lindalavidicon L i n d a  A.  L a v i d                                                                                            

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My name is Linda Lavid and I write.
I have won awards and teach extensively on writing and publishing.
I'm interested in characters who mess up but keep going.
For mystery lovers, check out Rented Rooms and Paloma FREE EBOOK
For character-driven stories, consider:
ThirstSpots Blind  For writing and publishing series:
Composition On Creative Writing  Weekly Strategies for Writers
For self-help: 101 Ways to Meditate: Discover Your True Self
101 Maneras de Meditar, Descubra su Verdadero Yo (Spanish Edition)
For English or Spanish students: Of the Dance/De la Danza
For a short, metafiction read: The Simple Mechanic of Infinite Execution
The Dying of  Ed Mees
For my Art Catalogs, Woman & Flight; Mujer y Vuelo (Spanish Edition)
Cats:Winsome & Wise
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Bio:   
linda lavid
I write, paint, and sell my work throughout Western New York. As time goes by my writing has grown from telling stories to writing a wide assortment of books, fiction and nonfiction. My artistic pursuits include painting whimisical cats, colorful landscapes, and still lifes that defy the laws of nature. In all my endeavors I do what I enjoy and market what I produce. Toward this end, I have a publishing company, Full Court Press, and give talks on every aspect of writing, painting, publishing, and marketing. I have given seminars/classes/presentations at Just Buffalo, The Chautauqua Instituition, Libraries, Writer's Groups, to name a few. For a list of topics and/or if you'd like me to speak to your group, please email me. E-Mail  You can't beat the price...FREE.
 
My work has appeared in the following publications: The Southern Cross Review,Wilmington Blues, Plots with Guns, Unlikely Stories, Ascent Aspirations,A Cruel World,Zimmerzine, Cenotaph, Over Coffee, Tangents, and published by the Haworth Press. A short story, "The Accident", was a finalist in Otto Penzler's Great Mystery Stories of 2003. "DMV", another short story, received an award from Ascent Magazine. My  recent book, 101 Ways to Meditate: Discover Your True Self, was a finalist in the 2011 Global E-Book Awards.
                                                          
                                                     
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Lily Dale Bookstore Book: 101 Ways to Meditate: Discover Your True Self,  from late June through Labor Day

Westfield Farmer's Market Every Saturday from Memorial Weekend through the end of September.  Exception: Last Saturday in July.
 
464 Gallery in Buffalo, NY. (books and magnets, note cards, mousepads)

Gale Street Studio in Westfield, NY
 
 
Illusion is the greatest of all pleasures.  - Oscar Wilde
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Short Stories
Spots Blind is short fiction.  The stories
share a common theme of being blindsided -
sometimes by family, friends, lovers; sometimes by
our own refusalto see the truth.

"You can’t always see what’s coming.
The trajectory is misinterpreted,
misconstrued, minimized. On the other
hand someone could be blocking your
view, on purpose, with malice.
No matter what, that something is heading your way."

Two awarding-winning stories are included.

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You'd like Spots Blind if you...
  • question  relationships
  • like surprise endings
  • enjoy a literary tone
  • prefer short reads
  • are curious about human nature
  • see life as ironic
  • like plot twists 
  • are not offended by mild graphic sex
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If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.  - Erica Jong
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Non Fiction
Composition, A Fiction Writer's Guide for the 21st Century, welcomes you into the tech world of the independent writer. Writing, publishing, marketing tips abound to encourage and educate. The time is now. Take the plunge and turn your creative work into a book that sells.

Reviews:

"Composition: A Fiction Writer's Guide for the 21st Century is a brief
but illuminating read about how to write a book from concept to creation,and then get it out there. It’s super easy to read, and for a non-fiction book, fast paced and fun..." The Compulsive Reader
"Composition clears my bar for a to-do book... " BoggerNews
"A priceless gem of a book..." Armchairinterviews Review.
"A helpful guide for new writers..." ReserveBooks
"A nice little book for any potential writers who just do not know how
to get started." Curled up with a Good Book.

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You'd like Composition if you...
  • are interested in creative writing
  • want to learn more about writing craft
  • started but are stalled on a project
  • need  advice on editing
  • are considering self publishing
  • want to learn about subsidy publishing
  • need more information on selling books

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A word after a word after a word is power.  - Margaret Atwood
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Short Stories
Thirst is a collection of short stories where jaunty, lusty, creepy, quirky characters, all needful, discover what they want is not what they get. A man obsessed with terrorism, a woman in an abusive marriage, a secret forced into the open are a few of the dilemmas faced by desperate characters reaching blind. Included in Thirst is the award-winning story "DMV".
Reviews:
"Composed of twelve short fiction stories about human desire and want, Thirst captured my attention from the moment I began reading it. Ranging from a story about a professor's unquenchable thirst for young undergrad women to the enticing read of two women playing off each other in a bar to attract men, Linda Lavid's writing is sophisticated, masterful, and full of desire."Great New Books
"This short story collection is exquisite, exciting and a pleasurably fast read. Each story, although different in nature, is woven to the next with the common threads of infidelity, a multitude of flaws and the ever delicious...jealousy." Literary Lighthouse Reviews
"I would recommend this book to book clubs. I think discussing which story is each person's favorite and why would be very interesting. And anybody can find the time to read "Jealousy". Especially for those who read during breakfast...Linda Lavid manages to write stories that are short and sweet, but branches out to the short and bitter, and manages to make them all short and startling."  Reader Views
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You'd like Thirst if you...
  • have a sense of humor
  • are not offended by sex
  • question  motivations
  • enjoy quirky characters
  • like short reads
  • curious as to the creative process
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The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.  - Tennessee Williams
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Short Stories
Rented Rooms is a collection of previously published short fiction. 
The stories featured in Rented Rooms are an eclectic collection in 
both style and genre. Tales of mystery, love gone awry and 
characters who cross the line comprise the whole. Added 
to each story are author's notes. These commentaries range
from the story's inspiration to its craft. Included in Rented Rooms 
is "The Accident", a finalist in Otto Penzler's Best Mystery Stories
of 2003. Whether to entertain,inspire or educate,Rented Rooms 
is a primer for readers and writers alike. For an independent 
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You'd like Rented Rooms if you...
  • enjoy mysteries
  • like surprise endings
  • watch Alfred Hitchcock movies
  • prefer short reads
  • wonder about romance
  • feel just desserts are sometimes warranted
  • curious to why we act the way we do 
  • are interested in quirky characters
  • write short stories
  • want to learn more about creative writing
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The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.  - Philip Roth

Novel
Paloma, a woman with three identities, is running hard and fast. Someone wants her dead. But which identity is the killer after? Max Laurent, retired FBI agent, throws himself into the mix. Paloma must outwit the assassin. Max must outwit Paloma. Before coming to terms with past misunderstandings and a child long ago abandoned,they must, together or apart, find and eliminate the killer.
Reviews:

"Not only do I highly recommend reading this book, it is also a keeper." Lighthouse Literary Reviews
"Heart-stopping, blood pressure rising book..." Road to Romance
"As much about the relationship between two people as it is about the plot to kill one of them..." Rambles
"Filled with blood-rushing excitement...." Coffee Time Romance
"Completely enthralling, a roller coaster ride of intrigue and deception." Roundtable Reviews
"Really rather clever narrative..." Tregolwyn Book Reviews
"Face-paced. A recommended read." Online Reviews of Books and Current Affairs.
"Stays in your head long after you've finished the book." The Romance Studio


           
 You'd like Paloma: A Laurent & Dove Mystery  if you...
  • enjoy mysteries
  • like quirky characters
  • are jaded about romance
  • believe one night of passion can  change lives
  • are kinder to others than to yourself
  • feel parent/child dynamics are complicated
  • enjoy fast moving plots
  • read Nora Roberts or Robert Ludlum    
  • are from Buffalo, New York

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I wish I could write as mysteriously as a cat.  - Edgar Allan Poe

Non Fiction
On Creative Writing
 
There are several aspects to writing fiction. Rendering what John Gardner in The Art of Fiction  describes as a 'vivid and continuous dream' is a complicated affair. Story is created from the imagination of a writer, who in turn must translate it onto a page of symbols so that another person can read, absorb, and experience the story in a similar fashion. It's a remarkable process when you think about it. So, are you up for the challenge or is the writer's quintessential  question nipping away inside: Do I have the talent?

We imagine talent as some huge reservoir of subconscious knowledge that some lucky people are born with. We think of Shakespeare and Mozart and Einstein. But the truth is we all have talents of many kinds and measures. Talent is nothing more, or less, than an individual ability. And while there are gifted writers, I do not believe that having an innate talent is imperative to become an author.

Fiction demands a working knowledge of many points of craft that can be taught and learned. And while mastering craft can be daunting, each one of us has the skills to meet the challenge. In fact, the quality most needed is neither talent nor knowledge, but the mad, unrelenting desire to tell a story. And with this passion, walk to the end of the diving board, loosen your shoulders, and take the plunge.

Reviews:
"User-friendly walk-through on Creative Writing."  Learning the Learnable
You'd like On Creative Writing if you...
  • are interested in writing fiction
  • like to hone creative writing craft
  • want to get unstuck 
  • have trouble with writer's block
  • don't understand why you lose interest
  • feel you have little talent
  • don't know where your story is going
  • need some editing help
  • read E-Books


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On Creative Writing, and would like a paperback, consider Composition: A Fiction Writer's Guide for the 21st Century. All this information, plus   navigating the waters of self publishing, are included.

 

A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.  - Franz Kafka
 strategies for writers
 
Weekly Strategies for Writers: Tips on Writing, Editing, Publishing, Marketing & more is a collection of timely tips for fiction and nonfiction writers that discusses the changes, opportunities, and resources now available for writers to make their writing and publishing goals a success. New or veteran writers are are sure to find Weekly Strategies for Writers a quick, informative read. For ease of use, hyperlinks are included to make tips dynamic and accessible.

If you enjoy Weekly Strategies for Writers: Tips on Writing, Editing, Publishing, Marketing & more, you may like other books in my Creative Writing and Publishing Series...Composition: A Fiction Writer's Guide for the 21 Century (paperback and e-book) or On Creative Writing (Free e-book). Also, both my short story collections,Rented Rooms and Thirst, include author's notes at the end of every story. Here I discuss points of craft or inspiration for that story. Fiction goes beyond flights of fancy. Like all art, it reflects, and tries to make sense of, who we are in this world.  
You'd like Weekly Strategies for Writers if you ...
  • are thinking about publishing
  • don't know where to start
  • are confused about the options
  • need to get motivated
  • have some fears about the process
  • would like to have some fresh ideas
  • have published but are overwhelmed
  • hate marketing your book
  • find the Internet overwhelming
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Non Fiction
101 Ways to Meditate: Discover Your True Self is a primer to illuminate the landscapes within and beyond. Easily explained and specific, 101 Ways to Meditate, supplies a wide selection of processing, imagery, release, and inspirational meditations to make meditative practice life-affirming, insightful and fun. A 31-day journal is also included. Whether to explore metaphysical questions, experience higher awareness, or come to terms with the mystery within, meditation serves.

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101 Ways to Meditate: Discover Your True Self, was a finalist in the 2011 Global E-Book Awards.

 
You'd like 101 Ways to Meditate if you...
  • want to be less stressed out
  • wish to explore holistic healing
  • feel there is a greater purpose 
  • are open to self discovery
  • have a curious nature
  • want to learn how to meditate
  • wish to understand yourself better
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Never confuse movement with action. -  Ernest  Hemingway
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Of the Dance/De la Danza is a parallel text (Spanish/English) collection of six short stories by award-winning author Linda A. Lavid. These stories are contemporary and range in ease and difficulty from dialogue to literary passages. To facilitate learning, text in both languages is provided in parallel format to assure easy reference in either Spanish or English. The narratives chosen for this book revolve around the relationships between men and women with the conflicts and complications they cause. Please note this collection has explicit language and is for adults. 

You'd like Of the Dance/De la Danza if you...
  • are learning English or Spanish
  • want to brush up on language skills
  • enjoy contemporary stories
  • prefer seeing the written language
  • want to increase your vocabulary
  • are a visual learner
  • want to learn idioms
Of the Dance/De la Danza es una colección de textos paralelos (Español / Inglés) de seis cuentos de la galardonada autora Linda A. Lavid. Estas historias son contemporáneas y varían en facilidad y dificultad del diálogo a pasajes literarios. Para facilitar el aprendizaje, el texto en ambos idiomas es proporcionado en formato paralelo para asegurar una fácil referencia ya sea en Español o en Inglés. Los relatos seleccionados para este libro giran en torno a las relaciones entre hombres y mujeres con los conflictos y complicaciones que estas causan. Tenga en cuenta que esta colección tiene un lenguaje explícito y es para adultos.

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The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties. - W. Somserset Maugham
 
 
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The Simple Mechanic of Infinite Execution is a novella of characters real (writer and reader) and imagined (man and woman). The narrative sets sail in a seventh-floor lunchroom. Shortly thereafter the fictive romp evolves complicated by blurred boundaries where everyone plays a part.

Genre: Novella/Metafiction
Main Characters: Michael, Kristin
Plot: Strangers meet. Twenty-four hours pass.
Theme: Sexuality & Flight
Conclusion: Reader defined


 
You'd like The Simple Mechanic of Infinite Execution if you...
  • prefer short reads
  • enjoy metafiction
  • like character-driven stories
  • are interested in sexual identity themes
  • want to be part of a story
  • are curious about postmodern writing
  • enjoy a literary style 


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Intention makes it so.- Woman & Flight
 
Woman & Flight


 
Mujer y Vuelo

Woman & Flight is the expression of every woman's search for flight and freedom. This ordered series features 12 portraits of women with their totem birds. Accompanying each reproduction is an inspirational quote with the bird's significance. This is the companion piece to The Simple Mechanic of Infinite Execution.




Mujer y Vuelo es la expresión de la búsqueda de cada mujer por vuelo y libertad. Esta serie ordenada  incluye 12 retratos de mujeres con su ave tótem. Debajo de cada reproducción, se encuentra una cita inspiradora con el significado del ave.

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Fe es dar el primer paso aun cuando no ves toda la escalera. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
101 Maneras de Meditar

¿Qué es exactamente la meditación? En los términos más simples, se trata de relajar el cuerpo, callar a la mente y tener un enfoque. También es una manera de acceder intuitivamente al conocimiento, para experimentar un mundo más allá de los sentidos, para comunicarse con el inconsciente personal o colectivo y, más importantemente, para entender quién eres.


 

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"It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)"  Song by Bob Dylan
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The Dying of Ed Mees. His name is Ed Mees. He's dying. He doesn't want to tell his story, but I'm here nevertheless. To write down what he says, to interpret what he means, to listen, to hold him if necessary. Although, I'm hoping it won't be necessary. Chin up, I say to myself, to him. I just want to document what he's thinking, how he's feeling. I want to learn something so when my time comes I'll be ready. Or readier. Or not so afraid. And so begins The Dying of Ed Mees.

Genre: Novella/Metafiction
Main Characters: Ed Mees, Roberta Hay
Plot: A reporter meeds a man who's dying.
Theme: Death, dying, living
Conclusion: Reader defined


 
You'd like The Dying of Ed Mees if you...
  • prefer short reads
  • enjoy metafiction
  • like character-driven stories
  • are interested in spirituality
  • think and/or worry about death
  • are curious about postmodern writing
  • enjoy a literary style 



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                                                             The smallest feline is a masterpiece. - Leonardo da Vinci
 
cats
Cats: Winsome & Wise is an art catalog of my cat paintings. This ordered series features portraits of cats. Accompanying each reproduction is an inspirational quote from a writer who has been charmed, cajoled, rejected by the unflappable feline. This is the companion piece to The Dying of Ed Mees




 
Print edition is also available directly from me. $10.00 includes shipping. Email me: lindalavid@gmail.com Thanks!



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