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Collecting Pens

I’m finding that I’ve lapped myself on the hamster wheel lately. It’s a good thing, even as I fight not to give in and let myself ride the next turn and slow down. If it wouldn’t put me severely behind, I would in an instant. But alas, it will only make the next lap harder and I find that catching up is simply not in my ability if I get too far behind.

Instead, I’ve taken to doing some long hand writing. It’s got a certain meditative quality to it that typing can never encompass. As such, I’ve also taken turns writing with the myriad pens I’ve collected over the years, or through other authors at signings…because I’m a pen whore. There, I said it. No, I don’t want a 12-step program. I happen to love my obsession. There is something about finding one that just glides for you that makes the words all the more magical.

Do you have a favorite? A favorite single you’ve never been able to replace, or is it a certain brand that works for you every time? What about the feel? I have recently discovered one that I like a lot…and then found that it came in different barrel styles. They are NOT the same, even though the ink and roller are…the feel is completely foreign and I cannot make myself pick the one up…which really bites because I bought a whole package of them.

So…what’s a girl to do?

Part of me thinks that authors, like the president, should write one word or letter and then give them away like prizes. Could that become a thing? ‘Here, I wrote with this…treasure it forever.’ Somehow, unless you’re a big shot, and it has your name on it, and maybe the title of the work it was used for, and maybe some writer’s tears on it, I don’t think so. Guess I’ll go back to the old stand-by solution…donating them to the classrooms at the local school. Somebody is always needing one, right? That’s what I’m telling myself.

Meanwhile, the tried and true I’ve fallen completely in love with ones will make it into one of the multiple holders around my office and wait for rediscovery. I mean, fair is fair…gotta try them all. Don’t I?

Write It Down Before You Forget It

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!

~Jolanthe~

Back to Work

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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~Jolanthe~

Time to make the donuts

Somedays feel like this. Others, I feel like I don’t have enough hours, can’t get enough done, or lose track of where I’m at & what I’m doing, so starting over is the best option. Time to make the donuts indeed. The days right now are a big time blur. I simply have too many projects all vying for my attention JUST as mother nature decided to stop drowning us out every day and I want to get outside and get my fingers in the soil.

On my desk sits a quote…whose? I don’t know, could be mine for all I remember. It’s just a little something written on a slip of paper with no attribution: “Life is not measured by the number of things we undertake or entertain, but by those we complete in spite of the hurdles.”

I love this. It reminds me every time I sit down that I can juggle as many things as I want, but unless I’m wrapping them up, one by one…they are only static on the journey. I can build great things and move mountains…so long as I remember that I cannot do them all simultaneously. Kinda like eating an elephant, you know?

I realized at a release party takeover I was doing over the weekend that I ooops’d and revealed a cover that hasn’t been revealed yet. LOL. Guess I’ll need to get on that soon. I have so many bits & pieces all coming to the final stages right now..that honest – I’m here, but maybe not HERE-here. So, stay tuned, keep watching…and who knows…there may be lots of surprises popping up!

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Return to the cave

I’m wrung out. Weirdly too. From Biloxi Mississippi to home is a 15 hour drive. I did that with few hiccups, though the drive to the gulf was nearly my undoing…15 hours on next to no sleep made the sway of the car far too soothing to easily continue. caffeine was my friend.  North Iowa Book Bash is a mere 4.4 hours away…should be able to do that blindfolded and in full zombie, but the return trip this time kicked my ass.

The great thing about it is that I sold out of 2 titles, and liberated most of my swag inventory….which means…I get to order books and choose new swag. YIPPPEEEE….it’s like a holiday all over again. My Mardi Gras connection is getting a call ASAP! I need more goodies with Book of Mysteries hitting this summer.

Seriously though, BFF Bookies do such a great job of putting on an amazing event. I swear – it’s like a reunion with all the folks that you shared the kids table with at Christmas and conspired with on how to liberate the desserts without the grown ups noticing. SO MUCH FUN! I will return every year they’ll have me. TRUTH. Normally, I’m a full table girl cuz I like to spread out. This year I had a half and shared which was fine…but I’d sit at a tv tray in the corner if I had to…if you’re in range – PUT THIS ON YOUR TO DO LIST! I promise you’ll thank me.

Other than a little library thing…I’m in the cave now. I’ve WAY overloaded my calendar and I’m raring to get on it. I’ve got a box set and an anthology releasing this month yet…but I’ve got FIVE more releases happening THIS YEAR…and after a brain detour in Clear Lake…I may be swapping a cover out yet for one of those (or quite possibly two) with a model whom I’ve come to respect for his professionalism and poise in the midst of the reader event crazy. It matters…and this guy has earned the marks…hope you agree when you see the covers. It makes me happy to give back to the community that shares this writing world.

So – keep an eagle eye on the horizon…there’s gonna be something popping up often. Til then, see you on the pages.  ~Sav

 

Well…there’s that.

PHEW!

I’m home from a week+ away. I spent over 35 hours on the road there, back, and in between to other places and I’m spent. But…there’s no rest, not really anyway. There will always be something more to do and the list is cross one-add three. Invariably, I’m looking at one thing and something else pops up…”well, there’s that now too.”

BUT…it’s all good. I met some amazing readers, had some awesome chats with new to me (and new to publishing) authors…and got to laugh out loud. So, I’m solid. This week will be a lot of catch up for me, to get the promo back on track for Sultry & Sinful: The Femmes of Paranormal, and Prowlers & Growlers….as well as to be continuing the promotion for C.A.S.E. Revelations…there’s tons in the hopper.

I’m off again in less than 2 weeks to North Iowa Book Bash, and another fun, incredible signing event, plus I’ve got to finish Ela’s Cinder for May. Like I said, no rest. So, I guess I should take a moment to say thanks for the ones I just had.

The little river house was lovely, and mostly quiet…and if I didn’t use each moment to the fullest, I have no one else to blame.  Watch for the last March newsletter coming out from me on Wednesday with some reads from the signing authors at Biloxi…I’ll leave you with my final sunset from the trip.

Til next time…see you on the pages!

 

The Bionic Woman…and other things I dare to be.

As many of you know…I’m in recovery mode. What started last April as a pain, has become a marathon course in varying degrees of how much I can actually handle. The meds are lovely, but they hijack my system sixty ways by noon and I’m afraid I can’t keep up with that.  Right now, I’m doing my best to ignore the throb and keep working without the chemical interference. mneh – I might be winning that.

I joked with several that I am now part Borg, or perhaps Terminator. lol. Maybe Bionic Woman would be better as I only have a couple seriously upgraded parts. The rest is the same ole me. The same half-sane, running 220 with my hair on fire, point me to the bar gal that always has more on the plate waiting to avalanche than there will ever be room for. I happen to love it that way. I can rest when it’s over…for now, I’m racing the clock that says ‘You can’t possibly’ and daring it to reconsider.

In my quest, and up next on the list is the newsletter foe that I thought I mastered until I tried to send it. I will get that remedied and you WANT to be on THIS LIST. ((The sign up is on my website-follow the link))  I have enough free tickets and other goodies to give out that there should be a prize or three in every single issue… Also, it’s where you’re going to get the first look at what’s coming next. The only people getting it sooner are my street team, and honestly…they’ve earned that.

So, here’s the only reminder you’ll get. 🙂 Sign up soon or miss the issue – there are LOADS of goodies going in and I’m excited to see who’s going to win. Will it be you??

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You’ll know it when you FEEL it.

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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.

Try Something New

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! business cardsf1d235a9-c918-4b2a-b693-3a3be06b468e

~Jolanthe~

My latest & greatest

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?

-Sav

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