Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
In this weeks' episode, the pod cast features Yours Truly and we talk about my writing and publishing business. If interested, go to: http://www.davidduir.com/Podcast/Entries/2010/12/12_Awens_Path_Episode_7.html
It's a lot of fun being interviewed for a pod cast; this was my first time in this format. If you want to be considered for being on it, contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org and he'd be happy to schedule an interview with you. It's a great way to get your name, personality, and your work out for other's to hear about. The pod cast also goes onto iTunes so there is the potential for a pretty wide audience for you.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
This month is National Novel Writing Month, and I have been participating since 2006. However, several days have gone by and I haven't been able to write. Maybe I can't. Maybe I won't. Maybe the words just aren't there. Sometimes it is hard to tell. Nevertheless, I would like to share with you the beginnings of a great project, quite possibly the most difficult that I have ever attempted.
Since I came to North Palm Beach in January, I have had this story knocking around in my head. I have been toying around with various character ideas and studying Florida frontier life. I went to a lecture on the Second Seminole War at one of the battlegrounds, I have spoken with civil war re-enactors, and I have been bouncing my ideas off a few older friends. I think I have settled on the year 1890 for my setting. So the author of Taking 1960 has decided to "take" 1890 as well.
When most people think of Florida, they think of Disney, Orlando and Daytona Beach. When I first came here, I didn't think that Florida had much of a history. I'm in the middle of a cultural melting pot, and I said to myself, “How can there be a real history here? Where is it?” So rather than write it off completely (excuse the pun), I began to dig. And the more I dug, the more I discovered.
The first “cowboys” were in Florida. The Spanish brought horses, cows and pigs to this place before they were brought anywhere else. And the people who lived in the wilderness and worked to find a better future were called crackers—the true definition of a cracker is nothing even close to what people think of it today.
One could go on and on about the beginnings of the state, and the bravery of the Seminoles who refused to give up their land to the whites. There's a lot of tragedy in these stories, especially if you delve into the history of the natives who lived here, who were forced out of their homes and into the West.
My story will focus on a girl, Muireann, and her new life in Florida. She comes here and doesn't fit in, because she's dealing with a horrible secret. And soon she discovers that the only person she can really relate to is an Indian man, whose friendship becomes a part of the support system that will save her life.
Through this story, I intend to show my readers how horribly the Seminoles were treated, and what it might have been like for a woman whose circumstances nearly destroy her psychologically. Now, if I could only get writing . . .
I'll let you know when I do!
Learn more about my novel, Taking 1960, by visiting my website.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I'm proud of all of our authors, especially Rosa Sophia, who has not only written a magnificent piece of fiction in "Taking 1960," but has also taken to the task of marketing her work with great enthusiasm and energy, as any author in today's literary world has to, in order to make it. We are so impressed with her talent and energy, we've asked her to join our team at DWP. I'm happy to say that she accepted gladly!
In "The New Religion," T. Alan Lucia, another very promising new DWP author, brings together many ideas about UFOlogy and how it fits in with other religious thinking and is indeed a religion in its own right. Many mysteries are revealed in the pages of his new book and the answers bring up new questions. I am personally eager to read what he's been writing.
For me, I’m keeping my dreamz alive and well with the writing of a second Jedi manual, and the turning of my fantasy novel, Dream Crossing into a screenplay.
There is so much more to tell you about; our marvelous musicians and artists that work for us, and the special things Rev. Smith is cooking up, but I’ll save some for other posts and for our members themselves to speak up about.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Dreamz-Work will pay author's royalties of 50% of gross revenues for their work, will provide a cover, ISBN, editing, consulting, and marketing for writers who are willing to also market their work.
Dreamz-Work will publish their work(s) in Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook, Border's Kobo and Apple's iBook stores. We will take care of the accounting, and pay royalties every quarter starting after the second month.
If your book(s) sell well, we may at a future time, also publish your work(s) in hard cover or paperback.
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Friday, October 8, 2010
Here is an excerpt from my first book "Under an Expanse of Oaks, A Druid's Journey". I've made a few other youtube videos lately too and will post them here soon. Excerpts and ads. I'm also trying to come up with some more video ideas and such. I'm trying to branch out and show my different sides including a bit of my sense of humor, if you can't laugh at yourself who can you laugh at. So feel free to check out my YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/duir1177. Have a great day!