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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.

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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.

 

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Taking the Afternoon Off

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I should add to the title of this post…sort of.

It’s another beautiful day, 70 degrees and the sun is out. Where I live near perfect days where it’s not too cold or  humid are a rare find so we writers have to take full advantage of them and hence this week’s early Ramblings.

I decided about ten minutes ago that I’m going to finish off my week working on the deck and getting some much needed vitamin D.

At least it’s been another busy week and sometimes writers need some R and R. I hope to get another book released next week and have a couple of non-fiction projects almost finished. I’m also working on ideas for next year’s workshops.

I’m putting together my summer reading list too. Anyone want to share theirs or have a book to recommend?

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Outside is Calling

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71 degrees today and the deck was calling my name. Nicest thing about laptops is you can take them anywhere to work but wasps ruined my plans. They seem to be everywhere so I guess it was the universe telling me to keep working inside.

Two workshops kicked off this week…yes, the bootcamp got cancelled. I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to teach next year and even thinking about some summer writing bootcamps where I can interact with my students via Skype.

I’m half way done with my WIP which will be book two in my Big Sky Lawmen series. I’m also about 25% done with a new non-fiction project. Hopefully next week will see the completion of both of them.

This weekend is supposed to be perfect weather and I have lots of outdoor chores on my list…one of which is to banish the wasps!

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Almost Summer Reading Season

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It’s the last Friday in April and the month seemed to fly by.

May always has me thinking about summer reading and what books I’m going to put on this year’s list.

I am way behind on my reading. I have six books that have been sitting on my Kindle since Christmas and I just haven’t had any free time to get to them yet…yet being the key word. I’m determined once the weather hits up I’ll be heading outside for hours of non-stop reading.

What will be on your summer reading list this year?

While I’ve been putting together lessons for my new workshops it’s got me thinking about tweaking them and putting them on Skillshare.

And before I forget a couple of you have asked if the link I gave is just for one class and the answer is no, you can take as many classes as you want (mine and every other instructor on the site) so if you missed it last Ramblings, here it is again-

http://skl.sh/2oNSlJV

My to do list is filling up again and once I’m done with my WIPs I’m planning on writing a mystery. I haven’t done that in what seems like forever and this time I’ll be trying my hand at writing a cozy.

Next week I’ll be featuring the first question and answer post on the site, so keep them coming because I think it’s going to be fun.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

 

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Another Short Story Class

It’s a beautiful spring day and I’m tempted to go outside and write but I’ll probably get distracted and nothing will get done.

I set two goals for this past week. One was to get the first story in my new series Cowbear Haven finished and published. I achieved that yesterday. Here’s the cover.

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Once again, I decided to go with KDP Select. I know a few of you told me you’ve gone that route too and been happy with the results, so fingers crossed.

Second thing on my to do list was get another class uploaded to Skillshare…got that done today. It’s called Make Extra Income Writing Short Stories. If you’re interested here’s a link-

http://skl.sh/2oNSlJV

 

Speaking of classes, I’m teaching three next month (and I’ll give my usual shameless self promotion here)

The first one is a rewrite bootcamp called My Story’s Been Rejected Now What…if you’ve recently received the dreaded rejection letter this one’s for you-

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

And I’m debuting two new ones-

Great Beginnings-Hooking Your Reader in the First Two Chapters…ideal one if you’re thinking about entering a contest or even having trouble getting started on your novel-

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And finally, So You Want to Self Publish Your Book…if you’ve been thinking about it then this one is definitely for you. I’ll be sharing lots of tips and hints.

http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/2017-online-courses/#MAY

 

I’m thinking of launching a question and answer day on this site so if you have a writing or publishing question, leave a comment or contact me and if I can’t answer it I’ll find someone who can.

 

Have a good week and happy writing to all.

 

 

 

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Happy Easter

There’s nothing more satisfying than getting another project crossed off your to do list. This week I finally got my rebooted story finished and actually published.

Here’s the cover that I also designed myself.

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Something new I tried with this one was to enroll it in Amazon’s KDP Select. For those of you who don’t self publish it means you have to sell it exclusively on Amazon for three months but it means it will also be available for people who belong to Kindle Unlimited. I’ve tried the KDP Select for some non-fiction titles and been happy with the results so I thought I’d give a fiction title a try too. Have you tried KDP Select and what were your results and thoughts on it?

Speaking of self publishing, I’m working on lessons for next month’s new workshop.

Next project is to get my current WIP finished and published…hopefully next week but I have a few other projects in front of it.

It’s Easter weekend and depending on where you live it’s a holiday weekend too.

And what do you think of the new design for the site? I’d love to hear your feedback.

So have fun and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Classes, Books and More

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The first week of April is slowly coming to an end and I hope everyone’s been enjoying the spring like weather that seems to be everywhere.

The lighter nights mean I actually feel like sitting at my laptop longer which isn’t a bad thing.

This week has been filled with many projects. I’m trying to get my first Perfect Pairing…which will now be called Perfect Pairings, rewritten so I can release it sometime this month.

I also want to release one of my WIPS…so much to do and so little time!

I’ve been writing lessons for next month’s workshops, designing book covers, and getting my next Skillshare class set up.

This weekend I’ve promised myself a rest, well that is after I do some spring cleaning and catch up on my reading.

What are your plans for the weekend and do you find that you have more time for writing and reading when days or longer or shorter?

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Here Comes April

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The first three months of the year went by in a flash.  I did get a lot achieved but not as much as I hoped but tomorrow’s a new month and another opportunity.

I did get the final draft of my WIP finished and now I’m tackling the second draft while starting to revamp my next project.

Also on the to do list, work on lessons for two new workshops I’ll be teaching. One is on the topic of great beginnings for stories, the other one, self publishing. It’s always exciting to launch a new workshop and I have a feeling the self publishing one is going to be popular.

Other things on my to do list include lots of non-fiction book projects and more classes for Skillshare.

One thing I’ve been noticing is more people like publishers and review sites are venturing into setting up their own book store sites. I’ll have a couple of them to tell you about soon so if  you’re a self publisher you’ll definitely want to check them out.

Another project that I haven’t gotten around to yet is revamping this Web site. I’ve had the same graphics and set up for a couple of years and I’d like to spruce things up as well as post more content for you. Thanks to everyone of you who have signed up to be followers…I promise you there’s plenty of good stuff ahead.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Hello Spring

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Spring is here and I can’t wait to do some outside writing.

This week I added a new class to Skillshare and hope to add some more next month. I’m also working on lessons for the two new workshops I’ll be teaching in May. One’s on the topic of self publishing…I’ll be telling you more about that in the upcoming weeks.

I might just finish one of my WIPS over the weekend. It’s the first story in a new series and I’ve pushed myself to get to this point. When you’re writing all day sometimes the last thing you want to see are more words in the evening. It’s at that point you need to remind yourself you’re a writer and that’s what you do.

I’ll be giving this site (and my other sites) a slight revamp and yes, I’m going to keep to my word of posting more stuff on here too.

Anything you’d like to see? Markets looking for writers maybe? Weekly motivation posts? Interviews for authors?

Leave a comment and let me know.

I’ll keep this Rambling short as I’m determined to get that first draft completed in the next 48 hours.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

 

 

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The weather’s been on a rollercoaster ride but spring will soon be here which is a great time for evaluating how you’re doing with your writing goals.

I haven’t achieved as many as I’d hope to during this first three months but there’s plenty of time for catching up.

How about you? Are you falling behind or ahead on your to do list?

One thing I did get done this week was I published the print version of my How to Write an Erotic Romance.  I opted for the paperback format through KDP rather than Createspace. Anyone else use it yet? I think it’s in beta at the moment and maybe Amazon is seeing how well it does. Anyone heard if Createspace is going away or what?

I think the two interfaces are similar and the one thing I like about the KDP version is you can get everything done straight away and no more waiting for an e-mail letting you know if you need to fix anything.

I’m now working on my WIPs again, and next week I hope to get some new classes uploaded to various platforms, plus make a dent in my non-fiction work.

Busy times ahead and with spring in sight, maybe blue skies too.

Hope everyone’s having a happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.