Thursday, September 29, 2011
My goals this month are to finish drafting Sage's story and do my pre-writing for Nano--and if that isn't enough, I've got piles of editing to do, but that would just be gravy.
What are your goals for the month?
Friday, September 16, 2011
When Ida Mae Babbitt receives an invitation to visit her son Keith's dude ranch in Montana, she's excited to mend their broken relationship, but not so excited about spending time with cows. Arlette and Tansy go along with her, ready to take a vacation that does not involve dead bodies or mysteries of any sort - one must have a break from time to time. But it seems a no-good scoundrel has moseyed into Dodge City and is bent on causing all sorts of trouble for the ranch. Unable to keep her curiosity in check - especially when it seems her own son is the most likely culprit - Ida Mae decides to investigate. Can she lasso the varmint and get him to the sheriff in time?
True to form, Tristi's third mystery is full of laughs, sneaky old ladies and a twisty plot that will keep you on your toes. Tansy still makes me laugh with her off-the-wall comments and Arlette is as crotchety as ever--and Ida Mae actually wears a pair of jeans!
You can learn more about Tristi and her books on her website or her blog. You can purchase her book from Deseret Book, or Amazon.
To celebrate the release of Tristi's eighth book, she's holding a contest! If you leave a comment on this review, you will be entered into a drawing for a free manuscript evaluation, done by Tristi Pinkston Editing http://www.
Seriously folks, an edit by Tristi is a major prize--she's saved my hide more times than I can count.
Monday, September 12, 2011
I enjoy their unique sounds, sense of fun, and great songs--one in particular I haven't heard for a while really hit me right now as I'm trying to focus on specific projects and decide which road I want to take in my career. Here's their music video for their song Dream Big.
If that doesn't work (it isn't showing on my computer for some reason), you can find the video here.
In order to build a name for ourselves, each one of us as authors will have to become Crazy Good.
So that’s the goal for today. Write beautifully from the depths of your soul. Go to extremes. Do something that no one else would consider doing."
The world is changing, the way we interact with it is different, the options available to us are expanding exponentially, and we have to be willing to change the way we work, the way we do business--regardless of who we are, what we do, and what our goals are.
Here's the thing: no matter what we want to do, there's no point in striving for mediocrity, for settling for less than what we can be. That doesn't mean we all have to be superstars or New York Times Bestsellers--there's nothing wrong with being the best piano teacher, the best seamstress, the best mom or gardener you can be without striving to compete against the best in the world--and no one can be the best at everything, so just pick whatever is most important to you. But in whatever venue you want to succeed, give it your all, be your best. All of us, regardless of our dreams, should dream big, and strive to be 'crazy good.'
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Challenge: Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count.
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: "the door swung shut."
For those who want an even greater challenge, make your story exactly 200 words--amd because I love a challenge, mine is 200 words!
The door swung open and a bright light flashed in her eyes. She shielded her face and turned her head toward the shelves behind her, trying to protect herself.
“Are you hurt?” a young man’s voice asked. The light moved from her face and he reached a hand to her as she uncovered her eyes. “Are you hurt? You don’t want to be found here.”
“Where am I?” All she remembered was the low chanting, the movement of feathers, then the swirling vortex that brought on a pounding headache and the desire to puke. A glance around her showed a supply closet full of plastic tubing, boxes of gauze and other things she didn’t recognize.
“Are you hurt?” He pulled on her hand and helped her up. “We need to get out of here before someone finds us." Gentle fingers touched her forehead. “You’re bleeding, but I don’t think it’s serious. Come on.”
She stood and stumbled after him when he tugged on her hand, too disoriented to do anything else. They entered the sterile white halls of a hospital. Footsteps clicked down a corridor and the boy’s eyes widened in fear. “Someone’s coming.” Behind them, the door swung shut.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Anyway, I’ve been studying spa management because the main character in the book I’m starting on runs the hotel spa and I found some fantastic advice *every* customer service business should implement. Seriously. So I’m going to share just a few paragraphs: