Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Bread of Life

Bread. The basic sustenance of life. But for some of us (who thankfully have enough bread in our bellies each night) there is another basic need that we have--the need to tell stories. That is what we're about here at The Otherworld Diner.

We are storytellers.

And like any good diner, we have a menu, only ours is filled with stories that range from sweet to spicy to hot and seasoned with humor. So we've lit up our neon sign, heated up the griddle, and poured the first cup of coffee in this prime location, location, location.

My specialty? Light Paranormal ala mode (only substitute humor for the vanilla ice cream. I prefer fudge ripple anyway.) My ingredients? Quirky Fae, mixed with hot tub-loving dragons, and good but self-absorbed gods. Toss in some Jersey girl heroines to mix things up and voila! Mayhem!

So welcome customers...er, readers, writers, agents and editors!

And as Nanna always said, "Mangia!"

Talia :)

Monday, July 30, 2007

New Motivational Site

Just a quick post to let everyone know about a new site called "The Write Attitude"....

Permission to forward:
Do you ever wonder if writing is worth it? Do you sometimes drag yourself to the keyboard and dread working? Are you discouraged or prone to procrastination? Just need a swift kick in the pants to get writing? Visit the new website http://www.writeattitude.net to create a CAN DO writing attitude. With a powerful motivational video, articles, and writer's journey stories, whether you're published or unpublished, this site has something for you.

The Write Attitude was put together by eight authors--Allison Brennan, Michelle Diener, Amy Knupp, Liz Kreger, LaDonna Paulette, Theresa Monsey, Edie Ramer and Karin Tabke--who learned that strong motivation and perseverence are the keys to creating good writing habits.

Rumor Has It, We Have Pie

Rumor has it, to be a successful published author, all you have to do is write books that editors (and readers) are willing to buy.

Rumor also has it that Elvis isn’t dead and if you keep making that face, it will freeze like that.

As a published author in the beginning stages of my career, I can’t speak for what it takes to be a roaring success just yet. As a person who has no ability to communicate with ghosts, I also can’t speak for Elvis’s state of existence. But I can speak for what happens if you make that face: nothing, until it gets to be such a habit you make it in public, maybe during a business meeting or other professional setting, and then you wish you’d listened to whomever warned you about it in the first place.

Speaking of professional settings, lots of authors in this day and age supplement their chance for success through marketing opportunities like websites, giveaways, booksignings, interviews and so on. Even unpublished authors, utilizing today’s cyber avenues for publicity, can network, research publishers and agents (not to mention Elvis sightings), and slyly insert their names in front of other authors and industry professionals. They can establish the beginnings of a solid career network that will function as a springboard once they get their big chance to jump. If they play their blogs right, they can even attract fans, people willing to buy their book when it makes it to print.

The Otherworld Diner is an offshoot of Likeminds, the brainchild of Jeannie Midnight and Debralee Daniels. Jeannie and Debralee, or Debi as we here at the Diner call her, realized that their favorite subgenre of fiction -- humorous paranormal romance -- could use a central location for authors to exchange gossip, advice, critiques, ideas, and insider information. Authors who write in this particular subgenre have unique needs a group of like minds (hence the title) might be able to meet better than a more general writer’s group. So they rounded up a group of kindred spirits, and, as so many authors these days tend to do, several participants decided a group blog would be the perfect outlet for their (over)energetic imaginations.

Over the next few weeks, you’ll have a chance to meet the staff members and check out their reasons for writing and blogging and juggling careers and families and whether or not they have heard any good Elvis rumors lately. Then, once we get the knots untangled, we’re going to have some games and giveaways and probably some favorite dessert recipes. We’ll often have weekly topics, maybe some writing prompts, and whatever else strikes our fancy as we work our way up the totem pole of publishing. If you want a quick tour, check out the sidebar to the right, where we have every staff member’s bio listed as well as the bios of a few of our part-time employees, who may show up here from time to time when another staffer is on vacation.

And that is why, amidst an internet sea of bloggy travel destinations, the Diner is here to serve you. And the bonus part? We have pie. Lots of pie.

Come back and see us soon, now, you hear?

Jody Wallace, Dayshift Manager!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Cheryel Hutton, Waitress

Cheryel Hutton travels from Tennessee to work as a part-time waitress at the diner. The long commute isn’t really as bad as it sounds, not with that odd contraption that looks suspiciously like a small spaceship...but nobody is supposed to know about that. She’s married to a handsome red-haired man who resembles a leprechaun and has a distinct love of gold. He spends his time running around looking for that pot full of the shiny stuff.

Cheryel has an obsessive love of books, and wrote her first “story” not long after she learned how to hold a pencil. She mostly writes romantic suspense with a touch of the paranormal, and paranormal romance with a touch of suspense. Her first book, Shadows of Evil, was released by Samhain Publishing in spring 2008.

Cheryel was thrilled to be offered a part time job at the diner. The other employees and the odd mix of customers accepted her with open arms, and she feels right at home.

Her website: http://www.cheryelhutton.com/
Her blog: http://dragon-quill.livejournal.com/
Her myspace: www.myspace.com/cheryelhutton