Mind Sieve 5/2/16

Happy Monday!

 

Fan Fun

 

Approaching the Unknown Official Trailer #1 – more space movies! Yay!

X-Men Apocalypse Final Trailer – it’s going to be messy! 😛

A Monster Calls Official Trailer #2 – this looks awesome!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Google AMP: What Bloggers Need to Know by Michael Stelzner at the SocialMedia Examiner. Oh! This is like – IMPORTANT! Eek!

 

Writing Advice

How Strong is Your Dialogue? How to Fix Common Dialogue Problems by Alex Limberg at Kristen Lamb’s blog.

Brain Science: How Do You Imagine? by Jami Gold. A totally fascinating topic! Thanks for sharing this, Jami!

 

May you have a calm and easy week! (I’m not – so you need to have one for me! Heh heh)

Mind Sieve 4/4/16

A new week!

 

Fan Fun

 

Alice Through the Looking Glass Official Trailer #2 – definitely looking forward to this one. 😛

CGI Animated Short Film HD: “A Fox Tale Short Film” by A Fox Tale Team – so cute!

 

A Hologram for the King Official Trailer #1 – looks interesting. lol.

The Angry birds Movie New Trailer 2016 – ROFL! It IS like just playing the game. Awesome! lol.

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Blog Comments Revisited: Why Major Bloggers Are Turning Comments Back On by Michael Stelzner at the Social Media Examiner. Lots of interesting info on the summaries about the podcast.

 

Writing Advice

Real Writers Don’t Self-Publish by Kristen Lamb. Great post looking at all the pros and cons and trying to shed information on the whole topic. Self-publishing isn’t for me, but that doesn’t mean it is not for others. The more choices we have, the better! 🙂

Stop Aspiring, Start Doing by John Adamus.

Make the week count!

Mind Sieve 3/28/16

Morning!

Fan Fun

 

The Looking Planet – CGI Short – it’s 16 minutes but well worth it. Once the boy shows up you won’t be able to look away. 🙂

The LEGO Batman Movie Teaser Trailer – oh my! Lol

The Genius Official Trailer #1 – about Thomas Wolfe and his editor! Hee!

The Legend of Tarzan Official Trailer #2 – looking forward to it! woot!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Facebook Enhances Video Metrics: This Week in Social Media by Grace Duffy at the Social media Examiner.

5 Ways to Use LinkedIn Publisher for Business by Viveka von Rosen at the Social Media Examiner

 

Writing Advice

13 Ways Writers are Mistaken for Serial Killers by Kristen Lamb. Too cute!

Egos in Publishing: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly by Jami Gold. Some good points to think about. 🙂

Have a great week!

Mind Sieve 3/14/16

Another MONDAY!

Fan Fun

 

Captain America: Civil War Official Trailer #2 – huh, not especially excited as to where this seems to be going. *pout*  (And no, it has nothing to do with Spidey. Ironman calling him Underoos? Priceless! lmao)

Hardcore Henry Official Trailer – love the concept, but probably will have to skip it. Looks like a motion sickness nightmare for me. 😛

Black Road Official Trailer – Sci-Fi thriller. Looks bizarre!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Pinterest Promoted Pins Open For All: This Week in Social Media by Grace Duffy at the SocialMediaExaminer. The bit about Pinterest was weird to me. The stuff has been available to me for a long time. There are bonuses for signing up for stuff early! 🙂 Still, there’s so much out there!

 

Writing Advice

 How to Weave Story Elements and Avoid Info Dumps by Jami Gold. Great post!

Self-Care for Writers by Jami Gold. (Yeppers! Double the Jami today! She’s been on a roll!) 🙂 Lots of great advice here. 🙂

Good luck this week! (and every week.) 🙂

Mind Sieve 3/7/16

Hello, Monday!

Fan Fun

 

Ghostbusters Official Trailer #1 – I’m scared and excited all at once! lol. The special effects look awesome! And Slimer is BACK!

400 Days Official Trailer 2016 – psychological thriller? Could be fun!

Fantastic Beasts (and where to find them) Trailer (Harry Potter Prequel) – oh, this looks fun!

Star Trek 3 Official Trailer – after the last one, not going to get excited…but of course I’ll be there. I’m a sucker. 😛 (Hope springs eternal?) Plot and good science do count!!!!!!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Facebook Live Video Gets Top News Feed Exposure: This Week in Social Media by Grace Duffy at the Social Media Examiner.

 

Writing Advice

Emotional Wound Entry: Telling The Truth But Not Being Believed by Angela Ackerman at Writers Helping Writers. Good stuff!

How Much Should Writer’s Pay to be Published by Chuck (NSFW) Wendig. (What a lot of younger authors have not heard of – VANITY publishing. Still out there – still a TRAP!) 😛

Zooming to the finish! Have a great week!

Mind Sieve 2/29/16

Morning!

 

Fan Fun

 

Penny Dreadful Season 3 Teaser – YES!

Taboo Official Trailer – FX Show that is coming. Looks dark!

 

Pete’s Dragon Teaser Trailer – whaaaat? Oh I am there! 🙂 Looks like a more grownup version. No singing either – too bad…

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny – sweet!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Facebook Launches Canvas: This Week in Social Media by Grace Duffy from the Social Media Examiner. Dang there’s a lot of new stuff this week! Eek!

How to Promote Your Blog Posts on Twitter by Lauren Dugan at Social Times.

 

Writing Advice

Writing Skills: Beginner vs. Advanced by Jami Gold.

How to Make EVERY Page of Your Story Interesting by Alex Limberg at Kristen Lamb’s blog.

 

Have a great week! 🙂

Mind Sieve 2/22/16

Greetings!

I started this early to get a full post out this week!

 

Fan Fun

 

Dare Devil – Season 2 Official Trailer 1 – enjoyed 1st season so looking forward to this! 🙂

Game of Thrones Season 6: Hall of Faces Teaser – so creepy! Eek!

Midnight Special – Trailer 2 – now this looks quite interesting! Nice!

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice: Final Kick-Ass Trailer – booyah!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Medium for Business: The Complete Guide for Marketers by Kristi Hines at the SocialMediaExaminer. Ack! More stuff to setup and learn! 😛

 

Writing Advice

How to Make Beta Reading Work for Us by Jami Gold. Good things to keep in mind here!

Scream it until Their Ears Bleed: Pay the F****ng Writers! by Chuck (NSFW!!!) Wendig. (Don’t read if offended by strong language – though I have to say the topic definitely deserved some choice words! :P)

 

Have a great week!

Mind Sieve 1/25/16

Morning everyone!

 

 

Fan Fun

 

Suicide Squad Official Trailer #1 – should be fun!

The Little Prince Official Movie Trailer – man, talk about a blast from the past!

Sing Street Official US Trailer – teenage angst!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Blogging, Marketing & Social Media: Three Rules I Break & Why by Angela Ackerman at Writers Helping Writers blog. Too true!

Self-Promotion Is Not Mayonnaise Or Clowns by John Adamus at The Writer Next Door. (NSFW) He’s got some good thoughts in here.

 

Writing Advice

Why the Fighting? What World are We Creating for Future Readers & Writers? by Kristen Lamb. Yes! Tell it! I love to get books in every way possible. Why not? Heck, Star Wars and Star Trek? I take both! Why settle for just one way or one thing? Bwahahahaha!

Have an awesome week! 🙂

Mind Sieve 11/2/15

Morning all!
(As I worked on this in advance, I just realized I totally forgot Wednesday’s Picture Kaleidoscope for 10/28. Noooo!)

Fan Fun

The Ridiculous 6 Main Trailer – Netflix Movie – should be a weird one! lol.
Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie Trailer – whoa, a ramped up new version! Ooh!
Dad’s Army Official Trailer 2 – it will be either quite funny or totally not. lol.

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Twitter Publish: This Week in Social Media by Grace Duffy at the Social Media Examiner.

 

Writing Advice

Ten Art Commandments by The Writer Next Door – some great advice for us all!

Why You Should Do NaNoWriMo…And Why You Shouldn’t by Chuck (NSFW) Wendig. I can’t take the stress. Slow and steady works for me. lol.

Ack, let’s see if I forget something else this week. Nooooo!

Psst!

Psst! You there. Yeah you! The one reading this blog. Answer me this…how do you do it? How do you find the time to go trolling around and read this stuff? Tell me, please! I really need to know! I can barely scrape the time to do an entry, and yet you somehow found time to be reading it!

Now, don’t get me wrong. I REALLY appreciate you being here. Honest! I just don’t have the faintest idea how you’re able to do it. Share your SECRET! Pretty please?

I bet by now you’re wondering why, if I have so little time, do I even do a blog? Necessity, kind reader, purely for necessity! As an author, I am more obligated than ever to market myself as well as my works. With business being what it is anymore, all marketing efforts are on the shoulders of the authors instead of on the publisher. Only the big names get a marketing budget and possibly professionals to do it for them. Little fishes like me are on our own!

With the World Wide Web, marketing possibilities have widened. But you can stretch yourself really thin that way, because there are just too many to pursue! A website is a must, gotta have it, no choice. A little changing content like news and whatnot is good too, so people have a reason to keep coming back. (Sample chapters are a must as well, so people can get a feel for your writing. If you can pitch in a free short story or too, even better!) Blogs allow for continuous new content, if you can get into the discipline of doing it at least a few times a month or more. I won’t even get into the tons of groups in places like Yahoo, Yahoo 360, Ning, Beepo, Frapper, My Space, Live Journal, etc that are out there on the net where you can post info, links, blogs, forums, and who knows what not. Then you have your marketing groups, specific genre marketing groups, publisher marketing groups, newsletters, online interviews, guest blogging, the list is endless!

So maybe now you can see why I am asking how you find the time to read this! I need your Secret! I know I don’t have any time to go read posts what with trying to do all this stuff, go to work, keep the family and pets happy, carve a little time for myself (Writers need relaxation too!), and heck, make time to WRITE! lol.

So if you would, take pity on me and tell me how to do it! Even better, if you have a formula by which I can either redo time, replicate myself, or get the powers of Superman, do share! I’ll appreciate you forever!:P

Being an author is not the cakewalk people think it is! Eek!

P.S. If you still have time, come on over to the site. I have tons of sample chapters and some free reads too! 😛