Monday, April 14, 2014

Planning for a Big De-Clutter

My life is full. Literally and figuratively full. Mostly with books, but also with half-written stories, poems and epic novels. So I'm spending this week trying to figure out a way I can get rid of all this junk without losing a treasure--or at least make a buck off of one. In terms of all the physical items, I think I'm going to start with a yard sale and see how well that goes. I would just give it all away if I had a rich husband or a best-seller under my belt, but I'm still working on one of those (I'll let you decide which one).

Next, I'm going to have to completely reorganize my filing cabinet, binders and flash drives. I know that I have plenty of story ideas to work on, but when they are all buried under four levels of folders within folders that I thought were very organized once, it's kind of hard to find the diamonds in the rough. I will probably never let any unexplored idea go, but I can at least put it in its place in case I ever get back to it.

Hopefully all this work will be able to fund my next adventure in dollars and in spirit.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Virtual Camping and Celebrating

Although I haven't been able to celebrate much when it comes to National Poetry Month, I have definitely been keeping up with the writing side of it. Along with the haiku that I post on Twitter in a somewhat regular basis, I've also been working on a variety of new poems. I've also been working on some surprise celebrations for the month, but those aren't quite ready yet. ;-)

Camping with my virtual cabin has also been a lot of fun, though I am behind on word count, as always. At this moment I've added exactly 3000 words to the novel. I really don't know how I ended up with an even number, but that number will change tonight when I get back to work on Camp Nano.

I've also been playing around with Photoshop and other online programs, so I thought I would share another haiku from Unfolding Life:



Have a great week!

Friday, March 28, 2014

It's Almost That Time Again: Submit Your Poetic Confessions

We all have them: a vile verse, a crude couplet, a quatrain destined for the dump or just an embarrassing tale of woe set in poetic form. I'm now accepting more Poetic Confessions: a way to cleanse the writer's conscience. No matter how embarrassing, silly or sad your story may be, I want to hear from you. We all know that April is National Poetry Month, so we'll kick it off right by featuring some Poetic Confessions. But I can't do this alone--while I have many confessions to make, I'm sure my readers want more of a variety of confessions.

So that means I'm accepting entries of your own Poetic Confessions. Just email your story (short or long--doesn't matter to me). If you reference a specific poem of yours that's available online, feel free to include the link to it. You should also include a short (1-2 lines) bio and a link to your blog or website. Please put the words "Poetic Confessions" in the subject line so I won't lose it in the spam folder. I cannot guarantee that your confession will make it on the blog during the month of April depending on the amount of submissions I get, but it could be used at some point in the future.

From time to time we all have that poetic misstep, so go ahead and get it off your chest. I'll start posting confessions on April 1.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Coming Up in April

Ah, spring. I know the weather said it is supposed to snow soon, but I'm already thinking warm thoughts. I'm also thinking ahead to all of the events coming up in April, along with the projects I've created goals for. Here are just a few:

Camp NaNoWriMo

This is the no-pressure version of NaNoWriMo. I love it because I can set the word count, and I can work on a project that's been sitting around for awhile as apposed to working on something new. This year, I'm going to work on the same project I worked on last year. This time though, I will be finishing it off. I wrote about half of it the first time, and I've been adding to it here and there since. If I exceed my goals for camp this April, you may see another book out with my name on it before the end of the year.

National Poetry Month
Poetry--how I love you. I plan on doing a few things to celebrate National Poetry Month, including bringing back my Poetic Confessions. But sadly, I've ran out of poetry mistakes to admit to, so I'm depending on submissions from you this year. I'll be posting more information about that later in the week. 

You may also be seeing a giveaway as part of the celebration, so stay tuned!

Scriptwriting
I enjoy writing scripts, though I know it would be an extremely tough road to get anything produced with them. I'm definitely not connected to Hollywood--probably not even in six degrees of separation. April used to be the month for Script Frenzy, so I guess this is still a bit of a hangover of that. I just get this urge to write scripts in spring. I have one that I've been working on since the last Script Frenzy took place a couple of years ago. I want to finally finish it.  Once I do, it's off to Triggerstreet to watch people tear it apart (in a totally constructive way). Occasionally members get optioned. Who knows? Maybe it's good enough to get noticed there.

What are all of your writing plans for April?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

You Don't Need a Kindle to Read a Book

...even if they are Kindle books! As a new author I'm hearing all the excuses, including the easiest way for people to get out of an awkward situation when I ask if they've bought my book yet. They say "Oh, I would but I don't have a Kindle. Sorry!" Mmm-hmm. An amateur might believe that, but I know what's up.

Instead of accusing people of dodging the book bullet, I'm simply going to assume that you do not know about all of Amazon's Kindle reading apps. So let me tell you right now--you don't need a Kindle to read a Kindle book! Kindle offers a FREE Kindle reading app for a TON of different platforms. This includes iPhones, Android phones, Windows phones and even Blackberrys. Also, you can get it for your Mac or Windows computer, iPad, Android tablet and Windows tablet.

What? You don't own ANY of those devices? That's okay. I know if you are reading this, you have access to a computer. Well, Amazon handles that too--you also have the option to read instantly in your browser.

Now you are telling me you don't have an Amazon account. Well, if you are going that far to make an excuse, at least I know you care about my feelings just a little bit.