So it is official! I am an editor and writer at Germ Magazine! I work in the Germ U department. I have two jobs: format editing and writing articles. My forthcoming works are scholarship spotlights and a feature series on women’s colleges.

Germ Magazine was first fictionalized in All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and then later created as a real publication. All the Bright Places will be adapted into a movie as well. You can read about it here.

Keeping Up with NaNoWriMo: No Complaints Here

NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, participant, 2014, novel, 50,000 words

This is my first time participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I’ve kept up so far. In all fairness, writing full-time is my job. That being said, I find NaNoWriMo to be an interesting challenge. Writing 50,000 words in a month is doable but difficult.

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Weekend Writing: The Apartment Home

By WTF Formwork (Wall-Ties and Forms, Inc.) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Concrete housing construction in Dominican Republic using aluminum concrete forms.
Source: Wall-Ties and Forms, Inc.
Author: WTF Formwork

Apartment complexes are rarely completely full. Landlords try to fill the empty apartments as quickly as possible to avoid losing money, but other tenants move out and that creates another vacancy. But what if you owned an apartment complex and couldn’t fill a single room? This week’s prompt focuses on that idea. Think you’re up for the challenge?

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Weekend Writing: The Toothless Dentist

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Zahnärztliche Maßnahmen bei einem Kind (1950)
Copyright Deutsche Fotothek

Have you ever experienced something so unexpected that you went along with what was happening because you were so shocked? These “life shocks” are what inspired this writing prompt (the idea came from my genius husband). Are you ready for the challenge?

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The Big Bad Wolf Copyright L. N. Holmes (LeeAnn Adams)

The news industry is a fear-making machine. True, it also publishes some wonderful unicorn-n-rainbow stories that make us feel like fluffy clouds in a blue sky — but their specialty is Freddy Kruger horror stories of the nonfiction kind. While the cynical deem this another part of daily life, it is definitely hard to ignore.

Electric Literature came up with a fantastic Halloween writing prompt based off of news headlines. You won’t believe some of these. Check out the details here.

Flash Fiction Challenge #2: A Monster’s Email Correspondance

By Jotquadrat (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Graffito (Stencil) Boris Karloff als Frankensteins Monster in der Ohmstraße (südlich Bahnhof Jannowitzbrücke), Berlin-Mitte
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This is another flash fiction challenge I am attempting from Chuck Wendig’s blog terribleminds. The idea is to take a spam email and morph it into a horror genre flash fiction piece. After some hard thought, I decided to tweak it just a smidgen. I hope you enjoy it.

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Causes, Cares, and Charities: Writing and Reading Organizations

As a professional writer, I wholeheartedly support charities and organizations that promote reading and writing. I wanted to compile a list of great organizations to show that I care about the people working there as well as their missions. Please check out the websites, raise awareness, and — if you feel compelled — please donate to their causes. I cannot possibly list all of the worthy organizations out there, so please feel free to add your own contributions in the comments and do your own research.

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Roanoke College, Fave Writers Filibuster was part of Roanoke Writes! A celebration of National Day on Writing with five minute poetry readings.
Copyright Brendan Bush Photography, uploaded by Albert Herring, Roanoke College.

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Artist Interview: Yenthlyn Harmon

Yenthlyn Harmon Copyright Yenthlyn Harmon.

Yenthlyn Harmon
Copyright Yenthlyn Harmon.


L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
Yenthlyn Harmon: “Originally I’m from Oak Grove, KY. It’s a super small city near an Air Force Base.”


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
Yenthlyn Harmon: “I’m actually trying to start my own business selling hand-sculpted jewelry and art. So basically, I’m a self-employed artist at this point. I’ve found I’m much happier working for myself because I know what I want, you know?”

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You’re Not Awkward Enough: Losing the Awkward Author Photo Contest

Copyright LeeAnn (Holmes) Adams a. k. a. L. N. Holmes.
Copyright LeeAnn (Holmes) Adams a. k. a. L. N. Holmes.

So is it an insult or a compliment when someone votes that you’re not quite awkward enough? I had the privilege to be part of the Awkward Author Photo Contest on Chuck Wendig’s blog, terribleminds and ended up in fifth place out of the 63 participants. It was so fun, reading the comments left by the voters. I really appreciated the votes I received. The competition was fierce and downright hilarious!

I wanted to give a shout out to some of my personal favorites!

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Awkward Author Photo Contest: Yours Truly Needs Your Vote

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The OTHER photo I didn’t submit./Awkward Author Photo Contest/Copyright L. N. Holmes

So today I was featured in the Awkward Author Photo Contest on Chuck Wendig’s terribleminds blog. I can honestly say that I am honored and thrilled to be part of this nerd clown contest. I am number 62 in the flickr album. I would really appreciate your vote.

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Artist Interview: Mark Marshall

Me NAPP

Mark Marshall/Copyright Mark Marshall Photography

As an attempt to support other artists — of any type — I will occasionally post some interviews of people who work in a particular artistic vocation. These interviews allow for a closer look into different artists’ lives and raises awareness for their talents. The first artist in this series is Mark Marshall, a professional photographer.

L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
Mark Marshall: “Wherever I live. Okay, originally Wilmington, Ohio. To be even more specific, it was a wide spot in the road named New Antioch, Ohio.”

L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
Mark Marshall: “My chosen artistic profession is photography and I generally do landscapes/ cityscapes but I also use the images I get to blend with scripture, poems, personal writings and quotes to express my views and outlooks on life.”

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5 Websites for Writers

Here is a short list of websites that may be of some help to anyone trying to write for a living:

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