Muskoka Novel Marathon 2015

MNMLast year I got unceremoniously roped into participating in the Muskoka Novel Marathon by my writer friends, Tobin Elliott, Kevin Craig and Lori Twining. There were more, but these three were the loudest.

For those that haven’t heard about it, the Muskoka Novel Marathon, henceforth to be called MNM, is an event that raises funds and awareness for adult illiteracy and innumeracy. Together with the YMCA of Simcoe and Muskoka, MNM invites 40 writers to fund raise and in July, spend 72 hours in Huntsville writing non-stop.
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Mass Opinion Of The UnRead

UninformedIt is becoming more common place to see debates raging on the internet. Debates about what books to read, what movies to watch, what the school boards should and shouldn’t be teaching and so forth and so on. It poisons Facebook, it poisons Twitter, it is the court of uninformed opinion and the internet has become the stage, the bullhorn for these ragefests.
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Confession Time

DSC04886I have a confession to make. While everyone is making New Year’s resolutions and trying to stick to them, I’m going to confess.

Forgive me, dear readers, for I have committed the ultimate writerly sin; I have not been reading. There I said it. And now that I’ve said it, I realize it’s not entirely true. I have been reading. I have read a number of new works by up and coming writers. Writers brave enough to trust me with the infamous “shitty first drafts”. Keep an eye out for Kate Arms Roberts: The Red Oak, Connie Di Pietro-Sparacino: Daughter of God, Samantha Banik: The Pirate and Tobin Elliott: Cycle of the Aphotic World trilogy!
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Burn Baby Burn Baby Blog Tour 2014

Burn Baby Burn Baby Blog Tour 2014It’s official, Burn Baby Burn Baby is avaliable in digital and hardcopy now.

My previous blog was to promote the cover, but I wanted to be part of the actual release and Curiostity Quills was nice enough to include me.

So, while you may have read the original post, I’ve modified it to freshen it up some.
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The Author’s Voice: Shamelessly Promoting Burn Baby Burn Baby … For a Friend

Burn Baby Burn by Kevin CraigBurn Baby Burn Baby, by Kevin Craig

Genre: contemporary, young-adult

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release: December 11, 2014

Cover Artist: Eugene Teplitsky (https://curiosityquills.com/team/)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23208375-burn-baby-burn-baby

Seventeen-year-old Francis Fripp’s confidence is practically non-existent since his abusive father drenched him in accelerant and threw a match at him eight years ago. Now badly scarred, Francis relies on his best friend Trig to protect him from the constant bullying doled out at the hands of his nemesis, Brandon Hayley—the unrelenting boy who gave him the dreaded nickname of Burn Baby.

The new girl at school, Rachel Higgins, is the first to see past Francis’s pariah-inducing scars. If Brandon’s bullying doesn’t destroy him, Francis might experience life as a normal teenager for the first time in his life. He just has to avoid Brandon and convince himself he’s worthy of Rachel’s attentions. Sounds easy enough, but Francis himself has a hard time seeing past his scars. And Brandon is getting violently frustrated, as his attempts to bully Francis are constantly thwarted. Francis is in turmoil as he simultaneously rushes toward his first kiss and a possible violent end.

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Does It Get Easier?

Muskoka Novel Marathon 2014 first 10 pagesHaving an agent interested in my writing is a momentous step. Any writer would be excited to have the door open that tiny crack for them. In fact it is common thinking (and I have thought this myself) “If only I could get an agent’s attention, things would be that much easier.”

Wrong.
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Yardsticking Your Writing/Literacy Necessity

Measuring UpI am one of those writers that holds his writing to impossible standards. And why would I do such a thing? Quite simply, to keep it fresh, to keep striving to be better, and ultimately, for the challenge. For this, I use my own version of The Litmus Test.

OK, so the Litmus Test actual is a measurement for pH-a measure of the acidity or basicity of an aqueous solution. How, you may ask, does that apply to writing? Well, the term Litmus Test has been used not just for its intended purpose, but also as a general term for benchmark of sorts. For example, does what you are doing ‘cut the mustard’ or, pass the Litmus Test. See?
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