Saturday, December 29, 2012
Idea Creations Press: Writing in the New Year: What do you want for your writing in the new year? I've previously written about organizing your writing life, but when it comes to actual...
Connections: Cherish Each Moment: After the shock, horror, and grief all of us felt over the events of this past week, I began to look for the blessings they brought ...
Some of the funny things that happened during that time:
My grand-daughter has been potty trained but has discovered a fear of automatic flush toilets. I think many adults are afraid of them too. I hate it when they go off unexpectedly when you're putting on the toilet seat cover or just adjusting your seat. It is a first world problem as they say.
Everybody I know got two copies of Disney's Cinderella for Christmas. I took my extra one back to Walmart and traded it for Disney Pixar's Brave. Even my son who hates animation loved it.
Utah finally got a good dose of snow and my car door froze shut. When I was trying to yank open the door, my feet slipped out from under me and I did an unexpected snow angel on the way to work.
My mother-in-law bought my very hard to shop for husband, Doritos and Dr. Pepper for Christmas; exactly, what he asked for :) .
I was going to finish editing a book during "Christmas Vacation" from school and I haven't even touched it yet. I spite of it all, I'm happy to have spent time with my family over the holidays. The book will wait patiently until I get it done, but my family has grown up too fast. My favorite Christmas gift this year was a picture book done by my parents. It has pictures of them and then a couple pages for each of my siblings families with things that have happened this year. It includes my son's wedding and pictures of my brother's wife who died this year. Joy and sadness make up life, and it was good to take a moment and see the year in review.
May you all have a Happy New Year!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
5 Great Authors
2 Jason King Fantasy
3 A. L. Sowards Historical Suspence
4 Christy Monson LDS Historical YA
Prophets blog http://prophetsinperson.blogspot.com/
5 Chris Stewart (He won his election yesterday.) He may not be posting today.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
They are a very nice, fun group of women who are enthusiastic about reading. They were suggesting books I should read and I left with a list of books to look up at the library or on Kindle. They are so knowledgeable about the books they like and promised to post names of books they forgot the title or the author to on Facebook for me. It's good for me to meet an audience of women who love to read. It reminds me why I'm an author.
I write because I can't always find the perfect book to read, so when I get in that mood I write the story I want to read or need to read. Shelby's Plan was a book to comfort me when I thought I might lose my husband. It helped me create an imaginary future if the worst happened. It gave me hope. One of my readers said it gave her hope while she was in the midst of a divorce that she would find a man she could love again. It's about learning to love again.
I'm hoping to get Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Deseret Book gift cards for Christmas so I can buy some of the books the Rowdy Readerz recommended. Part of being a good writer is reading good books - it improves your writing to read other creative writers.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Toms River was in my LDS Ward. They and most of the NJ Coast are flooded and without power. It's been twenty years since I was there and Hurricane Andrew was threatening to come aground in New Jersey. I was huddling in the corner of our apartment during the worst of that storm, alone with a baby and pregnant with another, wondering what I would do if we had to evacuate. I can't imagine what it was like Monday.
As a writer, you learn to see trials as "good book material". Someday, someone will write a disaster book based on this storm and it will help somebody heal. Right now what the good people of New Jersey need is help. So donate to the American Red Cross and journal about your experiences so you can remember.
4 Christy Monson
Author website http://www.christymonson.com
Connections blog /
Prophets blog http://prophetsinperson.blogspot.com/
5 Chris Stewart (Hope he wins his election) He won't be posting but here's his links.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
In the book, Shelby, the main character is a widow with two sons, a lot like me. I used my husband's experiences in the ER and his professional experiences to come up with the part of the story that wasn't in the nightmare.
Writers don't make up stuff, we rewrite reality into fantasy worlds so we can play out scenarios and rework outcomes. That can be very therapeutic and I should know. I'm studying to be a mental health counselor and Narrative Therapy or "story therapy" is an Australian form of therapy that I would like to try someday because it works for me.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
To buy the Book for Kindle Author Website
Monday, October 1, 2012
To Buy on Kindle
Friday, September 28, 2012
To Buy the Book for Kindle
Monday, September 17, 2012
I’ll post a review here when I finish. I just finished her book on Marketing Your Book on a Budget. In a few pages, I caught up on changes in book marketing in the last ten years. I recommend it for anyone trying to market a book, but don’t act on it too quick. I’m trying to beat you to her recommended sites before you get there. Dee’s book review site is so overwhelmed they are no longer taking submissions for book reviews. I tried yesterday.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Jump forward to 2012, my publisher decided to do a kindle ebook of Shelby's Plan. And Avalon Books was bought out by Amazon Publishing giving the backlist new life. I also was finally able to recover all my old manuscripts from ancient computer disks. .(There were compatibility issues to be overcome.) I'm writing and editing again and hope to get another book out this year.
I have two rewrites in the works of Laura's Fence Posts and There's No Such Thing as Fate, and have started Shelby's Baby. I hope to finish this year strong!