Coronavirus Tips And Thoughts #Coronavirus #COVID19

Stay safe in your own personal wilderness

Isn’t it totally surreal? No one could predict such a catastrophic situation and in some ways,  it feels like we’re living in a terrifying novel, or a modern day war!  Our immediate enemy has become a devastating virus, not a person carrying a gun. But we have two enemies – the virus and our human selfishness.

The toilet roll fiasco is unbelievable. My husband David and I have encountered old couples in the local supermarket looking for a single roll of toilet paper who are disturbed to find there is none. David didn’t have any in his trolley, so instead he gave an old guy his kitchen towels as he was crying. So shocking. It demonstrates the level of selfishness that pervades our modern society. Is this what we have become?

Perhaps this virus is natures way of teaching us a lesson?

Be less selfish and save our beautiful planet.

What can we do? In my opinion we must listen to medical advice, support each other, create online communities and stay apart for now. How sad, but how necessary. It’s strange that social media has now become even more important. It has become our friend, our link to our ‘real life friends,’ our ‘family abroad and in other cities.’ BUT it is not always trustworthy there are scammers out there praying on the vulnerable and elderly and the added threat of false news and misinformation. So be careful, only trust in legitimate sources of information such as the WHO and the NHS.

So, keep safe, wash your hands meticulously, avoid going to crowded places such as pubs, restaurants, and clubs. And God forbid you go to the gym. It’s a sweaty germ factory. Instead, take a walk in nature, or a meander in your back garden. Perhaps consider buying gym equipment at home to use, or try an online yoga class, or mindfulness.

I know what I will be doing if I have to self isolate, as long as I am well, in my spare time (as I still have to work,) I will be reading, listen to audio books, watching TV, writing and running around the garden! 

Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Remember to tell them every day you love them. This is a war and we must fight. In all wars the depths of the human spirit will astound us. Let’s be kind, and unselfish in our actions. There is a lot of good in the human race, so let’s keep that coming. A huge thank you to all the nurses, doctors, care workers, educational key workers and medical staff, who put their lives at risk to save others. They are our heroes, let us praise them.

Useful and fun links:

Mental Health: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/coronavirus-mental-health-self-isolate-how-to-manage-quarantine-a9404431.html

Humour from Donna: http://yadadarcyyada.com/2020/03/17/im-still-standing-yeah-yeah-yeah/

From author Danny Kemp: https://theauthordannykemp.com/2020/03/18/an-explanation-of-coronavirus/

Discover Wildlife:  https://www.discoverwildlife.com/news/charities-reserves-gardens-coronavirus/

A diary project for children stuck at home: https://kathrynevans.ink/covid-19-diary-project/

Some flowers for you. Cambridge Botanical Gardens Glasshouse

Buying Link: http://mybook.to/MrSagittarius

How To Write A Review

Dan Alatorre with some great tips about writing book reviews.

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We author types love it when people leave reviews on our books. I tell everybody: Love it or hate it, please leave a review on Amazon!

BUT!

It never occurred to me that a lot of readers don’t know what to write in a review.

So here’s a brief tutorial! (You may show your appreciation.)

1. Any review is better than no review.

Even a few words help. You can say “I loved it” or “This wasn’t for me” – something that brief still helps a lot. (More on that in a sec.)

2. Be honest, even if you didn’t like it.

Wait, do you want bad reviews?

I wish every review of my books was five stars and went on and on about how amazing I am, but the fact is – not every book is for every reader.

Good reviews help but so…

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Platform: Self-Publishing

Debby Gies covers all the essentials of self-publishing in this fantastic blog post.

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How to Build a Readership with Blogging
and Prepare for Publishing by Debby Gies

As writers who choose to self-publish, we must understand that we’ve chosen to be not only writers but publishers, marketers, and promoters of our work because these components are all essential parts of running a business. Yes, your business! If we intend to sell books, it’s in our best interests to learn about these things as well as building an author platform. If we don’t put in the time to promote our work, our books will surely sit and collect dust on the virtual shelves, lost in a sea of hundreds of thousands of other books.

Although we may be publishing in a digital world, our business is no different than if we opened our own brick and mortar store. We wouldn’t leave our doors unlocked and wares left unattended, would we? So, let’s get into…

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How to Write a Book Review.

Great tips for writing Book Reviews via Ronovan Writes – Lit World Interviews. A must see reblog. 🙂

Lit World Interviews

How to Write a Book Review with Ronovan Writes

Everyone has their own way of doing a book review and in a way that is how it should be. Always remember a book review is an opinion. That being said and out of the way, I do think there needs to be some common considerations taken.

I don’t believe published book reviews on volunteer sites should:

  • Be for tearing down an author and that author’s work.
  • Nor do I think a poorly written book should be praised.
  • And being paid for a review just doesn’t cut it, unless you work for a site that has ads and also gets paid for the service of book reviewing like major newspapers or magazines. But that’s a job, not a volunteer thing. And even then, honesty is the best policy. For most of us, receiving a good book to review is a nice perk of book reviewing.

Poorly Written Books

Yes, I’m…

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Guest post, Ali Isaac on dialog

Ali Isaac guest posting on C.S. Boyak’s blog Entertaining Stories. Ali’s talking about dialogue. Dialogue’s a tricky business – well I think so. Sharing this great post, just had to reblog.

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Maybe for Ali’s sake I should spell it dialogue. I kind of like it that way myself. When I was looking for someone to do a guest post about writing dialog, Ali answered the call.

Ali has two of three books available in her Tir Na Nog series. She had a huge hurdle to get over with her main character. I’ll let Ali tell you in her words.

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I’ve never been one for giving writerly advice. The way I see it, there are a million and one authors out there who can do it far better than me, who have huge book sales and successful marketing platforms to back them up.

Google it, if you want… I’m sure most of you already have. There’s reams of advice on the subject; dialogue makes a story easy to read, it helps create flow and pace, it’s all about interaction, we can…

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8 Ways Scrivener Aids My Writing

Reblog of 8 ways Scrivener helps my writing from P.H. Soloman, Archer’s Aim.

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When I originally gave Scrivenera whirl earlier this year I didn’t know how the software worked. But I read several articles and posts about how other writers put this writing tool to use. I took my time working through the provided tutorial after which I began using it with increasing regularity.

Over the last few months, I’ve begun using Scrivener for almost all of my writing. I’m so impressed with it’s usefulness, I’ve begun writing about this software to share my ideas. I’m getting lots of mileage out of blogging with it and I’ve begun using it for my newsletter and other email templates.

Here are 8 ways Scrivener boosts my efforts as a writer:

1. I’m better organized from the beginning of projects. Because Scrivener is an organizational tool, I’m able to develop structure from…

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Blogging Sites For Authors and Bloggers

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Good Morning bloggers and authors. I would like to share with you some great sites I’ve found for helping, sharing and linking with fellow authors and bloggers.

Free-Blog-Publicity-Tips

Here they are:

Koobug is about authors.”

“Koobug is a place for you to read authors’ blogs, learn about their books, interact with them, and start blogging for yourself.

Koobug is a site for writers to show and sell their work. We feature links to buying elsewhere, and will soon be releasing our own book reader apps and software, giving authors a much better cut of the price.

Koobug was created by writers and authors – both traditionally and self-published. We want our site to encourage and let people discover high quality writing. We hope this site inspires you to start or continue writing, and that it helps you to achieve great things. Write to be read.

Koobug is evolving; you can follow that evolution on our own blog, in the ‘latest from us’ section.”

Link: http://koobug.com/

A twitter find today: Free Facebook advertising from LP Training.

This sounds good, still to investigate thoroughly but you can download or click the videos to watch.

Link: https://lptraining.leadpages.net/facebookadvertising/?utm_content=buffer92d11&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The Word Factory – Writing sites round up in January

Including submitting tips from the Curtis Brown Agency:

Link: http://www.thewordfactory.tv/site/january-round-up-2/#more-3063

Blots and Plots. How to find a freelance editor:

From Jenny Bravo, some tips about finding a freelance editor.

Link: http://blotsandplots.com/2015/01/26/find-a-freelance-editor/

First draft post:

Author Rebecca Bradley Interviewing Rebecca Muddiman about her first draft process:

Link:  http://rebeccabradleycrime.com/2015/01/23/whats-your-first-draft-like-rebecca-muddiman/comment-page-1/#comment-21273

Free e-books for writers:

Guest post from Ronovan from Ronovan Writes on Jen’s Pen Den, with five excellent book suggestions for writers, including Write Good Or Die!

Link: https://jenspenden.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/free-ebooks-writers/

Making your own e-books:

Six part series of making your own e-books by David Cronin on Sally Cronin’s blog:

Link: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/the-ebook-doctor-formatting-your-book/

Bloggers link up:

This link up is from Vicky who “works from home as a writer, social media marketer and sometime bookkeeper.”

Link: http://www.singlemotherahoy.com/2015/01/linky-linky.html

Monday Blogs:

Got something to say on a Monday? Look no further shout it out using #MondayBlogs Twitter Hastag via Rachel Thompson of Bad red head Media. There’s a Giveaway too, but hurry it finishes very soon.

Link: http://badredheadmedia.com/2015/01/05/january-2015-mondayblogs-giveaway/?utm_content=bufferf3eff&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Directory of Memes:

I had a go at doing this earlier on in one of my previous blog posts. Lisa Wolf of Book Shelf Fantasies is compiling a directory of memes so contact her if you would like to be added.

Link: http://bookshelffantasies.com/book-blog-meme-directory/

Creative commons licenses for your blog:

Link: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

To finish off this Tuesday morning post I’d recommend stopping by photogwriter blog, this stunning photo of Seattle King County Public Library is from SHARI BRADBURY, photographer and writer.

Link: http://photogwriter.com/2015/01/22/the-seattle-king-county-public-library/comment-page-1/#comment-851

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