Happy Mother’s Day! I have had a fabulous day with my family so far. We meandered the farmer’s market after brunch, and I was inspired by all of the beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables on display. So, of course, I started snapping pictures. Here are some photos that you are welcome to use with photo credit. Have a great day!
Full sized pictures ready for download (below). Enjoy! (more…)
Second, here’s a little update. It’s been…well, a really, really long time. Bad writer, I know (shuffles feet and looks down).
Life has been extraordinarily busy this school year. I’m still teaching high school and college classes in American and British Literature. Additionally, who knew that first and third graders would have so much homework? I’m spending my afternoons I am working on some projects, just slowly. I’m afraid I’ve missed my deadline for Light & Shadows: Watcher Series Shorts and Extras. Being late kills the perfectionist in me (Argh!). I did complete a 25 page prequel extra with Joshua in Romania with Gabriel, Kez, and Samael. The book is still in the works, it will be out sometime in 2017. I may add a little post-The Fallen extra for those of you who have been asking. If you are dying to have something included, send requests through my contact page.
I am also working on my second Prompt Me book. Here is the cover reveal! (more…)
When a character has an emotional reaction to something, it is good for he or she to have a realistic physical response to match. This is a quick graphic based on medical research as to where we actually feel the emotions in our bodies. Whether you agree or not, I hope this helps you think through your responses.
On a regular basis, my husband and I banter back and forth. I have to admit, my husband topped me this time. I was actually speechless.
[Watching TV: A bomb goes off and part of a corridor collapses]
Me: Did they even check that guy’s pulse? Or did they just assume he was dead.
Husband: He was under a huge pile of rubble.
Me. He could have survived, people survive under rubble in buildings for days.
Me: If I am ever trapped under rubble, you need to check my pulse. And if I’m dead, I want a Viking funeral.
Husband: I would like you to stuff me and keep me in the living room.
Me: (blink, blink, blink)
There are just no words for that.
Below is a picture of a wooden grave marker in Carson City, Nevada. I took it on our wedding anniversary getaway this summer. It somehow seemed fitting to include with this post.
3. Follow people back (the real people, not the robots).
4. Do NOT Direct Message (DM) people unless you have a question specifically for that person–not even to say thanks for following. Thank people publicly (you may get retweeted and pick up more followers, too).
5. Have some “retweet bait.” You need non-threatening tweets that people can retweet while they get to know you: quotes, giveaways, writing advice articles, trivia, etc.
6. Tweet something personal. This does not mean over-sharing (you can keep your toenail fungus to yourself). You should however, share updates on your writing (like your new word count), or if we should go see the movie you just watched. Humorous events are always faves.
7. Use a picture of yourself for your profile. People want to connect with a real person, not an emblem or avatar.
Now go forth and tweet…without offending everyone out in the Twitterverse 🙂
Forget finding recipes, advertising my books, and procrastinating from writing (gulp), I really use Pinterest as a research tool. I am a very visual person and I can never seem to remember what I bookmarked where. It’s kinda funny since I can plot an entire novel in my head and keep track of all the threads without really writing anything down. Maybe my brain is too full of plots and dialog to smoosh in anything else, but I digress.
1. I can use a secret board to research a novel; and after I publish the book, make it public.
This is an instant extra for my fans. They can look at the actual content I used to create my book and pictures that helped inspire me. Examples: The Watcher Series and Allure.
2. Beautiful pictures inspire me. Simple, but true.
3. I can create an ongoing list of reference tools that can be used over and over again.
I have these boards so far, but I am adding new pins on an almost daily basis.
Writing Reference: Characters
Information for character looks, descriptions, word lists, fashion, and more. (Pretty much everything having to do with the external appearance of characters, including facial expression).
Writing Reference: Weapons & Weaponry
This not only has references to knives, guns, and axes; but how to stand when throwing a knife or shooting a gun. I want my characters to be as realistic as possible, so I look up information like blood splatter patterns.
Writing Reference: This and That
A growing list of random resources like the “Psychology of Color”, “How to Write a Magic Spell,” and “Offbeat Nature Names.” So, basically, it is my miscellaneous board until I have enough pins to copy a group of pins to a new board.
Eras: Victorian Age 1837-1901
I have started keeping boards on different historical era’s for the future. My two most deveoped boards are for the Victorian Era and the 1920s (see Allure above).