The Three Rs: Reading, wRiting, and Roaming

September 23, 2017

Time away from the keyboard boosts writing power

 

 

 

 

If you’re a planner like me, you’re contemplating New Year’s resolutions. Fall is the perfect time to consider goals for 2018. Cool air and long walks—without the stress of the holiday season—affords time to consider next steps and plans to achieve them. A favorite writer’s group leader of mine offers the S.M.A.R.T. acronym as a guide for reaching a goal: it must be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. I like it because it’s a great goal-setting process that goes beyond simply writing down one’s future objectives.

In June, July, and August, I offered writing prompts regarding... Continue Reading

September 19, 2017

While we typically say goodbye to summer over the Labor Day weekend, this week marks the true end of summer with the autumn equinox on Friday, September 22 (at precisely 3:02 pm central time in the northern hemisphere.) This holiday is also known as Mabon—a mid-harvest festival. Given the temperatures we’ll expect in south central Wisconsin this week, it sure doesn’t feel like fall. The corn and soybeans still stand in the field and gardens are still abundantly producing. That’s just fine with me. I’ll hold onto summer-like weather as long as possible!

What does tell me it’s fall has nothing to do with outdoorsy activities—it’s the new TV schedule and all the fall premieres that I’ve been waiting for. I was at a conference this weekend and... Continue Reading

September 5, 2017

Reading Goal Update: After failing to reach my ambitious goal of reading 80 books last year (while writing and publishing two books--what was I thinking?), I set a much more reasonable goal of 52 books for 2017.  I’m now only eight books away from reaching this goal. How are you doing on your reading goals this year? I track my reading through Goodreads. I love this because I also get notifications when an author I've previously read has a new release. You know how hard it is to keep track of these things!!

 

The best part of reading more books than anticipated so far this year?? I’m finding even more excellent books that I think you would enjoy! 

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August 29, 2017

In my journey through the steps of independent publishing, refining my writing skills, and most recently completing a successful agent search, I’ve come across some excellent information, tips, tools, and shortcuts that I think would be beneficial to any writer. Once a month, I’ll share the “best of” information and news from the publishing industry as well as feature other authors and writing instructors with tips to share. I am incredibly thankful for the assistance and advice given to me from writing and publishing professionals and am happy pay that forward. On a professional level, I also use my publicity and editorial skills to aid other authors through my company Lost Lake Press. Some purchase links for books I'm recommending are affiliate links which pay me a small fee.... Continue Reading

August 24, 2017

I’ve gotten my voice back and it only took a couple of days after speaking to wonderful attendees at Irish Fest in Milwaukee this past weekend. It was an incredible honor to be part of the Literary Corner in the Cultural Village. I met so many interesting people with a deep knowledge of Irish history and Celtic mythology. I’ve collected a host of emails of those willing to aid in researching my next Irish-themed novel (and sold quite a few books along the way.)

I also was in some humbling company. The other authors in attendance were:

Tony Macaulay – Tony is a Belfast native and author of Paper Boy, Bread Boy, and All Growed Up. He debuted his new book at... Continue Reading

August 21, 2017

YES! Another fabulous book by Angie Stanton releases today. (Scroll down for my full review.)

About the Book:

Fiercely independent Chelsea Barnes has caught a rare break and been cast as the first non-celebrity on the hit show Celebrity Dance Off. Chelsea is coined ‘America’s Chance to Dance,’ but her partner planned on an A-lister, not a nobody.
 
Clashing with her partner, she’s ready to go home; but during an emotional dance, her heart-breaking past as an abandoned, homeless teen is revealed. Not only do the viewers fall in love with her, so does the flirty British guest singer, Broadway star Thomas Evan Oliver.
 
Tom is struck by this feisty girl... Continue Reading

August 15, 2017

 

 

 

    Plan the twists!

My keyboard is heating up as summer winds down. It helps that recently I met with a writer’s group, which inspired me to crave pumpkin fudge, crunchy-leaves walks, and keyboard clack-clacks. (I recommend a late-summer meeting with your book mates. It’s a fantastic way to get inspired for writing season.)

In June and July, I offered tips about seasons and time, both of which support this... Continue Reading

August 8, 2017

I’m late to the game but I’ve finally read Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. I enjoyed both of these books immensely and not for completely different reasons. Believe or not, there were similarities between an adult memoir of growing up in Appalachia and a young adult partially-autobiographical novel based on growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington State.

First, both of these books evoke strong emotions in their readers. I’m no exception—I will definitely be thinking about these books for a long time. They both touch on emotions that nearly everyone can relate to and, at the same time, offer a window into a part of our nation... Continue Reading

August 1, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So thrilled to be part of the exclusive group revealing the cover of Angie Stanton's newest novel, If Ever. Love this cover art by Sarah Hanson at Okay Creations!! This is a contemporary romance like Angie's other excellent titles. I can't wait to read it! 

Check back here for a review on the release date: August 21

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Fiercely independent Chelsea Barnes has caught a rare break and been cast as the first non-celebrity on the hit show Celebrity Dance Off. Chelsea is coined ‘America’s Chance to Dance,’ but her partner planned on an A-lister, not... Continue Reading

July 24, 2017

In my journey through the steps of independent publishing, refining my writing skills, and most recently completing a successful agent search, I’ve come across some excellent information, tips, tools, and shortcuts that I think would be beneficial to any writer. Once a month, I’ll share the “best of” information and news from the publishing industry as well as feature other authors and writing instructors with tips to share. I am incredibly thankful for the assistance and advice given to me from writing and publishing professionals and am happy pay that forward. On a professional level, I also use my publicity and editorial skills to aid other authors through my company Lost Lake Press.

Happy... Continue Reading

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