Two days ago I was thinking about what I was going to write about in my weekly post. I came up with something I thought would be a really good topic to talk, ramble on about. Today is the day for said post and…yeah, I cannot remember what that awesome topic of conversation was. *head desk*
Let that be a lesson to you and me…if you are planning to write something, and the muse is speaking to you…write it down immediately, because even with the two cups of coffee I’ve already had this morning, I am blank. My brain is mocking me with a, “good luck with that” attitude, and no one needs snarky attitude thrown at them during the wee hours of the morning.
Until next week…Happy Reading!
When my first signing of the season ended, and The Veiled Path to Destiny was released, I had planned to jump right back into writing and getting the next book on the agenda out. My muse, she’s a fickle one, decided otherwise. So, I took the time to catch up on a little bit of reading. I should actually say, I did a re-read of a book I loved so much I have a pristine, signed copy on the shelf and an e-copy on my Kindle. Do you do that? Buy a book in both formats?
Here’s another question…do you follow an author when they branch out from the genre you’re familiar reading them write? Or do you only want to read the books they write in said genre? For me, if I love the author’s writing, how they bring a scene to life, I will follow. For some, it might take me awhile to make the jump, but for others I jump with little to no hesitation.
Now….I am back to putting words on the page.The book I am currently working on is another Fae romance, but not a part of the Veil series, and will be a stand-alone. At least that is the goal. One just never knows when a secondary character will jump up, waving their hands, demanding their story be told.
The second WIP is a fairytale retelling, but more on that later one. After that, we return to The Veil Series. Celine and Coipeail will have there story told. 😉
What was the book I re-read you ask? Well, I’ll tell ya…It was Sky of Dreams by Jenna Jacob. It’s a departure from the Doms of Genesis series, but OMG…it has all the feels you could possibly want in a contemporary romance. Give it a read. You’ll love it. (link at the bottom of the page)
Until next week…Happy Reading!
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I think as a reader I can tell when the author is in flow. I think as a reader I can also tell when they are not. For me, this is part of the driving force to writing as I try to smooth the transitions and hide the pages that were written in a manic panic as the deadline loomed. It may not be that the sentences are any less polished, or the editing isn’t right on point…I think it is a feeling that we have as we build our vision of the world we are reading.
I’ve said it before, readers are SMART…but they are more than that too…readers are sensory, and writers need to remember this. The words are often trying taskmasters as they fight for a place on the page, but we have to remember the goal and the end result as we work, or we will just as surely toss the reader off the tale and miss holding their focus if we do not do the whole process in favor of the deadline.
As the red pen here at EBB I’ve said it many times to multiple authors…I would rather put out a book late that is right, than one time completely wrong. What about you? Would you rather have a book right on time or early…if it means that it is less than what you expect?
I didn’t think so.
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Tagged advice, books, deadlines, ideas, inspiration, life, observations, readers, timelines, truth, work, writing
Anyone who knows me knows I LOOOOOATHE shopping for clothes. Drop me off at a bookstore and I’m a happy camper for days, but drop me off at a clothing store and I can think of a million other things I’d rather be doing.
I like leggings. They’re comfy and they’re warmer to wear under long sweaters than tights. The other week I discovered these uber soft leggings. Mind you, I usually stuck to the solid colored ones, black being the predominate color. However, these uber soft leggings I found were not black and had a small paisley design all over them. I bought them. It took me two weeks to convince myself that I could get away with wearing them and I LOOOOOVED them! Who knew? Now I want more!
I guess the point of this post is this….you never know what you will or will not like unless you are willing to step out of your comfort zone, and that could include trying new foods, new fashions, or even reading a new to you genre. Whatever it is, it’s alright to step out of your comfort area once in awhile…who knows, you just might like where that step leads you.
Until next week….Happy Reading!
Some of you know me for the organizational freak that I am. I have taught organization and ‘time management’ in the corporate world for decades now. I have a bit of an OCD problem in this arena, but in a good way. I am always on the lookout for the next best way to keep things on track.
My latest idea came waiting in line to check out at the Walmart. They have had the school supplies overflow sitting in the aisle for weeks, nay months now. I glance through most trips just to see if they’ve added anything useful, composition books or folders or something like that. I picked up a fabulous zippered spiral bound thing a few weeks ago, and because the packaging was ripped, got the 750 sheet count reams of printer/copier paper for 2 bucks a pop. HUGE WIN! (…which by the way, made the mileage to the Walmart for eggs a tax write off for business supply shopping.)
This last trip, I was standing waiting for a price check for the person at the front and noticed the clear zippered pencil pouches when inspiration struck. I am forever writing sticky notes to myself and have a half-dozen or more receipts in my wallet at any given moment…VOILA. Organization for the little bits! I snatched up an even dozen of the buggers at 2 for $0.25.
I have one in my briefcase or backpack and one in the car, as well as have one for each event that is on my agenda for next year all ready to go and starting to collect bits. They have already been worth the buck and a half I spent in that I’ve been able to keep track of the pieces and corral others for events that haven’t happened yet. They are easy to identify the contents, and also size-wise fit beautifully into the larger file with my spreadsheets for taxes.
I can easily clean out the ones from my case or car and sort them to where they need to go in the tax file at any given point and don’t have the sometimes challenge of wondering where a receipt has disappeared to in the void at the bottom of my purse. This makes credit card and bank statement reconciliation a breeze for the monthly tax files. I am quite excited at the new way to use an easy to find item that makes my world run smoother.
Like with any organization tip, the success depends on the use, but if being easy to zip open, drop slips of paper in, and zip closed again something that can sit neatly between the seat and the console is helpful…this is a great option. Pick ones with designs or go plain…make it fun and you’ll be more likely to implement it.
Hope this idea helps someone out there. What’s your best organizational tip?