What It’s Like to Fly Into a Thunderstorm

That photo of the newspaper struck by lightning reminds me of when lightning came up through my floor last year and almost struck me. It struck my notebooks and they looked like that. Those were my plotting notebooks. I liked to think my story was such a good idea it even attracted lightning, LOL 🙂

Anywho, enjoy this cool story! Do you have a lightning experience? Share below in the comments!


Justin Nobel | Atlas Obscura | November 2015 | 14 minutes (3,498 words)

Our latest Exclusive is a new story by Justin Nobel, co-funded by Longreads Members and published by Atlas Obscura.

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How to litter your manuscript with typos (in 9 easy steps!)

I love this! 🙂 Reminds me of this quote!


Michelle Proulx - Author

Yes, this is based on a recent personal experience. Want the details? Keep reading!

How to litter your manuscript with typos

  1. Create a character with a short name that could easily be found in many longer words — i.e., “Kat”
  2. Write 40,000 words of a story
  3. Realize that you prefer an alternate spelling — i.e., “Cat”
  4. Do a “Search All” and “Replace All” to change the spelling — i.e., “Kat” > “Cat”
  5. Write another 10,000 words
  6. Realize you prefer the first spelling
  7. Do a “Search All” and “Replace All” to change the spelling back — i.e., “Cat” > “Kat”
  8. Casually reread the story and realize you’ve created 218 typos — i.e., “sKatter”, “reloKated”, unsKathed”, “mediKations”
  9. Success!

This definitely just happened to me, and I spent twenty minutes using Ctrl+F to find all my ridiculously spelled words and fix them. Honestly not a big deal, but still a very silly thing…

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#Movember: More than just the Stache! #mustache #mondayblogs


Well, being a girl, I never gave much thought to why I should care about Movember.

But for whatever reason, this year, I asked myself the question “how did Movember start anyway?”

I think it was because I noticed some people get really into Movember, and other people hate it.

And the more digging I did, it turns out, there’s more to Movember than meets the Stache.

Because, as it turned out, Movember was born in the land of Oz. It was created by four Gents who were having a conversation about the changes of fashion back in 2003. They noticed that there was a serious lack of mustaches and they debated if it was a trend that ought to be brought back from the dead. Like zombie style!

So they were able to challenge 30 guys to grow their mustaches in one month, the month happened to be November, and thus – Movember was born!

Now it has thousands of gentlemen competing in the art of the Mo and not just in Australia, but around the globe.

But what I didn’t know, was the founders of Movember created a movement.

They also noticed, not only the lack of mustaches, but a lack of awareness of men’s health. So, they decided to do something about it.

Like this mission statement found on their website, I thought was very empowering.

We seek to make a global contribution to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. This ambition underpins everything we do. It is the driving force behind our campaigns, funding strategy, and vision for the future.

Well I think that’s a stand-up cause for sure! And it gave me reason to believe, there is a point to Movember after all!

So love or hate mustaches, next time you see a Mo, go ahead and give it a smile. It might have been created to bring happier, healthier, longer lives. And that’s a reason for any gender to smile about!

Here is my interview with Shelley Wilson

From the wonderful Fiona and Ms. Wilson!




Name  Shelley Wilson


21 years and 264 months (I bet you’re all trying to work it out now!)

Where are you from

I was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire but moved to Solihull in the West Midlands when I was eight years old.

A little about yourself `, i.e., your education Family life, etc  

I am a single mum to three amazing teenagers, I got divorced eleven years ago and have been single ever since.  I think I’ve become too comfy with my own company now ha ha.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I divide my time between writing motivational non-fiction and young adult fantasy, so there’s always some news to report.  At the moment, my second YA fiction book is in the hands of my incredible publishing partner, Blue Harvest Creative, who are working their magic on the cover design.  It’s due for release in February…

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Inspirational #NANOWRIMO Tips from #Dragon author @FirleF!

Hello LMCer’s! Today’s #NANOWRIMO’s tips comes from my friend all the way from Germany! Meet Hannah everyone! Hi Hannah! For more info on the lovely Ms. Hannah, click on her picture below!


My three best NaNo writing tips:

Start with the second sentence.

If you can’t think of a first sentence in a scene, chapter or even the entire novel, don’t worry. Just start with the second sentence. That takes away the pressure of coming up with something clever, punchy or otherwise special as first sentence.

There is always editing. In December.

Keep your eyes open for inspiration.

Inspiration is everywhere. Literally. I found the name of one of my villains on the back of a car. It was advertising a website: www.ihredomain.de.

So my evil sorcerer was called Ihred.

It’s truly everywhere. Open your eyes and ears. Listen shamelessly. Ask “what if?” as much as possible.

And if that name turns out to be horrible? There’s always editing. In December.

When you get stuck, make something explode.

Well, it worked for McGyver. 😉

Seriously, if you are stuck, throw something bad at your characters and see how they deal with it. Bring on unexpected enemies. Or a snow storm. Let someone break a leg. At the very least, you’ll learn more about them, along with your reader. At the best, you’ll get another chapter or two out of it.

And well, there’s always editing, you know. In December.

And here’s my final, best and most secret, against the rules NaNo tip:

Edit while you go. I always do that in my writing. Whenever I finish a scene, I re-read it. Fix typos. Change a word or two to make it tougher. Clean it up. (It helps that I already write very clean manuscripts and correct most typos split-seconds after making them.) Then I write some more, and circle back for a little more re-reading and editing. Keyword is “little”.

And doing that does three things for me:

– I get a cleaner manuscript that needs only very little editing afterwards.

– I get deep into the story and the emotions.

– My mind can skip ahead to the next scene and make writing that so much easier.

Trust me. It’s just as fast as plowing straight on into the block for the next scene.

Happy NaNo-ing! May your words flow easily!

And calling all Dragon fans! Check out this book by the lovely Hannah! 


For centuries, there has been war between the Western Kingdom and the Carmine Empire. Mostly, it has been a slow, simmering war of aerial skirmishes and secret missions. The Barrier Mountains, a massive mountain range straddling the continent, has kept the factions apart. Even so, each realm is maintaining an army of dragons, as well as a close watch on the border.

Dorelle has been training with her very own dragon, Mashira, to become a part of the Skyforce. Contrary to her commanding officer, she thinks of Mashira as an intelligent partner, not a beast to be controlled rigidly. When her conviction spurs her into action, her Wing Commander is not amused and threatens to have Mashira killed. Dorelle chooses her dragon’s life over everything she holds dear: Her career, her family and her King.

She embarks on a dangerous journey and discovers a completely new country, new people and a new life. But when she also discovers a new, terrible threat to her Kingdom, she doesn’t hesitate to risk everything to take back the news.

Can she deliver the warning and save her Kingdom, even as she and her dragon are facing certain death?

This is the first book of The Cloud Lands Saga. Book two, “Kraken War” and book three, “Dragon Court”, are also available.

For more on Ms. Steenbock check out these inks!

Find her book on Amazon!

Visit her website: hannah-steenbock.de

Hannah, thanks so much for stopping by on LMC!

Happy Writing everyone!