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Rebecca Porter
Attended School of Hard Knocks
Lives in Wisconsin
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Even stranger in animation. Google + is so cool. If it helps, a front was about to smoother the sunrise. There was only a thin band of sky below the clouds. Ten minutes later, all those colors, and the sun, were gone.
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I've been a bad, bad blogger
Have you ever faced a black hole? A place where all the pressures of life compile, and you are left gasping for air? Sure you have. We all have. But I have special responsibilities as a blogger.  Troll Tails has followers from all over the world, and while ...
Have you ever faced a black hole? A place where all the pressures of life compile, and you are left gasping for air? Sure you have. We all have. But I have special responsibilities as a blogger.  Troll Tails has followers f...
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Update on Tasha's Poisoning
Several of you have contacted me directly about Tasha's recovery. thank you for your concern, and anyone who knows me, knows how much my pets me to me. They make me laugh, curl up with me when I'm sick. keep me moving, and frequently inspire character devel...
Several of you have contacted me directly about Tasha's recovery. thank you for your concern, and anyone who knows me, knows how much my pets me to me. They make me laugh, curl up with me when I'm sick. keep me moving, and fr...
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It's your voice, your forum, your world. I'm not leaving. To learn of your struggles will make me okay with my own. To hear of your successes will give me hope. Go for it, Neil.
Thank you for following my blog. In the nearly three years that ALWAYS WRITING has been active, I’ve seen my following grow and my hit counter exceed 250,000. I’ve tried to provide valuable writing and publishing advice based...
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Part 3: Bald Eagle Release. Days later, I'm just coming to terms with the words to relate this story. I have settled on: I bore witness on the true meaning of AWESOME.  
Ready?  We huddled deeper into our thinsulate embedded parkas and bulky snow pants, but the eagles didn't care. They could smell the river, hear the calls of the wild birds from across the river. It was time to leave. One by ...
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+Tony Payson It was the true meaning of awesome.  
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What is it?
I love nature. I have spent countless hours studying the world just outside my door, but this morning I recorded something I have never seen before.  Instead of turning left to go to work, I turned right. The sun was just about to break the horizon, and the...
I love nature. I have spent countless hours studying the world just outside my door, but this morning I recorded something I have never seen before.  Instead of turning left to go to work, I turned right. The sun was just a...
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#Hook with Kick ... I hope

HOOK: the opening lines of a novel. Meant to capture the readers attention, to dare them to look away, to pry open their musty wallets. A good hook licks at your eyelashes, curdles in your belly, and leaves pinpricks between your toes.

Here are the opening lines of work in progress. A hook introduces the protagonist, places him in the scene, and sets the mood. But my readers already know my protagonist. This yet unnamed work is the second of a trilogy. Although Troika was not the protagonist of book one, he was a strong, supporting character. My reader may already have a sense of him, but what can I do to capture the new reader ... lure him in with a new vibe. Troika is older and the problem his this time. The ground is fertile.

It's only 286 words. Please, let me know what you think. I've girded my loins.
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That's kinda crazy, but I think you're on to something.
About a month ago, I read an article about ebooks and what the price points sell the most. Here's the quick breakdown. $1.99 is the worst price point. For some reason readers don't like that combination of numbers. The second...
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When you brain won't engage. I'm usually pretty quick with comebacks,but I found myself in a conversation this weekend that had my #tongued_tied. I think most authors can relate to this post.
Someone asked recently asked me who had I written Blue on the Horizon for, and I froze. You see, every author wants to think that a wide audience will love their story, but that just isn’t possible. I managed to squeak out th...
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and it feels so good. That to me is the the addictive quality of writing. 
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Ability to see the possibilities in everything from a complex database to author a trilogy. I've done both.
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Wisconsin
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Tampa, FL
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Living with two crazy mutts, one sweet cockatiel, a perplexed husband, and an overactive imagination.
Introduction
Author, amatuer photographer, nature lover, vivid dreamer, and legend weaver--Rebecca Ferrell Porter lives in the United States.
 
My life changed in 2012. The year began with a serious illness. I felt like a stop watch had been placed on my life, and although I'm no longer in mortal danger, it was a sharp thump on the head. There was so much more to do. I've always been creative; eighteen years as an accountant couldn't even stomp it out of me. I long ago changed professions, but work is still someone else's idea of creativity. Then it happened.
 
April 2012, I'm feeling ill and a bit sorry for myself when I started to read the letter from the editor in the Stoughton Press. A woman named Linda Bricco Shalk was calling out for story ideas and photographs. I read it several times. My brain was humming as ideas crashed into each other. Should I ... ? What if ... ? What the hell? A tentative email later, and I was suddenly pitching a photography project, but that wasn't enough for Linda. She loved my concept of "photographing" a troll as he crept around our little town, but she wanted more. I don't know what she saw in me in that dimly lit pub, but she threw me a zinger. "And you'll write the article, right?" Gulp.
 
Flash forward a year. Linda is about to publish my fourth article in the Oton of Stoughton series, Blue on the Horizon is starting to get traction, and I'm deep into the first draft of the second book in the trilogy.
 
All it takes is a whacked out imagination, a jump-off-the-cliff personality, and remaining fearless in the face of failure. Jeez, why doesn't everyone do this?
 
Bragging rights
Blue on the Horizon, published May 2013 as of October 2013 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon, and 4.5 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.com. Blue on the Horizon. In October 2013 it was accepted in the Wishing Star Book Award, a competition in the UK and Sweden. Seven out of ten applicants were denied entry so just being accepted has been an honor. Blue on the Horizon was also accepted at www.oure-books. com, a site for families with young reader. I had to prepare a simple quiz for the child to take after reading the book. If they get 80%+ they win credits for more books. Also in October, reviewers around the world have agreed to review Blue on the Horizon. It's all a bit scary, but their honest review will be posted on their popular blog and many other locations.
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  • School of Hard Knocks
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Rebecca Ferrell Porter