Appreciation of Other Bloggers

September 30, 2012

My Blogger Appreciation Awards


First and foremost I would like to say ‘Thank You’ to Kyred’s Blog  for nominating me for her version this award. Please click to see her blog, it’s a friendly place to check out.

If you decide to carry it on, be honest, and run these 5 steps below. The rules for receiving this award are as follows.
1. When you pass it on, provide a link to your post, and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
2. Answer 10 questions within your own blog (see them below) this is for new readers to get to know you, as you may be re-blogged or bookmarked.
3. Nominate other blogs that you find a joy to read. (10 is a great number to aim for)

4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know that they have been nominated.
5. Include the award logo within your own blog post.

The Questions

(the question list originally stemmed from a knitter’s blog, a bit ago, I’m switching things up and going literary)

Things about E.J.
Your favourite colour? Burgundy, it reminds me of royalty.
Your favourite animal to include in a story? Cats. Large-headed, vocal fluff balls.
Your favourite non-alcoholic drink while writing? Sun tea.
Printed books or e-books?  As long as they’ve been edited to an inch of their lives, either, no preference.
Your favourite writer(s) now? Each one I coach, as I work with them.

Your favourite writer(s) ten years ago? Catherine Ryan Hyde & Christopher Moore.
Your favourite poet Classic & Current?  Classics: Alexander Pope. Current: Nick Flynn.
Your favourite time of day to write?  I’m a 24/7 type of writer.
What is your passion when it comes to your writing?  A combo of brevity with the visual, physical & visceral, well mixed. And also, too- perhaps a dash of grace and beauty.

…And my blogger nominees

I know that not everyone has time to add these awards to their own blogs, or reading lists, but here’s hoping you’ll get something from checking out these links just the same. I find that each of these bloggers have a genuine and interesting voice. And all offer a personal take on craft, writing, books, and literacy.



Samuel Snoek-Brownof He writes, post his and other writer’s work. And then, discussesthe work posted.  I cannot say enough about a blogger who goes that extra step. 
Justine  Larbalestierof What a find, –a writer who wants to speak of writing on their blog. Like the others listed, Justine is one I’ll always follow. My great luck finding her. 
Meg Rosoffof Meg. Wonderful writer. Crack-up blogger. She makes my day sometimes, whether by blog or twitter post.
Josephine Carrof Her reviews led to two or more books I’m wondering how I missed on my own.  I always click over to see what’s new on her blog. 
Zohar Laorof Zohar always has a book on review I’d not think of on my own, then, there it is. Another one I can’t stop from adding to my wish list. 
Jennifer Snoek-Brownof

She blogs about librarians & film. And she does so very, engagingly. It’s my dream site I that never thought I’d ever stumble across.  O, Joy! I did!

September 28, 2012

Some good thoughts when starting up any story effort. What we know and experience can morph into what we are ready to write. Thanks, for the blog. JC

September 24, 2012

New Scrivener’ers – here’s some good info for more that Scrivener can do!! Check it out.
And consider stopping in to read David’s new online work too!

Here’s to Beautiful Writing

September 15, 2012

Here’s to beautiful writing because we’ve worked so dammed hard to make it beautiful.

~ e.j. runyon

Bridge in fog



This summer, having finished

a)   my Graduate Certification in Online Teaching & Learning, and

 b)   my manuscript for my upcoming how to write fiction book, and

c)   my Camp NaNo June & August effort: first draft of ‘All Soul’s Day’, a new WIP

I decided to treat myself to a software program called Scrivener for the upcoming November 2012 NaNo effort – Read the rest of this entry »

New publication

September 13, 2012

Novices, Now hear This!
Read this short short story. Think about how you get your world across to your readers.

Study this writer’s simple word choices, and their powerful effect.
That is All.

Samuel Snoek-Brown

I am so, SO happy to share my story “Lightning My Pilot” with you now that it’s up at Bartleby Snopes today. It’s easily the happiest, most pleasant story I’ve ever written. Like, my mom loves this story. It’s that pleasant. But I love it, too — it’s definitely up on my top five list right now — so don’t think it’s all sunshine and roses. In fact, it’s all clouds and brooding.

It’s complicated.

Which is why I love it.

The other reason I’m so thrilled to share this publication with you is that it puts me in the company of so many great writers who’ve published in Bartleby Snopes, especially the excellent Sarah Rose Etter, whose beautiful story “Koala Tide” appeared here, and Ethel Rohan, whose awesome “A Family Outing” is also here. I can’t tell you how honored I am…

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Here’s To Telling Tales

September 9, 2012

My collection of short stories, Claiming One has been on the shelves, in stores and online since January of this year.  It’s made a small dent which my publisher, Inspired Quill is happy with, as am I, and I have a book trailer on YouTube that is getting some hits, the feedback I’ve gotten on it is all positive. Though, I could definitely use as few more reviews online.

Claiming One Book Cover

Claiming One Book Cover

( Claiming One B & N, Amazon )

But, this Saturday was the first bookstore reading I’ve had for my small offering. And that was a step for me. The event called for my reading work aloud. And, in my mind, for me to attempt dressing well. I figured the reading aloud I could handle.

But the dressing well – think board-shorts, Teva sandals, cotton vests over big t-shirts, and a lot of cat hairs (my usual outfit). I called for help and my friend Mari took me shopping to choose a few things that girls wear, including a pair of slip-ons that had, as Mari informed me, kitten heels. (Kitten Heels? Yikes!)

So this Saturday I donned all that fake stuff, made sure most of the bed-hair had been tamed, checked my teeth, and made my way to the Barnes & Noble on campus, half an hour early, because I too was hyper to sit at home waiting.

Twenty-one folks showed up, (3 times as many as I expected) we ran out of books to sell, I read one story (Going to Emergency) then looked up into a crowd of smiles and asked if there were any questions.

And they wanted to start talking about the story! Asking questions, wanting to know the how’s and why’s. Nodding ‘yeah’ as I spoke. Waiting for more. Continuing to smile, to agree, to get what I was saying. Heady stuff.

There were half a dozen or so writing students there from the NMSU English department and we ended up having a nice chat about writing and art. And how to let yourself be free to write. To ask the What if? about our story ideas.  I mentioned my website, and it didn’t even feel out of place to do so. Weird.

I even got email addresses from some of them to continue those conversations.

I told one young man, Pedro, the story about Zoe Amory’s Cover Art work, and how when you have good fortune (my being selected by a publisher) sharing it with others brings in more of it.

Everyone wanted to have their book signed, and they ended up sitting down and talking to me as I did the signatures, each with their own little story to convey, I felt like they wanted to make me a friend, as we spoke.

One person showed up late, was told we’d run out of books and asked, “What about that one?” – pointing to the display copy still on the stand. I grabbed it up for her, and sat to sign it. We ended up speaking for a bit. How nice was that?!?  An second woman met up with me and she sat talking with my two friends and me down in the store’s café area, I promised to have a book for her Monday, from my own box of copies.

Aside from my feet hurting in my *kitten heel shoes* it was a lovely event! I’ve never felt so at ease in my life.
Please, if you know of a blogger who reviews Short Story/Literary Fiction, pass this blog post on to them. I’m interested in expanding my blog tour.


Sense Memories and Your Writing

August's Winner's Badge

August’s Winner’s Badge

I finished my Camp NaNoWrMo August event with 55,400+ words written. It was a blast. And I think I took my writing to a few new places I hadn’t tried for before.

It was a great time, even though it happened alongside a summer Teaching Practicum and the delivering of my newest Manuscript to my Publisher, Inspired Quill.

Life is what happens while we’re busy making plans.  I won’t have changes a minute of the summer. it was full of creativity and  risks I’m so glad to have try.

One thing I found was this new way for attacking my writing: Deconstruction as a way in to you own work.

It really turned this August writing effort into something  unexpected. That new method for me, coupled with the normal way I work brought up some much deeper and I think, more profound

My normal method of writing works something like this:

  • I think about stuff for a while… then,
  • I begin to remember things: incidents, voices, images, opportunities (taken & lost)
  • I start taking notes
  • I ask a lot of ‘What if?’ questions
  • I twist things beyond recognition
  • I plan what I’ll write
  • I start writing
  • I stray way afar from my original plans
  • I stick to and enhance some of my original plans
  • I think about upcoming edits I’ll be doing once my first draft is done
  • I manage to finish a full first draft.
  • I think about stuff for a while…

Today, we’ll just review that second item, Remembering Things.  For me it works like this:

I cast my mind back and remember:

a time I was at a mini-writer’s conference (an informal, 3-day weekend kind of get together), and after some ribbing from a fellow writer, bantering that got a bit too close to the bone in its teasing tone, I pointed a finger, leaned into the table we sat around, and heard myself saying, low: Just because I’m smitten with you doesn’t mean I won’t kick your ass.’

 That is a sense memory.

There are two things I might do with this memory in my fiction writing.

I could take the ‘Writing What You Know’ road, and excavate this life-moment. Creating a thinly disguised scene that takes nearly all of its content from the actual event in my life.

There’s nothing wrong with writing like this. But frankly, I really don’t think my life experiences are al that riveting. For me, when it comes to writing, sticking too closely to reality is a bore.

So I tend to take the other path: The ‘Using What You Know in Your Writing’ road.

I spend some time thinking a bit on that line:  ‘Just because I’m smitten with you doesn’t mean I won’t kick your ass.’

Then, I start taking notes. They are usually ‘What if?’ types of notes.

What if this was said one gay guy to another?

What if these two guys were 18 or 19 at the most?

What if one of the guys was the big brother of a Main Character?

What if she overheard this line, and it drove her to some type of action?

What if she had a younger brother too, who was getting into drugs?

What if these three kids were alone for some reason one summer?

What if the Mom in this piece was sharp-tongued and a bit flawed?

What if the middle sister in this story hated that she was the same way?

What if ….?

For me, this list of writing possibilities will beat, hands down, any real-based story I can cull from my actual life.

True, I’m not a gay guy. I’m no longer 18. I was never a middle sister, between two brothers. There were seven siblings in my family, not three. Etc. etc.

But that butt kicking phrase is very real. I can use it, in my writing, because I know it.

Deciding to take this path, rather than the one that recounts a 3-day weekend with fellow writers, is a choice I’ve made.

Anchoring a story upon a single remembered phrase is another.

Twisting the origin and use of the line is another choice.

NOT  using the line for the Main Character is something you may not have thought to do, so that’s another choice it’s possible to make, if you choose this method.

Using your sense memories in this not-literally manner, the possibilities in your writing are as endless as you allow them to be.

What do you do with your sense memories?

Post a comment and let’s get a discussion going. I’d love to hear from some writers on this.