What have I been up to this week? Reading like crazy! I have not always been a fast reader, but I certainly am now. Plowing through books is all well and good, but the reason I love books so much are the words between the lines. "What is the author trying to say?" "When they made that choice, what comment does that make on real life?" Watching those little bits of the author's "self" bleed onto the page is my favorite part of the "discovery" that I find reading to be. I actually had several authors commend me for really READING their book. One author's wife even commented that I "read the HEART of the story". I could not have been more pleased or humbled by this comment. It gave me even more confidence that I should continue to move forward with my book reviewing as well as the magazine itself.
When I read an author's work, I want to see them, really SEE THEM. I know that the writing of my own novel was an extremely personal experience. There were highs and lows in the writing process and those things gave their own anxiety, but what I really feared was being SEEN. In every type of writing, if a person is willing to look, there is a piece of the person who wrote it. I believe that this is part of the reason writers take bad reviews so seriously. Essentially, a bad review can be seen as a rejection of the person themselves. Fortunately, I reached the point where I was comfortable sharing that piece of myself without fear. It was exposing in some ways and when that criticism came, I did not know how I would handle it. The truth. At first it was painful, but after I contemplated...FREEING. I am now at place where I can truly say I don't worry about what others may think. Why? My Heavenly Father made me this way and He is directing my path, and that is enough for me to move forward one wobbling step at a time.
Our Community Activity for this week is:
FAN ART CONTEST!
How To Enter:
Email a nice photo/graphic of your
BOOK FAN ART along with
Name of Book Character
Book that the Character Comes From
The information you send will only be used for the purposes of the contest and will not be given or sold to anyone else. If you want more small print follow this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sHGBHHgFSOhacccfO7NlNJEgs-cNAViiXN3J4dr0-sI/edit?usp=sharing
Submissions Open Through August 31, 2021
On September 1, 2021, voting for the best fan art will begin! All of the photos sent will appear on the "Vote" page and anyone who is interested can vote on the winner. The winner will receive a $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD and will have their fan art printed in the Winter Edition 2021 of Clean Fiction Magazine. The TOP 6 (the winner is included in the 6) will also be printed in the Winter Edition along with the characters name and the book where the character comes from. If you win and do not want your real name printed, that is perfectly fine. Good luck and have fun! May the BEST Book Fan Art Win!
Time to VOTE!
The Book Cosplay Contest voting has begun! All of the photos sent in now appear on the "Vote" page on www.CleanFictionMagazine.com and anyone who is interested can vote on the winner. The winner will receive a $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD and will have their photo printed in the Winter Edition 2021 of Clean Fiction Magazine. The TOP 6 (the winner is included in the 6) will also be printed in the Winter Edition along with the characters name and the book where the character comes from. Voting will conclude August 31, 2021.
May the BEST Book Cosplay Win!
Clean Fiction Magazine will be having a poetry section that will feature single poems as well as poetry books! If you have a poem that you would like to share, we may be able to print it for you!!! You can send your poem or poetry book information to CleanFictionMagazine@gmail.com or visit CleanFictionMagazine.com and submit your poem/poetry book under the "Submissions" tab. I will respond with an email detailing whether or not we will print it in our Poetry Section. Be warned: we have limited space in the November 2021 issue so make sure you don't wait!
Hoping all of you wonderful "Clean Fiction" readers out there have a great day!
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