Goodbye For Now

Dear friends,

I am in the middle of studying for my Bar exam in order to be able to work as an attorney. I have only 47 days left until I have to go into the exam room, and let the State Bar of California fry my brains for three days. I really don’t want to go through this again, and it is my goal to study, take the test and pass the first time. I think I would rather cut my own nose off than study for it all over again (I would hate to do this as well).

Anyways, the purpose of my post is to bid you goodbye for now. I am not permanently leaving my blog. It’s still going to be here, but I have to refrain from posting, and concentrate all my efforts on studying. I will be done with my exam on July 30. So expect my first post on August 1st. This is a hard decision to make, but I am running short on time, and I need to prioritize.

None of my plans have changed as far as my books go. When I was speaking about completing my novel, I knew that I was not going to write much during this time period. My first book will be published sometimes in Fall of 2014, either through a Publisher or self-publishing. I really hope you won’t abandon my blog and will remember me once I come back.

Until then, I wish you all the best, many book sales, and lots of great ideas.

See you soon bloggers!

Mariam.

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I Signed Up for NaNoWriMo!

Commentary_nanowrimoI signed up to participate in NaNoWriMo contest for November and write my second book of Taste of Desire trilogy. Hoping my first one will be done by then. Who else is going to participate in November?

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How Do You Feel About Killing Off Characters In Your Book/Story?

For as long as I can remember reading books, one aspect never stopped annoying me—authors killing major or semi-major characters. Just when I start feeling for the character, or establish a connection with the character, the writer would up and kill that character as he/she pleased. I would be angry and upset, and annoyed all at the same time. I mean if you were going to kill them off, why put them in the story in the first place?killing

Now, however, as I am working on my own book, I find myself at odds. I am in a place where I think killing a certain character or characters would serve my story well. I think I am going to do it. Although I have to tell you it is incredibly hard for me to take this step. I never thought that when I started writing and developing my characters, I would see them as actual alive beings rather than fictional characters in a story. My heart aches for the kind soul who has to bite the dust, alas, it must be done.  I hope my future readers will not be as annoyed with me as I was with the other authors who committed this sin.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Have you killed any of the major/semi major characters in your story?

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I Gift You With Writing Topics!

Do you have days when you wake up in the morning, and you want to post something on your blog, but don’t know what? Then you spend time thinking about different topics, browsing the internet hoping to find something interesting to write about, or my personal favorite, take a shower and think about it all over again.

I decided to give you some writing prompts and topics. Go ahead and use the topics to create your own post.

Topic 1: Write a letter to yourself five years ago. (let your imagination soar with this one, this can be a great post)

Topic 2: If you had the power to change things around in the world, whether past events or current, for only 2 things, what would you change and why? (think big or small. You are in charge of the world)

Topic 3: She came home from work. Very tired, very hungry. Staying up and finishing the project for her work all night last night was difficult. Finally she is home. She lives alone. All the lights of her apartment are off as she left them, but she can hear whispers in the darkness….(create your own story! It can be any genre, any length, short story, long one, flash fiction, whatever you want. This is just a prompt to get you to write.)

Let me know if you liked this idea, and if you intend to use any of topics.

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Why My Blog is No Different from Yours

Mariam Tsaturyan:

This is a post by one of my favorite bloggers on here. I can always count on getting true and honest viewpoints from him. He is not politically correct, but I love that he is not afraid to express his opinions. Here are some of his words of wisdom for bloggers out there

Originally posted on HarsH ReaLiTy:

I don’t work for WordPress. I have seen some comments speculating that I do… which I find amusing since if I did indeed work for WordPress I probably wouldn’t be blogging so much would I? I think it is people trying to find an “excuse” for why other people are successful. I read a long string of reasons why they feel their own website isn’t worth reading so I thought it would be fun to compare and contrast some of the more popular ones.

My website is plain and I don’t even own my domain. No one would want to visit my blog.” The only think I paid for was my domain. I still use a FREE template and all customizations done on this website were done by me. It took time and effort, but it was worth learning “how.” You can use excuses all day to explain why people…

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Suspicious Encounters

Are you a suspicious person by nature? I am not. I am not even the scared kind, which I guess is not a good thing. Point being, I’ll take a walk by myself at night, or go for a run. Sometimes it annoys me when people are afraid of the shadows or think everyone is out to get them. This morning, however, something happened that blew my convictions away. I have come to realize that I am not as immune to the “suspicious” gene as I thought I was.

fearI have a two month old husky, and if you know huskies, you know they need a lot of exercise. So this morning around seven o’clock, I took my puppy out for a walk/run by the park that’s right across from my house. While there, I met a man, who was also there with his dogs. Our puppies played together for a while, then we started talking. I usually don’t mind striking a conversation with strangers, and I have made good connections that way. Something about the conversation with this man did not sit well with me. He was probably in his late thirties, early forties. At first the conversation was all about the dogs, “how old is he”, “how much do you have to exercise him”, ” how much he eats” etc.

Then out of nowhere he asked me where I live. I pointed in the general direction of my house, and said “there”. Few minutes later, he asked me if I have a key? I was confused for a second because I didn’t know what he meant by that. “What key?” “A key to your house” he said. I don’t know why he asked this, or why I felt alarmed, but I did not feel safe at the moment, so I lied and said that my husband’s at home, so I don’t need a key. (I am engaged, not married yet, but I thought if he was in some weird way trying to “hit” on me, then the idea of marriage should hold him back”). As I was trying to get my puppy so we could go home, he asked me if I will bring my puppy to play tomorrow. I did not answer his question, just made some excuse and went home quickly.

Has something like this happened to you before when you felt alarmed for no good reason? Do you think I overreacted? Let me know your thoughts.

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List Your Services Here

List Your Services On My Blog :)

I want to make a directory list for writers, where they can go and find many different editors, copy-editors, book cover designers, formatters, etc. Basically aneditingything and everything needed in order t have a complete, as close to perfect as possible book. If you are offering those services, or others that I failed to mention, and would like to be listed on my blog (completely free of course) then please contact me. Write “Directory List” on the subject line.

Thank you! Hope to hear from many of you.

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June 7, 2014 · 2:54 pm

What Happened to Romance?

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Is romance an outdated concept now? Did it change over the years? Does love mean something different now than it did before? These are all questions that I find myself asking when I read most of current contemporary romance books out there. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading these books, I enjoy the break it gives me from reality and every day stress. However, I have a hard time finding any real evidence of love. Let’s take Fifty Shades series as an example. I read the books, I own copies of the books, and yes, I enjoyed them, when I was in the right mindset for reading them. However, for a book that’s supposed to be about this grand romance that beats the shadows of past, there was not much aside from sometimes incredibly hot, and sometimes downright awkward sex.

There are many other books just like this, the reason I brought this as an example is because the books are so well known that everyone know what I am talking about. I have realized for myself that the recent books that came out portrayed love in an almost unhealthy manner. We have two incredibly good looking people, one rich, the other not. One dominant, the other submissive (this is true regardless whether the book is geared to BDSM crowd or not, I am talking about general characteristics and personalities). Then instead of some deeper understanding of one another, we have characters who have sex twenty four seven in the books. The relationships are all extremely physical, and sometimes it’s hard to see past that, and judge whether they have anything in common at all. I understand that times have changed, people’s attitudes have changed, and we might not appreciate a love story like Romeo and Juliet, Edmond Dantes and Mercedes, but I would still love to have some drops and hints of actual pure love, something that we can see and feel, aside from the incredibly physical relationship of characters. These were my opinions, and you’re welcome to disagree with me. Let me know what you think.

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Dialogue—That Which May Make or Break Your Story

Lately I have been reading a lot of article and guides as to how one should to dialogue writing. Those articles were full of helpful tips and, and suggested numerous books that would be helpful in improving dialogue writing. I am not a professional writer by any means, and I am not also not a academic writer. When I say “academic” I mean I do not read books on “how to write.” Clearly I read works by other authors, mostly fiction, but I have been known to dabble in non-fiction as well. I write  from within. I write about my feelings, my dreams, and fantasies. dialogue

When it comes to writing dialogue, I try to imagine it as a movie. Would I want to watch something where the dialogue between the characters was forced and unnatural? Most definitely not. Once I write several lines of conversation between my characters, I picture them in my mind acting it out, and me listening to their conversation as a third party. I want to make sure that as a third party I feel their anger, passion, sadness, etc. This was my approach to writing dialogues, and I know there are many others. How do you come up with your lines, and what’s your approach to writing them out?

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