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Part six of The Whiteboard

You can find part five of The Whiteboard here


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.


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?”


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





Best Sites for Writers/Bloggers/Entrepreneurs

One of the most exciting facets of our lives is to be able to learn, grow, evolve and change. I love to learn new things, and am such a writer groupie I even named my podcast that! I am always reading, consuming information through audio and videos. Hence why so much that I glean gets put into a blog post here on this site. You can never learn too much, and I love to share.
Unfortunately, everyone seems to be a professional these days, and you cannot know who to trust anymore. There are not that many sites that vet all the info out there, and we cannot spend our lives trying to do it. This brings about a sad amount of misinformation that gets shared.

So here are some of my recommendations for sites in writing/publishing and/or marketing and other things. Remember, even though we are writers, creatives, etc. we don’t always have to seek out sites about our industry to get good information. This is not a complete list of course, but if you want more, follow me on Twitter as I tweet/share a lot of good sites there.

Writers/publishers sites

THE BOOK DESIGNER by Joel Friedlander is a great site. He uses his background in book design, advertising, graphic design to create this collection of over 700 articles that are authoritative, easy to understand, and fair-minded. The information here has helped guide thousands of authors just like you as they made their way through the publishing process.

WRITING EXCUSES PODCAST with hosts, Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells, this podcast really has it all. If you are interested in trad publishing, they have all the info. And if you want info on anything else, it will likely be found here where they have been podcasting since 2008. Great writers, all.

WRITE TO DONE has something for everyone at all levels. No matter if you are writing non-fiction, novels, blog posts or sales pages, you will find inspiration and tips here.

Marketing/Business side of things

THE BOOK BABY BLOG is a site all about self-publishing, including, book cover design, book printing, book conversion, distribution, website creation etc. Truly one of the best BLOGS out there as well.

COPYBLOGGER BLOG is a site all about content marketing and copywriting info. We all need to feed our muse when we host a blog and this one helps do just about all of that we will ever need.

AUTHOR MARKETING CLUB> is a site for pinpoint accuracy in marketing your work. The host of the site, Jim Kukral, is also a host on the very cool podcast, Sell More Books Show, which I list below.

Podcasts, other informative sites

THE CREATIVE PENN is the BEST site on the Internet for writers, publishers, and book marketers. Hands down, the best.

SELL MORE BOOKS SHOW is a podcast for everyone because they talk about the news of the writing/book industry. If you need to know what the top ten news stories are for the week, tune in here first.

WRITER GROUPIE PODCAST is my podcast and it would be a shame not to include it here as there are great interviews with other writers and industry professionals on it that you will learn a lot from. And thanks for your patronage!

If there are other sites you would like to mention – give them some luv in the comments below!

Writer Groupie Episode 39 Interview with Janie Franz

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Welcome Groupies! This is the interview I have been promising you for a while. Due to lack of internet for a solid week, I got behind in posting, so you are getting it now. Two podcasts in one week! This is a very good thing, so I hope you enjoy it!

**Remember to listen to the audio only version of the podcast for the latest info on Writer Groupie, my work, and info from the writing industry. Tips and tools you will use for producing your own work. I don’t include the audio intro on the video. **

Don’t forget–you can see the upcoming guest list on the WG page here and I hope you enjoy each episode!

Now off we go, and on with the show!


Janie Franz

Janie Franz comes from a long line of liars and storytellers with roots deep in east Tennessee. Honed by the frigid Northern Plains and the high desert of New Mexico, as well as a degree in anthropology, her writing skill and curiosity have generated thousands of feature and cover articles over a vast range of topics for more than a hundred regional, national, and international publications.

Janie, the author of eleven titles, is full of great information and inspiration for authors, so I am excited to have her on Writer Groupie Podcast.


In this episode, we learn about:

  • Janie’s Bowdancer Saga and if there will be more books coming out soon
  • She tells us about her writing journey and how her series came to be (including presentation of her covers which are lovely!)
  • We learn how the Lost Song Trilogy got its title
  • Insider info about Lea Schizas and her publishing company Muse It Up Publishing and how Janie came to be a client.
  • Details about her archaeology/romance/thrillers series with Ruins: Discovery

  • and the second in the series Ruins: Artifacts

  • Insider details : How Janie writes as a pantser and her view about pantzing versus outlining
  • Information about her book, Sugar Magnolia, which is all about the music industry and how she had to get permissions for a lot of names she used.
  • How Janie is planning on using book trailers to market her work
  • Janie had to research a lot of things for her books and tells about researching horses and riders and how writing has been cathartic for her
  • Motivation : How she finds time to write and still has a normal life
  • Janie assures us that BLOG TOURS are still a viable means of promotion for a writer with work to promote. The only difference is…don’t sell your book. Check it out in this episode!


    You can also subscribe to this podcast in iTunes HERE


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    Writer Groupie Episode 38 Orphaned books with Jennifer Anderson

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    Good day, Groupies! After watching this episode back, I realize there are a lot of glitches in this episode. I apologize. Skype definitely was not our friend this time.

    If you want to hear my introduction for this show, please be sure to listen to the AUDIO ONLY version for the latest and greatest of what’s going on with me, the show, and what’s new in the writing world. See the audio link below.

    Don’t forget–you can see the upcoming guest list on the WG page here and I hope you enjoy each episode!

    Now off we go, and on with the show!


    jennifer anderson author

    Jen is full of great information and inspiration for authors, so I am excited to have her on Writer Groupie Podcast.

    In this episode, we discuss her journey from writer to published author and then to her present situation with orphaned books..


    In this episode, we learn about:

  • Jen’s writing journey with her Honey Creek Series, and what she will have to do about the series title now that her publisher has gone out of business.
  • What she is going to do now that she no longer has a home for her work. Insider details about re-editing for new publishers.
  • What she thinks her biggest challenge will be in self-publishing her work.
  • Information : Focus, release schedules, and other things to help in publishing.
  • How being a former acquisitions editor and marketing coordinator will aid her with future endeavors.
  • Inspiration : Advice to an author facing life with orphaned books.
  • Insider details about author interviews that she hosts on her website (she tells us which one is her fav) and she TELLS HOW TO BE INTERVIEWED ON HER BLOG (FREE PROMO! PAUL WEST!!!)
  • She tells us whether having a blog is still a viable way to market our work.
  • Tips for aspiring author from Jennifer Anderson
  • Does being blocked mean your outline isn’t working? FIND OUT IN THIS EPISODE!
  • Jennifer Anderson’s sites :
    Blog: Musings at the Peanut Gallery
    Facebook: Jennifer Anderson, author
    Twitter :



    You can also subscribe to this podcast in iTunes HERE


    Thank you for visiting Writer Groupie Podcast! For more writing information and education, try the Articles page (from the home page click on Articles for Writers).
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    October Sunday Round up

    Welcome to October! I have put on the Halloween theme for this week…and it will change week to week through October because I am so undecided as to which one I like best. Just so you know, this is a fun time on the blog, and I am willing to let some of the features onboard go lacking for a month. So, if you don’t see widgets, and contact forms, sign up forms, etc. it’s all in the fun-ness of October.

    Now, on to the news.

    I have not been lounging around, you guys. I am currently busily assessing the survey results so far. I am a little disappointed in the response. COME ON PEOPLE. If you don’t input your thoughts and so forth, I will just have to go on my gut. And if you know me, you know that is likely NOT a good thing.

    To those of you who HAVE participated, thank you. Your input is noted.

    I have also created a great little video to introduce my site, and that will be coming soon-first on the blog-then on the start page-and ultimately will reside permanently on the about me page. I noticed a lot of bloggers did it and well, I can never resist a challenge. Well, except the jump-off-the-roof-into-the-snowbank challenge. I did opt NOT to do that one.

    I have gotten a little writing done this weekend, (mostly editing) and am very glad for the opportunity to just relax indoors. This strange cold, drizzly weather has been pretty good for sitting inside and working on inside things. Like my blog, website, videos etc.

    This week on the blog I will have Episode 37 of the podcast (with video) for my interview with the King Twins. Margaret and Kat come back on to talk about the three new books they have turned out, their rapping careers, and hopes for the future. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday on Writer Groupie at all the usual locations.

    I will also be doing a blog post this week about procrastination, and how it is not something we want to languish over, but instead, give tips on how to beat that old lay-a-bed attitude. Other items up for the site … a post about Twitter retweet groups, things NOT to do on Twitter, and more Twitter interesting factoids.

    So, that’s about it for my first October Sunday round up everyone, I hope you have a lovely and prosperous week ahead. Oh, and GO VIKINGS!!!