If you've been wondering what The Retribution of Mara Dyer is about...


This. This is what it’s about.

This is what the text from the book jacket says:

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story. Retribution has arrived.

I almost literally can’t wait to see the edits you make with this.

First Photo: Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy' | CBM

Plus a synopsis

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team–the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power fo the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand - with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is presented by Marvel Studios. The film releases August 1, 2014, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

A KILLER VIRUS — When Stefan (Paul Wesley) tries to explain recent events to a very sick Elena (Nina Dobrev), her first instinct is to call Damon (Ian Somerhalder). At the same time, Damon is trying to figure out how to make a disturbing confession to Elena. While going through Dr. Wes’ files, Caroline (Candice Accola) discovers a frightening secret, and is surprised when Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey) appears, claiming to have the solution everyone is searching for. At Enzo’s insistence, Caroline asks Stefan to meet her at a mysterious location where they are joined by a group of Travelers, including Sloan (guest star Caitlin McHugh), who reveals new information on the importance of doppelgangers. During spring break on a mostly deserted Whitmore campus, Elena runs into Luke (guest star Chris Brochu), a student who seems to know her, though she has no memory of meeting him. Recently dumped by his boyfriend, Luke proposes that he and Elena spend the break getting drunk together, but she sends him off on an urgent mission to find Bonnie (Kat Graham) and the “newbie” witch, Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell). Damon finally tells Elena the truth about his recent activities, and they come to a new agreement about their relationship.

ferdinands-other-mother said:

Hello! I recently just finished my novel, and I am working on writing a synopsis for it to aid myself in the editing process. I have a general idea of what goes into a synopsis, but I'm still a little lost on how long it should be or how in depth I should go. Any tips? (also: LOVE your blog and all that you do!)

Congratulations on finishing your novel! Now, to your question. 

Generally speaking, a synopsis is between 1500-2000 words. Considering the length of a novel, that’s a lot of editing. Jane Friedman wrote an excellent summary of what a synopsis should accomplish. 

1. Clear idea of the book’s core conflict,

2. The characters your readers will love and hate,

3. Show what is at stake for the MC, and,

4. Show how the conflict is resolved.

Granted, these synopses are geared towards literary agents, but ultimately this is what you want to aim for. You may consider supplementing this with a plot outline to help you along in your editing.

Happy writing, 


Back to Basics: Writing a Novel Synopsis

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When I first got current, I soon realized that I would be re-reading and searching for things in Homestuck forever. Thus began a truly ridiculous undertaking which I’m finally ready to share with all of you.

After many months’ work, I’ve created a reader’s guide to Homestuck that introduces a beautiful new way of navigating the archive. You’ll find summaries of the action alongside Adventure Map images and Adventure Log links for every single day of updates in the whole run of Homestuck so far. I also compiled basic statistics and links for each act and wrote synopses of a few of them, with more to come.

This is the resource I wished for when I was just starting to re-read, and I hope it delights those of you who are always combing the Homestuck archive for stuff that happened.

I’m glad you’re all out there, reading this and sharing my passion. Thank you.

Logo: Fox’s ‘Gotham' | CBM

"Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker? 

GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. 

Growing up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs, JAMES GORDON (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, BARBARA KEAN (Erin Richards, “Open Grave,” “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid. 

Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend HARVEY BULLOCK (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, BRUCE (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer. 

As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss FISH MOONEY (Jada Pinkett Smith, “The Matrix” films, “HawthoRNe,” “Collateral”), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged SELINA KYLE/the future CATWOMAN (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and OSWALD COBBLEPOT/THE PENGUIN (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” “Another Earth”). 

Although the crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain SARAH ESSEN (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, ALFRED (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he’s destined to be. 

GOTHAM is based upon characters published by DC Comics and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which will be directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” series, “Nikita”).

How I Outline Plot (Using 6-Stage Plot Structure)


Most writers dread outlining their stories. I don’t really know why. For every good book I’ve written, there’s been a nice, meaty outline. An outline consolidates every detail of your story and keeps it in a place where you can easily see the transition between scenes, chapters, and acts. My personal method has only 5 steps.

1. Create a synopsis for your story. Or just write down what you kinda want to happen. It can be pretty rough. 


2. Create a table in your document. I’m using Microsoft Word 2007. 

3. In a fresh document, divide your story into three acts: beginning, middle, end. (If you’re using the 6-Stage Plot Structure, assign the parts their names.) Here, I broke it into four sections but there shouldn’t be very much back story in your actual book at all.


4. Decide what happens in your story to start it (Mirabelle leaving her house), and put that in the first square of your table (the top square circled in green.) What happens after that? That second thing (Mirabelle hesitates) goes in the second square, (the bottom square circled in green). Pretty simple.


5. Continue filling in the squares with whatever material you have. You have gaps? No problem. You’ve got entire chapters missing? No problem. When you create a synopsis, or write your goals for a story, you tend to figure out your plot as you go. It’s normal to have gaps after that, too—filling in character sheets or just a good, ponderous shower can unlock the mystic gaps of your plot. Whenever you think of something, WRITE IT DOWN. 


And there you have it! Your book is outlined, and you have a temporary synopsis, too. I’m not kidding about writing down every idea you have, by the way. Whether you think it’s stupid or not, it could save your book’s life when chapter nine is just a glaring, blank space with nothing to say.

I hope this was comprehensive, but if you have any questions let me know!


testytimaeus said:

Congratulations on getting your book published!! What's it about? I want to read it once it comes out! :)

Ahhh thank you for asking! I figured I should publish this along with a better synopsis than was on my original floor-shock post, in case anyone is curious. :3 

Chameleon Moon is the story of a city called Parole. It’s been cut off from the rest of the United States. It’s under a quarantine, with a police force called Eye in the Sky surveilling everyone and making sure nobody gets in or ESPECIALLY out. This is for a couple of reasons. One is a secret. The other is the fact that thanks to a lifesaving drug (this thing cures cancer, AIDS, genetic conditions, basically any physical ailment) with some really unexpected side effects, virtually everyone in Parole has superpowers.

Some rock. (My main lady Evelyn has a voice that can hypnotize, enrapture, and shoot SONIC BLASTS THAT DESTROY BUILDINGS.) Some don’t. (This one poor babbu, Finneus, makes random explosions whenever he has emotions that aren’t happy. That means he can’t ALLOW himself to feel sad. Ever. If he feels sad, people die. He HAS to be happy. Always. And that’s a bit of torture.)

But everyone has something. Almost the entire population has some weird, beautiful, horrifying ability, and The Eye in the Sky will never let any of them escape. Parole is a locked-down city of heroes and “villains,” many of whom have no idea what they’re capable of. 

Living in Parole wouldn’t be the end of the world (if you like having your every move watched by a totalitarian police force), if it weren’t for the lake of fire. Parole is like Venice. It’s sinking into the earth, except instead of water, it’s a freaking inferno blaze. Every day, more chunks of the city crumble, the hollow ground falling into the fire. Streets at a time. Blocks. It’s a fact of life that you learn hard and early, that every day might be your last, and you can never know who will fall into the fire next.

The story begins when Parole FALLS.

The story is about the events leading up to the collapse, exactly who caused it, who started the fire, and how anyone is going to survive it. (I’ll give you a hint. It rhymes with “the power of shove,” but it’s much nicer. <3) 

A week before ashes ashes we all fall down, Regan, a lizard-man assassin on a mission to kill someone, runs into Evelyn. They kick some butt together, and… you’ll have to wait to find out the rest.

Thank you for asking. <3 thank you so much.

Outlander - Synopsis Episodes 1×07 and 1×08


Episode 1.07 – The Wedding
Claire and Jamie’s unfolding marriage causes deeper feelings to arise; Claire finds herself torn between two men in different times.

Episode 1.08 – Both Sides Now
Frank searches for his missing wife; a life-changing opportunity arises for Claire as she attempts to come to terms with her marriage to Jamie.



Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.

Use Berkley/NAL copywriter Carly Hoogendyk’s tips to write a persuasive back cover synopsis or “About the Book” on Book Country.

My roommate wrote this! She works for Penguin! SHE IS AWESOME!

This article is super useful not just for writing back covers, but for writing any kind of synopses where the purpose is to get someone to read your story.

“Grammatically speaking, you’ll observe throughout this post my copywriter’s love affair with my favorite persuasive punctuation: ellipses, colons, the Oxford Comma, and—perhaps my favorite—the EM DASH.”

^And she is definitely one of us.