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Part six of The Whiteboard

You can find part five of The Whiteboard here http://wp.me/p3VxaG-1QS

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So, here is the sixth part or installment of our strange tale. The Whiteboard is about a woman whose dry erase board at her job suddenly starts issuing someone’s opinion and becomes the object of their interest with her as the recipient.  Today we find out what happens next.

©The Whiteboard Part Six by Kim Smith

The writer didn’t put out new whiteboard writing at all on Thursday. By the time Anne got ready to leave work, she had convinced herself it was just a silly office game someone was playing with her and best left ignored. She wanted no part in it.

But when she prepared to leave for the day, she couldn’t locate her keys.

She was fastidious to a fault and to misplace anything was not her norm. She checked her sweater hanging on the back of the door, took every item out of her purse. turned it upside down and patted it to make anything inside fall out.

Nothing did.

And she had an immense set of keys. They were impossible to miss when they were lying on the desk or in the bottom of her purse. She checked her desk, every nook and cranny, even looking all around on the floor.

The keys were officially missing.

She gazed up at the whiteboard. Nothing there to give her a hint.

Or was there?

In very tiny writing, using the yellow marker this time, was one single line that she had completely missed.

“I like your car.”

Now, a cold drip of fear sucked through her belly. Did the writer take her keys?

She had to go to her car.

Of course, the writer had taken the keys.  Why else were they missing? The writer was taunting her. Anger made her breath come out in a whoosh as she strode from her office headed straight for the elevator.

If this lunatic had done anything to her car…she’d kill him. Or her. She didn’t care. When she got her hands on them, they’d be a believer.

When she walked outside, she blinked at the brilliance of the sun as it shone on her face. She would love to be able to just sit on the concrete steps and enjoy it. But instead, she thought about how unfair life was. She couldn’t even enjoy the seasonal beauty because someone had gotten focused on her and now had her heart filled with hate.

When she arrived at the car, her keys were lying just underneath the car’s door. Did she accidentally drop them? Had she been all keyed up over the writer’s activities and been at fault all along?

She scooped them up and walked around her car, suspiciously. She had had to have them in her hands to lock the vehicle’s door’s with the clicker. It was obviously locked. Besides, hadn’t the writer said in the latest writing that they liked the car?

Frustrated, she rushed inside the building to go straight to her boss’s office. Enough was enough. When she walked into her supervisor’s office, it was like it wasn’t even her moving her legs. She was a robot performing some weird pre-designed action.

“What’s up?” Mr. Stanton asked.

“I…I have a problem,” she replied, looking at the various items on his desk, formulating her thoughts.

“Like?”

He was being kind.

She was approaching this all wrong. She dove in anyway.

“Y-yes,” she stammered. “I’ve been having a visitor at night in my office.”

She glanced at him.

He steepled his fingers together and sat back.

“A visitor?”

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Well, there you have it, my friends. What do you think will happen next?

 

 

 

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End of Year Reflection: Love What You Have Done-Comprehend What Didn’t Happen

End of Year Reflection: Love What You Have Done-Comprehend What Didn’t Happen

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Goodbye 2016!

As writers, we all tread the same path, and the end of a year punctuates our successes and failures.

I love how we can plan out our goals and follow up on them, success and loss. Many of you have kept me accountable with what I wanted to accomplish and what I managed to do. As the year wanes, I am certainly having moments of reflection. I did some things right, and some were just not done.

It’s fun to tell my blog followers when I make a goal and keep it, and also, when I can be upbraided for not making them. I hope you are doing this also.

Here is my goal post for 2016 if you want to refresh yourself with what I wanted to do.

Accomplished in writing/publishing

  • Published Disk of Death in ebook and print in February 2016
  • Finished edits on book two which took the title Yew to a Kill – also published it in print and ebook in May
  • Finished book three- Schooled in Murder- and published it in ebook (print will likely be next year) in November
  • Wrote two short stories/novellas as part of the mystery series (you can get the CHRISTMAS HEIST if you subscribe to the newsletter) In the Shadows came out in October
  • This item was not listed in my goal list but it was a goal of mine —- Double my 2015 income – did this by end of October (in fact, I quadrupled it)

Accomplished in personal development

  • Went to two cons – as a panelist and speaker which broadens my ability to do other work as a writer
  • Attended more than five webinars to learn new skills as an indie author/publisher
  • Took my health and weight loss seriously and lost 12 pounds in 2016
  • Continued to visit with other authors once a week in a mastermind group

Things that I did not accomplish

  • I did not get to Bouchercon in New Orleans, and I really would love to attend either that con or Killer Nashville in 2017 – (wouldn’t it be great if  I could do both????)
  • Provide more book reviews and contests – I just did not have enough time to manage to do this. I love to read, and do know the value authors place on solid reviews, but I took all that energy and funneled it into joining the team who judges a local book contest. I think it is an even swap. For the contests, I just did free giveaways mostly. They work just as well!
  • I did not get to expand Writer Groupie Podcast as much as I would have liked. I am considering re-branding and re-building it in 2017. It is either that, or monetize it, or give it up entirely. Stay tuned!

So, that is about all I have on reflecting back on the year gone past. I certainly do have plenty to think about for the new year ahead! Check out my Goals for 2017 post coming in the new year!

Weekly Links: Mishmash

Mishmash of writing links

It’s the middle of the week and you know what that means! Links! woo hoo! Places to go and writing things to learn from the people in the industry who are the masters. (what, you thought I was one?)

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WEEKLY LINKS

Storyfix: Writing in a corset 

Jane Friedman : Hiring a professional editor

Christopher Kokoski : The best place in your novel to put your personal beliefs

Passive Voice : Bamboozled, the new scam Amazon won’t warn you about

Elizabeth Spann Craig : Public Speaking Tips

Helping writers become authors : Most common writing mistake : Are your verbs showing or telling?

The Book Designer: Rhythm and Pacing of Writing

I am stopping at seven links – seven being (supposedly) a lucky number. If you like this weekly linky list, please share with your friends using the share buttons below this post. If you have a link you want to add, drop it in the comments. If you want more info about me or my work go to my books page. WHEW!

I will likely post up something over the weekend about writing and the writing life, but then next week, I am going to be posting up Christmas recipes! Y’all get those index cards out!

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Weekly Links: Writer-pa-looza

Weekly Links

This week is a holiday week, and I am very busy with family and food. That is a very nice change for me from the daily doldrums. I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving and remember to spend time sitting in nature, meditating on your blessings this week.

I chose from a variety of sites this week, and tried to include everything I thought might be applicable to a writer of all stages. 

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From a Twitter friend, @RicardoFayet here is a link :

Writing in Third Person vs Omniscient vs- third person limited https://blog.reedsy.com/third-person-omniscient-vs-limited

and thanks so much Ricardo for sharing!

Your Weekly Links:

Social Media Examiner – Facebook Corrects Over Reported Organic Reach http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/facebook-corrects-over-reported-organic-reach-data-this-week-in-social-media/

Anne R. Allen’s Blog – What’s your novel genre? http://annerallen.com/novel-genre-ya-mg-na-adult/

Writer’s Win – 128 words writers can use instead of very https://writerswin.com/128-words-writers-can-use-instead/

Live Write Thrive – Want to be a writer? Don’t neglect this! http://www.livewritethrive.com/2016/11/17/want-to-be-a-great-writer-then-dont-neglect-this/

The Book Designer – Is your plan for success “I Just Want To Write My Books”? https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2016/11/is-your-plan-for-success-i-just-want-to-write-my-books/

The Kill Zone – Showing and Telling For Thanksgiving https://killzoneblog.com/2016/11/showing-and-telling-for-thanksgiving.html

Writers Helping Writers – Character Motivation Entry: Obtaining Shelter from the Elements http://writershelpingwriters.net/2016/11/character-motivation-entry-obtaining-shelter-from-the-elements/

Jane Friedman – Gifts for Writers: Tech Savvy https://janefriedman.com/gifts-for-writers/

Jami Gold – Too many demands? Find balance http://jamigold.com/2016/11/too-many-demands-find-balance-guest-christina-delay/

If you have any links that you want to put in my weekly links post, be sure to hunt me up at my social media sites or drop a contact form like this one: 

 

The list – and not the mailing list either- is a great idea for any blog.

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Now that Halloween is over and everyone is pointing their noses toward the big eating day, Thanksgiving, I am starting a new feature here on the blog. I decided some time ago that one of the features that I love most about podcasts and blogs that I visit is how the hosts and hostesses are so free with the information that they share.

We all love news and tips from  the industry, right?

Only recently, one of my favs stopped curating the sites, which had good info, and sadly, I was left to do this searching on my own. Too much time spent surfing, not enough getting info I needed.

Then, I realized that all of my fans and followers would LOVE to have such a wonderful list once a week, so, why shouldn’t I just DO it for THEM?

So here ya go: my once a week curated list of informative news and tools you can use as a writer/blogger/content creator/ etc.

THE LIST

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Storyfix : On Writer’s Block  http://storyfix.com/art-holcomb-writers-block

Social Times : Twitter to Discontinue Vine http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/twitter-to-discontinue-vine/646680

Jane Friedman’s blog  https://janefriedman.com/have-trouble-getting-that-book-written/

Janice Hardy’s Fiction University  http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/10/writing-prompt-skill-builder-be-afraid.html

Writers Write : Nanowrimo Calendar for 2016 http://writerswrite.co.za/stay-on-track-with-our-nanowrimo-2016-calendar

Global Copywriting : Content marketing works  http://www.globalcopywriting.com/content-marketing-b2b-research/

The Write Practice : Writing the YA novel tips http://thewritepractice.com/ya-novel-tips/

The Fantasy Scroll : Outlining and tracking tool http://www.fantasyscroll.com/master-outlining-and-tracking-tool-for-novels/

Helping Writers Become Authors: Motivate your bad guy https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/properly-motivate-your-bad-guy/

Insecure Writers Support Group : Why Authors Should Write Book Reviews http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/2016/10/why-authors-should-write-book-reviews.html

Hopefully, I will be able to do this once a week – if I do, you guys HAVE to leave comments telling me about sites you visited so I can grow this list. I love comments and answer every one. I would like to make “the list” helpful to writers of all stages so be sure to add your link, also. I want to know what you find out there on the web.