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5a.m. Flash 150812 – I’m a guest writer on Tom Rizzo’s blog!

Every now and then at 5a.m. (probably posted by my clone) I will be bringing you a newsflash, update on what I’m doing, invited guest piece, or whatever takes my fancy, and today the tables have been turned!

Novelist Tom Rizzo recently invited me to be a guest on his website and my piece on crime writing (the ‘dark’ of my ‘dark and light’) can be found at: http://www.tomrizzo.com/blog/2012/08/14/about-writing-morgen-bailey.

Tom has a new guest each week for his ‘On Writing’ (coincidentally sharing the same name as the most recommended – Stephen King’s – writing guide in my interviews) and so far has welcomed…

If you do take a look, please do leave a comment (or even just click the like button, or both… or share it with your writing friends / followers) – it means the world to us, as the cliche goes… thank you. 🙂

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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are fortnightly episodes, usually released on Sundays, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

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Guest post: Lessons from Elvis by Una Tiers

Tonight’s guest blog post, on the topic of Elvis and wills, technically a departure from writing but who knows how much your writing will be worth in the future, plus it’s really interesting. ‘Lessons from Elvis’ is brought to you by novelist Una Tiers (author Of Judge vs Nuts).

Lessons from Elvis

Nearly thirty-five years ago, (in 1977), Elvis Presley died at the age of 42. Five months before his death he signed a will and trust to dispose of his worldly goods. Along with beautiful music, he left several important estate plan lessons.

When making an estate plan, we usually plan far into the future, considering grown children and grandchildren to inherit.

Elvis planned for future children and grandchildren, but focused on provisions for his daughter, father and grandmother, and any relative in need of emergency help through the lifetime of his father.  He considered the people currently depending upon him.

Elvis also used a trust to delay his daughter’s inheritance until she reached her 25th birthday.  She was nine years old at the time of his death.

Here are the Elvis lessons: provide for the people around you at the time you make your estate plan as well as for the future; consider using a trust so that you can delay inheritance until your beneficiaries are mature enough to handle money, and update your estate plan so that it represents what you want (Elvis signed his last will only five months before he died).  Don’t assume that wills and trusts are better suited for the rich and famous more than everyday individuals.  To put your money to the best use, make a list of assets, decide who you want to inherit and who you want to be in charge.

One of the witnesses to the will lived on Elvis Presley Boulevard.

This article was written to take a look at options about your estate plan.  Laws vary from state to state and from country to country. Your estate may have restrictions depending on your circumstances.  You should talk to an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction to make the plan for you.

Thank you, Una, that was great!

Una Tiers is a Chicago attorney whose debut humorcide, Judge vs Nuts was released in early 2012. The story is about a goldfish, a lawyer, a dead judge and corruption in the courts. It will make you laugh and has been described as hilarious, droll and witty, by authors Barbara D’Amato, Ellis Vidler and Thomas Rizzo.

Her debut novel:  Judge vs Nuts, can be purchased at Amazon.com.

You can visit her website at http://unatiers.com or email her at una@unatiers.com or see the book trailer at YouTube or at http://TVNewsclip.com.

Una is also on LinkedIn, facebook and good reads and invites you to join her.

If you would like to write a writing-related guest post for my blog then feel free to email me with an outline of what you would like to write about. If it’s writing-related then it’s highly likely I’d email back and say “yes please”.

The blog interviews return as normal tomorrow morning with non-fiction author Anderson Maestri – the three hundred and eightieth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, autobiographers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything… and follow me on Twitter where each new posting is automatically announced. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at SmashwordsSony Reader StoreBarnes & NobleiTunes BookstoreKobo and Amazon, with more to follow. I have a new forum and you can follow me on Twitter, friend me on Facebook, like me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Tumblr, complete my website’s Contact me page or plain and simple, email me.  I also now have a new blog creation service especially for, but not limited to, writers.

Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are weekly episodes, usually released Monday mornings UK time, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in ebooks, ideas, novels, writing

 

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Guest post: What’s in a Name? by Una Tiers

Tonight’s guest blog post, on the topic of pen names is brought to you by debut mystery novelist Una Tiers.

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?  Plenty! Pen names (nom de plume) have been used for centuries. Some create distinct identities to avoid confusion when an author writes both fiction and non-fiction or if an author writes in more than one genre.  They can separate two parts of a career such as writing and editing, or fiction writing and law.   One of the allures about a pen name is that it may keep people guessing about your identity and generate a little internet buzz.

Some authors write under a pseudonym for anonymity, to stand out with an unusual name or to avoid confusion with other authors who have similar names.  Others write under a pen name to avoid repercussions much like the witness protection program.  In the past, female authors wrote under gender neutral or male names for the sake of acceptability.

At least one author has used two or more pen names to have multiple articles published in the same magazine issue.  Another author writes under different names since he finishes more than one novel a year and thinks people will not buy two books from the same author in one year.

Do you write smoldering erotica with heaving bosoms?  Want the neighbors to know?  Many writers use their legal name along with their pen name to maintain their followers and to bring in new ones with a name that is sculptured for fiction writing.

Pointers on selecting a pen name include using the early letters of the alphabet to and getting close in spelling to a famous author.  Names that fit a genre are another point of pen names:  Lana Loving, Amber Asp, Derk Alleys or Sky Cubes.   Names at the start of the alphabet and those with one or two syllables seem to be preferred.  Try the names out in the beta stage to see how they sound to friends and your writing group.  Check existing website availability.

Places to find ideas for pen names include my favorite: obituaries and of course the internet.  Once you have your pen name, start branding and use it in your website, social networking and book sites.  You are working on a clean slate.

Famous writers with pen names include Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain); Jean Baptiste Poquelin (Moliere); Emily Bronte (Ellis Bell) and Esther Friedman (Ann Landers).

Discussion:  If you are choosing a pen name, please tell us the two main reasons you did.  Thank you.

A special thank you to Morgen for inviting me to post.

You’re so welcome, thank you Una! Derk Alleys, I love that. 🙂 And yes, please do tell.

Una Tiers is the pen name for an attorney in Chicago who writes about corruption in the courts.  Her debut mystery, Judge vs Nuts has a female sleuth, Fiona Gavelle, and has been described as a humorcide, a traditional mystery, a cozy and a legal mystery.

I then invited Una to provide an extract of her writing and this is taken from ‘Judge vs Nuts’:

I don’t like funeral processions because they are inherently dangerous, even though driving through red lights is fun. The custom is also barbaric if you think about it just a little. Participants risk getting cut off from the herd or getting hit by some driver who isn’t paying attention to the divergence of the regular traffic pattern. This ironically could generate more business for the very people who advocate funeral processions, the undertakers. Now and then I worry my evil nature will cause me to turn into a drive through car wash or hamburger place just to see who follows. For this reason, when I am unsupervised, I usually make sure I’m the last car in the procession.

After the forty-five minute drive, with no near death experiences and no comic interludes we arrived at All the Holy Saints cemetery at the city’s west border. Judge Curie was quiet during the drive allowing me to concentrate on driving. A few times he reached up for the

overhead grip and acted as if a train was heading straight for my car. He didn’t seem to like my driving.

At the cemetery, the funeral guy directed the cars to park two across on the narrow (but plowed) roads. We waited while the pallbearers struggled to maintain their footing, slipping and sliding a little while they carried the coffin from the hearse to the grave.

“What would happen if they dropped him?” I whispered.

You can email Una at Una@unatiers.com or unatiers@aol.com and her website is http://Unatiers.com.

‘Judge vs Nuts’ is available via Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com etc. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in ebooks, novels, writing

 

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