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I Won a Jacquis Award! March 31, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Samantha Bryant @ 7:53 pm

I’m so proud to announce that my debut novel, Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel, has received a Jaquis Award from Legendary Women.

“The Jacquis is an award nominated by feminist readers and given to feminist authors — stellar penwomen who capture the lives of women in their pages. Women of all colors, creeds and backgrounds.”

You can click here to see the announcement from Legendary Women and the amazing writers I am being honored alongside.

Obviously I’m pleased beyond all reason. The origins of this novel are in my own feminist ideals and frustrations, and to be honored on that platform is the best way to end my first year as a published novelist I could imagine.



Reader Request Week 2016 #6: Why I Don’t Drink or Use Drugs March 24, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Samantha Bryant @ 5:49 pm

Source: Reader Request Week 2016 #6: Why I Don’t Drink or Use Drugs

Well said. Substitute some pronouns and this could be my story, too.


Reader Request Week 2016 #5: Pronouns March 23, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Samantha Bryant @ 5:40 pm

Source: Reader Request Week 2016 #5: Pronouns

And who says grammar isn’t relevant to our daily lives?


The Big Idea: Susan Jane Bigelow March 22, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Samantha Bryant @ 7:39 pm

Source: The Big Idea: Susan Jane Bigelow

I really enjoyed this book when I read it a few years ago. In fact, it’s part of why I started writing superhero myself. It showed that a superhero novel could still be a powerful story about character and not just action.


A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal March 21, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Samantha Bryant @ 8:17 pm
(a repost from my “real” blog at http://samanthabryant.com)
I’m very excited to be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again this year. This will be my third time, and I always find it to be a wonderful ride. It feels like a real accomplishment when you make it all the way to Z.  It’s an opportunity to connect with other bloggers, and to explore a theme that is close to your heart.



For me, that’s going to be superheroes.
If you know me, you’re probably going, “Hello Megan!”

It’s a completely obvious theme for me. I love superheroes. They are some of the stories that touch closest to the heart of me. The combination of “what if” with strong character arcs and moral quandaries makes me squee like the fangirl I am at heart. I even have my own superhero series (Menopausal Heroes) going, the second book of which (Change of Life) comes out in April!

So, I’ll be writing about my favorite superheroes and why I love them. Here’s what I have in mind, though, as a woman and a writer, I reserve the right to change my mind along the way.
A is for Antman
B is for Buffy
C is for Cyborg
D is for Daredevil
E is for Elastigirl
F is for Flash Gordon
G is for Gamora
H is for Hawkgirl
I is for Ironman
J is for James Bond
K is for Kid Flash
L is for Leonardo
M is for Ms. Marvel
N is for Nick Fury
O is for Obi-Wan Kenobi
P is for Phantom
Q is for Quicksilver
R is for Red Sonja
S is for Swamp Thing
T is for The Tick
U is for Underdog
V is for Velma
W is for Wolverine
X is for Professor X
Y is for Gertrude Yorkes
Z is for Zorro
I’m excited just reading my own list, because it includes so many imaginary people that are dear to me for one reason or another. I can’t wait to share them with you. You can also check out my offerings from 2015: My Writing/Publishing Journey and 2014: Evocative Words here on my blog.

If you would like to play along or just see what other bloggers out there are doing with this challenge, please check out the Blogging from A to Z Challenge webpage or this linky for theme reveals.


Money For New Thoughts March 17, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Samantha Bryant @ 11:55 pm

What a lovely idea! I could learn to live on whatever the base level was to have control of my time.


The comments thread on Monday’s post about paying people to write has revealed an interesting commonality: without controls anyone would sign up. So, I thought I’d post my response as a separate article: that’s what I want.

In fact, I want to remove the obstacle of needing even a pretence of using it to compensate for books written or art produced.

The current unemployment benefit system in the United Kingdom involves a complex structure of testing based on amount of National Insurance paid in the past, savings, income, and active search for work; with active search for work being measured with a high-level box-ticking metric of X jobs in fields A,B, & C per Y weeks rather than a holistic effort-to-become-permanently-employed judgement. In addition to pressing people who want to develop themselves with a long-term improvement (for example, a degree) to instead take a low-level job, this testing structure produces…

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Is it REALLY Writer’s Block? Three Writing Myths that Make You Doubt Yourself

Filed under: Uncategorized — Samantha Bryant @ 11:53 pm

The games we play with ourselves! For goodness sake, it’s a process…a very individual process that works differently for every practitioner of the art. Good to be reminded to prove those excuses wrong.

Kate M. Colby

writer's blockWriter’s block is a heated issue in the writer community. I’m not really sure why. Okay, the cynical side of me has a theory.

That theory is that those who believe in writer’s block adamantly defend it, because if it doesn’t exist…then they don’t have anything on which to blame their lack of writing progress or skill. At the same time, those who don’t believe in writer’s block (like myself) prefer the idea that it doesn’t exist…because if it’s fake, then what separates them from the non-writing ‘writers’ is a matter of character.

But again, that’s just cynical, jaded me.

For the sake of this post, I don’t give a flying hoot whether or not you believe in writer’s block. What I want to know is what you believe about the act of being a writer.

You see, if you’re struggling with your writing, you may not have writer’s block…

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Thoughts from the Train (and the Magic of Books) March 9, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Samantha Bryant @ 4:45 pm

I’ve wondered what people who don’t read do when they are waiting. How sad not to be able to lose yourself in a story.

Kate M. Colby

people-new-york-train-crowdSince moving to New Haven, I have become one of the faceless masses on the public transport system. For those of you who have only ever commuted by car (or vice versa), let me describe the differences to you (at least, for introverted me).

In the Car

I come from a long line of mechanics, racers, and car enthusiasts. As much as I love to say I’m helping the environment by taking the train, the truth is: I’m saving the mileage on my 16-year-old baby. (But two birds, right?)

In the car, it’s you and the machine versus the other anonymous automobiles. While you have to jostle for position on the interstate, you get to enjoy your isolated, little bubble, filled with your music or audiobooks, or delicious silence. No one sits next to you uninvited. No one’s obnoxious phone conversations intrude. No strange bodily odors invade (and if they…

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Spring Book Sale Success March 4, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Samantha Bryant @ 3:14 am

I really enjoyed being a part of this panel and I’m so happy to hear that our library did so well with the sale!

Friends of the Orange County Public Library

by Lori-Anne Shapiro, Chair of the Board of the Friends of Orange County Public Library

Wow! What a successful sale it was!

Thank you to all our volunteers, especially our woman at the helm, Stacey Gamble!

We had a total of 30 volunteers to help with set up, sorting, more sorting, and more sorting, 12 shifts of book selling, and a massive clean-up.

The sale started with a Friends Benefit event at Antonia’s Restaurant in Hillsborough where members received a 15% discount on their bill!  On Thursday evening we had a Kick-off Reception for members only to preview shopping, socialize, enjoy a spread of appetizers, and bid on a Silent Auction of special books, including one signed by Lady Bird Johnson.

The dinner at Antonia’s, the Thursday evening Reception, and the full day of shopping on Friday were all new additions to the sale over that of recent years!


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Writing Faster with a little help from an IWSG friend March 2, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Samantha Bryant @ 10:49 pm

I’m always looking for ways to increase my productivity during the time I’ve got. I’ll have to check this one out. Also look! Elizabeth is giving away her book. I’ve read it, and it’s wonderful. Mystery, friendship, and vengeance all under a perfect sunhat 🙂

Scribbling In The Storage Room

Back in January, I posted my goals for 2016, one of which is to write faster. I want to be able to get to the point where I am publishing at least one book a year. Stephanie Scott,  another Insecure Writer, suggested I look at Rachel Aaron’s 2,000 to 10,000: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love. It was the right advice given at the right time. 

2K to 10K is a short book. You could read it in one long sitting but I would recommend reading the first section on how to get more words written in less time, then coming back to the section on editing after you have a completed draft. Rachel Aaron’s methods are not gimmicky or magic bullets that will solve your lack of productive results. She is an advocate of meticulous planning and explains her methods in a clear, well-reasoned…

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