Monday, August 18, 2014

Motivation Monday: Living Life

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The one thing that my husband left me, the one thing that stood out as he fought cancer for three years - his love of life. In his honor, my favorite quote is "Life is for the Living."

It's easy to get wrapped up in the minutia of day to day life, but are we really living? When is the last time you stopped to look around you, be it in a city or a country road? Stop, look, listen and breathe deeply. Life is for the living...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things: Talented

As part of my new initiative for my blog posts, I have joined VikLit's Celebrate the Small Things - something to post on Fridays.

I may post something about writing, something personal, something random or even all the above.

Or if I have a REALLY off week, I might just post a photo. ;)

New Cover Coming for Not a Whisper
Klondike, PA - a small town with big secrets
I am so grateful that my talented cover designer, Elizabeth Mackey of Elizabeth Mackey Graphics, could take my ramblings and translate them into this gorgeous book cover. Looking forward to the cover she produces for Barely a Spark! Definitely cause for celebration this week!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Flash Fiction Featured

I love writing Flash Fiction but it's not always easy. Two of my favorite prompt sites are Lillie McFerrin's Five Sentence Fiction and Angela Goff's Visual Dare. Both provide a photo as well as the word prompt but I often search for my own inspiration.

I've written quite a few in the last three years, some definitely better than others. My first A to Z challenge writing was compiled into a FREE book.

Some beg to be expanded, others not. But here are
some of my favorites from the past:
And a personal favorite: Devotion [5 Sentence Fiction]

Monday, August 11, 2014

Motivation Monday: Drama

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This goes hand in hand with my new favorite quote: "Not my circus, Not my monkeys", reportedly an old Polish proverb. We would all do well to remember both of these!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things: Education

As part of my new initiative for my blog posts, I have joined VikLit's Celebrate the Small Things - something to post on Fridays.

I may post something about writing, something personal, something random or even all the above.

Or if I have a REALLY off week, I might just post a photo. ;)

I've had a REALLY good week this week and have several things to celebrate. See my happy face?

  1. I've finally started work on book three in my Klondike Mystery series, "Almost a Touch". The characters are talking to me and the outline notes are flowing free. Getting excited!
     
  2. I found software on the Mac that replaces my ancient PC version of Image Composer. I've used Image Composer since it came free with MS FrontPage back in 1997. It's been my go to software for most things graphic. Simple to use and met my basic needs. The software I now have on the Mac is Acorn and I LOVE IT! While it uses layers, it's easy and fairly intuitive. It's not free but for $30 I can now do what I need with my book covers. I'm a happy camper!
     
  3. I had a wonderful lunch with a dozen plus local ladies yesterday, some I've met before, some were new friends. Good good, great conversation = fun times!
     
  4. My final BIG NEWS is I found the website of Gwen Hernandez, author of "Scrivener for Dummies". I've had the book for several years but I use it more to find a solution to a problem so I know I'm not using it to my best advantage. The reason this is SO EXCITING is she is offering online courses in using Scrivener.

    While offered online, I can easily go through the sessions at my own pace since the lessons are downloaded. This works with my busy next couple of months. The price is reasonable at $25 per class.
I signed up for both beginners and intermediate and as soon as the class on compiling is available, I'll be signing up for that one too!