Imagination Universe, Bipolar Bears, and Mind Gremlins



This is such an important post I want to share it with everyone. Today’s post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors is written by author Craig Snider. While both witty and informative, it touches on the difference by “normal” people and those with mental illness who are authors. Great read!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:


This post by Craig Snider

Have you ever heard an artist saying any of the following?

1. I only create when I feel the muse.

2. I wait for inspiration.

3. Write drunk, edit sober.

4. I have to be high to create.

5. I stopped taking my medication because it inhibited my creativity.

6. Monkeys made me do it.

Do as I say hairless monkey human!!

Okay, that last one is just me. But, I’m sure you’ve heard the gamut of these things before. There is a great lack of knowledge about where creativity comes from, and how to harness it. We’ve often heard that many of our favorite authors were troubled in some way, and that those troubles fueled their creativity somehow. Many writers feel they have to be drunk or high in order to reach some higher plane of creative ability. And, I’m sure that to some…

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Book Tour with No Big Publisher Backing by Cher’ley



Thought I’d share this informative post with all of you on what to do when marketing your books. Written by Author Cherley Grogg on the Writing Wranglers and Warriors site, I hope it will help us all!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

This Blog by Cher’ley Grogg

If you have no backing from a big publisher,  it’s harder to set up a book tour.

What do you want? Define your goals. Are you trying to sell X number of books? Or do you want to build a platform and make contacts? Will you read from your books or have you written something else to read? Or will you just interact with the folks?How far will you want to go. Less than a hundred miles from your home or more?

The famous Shah Mohammed Bookstore, the one fr...

The famous Shah Mohammed Bookstore, the one from the „Bookseller of Kabul“ by Asne Seierstad. Strange selection of very expensive books. I bought second hand „Nachtzug nach Lissabon“ for 9 USD. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. Set up potential contacts. Perhaps Facebook friends or writing group contacts can help you out.
  2. See where other authors have read on their tours. How have they set…

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Black Friday



This is a post I wrote for Writing Wranglers and Warriors. I hope you enjoy the post. Stop on by Writing Wranglers and Warriors for more great posts and authors!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

propic11_1This post by L.Leander, Author of Fearless Fiction

Black Friday. We begin to hear the never-ending commercials for the event in October and November.   Somehow Thanksgiving gets shoved aside as people eagerly anticipate the biggest shopping day of the year. I am not a fan, and here’s why.

You can read more about Black Friday HERE.

In my day (I’m sounding like an old lady again) Thanksgiving was a revered holiday.dinner It originated with early settlers of America and the Indians who owned the land coming together to make peace. As the day’s popularity grew, it became a time for reflection, thankfulness for our world,  families, the food on our tables, and most importantly, a God who loved us. No store was open in my Thanksgivings of the past. The whole world took a break to be thankful and it was almost as if time stopped for 24…

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May She Ever Wave



What are your thoughts on this post? I find it very interesting and I’m sure there will be conflicting feelings, but thought you might want to take a look at Author Neva Bodin’s post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors today.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

105182105411111CDPby Neva Bodin

As quoted (in the italics) in an article at

by Eugene Volokh February 27, an American citizen can get in trouble for displaying our flag symbol: Today’s Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School Dist. (9th Cir. Feb. 27, 2014) upholds a California high school’s decision to forbid students from wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. (See here and here for more on this case.)…

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Mexican Flag

On Cinco de Mayo in 2009, a year before the events relevant to this appeal, there was an altercation on campus between a group of predominantly Caucasian students and a group of Mexican students. The groups exchanged profanities and threats. Some students hung a makeshift American flag on one of the trees on campus, and as they did, the group of Caucasian students began clapping and chanting “USA.” A group of Mexican students had been walking around with the…

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The Basics of the Book Trailer



Here’s a great post by a fellow author, Stephanie Stamm. I think you’ll be interested to hear her observations on Book Trailers!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

Steph_2 copy (2)This post by Stephanie Stamm.

When I first heard about video trailers for books, I thought the concept sounded odd. We’re talking books, right? Words on a page. Why advertize a book with a movie? But the more I thought about it, the more sense it made. Then I watched a few—and I was sold. We all love movies, and video trailers offer a great way to use images and music to create teasers for our books. Plus, they’re a lot of fun to make, giving us authors yet another way to exercise our creativity.

Check out this Halloween appropriate example, the trailer for Ransom Riggs’ Hollow City, the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Kind of creepy, huh? Makes me want to read the book.

Software like iMovie (iPad), Windows Movie Maker (PC), Microsoft Photo Story or applications like Animoto make it easy to create your own…

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Aging and Learning: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks



I thought you’d like this post from fellow Author Gayle Irwin on today’s Writing Wranglers and Warriors. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

Gayle & Mary outsideThis post by Gayle M. Irwin

He sleeps on the multitude of dog blankets which we’ve bought for him and spread throughout the house. He stands and his back legs wobble, oftentimes collapse, and he falls and struggles to regain his footing. In dim light, he walks into corners and simply stands and stares, as if confused. His appetite has decreased so we often coax him to eat using hamburger and chicken. Despite the struggles of aging, he looks at me with adoring, trusting eyes and cuddles next to me on the couch as I watch TV.

Cody_PlaidBlanketCody, our 16 ½ year old cocker spaniel, came into our lives when he was nearly 10. Used as a stud dog all of his life, his previous owners declared his services no longer needed and left him at the local Humane Society. I noticed him immediately as I leafed through the “Dogs…

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Autumn Delights



If you’d like to read about my memories of autumn as a child, the post is on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. I hope you enjoy looking into a window to the past.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

propic11_1_1This post by L.Leander, Author of Fearless Fiction

I’ve always loved October. In our part of the world it’s when the trees put on their finest and each vies with the other to be the most outstanding. The result is a scene that is breathtaking, as with the naked eye you drink in the brilliant colors displayed on a backdrop of blue sky and white fluffy clouds. I often stand admiring the beauty around me and thank God for creating a world for us to enjoy and appreciate.trees

See fabulous Wisconsin/Michigan Fall Color HERE

In my childhood, at some point in early October, we’d bring out the rakes. Since we had a very large yard this was a chore and was given to us four children to do. We absolutely loved it! It was never work toraking us, but playtime instead. We’d rake up a big pile of leaves and…

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The Other Half



There is a fascinating post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors today written by Author Doris McCraw. Ms. McCraw is a history buff and brings that passion to her writing about early women (and men) who helped shape the west. You owe it to yourself to read this post and follow the links. I think you’ll be glad you did!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

Post written and copyright by Doris McCraw


This past weekend I spent time with some amazing women who write about the experience of women in the West. The organization was celebrating its twentieth conference.  It began when women authors wished to be acknowledged as writers of western fiction. The group grew and we are the recipients of their vision.

Some have called me a feminist. While not offended, I consider myself a historian who wants to have a more complete picture of what really took place as we grew as a nation. The energy I received from being around others who also tell the story, both as fiction and non-fiction spurs me forward in that quest.

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This in no way is discounting what history has told us about Kit Carson, Red Cloud, Custer and any of the other figures in our history. This is about telling…

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Have you heard the term “Blogwhelm?” If not, you owe it to yourself to read this post by Author Kathy Waller on today’s Writing Wranglers and Warriors. I’m absolutely sure you’ll identify with at least some of the problems she mentions.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:


Posted by Kathy Waller

I’ve come down with a serious case of Blogwhelm.

The term Blogwhelm was coined several years ago by my writer/songwriter/all-around artist friend Nita Lou Bryant. It describes the brain fog that develops when one realizes there are so many blogs on his favorites list that he can’t possibly read them all, and that there are more blogs out there just waiting to be discovered. It’s one of the best words I’ve come across in years. I’m waiting for it to go viral, after which it can take its rightful place in the OED.

When Blogwhelm hits me, I become paralyzed. I stare at the emails in my inbox announcing new posts. My index finger loses power. It doesn’t possess the strength to click. If I manage to access a post, perfectionism descends. I begin writing a comment but cannot find the…

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To the Rescue: Part 2 – How to Help Pets in Need



This post is from Writing Wranglers and Warriors and is about something we should all be aware of. Author Gayle Irwin gives us facts about pet rescue/spaying and neutering/and pet adoption. This post is something we should all aware of.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

Gayle & Mary outsideThis post by Gayle M. Irwin

As far back as the mid-1800s, people in the United States rallied to the plight of animals. In 1866, Henry Bergh founded the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the first North American-based humane society. Nearly 150 years later, the ASPCA remains a fighting force for helping animal victims of cruelty and assisting pets and pet parents through adoptions and animal shelter assistance.

The ASPCA estimates there are nearly 14,000 animal shelters in America, and there are innumerable pet rescue organizations as well. From Rez Dawg Rescue, which focuses on helping homeless dogs on Native American reservations, to Kitty Keepers, a cat rescue organization based in Havre, Montana, from large sanctuaries like Best Friends in Utah to smaller, all-volunteer-based rescues like Western Border Collie Rescue, these organizations help the mutts and the breeds as well as provide…

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