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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Shenaningans For Slackers - Send In The Musers!

It's a true story... Saturdays at The Realm with D.M. Kilgore
D.M. Kilgore
Slacking Done Right

 

It's not that I'm lazy...

 

I'm just too busy.

 

Too Busy = Too Tired

Too Tired = Slacker!





Dear Bloody Diary... Saturday Shenanigans at The Realm, D.M. Kilgore


January 10, 2015
Saturday Shenanigans

What? I'm awake! Just, you know.. uh.. stretching my spine. Yeah. That's it. Saturday at The Realm with D.M. Kilgore
D.M. Kilgore
Busted in her Slacker-Wear!
-writer cam-

I love sharing amazing, awesome, inspiring, instructional, encouraging, and hilarious posts with my friends, family, and fans.

The place I find all this share-worthy fabulousness?

Read Write Muse!

But... I've been slacking.

College assignments, holiday chaos, zombie virus, etc.

I was too tired to so much as copy/paste a link.

 

 

So, for today's shenanigans it's a slacker-share-a-thon!

It's time to send in the clowns

(oh heck no!)

MUSERS!

 

A little something for everyone, courtesy of The Musers at Read Write Muse:

 

 

Time for our New Year Resolution… Fails ;) Posted by Kirstin Pulioff in Motivational Musings, Shared from The Realm of D.M. Kilgore
Motivational Musings
by Kirstin Pulioff

 Feeling like a failure?
Good news! So are we!

Time for our New Year Resolution… Fails ;)

Posted by
in Motivational Musings
 
 Resolutions going great? This one is not for you.

For the rest of us, dig into this delightful post
that uncovers the beauty of failure.
 
 
 

 

Bouncing back from a crash and burn?
New Beginnings Posted by Laura Custodio in Read Write Muse, shared from The Realm of D.M. Kilgore
I Can Start Again
Laura Custodio

Laura gives us hope for the new year!

 

New Beginnings

Posted by   
 

 
 
"January is a month filled with promises and fresh starts. A new beginning is about to take place, a fresh start to an old adventure. I can feel it each time as I take a breath, this hope stirring within me that I can start again..." - Laura Custodio





In The Writing News episode 2  Posted by Katie Cross in In The Writing News, shared from The Realm of D.M. Kilgore
Katie Cross Has The News You Need!

You Want News?
Katie's Got News!

In The Writing News episode 2

 
 
What's going on in publishing?

Take a look at all the "must read"
articles for writers of any genre!




Journaling the Journey: Best Laid Plans  Posted by Andrea Asay in Journaling the Journey, shared from The Realm of D.M. Kilgore
Plans? Not for Andrea Asay!
(This much gorgeous needs no plan.)

She's Back and Better Than Ever!
Andrea has no plans and the attitude to go with it...

 

Journaling the Journey: Best Laid Plans

Posted by in Journaling the Journey
 
  
"Stepping up like never before. Voicing fresh ideas and springing into action to craft their reality. I will imagine great new things, and breathe new life into old ones. My mind is boundless. It is time to open it up for the world to take a peek..." - Andrea Asay



How to Rock Your Twitter Account Posted by Natalie J. Pierson in Author Platform, Social Media, shared from The Realm of D.M. Kilgore
Click-Click-Boom!
Natalie J. Pierson can help you BLOW UP your platform!

Ever wondered how best to use social media?
Check out the queen of all things media!

How to Rock Your Twitter Account

Posted by
in Author Platform, Social Media
 
 
Natalie has it going on when it comes to helping writers build their platforms. Bam!
The ins and outs of social media a mystery? Not anymore!


 

No one can rock an identity crisis
Creatives Needed: Inquire Within Posted by Holly Brown in  Mommy v Pen, shared from The Realm of D.M. Kilgore
Holly Brown fights the pen
as only a Mommy-Writer can

quite like a mommy of littles can!

Creatives Needed:
Inquire Within

Posted by in  Mommy v Pen
 

There she stood, in all her beauty, staring at the many options as a chorus of "This Is Halloween" vibrated through her nerve endings. Holly Brown isn't just relating her Mommy day to us, she's going in deep...  right to the heart of the matter. Stick with the familiar comfort zones of life? Or go in guns blazing and grab new opportunities?
 
 
 
 
Muse-ical Chairs Posted by LaDonna Cole in Muser Madness, The Muse's Mirror, Top 10, shared from The Realm of D.M. Kilgore
Poor LaDonna Cole!
This cannot be good!

I told you about this yesterday,
But it's a very important public announcement.
My muse Sybil has been located...

Muse-ical Chairs

Posted by in Muser Madness,
The Muse's Mirror, Top 10
 

Sybil showed up at Four Doors Manor and has been terrorizing poor LaDonna Cole... who has gone MIA within the shadowy depths of the Muse's Mirror! Not only that, but a cryptic "Top 10 Ways Sybil Could Murder LaDonna" appeared only moments before we lost contact. What is going on? And for how long? You'll have to stay tuned to find out...




Dragon Diaries- Get Off My Back! Posted by Colette Pedersen in Dragon Diaries,shared from The Realm of D.M. Kilgore
Has anyone seen this dragon-rider-writer?
Colette Pedersen has really done it this time...

And I thought the chocolate monkey was bad!

Dragon Diaries- Get Off My Back!

Posted by in Dragon Diaries
 
 
So, Colette Pederson, dragon rider/writer, has been sneaking around with a rock star. My bad, is that supposed to be a secret? I mean, everyone knows. Even Abrax the Ancient. And he is NOT happy about this two-timing. Just look what he's doing...
 



SHEW!

That's a lot of awesome all in one day!

Take your time and enjoy each delectable morsel.

But wait!

 
It's only a TASTE of the dee-lish-delights
available to you when you subscribe to
Read Write Muse.

Read Write Muse- unlock the adventure! For the MUSER in us all. Shared from The Realm of D.M. Kilgore.

Unlock The Adventure Today!

 


 

 

I'm D.M. Kilgore, and I really do own a brush and mascara!
D.M. Kilgore


I'm D.M. Kilgore, and this is The Realm.

You'll find a daily dose of me here, every dag-um day. 

 

I'm proud to be a part of Read Write Muse and I hope you'll join me and all my Muser friends there...
Much adventure in store when you unlock the door!

 

 

Tune in tomorrow for another dose of D.M.!

 

When I'm not rambling about here, you can catch my monthly series at 

Read Write Muse

The Muse's Mirror on the 11th of each month
and The Conscious Dreamer on the 27th of each month

 

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Missing Muses? Criminal Behavior? A NOT So FUNtastic Friday!

What happens in the coffee shop, stays at the coffee shop!
When Writers Bond Over Coffee
Uh... well...

It's FUNTASTIC FRIDAY

but the FUN isn't here!

Where did it go?


Read Write Muse!

 

The CRAZIEST thing has happened
at The Realm.

 

 

 

Dear Bloody Diary... My missing muse has been found!

 
January 9, 2014
Funtastic Friday

College Life = No Funtastic Friday tonight. Boo!
Paper due? Fun is cancelled.
-writer cam-

Funtastic Friday has been called on account
of criminology paper.

Boo!

The good news is that the "fun" apparently followed Sybil!
My missing muse has been spotted!


 
Over at Four Doors Manor- home of Author LaDonna Cole.

I hate to think of all the havoc she's wreaking over there.

LaDonna was able to write about Sybil's appearance before vanishing into a full length mirror.
We've not heard from her since. 

I'm starting to worry about what Sybil has done.


This can't be good...
This isn't LaDonna's first Rodeo!
(photo credit: LaDonna Cole)


Also, I'm starting to suspect that the British bon-bon eating, Earl Grey sipping, winged stranger sprawled on the chaise lounge at The Realm might actually be LaDonna's muse, Gladys. 
She's known to like show tunes and I could have sworn someone was humming,
"I'm Henry The Eighth I Am" in there this morning around 2 a.m. or so.

I'm quite concerned about this development.

How can I, the mistress of murder and mayhem, tap into the dark side
if my current muse is a glowing fairy that likes to sprinkle star dust and sing show tunes?

And worse than that...

LaDonna D. Cole
the incurable optimist, the singing adventurer,
and writer of beautiful magical lands...

Is stuck in Sybil's lair.

SYBIL! WHERE ARE MY SPOONS????
The horror. The horror.



You'll just have to go read about our

*click here ---> Muse-ical Chair Muses <--- click here*

to understand the gravity of this situation...



 

 

I'm D.M. Kilgore, and I really do own a brush and mascara!
D.M. Kilgore


I'm D.M. Kilgore, and this is The Realm.

You'll find a daily dose of me here, every dag-um day.

 

My muse is missing and she took my bloody spoons!

 

This is serious!

Please go to Read Write Muse and tell Sybil
to come back home to The Realm!
.

 

Tune in tomorrow for Saturday Shenanigans!

 

When I'm not rambling about here, you can catch my monthly series at 

Read Write Muse

The Muse's Mirror on the 11th of each month
and The Conscious Dreamer on the 27th of each month

Thursday, January 8, 2015

'Cause This Is Thriller, Thriller Thursday!

The excitement is almost unbearable!

You Know It's Thriller


Thriller Thursday

 
At The Realm!



How Exciting!

 

 



January 8, 2015
Thriller Thursday 

I don't even know how this happened...
Writer Hair - Thrilling isn't it?
-writer cam-
 I love Thriller Thursdays, don't you?

This week I'm super thrilled about:


50% OFF SCRIVENER GIVEAWAY

January's Prize Pack Giveaway

Today's Bonus THRILLER Giveaway

What can I say, the whole joy of giving thing is my favorite part about winter.

 

GIVEAWAYS GALORE!

 

So, today, let's talk about how you can win some stuff!

 
STUFF?!? I WANT TO WIN STUFF!!!!
I WANT STUFF!

 

1) For a chance to Win A 50% Off Scrivener coupon go ---> *HERE*

 

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Winner Will Be Announced
January 13, 2015



2) For a chance to Win January's Prize Pack you just have to subscribe & comment!

 

Subscribe & Comment for your chance to win!
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Winner Will Be Announced Feb. 1, 2015

 

 

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3) YOU HAVE 48 HOURS TO EARN EXTRA ENTRIES! 

 

Earn Extra Entries into the Scrivener & January Prize Giveaway when you:

 

  • DO THE FOLLOWING!

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      *Send a friend (or a dozen) and have them comment on my D.M. Kilgore Facebook page that you sent them! You'll get an entry for every friend you send, and they will get an entry too!

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    Post a picture on my Facebook page of you doing the THRILLER dance, use hashtags: #ThrillerThursday #DMKilgore #TheRealm - and be entered to win a brand new hard cover copy of "Absolute Fear" by one of my favorite thriller writers (Lisa Jackson). You'll also get THREE bonus entries into the Scrivener and Monthly Giveaway for January!

     

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    Post a video on my Facebook page of you doing the THRILLER dance, use hashtags: #ThrillerThursday #DMKilgore #TheRealm - and be entered to win 2 surprise Lisa Jackson books from my own personal library! You'll also get FIVE bonus entries into the Scrivener and Monthly Giveaway for January!

     

    'Cause I can thrill you more than any ghoul would ever dare try
    Winners Will Be Announced
    January 15, 2015

     

     Isn't All This Giveaway Stuff THRILLING?

Win a 50% off coupon for Scrivener!


And don't forget about the monthly give-away!

 

Subscribe & Comment for your chance to win!
Win Win Win!

Subscribe To The Realm Today
&
Comment Below!


You'll be entered for a chance to win this month's prize pack!

 

 

I'm D.M. Kilgore, and I really do own a brush and mascara!
D.M. Kilgore


I'm D.M. Kilgore, and this is The Realm.

You'll find a daily dose of me here, every dag-um day.

 

You close your eyes and hope that this is just imagination!

 

This is so much fun for me - I hope it is for you too!.

 

Tune in tomorrow for FUNTASTIC FRIDAY!

 

When I'm not rambling about here, you can catch my monthly series at 

Read Write Muse

The Muse's Mirror on the 11th of each month
and The Conscious Dreamer on the 27th of each month



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Much Tired. Wow Coffee.

Dear Bloody Diary... Wordless Wednesday


January 7, 2015
Wordless Wednesday


45 minutes of sleep in 48 hours? Maybe just ONE more cup...
Two sleepless nights and 7 cups later...
-writer cam-


Aren't we looking chipper this morning?
What day is it anyway?

Breakfast of Champions!
It's what's for breakfast...







Win a 50% off coupon for Scrivener!



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Subscribe & Comment for your chance to win!
Win Win Win!

Subscribe To The Realm Today
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You'll be entered for a chance to win this month's prize pack!

 

 

I'm D.M. Kilgore, and I really do own a brush and mascara!
D.M. Kilgore


I'm D.M. Kilgore, and this is The Realm.

You'll find a daily dose of me here, every dag-um day.

 

Too Tired To Make Words!

 

I hope you're all getting more sleep than I am!.

 



Tune in tomorrow for Thriller Thursday!

 

When I'm not rambling about here, you can catch my monthly series at 

Read Write Muse

The Muse's Mirror on the 11th of each month
and The Conscious Dreamer on the 27th of each month




Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Does Scrivener Drive You To Drink?

Scrivener! Love it? Hate it?
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Scrivener.
 

Most writers know about it.
 

Some love it.
Some hate it.

Dear Bloody Diary...

 

January 6, 2015
Tipsy Tuesday

I'm D.M. Kilgore and I approve this message!
I'm D.M. and I approve!
-writer cam-

It's Tipsy Tuesday & I'm Intoxicated
by the wonders of Scrivener!

That's right.

I'm team LOVE it.


But, I didn't always love it.

 

 

I admit, I've always been overly fond of the cork-board feature...

Oh you beautiful cork-board!
Whoo! Cork-board!

 

 But the rest?

 

Whoa! Many Features. So much wowness!
Wow. Much Features.
photo credit: Literature & Latte


Ack!

It felt overwhelming and complicated.

And the learning curve?

 

Learning Cuves... ain't nobody...


Scrivener is an amazing content-generation  tool for writers who want to concentrate on composing and structuring complex documents. It allows the user to have complete control of formatting and provides features that are meant to help you finish your first draft. 

I heard about Scrivener at a rather unconventional writing conference and after taking a quick peek at the site, I was pretty much hooked by this:

POWERFUL stuff!
photo credit: Literature & Latte



Order from chaos?
Did they make this just for little ol' me?


So, I decided to give it a try. I started with the trial offer.

I was both impressed and terrified.

Is it awesome? Heck yeah! Is it loaded with features? Dang skippy! Is it something you can download and fix your chaotic WIP or begin a new WIP and avoid the mess? You better believe it!

Is it easy to use? Well...

It's easy enough to spend the trial period tinkering with, but the learning curve was a bit enormous for this not-so-techy-writer.

I liked it enough to buy it, but only because I had a nice discount coupon. I thought I'd figure it out eventually. It certainly had potential. And did I mention the cork-board feature? *swoon*

A year into using Scrivener, I was more organized. My WIP was less of a mess than it was using my old school copy/paste/notes/files/MS-Word method. And yet, I'd barely mastered the basics. I wasn't even aware of some of the most powerful built in features for writers. 

I'd probably still be unaware and plugging along with the tip of the iceberg Scrivener experience if not for The Scrivener Coach.

http://learnscrivenerfast.com/?hop=dmkilgore


I spent about twenty minutes on his site thinking, "This sounds too good to be true." Then I noticed the Free Mini-Course. Hmm. Free is good. I like FREE! It only took about 6 minutes for me to decide this would be one of the best investments I'd ever make in terms of my writing career.

I was blown away by what I learned in the free course so I indulged in the NINJA package and set up a daily schedule to view each module and unleash Scrivener's (and my own) true potential.

Now, instead of working my butt of for Scrivener, Scrivener is working for me. Is it for everyone? Nah. I think all writers have their method. It might take a while to find the "write" one for you. When you do, the heavens will open and you'll hear angels singing and-- well, okay, maybe not-- but you'll at least yell, "Boo-Yah!". 

Have you ever wanted to give Scrivener a try? Why not check out the free trial and the Learn Scrivener Fast Mini-Course?

I think by the time you finish both you'll know if Scrivener is the right program for you.

For those of you ready to take a leap and buy Scrivener now, I have a little treat for you!

I'm giving away a 50% off coupon for Scrivener!

To be entered to win:

1. LIKE ME on Facebook -----> *here*

2. Subscribe to The Realm (top right).

3. Comment below and tell me what you love (or not) about Scrivener and if you plan to try out Learn Scrivener Fast.

That's it! 
I'll draw the winner next Tipsy Tuesday

(Jan. 13)

And don't forget about the monthly give-away!

Subscribe & Comment for your chance to win!
Win Win Win!

Subscribe To The Realm Today
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You'll be entered for a chance to win this month's prize pack!

 

 

I'm D.M. Kilgore, and I really do own a brush and mascara!
D.M. Kilgore


I'm D.M. Kilgore, and this is The Realm.

You'll find a daily dose of me here, every dag-um day.

 

Everybody in The Realm gettin' tipsy!

 

I hope today's post intoxicated or at least inspired you.

 



Tune in tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday!

 

When I'm not rambling about here, you can catch my monthly series at 

Read Write Muse

The Muse's Mirror on the 11th of each month
and The Conscious Dreamer on the 27th of each month