Wednesday links: Young writers, off-stage scenes, and fake bad reviews

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few.

Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Why taking a week off made me busier than if I were working

Well, I promised you an explanation for why I was a bad blogger and didn’t post much over the past couple of weeks, and here it is.

I took a week off from my day job.

…That doesn’t make much sense, does it? Theoretically, if I took a week off work, shouldn’t I have had more time and not less? That was my assumption going into the week, anyway. I had planned to do some condo painting, get some writing done, and fit in plenty of relaxation — and then follow all of that up by dog-sitting for my brother and his girlfriend.

As it turns out, the condo painting and dog-sitting were the only things I managed to do. And I didn’t even manage to finish the condo painting.

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Wednesday links: Cliche endings, gag orders, after the publishing contract, and showing emotion

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few.

Since I missed last week’s post (I’ll be giving you an explanation about that soon, I promise), here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past two weeks.

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Book recommendation: Billy, by Whitley Strieber

Yes, I’m still getting through all of the older books I took home from my parents’ house. Which means I have another recommendation for one of those older books today. But, I promise that I’ll have a newer book recommendation for you next week. I need a bit of a break from all of the adult thrillers I’ve been reading lately — and most of the books I brought home from my parents’ house seem to be in that genre.

Anyway, today I’m introducing you to Billy, by Whitley Strieber. Or, reintroducing you to it, if you’ve already read it. Billy is a fantastic novel, full of tension, moments of horror, and dynamic characters. But my favourite aspect of the novel, by far, is how much time it dedicates to its antagonist.

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Wednesday links: Dreams and day jobs, questions for agents, and fiction and reality

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few.

Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Book recommendation: Where Are the Children?, by Mary Higgins Clark

I’ve been reading Mary Higgins Clark novels for a very long time. I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I first picked up one of her books (I think I was around 12, but I’m not entirely sure), but I do remember picking the novel up. I was in a big-box store — I know exactly which one it was, too, but I won’t name it here — and I was browsing in the paperback aisle. The cover for Clark’s Daddy’s Little Girl caught my eye, and it didn’t take me long to decide I needed to read it. I went and found my mom, and she said I could buy it — though I no longer remember if I bought it myself or if she paid for it.

That novel still sits on my bookshelf, along with a number of Clark’s other books. But, despite how many I own and how many I’ve borrowed from friends or the library, there are still many Clark books I have left to read.

Up until recently, Where Are the Children? was one such unread novel for me. It was also one of the first novels Clark published, sending her down the path of a successful author.

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Scones — well, almost

Scones are something I don’t get to have very often. Coffee shops I visit rarely seem to have them, and I’ve never had the chance to try making them.

Up until last weekend, that is. My grandmother recently returned from a trip to Ireland, and one of the things she brought back for me was a scones recipe. It looked good, and not too difficult, so I decided to give it a shot.

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