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#RRBC The Benefits of Attending a Virtual Writers’ #Conference & Book Expo

RRBC-Expo-2017

(Reblogged from #RRBC’s WC&BE, ’17)

You’re a writer. You realize that there is a lot for you to learn to become a great writer…heck, even a good writer. You’ve heard about writers’ conferences but you’ve no time to attend, you’ve no money to spare, and most of them are just too darned far. You’ve heard that they are wonderful, though, and you’d really like to see what they’re all about, so, what do you do?

Well, there is such a thing as a virtual writing conference, and below I’m going to share with you some of the benefits of attending an RRBC writers’ conference & book expo.

*A virtual conference allows you to attend from the comfort of your own (living room, bedroom, bathroom, your car trunk, Starbuck’s, etc…). Writers’ conferences and book expos come a dime a dozen. I mean…just like churches and liquor stores, there’s one around every corner. But, with the busy lives that we lead, we often find it difficult to get away to one, so the next best thing is to find one online. No need to worry about the cost of travel fare (car, bus or plane), no need to worry about hotel accommodations (you get to sleep at home), or, the cost of eating away from home…you get all that you need, when you need it, right where you are. #BENEFIT

*Resources you will use forever. When you attend a virtual writers’ conference, you have the ability to archive much of the information that is shared because it is all online. The sessions and workshops presented at an RRBC writers’ conference, are all created with the purpose of educating attendees. Our sessions and workshops are on carefully selected topics, that we know authors need to grow in their writing careers. The handouts that you receive (virtually), are invaluable along your journey as a writer. No matter the format utilized to present these sessions, attendees leave our workshops enlightened with a renewed sense of having learned something that will make them a better writer and stronger marketer for their books. #BENEFIT

*A reality check. With the introduction of our “Right On The Spot” Critiquing Sessions this year, you will get an honest assessment of your writing BEFORE you publish…no sugarcoatin’ here. And, as if that wasn’t enough, the sessions are FREE to RRBC members. These critique sessions will be offered by TOP WRITING PROFESSIONALS in the literary field. You can be assured that the feedback given is going to be information that you can add to your literary tool box, to use in all your future writing. #BENEFIT

*Payment Plans. Have you priced writers’ conferences and book expos lately? Well, I have and who can afford them without skipping a mortgage payment? Geez! There again lies the beauty of a virtual conference (at least an RRBC conference). Not only are the prices lower than any others we’ve found, but, we also have payment plans to make it easier to afford an author booth to promote your books, a vendor booth to introduce and sell your wares, and all the sessions and workshops your amazing brain can handle! #BENEFIT

*Community. The RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB popped onto the scene almost 4 years ago and has offered to writers something never heard of before: a community of like-minded individuals who truly care about your success, just as much as they care about their own…no competition here. This community (or family as we like to call it), is there through the good times and the bad, there to lift you up when you’re feeling low and need the encouragement to write another page, there with advice on how to handle certain situations involving your writing, tips on how you should write, what literary services you should utilize, and so much more. We purchase, read and review each other’s books, we give our honest opinions on those books, we promote one another via our blogs and social media forums, and during the conference, we all get to commune to further our careers and friendships even more. #BENEFIT

*Friendships. Many RRBC members are surprised at the bonds of friendship they form once they immerse themselves within the club. The World Wide Web is known to be a cesspool of ‘crazies’, stalkers and any other negative label that you an attach to someone who you should be wary of on the net. But, not so here in RRBC. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some that I’m sure you should be careful of, but, I can assure you they are not within the realm of our core members…the professionals who work hard to protect and maintain their reputations as authors. We are a global organization with members around the world, which means, when you find those to call ‘friend’, you’re never without a place to rest your head along your travels. #BENEFIT

*Find great new books. Since the inception of RRBC, we hear on a daily basis how readers were introduced to amazing books they might never have found had it not been for RRBC. The traditionally published have their work plastered all over the place and sometimes, our Indie awesomeness is a little hidden…you have to dig deep to find it. That’s not the case within RRBC. We have amazing talent in our midst and their books speak for them. If you’re looking for great reads, look no further than our catalog. The conference & expo is THE place for our members to introduce their latest work and you don’t want to miss out on any of it! #BENEFIT

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So, there you have it… the most important benefits of attending a virtual writers’ conference & book expo hosted by RRBC. What you will walk away with will far outweigh the pennies you spent to take part in it. And because 2017 is our Year of Better here at RRBC, we hope that all our members care enough about their writing and their reputations as writers, to take part in this awesome event to further their growth.

Last year’s event was amazing and it was our first year putting it on. With that year under our belt, can you imagine the things that we’re going to do this year? I don’t think you can!

Everything about this event is geared towards your success. If you haven’t registered yet, we invite you to do so today. Don’t be the lone wolf standing on the sidelines of this wonderful event, wishing after the fact that you had been apart of it. Jump right on in our boat to better. We certainly have enough room for ya!

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WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPO, 2017! ~ #RRBC

RRBC-Expo-2017

(Reblogged from: RRBC Writer’s Conference)

Welcome!!!

Last year’s conference proved that RRBC is home to some of the greatest writers, most knowledgeable authors and avid readers from around the world! We are all coming together again, to fellowship (Gather), have fun (Enjoy) and become enlightened! (Learn!). This year’s theme is: When you know better, you produce better and in our year of BETTER at RRBC, this quote hits the nail right on the head! Newbie authors, seasoned authors, and readers of all stages and interests, in one arena…teaching, learning and growing! What an amazing opportunity to be part of an event such as this!

THIS EVENT WILL HELP YOU:
*Get inspired and get to writing
*Market your work to avid readers
*Strengthen your craft of writing
*Network with like-minded individuals
*…and so much more!

This conference and expo will have something grand in store for everyone! We will have sessions on many topics that are of interest to today’s Authors. This will be your time to learn all that you can about the literary playing field, and brush up on things that you thought you knew well.

There will be *Author booths for RRBC members to showcase, promote and sell their books, and Vendor booths for those who wish to showcase and sell their services. No event is ever complete without giveaways, so allow me to mention that our plan for our RAFFLE this year, will be even bigger and better than before, and made fully possible by our SPONSORS! Yes, all this learning, camaraderie and fun, in one place!

Fun…did you just hear me say fun, or did you hear me say FUNNNNNNN? Well, you don’t want to miss our foray into “book” Scavenger Hunting! Stay tuned for more details on this event!

**NEW** this year: FREE ‘RIGHT ON THE SPOT’ CRITIQUING SESSIONS! Bring your manuscript and we’ll let you know what we think, right on the spot! (More specific details to come!)

This event will be held for one full week, beginning October 22nd and running thru October 28th, 2017! If you are an author and have books releasing this year or around this time, this event will be a great venue to debut them!

By now, who hasn’t heard of those amazing sessions presented at our conference last year? If you haven’t, where have you been hiding? You don’t want to miss out on the 2017 sessions and you can register for them by simply clicking HERE! If you are an Author/Vendor, and would like your very own Author and/or Vendor Booth on display during the conference, we invite you to register, as well!

GET READY! WE CERTAINLY ARE!

(Author booths are available to members of RRBC only! If you’d like to JOIN US, we welcome you!)

***This event is open to the general public!***

REGISTER NOW! Registration General Info

RRBC Website: Join here

My Top-Ten List of Great Movies #film

…or    What makes a good book? What makes a good film? What makes a good story?

     Have you ever wondered what makes you sit on the edge of the seat at the 90 minute spot during your favorite film? What keeps you up until 2 am turning the pages of a book you can’t put down? Is it just coincidence or did someone spend a lot of time planning a story to make you react that way?
     A lot of research goes in to finding out what makes people tick, what makes them buy certain items and what will move them emotionally. But in the end, there are very few story lines out there. Put quite simply:
     Get the hero up a tree, throw rocks at him and get him back down again.
     Now make that story line memorable with some great characters. With that in mind, I want to put together my Top-Ten List of Great Movies. These are my favorites, in no particular order:
     1. Matrix (1999) written by Larry and Andy Wachowski.
     2. Pirates of the Carribean (2003) written by Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio.
(A short breather here to say that I didn’t like any of the sequels.)
     3. Anonymous (2011) written by John Orloff and directed by Roland Emmerich. (Was Shakespeare a fraud? I don’t really care because the movie was great and the guys were hot.)
     4. Gladiator (2000) story by David Franzoni and directed by Ridley Scott. (I’m starting to see a trend here. The first ingredient of a good film is some hot guys.)
     5. The Princess Bride (1987) novel and screenplay by William Goldman. (Hot guys and swordplay.)
     6.  Alatriste (2006) based on the novels by Arturo Perez-Reverte, screenplay by Agustín Díaz Yanes and Arturo Perez-Reverte. (All the makings of a great film–hot guys, swordplay–but if you didn’t read the books, you’ll be lost. Too bad that they packed like six books into one film.)
     7. Since we’re talking about Viggo Mortensen: Eastern Promises (2007) screenplay by Steven Knight. (No swordplay but, well, you just go watch it for yourself.)
     8. Ladyhawke (1985) story by Edward Khmara. (One of my all-time favorite movies, but the soundtrack from Alan Parsons is so dated, that it is almost impossible to watch it today. The lesson to be learned? Hot guys, swordplay and a good soundtrack.)
     9. Forest Gump (1994) based on the 1986 novel by Winston Groom, screenplay by Eric Roth. (What? No hot guys, no swords? This absolute hammermäßig* movie gets two thumbs up from me!)
     10. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Based on the novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit by Gary K. Wolf, screenplay by Jeffery Price and Peter S. Seaman. (The hottest of them all! Roger Rabbit!!)

*hammermäßig  means something like Super Affen Geil!

Did I forget your favorite? What are your favorite films anyway?

#FlashFiction Friday

Year 299
Flash Fiction by Laura Libricz

The wind blew the massive oak door open and the page struggled to keep it from shattering against the stone wall. The snow blew vertically into the hall as the king stomped in, shaking the ice from his long black braid. Together, the king and the page forced the door closed, defying the anger of the raging storm.
     The page relieved the king of his saturated fur coat and threw the coat to the awaiting maid. The king sat down on the low bench and two other maids pulled his boots off. He winced as if this pained him. Suddenly, all five of them looked up into the darkness of the high ceiling; the wind whipped and the tower moaned.
     “We must move on into the next chamber, master,” the page said. “The tower is no longer stable. It could crash under the weight of the snow.”
     “Then this portion of the castle will be uninhabitable, too, my boy. We cannot build a-new, not in these conditions. If we are to believe their books, the snow should stop this year. If we are to believe that those men existed at all.”
     The king stood and the page ushered him through a low door into a warm, intimate chamber. A fire crackled under a large iron tank and two maids stood at the ready, their faces warm in the fire’s glow.
     “Have you heard the latest theory?” the page said. “That the world began 299 years ago and all the stories of a society before ours cannot be proven. They say, we are the only intelligent beings to have ever roamed this frozen planet.” He unsnapped the king’s black tarnished armor, removed the breastplate, the backplate and the legplates. “Flora, run the bath,” he said.
     The young blonde maid tapped the iron tank and hot water spilled into the copper bath tub. The somewhat older, dark-haired maid sprinkled handfuls of lavender into the steaming water.
     “Fauna, take these.” The dark-haired maid came to the page’s side and carried the armor away, into the shadows.
     “I do not believe this new theory,” said the king. “No king would have led his people to inhabit such a barren, frozen land.”
     The page poured two mugs of steaming spiced wine, handed one to the king and sipped cautiously at his own. “But surely no intelligent beings would devour and decay a civilization to the point of ruin and an eternal blizzard? I believe this new theory.”
     The king handed his mug to Flora. She set the mug aside, unfastened his shirt string and pulled the soiled and soaked fabric over his head. Three deep welts adorned his waist. She ran her finger over his wounds. Fauna produced a small pot of salve from the fold of her apron and gently doctored his split skin.
     “And what do your theories say about the ice tigers? Are we maybe decendants from their kind? By the way, our hunting party brought back three. We now have meat for a few weeks.”
     Fauna stripped the king’s torn trousers away and led him to the bath. The two women helped him climb up and over the edge and descend the ladder into the tub. He let out a growl of relief as he settled into the aromatic, healing water. 
     “One more thing, master,” the page said.
     “Can it wait until I am finished here?”
     “We need to discuss this tonight.”
     “Leave me with my maids. We will talk in the morning.”
     “There may be no morning, master.”
     “All the more reason to leave me with my maids, page.”
     “We only have enough fuel for the generators to get us through the night. If that. Then we are on our own. Our last bit of peace and comfort will be gone.”
     “Who was to secure our fuel?”
     “The last of the Morixen, master. They contracted the sickness after you left for the hunt and died while you were away.”
     “Page, go. Now.”
     The page bowed low and disappeared noiselessly behind a curtain. Fauna approached the king and undid his braided hair. Anointing his hair with soothing oil, she worked it into a lather and Flora rinsed his hair with warm, scented water. Both women took a brush each and scrubbed the hunt from the king’s soiled and scratched hands. His feet were sore and blistered and he let no one touch them.
     He pulled Fauna to his side and kissed her generously on the mouth. “Undress her,” he said and pointed to Flora.
     Fauna approached the petite blonde, pulled on her apron and unbuttoned her blouse.
     “Slowly,” the king said.
     The maid did as she was told.
     “Kiss her.”
     Fauna kissed Flora on the mouth, pulled her into an embrace and undid her pinned-up hair. Golden curls cascaded down the naked girl’s back.
     “Help me out of here,” the king said, his taught muscles gone to mush in the warm water.
     Zzzzzzzt. Zzt. Zt.
     Winds howled and that familiar snow-white blindness pierced the king’s protective goggles.
     Zzzzt. The warmth of the fire.
     Zzzzzt. The cold of the snow.
     The warmth of the fire.
     Ice. Snow. Cold.
     The king pulled off his goggles and looked up into blocks of ice; the domed ceiling of his igloo lit by the midnight sun. His snow pants restricted his massive erection.
     The page threw a handful of snow into a pot simmering over a pathetic blue flame. “I’m sorry, master. The generator’s out. I have a party out searching for fuel. Your dream date will have to wait!”