Author has written 36 stories for Ninja Turtles, and Rise of the Guardians.
Something new- Since some friends expressed interest in having someplace to gather to discuss our fave heroes on Facebook, we have started a Group. If you have a Facebook account and would like to join the conversation, come check us out at Turtle Talk: http://www.facebook.com/groups/TurtleTalk/.
There is also an awesome group specifically for Fan Fiction writers, of any fandom, called Fanfic Legit, and run by our own FairDrea: https://www.facebook.com/groups/382002891905520/
The people of Fanfiction.net never cease to amaze me and touch my heart.
Since this posting, she has added some portraits of my OC women. I am overwhelmed by such a beautiful gift. Thank you so much.
Something new: FF.net author Lynn Watkins shared this in a FB group, and I'm passing the link on for all FF.net writers. Some EXCELLENT advice here!! And, as a bonus, this blog is mostly dedicated to FF writers. Enjoy!
PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, READ THIS ARTICLE BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO WRITE FIRST-PERSON FAN FICTION!!
Some excellent advice for those serious about becoming a writer: How To Become a Writer
Critical information for writers from storyteller Ira Glass.
I've begun writing a blog about writing. It will primarily focus on writing and publishing novels for young adults and children, but I hope to share plenty of general writing tips as well. You can find me at From Mary's Pen. Comments are welcome!
UPDATE: July, 2014- My personal blog, Life, Dreams, and a Turtle, has been discontinued for now. If and when I begin again, I will share the link.
"If you want to write a really good story, you've got to take your Hero, your main character, and drive him to the highest hill you can find. When you've got him cornered at the edge of a precipice, with no way out... Push him off."
Well good grief, how did that happen? I blinked, and a year has gone by.
I've now been divorced for a full year. Crazy... it doesn't seem possible.
Writing is going well- I'm making my living now as a freelancer.
All this means that my fan fiction is coming together slowly, far more slowly than I would like, but I am persevering. Thank you to those who've enjoyed and reviewed my narrative drabble series, Nobody's Drabbles. They've been fun to write and to share. I hope to have a proper book finished soon.
And speaking of books. There is a temptation amongst many of us, who have been writers for a time, to make an attempt at self-publishing. E-books are so easy... all you have to do is up load your manuscript and find some artwork on Flickr or some free stock art site, and... voila! You're a published author.
Except... It's not quite that simple.
My advice is this: If you're going to publish original fiction, be sure to have it professionally edited. Yes, I'm serious. Not having an editor go over your manuscript is the surest way to allow typos, spelling, and grammar errors to slip in. I don't mean your Great Aunt Sally, who used to be an English teacher, either. I mean an actual professional editor. There are plenty of freelancers, but be sure to ask about credentials and what reference books they use. Most will refer to Merriam Webster's dictionary, and the Chicago Manual of Style, if they're US based. Other countries may have other reference guides, but those are the ones I'm most familiar with.
Expect to pay for editing- it can be expensive. Editors, in general, earn about $40-60 an hour. The number of pages an editor can get through ranges from 2-10 an hour, depending on how heavily the manuscript needs to be edited. A professional editor will be able to give you an estimate after reading a few pages of the manuscript.
The next expense is a cover designer. Yes, you do need to hire one. And no, you can't simply use an image you found by using Google Images. Or even Flickr. You need permission, in most cases, to use an image for a cover, and Creative Commons licensing is tricky when it comes to commercial use like a book cover. Using original, high-quality cover art is important to creating a professional-looking finished product.
Finally, unless you're willing to learn the formatting process yourself, you'll need to hire someone to format your book for e-publication.
That's all for now, folks. Bottom line- And please don't take this as a knock against the many very good writers who share their work with the rest of us via fanfiction- writing fanfic, no matter how long you've been at it, does not automatically qualify you to publish original fiction, and if you're serious about writing professionally, it's imperative that any self-publishing efforts are professionally done, with serious attention to detail. Failure to take the proper steps to self-publication can result in a poorly-presented, unedited work, which makes you stand out to editors- as a rank, and unpublishable, amateur.
Self-publishing is one of the possible roads to publication. Just don't make the mistake of thinking it's a shortcut.
PS If you're wondering about my educational activities: UPDATED 4-26-13
Last term, I completed my Associate's degree! My very first college degree, at 40 years old. It was crazy and awesome and I still have a long way to go. I'm working toward my Bachelors in Literature and Writing now, and looking forward to a bright future.
I plan to transfer to another local SUNY school, to enter their Masters program in English and American Literature. The degree would open some doors for me in writing, editing and teaching jobs. I'm not cut out to work behind a desk, as a book editor or agent, but a degree carries a lot of respect in writing circles. It would allow me to teach at conferences, gain more credibility as a freelance editor, and even allow me to teach as a substitute in the public schools. For anyone serious about writing professionally, it's a degree path to consider.
Helpful links for writers:
Like a picture of your OC? Or how about a portrait of your pet?
Melody Winters http://www.fanfiction.net/MelodyWinters is now taking commissions for her amazing artwork. See her profile or her Deviant Art page for details. (I have to say, her portrait of Splinter "Trusting Eyes" is one of the most beautiful and expressive portrayals of him I've seen.)
A SHAMELESS PROMOTION: Candelight has written... Well, what can I say? She's created a story that... you just have to read it. If you love fluff, if you love chibi turtles, danger, action, drama, suspense and laughter... You will love Motherly Affection. http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5406163/1/Motherly_Affection
It's a must-read. I don't say that often folks, but neither am I so honored by such a rich and amazing gift.
My dear Lauren, Doomo arigatoo gozaimasu, imouto.
I'd like to take a moment to share the url to a fanfic I recently discovered in the archives, which has become my all-time favorite. Please read... You'll either shake your head and wonder what kind of weirdo I am after all, or you'll fall in love with it, too. May we all, in our own way, leave a legacy.
UPDATE: 1/31/10- An illustration for Motherly Affection (see link below), Hide -n- Seek is completed. It shouldn't be LEGAL for Mikey to be this cute. :)
Thank you, Brynna!!