The Mississippi Delta Is Full of Secrets in ‘Sweet & Low’

Chicago Review of Books

Nick White’s gorgeous story collection,Sweet & Low, is wonderfully woven from threads of identity, sexuality, family, and heartbreak. Characters are deeply flawed and unforgettable, burdened by secrets that often threaten their very existence.

These stories are rooted in the Mississippi Delta, where society seems a step or two behind “progressive.” People are stunted by loss, sometimes mourning a loved one, sometimes a part of themselves. Rumors spread. No one seems willing to face the truth; the cost of upending their reality is just too high a price.

The first half of the collection, “Heavenly Bodies,” focuses on the physical: people, bodies, and the desire to touch and be touched. Rosemary is mourning the loss of her husband, Arnie, in the lead story, “The Lovers.” She finds herself in a strange predicament when a young man, Hank, has a diabetic episode while trying to speak to her in the airport…

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When to Show and When to Tell

A Writer's Path

by Kyle Massa

Show, don’t tell.

If you’ve ever taken a writing course of any kind, you’ve probably heard that phrase.

If you haven’t, the meaning is pretty simple: don’t come out and tell your readers everything they need to know. Instead, show them examples and specific situations that support what you’re trying to say. Doing so often solidifies your points a little better than straight telling.

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Meeting a New Idea Is Kind of Like Falling In Love with Someone for the First Time

Novelty Revisions

It’s difficult to explain what it feels like to someone who’s never experienced it themselves.

The way reality slows down or stops the moment you see it.

The way your chest twists and spasms and your stomach flutters.

How good it feels to be in the presence of something you never want to distance yourself from.

How you could just drop everything right here, right now, if it meant you could spend every moment, awake or asleep, with it.

This, at least to some degree, happens to every writer when they stumble upon a new idea. We tremble with excitement, we feel dizzy, we wonder how we’re ever going to be able to accomplish anything again, because of this new obstacle that feels a lot like a blessing.

It feels a lot like falling in love with someone for the first time. Whether it’s happened to you or not.

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How much money can you make from blogging?

The Cat's Write

I wanted to clear this up so you could all know the dead-set, honest truth about the amount of money I make from my blog in regards to ads (using the WordAds program).

And the results are… based on 7,000 views a month, I make the princely sum of $3.00 USD.

Yes, you must be absolutely astounded, I’m now rich!! And even better, I can’t withdraw this money from WordAds until I make over $100 USD (which shall occur sometime in 2021). I want my vanilla latte now, damn it!

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BUT… my wonderful results are not completely useless. They tell us that once you reach one million views on your blog, you could make anywhere from $400-500 USD a month, which could work as a supplmentary income if you live in a yurt.

If you don’t live in a yurt, your blog will need something extra

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9 Tips on Building a Successful Blog

The Cat's Write

After blogging for a few years, I’ve come across a few great tips and tricks to not only make your blog look better, but also how to make it more ‘user friendly’. And once you hit that sweet spot of friendliness, you’ll find it much easier to snag those followers when they pass through –and keep them returning again and again. Sometimes growth is only a button away!

Fight blogger’s block

The key to a successful blog is to not only provide relevant and quality content, but to do so on a regular and consistent basis. If you find yourself neglecting your blog for months at a time, you may be suffering from blogger’s block (yes, it’s totally a thing!!) If you feel you just don’t have the time? Sometimes it’s the shorties that become the most popular. Case in point, this is my top post of all time.

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Echo 1 is FREE on Kindle for four days—from today to 5/12! Echo 2, 3, and Echo 1 & 2 Combined Edition will be $0.99 for a six days—from today to 5/15!

Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

Echo 1 is FREE for four days—from today to 5/12!  Echo 2, 3, and Echo 1 & 2 Combined edition will be $0.99 for six days—from today to 5/15!  Tell your perverted homonculus Orgonoth to stop sucking on his leather-coated fist and torturing your latest crop of disobedient serfs, and go spread the word!  Woohoo!

I’ll be posting a variant of this message in the morning and afternoon until 5/15, when the sale is over.  Apologies if it gets repetitive.  

Get Echo Vol. 1 on Kindle here:  Vol. 1 on Kindle.  Vol. 2 on Kindle here:  Vol.2 on Kindle  Vol. 3 on Kindle here:  Vol. 3 on Kindle  Echo Vol. 1 & 2 Combined Edition here:  Combined Edition I’m starting a podcast:  Logical Idiots!  If you want to check out the trailer, see it here:  Logical Idiots Trailer and help two complete morons out by subscribing, liking…

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Your WIP And Cutting It

when it comes to editing your WIP it it is the hardest thing to do but it is sometimes necessary to cut it.
you may feel like it is a horrible idea how can i harn the baby that is my book but such a amputation can help.
for example in my current Work In Progress which is the third book in my fantasy series the Wereding Chronicles
https://www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/series/B074PT9PHW?ref=series_aw_dp_link
i have had to remove not a word a scentence but an intire chapter.
why you ask because i felt that it was showing the reader too much too soon so it had to go.
yes it was hard but i did it because i felt it was damaging the book!
keep writing and good luck! and most importantly believe in yourself you can do this!

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