Monday, May 25, 2015

Nick Wilford Stops By...

Oh, the life of an author...
I'm stepping back into the blogging world this morning to wish Nick Wilford GOOD LUCK on his writing journey for his new book A Change of Mind And Other Stories out today at .99 for the first day! Congrats Nick and away we go with a fun little ditty of an interview!!

1. If you were Reuben in your short story A Change of Mind, what about your personality would you have altered?

If I was in his shoes, I think what I'd like to change would be pretty similar! Just being able to  stand up for myself. But there's a big part of myself in there, definitely. I'd like to be more outgoing, and less trepidatious about things like...erm, book releases and being interviewed!

2. You said there's flash fiction in the collection. Do you mean flashing people kind? Should I be forewarned of certain images to come?

Well the flash piece is entitled "Hole In One". You can interpret that in a certain way if you wish! But there's some sex in A Change of Mind. Hopefully it's tastefully done, because it's definitely not the easiest thing for me to write.

3. If you were to create a short story blurb about me, what would it be?

Tammy is a bike babe on a mission to tear through the blogosphere with witty comments aplenty. She loves to pick the brains of her fellow scribes with soul-searing interviews, but at night, she cruises back to her writing cave to work on her multiple WIPs. Which will win the white knuckle race to be the first book in the world to bear the name Tammy Theriault and satisfy the salivations of her adoring fans?
Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Speculative fiction
Format: Ebook only
Page/word count: 107 pages, approx. 32,000 words
Release date: 25th May 2015
Publisher: Superstar Peanut Publishing
A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behavior under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer's Muse magazine. In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it's just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can't pass up the chance to turn his life around. But this isn't your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic's. And he promises to alter his patients' personality so they can be anything they want to be... In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend's infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone. The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world. In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour's sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn't work for him. Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition. The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as tow family member try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.
Meet the author:
Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer's Muse magazine. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology of Andrew. Visit him at his blog or connect with him on Twitter or Goodreads.
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And now...I'm going to hide again to focus on my writing! CHEERS TO NICK!!
Can everyone give him a WOOT WOOT!!!
QUESTION FOR YOU: What about your own personality do you wish you could change?
(other than being amazing!!!)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Z: Zen Writing

 My A to Z Challenge theme:
How to turn a Biker into a Wannabe Writer
Ok, biker babes, when pretending to be a writer, you must understand zen writing. It's the beautiful and sometimes rare moment of when everything clicks. Yin embraces Yang. Worlds otherwise in battle, collide in a hug. Finally you get it. And "it" can mean a number of things from plots, characters, to what to call that pesky dog. Ahhh...zen.

 Ready to  practice?? Repeat after me with some simple "biker related" zen moments:
1. I finally found my bedazzled gloves on ebay last week. Now it all just fits, sparkles, and shines.
2. When the sun went down, I couldn't believe how the colors faded so beautifully. And even though I couldn't find my bike in the dark, it was still wicked awesome.
3. After we were distracted with the nudist beach going by, our line formation was so in sync.
now Bobby, when you do as I say and line them up, then that's MY zen.
do that and you won't be fired.
COMMENTER CHALLENGE: Give me a zen moment line of your choice. Biker zen moment lines win big smiles. Non-biker zen moment lines earn semi-grins. No zen lines earn sad panda looks.

WE SURVIVED!! I hope I was able to transform any biker to a wanna-be writer, or in the very least made this entertaining and a good laugh at ourselves. Thanks to everyone that stopped by!!

During the A TO Z, I committed time to the gym, lots and lots of reading, and all of you (of course!!). I have 3 books I am working on, 2 of which are collabs, so I have a ton of catching up to do!

And now, here's me on my new 883 Harley Sportster with no baffles. That means nothing holds back the exhaust piercing your ears with a loud deep grumble you can hear down the street. (I've invested in ear plugs) Yep! That's right. This chick is a biker writer. I take this bad boy to work, and for pleasure on the weekends when the sun says "why hello there..."

SEE YA IN THE SUMMERTIME!!! Or sooner if I can stay off pinterest...


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Y: Yielding to the Pros

 My A to Z Challenge theme:
How to turn a Biker into a Wannabe Writer
Ok, biker babes, when pretending to be a writer, you must be able to yield to the pros. As much as you want to do things on your own and in your own way, you'll find that there are habits or tips they do/say that actually benefit you. The hardest part...admitting that out loud, because still, your way is pro. Kinda.

 Ready to  practice?? Repeat after me with some simple "biker related" yields to pros:
1. I hate full face helmets. But when that two by four flew off that truck bed and wacked me, I realized my friend was right. I needed a better face coverage.
2. I'm not going to wear brighter colors at night. People can see me. I just have to smile wider.
3. I guess you're right. Wearing a patch that says, "if you can't read this, get closer" was a bad idea.
I'm gonna bite the bullet on this one and say its flame retardant.
Although a few people have said otherwise...
Ok, I'll take it off :(
COMMENTER CHALLENGE: Give me a yield to the pros line of your choice. Biker yield to the pros lines win big smiles. Non-biker yield to the pros lines earn semi-grins. No yield to the pro lines earn sad panda looks.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

X: XXX Hints

 My A to Z Challenge theme:
How to turn a Biker into a Wannabe Writer
X: XXX Hints
Ok, biker babes, when pretending to be a writer, you must be able to have a touch of XXX to your writing. Be it a crude joke, a sensual kissing scene, or a full on naked on naked bedroom scene. A little spice is always nice...

 Ready to  practice?? Repeat after me with some simple "biker related" XXX hinted lines:
1. The vibrations of the motorcycle were crazy intense! I mean... it was a fun ride. I'm just gonna take a cold shower.
2. I thought tonight I'd wear my leather jacket while cooking. And only my leather jacket.
3. I'm sure riding the bike bareback is similar to riding a horse bareback...oh, it's not? You mean you don't ride horses naked? Oops, my bad (says while biting finger).
when I say I exhume the sex factor, I freakin' mean it!
Just look at this chest hair baby! you know you want to fondle it!
COMMENTER CHALLENGE: Give me a XXX hinted line of your choice. Biker XXX hinted lines win big smiles. Non-biker XXX hinted lines earn semi-grins. No XXX hinted lines earn sad panda looks.

Monday, April 27, 2015

W: Writing Obsession

 My A to Z Challenge theme:
How to turn a Biker into a Wannabe Writer
Ok, biker babes, when pretending to be a writer, you must obtain a writing obsession. You love being a writer and "can't stop writing every minute of every day". Heck, even your grocery lists are lengthy! Or so you say as you're really sitting on the couch watching reruns of Friends while eating ice cream and tweeting about your most recent crazy word count.

 Ready to  practice?? Repeat after me with some simple "biker related" writing obsessed lines:
1. Just because the badge I created takes up my whole backside of my jacket, professing how much work I've put into my bike, doesn't mean I won't have room for my gang patch...somewhere...
2. Do you think the directions I gave to the motorcycle rally were too indepth? I mean 10 pages seemed ok. Right?
3. I created my own parking sign at my house. It reads "Harley Bikers Park Here. If you're not a Harley owner, you can still park here. It's more of a sign to be funny. If you don't understand the humor behind it because you don't have a Harley, I'll explain it to you if you have 15mins."
you're clearly showing off that you can write more than me
COMMENTER CHALLENGE: Give me a writing obsessed line of your choice. Biker writing obsessed lines win big smiles. Non-biker writing obsessed lines earn semi-grins. No writing obsessed lines earn sad panda looks.