Upcoming Events

Hi,

As the Co-Ordinator for Logan City Writers (LCW) I would like to share a few upcoming events you, or someone you know, may be interested in.

BookClub

As of this week we will be hosting a regular book club. If you have ever read a book and wished you could talk about it with someone then join us. Both writers and readers are welcome.

https://www.facebook.com/events/136527123200004/?ref=2

Logan City Writers Group

If you are a writer, living in Logan, come join our writing group. We hold regular online writing races, a regular bookclub and social gatherings. With over a 100 members you are sure to meet someone who writes what you write.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LoganCityWriters/

Writers Social Meet

Every Sunday – Logan City Writers only (or writers of all ages wishing to join us) – we will be meeting up for coffee and a chat.

https://www.facebook.com/events/362809700487532/

Teen/Children’s Writing Group

Have you got a teen or a child wanting to write, or who just loves to read. Meetings will include everything from a bookclub, writing sessions and group discussions. Children of all ages welcome. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Cost – $2 (to cover light snack) Email your interest to lcw@logancitywriters.com 

If you would like any further information on any of the above events please feel free to email me lcw@logancitywriters.com

Happy writing

Rebecca L Dobbie

 

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FROM STAGE DOOR SHADOWS

From Stage Door Shadows
Editor: Jodi Cleghorn
Original Artwork: Blake Byrnes
ISBN: 978-0-9871126-8-2 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0-9871126-9-9 (eBook)
Size: 203x127cm (Perfect Bound)
Pages: 164
RRP: A$19.99

Twenty-six authors trade Tiny Dancer’s California- blessed lyrics for the shadowed recesses of stages large and small in From Stage Door Shadows, a speculative fiction homage to the darkness just beyond the limelight of the entertainment industry.

The stories re-introduce the women Benny Taupin wrote about and Elton John sang about: blue jean baby, LA lady, the band’s seamstress, the music man’s wife and the girl dancing in the sand, along with a stellar cast of musicians, singers, thespians, fans, managers, dancers, DJs, magicians, talent show contestants, stars and has-beens.

From vaudeville to opera, piano bar and street corner, hotel suite and beauty pageant, From Stage Door Shadows is a backstage pass to where dreams of fame, fortune and fulfillment live and die in a heartbeat.

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Group Writing Challenge

Inspired by a series of stories created on Twitter where writers joined together to write a story one tweet at a time I thought we could try something similar.

In the comments below leave your contribution to the story. It can be a few lines or a few paragraphs. Make sure you leave your name and a link to your own websites, Facebook pages and twitter accounts so anyone liking your contribution can check out your other work. 

When we have a completed story I will type it up, edit it and post it here. Then we can all add links to show everyone what we came up with together. I look forward to seeing what we can come up with.  

The only rules are let’s keep it PG13+. No graphic sex, language and keep the gore to medium level. You can add in whatever you wish however if I feel it breaches the PG rating I might ask you to tone it down a little or I may have to remove it. 

So let’s get started…..

I could do nothing else but stand there, looking out across the ocean. The water reflecting the cloudless sky – it was so calm not even a ripple broke the effect of mirrored glass. My thoughts a crazed frenzy of uncertainty, fear and disbelief. I was so lost. What was I going to do? How was I ever going to explain what happened? I could barely understand it myself. 

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Deck The Halls Update

It has finally arrived. Launch day. As of Monday 17th July Deck The Halls will be available for sale in Australia. Email me at rldobbie@hotmail.com for details on how you can get a copy of the book or ebook forms of this fantastic anthology. A twist on the usual christmas tale come join us for christmas in July.

Find me on facebook Rebecca l Dobbie to find links to our online launch party.

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Trailer for EIGHTY-NINE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bom-dnS8r9Y&feature=player_detailpage

 

The day has finally arrived. The trailer for our book Eighty-Nine is here. A big thanks to Devin Watson who has done an amazing job.

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Nominated….woohoo.

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.literarymixtapes.com%2Four-anthologies%2Feighty-nine%2F&h=0AQGXfY8-AQG4Cp9c2KVlNzPFpwui66TX81xaL_NXoySnvA

Eighty – nine has been nominated for the Aurealis Awards here in Australia. This is very exciting for all of us who contributed and it’s well deserved. It’s a project we are all proud of. The extra bonus is my story Blueprints In The Dark has also been nominated.

And as if that isn’t awesome enough Nothing But Flowers has also been nominated. Another great book and hopefully it will get the recognition it deserves. So many people worked on these two projects with me that it is impossible to name everyone. You know who you are. My story Warrior has also been nominated.

So get your copies now. We think they are award winning….and hopefully they will be officially as well.

🙂

Rebecca L Dobbie

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The Business Of Writing

For many years I have treated writing as a hobby. Constantly typing away, creating my little tales with a dream at one day publishing a book. It was a somewhat distant dream to me then. I also had no idea how difficult the task would be.

In the past year I have grown and learnt so much and most importantly writing has changed from a hobby, a dream to a career choice. I am a writer and now an author. My stories have appeared in a number of books which is fantastic but I still yearn for my own novel to be on shelves.

So how do I do that? How do I get my novel into print? I have read and watched as others self publish or gain contracts but it isn’t as simple as it seems. These writers have all created solid author platforms, making a name for themselves and a readership. Some of the tactics these writers have used are brilliant and it amazes me at their ingenuity.

As I go about creating short stories and trying to build my author platform I began to realise that all of this was taking me away from finishing the novel, the very reason I was working so hard. So for the last couple of weeks I have been trying to think about what I can do to keep my name out there yet get back to the novel. It was hard enough finding the time to write one story never mind doing others.

It was giving me a headache. I couldn’t think of a solution so I let it go and just went about doing everything like I usually did, and not getting very far to be honest.  There is no set formula for this. One way may work for someone else but may not work for you. But I think I may have finally come up with a solution.

I need to treat my writing as a business. My name is a company. I have a product and I need to manufacture it and then get it out to the consumer. So like any start up business I needed a plan. So I have created a business plan.

 

12 pages filled with everything you would do for any other business. I have a mission statement.

  1. To create a respected name in the Literary Marketplace and provide quality material of which appeals to the target market. With passion for the written word, strive to deliver quality work for publication and sale.

 I have listed the tools I will require, the funding, the insurance and copy right. I have a clear set out formula for my business.

 I have then created my office hours and set targets to reach.

 I have even created business cards.

 

 I love them.

So the basic plan for me is as follows:-

Create Business Plan.

Research and source necessary insurances, tax information, copyright laws.

Research and source employees (outsourced people I need to assist me) accountant, graphic designer, editors etc.

Stick to work hours no matter what.

Stop waiting to the last minute to finish a project. Making deadline is not the most important thing. Having a quality piece of writing is.

To keep my name out there as I return to the novel I have set these targets:-

Write five or six weeks worth of Friday Flashes. That way a new piece of writing is available every week for readers to read.

Every Tuesday work on Tuesday Serial – Finish it completely and the start posting it to the Tuesday Serial Collective. Have this story typeset and prepared for ebook.

Work on editing the Novel.

 So this is my plan. I am now officially a paid author so I need to act like one. I am trying to create a brand so I need to do everything I can to build it up. It doesn’t matter how many followers you have or likes on your Facebook page. It’s the amount of people reading your work.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

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From Song Prompt To Print…

A few months ago the Literary Mixed Tape writers of Nothing But Flowers were called to duty with a number of new emerging writers and where asked to submit a song from 1989. I Googled and Binged my way through the top 100 songs of the year and was surprised at how many I remembered. I shrugged off the depression that came with the realisation you are getting old and shifted through a few favourites. I figured I better pick a song I could easily write a story on. I ended up choosing Toy Soldiers – Martika. I didn’t have a story idea, more an emotional reaction to the song. I knew then I could probably write some haunting, melancholy, dark, twisted piece for our Editor Jodi Cleghorn.

Oh, but I should have known better. Jodi, always keeping us on our toes, then let us in on her devious plan. We were not writing to OUR song choices. All of our songs and names went into a hat and via video we watched and waited in anticipation of what song the random hat Gods would bestow on to us. I did the token moaning and groaning – we can’t make it too easy on the Editor can we?

My song prompt was Deacon Blue’s – Real Gone Kid. Go and check the lyrics and you’ll see what a task I had before me. I downloaded the song from iTunes and listened…awaiting inspiration.

The extra pressure, like I needed any more, was this happened to be the Editor’s song choice. Audible gasp…I know. What story did the editor have in mind when listening to the song? Was I about to piss off the Editor by submitting a story a million miles away from what she’d envisioned for the song? Oh crap.

I tortured myself with that for a couple of hours.

So, I had this song. Deacon Blue Real Gone Kid Random, doesn’t make much sense, but it was catchy. Catchy won’t help me though. What the hell was I going to write about?

I had another problem. Let’s call this problem Story A. Story A had been floating around in my somewhat crazy writer brain for about two weeks before getting the 89 song prompt.  Story A was a persistent little shit. An attention seeking little monster, similar to a spoilt 2 year old. It wouldn’t step aside for a few days so I could work on 89. Nope, Story A demanded every waking minute and even crept into bed with me. I thought that was a little rude. 

The two main characters in Story A were demanding to be brought out, to live, to breath. They were not going to wait so I could write some little story. They wanted out NOW. Every time I sat down to work on 89 Story A would come out with fists up and ready to rumble with any other story idea that dared to come up and get in their way.

‘Oh, for the love of crumpets,’ I said. (There were small children nearby.)

So I gave up. I thought if I quickly wrote a draft for Story A and let the characters out maybe then I could write the 89 story. I only had three weeks to submit the 89 after all. So the pressure was on. I sat furiously writing everything I could think of, committing all of Story A to paper.

It was a good idea, pity it didn’t work. Story A was going to be a big project. It would take weeks to write on its own. Now what was I going to do?

After a little tantrum with a few choice words screamed at my computer (little children were a daycare that day) inspiration hit. Why not do a back story for Story A? I mean, I did have to write a story set in 1989. How old would my characters have been back in 1989?

Woohoo, praise the writing Gods. Everyone was happy. Story A was getting attention and I would be able to meet the 89 deadline.

So, Declan and Liam finally were allowed out. The 10 and 15 year old versions of them anyway. Of course there was a lot to consider. I had to make sure 89 would blend with the future story these two boys would grow up to live.

I must say I had loads of fun. Declan and Liam would have to be my favourite characters besides two out of my novel. They feel real to me. (seriously not crazy…it’s a writing thing..hehe…well that’s what we tell ourselves anyway) Declan and Liam both feel like real people to me which is a sign their characters are strong.

So ‘Blueprints In The Dark’ was born. I am quite proud of the finished product. It’s a shame we only have 1500 words to work with because I am sure I could have gone into more detail…and maybe I will revisit that at some stage. But for now I hope you enjoyed the story. I hope you started to feel a little of the love I have for these two boys. Because Declan and Liam are being developed into Brothers Black, a series of short stories that will find their way to ebook very very soon. A taste of what is to come is posted under the Tuesday Serial tab on this blog.

Now go read all the other fantastic stories from Eighty – Nine online live now for the next 24 hours and then get over to Amazon.com and pick up a copy.

Enjoy

Rebecca L Dobbie

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Official Launch Party

The time has arrived. Today is the day for our Amazon Chart Rush and Official Launch Party for 89. We have a fun filled day planned with Trivia, givaways and best of all – the ability to read a selection of stories every hour, on the hour, for the next 24 hours.

Then, to top it all off, at 5pm Aussie time we will be having our chart rush. Can we become the number one Anthology on Amazon again? You bet. So at 5pm buy your copy or put a copy in your wish list to buy later. It all helps.

It’s a very exciting day for us and as the time arrives for my story to go online live I will post a few details on where my story idea came from, more on my characters and if you really liked them where you will be able to get more of them.

So here is a link to the party details. http://literarymixtapes.com/2011/10/21/official-launch-party/ From there you need to come join us on Facebook where the party is in full swing.

Let’s get this party started…

Rebecca L Dobbie

 

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A Writer’s Journey

As per my previous posts I have being pondering how to make my blog work for me. How do I get a readership? How do I get people returning? Many writers are writing about writing but I feel that they are only getting peers coming to their blog. And since so many are doing that I want to move away from it. But then what do I do?

Some people tell me to write about foster care (since I am a carer) or trauma in children etc etc since that is my other career. Other’s write articles, opinion pieces or even shock pieces to stir comment. Again this is not the direction I want to go. I want to write stories. So the issue is how do I get readers to return to my blog since there is obviously a gap between stories? Stories can take weeks to create and that gap can cause people to lose interest in you.

I have received some great advice and tips which I say thank you to everyone helping and guiding me. The answer, I feel, is to relax. Don’t sweat it and maybe just write about the journey. Write about the source of a particular story idea. Write about a character that is doing everything he or she can to get your attention.

This is my blog, about me, about my writing, about my stories. So, I am going to write about those things. If you have come to my blog that’s really what you want to read about. How did she come up with that story? Why did she start writing? When does she find the time?

I mean I could be wrong but if so I am sure I will work that out. But in the end it really comes down to doing what you feel is right. No matter what anyone tries to sell you there really isn’t a manual on how to be a writer or how to be a blogger. It comes down to just writing and trusting your instincts. Mine tells me this is the direction I need to go.

So here goes….

My first step is to introduce myself. My name is Rebecca Lynnette Dobbie. I am of a certain age of maturity..hehe. I have a beautiful boy who is growing up too fast and I foster other children who are having a tough time at home. At the moment of writing this I have two little boys staying with me.

We live in a tiny little house that really needs to grow up and sprout some more rooms in a southern suburb of Brisbane.

My earliest memory of writing is back when I was 8 years old. I wrote a silly little love story which my very sensitive writer self esteem, even at such a young age, took very seriously. Unfortunately my parents found the piece amusing (as most parents would) but since I was a budding writer it was very upsetting to have someone laugh at your very serious piece. I did not show anyone my work for many many years after this. I continued to write but unless it was an assignment for school no one read anything.

I was published for the first time at about sixteen or so with a small piece I called ‘Pebbles’. I remember this mainly as it was a story created after a particularly interesting session smoking funny green stuff with friends by the pool. You can imagine the trippy piece that was produced. I might even post it one day.

I never thought of writing as a career. I thought it a little hobby I did in my spare time. I went to work in the usual 9 to 5 way, had my son and began to foster. Then one day I played with the idea of writing a book since I had always wanted too. I wasn’t thinking publisher or bestseller. I just wanted to do it. Since I was at home full time with my son and then the foster kiddies I figured I might as well use the time to write.

I came up with the story which has now become The Daxis. My soon to be finished debut novel. I will post about that journey another time. But the change for me came October 2010 when my cousin’s wife told me to check out Facebook. I’d heard of it but never really thought of joining. I gave in and had a look. Man, has my writing life changed. Within a month of joining Facebook I was accepted to write for an anthology. I wasn’t big on writing short stories. I didn’t see their value. Wow, was I wrong.

I wrote a twisted little Christmas tale which has made it to ‘Deck The Halls’. There have been some delays in publication but it is due for release this Christmas. Since then I have written loads of short stories and have pieces in a number of anthologies now. There are even a few out in competitions and I a wait anxiously for the results. I have my name on books that can be bought in stores and on amazon.com. What a buzz…bigger high than any funny green stuff ever gave me.

I am even having my first author table at a school fair this weekend. Cool beans, as I always say.

Obviously there is more to me than just this simple little post but you get the idea. That’s the basics anyway. So I hope you will come back now and again and read up on the journey as it unfolds, as I grow and become a little better at this blogging thingy.

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