Category: Blog

The Magic of Multiplicity: JD Estrada
April 24, 2017 Blog A.L. Mabry

As an indie author who also has a day job, a lot of people have asked me where I find the time to work on my projects and how I’ve been able to publish the books I have with the schedule I keep. The one word answer I can offer is that I focus my

B2B CyCon Afterglow
April 10, 2017 Blog A.L. Mabry

Where do I start? I am sitting here in the afterglow of this weekend’s literary cyber convention, the Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo. #B2BCyberCon2017 to those who are hashtag savvy. At first, I felt extremely overwhelmed. Then, I understood a fundamental concept of the CyCon. There is no wrong way to participate.

B2B Cycon and Soul Purge
April 6, 2017 Blog A.L. Mabry

Hello and welcome to my little corner of the internet! My name is Amanda and I will be your tour guide today. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, it’s okay. Grab a cup of coffee and sit with me for a minute. I won’t fill this post with things you can find around this site

Writing My Own Story: Beliefs
April 2, 2017 Blog A.L. Mabry

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. This is such a popular quote that there was no shortage of beautiful images to display it. I’m sure everyone has heard it and most people have said it. Have you ever questioned it? Have ever just heard it or read it and thought, “Wait…what?” I

Broken Angel (Poem)
March 30, 2017 Blog A.L. Mabry

She wears your words upon herself, Etched invisible along soft skin Acidic tones drip to chains yet Sweet words give her flight Never far, nor for very long She allows the chains their stay Harsh critique carved into bone Silken words on heavy breath Adoration flowing true cannot abate Anger spat into her face The

How to Write Every Day, No Excuses-Andy Peloquin
March 27, 2017 Blog A.L. Mabry

If there’s one piece of writing advice you’ll read and hear EVERYWHERE, it’s that you should try to write every day. “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” authors will say. “A few hundred words a day adds up over the course of weeks and months to a complete novel.” I’m a huge proponent of this

Perfection Is Overrated-Paul Davis
March 6, 2017 Blog A.L. Mabry

There was an author in the 1920s who wrote 60,000 words a week. I wish I could remember his name. He wrote pulp, he pushed it out as quickly as he could, and the moment it left his typewriter, it was out of his hands. It went to an editor who tailored it to the

OWS Open Call for Submissions!
January 27, 2017 Blog,News A.L. Mabry

OWS seeks flash fiction of all genres and villanelle style poetry for our “A Rose by Any Other Name” themed Spring issue! Please follow the guidelines below before sending in your submission! All entries received that do not follow the guidelines WILL BE DELETED UNREAD. Their open call begins immediately and ends on March 1, 2017. Submissions must meet guidelines

Mercury in Retrograde and Misbehaving Characters
January 4, 2017 Blog A.L. Mabry

Maybe you believe in astrology. Maybe you don’t. Mercury doesn’t really care, it is coming for you. The planet Mercury goes into retrograde about four times a year. It effects communication, decision-making skills, technology and a wealth of other things. If you are going to screw your life up, odds are you’ll do it during

Master Class: Strange Sailings
January 3, 2017 Blog A.L. Mabry

This year I plan to do much more writing, including exercising my imagination by responding to prompts as well as finishing up my many WIPs. Today I am responding to a prompt on Our Write Side presented by my dear friend, Stephanie Ayers. I am responding to “strange sailings” with a brief scene from Soul

New Release: The Glass Thief by John Ryder
January 2, 2017 Blog A.L. Mabry

Back Blurb: A debt is owed. Del Kanadis–indentured thief to the King of Fires–desires freedom above all else. When given the opportunity to repay his debt with a single job, he begrudgingly accepts, believing it to be a fool’s errand. His task: infiltrate a secluded village rumoured to hold a relic capable of defeating the

Above As Below
June 18, 2016 Blog A.L. Mabry

Today I just jotted out a quick response to a picture prompt in one of my favorite Facebook groups, Writer’s Creative Circle. This will be my final sunset. As she sat alone, upon the stack of boulders the finality of her situation hit. In the morning, the ceremony would commence. Her coven’s bloodline would continue, protected.

Book Update: I Almost Lost Soul Purge!
May 9, 2016 Blog A.L. Mabry

The other day I felt the writing bug bite so I sat down at the computer and opened Scrivener. And then I opened the project file for Soul Purge. I stared at the screen for a good 5 minutes as panic swept over me. I took a deep breath and remembered that my Scrivener files

100 Word Challenge: Garden
May 4, 2016 Blog A.L. Mabry

I think this space needs a dash and peek of my creative imagination every now and then. Today I am answering a prompt from my good friends Tara. If you feel inspired you should join in too! She inhaled deeply and blew the butterfly away from her face. Her dark mood had no room for

Introducing OWS Ink Literary Journal
March 31, 2016 Blog A.L. Mabry

As many of you may know, I am a co-founder of Our Write Side. OWS is a community for writers, created by writers. The main site offers lessons, prompts, and lots more. Through the OWS team you can find both support and services. This company is proudly growing once again. April 1st is the launch

A Beginning Without An Ending
February 10, 2016 Blog A.L. Mabry

I am notorious for starting new websites and blogs. Typically it is because some project or chapter of my life has come to an end. This time is different. Rather than a new beginning, this is simply an extension of the wonderful things that are growing right now. Our Write Side is growing by leaps

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