Thursday, February 20, 2014

I'll Be Back!

ETA: Okay...I'm not back, but I did kidnap someone you know. Find out who in this week's Coffee Chat ;)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Coffee Chat: Celebrating Valentine's Day!

If you ever wondered what I sound like (in your head) while I sing, wonder no more!

Check out this week's Coffee Chat over at Lynda Dietz blog and sing along. I know you know the song ;) We're talking about Valentine's Day and how lovely we are.

Also...also...also, today is the last day to win some awesome prizes. Come enter one last time in our Share the Love giveaway. You won't regret it! Well, if you win a prize, you won't...

Happy Valentine's Day to you! 

But if you're not into it, then here:

Friday, February 7, 2014

Time to Celebrate!

This hop comes with easy instructions: Sign up, post something to celebrate, 
hop around, cheer on others, and bask in warm glow. Full instructions and badge *here.*

You spin blogs right round, baby. 
Right round like a record, baby. Right round round round…

This week I'm celebrating: those who take time out of their busy schedules to help the blogging world go round and round. All the awesome hop ideas, which while not for everyone, are really great. They keep us from having blogger's block and from taking too long a break in between posts. And even cooler, they allow us to hang out with the "popular" kids on the web ;)

Now, I can't talk about this and not mention some of these amazing hops and bloggers, can I? Didn't think so. I'll start you off with this fantastic new service from some fun bloggers:

Charlie's Scribes is a new, FREE service featuring the angelic smiles of Mark Koopmans, Elizabeth Seckman, and Tammy Theriault.

Our motto is “You Snooze, We Muse.” To begin, our free services will focus on guest posting for people on vacation or anyone needing a bloggy break.

Charlie’s Scribes have only one goal: To fight writer's block, writer’s overload, and the need for some vacay time by filling empty post slots throughout the blogosphere with our charm, wit, and Mark’s Hula skills. You’ll be amazed – or your next post is free!

The A to Z Challenge, which I joined for the first time this year. I'm hoping to start preparing the posts soon, so when the time comes around I can eliminate most of the pressure surrounding this fun challenge. I much rather focus on the cheering in April than on the stressing.

I'm excited! And…well, you can read more about my thoughts and possible theme in this week's Coffee Chat, come on over and share your theme with us ;)

This genius hop comes from DL HammonsThe idea is to try and garner support for all of us here in the blogosphere through a rotating Blog Blitz. One blogger is chosen randomly or is nominated, and on a particular date everyone else gets and email to visit this person. We leave encouraging comments and make their day extra special. I received 139 comments when I was blitzed, it was awesome!

Next month will be the first anniversary of the Blog Blitz. You can sign up here

And last but not least, I can't celebrate great bloggers without mentioning our very own Alex J. Cavanaugh. Thank you, Sir! Everything you do for the blogging world makes a big difference ;)

I have to share some exciting news for him:

From now until February 10th, “Top Gun Meets Battlestar Galactica” Amazon Best Seller and Pinnacle Award Winner CassaFire will be on sale for just 99 cents. Take advantage and get your copy now! 

What are you celebrating?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Insecure Writer's Support Group (8)

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!  Posting is first Wednesday of every month. Click here for more info.

I want it banged and nailed.

What, do you ask? Well, my time management, of course. I want to do a bang-up job with nailing my time management, because currently, I suck at this. I feel like I have so much to do, and that I'm busy all the time, yet nothing important gets done. Which is unfair, because I do spend most of my time being a mommy to the twins, and what's more important than they are? Still, I feel like I'm failing as a writer. And being a writer is important as well. 

I’ve read tips. And they’re good ones too, so feel free to use them, but here come my excuses:

* Set goals- I have them set, don’t be silly...however I hit that “reset” imaginary button quite often. The price of being your own boss, I suppose. And since I am my best employee, I do play favorites and let it slide.

* Take time every morning to plan your day- umm, well I wake up and start being a mom. My plan is to keep them alive and fed until bedtime. So far, so good.

* Write your “to-dos” on a calendar or notebook and check them off as you go during the day- I do, but I check them off at some random date in the future.

* Put up a "Do not disturb" sign when you absolutely have to get work done- hahahahah, let me rephrase: LMAO.

* Block out Social Media distractions- easy enough, IF I’m actually working on my manuscripts. Otherwise, don’t be ridiculous! A writer needs to be there for her fans...even if “fans” really means 2 or 3 online friends.

* Block out time for research so you have it when you need it- listen, my work time is for everything. When I’m free I have to sacrifice something else to do research. In this case, it's writing, revising or pulling my hair out.

* Schedule breaks- from who? The kids or....I don’t understand this one. It’s impossible is what it is.

* Minimize interruptions- by giving the kids Nyquil?

* Find a balance- this is what I’m trying to do, duh.

* Only sign up for half of what you think you can do- Finally! One that makes sense for me. But now I'm wondering if I have to pick one of my two kids per day to take care of... ::scratching head::

I will figure it out all soon. I have to. The thing is: How does one decide when its okay to ignore your human babies so you can create and raise your literary babies? If you know the answer to this, share away.