#IWSG August 2016: first #writing sample and #blog update

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Created and hosted by the Ninja himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writers Support Group posts the 1st Wednesday of every month. Click the image to learn more or sign up.

Monthly Question: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

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Well, looks like I was a bit late this month. I did actually write this article ahead of time, but then I forgot to schedule it. Found it in my drafts this morning. Oops.

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I never expected to be an aspiring writer, let alone, an actual published author. Believe it or not, my first piece as an aspiring writer, is my first publication, Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel. I will admit that this had developed and evolved over the years, but it’s the same story I wrote back in 2009.

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Here’s where I talk about myself a bit, or at least my blog and writing attempts. I’ve been trying to cut back on my blogging to free up more time for writing, but I just can’t seem to cut back enough. While I’m also working on my time management skills, I’ve decided to pursue my quest to interview authors. I mentioned this a few posts back and thought I’d give a brief update.

I posted one interview last month and I think that will be my monthly goal. I’ve recorded a video interview that should be going up soon. This is where I’ll add the link if it goes up during this post. I’ve spoken with a few other authors and think this will go quite smoothly.

As for my writing, not much is happening. Not wanting to feel overwhelmed by my lack of progress with my four current WIPs (Eternal Curse 3, Sayings 2, and a new fantasy, plus I’m still illustrating my educational children’s books) I decided to give my current (seven) published works an overhaul. I’m not rewriting anything, but I’ve been tuning them up and reformatting them for both print and digital. This is time-consuming, but as an indie, the payout is worth it. If I can increase the quality of my work, I will.

ECGAfront5-jpgI’m also thinking of updating my design on the Eternal Curse books. People keep telling me that they think my book is too dark for them and are surprised when they read it. Got me thinking that others might be passing my book up for that very reason. Here’s what I’m thinking of changing to; what do you think of it?

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Are you good at print or digital formatting?
Ever updated your indie work, simply because you can?

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After hanging out with Alex, be sure to stop by and visit this month’s co-hosts:
Tamara Narayan,
Drecker,
Ellen,
Lauren,
Stephen Tremp, and
Julie Flanders!

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Click here to visit other IWSG blogs and sites to receive and share more inspiration and support. (This month, I’m #73).

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

ToiBox Blog Weekly Recap: 11/22/14

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Check out my Recent Posts links or visit the ToiBox Topics to see what I was up to this week, but first try…

Unbreakable – ToiBox Movie Reviews

and this cool Pin board.


Last Saturday I only posted a Weekly recap, but over at You Tube I posted an episode of, So Yeah, Cards for Success.

I started out this week with Sample Sunday 59- EC: Battleground.

On Monday, I posted my Listography of fast food places.

On Tuesday, I added to my Character files Paul’s opinion on the Eternal Curse.

On Wednesday, I posted my November Blogdom.

On Thursday, I posted a Count Your Blessings about books.

And yesterday, I posted a Friday Forecast.

Thanks for hanging out with me this week. I hope to see you again next week.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

Friday Forecast – 11/21/2014

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Highlighting interviewees, guest posters, my standard weekly posts, and whatever else I can think of, going into the next week.


So, here what’s happening next week:

Sunday | Sample Sunday: EC: Giovanni’s Angel

Monday | Mira’s Closet

Tuesday | Character Files: Mr.Thornton’s opinion of the Eternal Curse

Wednesday | Review: The Woodcutter

Thursday | A Day in My Life and Thanksgiving

Friday | Friday Forecast

Saturday |Weekly Recap

Later today | I’m out to support my friend’s small business at a social gathering.

Tomorrow |I may have another Authors Insight to share. I hope to an episode of “Pop Quiz Pressure” on my You Tube channel.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

Blogdom November 2014

BlogdomOh boy, do I have loads to share from my Blogdom (my personal realm of the Blogosphere)!

You may want to bookmark this and come back to it a few times. Good stuff here.

(November 2014)

Book Reviews

-From Green Wizard Publishing, Saved By The Bell: A Review of The Night Porter

-From Should Be Reading, “A. D. 30” by Ted Dekker

-From Jane Dougherty Writes via Tricia Drammeh, The Séance

-From The Masquerade Crew, “Couldn’t stop reading” All Is Silence by @RobertLSlater #dystopia #review

-From On Starships and Dragonwings, Pennyroyal Academy by M. A. Larson ARC {4 Stars}

-From Jennifer Swiger, Keeper VS. Reaper by Jennifer Malone Wright

-From Book Passion for Life, Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige

-From bibliobeth, THE MARTIAN – ANDY WEIR

-From Shelf-Awareness, Maximum Shelf: The Room

Interviews

-From The Wizard’s Cauldron, Sheer Fear: Crime fiction’s Geoffrey West is Back – Around the Cauldron!

-From Authors to Watch, Interview with M.J. Schiller

-From Literary Rambles, KIMBERLEY GRIFFITHS LITTLE INTERVIEW AND FORBIDDEN GIVEAWAY

-From JeanzBookReadNReview, BLOG TOUR – BECOMING BEAUTY BY SARAH E. BOUCHER

-From READING ADDICTION VIRTUAL BOOK TOURS, Possession by @annie_oldham #giveaway

Book Trailers & Other Book Videos

-From Alex J. Cavanaugh (shared), The Tree of Life (part of a playlist)

-From Glenn Kleier, The Knowledge of Good & Evil – Book Trailer

-From Eerdmans Publishing, Book Trailer for CRAZY by Linda Vigen Phillips

-From Martina Boone, Compulsion by Martina Boone

-From William Powers, New Slow City Book Trailer

Short Stories & Excerpts & Poems

-From 4covert2overt, Arcadia (The Wonderlust Chronicles #1) by Hope Christine

Writing

-From IWSG, DRESSING—AND UNDRESSING—YOUR CHARACTERS by Best Selling Author, Ruth Harris

-From Live Write Thrive, The March of the Adjectives

-From Creative Writing with the Crimson League, How to make time to write when there is no time

-From Live Write Thrive, How Small Projects Can Keep You Rolling in the Dry Spells

Blogging

-From Alex J. Cavanaugh, Have Authors Killed Blogging?…(plus other stuff)

-From Divahound Blog, Three Reasons Why Having a Blog is Important for Your Small Business

Marketing

-From Book Marketing Buzz Blog, 57 Twitter & Social Media Tools For Authors

-From Contemporary Books, The IndieView interviews our book reviewer

-From Alana Munro, Top Tips to Market your Ebook Online – Making the Most of your Amazon Free Days

-From She Writes, PRODUCT PLACEMENT IN BOOKS–WHAT DO YOU THINK?

News

-From BookMarketingBuzzBlog, Amazon: Time To Sell!

-From TIME via Shelf Awareness, Amazon’s Dispute With Hachette Might Finally Be Hurting Its Sales

-From Shelf Awareness, Amazon Now Controls ‘.book’ Domain Name Extension

-From Digital Book World, Hachette and Amazon Bury the Hatchet

-From The New York Times, With ‘High Maintenance,’ Vimeo Invests in Original Content

-From Marilynn Dawson via LinkedIn, Ok authors, GO CHECK YOUR AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE! They’ve added a new feature

Movie Reviews, Trailers, & More

-From The Armchair Squid, Family Movie Night: E.T.

-From The Geek Twins, Support Female Sci-Fi Film THE HADES PIT

-From Derrick Ferguson, JOHN WICK

Entertainment

-From USA Gymnastics, Simone Biles – Floor – 2014 World Championships – Event Finals

-From BookMarketingBuzzBlog, Text Me When You Die

-From Smorgasbord, The Afternoon Video – Random acts of kindness by man for animals.

-From A Cup of Jo, Six stretches for people who sit at desks

-From Tynga’s Reviews, Soapboxing: Inspiration or Theft

By including links to these articles, reviews, interviews, etc…I am not endorsing the opinions of these bloggers and writers, but am simply sharing the highlights of my blog reading experience.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

ToiBox Blog Weekly Recap: 11/15/14

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Check out my Recent Posts links or visit the ToiBox Topics to see what I was up to this week, but first try…

Who Censored Roger Rabbit & A Discovery of Witches

This cool Pin.


Last Saturday I posted an Authors Insight after my Weekly recap. Over at You Tube I posted an episode of, Vinyl on My Mind: The Best of Benny Goodman.

I started out this week with Sample Sunday 58- It’s Like the Full Moon.

On Monday, I posted my Top 5 Marvel Heroes.

On Tuesday, I observed Veteran’s Day. Then I added to my Character files Teddy’s opinion on the Eternal Curse. I forgot to share my visit to the Blood and Ink blog, so please check it out now.

On Wednesday, I posted a Post from the Past breaking down Sinclair Manor.

On Thursday, I posted a Tea and Conversation about fathers.

And yesterday, I posted a special Friday Forecast which featured my 4th Mock Squid Soup Review: Space Battleship Yamato. Then I posted a review of The Once and Future King. Lastly I shared a post I contributed to on Daily Dose of Gratitude.

Thanks for hanging out with me this week. I hope to see you again next week.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords