Sunday, June 15, 2014

THE BORINQUENEERS: WRITING MILITARY HEROES

 
Soldiers make the best romance heroes for their unselfish desire to protect, their undying loyalty to their country, and their firm bodies that can squeeze a lover ever so tightly.
Some of the best soldiers in US history are from Puerto Rico.  Did you know that Puerto Ricans have been fighting on behalf of this country since the American Revolution?  Puerto Rico did not become a US Territory until 1898 with the end of the Spanish American War, and did not organize an infantry until 1901.  But for the past century, Puerto Ricans have fought bravely for a land that still treats them as second class, and that often forgets that YES, Virginia, Puerto Ricans are US citizens.
            In 1950, the 65th Infantry Regiment gave themselves the nickname of the Borinqueneers in honor of the island’s Taino name, Borinquen.  These brave men have distinguished themselves throughout WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Iraq and now Afghanistan.   This year, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade was dedicated to them.  To date, the Borinqueneers have earned 10 Distinguished Service Crosses, 250 Silver Stars, 600 Bronze Stars, 3,000 Purple Hearts, and finally, on June 10, President Obama awarded them Congressional Gold Medals.  A handful of the original soldiers were there to accept.
            It is this dedication to country and duty; it is their honor and bravery that make soldiers such good romance heroes whether they hail from Puerto Rico, New York, Texas, et al.
            Soldiers are a worthy subject of songs and stories.  You can write about the idealistic boy joining the army, the brave vet storming the beaches or the wounded hero returning home. All heroes, all ready to protect our lives, liberty and pursuit of happiness.  So now let’s honor them by writing them a happy ending full peace, harmony and above all love.♥
 
 
June 10, 2014-- Original Borinqueneers look on as President Obama awards them Congressional Gold Medals.
 
 

Friday, May 2, 2014

NEW YORK FRIDAYS: TRAIN ART



Art is everywhere, and thanks to the MTA art is also on subway platforms everywhere.  I found these the other day and just love them.  The mosaic artist did an excellent job.  Happy Friday!--m


 


 


 
ART IS EVERYWHERE!
 
 
 
 

Friday, April 25, 2014

NEW YORK FRIDAYS: Farmer's Markets


I love Farmer's Markets.  The smells, the colors, the variety of fruits and vegetables; Plus, assorted jams and jellies, breads, meats, wines, etc.

Farmer's Markets are also great places to take photographs.  Here's my vegetable photo of the day -- onions.  I love their long lines and the jolly way they are leaning over each other, like someone told a good joke and they all fell over laughing.   (The writer in me sees stories everywhere!)

Happy Friday! ---m


 
 
 

Monday, April 21, 2014

WHAT TO BLOG ABOUT

  
Blogging is a great way to get name recognition, build an audience and promote yourself.  Here are some suggestions of what to blog about on your site:


1)      Your writing process.  Blog about where you got the inspiration for the story; your research; locations where you’ve set your story.  Blog about your characters; do interviews with them.  Blog about writer’s conferences/ workshops you attend.

2)      Showcase your writing.  Post scenes, dialogue, excerpts.  It wets the reader’s appetite for more of your work.  For example, author Diana Gabaldon used to post her work on the internet for readers to critique.  By the time her book was published, she had hundreds of people waiting for it.

3)      Use pictures.  All your blog posts should contain photos.  But photos can be blogs in and of themselves.  A picture is truly worth a 1000 words so share away.  For example, flowers, dogs/cats, locations, dresses, landmarks, oceans, et al.  Put up photos of what your characters look like; photos of locations/cities where you’ve set your book.  Your readers will love it.

4)      Do interviews.  Interview other authors, editors, agents, other bloggers, librarians, booksellers.  You can also interview people that are in the same profession as your characters.  These can be great learning experiences for you and other writers and readers.

5)      Hobbies/Pets.  Yes, hobbies and pets make good blog fodder.  They are fun ways to connect with readers.  For example, author K.M. Jackson has a great blog (www.kwanawrites.com) and she always adds snippets about her dog Jack.  Readers often ask about him, and keep going back to her to hear about the dog’s antics.  Another example, author Nalini Singh (www.nalinisingh.com) writes a leopards and wolves series.  She also posts photos of cubs and pubs on her blog, and now her readers are sending her photos for her blog.  That engagement with your readers is priceless, and is what all writers want to achieve.

6)      Tie-ins topics.  These are topics that touch upon the themes in your book.  For example, if you are writing a cop thriller, blog about cops, guns, bounty hunters, etc.  If you are writing paranormals, blog about zombies, vampires, shape shifters, ghosts, angels that are in your books.  If your main character is a baseball player, blog about baseball.  Etc. Etc.  You get the idea.

7)      Blog for others.  Volunteer to blog for other authors and other writer sites.  This will expose you to other readers and help build your brand.
 
 
Happy Blogging!
 

Friday, April 18, 2014

NEW YORK FRIDAYS: They're back!


The good thing about winter and all the snow was that someone took away the City Bikes.  But, now that the sun is out, they're back.  Yikes!

Yes, they are good for your health.  Yes, they make the city money.  But, they also cause me heartburn when I see bikers without helmets playing cat and mouse with oncoming traffic.

Happy Riding.  Happy Friday.--m

 
 
 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

REASONS TO BLOG


 
Writing is a business.
 
Today, the publishing world is going social and digital, and writers need to do the same.  Editors are looking a writer’s social numbers – that’s the number of people who follow your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.  Publicity and marketing is up to the author, and a cheap way to do both is through a blog.
 
 
REASONS TO BLOG
 
1)      Name recognition, also known as brand recognition.  YOU are the brand.   New writers –just as much as published writers -- need to make connections with readers, booksellers, book reviewers, editors, agents, et al.  
 
2)      Build an audience.  Family and friends help, but writers need a wider, far-reaching readership.  It takes time to find readers, and the sooner a writer starts the better.  This is especially true for unpublished writers.  Get your name out there now.
 
3)      Promotion.  Your blog is one of the few places where you can self-promote again and again without being obnoxious.   Post a countdown to your publication date.  Have the links to all the places your book is available for sale, et al.


Happy Blogging!
 

Friday, April 11, 2014

NEW YORK FRIDAYS: Spring IS really here!



Yes, it's true Spring is here.
 
The snow is gone. The sun is out, and the flowers are bursting forth. 
 
Happy Friday!