• books,  publishing,  writing life

    Coverage

    As you know from my earlier posts I’m neck deep in writing new work right now but I got side-tracked yesterday by a blog post by indie romance author Whitney G. about keeping your products (books) fresh. It made me realize that I shouldn’t be clutching to my old book covers like a Titanic survivor to a life raft but rather embrace the ever changing market place and adapt. She goes into full depth on her post about backlists here and book covers here. Re-reading the post she says that one shouldn’t be so concerned with how many books you’ve sold per quarter or year until you have at least…

  • books,  motherhood,  writing,  writing life

    Work Through Chaos

    Recently on Twitter RWA put up a video with author Jamaila Brinkley sharing her tips on writing through the chaos. I love this video because I have two kids under school age and trying to find time to write on most days is like trying to park an F-350 in a compact parking spot. Last month we started our own Get Me Back To Work Campaign here in our house and it’s working like a champ. It has to do with the addition of a laptop to my work schedule. Before, I was tied to the desktop which meant keeping an ear out for the 4 year old on his…

  • motherhood,  personal,  projects,  wasting time,  writing life

    Lil’ Bit of Whimsy~

    Around October I took a writing break for the holidays and made a Halloween tote to wrestle all my kids sweaters, baby shoes, water bottles and my Chapstick around in. After making one, I needed to make another for fall harvest/thanksgiving and just like that it was on like Donkey Kong for Christmas. Numbers 3 & 4 I made for our Indian family for Diwali (Hindu holiday much like Christmas here in the US) then the rest I made for Christmas for myself or my mom or sold. Next up: Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter! I am back at my desk from the holidays – officially – so…

  • books,  research,  writing,  writing life

    A Scottish Kind of Research

    My beautiful,┬ábeautiful┬áresearch books arrived. They sailed across the Atlantic, spent time in customs then boarded a train, then truck and finished their journey being thrust into my mailbox. It was an excruciating three weeks to wait but it has been worth the wait. Currently, I’m knee deep in book two of Legend of Lady MacLaoch and it’s time to really get a handle on the forest types there in Skye. My town of Glentree maybe fictional but as a forestry major I’d be seriously letting myself down if I didn’t know each leaf, needle and drupe there was to know of my make-believe forest. And what is a Scottish forest…

  • #flowerfloozieMonday,  garden,  photography,  wasting time,  writing life

    Flower Floozie Monday

    Flower Floozie Monday isn’t a thing but wouldn’t it be nice if it were?? #flowerfloozieMonday I’m sadly lacking flowers this year. Several years back I owned a different home, a home in which my over exuberant 20-something self thought planting 120 flower plants in place of a front lawn would be a stellar idea. Now, I have a new home and more sense (and vastly less time) so I have two roses, a tomato (it’s in bloom) and sad dying hanging basket petunias. #flowerfloozieMonday will be a short run of just four plants. Though, the wild weeds along the path to our mailbox down the street has potential… Stay tuned!…

  • fonts,  graphics,  writing life

    My, What a Nice Typeface You Have

    It’s just a few months before the novel gets booted over to editing for it’s enslavement to the proper written word and I can’t help but start to play with advertising designs. Having good buttons for a novel so you can punt them out to paid services not only saves you time in the midst of a book release but it’s also fun. :0) I’m terrible at design. Art comes naturally for me but the finer points of creating something that doesn’t look like a monkey with a crayon created it escapes me. For the two ads I’ve created I had to do a lot of soul searching and tempering…

  • publishing,  writing life

    Lemme Give You Some Advice – Traditional Publish

    I got an email from my girl A (she’s my top reviewer and publishes her own book review blog) about a friend of her’s who knew a guy who wanted to know how to get his book published. It’s a question that is three times removed from me, I have no idea how good his book is (not sure that matters, really) or how committed he is to getting published but I responded nonetheless. I’m not a big wig author so getting this question is awesome. I slip on my professor glasses and happily climb up on my soap box and learn him some publishing things. In the course of…

  • pugs,  writing life

    PUGZ!

    You know what I love?The randomness of this blog. Take for example the last post, Babysitting! And today’s post? PUGZ! I love it. The update, BTW, on babysitter hunting? We caught one and she’s currently serving time at our house one day a week…. *BLISS* She’s here to help me, like today, so that I can accomplish those monumental tasks such as working making memes. Here’s the latest (I say that like I make them daily, not that I’ve only made four in the last four years): Happy Hump Day! Or should we say Slump Day for all those with Cinco de Mayo hangovers?