Midweek Mumbles – Pinterest As A Research Tool

Between social media, email and online searches, I get around the internet a lot. And sometimes I come across a search engine, or social media platform that proves far more addictive an useful than I originally expected.

Pinterest is just such a platform, and in the short time I’ve been on there it has become very addictive. But I’ve also been able to turn it into a way of storing articles and images for later, turning it into a research tool too.

What is Pinterest?

According to Pinterest’s own user guide:

Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas.

These bookmarks are organized on boards, which allows you to sort your pins into topics. As you use Pinterest more it will start to learn the types of images, posts, or videos that will interest you, based on what you have already bookmarked.

What makes it so addicting?

You can add new pins and new boards at any time, which makes it a very flexible tool for research, but because Pinterest will present you with a lot of suggestions for pinning.

Now, I have a lot of personal interests, and of course, I added those first of all. Then, when I realized that Pinterest users were pinning things from all over the internet, I added topics for my story research too. And that’s when things went a little crazy.

Within a week, I found myself checking back in several times a day, and tagging tens of pins at a time, posting them to my boards so I could check them out later. And I seriously intend to do that some day, especially as a lot of what I have been pinning is potential idea generators for my books.

And on that note…

Get a peek at some of the materials I’ve been pinning about Seattle, the city in which the majority of the “Shadows Over Seattle” series is set in…


Announcing My New Facebook Page

In conjunction with my recent announcement of the reboot of my newsletter,  thought I’d offer as many ways to reach out to my potential audience as possible.

Until now, I’ve fed information, blog posts and more to my personal Facebook page, but it’s time to move beyond that, and do something a little more professional. Which means, I’ve put together a brand new author page.

I’m not sure, at his point, how much the page will get used, or updated, but I want to leave my options open. But here’s where you can find it, so you can keep an eye on it…

(Oh, and you can search for it, reference it, or message me there using @TimothyBatesonUrbanFantasy)

Click to be taken to my new Facebook page

Back Porch Writer (February 21st 2017) – Living The Indie Author Life, Take 4

I had the pleasure of chatting with Kori Miller yesterday, over on her podcast “Back Porch Writer”.

9033c608-0595-481e-9b20-5591a5bdca5b_backporchwriterLiving The Indie Author Life, Take 4

We discuss internet search histories, werewolves, vampires, favorite films, writing, research, the upcoming Brain to Books Cyber Convention…

Listen to the episode here

I’d like to thank Kori for taking the time to chat with me, especially because we had to reschedule, and for putting up my ramblings.

Go show Kori some love, and check out her other Back Porch Writer episodes


This is an amazingly short article, there is nothing I don’t agree with.


If I had to distill the writing experience into 10 golden principles, these would be it.

1 – Develop a daily writing habit.

2 – Always fast-write your first draft. Get the content down.

3 – Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timebound) writing goals.

4 – Actively seek new experiences. It enriches your writing.

image Quote by Desiderius Erasmus

5 – Revise, revise, revise…And when you think you’re done revising, polish it one more time.

6 – Research your genre. Know who is at the top in your field, know their work, know who publishes their work, what are the standards of your genre.

7 – Read extensively, within and outside your genre. The more you read, the more you are able to differentiate between good and bad writing.

8 – Write healthy. Balance mental activity with physical activity.

9 – Commit to constantly improve your craft. Sign…

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For Writers and Readers: What Closure in Fiction ISN’T

I found this to be a very helpful article, especially since I am focused writing short stories. It doesn’t define what form my story endings should take, but gives clear guidelines on the kinds of endings to avoid. I’ve always found http://crimsonleague.com/ to be a great resource, and worth following.

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

lockflower-1126249-m Closure is SO important in fiction. Every reader needs some sense of release and “c’est fini” at the end of a novel. A sense that something important–if not everything, at least something major–has been resolved or completed.

This is a main reason why, generally, I can’t stand cliffhangers, even in series novels. I prefer that each novel wrap up a completed story in and of itself.

(Even if there are some lose threads and a larger story arc still in development, a series novel can tell and wrap up a complete story from start to finish. Each Harry Potter novel is a great example of this.)

“Closure” can be a funny thing, though. There is no one way to provide closure and no one definition of what closure means.

“Closure” means something very different from genre to genre and from story to story. You can leave societal unrest not…

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Supporting the dreamers in your life


Author Emma Chapman talks about the doubts we all face as writers, dreamers, and doers of the impossible. The support of her husband, and the confession he makes, one year after her first book releases, are amazing. It goes to show that the words of those around us can affect our morale, both positively, and negatively, but the support of one person can help us beat all the odds.

I can fully empathize with both Emma, and her husband, since my wife and I are both writers who support each others working habits. Thanks to my Sandi, I have had my first short story accepted for publication. Now I just have to keep pushing and supporting her work, and get her into print too.

Never stop dreaming. Never stop supporting those who dream.


A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia – BBC World Service


Looking at the pictures, I was taken back to the thrill of holding the Martial, and Bateleur eagles. I remember how it felt having a creature of that mass landing on my arm, and I envy the relationship this girl has with the eagle. At the age of 13, this Mongolian girl is a inspiration.

The Kazakhs take the eagles from the wild, nurture them, train them, hunt with them for years, and then release them back into the wild. To me there is something poetic about this cycle. I found myself yearning to spend time with these people, and learn their ways. There are so many story ideas in the pictures that I am almost certainly going to have to do something involving a character based off this young woman.