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New Audio Book: Show Her

FINALLY: The ‘Show Her‘ audio book is available on Audible. If you’ve been keeping up with Volo Press on social media, you know this has been a long and arduous process, but now it’s done. You can even get Show Her for free when you start an Audible free 30-day trial. Entertain your ears now!

 

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Now Open: Auditions for Feign II Audio Book

Are you a strong performer of poetry? Get over to ACX now and submit your audio using the Volo Press audition script for Feign II: The Downfall  by T. L. Curtis. Auditions close on 9-25-17, so you’d better hurry!

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Publishers Just Don’t Get It

I’m sure many authors taking the more frustrating route to getting published have the same experience! 😀
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iPhone X: Write On

You’ve probably been reading about the Apple iPhone X all day. Now that you have some idea of what kinds of features will be available on the latest iPhone from Apple, get your creative juices flowing by answering some questions about iPhone X as only a fiction author can. Some of these question-prompts may sound absurd, but many plot lines have started off “bizarre” and ended up in a fascinating, exciting, or even a very scary place that offers a strong story line for audiences.

How does someone who has just been mauled or severely burned on their face call for help with the iPhone X if they’re alone?

Could Apple use all those shots of faces to create a database of the most beautiful people (in their opinion) to keep alive and kill all the rest?

How does the AirPower mat feel about charging devices to do things, but never being able to go out and see the world itself?

Why did Apple stop with facial recognition on the iPhone X? Why not bio-recognition (blood, hair, skin, etc.)?

Why isn’t the iPhone X screen completely wrap-around?

In how many different ways could the level of realism of the augmented reality from iPhone X end with someone’s death? What happens when someone tries to hold Apple responsible?

The neural engine can only be created by harvesting a human cerebrum. How does Apple get so many of those in their possession in order to create their stock of iPhone Xs?

Does Apple offer any kind of compensation for a twin using their siblings’ ApplePay account without permission?

 

 

Think deep and WRITE ON! 😀

 

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Barnes and Noble Carries Feign II: The Downfall by T. L. Curtis

Barnes and Noble is now carrying paperback copies of Feign II: The Downfall by T. L. Curtis. Follow this link to get yours right now!

 

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Character Development: Taking Offense

It’s helpful to have a strong, realistic understanding of who your characters are so that they behave believably and consistently throughout your story. Knowing what might offend your character and why is a great place to start building their personality so that you can help it come through in your writing. Here is a list of questions to ask yourself about your character in this regard.

 

  • What are three things that would make your character become disgusted with someone they loved (such as their mother or their spouse)?
  • Throughout their life, when has your character been confronted with things or situations that lead them to feel offended?
  • When your character has been offended, what deeper emotions were involved (anger, disrespect, disgust, fear)? Why did it matter so much to them what someone else said or did?
  • When your character has been offended, what have they done about it? Did they organize a formal protest? Sit in their room and stew? Become violent?
  • Do people around your character know what offends them and what doesn’t? How? Has the character openly voiced their opinions or have people been able to pick up on how they feel through obvious or subtle behaviors (word choice, avoidance, facial expressions, etc.)?

 

Answering these kinds of questions can help you more solidly understand your character so that your work reflects a realistic person reacting believably to the story as it unfolds.

 

 

 

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Favorite Sex Position: Character Development

Many people who write fiction try to have an intimate knowledge of the character’s that they are creating. In theory, having such a deep understanding about even small details related to a character can help the character be written in a way that appears genuine, realistic, and three dimensional to the reader.

This post contains pictures of naked people in the sexual positions I will be listing later in the post. You’ve been warned. 

 

One intimate question you may want to answer about your character, even if you are not writing any erotic scenes, is what their favorite sexual position is? More importantly, why? Is is about comfort, speed, intimacy, or emotional distance?

Starting to ask yourself these kinds of questions can help you add more layers to your character so that they have a stronger “page presence” and are more likely to resonate with your readers.

Don’t Judge Your Character

Just because you don’t like, wouldn’t condone, or don’t plan to attempt a certain sexual position, doesn’t mean that your character would feel the same way. If you can’t separate yourself from your character you could slip into making all of your characters very much alike because they’re behavior never goes outside of your personal comfort zone.

For example, the main character of Show HerErika Wogo is a doggy style lover. Considering the trauma she endured at the opening of the book, I don’t think I would enjoy that style at all if I were her. I wouldn’t ever want to even try it, most likely. But again, that book wasn’t about me: It was about Erika.

 

Sexual Positions

Here are a couple of common sexual positions. I’ve added some possible reasons why people might enjoy these positions (besides pleasure, of course!) just to help you start thinking more about which positions your character might like and why. A simple Google search will turn up a multitude of other sexual positions to choose from.

 

Missionary

A  lays on their back and opens their legs. B settles between A’s thighs and penetrates the anus or vagina. Variations can be created by changing angles and leg positions, or adding bondage equipment or pillows.

 

 

This position is most often depicted in romance novels and movies, so it’s often considered “boring.” Your character may prefer it if they are someone who is:

  • afraid of change
  • doesn’t like to take risks
  • doesn’t enjoy sex (they don’t want to put a lot of effort into being ‘creative’ so they just copy what they’ve seen / heard of others doing)

 

Doggy Style

A gets down on their hands and knees on the floor or bed. B penetrates the anus or vagina while standing or kneeling from behind.

 

Can reflect or support the idea that a character:

  • Is not a fan of intimacy (they want as little eye contact and physical contact as possible)
  • Doesn’t like being hot. This position allows for great air flow, especially when the air conditioner has gone out or they’re having sex outside (camping trip?) and it’s ridiculously hot.
  • Has had an injury that doesn’t allow them to open their legs wide, so squeezing them together while bent over is more efficient / comfortable for sex.

 

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Writing Jobs

Now Hiring Writers

5 full-time writing positions in Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Washington, and Nebraska.

 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln | Copywriter | $33,000 / year

Lincoln, Nebraska

Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Advertising, Marketing, Communications, Journalism or related field plus one year of experience working in a professional copywriting capacity required. Strong writing portfolio required. Proficiency in employing different language styles for different audiences required. Excellent grammar and writing convention skills with fanatical attention to detail in writing required. Demonstrated ability to translate creative direction into great copy. Ability to work in and contribute to a team of creative people. General computer proficiency along with MS Word required.

 

Link to applyhttps://employment.unl.edu/postings/55161

 


Federal Aviation Administration | Technical Writer-Editor | $78,214 / year

Renton, Washington

For current FAA employees only (at the moment).

Requirements

To qualify at the FV-Ilevel you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-H, FG/GS-12 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes: Experience as a writer or editor of Airworthiness Directives (ADs), technical reports, articles or manuals related to ADs, or of legal, regulatory, or other governmental documents related to ADs.

THERE IS NO EDUCATION SUBSTITUTE FOR THE FV-I.

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

 

Link to apply

https://faa.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/475150700


Hill Holiday | Healthcare Copywriter | Unspecified Salary 

Boston, Massachusetts

Requirements

  • Proven creative talent (several well produced, big idea campaigns)
  • 3-5+ years of relevant work experience in an agency environment
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional work experience

Link to Apply

 http://jobs.jobvite.com/careers/hillholliday/job/oMRw5fwY


One Firefly | Content Writer | Unspecified Salary

Hollywood, Florida

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business Administration, English or Communications strongly preferred
  • At least two years of experience writing professionally, preferably web content
  • Proven knowledge and proficiency in all things related to effective content creation for: web content, newsletter/email, social media, press releases, white papers, case studies, etc.
  • Passion for writing strategic copy and creative content for multiple audiences in a fast-paced and evolving industry.
  • Experience in technology/consumer electronics/home automation industries preferred, but not required
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a complex environment and focus on the delivery of results, set priorities, utilize resources and meet deadlines
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Strong prioritization and organizational skills and the ability to carry detailed projects through to completion
  • Impeccable knowledge of grammar and punctuation
  • Proven record of Integrity
  • Proven record of following through on commitments
  • Proficiency in MS Office and WordPress or other Content Management Software
  • Editorial mindset that seeks to understand what audiences consume and how to translate that into original content for specific marketing channels
  • Ability to think strategically and suggest creative solutions with proactive approach to problem identification and solving.
  • Knowledge of best-practices and industry trends as it relates to content creation
  • Quick learner
  • High level of enthusiasm
  • Proven problem solver that takes initiative
  • Result oriented with a strong work ethic
  • Exceptional listening skills
  • Exceptional writing skills
  • Proven team player mentality
  • Ability to travel for periodic team training events

Link to Apply

http://onefirefly.com/job-postings/content-writer

 


Demand Engine | Digital Copy Writer | $42,500 + / year

Brookhaven, Georgia

Requirements

  • 2-5 years copywriting experience
  • 2+ years of direct response writing/selling experience with strong knowledge of email and online channels
  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communications, Journalism, Advertising, or related field
  • Passion for writing marketing copy that is on brand
  • Excellent language, grammar and writing skills with meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and work on multiple projects at once
  • Flexibility with changing priorities and urgent requests
  • Clear, effective communication skills

Link to Apply

http://demandengine2015.applytojob.com/apply/job_20170725175738_NTP6MDPTUTYOHFKC/Digital-Copy-Writer

 

Good luck in your job search!


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3 Poetry Review Tips for Non-Poets

Baffling, I know, but the fact is: not everyone is a big poetry fan. 😀 However, even if you couldn’t tell the difference between a sonnet and a haiku (and wouldn’t care to), here are some tips to help you give your poet colleagues helpful feedback on their work in your writing groups and / or review the poetry of your favorite indie authors.

1. Relax and Contribute to the Poem’s Review

Even if you don’t think you “get” poetry, you can still be helpful. You do your fellow authors a disservice when you keep quiet just because you aren’t an expert (whatever the fuck that means) on poetry. Poetry is just another form of expression, especially emotional expression. Most poems are a mere reflection of an event (everything from a near-death experience to a passing thought while waiting for the bus) that the poet has strong feelings about. Treat the poem like that person is telling you about their day at work, that traumatic event, or that passing thought they had, in a flowery / gritty / cryptic way.

2. Be Honest About Your Reaction to the Poem

Guess what? Saying that you were confused is a valid answer!

There may have been parts of a poem that shocked you, intrigued you, scared you, or even lead you to feel angry or sad. If you experience any specific emotions, this can be what you share with the poet. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to react to a poem. Nodding back to tip number 1: Just relax.

 

3. Be Specific in Your Poem Review

If you were confused, try to flesh out why. Were there too many words used that you didn’t know the meaning of (signifying that the poet may want to look into simplifying the language)? Was there a total disconnect in your mind between what the poet wrote and what they said they were trying to convey (signifying that the poet may want to consider sharpening the imagery)?

If the poem lead you to feel sad, which line stood out as the most depressing to you? If the poem lead you to feel shocked, at which word, line, or stanza did you first have that reaction?

 

 

Arm yourself with these three tips whenever you go into a writing group that you know poets frequent and you should be able to stay involved in the discussion. Remember these as well when you are attempting to craft a review for a book of poetry in order to publicly support your fellow independent authors!

 

 

 

 

 

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Writing Honesty: Profanity

When creating a character who is supposed to be an honest person, there are multiple ways to showcase this trait. The use of profanity is one of them. Learn how to use profanity to make your character not only seem more believable, but more trustworthy.

 

Character Development Using Profanity

I don’t know of a single person in my life who I have a close relationship with who I’ve literally never heard use profanity (even if they don’t think I’ve ever heard them!).

There’s a good reason for this. Profane language has a specific flavor in our vocabulary that simply cannot be substituted. “Darn” is not the same as “damn” just like “frustrated” is not the same as “furious.” Yes, they’re related, but which word you choose to use gives information about the context, you as an author, and your character as a person. After an argument with their wife, does your character mumble “bitch” or “witch” under their breath? When protecting their grandchild from a raging house fire, does your character tell them to get “the hell out of here” or “the heck out of here”? How your character responds in these types of situations can be an opportunity for you to show the reader what your character is like instead of overloading them with narrative and “telling” them.

That said, this doesn’t mean that you cannot possibly have an honest character who doesn’t use profanity. Nor does this mean that your villains and other dishonest characters MUST use profanity. I’m just pointing out that you have an option to strengthen the visibility of a character’s honesty in the fact that they are profane when they speak.

 

The Relationship Between Profanity and Honesty

Profanity has a bad rep all throughout the world. My speculation is that this is partly due to the fact that curse words are a type of “naked” and aggressive language in a world where people often want things to be softer, quieter, and more pleasant. Instead of hiding portions of meaning or intensity behind euphemisms and G-rated words, someone who uses profanity doesn’t shy away from “tellin’ it like it is,” so to speak.

Often (though not always, of course), if this character is willing to be open and up front with others, there is a certain level of honesty that they have about their own lives. Cognitive dissonance may be an issue with them much less regularly than with your other characters.

 

Adjusting the Dial on Profanity

When, where, with whom, how much, and exactly which curse words are all choices that are up to you to make when it comes to building your characters mannerisms. Here are some questions to ask yourself and help figure out where you want to stop the dial on the “profani-meter” of your honest character.

  • Do they use profanity with / around children?
  • Do they use profanity with / around the elderly?
  • Do they use profanity in ‘professional’ situations (board meetings, job interviews, etc.)?
  • Which curse words do they use the most (fuck, shit, damn, hell, bitch, bastard, motherfucker, asshole, etc.)?
  • If they ever do try to “tone it down,” do they leave profanity out completely or use watered-down versions like ‘darn’ or ‘heck’?

 

Got more tips related to using profanity when creating characters or writing a story? Leave a comment!