Resurrect the WOOLLY MAMMOTH!!!

Resurrect the WOOLLY MAMMOTH!!!

Resurrect the WOOLLY MAMMOTH!!!

Resurrect them, I say! And how that statement pertains to my writing life 🙂 So, you have likely, by no, heard about the scientists who are trying to bring back the woolly mammoths from extinction. They left our world around 1700 BC although some people have timed it at 10,000 years ago. And they want to bring it back, because, well, why not? We need to resurrect these behemoths to reverse global warming. Or so they say… But–you ask–what has that to do with your writing, Kim Smith? Everything. And nothing. I mean, come on…there are so many dead tropes

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Chief Operating Officer of my business

Chief Operating Officer of my business

Also known as, how did I get here from there? So, you wanna be COO or Chief Operating Officer of your own book career? Wanna turn it into a business, do you? Well, you can, and I am here to tell you, you SHOULD. I started writing in the fourth grade, (I think!) and the story I wrote for an assignment was called, “Hard Times”. I presented it as if it were the Holy Grail. My teacher was impressed at the FULLY ILLUSTRATED short story about the first settlers in America. She gave me an A+ My mother was even

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Writer “porn”?

Hey, it COULD be a thing! So, when I went in and checked my stats for the blog to see how many views I have been getting, it has been steadily growing. Every writer LOVES to check stats, and every writer wants to see “growth” so I call it our ” writer porn” because we will watch stats EVERY single day. My thought is this: does having a good title and interesting content enough to generate views? The short answer is yes. The deeper thought is that do those views turn into book sales? Not yet, they aren’t. Which is

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J.R.R. Tolkien and why I hate him

J.R.R. Tolkien and why I hate him

What author has influenced your writing? JRR Tolkien influenced me more than anyone even my parents. He was my steadfast companion all through long days of boredom with his books about Hobbits, Ents, and Elves. I couldn’t wait to get the next book. Then- I had read all four. Then…there was nothing more. I mean, for years. I grew to hate JRR Tolkien. Looking for a comparable author with a comparable story took me from then until now. I have yet to find another one with quite as much color and fantasy as his. Oh, Dennis McKiernan tried. So did

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A writer’s morning routine

A writer’s morning routine

Morning? WHY? And why are some of us coffee fiends before 8 am. Good morning, friends! I decided maybe you would enjoy my morning routine info to get you motivated to maybe create one? I didn’t use to have one, either. It behooved me to do anything before 8 AM aside from drinking coffee and bemoan my fate. But now, since I am sort of retired, I needed some structure. So, in all it’s ugliness, here is my MORNING ROUTINE. MORNING ROUTINE 7 AM – get up, struggle with getting eyes open, turn coffee maker on (I always set this

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