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Guest Post: Author Kristie Cook Introduces Genesis

Today's guest post is a blog tour stop for author, Kristie Cook, who has recently released a companion novella for her popular Soul Savers series. Remember to comment for a chance to win prizes from Kristie (I will leave the comments open for entries until Friday, November 4). Have a great week and watch for a new writing contest and market newsletter this week (that is, if you are a subscriber)--Tina 
How the Ancient Greeks Lived: A Look into the World of Genesis
Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella is a bit different from the other Soul Savers books. Although the fantasy world I created is the same, the real world is not. After all, it takes place over 2,000 years ago, around 200 B.C. So it required a lot of research to understand life in Greece during that era. For each stop along the release tour, I’m sharing something I learned and how it ties into the story.
Just like today, homes in Ancient Greece varied depending on class. Wealthier people had larger homes that were usually two sto…

Make Sure Your Readers Believe You

If you are a fan of Parenthood, and haven’t watched October 11th’s  episode (I haven’t caught up to this week’s yet), you may want to skip this if you don’t want to deal with a little spoiler.  Or not. It may not make a difference to you.
See, Crosby, the younger, hip brother, and Adam, the more uptight, responsible brother (played by Peter Krause, who I LOVED in Six Feet Under) are starting a music studio. Crosby tells Adam he really needs to loosen up when he meets with their potential client, a rapper named Mistah Ray.
Cut to Adam, looking more ridiculous than Jamie Kennedy in Malibu’s Most Wanted, walking down the street after getting talked into some “fly” clothes, just like Crosby suggested.  He catches a glimpse of his image in the car window and panics. He’s on his way to meet the rapper/potential client, but he realizes he looks like nothing like himself.  He grabs a lifeline and calls Crosby, who is closer to his house, and asks him to stop and grab him some more appropriate …

3 Lessons On Writing Through Life

The Excuse Editor blog has been on a little unintentional break. The blogging gurus and marketing mavens out there endlessly remind us that blog posts should be consistent. I agree. But stuff happens.
I also agree that writers need to continually write in order to improve and flourish.Not many writers would disagree with that idea. But again. Stuff happens.
So. Stuff happened and I haven’t been blogging and I haven’t been writing (much). I’ve only sporadically been Facebooking, and my tweets are as rare as the tinamou.(I was able to send out the monthly contestlisting, though!)
The best way to get started again is to begin.And that’s lesson #1 for today:
You gotta start somewhere.
Whether you are making your first attempt at writing, or you have been stopping and starting for years, when you decide to write, create a starting line wherever you find yourself at that moment. Now, runners at a starting line don’t stare, contemplate, and plan when they reach the line, they take action—they ru…