Browsing Archive: February, 2011

Rediscovering The Power of The Word, “No!”, with Irina Avtsin

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Monday, February 28, 2011,
I want to give a respectful welcome to Irina and thank her for choosing this blog as a stop on her BlogTour. On to our interview…

Irina, I think a good first question is where are you from and what are some of the highlights of what brought you to write your book, Rediscovering The Power of No?

I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia and, being an admittedly brave teenager (or just a teenager :-) immigrated to Israel on my own, arriving there on the second day of the first Gulf War. I g...


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Alert: A Very Special Visit To “Notes from An Alien” !

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Saturday, February 26, 2011,

Monday, the 28th of February

Columbia Business School graduate, Irina Avtsin

Telling us about “Rediscovering the power of ‘No’”

For all Readers, Writers, and Publishers

Make your life easier by learning to say, “No”!


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When Is The Word “No” Better Than The Word “Yes”?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Friday, February 25, 2011,
I normally post to this blog Monday through Saturday, every week.

Yes, that’s quite a schedule but it helps with search engine visibility and I have a lot to say.

Yes, I’ve had a number of author interviews lately and there are some really cool ones to come next week.

Yes, it does still take me just about as long to post an interview as my own words, what with all the emailing and editing.

Yes, I do work about 12 to 14 hours a day, seven days a week on pre-publication activities for my fo...


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Invitation To The Madhouse ~ Report On Self-Publishing

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Thursday, February 24, 2011,

Alert: Stay turned to this channel for a special broadcast, Monday, 28 Feb.
Irina Avtsin will tell us all about the power of the word, “No!”.
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{This post is almost a rant and purposefully written in a voice I rarely use…}

A madhouse is where insane persons are confined or a place exhibiting stereotypical characteristics of such a place.

This, to me, right now, is what self-publishing is.

Let me define my terms a bit more precisely:

“Sanity” has roots indicating “healthy ...


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Author Interview ~ Daryl Sedore

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Wednesday, February 23, 2011,

Alert: Stay turned to this channel for a special broadcast, Monday, 28 Feb.
Irina Avtsin will tell us all about the power of the word, “No!”.
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Today’s interview is with an author whose blog posts I eagerly anticipate.
Must soon read his books :-)

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Daryl, when did you begin writing and can you remember how it felt inside, back then?

I began writing at the early age of 10 years old. How did i...


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Can You Trust An Alien; You Know, The Kind From Outer Space?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Tuesday, February 22, 2011,

Alert: Stay turned to this channel for a special broadcast, Monday, 28 Feb.
Irina Avtsin will tell us all about the power of the word, “No!”.
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If you’re new to this blog, you may think its title, Notes from An Alien, refers to either me, Alexander M Zoltai, or writers in general being aliens…

Let’s see: The roots of the word “alien” come from “strange” or “foreign”…

O.K., I’m strange and most folks find writers, as a group, strange. We writers also have str...


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Author Interview ~ Shari Green

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Monday, February 21, 2011,

Alert: Stay turned to this channel for a special broadcast, Monday, 28 Feb.
Irina Avtsin will tell us all about the power of the word, “No!”.
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Today we welcome Shari to the blog. Let’s get this interview goin’ :-)

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Where are you from and how old are you?

I was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada, in 1963. I’ve lived my life so far in various places around BC, Alberta, and the Yukon.

When did you begin writing and can you remember how it felt inside, back then?

I’ve alw...


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A Post With The Purpose of Pointing You Toward Another Post…

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Sunday, February 20, 2011,
My most favorite author is C. J. Cherryh.

My other most favorite author is John C. Gardner.

If you read, or write, or publish, this interview with John is worth studying…

Thanks to Simone Benedict for reminding me of John’s importance.
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Author Interview ~ Mary Pax

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Friday, February 18, 2011,
Since I’m an avowed SpaceCadet, I’m real happy Mary could stop by for an interview.  Let’s get it rolling :-)

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Where are you from, Mary?

I originate from the east coast of the US, but have lived in the Pacific Northwest for about 10 years.

When did you begin writing and can you remember how it felt inside, back then?

I wrote my first story sometime in grade school. It was about a horse named Wesco. That’s all I remember ab...


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A Virtual World, A Writer’s Mind, And Serious Business That’s Always Fun!

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Thursday, February 17, 2011,
I just got back from Book Island in Second Life.

Yep, a virtual world I visit for play and work. I wrote about virtual worlds in a previous post. Here’s a bit of what I said:

“All virtual worlds have virtues that make them valuable whether we’re talking about your mind, a book you read or wrote, or a computer-created world.”

Yes, I called our minds and books “virtual worlds”. Check out that post for more about what I’ve done as a writer in Second Life.

This post is for talk...


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Author Interview ~ Jaleta Clegg

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Wednesday, February 16, 2011,
We’ve had two interviews, so far, with authors: Simone Benedict and Karla Telega.

Today, we have the author, Jaleta Clegg. I first met her in the forums of BestsellerBound and I’m very glad she agreed to doing an interview here :-)
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Jaleta ( or, Aleta :-), where are you from and how old are you?

I was born about fifteen thousand years ago on a starship deep in the Catalbin Nebula. Wait, you want the real truth? I’ve lived pretty m...


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Blogging ~ Can It Really Fulfill The Writer’s Dictum: “Write Every Day!”?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Tuesday, February 15, 2011,
I’ve been tracking our survey for this blog and “Writing”, as a topic for me to focus on, has pulled even further ahead, with “Reading” and “Publishing” tied for a respectable second focus.

{ For those bothered by the punctuation in the title of this post, I admit to maverick grammar :-}

As far as that dictum to write every day, go ahead and put write+every+day into Google and you’ll find thousands of reasons.

Naturally, as with most things writerly (and with due attention p...


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Author Interview ~ Karla Telega

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Monday, February 14, 2011,
I’m very happy to give a short introduction to Karla. Short because I can’t wait to share her answers to my questions. She has wonderfully humorous insights about the writing process :-)

Karla, where are you from and how old are you?

I grew up in Seattle, home of the Space Needle and about three banana slugs per square foot. I’m at that magical age of 54: too old for hot flashes and too young for the senior menu.

When did you begin writing and can you remember how it felt inside bac...


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What Is A Genre & Should You Try To Write In One?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Saturday, February 12, 2011,
“Genre” simply means a kind or type of writing.

Some folks have even criticized the whole concept of genre.

If you look the word up in Wikipedia, you’ll see a questioning of the genre of the very article about genre:

“This article is written like a personal reflection or essay and may require cleanup. Please help improve it by rewriting it in an encyclopedic style.”

Wikipedia supplies a list of genres and there’s a much more extensive one here.

So, do writers sit down and thin...


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Write Your Way Out of The Bad Days…

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Friday, February 11, 2011,
We all have bad days.

Bad days in general and bad days for writing and days when we can’t understand anything we read and days when the hope of publishing turns into the worst idea we’ve ever had…

This blog covers Reading, Writing, and Publishing and I’m still offering, “Write Your Way Out of The Bad Days…”, as an option in all three pursuits.

Let’s say you’re an avid reader, it’s what makes the rest of life bearable, but you hit one of those days when every book you ...


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Author Interview ~ Simone Benedict

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Tuesday, February 8, 2011,
Ever lived in Kansas?

Ever wondered how to escape from Kansas?

Our interview is with an author who can answer yes to both those questions :-)

Without further ado, here’s  Simone Benedict.

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Let’s start with where you’re from, how old you are, and is Simone Benedict your real name?

I was born and raised in Kansas near the exact center of the continental United States. Currently, I’m living in the same place. I’m in my forties. Simone Benedict is one of my pen names. As happens w...


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Reading? Writing? Publishing? ~ Results from Our Poll…

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Monday, February 7, 2011,
There’s a poll in the sidebar and, for those reading this post on the book site, you can reach it by clicking here.

It’s been there since the 2nd of January and, just like I wish more folks would comment on individual posts, I wish more folks would take the poll. It can be of great aid in deciding what our readership wants to see here. Multiple answers are accepted :-)

The results, so far, are:

Writing=41.2% ~ Reading and Publishing both=23.5% ~ Other=11.8%

There’s a little link at t...


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Revisiting, “Where Do Writers Find Their Ideas?” ~ My Tribute To One of My Commenters

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Saturday, February 5, 2011,
The last post in this blog generated more comments than any yet in its short life.

One of them was so unique and so valuable that I’m taking the liberty of freeing it from its public presence in the comments to give it prominence in a more public presence in this post. {alliteration, anyone?}

The writer of the comment was, for many years, a teacher of English. He now is a blogger who reveals a rich and powerful command of the language through his poetry on Once written; a kind of testa...


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Where Do Writers Find Their Ideas?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Friday, February 4, 2011,
From that little bunny that pops out of the magician’s hat?

From dragons who’ve run out of knights to fight?

From bookies who moonlight as creative content dispensers?

Ya think??

One of the most common sources claimed for the brilliant ideas writers sometimes display is the fabled Muse. I’ll come back to that source in a minute…

Some writers steal their ideas.

I’m not talking about plagiarism. What they do is “borrow” plots, characters, or themes from books they’ve read. Then...


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What Kind of Feedback Do Writers Need? What Helps Them Most?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Thursday, February 3, 2011,
Our last post had me offering to put your name and Bio and web link in a Special Listing in my forthcoming book.

All it takes is getting the free copy of Notes from An Alien and giving some feedback.

I need to quote part of C. M. Marcum’s comment on that post:

“But we’re such good friends now. Why spoil it?

No, seriously, I have run the gauntlet of writing sites and I have found the relationships to be dreadfully one-sided.”

I think part of that one-sidedness is folks not knowing wha...


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Want Your Name (or, alias) In My Book? How About A 2-Line Bio & Web Link??

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Wednesday, February 2, 2011,
“Start with a 500-year InterWorld War. Continue through ecological disaster and the decimation of populations. Follow the institution of a Worlds’ government that helps bring a glimmer of hope. Discover the challenges and failures of unifying three very different Worlds. Explore what it takes to give birth to a lasting peace. This is what reading Notes from An Alien promises. And, this story could help Earth…”

That’s the back-cover blurb for my book. In the last post, I tal...


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Meeting My Editor And Other Strange And Wonderful Events

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Tuesday, February 1, 2011,

I’m going to have my first face-to-face meeting with my editor in eight days.

I just realized as I wrote that sentence that the combination of “face-to-face” and “editor” might have given a few readers a chill.

A face-to-face is serious, right?

Does serious have to mean bad?

The editor, that horrible person who has some perverted need to hack away at my pristine creation, tells me I can’t be inventive with my punctuation, and shows disrespect to my artistic integrity.

That l...


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Alexander M Zoltai I started writing seriously rather late in life but I'm forging ahead with roaring flames in my heart... I've written the novel, "Notes from An Alien", with Sena Quaren--taking her other-worldly experience and translating it for an Earth audience. No, I'm not Channeling. I'm merely taking the "reality" of one of my characters to a new level :-)

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