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Friday Ramblings From An Author-I’m So Glad It’s Friday

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Ever had one of those weeks?

Yes we all have them and this week it was my turn.

It’s been a hot and humid week and where I live that means storms. And storms mean the power and internet connection goes out more than you’d like.

If you work at home that’s not a good thing. When you can’t go without your cup of tea first thing in the morning that’s a very bad thing!

When the power finally came back on, the internet did too but then it went away again…I’ll cut the story short and say the modem went bad and the technician has just finished installing a new one and outside wiring. I’m so happy that it’s Friday and now I can start to get caught up on my work.

This week has taught me a lot, power up all  your gadgets every night so they’re at full charge should the power go out. Invest in a hotspot for emergency internet connection. Look into buying some portable solar panels. And most of all, buy a camping stove so you can make yourself a cup of tea and be less cranky.

At least I got some work completed before disaster struck and next week….keep those fingers crossed, I’ll be uploading some new classes to Skillshare and completing one of my non-fiction projects.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Two Books Down and One to Go

It’s been a hot week…and it’s getting hotter, and it’s also been a busy week.

I got rights back to two stories that had appeared in anthologies five years ago. I usually like to give them a rewrite and polish them up some more. Some I like to give a total make-over. It’s amazing how as a writer you look at something you wrote five years ago and think, did I really write like this once? Hence the need for a rewrite but one of these old stories was still okay with me. The other just needs switching it from an historical to contemporary so it fits in with a new series I created for some of these back titles. So far I’ve managed to release one and working on the other, here’s the cover-

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I’m pleased to say I even got a non-fiction book uploaded to Amazon today. It’s a short one about organizing and decluttering, something I did lots of last year and finally found things that work so thought I’d share them with the world.

Here’s the cover of that one-

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Both covers were created by myself which brings me to another piece of news…I sold my first piece of art. Not sure if you can call it selling a piece of art but a customer chose my lilac plant sketch to be placed on their coasters. I don’t think I can call myself writer and artist just yet. Making that first sale felt a lot like seeing my first story in print and it’s motivated me to do more.

Have a good week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-New Book

It’s June and the perfect time to see how well you’re doing with your goals for the year. I’m behind with my fiction but that’s probably because I’m getting rights back to a book a month and getting somewhat swamped with work.

At least I managed to get a non-fiction book released and here’s the cover…another one I made myself.

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It’s nice to take a break from writing about writing once in awhile.  Saving money and financial topics were a few of my specialties when I was a freelance writer.

I decided to go the Amazon KDP Select route again because so far I’ve been pleased with the results.

I hope to do more catching up in June and my goal is to get two older books released and two new titles, one fiction, and one non-fiction, but we’ll see how things go.

Enjoy the first weekend in June and happy writing to all.

 

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Workshop Topics for 2018

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Hi Everyone,

I’m putting together ideas for workshops for 2018. I’d like to keep some old favorites but I’d also like to add some new topics and this is where you can help me.

What writing topics would you want to see offered in a workshop?

Would you like to see more beginning writing classes or advanced ones?

How about topics like getting motivated to write?

And finally, would you ever enroll in a summer boot camp where there’s an opportunity to write along with your fellow authors and have a weekly Skype meeting with them and the instructor?

I’d love to hear what you think so either leave a comment or drop me a line at writerslifeblog@gmail.com

Many thanks for your help.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Holiday Weekend

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The last Ramblings in May…where did this month go? It’s a holiday weekend and it’s finally sunny again.

My two May workshops finished today. Next month I’m teaching just one and it’s for the Outreach Chapter of RWA so if you’re thinking about writing an erotic romance (or know someone who is), here’s the link-

http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

I’m close to getting one of my non-fiction projects completed. I’m hoping to get it published next Friday. Well at least that’s my goal.

I’m still working on my WIPS and taking things slower with my fiction right now so I can concentrate on the non-fiction and writing classes.

I’ve got a full day of outside work lined up tomorrow…lots of rain equals lots of weeds. I’m hoping to get my herbs and vegetables planted too and after that some relaxation on the deck.

Have a fun and safe holiday weekend (there’ll be no writing prompt on Monday).

Happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Selecting Books for Summer Reading

It’s been a week of rain, rain, and more rain, and now it’s back in the 50s again.

Despite the lousy weather I’ve been looking at books to read this summer. I don’t know why but I always find reading in summer more enjoyable than any other time of the year.  I have a prime membership at Amazon which you probably know allows your to read certain books for free. The other day I spent an hour looking through the list to see what was on offer. Some mysteries looked good and some non-fiction titles sounded fun reads too. As soon as I have my list I’ll share it with you.

I got another book released on Monday. Here’s the cover…yes, another one I made myself.

Big Sky Lawmen

Now I’m working on two WIPs and once they’re done I’m itching to get back to writing some mysteries. I can’t remember the last time I wrote one which means it’s been way too long.

I’m debating whether or not I should take a seven week art class that’s taught online. Art’s become my new hobby but as I have a full teaching schedule this summer I’m not sure I’ll have time to devote to it. However, we all need time away from work and writing so I might just give in and go for it.

What are your hobbies? Is writing one of them? Or do you write for a living and pursue other creative outlets for hobbies?

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.