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April Indie Author Spotlight: Shirley Gilmore

authormjpatrick

2019-04-18T01:39:32.000Z

Thank you, Writing Community on Twitter. It was through you that I discovered Shirley Gilmore and then her book, Bucky and the Lukefahr Ladies: Walking the Labyrinth. It didn’t take long to know I wanted to devour the story to discover what was up with Simon Carter and his dogged determination to keep his daughter,...

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Indie Author Spotlight: Andrew McDowell

authormjpatrick

2019-04-14T19:46:17.000Z

In honor of Indie April, I’ve asked self-published author Andrew McDowell, a fellow member of the Maryland Writers’ Association, questions about his debut novel Mystical Greenwood and lessons learned. We’re both writing our second novels. And so, I wanted to take time out to consider what we are doing differently the second time around. M.J....

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On The Pond with Dick and Jane

authormjpatrick

2019-02-26T03:39:53.000Z

Some time ago, in the twenty-first century, Dick and Jane received a desperate phone call from their propane company. “Have you seen the size of our trucks? You need to trim back your trees. Branches are brushing against the sides, and top of our vehicles.” Well, if Dick and Jane wanted hot water and to...

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M.J.’s Mismatched Month

authormjpatrick

2019-02-12T17:01:59.000Z

February is short on days, and I’m short on time. Instead of the blog I’ve pondered on throughout the week, Sawmills and Sappy Characters. I’ve decided to go with MJ’s Mismatched Month. Mismatched, in what way? Well, my to-do list has expanded past February’s 28 days, allowing mayhem to trample, twist, and tug my schedule...

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Indie Author Spotlight: L.R. Trovillion

authormjpatrick

2019-02-03T16:47:26.000Z

Welcome to the third and final installment of the False Gods cover reveals. For those of you tuning in for the first time, I’ll recap or you can go to the first blog. While participating in a Self-Publishing panel with L. R. Trovillion, she brought her first novel, False Gods, with three different covers. It...

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Covered for Success, p2

authormjpatrick

2019-01-31T21:54:26.000Z

Author L. R. Trovillion brought her book, False Gods, in three different covers, to the Maryland Writer’s Association’s Howard County’s January chapter meeting as an example of a hard lesson learned. It was such a striking visual demonstration I asked if I could share it with you. In last week’s blog, Are You Covered for...

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Are you Covered for Success?

authormjpatrick

2019-01-29T04:16:15.000Z

Do you judge a book by its cover? Answer truthfully. It’s a trick question; we all do. Whether the book sits on a library shelf, a bookstore display shelf, or the digital shelf. It’s the cover that grabs our attention, that compels us to examine it further, that makes us wonder what point in the...

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Are you Covered for Success?

authormjpatrick

2019-01-29T04:16:15.000Z

Do you judge a book by its cover? Answer truthfully. It’s a trick question; we all do. Whether the book sits on a library shelf, a bookstore display shelf, or the digital shelf. It’s the cover that grabs our attention, that compels us to examine it further, that makes us wonder what point in the...

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Self-Publishing 101

authormjpatrick

2019-01-22T03:50:11.000Z

On January 17th, the Howard County Chapter of Maryland Writer’s Association had a panel of three independent authors discuss their self-publishing experiences, which I was one. Let me say, I enjoyed spending the evening learning from the other 2 panelists, L. R. Trovillion, and Eileen McIntire, as well as from our esteemed audience. I wasn’t...

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Stress Kills Creativity

authormjpatrick

2019-01-13T21:54:56.000Z

I entered 2019 feeling rejuvenated – my creativity glowed green as ideas for blogs, and short stories filled my inner-eye. Goals of completing my second book gave me heady visions of near-term accomplishments. I was ready-set-go, and let’s get this done. Coming home from work the day after New Year’s I popped open my laptop...

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2019 New Year Resolutions – A Love-Hate Relationship

authormjpatrick

2019-01-01T00:30:04.000Z

Before the ball drops from its pinnacle in New York City’s Times Square, did you reflect on the past 365 days? Did you make resolutions for the new year ahead? I used to make resolutions. You know, the typical ones like save money, weight loss, exercise more, and etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Along the way, I...

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Is Atlas for You?

authormjpatrick

2018-12-23T20:27:29.000Z

Are early access games for me? Are they for you? We’ve been warned, the early access label means a game is under construction, barely beta. Think twice. Expect delays, outages, and other unpleasant surprises. How many Atlas adventurers have given up? Asked for a refund? Determined that Atlas is nothing more than a cut and...

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Independent Developers Monthly Spotlight: Flippfly

authormjpatrick

2018-12-17T08:10:05.000Z

As a self-published author, I have an appreciation for indie’s or independent artists, creatives, and small companies that struggle to discover their voice, to find their audience, and to get their products noticed despite commercial brand’s abilities to mass produce, mass market, mass advertise. I’d never thought much about independent game developers until I researched...

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Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass: Worth It?

authormjpatrick

2018-12-09T03:17:20.000Z

In the days of yore (you probably don’t remember) games were delivered to your front door, by a postal carrier dressed in blue. Gamestop wasn’t a twinkle in a child’s eye. Worse yet, game trailers, game streamers, and games online weren’t a thing. It was difficult to decipher by the picture on the box, by...

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Back In The Game

authormjpatrick

2018-12-02T21:27:53.000Z

My thoughts to your thoughts – ur, I mean this is for those who used to play games before life usurped free time. It’s dedicated to those interested but too shy to try. In the past year or two, I’ve slowly emerged from my turtle shell of adulting into a tantalizing paradise of games and...

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Challenge Accepted: Mixer Season 2!

Bicycle Walrus

2018-11-01T04:00:00.000Z

Bicycle Walrus introduces Challenge Accepted, DM21 Gaming's new Podcast solo hosted by Bicycle Walrus himself. Bdubz is a partnered streamer on Mixer, a professional shoutcaster and host, as well as a content creator for three years running. He gives his perspective on the Mixer Season 2 announcement. Furthermore, he offers hard truths and encouragement for middling and small content creators trying to make this a career.

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Book Blurbs

authormjpatrick

2017-12-17T21:54:42.000Z

Instead of writing, jeez don’t roll your eyes at me, I was taking a break scrolling through Facebook. You know, to give my brain a break. Well, anyway an ad was playing a video that caught my attention. I didn’t turn on the sound but read the subtitles on how this person did this one...

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What’s a Writer To Do?

authormjpatrick

2017-12-17T20:54:36.000Z

What’s harder, writing or marketing a book? After publishing The House on Moss Swamp Road in October, I have a total of four reviews. I’ll be honest, I’m thrilled to have them. But I’m told I need 20 or more for Amazon to include them in the also bought and you might like lists. To...

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Wildflowers

authormjpatrick

2017-10-03T03:11:04.000Z

I answered the office phone. My husband asked, “Have you heard?” “Heard what?” My mind immediately jumped to last night’s terrible event in Las Vegas. Did we know someone who had been killed or hurt at the country concert? “Tom Petty died.” His words shocked me. The refrain ‘the day the music died’ from American...

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Kill Your Darlings – but keep them

authormjpatrick

2017-09-29T01:55:25.000Z

I love my editor. I really do. And she did her job by cutting out scenes that slowed down the story or didn’t add to the plot. But, but I liked the prose I’d worked so hard on. From the cutting room floor, here are a couple of my darlings I parted with from The...

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Different

authormjpatrick

2017-09-27T21:09:15.000Z

Entering writing contests is like riding a roller coaster, and it’s a great learning experience. It gives you a deadline, a word limit, and a theme. Perhaps a genre you’ve never considered writing. There’s nothing like fear to get your creative juices flowing. Shake it up. Try writing in first, second, or third person. Try...

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Rock Bottom

authormjpatrick

2017-09-27T01:43:07.000Z

A Short Story by M.J. Patrick I lay my last bill on the polished granite countertop. “Let me buy this round.” If I appear desperate, the odds of sleeping in bed tonight decrease considerably. The mocking voices in my head are quiet, due to the amount of liquor I’m consuming...

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The Parachute Filler

authormjpatrick

2017-09-27T00:42:48.000Z

A Short Story by M.J. Patrick I woke not recognizing my surroundings. Evidently, I’d slept soundly based on the amount of drool left on the couch’s throw pillow.

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The House on Moss Swamp Road

authormjpatrick

2017-09-26T10:46:37.000Z

What an exciting week. Two years of work culminated today when I hit the Publish button on my first novel, The House on Moss Swamp Road. I have many people to thank. If Tim, my middle son, hadn’t written Platform 21, I wouldn’t be writing this blog today. Thanks, Tim! Writing can consume you. Beautiful...

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