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You’re My Inspiration | Guest Post by Alycia Christine

You’re My Inspiration | Guest Post by Alycia Christine

As an author, where do you find inspiration? This single query has been asked of me more than any other. It is a simple question, and yet it is one of the most difficult for me to answer because my work has so many influences ranging from literature to life experience. I can always say that books inspire me. After all, Lauraisha, one of my major characters in Skinshifter, was partly inspired by the character Menolly from Anne McCaffrey’s book Dragonsong. Likewise my Thorn and Thistle character Ebenezer is a bit of a nod to the crotchety old wizard Carolinus from Gordon R. Dickson’s Dragon and the George series. Certainly, different forms of media and art are more powerful influences. In fact, my first published short story “Sumari’s Solitude” was originally inspired by a painting entitled “Spirits of Hathor” by Debbie Hughes, which graced the cover of the Ruins Metropolis anthology where “Sumari’s Solitude” first appeared. Similarly, the setting idea for my short story “Paper Castles” came from a springtime photograph of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. when it was awash with pale pink cherry blossoms. Of course, music is essential to my writing. Hans Zimmer’s piece “Woad to […]

3 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on October 7, 2015
Blogging Resources | Blogging Tips & Tricks

Blogging Resources | Blogging Tips & Tricks

This weekend’s posts are brought to you courtesy of ICON 40. I will be a panelist or moderator on several panels throughout the weekend. A couple of those panels are related to blogging and I wanted to create a quick reference post for others to use after the event. ICON, a Mindbridge Foundation Project, is Iowa’s longest-running, fan organized science fiction and fantasy convention. Each convention features authors, artists, panels and workshops, parties, an art show, dealers room and more! ICON 40 is being hosted at the DoubleTree Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This year’s guest of honor include David Gerrold, Sarah Clemens, Ann Leckie, Kalli McCandless and Jim C. Hines. Blogging Resources | Blogging Tips & Tricks Panelists: Terri M. and Jim C. Hines Panel Description: An roundtable discussion about blogging; will cover a wide array of topics regarding blogging, networking and social media. What Platform to Use Indie-Visible did an excellent series on the major blogging platforms earlier this year. They covered Wix, Weebly, self-hosted platforms, Blogger/Blogspot and WordPress.com. I highly recommend checking out those posts. Cool Blogger Tutorials I Found When I started blogging, I started out over on Blogger/Blogspot. It was free […]

2 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on October 17, 2015