This is just a short list of things you can do to help keep life with your Writer a little more comfortable for the both of you. Whether your Writer is your wife, room-mate, sister, daughter, or strange person who comes over in her sleep to use your computer, using these tips could make things a little easier.
(Disclaimer: Every Writer and situation is different. If you discover that your Writer does not like any one of these tips please discontinue its use and attempt to find a suitable substitute. Also, the Writer is referred to as ‘she’, this is simply because I am a female Writer and have no knowledge of what it is like being a male Writer. Sorry.)
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By Thomas Rydder:
Bet that got your attention, didn’t it? Now, before you run to the tool shed for your pitchfork, I’ll hasten to explain myself. See, this isn’t a “you buncha ingrates” thing. It’s more of a “food for thought” thing. So, as with any good meal, we’ll start out with an appetizer. My personal favorite is stuffed mushroom caps. So:
Mushroom #1 -The books I’m talking about are good books. Good story, nicely laid out, colorful characters, and it moves along. Well edited, too. You know, a quality read.
Mushroom #2 – I’m a reader right in there with ya. I’m a writer, and my debut novel “The Clearing” came out March 1st (shameless plug, wasn’t it?), but I’ve read hundreds of books. So, I’m a much more prolific reader than writer, and always will be.
So, onto the salad (peppercorn ranch for me):
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14 Prompts is a short eBook full of fourteen unusual writing prompts designed to both inspire you to write and teach you a few practical techniques to improve your writing.
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Vampire master Michelle, and her slave, Aaron Pilan, flee to Paris, leaving behind the slaughter in Las Vegas. Aaron made the costly mistake of taking a bloodslave, and then married her. The tragedy of his wife’s death has driven a rift between them and Michelle is desperate to heal the breach.
Struggling with his predatory alter ego, Aaron is fractious, rebelling against his master. He desires another bloodslave, and that Michelle cannot allow. She opens her heart and soul to Aaron and he relives, through her memories, her dark, gritty tale of survival in the savagery of WWII Paris under the German occupation. Michelle’s staggering revelations are deeply disturbing. The confrontation of master versus slave comes full circle as the couple faces death and separation.
And they are not alone in Paris. An investigator has followed them from Vegas seeking the unique gifts of Michelle’s blood. He’s watching and waiting for the opportunity to make his move against them.
Find out what happens in the third novel of the Nightlife Series.
THE GOODThe Nightlife: Paris is the third book in a series focused on vampires Aaron Pilan and Michelle. It is, by far, the best written of the series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books. The third blew my mind.
It grabbed me from the first page. However, makes The Nightlife: Paris so engaging is the reveal of Michelle’s back story. Luedke changes Point of View to first person. We see the world through Michelle’s eyes as she meets the monster who turns her into a vampire. Her past mixes brutality and hope, violation and eroticism. We see Michelle’s humanity and monstrosity. We pity her, cheer for her, and scream at her for bad decisions.
Hyperbole drives me mental. I hate reading reviews like “Best book ever written” and “Just as Good as Tolkien.” I don’t believe them. However, I realized halfway through The Nightlife: Paris that this was indeed one of the best written vampire books I’ve ever read. I have no problem putting it side by side with Interview with a Vampire and I Am Legend. It truly is that good.
When I finished reading The Nightlife: Paris I LITERALLY screamed. I was having so much fun with the book I couldn’t believe it was over. The new book is scheduled for release in September. That’s too far away for my liking.
Buy this book and read it. Buy it now.
Another great book from Travis Luedke.I’m really glad that we got to know a little more about Michelle’s past in this book. Even thought Aaron is still mourning the lost of his wife Anastasia, Michelle tries to cheer him up, taking him to places in Paris.
I love reading this series, I can’t wait for the next one to come out.
Wow! It is obvious to me that Luedke has become more comfortable with his characters and the idea of revealing them to us in depth and detail. I never thought of Michelle or Aaron as two dimensional, but in The Nightlife Paris they step out of the pages as flesh and blood, so real that you can almost smell them. However, smelling them may not be such a good thing as this story is as gritty, bloody and fascinating as the rest of the series, but better!I will not offer a synopsis of this installment as I feel like the reader needs to experience this one without knowing what is coming. I will say that a large portion of this story is Michelle’s history, which we know from book 1 is dark and cruel. However, the depth of her suffering and lengths to which she had to go to survive was almost shocking in its stark depiction.
This segment of Michelle and Aaron’s tale is dark and graphic, but with mesmerizing descriptions and a morbidly compelling storyline, I felt this was the best of The Nightlife Series by far.
I was provided an advance copy of this book without charge for an honest review. My opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any payment, agreement or other compensation.
Noelle Blakely, Author of Cherishing Destiny
Travis has created a vampiric renaissance unequalled since Salem’s Lot. His two main characters, Michelle the master and Aaron her predatory mate are brilliantly written with gallons of gore and development in the lust department as the pair leave a swathe of blood-drained bodies wherever they stay. The sexually casual way the vampires use their prey with descriptions that leave the reader breathless with anticipation are nothing short of genius. Improvisation is the name of the game as Travis creates a masterful technique of modern words and language including French – which was easy to follow I might add – and embraces the genre injecting it with fresh blood to give rebirth to a drained subject.
And with the clever use of a lengthy flashback to the romantic era of a war-torn Paris to explain the vampire’s heritage this reader was left in no doubt this book surpassed all expectations with it’s fluent dips into sexual fantasies to please all tastes not demure. The story never drops in pace as we are dragged breathless through one catastrophe after another as the vampires are hunted by an unseen foe until they are separated by circumstances beyond their control, then we really feel how much these creatures can love and yearn what once was. This is a FIVE STAR GOREFEST EROTICA MASTERPIECE.
WOW. One word and that describes Nightlife Paris, it totally blew me away. Its so much darker, edgier, full of sadness, anger, jealousy and love. Aaron and Michelle have developed a lot in this third instalment to the point where Aaron isn’t the same man he once was. We get to find out about Michelle’s past which is hard to read, in parts its horrific and how I felt about Michelle in the beginning is different now. It is rather hard to write a review without giving anything away. But with new characters and Aaron and Michelle growing and becoming stronger, Nightlife Paris is one to definitely read. There’s so much I want to know about I can’t wait for Nightlife London. Emotional roller-coaster that will have you gasping. Its kick arse and sexy. I’m a blood slave to this well written series.
You: I suck.
Me: So, NaNoWriMo is going well, then.
You: It’s making me feel like a shitty writer is what it’s doing.
Me: That’s a shame.
You: No kidding. I think this thing I’m writing is crap.
Me: It probably is.
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By Chuck Wendig…
When writers are tasked with creating characters, we are told to try these character exercisesthat entreat us to answer rather mad questions about them: hair color, eye color, toe length, nipple hue, former job, phone number of former job supervisor, what she had for lunch, if she were a piece of Ikea furniture what piece would she be (“Billy bookcase! NO WAIT, A SKJARNNGFLONG LINGONBERRY-FLAVORED COCKTAIL TRAY”). And so on and so forth.
Most of these are, of course, abject badger-shite.
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