to have some pretty interesting historical blog postings on this blog about Daniel Boone, the Shawnee, George Washington, Sequoyah  and more but I took them off and converted them into a book. Reflections: Poems and Essays have poems and blog posting that use to be on this blog that cover faith, life's journey and interesting historical essays. The  most interesting posting in that book would have to be the Shawnee's version of Noah's Flood. Their legend predates when Europeans first contacted them. 

You can find my book on Amazon by clicking the title in the previous paragraph or clicking this cover on the right hand side. Keep scrolling down if you don't see it.

Ok, back to the topic at hand. Oh, there are so many. How can I chose just three? Hmm.

I think I have it.

1)  The first one that is of most interest is the blog posting titled "A secret heritage revealed inspires author." This blog posting was about my current release and how the genealogical discoveries I made inspired me to write The Secret Heritage series.

2) I really loved this next one. I had been asked to participate in a summer blog feast where I was to take my readers on a feast that was related to my book. I couldn't use any portion of my book to write this. I had just returned from a book signing at the Oldham County Colonial Fair where one of the women was portraying a Shawnee woman. I took her picture, gave her a fictitious name and wrote the piece with her as the host.

3) The last of my favorite blog post is a memorial to my late mother-in-law, Elida Espinosa.

Well there you have my favorite three blog postings so far this year. I hope you enjoy reading all of them.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mental Health in Progressive America: #What is Asperger's Syndrome

Mental Health in Progessive Era America:
What is Asperger's Syndrome?

         “I don’t understand why you two are acting like this and why Cora says he’s stupid. He’s not stupid, he’s wonderful,” Elsa protested. 
         Gideon answered, “Elsa, Franklin has to do things a certain way. Every day of his life he has to follow a strict routine or he will not be able to concentrate on the task he’s asked to do. When he plans to do something it is planned down to the tiniest of details. Sometimes one of those details is so peculiar you would miss it. Not Franklin. He has to complete each step of his plan in precise order.”
         “He was going to propose at the dance, wasn’t he?”
          “He was.”
          Juliette interrupted, “He had it planned all out. How did he react when you told him you knew his intentions?”
         “He was upset. Cora said it was a panic attack.”
         Gideon shook his head, “It was too much for him. Elsa, you are right about my son’s intelligence. He is very smart but there are just some things we don’t tell him because we know it will upset him.”
- From Elsa: (The Secret Heritage Series: Book 1) by: Allison Bruning

 I just love the picture above when thinking about those who were gifted with Asperger's Syndrome during the Progressive Era. As we learned last week the Progressive Era occurred in the United States from the 1890's to 1920's. This era of our history is known as the Progressive Era because of the progressive movement that had swept our country. The Progressives sought to improve the living conditions of women, children, the poor and mentally handicapped that Victorian society had created. The progressive reforms occurred on the local, state and national levels. We will talk more about some of these reforms in other blog postings.

Asperger's Syndrome was not recognized as a mental condition until Austrian Hans Asperger published a definition of autistic psychopathy in 1944 after studying four boys who in his words had "a lack of empathy, little ability to form friendships, one-sided conversations, intense absorption in a special interest, and clumsy movements." Think of these children as little Mr. Spock's from Star Trek. 

Hans Asperger also noted that many children with these characteristic tended to become very successful in their chosen careers in adulthood because they were able to hone in on their special interests. These adults could talk for hours about their specialized interests even when their audience had long lost interest in the topic. Some famous people who had Asperger's Syndrome are Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Sir Isaac Newton, Alfred Hitchcock, Jane Austin, Hans Christian Anderson, Charles Darwin, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Shultz, Mozart, Thomas Edison, Michael Jackson, Mark Twain and Jim Henson.

Hans Asperger worked with patients who had Asperger's Syndrome until his death on October 21, 1980. Despite his hard work Asperger's Syndrome was not well known until after his death. Scientists Tantam (1988) in the UK, Gillberg and Gilbert in Sweden (1989), and Szatmari, Bartolucci and Bremmer (1989) in North America each conducted the first systematic studies of patients with Asperger's Syndrome which was later published in the years show by their names. In 1989,  Gillberg and Gillberg in Sweden and Szatmari in North America each proposed a criteria establishing the symptoms required to diagnosis someone with Asperger's Syndrome. Yet Asperger's Syndrome would not be widely recognized until it became a distinct diagnosis by it's inclusion in the 0th published edition of the World Health Organization’s diagnostic manual, International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). It was added to the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) as Asperger's Disorder in 1994. Asperger's Syndrome was named after Hans Asperger.

So what are the criteria to be diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome? 

According to the DSM-IV Asperger's Syndrome Criteria is defined as:

(I) Qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by at least two of the following:
(A) marked impairments in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body posture, and gestures to regulate social interaction
(B) failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level
(C) a lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interest or achievements with other people, (e.g.. by a lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people)
(D) lack of social or emotional reciprocity
(II) Restricted repetitive & stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests and activities, as manifested by at least one of the following:
(A) encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus
(B) apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals
(C) stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g. hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole-body movements)
(D) persistent preoccupation with parts of objects

(III) The disturbance causes clinically significant impairments in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

(IV) There is no clinically significant general delay in language (E.G. single words used by age 2 years, communicative phrases used by age 3 years)

(V) There is no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or in the development of age-appropriate self help skills, adaptive behavior (other than in social interaction) and curiosity about the environment in childhood.

(VI) Criteria are not met for another specific Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Schizophrenia."

Unfortunately the DSM-V, released May 2013, has eliminated the term Asperger's Syndrome replacing it with  autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This has brought much controversy from the families, friends and professionals of those who care about someone with Asperger's Syndrome. The new criteria has included three levels of they syndrome ranging in severity. 

Under the new guidelines, Franklin Raymond would be diagnosed as Level 2 ASD with tendencies to drop to a Level 1 when overstimulated. 

#Writer's Beware: These Books Will Change Your Life #inspiration #creativity #IAmWriting

 I wanna write right. 
What should I read?

I love inspiring others to explore their creative side in a whatever art form speaks to them the most. I am a very creative person who has been obsessed with the arts since I was a little girl. My mom, a former art major in college, use to take me to the Columbus Museum of Art and we had season passes to the BalletMet in Columbus. My Grandma Carr was a major influence in the development of my literary talents. I could spend all day writing about how much the arts have made me into the thriving literary artists I am today. I still love to participate in a wide variety of art forms but have made my living as a master of the written word.

Today is the fourth day of the 10 day writing blogger challenge and the following is my prompt.

It is so hard to chose just 3 - 5 writing books. As you learned from my author's bio I have just graduated with MFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University. I had to read many wonderful writing books. Throughout  my life I have been exposed to other writing books as well. Some weren't that great and others stuck with me as I navigated through my writing career. So here is my list of the best writing books to read. 

1) This first book is for any creative artists. I had first come across this book in my studies at Full Sail. 

The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist’s Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist’s Way for a new century. 

I was asked to read the introduction for this book and go on an artist date for my class. I fell in love with this book as soon as I read the introduction. You see, I know God has called me to a life as a writer. I believe he not only gave me this calling but has given me the skills to do so. So being a creative artists, to me, is really connected to my spiritual self. This book supports that viewpoint and encourages creative artists to explore their creative selves through a spiritual viewpoint and not through a physical one where we often come up short as artists. You can find this book on Amazon at

2) This next book is on this list not only because it is the most amazing book for screenwriters but because it has a nostalgic trait for me. You see when I was in Mount Vernon Middle School in Mount Vernon, Ohio this was one of the writing books that my mom had bought for me. I was a Trekkie. Ok, so I was obsessed with Star Trek. I could tell you the entire Star Trek history, all about the worlds, the working of the ship and all the character bios. It became so real to me that I began to dream up stories that eventually worked their way into some pretty awesome fan fiction. In fact, one of the web series I am creating right now is based on one of my Start Trek Fan Fiction pieces I wrote in middle school.

I read this book from front to cover, took notes and made it the holy bible for the Star Trek: TNG TV episodes that I wrote. I had it in my head that the studio would fall in love withe my show and want to use it. Years past, and imagine my surprise when we are given this book to read at Full Sail University. You know what? Once again, this book has become my holy grail for screenwriter. Live Long and Prosper, Syd Field. You are my hero.

At last! The classic screenwriting workbook—now completely revised and updated—from the celebrated lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author, Syd Field: “the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world”* 

No one knows more about screenwriting than Syd Field—and now the ultimate Hollywood insider shares his secrets and expertise, completely updating his bestselling workbook for a new generation of screenwriters. Filled with new material—including fresh insights and anecdotes from the author and analyses of films from Pulp Fiction to Brokeback Mountain—The Screenwriter’s Workbook is your very own hands-on workshop, the book that allows you to participate in the processes that have made Syd Field’s workshops invaluable to beginners and working professionals alike. Follow this workbook through 
to the finish, and you’ll end up with a complete and salable script! 

Learn how to:
• Define the idea on which your script will be built
• Create the model—the paradigm—that professionals use
• Bring your characters to life
• Write dialogue like a pro
• Structure your screenplay for success from the crucial first pages to the final act

Here are systematic instructions, easy-to-follow exercises, a clear explanation of screenwriting basics, and expert advice at every turn—all the moment-to-moment, line-by-line help you need to transform your initial idea into a professional screenplay that’s earmarked for success.

The Perfect Companion Volume to Syd Field’s Revised and Updated Edition of Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

*Hollywood Reporter

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Available on Amazon at

3) My third book is also a screenwriter's best friend. I was introduced to this book at Full Sail and love it. It picks up where Syd Field left off. AS IF SYD FIELD COULD LEAVE ANYTHING OUT! Ok, can you say "Allison is a huge Syd Field fan?" LOL.

This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Field of Grace: A Dream Come True. #screenwriting #Christian #IamWriting

Field of Grace:
A post WWI Drama you don't want to miss

This isn't your typical post from me but I have some wonderful news to share with all of you. My full length feature screenplay is being considered for production by Junto Box Films. I just need all of your help. Can you please go to this site, register, follow my project and give it a 5 star review? The five star review is very important. I need 80 star reviews of 3 or better stars. As I write this I only have 19. Please help my dream come true.

Who am I? Inquiring Minds Want To Know

Back to Basics:
Who is Allison Bruning?

Welcome to Day 3 of the 10 Day Writing Blogger Challenge. Today I was asked:

So here it goes. A bio about yours truly. 

       Allison Bruning has had a passion for writing since childhood. She originally hails from Marion, Ohio but lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband and their Australian Cattle Dog, Lakota Sioux. Her writings are typically set in Ohio and Kentucky but she has also written about Ireland, France, and West Texas. Allison is also from Alpine, Texas. Her husband is from Marfa, Texas. Both small towns are located in the Big Bend Region of Texas. 

     Allison's father, Roland Irving Bruning, was the son of German immigrants who came to the United States at the turn of the 20th century. Her paternal grandmother was from the Black Forest region of German while her paternal grandfather was from Northern Germany. Allison has one brother.  Her mother's family had immigrated from Scotland, Ireland and England during the 17th century. She is a member of the Daughters of American Revolution, tracing her linage to Private Rueben Messenger of Connecticut. Allison enjoys family stories, history and genealogy. She finds inspiration for her historical fiction through these avenues. Her current series, The Secret Heritage, is based on a family secret that she learned about while conducting genealogical research on her Grandfather Carr's side of the family. 

      Allison's educational background includes a BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in Anthropology and a Texas Elementary Teaching certificate. Both acquired at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. Allison received National Honor Society memberships in both Theatre Arts and Communication. She was also honored her sophomore year with admission into the All American Scholars register. She holds graduate hours in Cultural Anthropology and Education. In 2007, Allison was named Who's Who Among America's Educators. She is also the recipient of the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards. Allison will received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Full Sail University on June 28, 2013. Since graduation she has been working with Film Smith Productions on several projects.

      Allison is a bestselling author and owner of Mountain Springs House. Mountain Springs House is a publishing house located in Louisville, Kentucky. It's mission is to provide a personal publishing experience to every author. Their goal is make every author a bestselling author. In order to achieve this goal, Allison has sought out the best editors, formattors and graphic artists to bring the author's dream into reality. She also helps her authors with marketing advice and is open to them from 8am to 8pm everyday. 

      When she is not writing her novels or running Mountain Springs House, Allison works in the media as a screen and scriptwriter. She is currently working on two webseries and three music videos. She has written a full length feature film, several shorts and other projects. All of her projects are in various stages of production. 

      Allison interests include Ohio Valley history, anthropology, travel, culture, history, camping, hiking, backpacking, spending time with her family, and genealogy.  She can be found on Facebook at She is also on twitter @emeraldkell. Her blog can be found at Her author page on Goodreads is and her Amazon author page may be found at

Well there you have it. My author's bio. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A #Writer's Ten Commandments #author #IAmWriting

Thou Shall Not....
A Writer's Ten Commandments

Today I was asked to write 10 writing confessions or take the day off. I thought long and hard about the topic I was given. After much consideration I thought I would construct ten commandments every writer should follow in order to create their bestselling masterpieces. So here goes nothing. 

1)Always back up your work. The Gremlin in the computer who steals your work can't break into Dropbox.

2) Don't dismiss the plot bunnies whenever they run rampant. Just corral them in a notebook for a later use.

3)Don't neglect your inner child or it will stop talking to you. Go on an artist date to satisfy it.

4) It's ok to talk to your characters and listen to them when they talk back. 

5)Stuck in a rut? Write your way out of it. Keep writing and never give up.

6) Don't forget to interact with other people inside and outside your social networks.

7) Don't let that supporting character hijack your manuscript. Write their ideas in a notebook and move forward with the script. 

8) Read in your genre. 

9) When the editor calls and wants your revisions don't keep them waiting.