Monday, March 31, 2014

Leaving You Alone This Week

I have lots to do this week, so I'm leaving you alone. I'm putting money on the fridge for pizza. Don't have any parties while I'm gone, and don't stay up late watching scary movies. You know they give you nightmares.

To keep you busy and out of trouble, I'm giving you some links to stories I've done in the past. These are a few of the popular ones: The Potion, Rumpelstiltskin, and Dear John Letter.

If you'd like something new to read, the book is published! You can buy the Kindle version here. It'll be free starting on the first and for a few days. That should keep you busy. If you'd like the print version, order it here. It's not free but available now.

Behave yourselves, and I'll be back next Monday!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Feature Friday: March 28th

This is the Feature Friday Wrap Up.

The week of organization is over! Well, the week of organization-themed posts is over. Are we extremely happy about that? Yes, yes I think we might be. The Feature Friday blog hop is hosted over at Blogitudes. Check out her blog if you're interested in joining the hop this week. It's a great way to share blogger love.

What I wrote:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Files, Files and More Files!

It's still organization week around here. I'm definitely taking my own advice and organizing my work space. Still pondering Pinterest, trying to decide what kind of storage would work best for me. (Pondering Pinterest is a great blog name!)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tall Tale Tuesday: March 25th

I'm convinced that Sam's super power is to create stories that hit me directly in the feelers. Many of her stories are very emotional. This one is no different. Thanks for participating, Sam!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Organize That Desk!

Sorry. Did it seem like I was yelling at you? I was talking to myself. 

If you imagine me as a flighty, slightly-amusing yet disorganized person, you would not be far off in your assessment. Okay, fine. You're dead on. That doesn't mean I can't have moments of organization. When it comes to my work, I try to keep my desk as organized as possible, for me at least.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Feature Friday: March 21st

This hasn't been a terrific week. Those of you who are paying attention may have noticed that I had no post on Wednesday. I needed a bit of a mental health break. There's nothing major going on with me. Just a little burnt out, I think. Next week, I'll be back on track.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tall Tale Tuesday: March 18th

Once again, I was thoroughly impressed with the stories contributed to the prompts this week. Please, check out the stories!

Marcia at Blogitudes wrote Maggie's Treasures.
Samantha at The Marble Jar wrote Once Upon a Monday.

Monday, March 17, 2014

And You Thought I'd Never Talk About This Again

The book is published on Kindle. \o/ (That's a little dance I'm doing) The print version will take some time. I have to wait for the proof copy to be delivered to my house. That sounds so authorly!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Feature Friday

There are not enough days in the week or strength in my fingers to participate in all the blog hops that I find fascinating. I have to be a part of Blogitudes' Feature Friday, though. Have to.

It's a blog hop with a twist. Instead of writing my own post with its wise bits of wisdom, (*sighs* Don't roll your eyes! I throw something wise in occasionally.) the Feature Friday allows me to highlight great content I've read during the week. I love that. I read many, many blogs and websites with great information that I'd like to share with you.

There are rules. You can read more at Marcia's blog, Blogitudes, but I'll paraphrase.

1. Write about something awesome you've seen or read this week.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The A-Zon Publishing Choice

I'm late posting today. I know! Sorry. It was a busy morning.

To continue with my "what-NOT-to-do" theme week, I'll be talking about Amazon publishing.

How to Get Started

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tall Tale Tuesday: March 11th

Last week, two amazing bloggers participated in Tall Tale Tuesday. They took the same prompt and went in completely different directions. I loved reading their contributions. Take a look at the stories and leave them some love. 

Samantha at The Marble Jar: Current Resident
Marcia at Blogitudes: The Letter

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Blurb on the Fly

It's publishing week!

I've never claimed to be an authority on this whole self-publishing/author thing, but let's talk about the ways I've done things in the past that didn't work. I can show you my mistakes for learning purposes. I'm almost always an example of "don't do this." A cautionary tale!

This isn't my first book blurb.

Over time, it never gets any easier to write a book blurb that makes sense, pulls the reader in, and doesn't give away twists within the book. That last part is the hardest for me. How do I snatch the reader with a great hook without giving away the surprising plot points?

Friday, March 7, 2014

Polished to a Glossy Shine

I've spent two days editing Reframing Emma. This was the fourth or fifth time. I've lost track. The other attempts were half-hearted. I'd skim to the middle and depending on my mood either sigh in disgust or shove it away in boredom. (Not from the story itself, but the editing. The book isn't boring. I promise!) Once, I started at the back of the book to make it interesting, but my end reaction was the same.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Treasures and Trash

This is my story in response to the Tall Tale Tuesday prompts from yesterday. Hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tall Tale Tuesday: March 4th

Last week, Samantha at The Marble Jar contributed The Statue and the Dog. It was very entertaining. Be sure to give her some love!

Here are this week's prompts. You don't need to follow the prompt exactly. It should be a spur to your imagination, not a strict rule or guideline. Let the prompt take you wherever it wants to go.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Recons, Recaps and Word Count Experiments

Recons, Recaps and Word Count Experiments

Last week, there was a writing conference online called Indie Recon. It was the second annual Indie Recon, but the first time I'd heard of it. First, let me say that there is a lot of controversy about independent publishing versus traditional publishing. I love being able to indie publish my books. In my opinion, self-publishing is an amazing opportunity. I don't judge people who traditionally publish because that's amazing, too, for different reasons. I just love the whole world of self-publishing and all the helpful people who have somewhat banded together to assist other authors.