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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Annie Rayburn and Bittersweet Obsessions Giveaway! 

1commenter will win a download of Bittersweet Obsessions, and 
1 commenter will win downloads of Phantoms&Fantasies AND Insight (2shorts)
Just in case you missed it--
The first ever #Designwrite Chat on Twitter rocked! It was fast and fun, and most of all, Lots of good ideas were shared via links and pics and what others offered. And it wasn't all expensive & chichi... we talked about cord management, and Kristen Lamb offered up using black cord ties, @brklyncontessa offered up velcro wraps from Staples, and Erika Ward offered up a DIY project--
you can make with an old shoe box, some wrapping paper, and grommets.There was also an inspiration board, and storage ideas. We still don't have Carol Burnside's ergonomic problem solved, but we're working on it and lots of ideas were offered.

See for yourself: http://search.tweetreports.com/q/topic/%23designwrite/id58035.html 

Archived tweet stream with links! (If you ever need a hard copy of a tweet stream, search.tweetreports is magic on a bun!)
So don't be shy! #Designwrite is for writers, moms, bloggers... anybody stuck in a corner in the back bedroom working on a computer at home! Come into the light and reclaim your space! Visit us next Thursday, same time, same batcave, for #Designwrite chat!

And manymany thanks to the gracious and capable Erika Ward of http://www.blulabelbungalow.com for rockin' #DesignWrite chat! 

Archived #DesignWrite Tweet Chat Available! Tomorrow--Bittersweet Obsessions!

Just in case you missed it--
The first ever #Designwrite Chat on Twitter rocked! It was fast and fun, and most of all, Lots of good ideas were shared via links and pics and what others offered. And it wasn't all expensive & chichi... we talked about cord management, and Kristen Lamb offered up using black cord ties, @brklyncontessa offered up velcro wraps from Staples, and Erika Ward offered up a DIY project--

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Light + Color = Inspiration

So, there you are. 
Way back there in the guest bedroom...
Or your kitchen table...
Or maybe you're still in bed.
You know, wouldn't you rather be working on a desk like this?

office inspiration set 1  home office
home office design

If there's too much glare from the light coming in the window, try turning the desk perpendicular to the wall, like this one. 

Monday, June 27, 2011

WriterMason Monday Muse News- The Threshold

 Mondays I'll focus on exercises from this book, Writing Without the Muse. Nice things were said in the comments last week about the writing I posted from the exercise, so, like the compliments whore   writer badly in need of critiques that I am, I'm continuing the romance/suspense/horror/paranormal story that I've named 'The Threshold' with a different exercise. And, as a special treat... I've included photographs that enhance the story, provided by my husband ('myHero'). We all like illustrations don't we? I have plans for this story, and let me just say... it's not going to be a sweet romance. 

YOU dear Readers and Writers, Please feel free to post teasers and links to your own writing in the comments if you want to join with me in these exercises. It'll be the blog 'unhop', because I want this to be loose and easy and beneficial for all of us writers.

On to more news for the week...

Friday, June 24, 2011

Erika Ward's Advice For Your Home Office Needs

Welcome Erika Ward from Erika Ward Interiors!

As a young girl, I was a complete bookworm and loved to write. My all time dream was to become a journalist, but it wasn't until my teen years that I fell in love with interior design. At home, surrounded by decorators and an accomplished architect, is where I learned that God made us all creators. I was also taught how to help others enjoy the work of their hands and soon, myself, formed the heart of a teacher.A formal degree in design managed to elude me in college where I received a degree in Finance from The University of Georgia. That degree afforded me the opportunity to work for well known design/build firms and to manage multi-million dollar construction budgets. Being in the environment of design and construction made my heart yearn even more for a full time career in design. I took the next step and enrolled and completed coursework in Interior Design at American InterContinental University.  In 2005, I established Erika Ward Interiors and never looked back.
Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn, Melissa Smith, Paige W. Pendleton, Delaney Diamond, Carol Kilgore, Donna @the House on the Corner, Christine, and Lindi asked how to reclaim their office, their muse, and their writing zen.
Check out our tips for helping them - and YOU! - reclaim their writing spaces and reenergize their creativity! DesignWrite->>

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Is Your Dream Home Office more of a Nightmare?

It's lovely isn't it? Airy, bright, clean, organized....
It's just so darn Island Girl! Can't you just hear the birds chirping? The Ipod playing? 
Creativity, Productivity, your Muse, and you, all laughing and having a great time together there, writing the Great American Novel.

Yeah, right... 
Bet it's more like --

Thursday, June 16, 2011

It's June -- Time For New Year's Resolutions

These past weeks it's hit me:
We're at the six month mark in 2011. Time to re evaluate the New Year's resolutions, right?
Have I accomplished anything? Made any progress?
Just how far off am I from January 1's dreaded decisions? Which Monday will I choose to start that diet?

  • Well, my novel is coming along... s l o w l y. I start to write, then an idea pops into my head. It might be unsolicited advice or wisdom I simply must share on my blog, a question or insanely brillant post for my Facebook page, or an inspired tweet. Whichever one it is, it is a distraction. If anybody has any ideas on handling these distractions, please let me know. 
I've heard there is a program that locks you out of the internet so you can write, which sounds like the brand of poison I may need to kill the monster!

  • I have taken online courses... Lots of online courses on networking, marketing, building a brand, as well as writing.  If you're looking around for something for yourself, check out WriteItForward Workshops by Bob Mayer and Jen Talty's Who Dares Wins Publishing, Savvy Authors site with multitudes of authors, and now there is myRWA offering free webinars, forums, and courses with your membership.  
Between you and me, I'm in need of a break. Between all of these and all the links I follow on twitter chats, I need to get more words down on the page before the writers' conferences begin in the fall.

  • Last of all, No, I have not started the diet. Thanks to my friend Becky, I am back to exercising -- so important for everybody, but writing is already such a sedentary, solitary endeavor, it's good to walk every day. Preferably outside, for the Vit.D and fresh air. Ideally with a friend, to laugh and commiserate and pour out your fears and excitements. We rant, vent, cuss and laugh... but we leave it on the asphalt. 
  • Sadly, I won't be in the Peachtree Road Race this summer. I've got a stack of their t-shirts in my closet from past races, and lots of great memories, but, in case you don't know, it is HUGE and it is getting pricey. But I'll start getting in shape for other 10k's with Get Fit Atlanta, a running and triathlon training program that looks like it's full of fun, positive people. Can't wait for the pain! 
So... there's my update. I am hereby swearing off writing challenges and updates. I am looking forward to some new goals for the next half of the year that have evolved from these accomplishments and failures. The important thing is, I have been true to myself. I have learned more intensely  who I am and how I tick. And I'm proud of what I have already accomplished. I see I need to structure my days more closely-- laundry and keeping the guys fed sound so trivial when compared to the glamourous life of a writer, but they still have to be done, and they all take time and some energy and planning. But they don't have to take over... something I'm learning now.

Below is a Mash Up of Various Writers' blogs and sites and happenings on the web. I hope you take time to support everybody, because Karma is vital to all of our success. Link Away!

  • http://stefanides.wordpress.com/ Michele Strangis Stefanides writes a review on Bridges, A Tale of Niagra, by dk LeVick. Number one, Michele pours her heart out in her blog Life is Short, Write it Down and reviews. So read her blog. 
  • Number two, this sounds like a wonderful book, unlike anything I've ever read. So after you read her review, check out the author's site and book, Bridges, A Tale of Niagra.

  • These past two weeks one new publishing company launched. Entangled Publishing LLC  brings together awesome talent from people who have at least one thousand years combined in the industry. AND what I love is that they release series back to back to back. No waiting for thirteen months for the sequel! See what I mean? Smart people....
  •  Escapistpress "is an artist's co-op where you can find the village it takes to write a successful book." Articles, links, interviews, conferences, and blogs all together in one place, ready for you to publish with them. Pavarti Devi and David Beem are two authors who have formed this site for writers.

  • Debbie Maxwell Allen's blog http://writingwhilethericeboils.blogspot.com/  
  • has promoted writers all week long (yes, me too!) with her series of guest blogs on your best writing craft tips. If you haven't discovered this writer for writers blog, you're missing something special. Lots of information here!

  • Promo Friday tomorrow on  http://www.facebook.com/DelaneyDiamond 
  • <Delaney's book Fight for Love, is an Amazon Contemporary Romance bestseller. If you are a writer, 'like' her author page and post a link to promote yourself. If you're not a writer, but you knit, blog, garden... go do the same. It's a very generous gift from a gifted author... so grab this opportunity and don't forget to pay it forward!

Some exciting news coming up next week! Until then...
A bientot!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Say it Loud... Say it Proud...

I USE COUPONS!                                      
But I don't use them to the extreme.
Seems these days, the following scenario happens:
You go to your favorite stop to purchase a Sunday paper... make it two. Because you want one to read,

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Interview with Leslie Tentler, author of romantic suspense Midnight Caller

Giveaway! Leslie will  both give away a copy of this book - TWO WINNERS! But, you must answer this question in the comments (the same one I asked Leslie, but I want YOUR answer!): What's your favorite New Orleans restaurant or food or festival? Never been?(what?!) Then answer with what you'd love to eat or experience if you ever go.
"Late night radio show psychologist Rain Sommers is used to the crazies who call in to rage from the back alleys of the French Quarter and the shadows of the bayou. But one caller's chilling obsession with her and her long- ago murdered mother - an iconic singer beloved among the city's Goth community - has even the jaded Rain running scared as a sadistic serial killer known as the Vampire prowls New Orleans.
FBI agent Trevor Rivette is convinced her midnight caller and the killer are one and the same. As it becomes disturbingly clear that the Vampire has a sick bloodlust only Rain can satisfy, she allows Trevor to get closer and closer. But he soon discovers his secretive past and troubled present are intertwined - and that he may die trying to keep Rain's fate out of a madman's control."

When I heard about Midnight Caller and its setting in NOLA, I confess....
I was worried....

Monday, June 6, 2011

Versatile Blogger Monday

I have been graced
Not once-
Nor twice--
But three - count 'em - three! times with some lovely awards.
So, without further resistance or ... aw heck! Here they are....

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Today's Fortunes

"You discover treasures where others see nothing unusual." "You will be a great success- both in business & social situations."
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