The next roundtable gathering of the Alliance for Literary Writers, Authors, & Yabbering Scribes (ALWAYS) writers’ collective, will take place at: 11:30 a.m., Thurs., July 14, 2022, at Mimi’s restaurant in Chandler, AZ. Our roundtable discussion topic: ALWAYS members will meet in person to hear social media marketing tips from Kirby Plessas. She’s back by popular demand.
Come on in! I’m so glad you’ve found our little online community! Here, we share ideas to create and market better writing, music, and “village.” Throw in a few “Coffee CommuniTea” coffee and tea-shop reviews, and we’re golden, right? What better places for writing, enjoying music, and creating community? Our goal is to generate success together, using fresh tactics to get the ‘verse buzzing about cool creative endeavors. Come in and join us… —Ann
Alliance for Literary Writers, Authors, and Yabbering Scribes (ALWAYS)
Meet in-person with the ALWAYS writers’ tribe of established authors to discuss writing and support one another. In March, we’re talking about the structure of the ALWAYS group and how to better interact with and support one another. I hope you can join us! (We meet the second Thursday of each month in Gilbert, except for the first Thursday of each quarter when we meet in Phoenix.) Romeo’s Euro Cafe, downtown Gilbert, AZ 11:30 a.m., Thurs., March 14, 2019
My Words Jump Off The Page! [A presentation at the Society of Southwestern Authors—Valley of the Sun Chapter.]
Authors, learn a handful of writing and editing techniques to help you discover ways to build visual imagery and emotion, and subconsciously compel readers into your story. I’ll share my thirty years of marketing experience to show you how to make your story “jump off the page” for readers and publishers. In this two-hour hands-on session, explore:
The edits I make most often as an editor
What to look for when hiring an editor
Leveraging the scene question to develop a compelling plot line
Writing with active voice, and deep point-of-view
More effective editing tips using MS Word
Tempe Public Library 2:30–4:40 p.m., Sunday, April 28, 2019
Just for a bit of Absolutely Wild! fun, find out by visiting Images.Google.com and searching for: [your name] + the “magical creature” [Note the use of quotation marks to search for the full phrase, not individual words.]
For me, that would look like: Ann the “magical creature”
Above, see a favorite from my search—a gorgeous illustration by Anne Stokes.
Please share by posting your favorite found image (below in the comments).
Living Brave… Women in Business book debuts at conference
I attended a women’s conference Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz., that made my mind explode! The “Voices of Success” conference, forged around Hilda Villaverde and Mary Beth Stern’s new book Living Brave… Women in Business, took all 200 of us in the audience to another level in many ways. So much so, the authors received a standing ovation at the end of the day. How often have you seen that?
Emcee Devita Lewis did an outstanding job keeping everyone interested and laughing, and the program moving briskly. Plus, she performs an amazing hula.
FABRIC and Labelhorde Founder Angela Johnson introduced us to twelve Arizona designers in an inspiring fashion show. One of the designers was twelve years old, others used fabric remnants to create envy-worthy multi-patterned garments, and all were uniquely innovative. (How I wish I’d taken photos…)
From the moist breads and muffins at morning break, through the healthy fare at lunch, to the crunchy homemade potato chips and nuts in the afternoon… the food was delicious and healthy.
The selected women, whose stories also appear in the book, who shared their stories on stage These included the indomitable Disability Wisdom Consulting Founder Arielle Silverman; and speaker/consultant/coach Silver Rose, who shared steps for Socratic delegation.
Not to mention the other, nearly 50, women’s business success stories detailed in the book, which each attendee received at the conclusion of the day. Brilliant!
You, too, can benefit from the voices of these successful women. I highly encourage you to visit Amazon and invest in the book Living Brave… Women in Business, which I was honored to “shepherd” for Hilda and Mary Beth. Read it and reap. If you find it as inspiring and motivating as I did, please consider writing a short Amazon review.
What other successful women’s books/stories/events can you recommend?
Write on! Ann Narcisian Videan, Book Shepherd
Write • Edit • Publish • Word-of-mouth strategy
Today’s Cup o’ Tea: Prickly Pear Lounge, Howard, CO
Perks (what I really like!) Besides the friendly service and delicious coffee and tea, my favorite part about this beautiful, refreshing stop is the featured artwork from the many local artisans. Relaxing atmosphere. Cozy rooms. Friendly staff.
Share a Cuppa (the stories about the owner, building, history, name) With an affinity for the prickly pear cactus, the owner, Danielle—who sports a tattoo of the cactus—envisioned a place for community to gather and enjoy good food and beverages, music, and camaraderie.
What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food) • Made-to-order breakfasts and lunches • Baked goods • Fresh-roasted coffees • A variety of teas (Did I mention that incredible chai tea?)
Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service) Danielle has turned her “community gathering place” vision into reality with coffee chats, kid programs, crafts, and community learning programs.
The Grind (what I would change) If I could, I would make a change at every other indie coffee shop to emulate Prickly Pear. Coffee shop owners worldwide, please install a rack with hooks where regulars can hang their favorite mugs!
The Grounds (location): 9236 US Highway 50 Howard, CO 81233 United States 719.942.3789
Tea Times (hours) M.–Sun: 7 AM – 6:00 PM
Yelp rating: 5 stars from 3 reviews Facebook rating: 5 stars from 20 reviews (You know only 500 people live in Howard, CO.) Though there are few reviews, trust me when I say it’s amazing… Totally worth a side trip from State Route 285.
I love connecting people and ideas, so I’ve been creating small villages my entire life. Really, what better places can writers and musicians find to create “village” than independent coffee/tea shops? I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel and Delfaerune Rhapsody series-in-progress in coffee/tea venues, so I found it natural to create this blog. Whether you came here to find a new favorite hangout, or suggest a spot not yet not posted, may you find Coffee CommuniTea exactly to your taste!
Okay, it has no sticker, but it is a mule! You’ll find Sticker Mule and much more info at the link provided.
Authors—or anyone marketing—are you looking for an awesome place to buy affordable printed “merch” for your books or products? You know… marketing merchandise, like stickers, buttons, labels, magnets, packaging, and such? Maybe something imprinted with the cover of your book?
One of my author friends, Haley Rose, uses them with relish to raise awareness for her darling, educational children’s picture books.
Direct from Sticker Mule’s website, here’s what they’re about: “We relentlessly focus on making it fast and easy to order custom products. Order in seconds and get your products in days. Free proofs, free artwork help, free shipping, and fast turnaround are why people love us.”
Book 3 in the Living Brave series debuts later this month at the “Voices of Success” conference.
You know how hearing just one comment, or reading a certain book can alter your life journey? Well, there’s such a moment coming up for you…
I had the honor to edit and produce the latest book in the Living Brave series by Dr. Hilda Villaverde and Mary Beth Stern: Living Brave… Women in Business: Compelling Stories of How ONE Can Make a Difference. It is filled with life-altering input from nearly fifty Arizona women thriving in business.
The book will be released in just a couple of weeks, but if you want to hear some of these women’s stories first-hand, you really should consider attending the authors’ “Voices of Success” conference, offering a day of inspiration. I highly recommend you invest in your future with this day-long session where you’ll learn how women just like you succeeded in business by using their skills, backgrounds, and sheer will to overcome whatever stood in their way.
Please join Hilda and Mary Beth for the “Voices of Success” conference: Sat. Oct. 27, 2018
8 a.m.– 5p.m.
Scottsdale Hilton Resort
6333 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
You will find all the details here, including how to register.
Magical New Zealand forms the backdrop for my Delfaerune Rhapsody series. The land of the Maori. Are you thinking, “Maori? Wha—?” They are the native people of those majestic and diverse islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean.
One way the Maori have become better known in our current culture is through the All Blacks’s “Ka Mate,” which they perform as a group before each rugby match. This “haka“—traditional Maori war cry, war dance, or challenge—incorporates bulging eyes, long tongues, threatening stances, and shouts. Intimidating, right?
That’s why I pull elements from the haka to liven up my battle scenes, especially by my burned-out-rock-star-esque Dark Fae.
Also, many of the words I use in the stories come from the native people’s language. To represent “bad magic,” I use the Maori term “mākutu.” Another is “karakia.” It doesn’t translate exactly to “good magic,” but you can see how my use of it captures the spirit when you visit the official online Maori Dictionary.
Yes, that is a thing, and, if you click on the links I provide, you can read the Maori definitions and hear the pronunciations, too.
If you want a real trip, look at all the words that come up under “spell.” Don’t be surprised if you find a few more of these terms in my future writings.
What other words/translations do you know for “spell or “magic?” Please share!
We all need this man’s fine philosophy today, and we need to embrace and share these ideals. I encourage you to go see this movie, and support all of us by sharing the trailer or YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhwktRDG_aQ.