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Synopsis: Summing up your story makes a difference by Andrea Lundgren

Readers like to know what they’re getting into before they start a book. They want to know if it’s a series, what genre, and what they can expect, overall, before they start reading (unless they trust you and your stories already, in which case they might just want to read without any foreknowledge). This is […]

via Synopsis: How Summing Up Your Story Makes All The Difference #amwriting #atozchallenge — Andrea Lundgren

Add a book synopsis

Dear Readers,

Longtime, no blog? Yes, I have been pouring on self made pressure to complete my novel, Dog Leader Mysteries (Book One).

I have missed you readers and blog writers on WordPress.com. Yes, I have missed your interesting comments, blog posts and smiling writer faces. Of course, I have missed your dogs too, well your dog photographs, I meant to say. So I’m sharing an excellent post by Andrea Lundgren on how to write a synopsis for Indie Published authors and for all self published authors. I wonder why this topic rarely comes up in Redwood Writers Club meetings or speaker topics. Many of the three hundred members of our northern California branch of the California Writers Club have self published or are planning too.

I have not made up my mind what I shall do in that regard. Self publishing has its pitfalls, but at least you have some control on book design, book cover and publication date.

So if you have self published a book, have you written a synopsis and printed it in the back of your book?

All comments get answered by me, Deborah Taylor-French.

Best of spring days to you,

Deborah Taylor-French

PS. I took this photograph years ago. It remains my favorite all time of our adopted keeshond dog, Dancing Bear Dawn and our super dog loving girl. The cute (seven-year-old) girl had just downed a yogurt, so that is what you see on the corner of her mouth.


No throwback puppy!

A blast from the past
Syd the kid

Sydney, A.K.A. Sid Vicious, the smartest dog I ever trained.

From a puppy sold by a backyard breeder, our pup had two families before he got surrendered at the Petaluma Animal Shelter. Never house trained, Sydney knew “sit” and little else. He had bitten groomers, veterinarians and the shelter staff. Because he waited three weeks at the animal shelter for an experienced dog family. Having raised five adopted dogs, each homeless at the age of one year like Sydney, I qualified.

4 tips for a successful pet adoption
  1. Know what type of dog is best for you and your family (yes, size matters).
  2. Take the time to search local shelters and dog rescues.
  3. Visit the dog several times before adopting.
  4. Sign up for a training class or private lesson the first week!
Qualified for a whole world of trouble.
I've met my match in mom.
Baby Sydney at 1 year
After eleven years, what a successful pet adoption!

Please read my page “Adopt Don’t Shop, Save a Life of a Dog or a Child.”

Quirky Habit of Mind: WordPress Daily Prompt

Up and Down Habits of Mind

On a visit to the Indonesian island of Bali, the dance of good and evil held my interest. I puzzled over the cultural and religious reminders the Balinese people hold regarding this central belief system.

Good and evil dress up in Bali. The winged lion of good, known as a Barong, fights the evil witch, known as Rangda. If I understand what the Balinese I met told me, this dance keeps their world in balance. Thus all things visible and invisible are viewed as sacred, from the lowest free roaming dog (thought to be possessed by demons) to the most magnificent mountain peak.

The habit I most love in the Balinese is their deep love and curiosity for the natural world. Nothing escapes their attention, nothing is too small to receive worship and respect.

Homeless Dog
Begging For a Living

Curiosity is the best habit

Curiosity pulls me forward into life, into writing new fiction and nonfiction, draws me to new books and writers. Of course, curiosity involves looking and listening. Curiosity has sparked new friendships, prompted me to read other bloggers, seek new photography to view, new poems and short stories to read.

Bali traditional theatre

Barong and Rangda-Bali Two Opposities

My Most Annoying Habit?

I love paper, all kinds. I hoard facts, conference notes, dozens of drafts of my fiction, poetry and unfinished work. I keep business cards. When I can no longer stand the piles of paper, I scoop them up, drop them into a box then stack the boxes in my office. What’s quirky about that? Self inflicted guilt hits each time I walk past those piles.

I hope to master the art of scanning and tossing, so that my office is a land of peace and productivity. But now, from my point of view this photograph demonstrates how messy my office looks to me.

All pictures were captured by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design and free of copyright restrictions
All pictures were captured by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design and free of copyright restrictions

Image shared by Gratisography.com

Does that look quirky to you?

My thanks to Michelle W.

WordPress blogger who suggested today’s writing prompt. 

To join the fun, go see and write something quirky.

Daily Prompt: Quirk of Habit

by michelle w. on January 12, 2014

Which quirky habit annoys you the most, and what quirky habit do you love — in yourself, or others.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us QUIRKY.

Behind Dog Leader Mysteries: Bloggers Blog Hop

By Deborah Taylor-French

No more hiding behind the words

Meet the Bloggers Blog Hop

I am an active member of Redwood Writers, the largest branch of the California Writers Club. We are “writers helping writers.” I facilitate our club’s Author Support Group, which meets at 1:00 PM each Sunday before our monthly meeting at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa, California.

I began this blog three years ago to save dogs lives and  help dog lovers. So far, a couple of great senior dogs and at least one rabbit named Yoshi have gotten forever homes.

Writers helping writers!

Below, see me reading at Redwood Writers Anthology launch this summer 2013. I am reading my short fiction piece in Beyond Boundaries by Redwood Writers (Author), 
John P. Abbott, Editor.

CU dtf reading

The stories, poems, essays and memoirs anthologized in Beyond Boundaries take their inspiration from 

2013AntholFrontCoverthe theme of emancipation.

  • What’s your favorite non-animal related book? 
  • So many beloved books come to mind like “Notes From Underground” by Fyodor Dostoevsky, “Alias Grace” by Margaret Atwood and “William Wilberforce” by William Hague.
  • What’s your favorite non-animal related movie?
  • Stranger than Fiction
  • What’s your favorite non-animal related food?  Blueberry Waffles
  • Who’s your favorite actor? Diane Keaton
  • What’s one thing you have to do every day? Go outside into the garden
  • What makes you feel fabulous? Writing new fiction
  • What do you wish you were more skilled at? See above
  • What’s your favorite holiday? Hanukkah 
  • Favorite meal? A huge bowl of Vietnamese rice noodle soup
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Write new stories 
  • What one word would people who know you use to describe you?If your pets could talk, what one word would THEY use to describe you?  ENTHUSIASTIC!!!
  • What is one thing you’ve done that you’re most proud of? Raising our only child
  • If you could change one thing about your life what would it be? I would be turning out a new book each year.
  • Other than blogging, what are three things you do that bring you joy? Walking on the beach with a friend, riding a ferry across the bay, and hearing a shelterless pet got a forever home. Plus playing with our pets, that makes four.
  • What’s one thing you could do to be more kind to yourself? Stretch everyday
  • What drives you nuts about your pets? When Sydney falls into a barking fit to greet people
  •  What melts your heart? All homeless pets
  • If you didn’t have your current pets, what pets would you choose to have? I would love to have a mid-sized, calm and rabbit friendly dog who loves to play fetch.

Now you, the reader, can hop around from blog to blog learning as much as or as little as you want about your favorite bloggers.

See our tails wagging?
Hello Pet Bloggers

There’s hope for indie authors

Such cool news for aspiring writers who want to get readership, sell books, and feel their work matters. Read Thonie’s blog “Just the Facts, Ma’am.”

Just the Facts, Ma'am

As I do every second Sunday of the month, I attended the Redwood Writers Club (RWC) meeting in Santa Rosa.  I took a writing class Jordan Rosenfeld co-taught several years ago at the RWC Conference. We have corresponded via Facebook, so it was nice to make that personal contact. Beyond that, I found her talk fascinating. She spoke about a writers’ collective to help indie authors publish and market their work. More on that later this week. Until then, this was a particularly hopeful article for us self-pubbed scribblers that appeared in Sunday’s Press Democrat. I LOVED that the author, Crissi Langwell attended the meeting. –Thonie


There’s hope for indie authors

Published: Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.


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