Saturday, August 29, 2015

Question re: different writing style

Received this question in my e-mail, via LinkedIn.
Here's the question and my answer:

Dear Bev,

Hope all is well.
I noticed on your profile that you have been a journalist for some time now. I am curious to know how you got into it? Your writing style is quite different to other journalists I have come across.

Look forward to hearing from you.

My Best,

Shan White, owner
Women's Peak Performance Coaching
"Create The Life You See, When You Close Your Eyes and Dream"
(719) 388-8758


Hi, Shan!
Good to hear from you.

I transferred into journalism class in 9th grade, as suggested by my teacher, Mr. Martinez, because he thought I was too advanced for regular English class. From there, I worked on the middle school and high school newspapers, eventually becoming editor-in-chief of The Gladitorial by senior year.

At the age of 17, I was a fledgling reporter for the Colorado Springs Sun. It was my first paid position as a writer, earning me $20 per published article. My editor was Mary Mashburn. Unfortunately, that newspaper is defunct. I still have clips, though!

After graduating high school in the top 10% of my class, I was awarded five scholarships to Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, where I joined the Haymaker newspaper staff for a while. While there, I majored in Mass Communication & Psychology.

In 1985, I took time off from college for marriage and children. Eventually, I went back to college and attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I majored in Applied Communication & Philosophy, with an emphasis on East-West religions. I also completed an independent study of death & dying in pagan societies.

Over the years, I continued to freelance and published several e-zines, including Scribe & Quill, which I edited and published for 15 years. I also published other e-zines, including Inscriptions, Scribes of the Goddess, and Pen & Pentacle.

In 1991, I had my first paid magazine article published in Housewife-Writers' Forum. I continued to freelance part-time until I was able to leave my municipal government job in 1997 to become a full-time freelance writer. Since then, I've had hundreds of pieces published, both short and long, in print magazines as well as online publications.

So, yes, I've been a professional scribe for 18 years now, but I wrote my first story in the 6th grade. My teacher told me I wrote well and that I should become a writer. I took her advice :-) As of now, I've written more non-fiction/journalistic pieces than anything else, by far.

Long explanation, but this is what my career has been like over the years. It's how I got from there to where I am now. An unconventional route, for sure!

While it's true my writing style isn't like many others, I wouldn't have it any other way. Not sure if I could change it now! *grin*

Thanks for asking this question! It was fun to give it some thought and answer it.

How are you doing?

Have a great weekend!

Bev :-)

Friday, August 28, 2015

[Writing Contest] Dark of Night short story contest

)0( Triple Crow Publishing )0( presents the Dark of Night short story contest

Entries open through midnight EDT, September 30, 2015.

This will be the first in a series of themed writing contests sponsored by
)0( Triple Crow Publishing )0(.

All writers, published and unpublished, are welcome to enter.

TCP’s favorite time of year is almost here! Halloween/Samhain is approaching, when the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest. Naturally, it’s the perfect time to tell creepy tales designed to send shivers down our spines.

Are you up to the task? Enter today and find out!

Participation fee: $3

What we’re looking for in the winning entry:

Weave a bone-chilling tale we’ll remember. Make your tale short, original, and scary. Get inside our heads and terrify us as best you can!

We prefer intense, maddening psychological scares to senseless blood spatter and gore. If your story includes violence, it must have a purpose beyond shocking your readers.

Slither into our minds and terrify us enough to cause sleepless nights and life-altering nightmares – all within a 2,000-word limit. If you do all of these things, and do them well, you could emerge a winner.


1st place - $35 Amazon gift card & publication in TCP’s new quarterly publication, From the Crow’s Nest

In addition, the winning entry will be featured in TCP’s first annual short story anthology, due for release the first quarter of 2016.

2nd place - $25 Amazon gift card & publication in TCP’s new quarterly publication, From the Crow’s Nest

3rd place - $15 Amazon gift card & publication in TCP’s new quarterly publication, From the Crow’s Nest

Submit your entry by September 30th to with CONTEST ENTRY in the subject line. Please paste your short story directly into the body of your email. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ATTACHMENTS.

Send your $3 participation fee via PayPal ( to

(You DO NOT have to have PayPal to complete this step.)

When you send your participation fee, please add your name and your story’s title in the payment notes section. If you are paying the fee for someone else, provide the entrant’s name and story title so we will know which entry matches your fee.

Note: Your short story entry is NOT valid until we have received both your story AND your fee. Stories not accompanied with paid entry fees will be disqualified and unread.


* Entries must be double-spaced and in Arial or Times New Roman 12-point font

* Entries must include your full, legal name. If you have a pen name, indicate your preferred author name. Also include your mailing address and your preferred email address.

* Entries may be previously published; however, you must have permission to resell/reprint your story. TCP only asks for one-time rights to publish your story.

* No entries over 2,000 words

* Plagiarism will not be tolerated. You must submit your OWN original work

* Judges’ decisions are final

* TCP is not responsible for late, lost, or misdirected email entries

* Entry fees are non-refundable

Please note: failure to follow contest rules may disqualify your entry.

By participating in this contest, you affirm you have read these rules and agree to abide by them.

This short story contest is not associated with or endorsed by Google+, Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform.

Have additional questions? Email with CONTEST QUESTION in the subject line.

Best of luck!

Official Nocturnal Baker FB community

Come join The Nocturnal Baker Community on Facebook

Since my three favorite things to do at night are writing, crocheting, and baking, I thought it was time for me to make a page strictly for my nocturnal baking pursuits. I'll post recipes, pics, and information on here for others who enjoy baking -- especially at night!

Have a recipe you'd like me to try one of these nights? Post a link or info on my Nocturnal Baker page and share it with me.

If I decide to try your recipe, I'll post a photo of the finished product there. PLUS, you'll also win a FREE eBook on baking, cooking, or food from me as a thank you.

Bon appetit!


Thursday, August 27, 2015

[Ancestry] Great-grandparents -- maternal side

[Ancestry] My great-grandparents

My great-grandparents (maternal side), Wilson Washington Dilley & Lucy (Ray) Dilley

Photo provided by Norma Gray Ellis

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

[Genealogy] Connecting with another cousin

Just made contact with a 3rd or 4th cousin on my birth mother's side, thanks to 23andme. His 7th great-grandfather was Ellis Hughes, who came from Wales. He is also related to the Rays, as I am.

My great-grandmother, Lucy Anetta Ray, is related to William S. Ray. My great-grandmother was Tuckahoe Cherokee, according to Norma Ellis, the family historian/genealogist.

Need to pull out the info my brother, Jan, sent to me years ago as a birthday gift (it was the most important birthday gift anyone's ever given me--I'm so appreciative of him doing that!). Can't remember off the top of my head and haven't memorized nine generations of info on that side of the family, lol. But I'll check into it over the next few days when I get more time.

Edward (the cousin I connected with) has done some technical writing, but said it didn't come easy to him. He doesn't know anyone else in the family who writes. However, my birth mother, Fay, used to write song lyrics and performed/sang when she was younger.

Malcolm Gladwell (bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Outliers, and other books) is a DNA relative along my birth father's (paternal) line. So there's at least one writer/author from that side of the family tree.

I believe a propensity for writing, painting, music, and other types of creativity/artistry may have a genetic component. I'd like to see if that holds true for either side of my family tree. My son works as a technical writer and has a BFA in Dramatic Writing. My daughter is also a natural scribe, though hardly anyone knows that, save for me, Paul, & Jon.

[Lipedema] Comparison between normal fat vs. lipedema fat

I know this is hard to look at, folks, but this is how Lipedema affects women like me who have it. Many women who have this aren't even aware of it. We MUST make people more familiar with rare, genetic disease so women get the diagnosis & treatment they deserve!

Connective tissue & cell walls are up to several hundred times thicker in people who have Lipedema. Again, there is NO cure at this time, so you can only manage it as best you can.

Hopefully, there will be a cure in the near future. I do not want to have this disease progress to the stage where I might lose mobility or have my legs amputated!

To find out more info about Lipedema (known as Lipoedema in the UK) and my personal journey with this disease, please visit my blog Lippy Legs & All at

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

[Quote] Nina Simone

"You've got to learn to leave the table when love is no longer being served." 
~Nina Simone

This pertains to *anybody* in your life, not just significant others or spouses. I'm fortunate to have Paul, who is always there to love & care for me during good times & bad.

Not everyone has a support network. I'm grateful that I do! Thanks to all who love me -- friends & family alike!

Monday, August 24, 2015

[Dream] United States Tsunami

Dreamed of a HUGE tsunami ravaging an American city last night. I was in a high-rise building, watching it approach. It was terrifying in its beauty.

A monstrous wave rose up and covered everything in its path. Watching it, all I could think about was the power of Mother Nature and the feelings of awe and fear competing with one another for top billing.

So many buildings and people wiped out in a flash. I survived, but the aftermath was nothing but destruction, chaos, and confusion for those who managed to escape it.

What an intense dream!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Stop by and 'like' my author page. Have your own page or group? I'll return the favor!

Below is the link to my author page on FB. I often post things on there that you won't see here. Posts are usually about writing, editing, reading, creativity, and positivity.

If you haven't liked my page yet, please do. Much gratitude for your support ;-)

Have a page or group of your own? Post your link in the comment section below and I will return the favor.

This week's issue of Nocturnal Musings

The newest issue of Nocturnal Musings is out.

Featured articles include:
* Scientists produce new type of glass
* Why your color perception changes with the seasons
* Lab-grown diamonds -- what you should know
...and more

Monday, August 10, 2015

Straight outta Covington, VA.

Though I consider Colorado my home, I was born in Covington, VA. 
Here's a pic of me and my dad. He died October 30, 1971. Miss him daily.
Love you, Dad!

[Testimonial] Five-star review on Elance/Upwork -- hire me! ;-)

Five-star review for a job I completed on Elance/Upwork:

Feedback Comments:

“Beverly delivered a beautifully written text with exactly the content and tone that I had asked for. I had not given her a word count to hit, and she delivered more text than I was expecting, yet none of what she had written was repetitive or generic in the slightest; all of it was substantial and interesting. She fully engaged with the job, and I couldn't be happier with her work.”
— Client

Need writing, copy editing, or proofreading? Hire me!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

FREE through August 7th -- Sun Signs for Writers


SUN SIGNS FOR WRITERS (originally released in print by Writer's Digest Books) is also available in eBook format at Amazon.

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SUN SIGNS FOR WRITERS blends the subjects of writing and astrology in an unusual way that intrigues, motivates, and inspires readers not only to know themselves better in an astrological way, but as creative persons as well.

Writers learn the general characteristics they possess based on the inclinations of their zodiacal sun sign. This information touches on areas of their sun sign that may make them stronger writers as well as cautioning them about sun sign traits that may hinder their progress. End-of-chapter writing exercises will urge each writer-sign type to stretch personal boundaries, break writer’s block, and hone their innate talents/abilities.

Finally, writers will discover a new tool for developing characters based on each sun sign's physical/mental/emotional makeup.

There are many techniques for mastering characterization found in countless books on writing, but this book provides a unique and creative way of building characters using the zodiac to develop the perfect character to suit your story needs.

SUN SIGNS FOR WRITERS will help you connect with your inner writer in ways you've never imagined before!




++ Midwest Book Review calls SUN SIGNS FOR WRITERS "A unique, revealing guide."

++ C. Hope Clark, author and editor of Funds for Writers, says: "Bev Walton-Porter has created a genuinely fun book in Sun Signs for Writers. I read it in one sitting, a rarity in my busy and hectic world."

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

[Musings] Maybe...

Ever get tired of life's bullshit and constraints? All the rules, social expectations, marching to other people's drums? 

I do. 

Maybe I just want to spend a month doing nothing but being silly, laughing, sightseeing, having no schedule, daring to say and do things others might not approve of. 

Maybe I want to be selfish. 

Maybe I want to set off on a journey with no idea of where it'll lead me. 

Maybe I want to stand naked on a beach under a full moon and feel tears of joy stream down my face. 

Maybe I want to fill a tub with lime green gelatin and play around in it. 

Maybe I want to live without rules, boundaries, or expectations before I die. 

Maybe that's what I want.