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Research Rejection, Part II

My first rejection came from a rude secretary in the Quad Cities when I was driving the route Mallory took in Beta. I stopped at a plant that processed meat gelatin. (Yeah, sounds disgusting to me, too) When I asked the secretary if there was a PR person available she told me one didn't exist. When I asked her who might help me, she said he wasn't available. I gave her my name and contact information and I think…See More
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"What trouble does a petty officer get into? http://braytonsbookbuzz.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/the-eye-of-soloman/"
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Research Rejection, Part I

I thought about this topic several weeks ago when outlining a chapter to put at the beginning of Mallory Petersen's next adventure, Delta. In the story she meets a classmate about halfway through the story. When I wrote the first draft, I thought the scene worked, but after reading it to a critique group, and discussing it with a friend, I decided I needed to introduce the classmate earlier in the book. The…See More
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Review Regrets

I wanted to write this on one of the reviews I've done on my other blog, braytonsbookbuzz.wordpress.com but decided instead to write this up as a regular blog. One of the reasons I chose to do it here instead of there is because I initially thought I'd write this at the beginning of one review and it might seem like I was lambasting the author, which, essentially, I am. I could have written up a separate blog type post…See More
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Fitness Writing, Part VII

One day in August of 1991, I was uptown and saw the local taekwondo club had a special offer of two weeks' free classes. I'd always been interested in martial arts, so I thought this sounded like a good deal and started classes.I'd been in Oskaloosa less than a year and soon after starting my job at the radio station I joined the local community theatre group. I had been acting in plays since high school and enjoyed…See More
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Fitness Writing, Part VI

I really enjoy the forms of the American Taekwondo Association. The white belt form has 18 moves and you work yourself up to 81 moves for the first degree black belt form. White belt starts with some very basic moves, punch, front and side kicks, low, high, and middle blocks, and a knifehand strike (karate chop). Each form thereafter introduces a new move or combination move with some extra turns, and so on.I'm certainly…See More
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Fitness Writing, Part V

My first bike was a 5-speed Schwinn. The gear shift was in the middle with a big black knob on the end. Banana-type seat. Later, I had a ten speed which I outgrew. In Oskaloosa, I had, for a short time, a three speed several decades old, complete with a headlight. Unfortunately, I kept it in the laundry room and someone stole it. Now I have a ten speed that is just a bit small for me, but it works.Earlier this summer, I…See More
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Fitness Writing, Part IV

I went out for track in both junior high and high school. I never placed in any of my races. I went out for basketball as a junior in high school but the first warm up made my legs hurt for three days.I'm not a fast runner but I've built up the endurance through taekwondo and through persistence.I break down my running exercises into two categories. Intervals and distance.IntervalsThis is build stamina. My normal…See More
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Fitness Writing, Part III

We now return this blog to its regularly scheduled program. lolThis was my main thrust at the Sisters in Crime meeting. I discussed my fitness regimen, how I workout. Then I related those workouts to writing. So, let's spend a few weeks on just this aspect.I discussed my workout regimen in that I have a lottery system that determines what I do from day to day (or day to the day after tomorrow or the day after that,…See More
Aug 29

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About Me
I'm a Fifth Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.

I'm an author of NIght Shadows (Feb. 2011) and Beta (July 2011).

I have worked as an editor for Echelon Press and am an acquisition editor for Short Stories for Echelon Press.
Favourite Books, Book Genres and Favourite Authors
Ellery Queen
Erle Stanley Garnder
Archer Mayor
Elaine Viets
Janet Evanovitch
Are you a Kindle Owner?
Perhaps someday
Since when have you owned a Kindle?
January 1, 2011
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Making Friends, Groups, Forums, Author Offers, Connecting with Authors, Finding Like Minded People
Are you an Author or Aspiring Author?
Published Author, Blogger, Reader
For Authors - Published Books?
Night Shadows (Feb. 2011)
Beta (July 2011)
Casio's Cocaine (TBA)
Bar Scene - with Angi Roe (TBA)
The Guest (TBA)
The Hinks (TBA)
Interests and Hobbies
Taekwondo
Fishing
Racquetball
Homepage or Favourite Website
http://www.stephenbrayton.com
Blog or Favourite Blog
http://stephenlbrayton.blogspot.com/

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Research Rejection, Part II

rejection 2 My first rejection came from a rude secretary in the Quad Cities when I was driving the route Mallory took in Beta. I stopped at a plant that processed meat gelatin. (Yeah, sounds disgusting to me, too) When I asked the secretary if there was a PR person available she told me one didn't exist. When I asked her who might help me, she said he wasn't available. I gave her my name and contact…

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Posted on October 16, 2014 at 11:18pm

Research Rejection, Part I

rejection 1 I thought about this topic several weeks ago when outlining a chapter to put at the beginning of Mallory Petersen's next adventure, Delta. In the story she meets a classmate about halfway through the story. When I wrote the first draft, I thought the scene worked, but after reading it to a critique group, and discussing it with a friend, I decided I needed to introduce the classmate earlier…

Continue

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 11:36pm

Review Regrets

regrets I wanted to write this on one of the reviews I've done on my other blog, braytonsbookbuzz.wordpress.com but decided instead to write this up as a regular blog. One of the reasons I chose to do it here instead of there is because I initially thought I'd write this at the beginning of one review and it might seem like I was lambasting the author, which, essentially, I am. I could have written up a separate…

Continue

Posted on October 2, 2014 at 10:49pm

Fitness Writing, Part VII

Motive pic One day in August of 1991, I was uptown and saw the local taekwondo club had a special offer of two weeks' free classes. I'd always been interested in martial arts, so I thought this sounded like a good deal and started classes.

I'd been in Oskaloosa less than a year and soon after starting my job at the radio station I joined the local community theatre group. I had been acting in plays since…

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Posted on September 25, 2014 at 10:30pm

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