Wednesday, June 28, 2006

reading up again..

I'm in the middle of four books right now: Prime Evil, Deathport, Soft and Others, and Do androids dream of electric sheep? If you ask me how I could juggle through all the books without losing track of a story, I have no idea. But my brain has this uncanny ability to retain memory of which part of the story on what book I left off and I have no trouble continuing with the story again. I suppose this is another example of women's multi-tasking talents.

Hollywood is making a film based on the sci-fi novel of P.D. James, "The Children of Men." I read the novel a year ago and I found the story flat, compared to the types of sci-fi anthologies I've been reading, of course.

"The Children of Men (1992) is a dystopian novel by P.D. James set in England in 2021. It is based on a simple yet gruesome and thought-provoking idea: What would happen if, over night, women all over the world stopped becoming pregnant? What would happen if, over the years, that situation turned out to be irrevocable? What influence would universal infertility have on people's minds and attitudes, on their behaviour, on politics? How would public order be maintained? How would society cope with an ever-ageing and dwindling world population? Would there be any hope left? In The Children of Men, James describes a Britain being steadily depopulated, at the same time telling a thrilling tale revolving around a small group of people who cannot, and do not want to, fit in with the disillusioned and apathetic masses." -- taken fron Wikipedia

It feels nice to have read something and see a movie version of it. That's what I want to do If I ever become a scriptwriter. For now, I have to start attending classes if I want to achieve one of my dreams. Wouldn't it be great though if a novel I wrote will become a film? Wow! :)

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


CRAP...that's what the client said about my 700+ word article. Crap? I put my mind into that article and you call it crap! That's an hour and 15 minutes of my life. And what? You're just paying me 100 pesos for that article! To hell with you! I can get a writing gig that pays ten times as much.

Ok fine, I don't take criticism too well but only if it's unconstructive. Saying that my article is crap, period, is not very helpful feedback. Besides, if you can't write your own article don't be too quick to judge a writer. We are not wizards who can conjure up perfection in a snap. We need time, inspiration and motivation to work.

Right now my motivation is money and that makes poor inspiration to write an original masterpiece. But I'll try again. I'm not too stubborn to do rewrites.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

7 reasons

Here are seven reasons why writers (like me) should blog:

7 reasons every writer needs to blog
by Deanna Mascle

If you are a writer and you are not blogging then you should be. While many people simply dismiss blogging because of its description as a web diary they are missing a lot of traffic and revenue generating opportunities every day. Many internet entrepreneurs work hard to publish their blogs but as a writer you have the ability to easily create the content you need without needing to hire out. In fact, publishing a blog can be the perfect way for you to profit from your writing.

In truth blogs are much more than a simple web diary. They are actually a content management system and/or an easy web site template. Blogging software allows you to begin posting your content to the internet in minutes and when you harness that ability with an RSS feed you have a powerful traffic magnet.

I have come up with 7 reasons why every writer should have a blog and RSS feed.

1. Publishing a regularly updated blog helps you keep in touch with your existing audience. Whether they come for your style or subject matter, your readers will appreciate having ready access to your material.

2. A blog can help you attract new readers. Your blog entries (posts or articles) will become fodder for the search engines and will attract new visitors. Once a reader has found something of interest in one blog entry they are likely to move onto other entries as well.

3. Blogs and RSS feeds often rank higher in search engines than traditional web sites. Search engines love blogs and RSS feeds. If you design your blog properly then every time you update it the search engines are notified. Even if you don't regularly ping most search engines will revisit blogs more frequently. Plus the very organization of a blog lends itself to spidering and good search engine ranking.

4. Blogs can help you establish or build your reputation in a particular field. As your blog grows you will demonstrate your knowledge in your chosen niche.

5. Blogs and RSS feeds are good revenue streams. You can add pay-per-click ads, affiliate ads, or sell ad space on your blogs. In fact, many PPC companies also provide the ability to add PPC to your RSS feeds.

6. Blogs are great ways to generate leads. Even if you don't want to put any advertising on your blog you can use it to promote or capture leads for your own ezine or newsletter. These are great leads as the fact that they came from your blog means they are already interested in your topic and predisposed to your individual message. If you have ebooks or other products to sell then you can use your blog to promote these as well.

7. Creating your own blog is the easiest way to establish a presence on the internet and creating an RSS feed is even easier. In fact, it is also the cheapest way to get started on the internet as there are a number of free blogging sites out there. I started out with and usually recommend them but have heard others point to several other top blogging sites as well. The blogging software that I now use is WordPress and also happens to be free. In fact, most web hosts now offer WordPress (or other free blogging software) as a free site add-on through Fantastico. Installing WordPress from scratch is quick and easy but Fantastico makes it even easier. Blogs created at Blogger have an RSS feed created for them and WordPress also creates feeds in several variations automatically.

As you can see there are several benefits to starting your own blog and RSS feed. If you can count that many benefits from a tool that is also free and easy then you are foolish not to begin using it for yourself. I don't know a writer who isn't looking for additional ways to profit from their writing and blogging is the perfect solution.


Thursday, June 15, 2006

and then my wish came true...

my fairy godmother finally answered!!!

and I'm so glad she did. :)

Now I have no excuse to finish my short stories, novel and articles.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

writer site

Being a web copywriter, I have learned a lot from the articles online. I joined a lot of writing-related websites and some have been a great help to me in getting into and understanding the writing business. I'd like to share with you one of my favorite writer sites - WORLDWIDE FREELANCE ( )

If you want to learn more about being a freelance writer, check out their webpage. Here's one of their more recent articles explaining ghostwriting:

Feature Article: What is a Ghostwriter?
by Gary McLaren

Do you believe in ghosts? They are mostly unseen. Unnoticeable. And believe it or not they are moving behind the scenes in the publishing industry. If you're lucky you might catch a fleeting glimpse. They are officially called 'ghostwriters'.

A ghostwriter is a writer who writes on an assigned topic under someone else's name, with their consent. They often write books completely from scratch but sometimes their work involves rewriting or polishing an existing work.

Most books by famous personalities are actually written by ghostwriters. When you see an autobiography or memoir from a politician, businessperson, or celebrity, chances are that it has been written by a ghostwriter...

Click here for more of the article...

Sunday, June 04, 2006

reading away

At night, during my coffee break, on my way home and while I'm in the john..I read my books. And because of sheer persistence, these are the books I've finished:
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
  • The Changed Man by Orson Scott Card
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Ann Rice
  • Dark Masques ed. by J.N. Williamson
I still have twenty plus books to read but I'll get to them soon enough.
My writer's spirit is energized because of my need to get paid and do more things besides writing. It's not yet a torrential downpour of images, story ideas and perspective but a light dizzle. At this moment, I welcome even just dark cloud in my sky of inspiration. No more excuse of Writer's Block. This time, it's all business.

Hehe! Tough words for someone who scares so easily..