Sunday, August 12, 2012

I can not believe that in 99 days my novel, Amarok will hit the shelves!!!! it all still seems like a crazy dream.

Today I am busy mailing out  bookmarks and other cool swag. I'm constantly on the phone or answering email--the old cliche-- there are not enough hours in the day--is so true. I will be starting a fun blog tour soon and contests.

Stay tuned!

How to stay organized and write

One of the most important tools a writer has is a productive work space. Find an area in your home specifically for writing. Whether it’s in a corner of the living room, a desk in the laundry room or even in the garage. Make the area yours and yours alone. Make sure its a designated space for writing only and not a place for paying bills, or unrelated activities.
I keep colorful calenders, spreadsheets and computer print-offs near my desk. I go through them daily, recording important dates, websites and notes about marketing ideas to explore later. I am also a huge fan of colorful folders, highlighters and sticky notes. They are inexpensive, and they brighten my mind and manuscript.
Try to keep your workspace clean. If clutter gets out of control find an old dresser with deep drawers. These are handy for holding supplies such as extra pens, paper clips, reams of paper and ink cartridges. A tidy office is a productive office. Make sure all your supplies are sorted, and close at hand.
Whatever you’re passionate about try to incorporate into your writing sanctuary. I like to burn candles, listen to mood music and I always have coffee, or tea nearby. Fill your workspace with your favorite themes and visuals for a tailor-made space.
Happy creating!
Namaste!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Coming soon!!! An awesome guest post from my good friend and author, Angela Ackerman.

This year Angela  and Becca Puglisi celebrated the publication of an indispensable resource for writers entitled, Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression .

This exceptional publication (as the description reads) is a writer’s best friend, helping to navigate the difficult terrain of showing character emotion. Through an easy-to-use list format, this brainstorming tool explores seventy-five emotions and provides a large selection of body language, internal sensations, actions and thoughts associated with each.

I use this resource often. I truly love this book!


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Seat-of-the-pants writer vs. Outliners

Ah, the weekend. Time to put my feet up--a girl can dream right? This weekend I'm doing  major revisions and editing my next Amarok novel. (The second book in a series.)

I have two major issues. I am a seat-of -the-pants type of writer, but I'm also someone who likes organization. For example--my desk is very neat with all the latest organizational items. My calender is neatly filled in, but yet on the floor around my feet is a basket spilling over with books and a bad house cat who shall go un-named.(I find it's best not to give him to much attention--he takes total advantage of it. I'm convinced he's bipolar. One second he's purring away and all cutesy kitten like--the next he's going for an artery.) 

So tell me what kind of a writer you are. Seat-of-the-pants type? or are you somewhere in between? Do you need an outline?

Have a fantastic Saturday!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Fundraising Project Turns into Rare Author Collection | Flathead Beacon###

I am excited to be a part of this wonderful event to preserve over 900 acres of Montana lands! Click on the link and check it out ;)


Fundraising Project Turns into Rare Author Collection | Flathead Beacon###
Hello! Happy Friday everyone. :)

I've been so busy this summer. It's like one giant whirlwind-- I'm currently working on three manuscripts, attempting to answer a million emails and working on a dreaded laundry pile the size of Mount Everest. Writing and being a mom has its challenges--but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Tell me about your summer, your writing journey or other creative projects!


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