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My Daily Post – Incredible Libraries

The Latest 

1) 15 Pics of Incredible Libraries Around the World – By Sifter – – Stunning and breathtaking rooms! Which is your favorite?

 2) Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge # 174 – By Shane Arthur –

3)  7 Tips to Increase Your Blog Comments- By Charlene Kingston – Social Media Examiner –

4) Literary Agents – Writer Beware – By SFWA –

5) Do you  Write For Cheap? – By The Renegade Writer –

6) Keeping Lit Alive – The Salem Literature Festival – By Brunonia Barry –

7) A Lesson Learnt in Communication – By Adii Rockstar – WooCamp –


Quote of the Day

“Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write. If all feels hopeless, if that famous ‘inspiration’ will not come, write. If you are a genius, you’ll make your own rules, but if not – and the odds are against it – go to your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper – write. ” – J. B. Priestly



Writing – Eco Arts Awards – Annual competition in six creative genres based on inspired interpretation of the meaning of Ecology – – Deadline September 30, 2011



Featured Book(s)

  • Science Fiction & Fantasy Book – The Wise Man’s Fear – Kingkiller Chronicles –  By Patrick Rothfuss



My Daily Post – Toss Productivity Out . . .


The Latest 

1) Toss Productivity Out – By Leo Babauta – Gives great productivity advice –

2)12 Frugal Compromises – By Meg Favreau – A list of good compromises to save –

3)  The 40K Books Keyword Interview on The Future of the Book – By Joel Friedlander – As usual, Joel gives great input to the changing publishing industry – 

4) They – By the simple dollar – Reasons “they” may not be to blame and what to do about it –

5)  Talent and Vendors – By Seth Godin –

6) Are You Your Worst Enemy? – By Plot Whisperer – teaching you to explore the antagonists in your life to lead to transformation –

7) Embrace Your Irrational Colleagues – By Ron Ashkenas – Harvard Business Review – Explanations and tips on understanding and dealing with people’s irrationality –

8) How to Choose Between “Into” or “Onto” and Their Two-Word Forms – By Mark Nichol – Another great Daily Writing Tip –

9) Becoming a literary agent: introductory course – By Agent Sydney – Call my Agent! –


Quote of the Day

“One hasn’t become a writer until one has distilled writing into a habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession. Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic, physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating.” – Niyi Osundare



2012 National Writing Contest – Prescott College – Fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry – deadline Oct. 1, 2011 –



Featured Book(s)

  • Science Fiction Book Release: Debris – The Veiled Worlds – From the series: Angry Robot – By Jo Anderton – to be released in Sept. 2011



My Daily Post – People are biased . . .


The Latest 

1)People are biased against creative ideas, studies find – By Mary Catt – Cornell University – Discusses how creative ideas are viewed by most –

2)Free Character Chart – By Charlotte Dillon – Used for character development – A whole list to identify your characters –

3)Content Writing – By Dawn Copeman – Dawn answers questions from readers regarding content writing –

4) The Flash Fiction Market – By C.M Saunders – An explanation of flash fiction and its market –

5)Submit your writing – By mslexia – Previously unpublished submissions from women for the magazine –

6)SEO Copywriting to Do Better Link Building – Things You Have to Know – By Carl Wilkinson – Pen and Ink Today –

7)Choosing a Novel’s Protagonist – By Novel-Writing-Help –


Quote of the Day

“Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.” – A. A. Milne



Mslexia 2011  Women’s Novel Competition – open to unpublished women novelists in various genres –


Featured Book(s)

  • New Fantasy Book Release:  Prospero Regained – From series Prospero’s Daughter – By L. Lamplighter – Released in September 2011


I’ve been asked about how I came up with my author symbol, so here’s its story.

During the design of my website, I searched for a symbol or icon that was unique to me as an author, something to use to authenticate my original work. I decided on a coat of arms. I’m an admirer of family and official crests, so I thought a personally designed coat of arms specifically for an author was a good solution.

  • I wanted various qualities to my coat of arms, so I put considerable thought into its layout
  • I wanted to use a shield for my coat of arms since heraldry has always been an interest of mine
  • I wanted it simple, so that with a single glance, its meaning was clear
  • I wanted it authentic, a coat of arms that depicts my personal message as an author

Considering the above points, I began to select images for the various parts.

Crest – I omitted for simplicity.

Top mantle – I adorned with my initials, ACL.

Shield supporters – I also omitted these for simplicity sake.

Shield plate – I put as my charge, a quill that symbolizes a writing implement for a writer and has been used as a principle writing tool for many centuries. Without a tool to get the words out, the words would remain locked in the writer’s imagination. As a collector of quills, it seemed an appropriate insignia to use.

The banner – Not all coats of arms have banners, but I have always found it to be one of the more attractive features. I omitted the top banner and settled only for a bottom one. Rather than just put my name on it, I wanted the banner to convey what I, as a writer, wanted to share with my readers. The words I had inscribed onto my banner were Socius Scientiae, Latin, meaning to share knowledge.

Knowledge is all-powerful. It eliminates fear, it makes life easier, it can save lives, and it paves the road to freedom. As a writer, it’s not just about sharing knowledge, it’s about using those wise words to entertain readers.

So there you have it; the creation of Alandra CL’s coat of arms.