Serial Fiction: R is for Rabbit

R RabbitHere’s another page in my children’s ABC book, X is a Fox Walking Backward.  Earlier pages can be found in the “Serial Fiction” tab above. Every Wednesday I am sharing one page of this book. Here is page 18:

 

 

R

Rabbit

 

A rabbit has soft fur and big floppy ears.

She likes baby rabbits a lot,

so she has a lot of them.

Compost: Change is Good

Changes are often scary, but they can also be a good thing. The rapid changes in publishing over the last few years have been a good thing for me, a ghostwriter. Print-on-demand books, e-books and e-readers, the rapid growth and acceptance of self-publishing, social media marketing – these have enabled more wanna-be authors to get their ideas and stories out into the world.

Why is this good for a ghost? Because what hasn’t changed is that writing itself is still time-consuming, difficult, sometimes infuriating, and requires practice, practice, practice to do it well. Just because it is now easier and cheaper to get your ideas and stories published, doesn’t mean they will be well-received if they’re not compelling to readers. In fact, because there are more books out there means the competition for readers’ attention is even stiffer.

Yes, it’s a good time to be a ghost.

Haiku Friday: Artists

zen gardenHere’s my haiku for today, on the topic of Artists

what artists fear most:

ideas keep on coming

and not enough time

It’s Haiku Friday again.  For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose.  I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog.  Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those).  That’s it.

Ghostwriting for a Dog: Author Wannabe

Dog Park DiaryAlex Terrgi here. My human says she will ghostwrite a book for me soon. She already ghostwrote a book for my sister Goody Beagle, called Dog Park Diary: the social round of Goody Beagle. But I’m not in that book, because Goody and the human wrote it before I came to live with them. To be fair, I think I should have my own book too. After all, I’ve been writing these blog posts ever since Goody died last year, and I’m getting pretty good, don’t you think?

I think I could handle a whole book. I live a very interesting life. Just last week I smelled a mouse in the cupboard under the kitchen sink, where the garbage is kept. The mouse was eating scraps of food that should have been mine. The door to the cupboard was shut so all I could do was smell him. I told The Cat about the mouse, but she’s too old to care. She just went back to sleep. By the time the human came home the mouse had eaten the scraps that should have been mine and ran back to wherever he came from. But I’m sure he’ll be back, because mice are like that. And when he is, I’ll be waiting. (This is called suspense.) I think this could make a good chapter in my new book, as soon as the human gets her act together and ghostwrites it for me.

Haiku Friday: Wrinkles

haiku pic 2Here’s my haiku for today, on the subject of Wrinkles

change your perspective

what if gray hair and wrinkles

were marks of beauty?

It’s Haiku Friday again.  For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose.  I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog.  Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those).  That’s it.

Serial Fiction: P is for Pig

P PigHere’s another page in my children’s ABC book, X is a Fox Walking Backward.  Earlier pages can be found in the “Serial Fiction” tab above. Every Wednesday I am sharing one page of this book. Here is page 16:

 

P

Pig

 

A pig is sometimes pink, and often fat.

When she eats she is messy, with no manners at all.

But since she only eats with other pigs, it doesn’t matter.

Compost: What Does a Ghost Do All Day?

I’ve been a ghostwriter now for over fifteen years. I’ve noticed that there is one thing that nearly all my clients and potential clients share when they first approach me about helping them write their book. This is that most of them know very little or nothing about what and how a ghostwriter does what she does.

There’s nothing mysterious or spooky about it really, despite our title of “Ghost.” I’ve written numerous articles and blog posts about ghostwriting, both in this and other blogs, and now I’m compiling all those into a book that hopefully answers every last question that anyone wanted to know about ghostwriting.

But just in case I have not covered everything, I’m throwing it out there to the readers of this blog – what questions (or question) do you have about ghostwriting? Comment here on the blog, or send me an email (kim@primary-sources.com) and I promise I will answer your question (if I know the answer, of course).

Haiku Friday: Toys

haiku pic 3Here’s my haiku for today, on the topic of Toys

there will always be

someone with more toys than you

and someone with less

 It’s Haiku Friday again.  For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose.  I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog.  Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those).  That’s it.

Serial Fiction: O is for Owl

O OwlHere’s another page in my children’s ABC book, X is a Fox Walking Backward.  Earlier pages can be found in the “Serial Fiction” tab above. Every Wednesday I am sharing one page of this book. Here is page 15:

 

 

O

Owl

An owl is a bird who says “Hoo Hoo” at night,

when he is hunting mice.

Not all owls are cross-eyed.