Thanks so much to everyone who commented! Donna is this week’s winner!
I’ve been with the kids all day (thank you, MLK, for making this country a better place!), but I had to check in this week to tell you that I am up to my earlobes in paper, but it’s all good because this paper is getting organized and most of it is going out the door.
I’m talking full-on organization/filing/recycling/etc. which is quite timely because last Saturday, I gave a talk at the Silicon Valley RWA about organizing. It happened to be about organizing time to write, which was also timely because it’s the new year (goal-setting, resolutions, etc.), and I have noticed that when different aspects of my life start overlapping it’s time to sit up and pay attention. As an aside, I did get a lot of great comments on my talk, which I’m really happy about. Organization is not a one-size-fits-all prospect, especially as it pertains to writing, and one of the main messages I tried to get across was that you need to do what works for you to keep moving forward.
So, anyway, back to the paying attention: After I dove head-first into my filing cabinet of doom and began pitching papers right and left, I started to wonder what else the universe was telling me. I definitely heard Mr. B telling me he could see the dresser because I’ve been doing a great job of giving away all my swag, which is awesome, but as for the universe, I’m not sure yet. I think I have to listen harder. If I hear anything, I’ll let you know.
In the meantime, this week’s giveaway is for Jennifer Ryan‘s Lucky Like Us. Jenn is one of my very good friends and fellow Roguer, and I’m very happy to be sending book 2 in her Hunted Series out into the wide, wide country for someone to enjoy. Contest ends Thursday, January 23 at 9pm Pacific. U.S. only, please, and you need to be signed up for my newsletter to win. Just let me know if the universe has told you something interesting lately!
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Whew, it’s been a whirlwind of a week/end with relatives visiting (total yay!), too much work (boo!), and way too many errands to take care of in a very limited time. So this will be a short post, but I really wanted to tell you how much I’m loving my current WIP. At least, I think I’m loving it. It’s hard for me to judge since I become, by turns, infuriated by and in love with the work. It’s melancholy and hot at the same time, and I really don’t know what to make of it at all except I guess this is the way my work is going now.
That Tahoe novella I wrapped up mid-year was heading in this direction, with two people who are a little lost–one more than the other–who end up finding and changing each other over the course of a long weekend. It worked because by the time they met, they’d both (mostly) dealt with the baggage. But with this MS, I feel like I’ve gone off the rails a bit. These characters have fresh wounds and they are struggling–with themselves, with each other, but honestly, mostly with themselves. There was one scene I wrote recently where I actually thought can I do this to these poor characters? but one of my critique partners assured me that yes, yes I could and should do that to them. And then things got even more melancholy and more hot.
So yes, a departure from what I’ve been writing, and I think I won’t know how everything turns out until I get to the end of the MS. I’m about 40K in, so I have a ways to go, but I’m hopeful it’ll turn out the way I think it should.
At any rate, there’s no giveaway this week because I’m going on vacation, but stay tuned for the week of October 14th when I’ll be back full force with a post and goodies galore!
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Last week, I started making a few life changes–small ones, just to get in the groove–and they turned out to be good for me. The first was taking a few moments a day for myself. It sounds crazy, but I wasn’t even doing that before! I stopped working a tad earlier than usual and actually got to watch a movie! Granted, it was over several days, which isn’t ideal, but still–a movie!! In the middle of the week! For a gal who rarely watches television (except for Masterpiece Mystery and Castle), this was a very big deal, let me tell you!!
Also, I started eating better. I didn’t go on some crazy diet or halve my food intake, but my new eating habits include less grabbing stuff on the go and more sitting down to eat properly. It seems like such a little thing, but it was enough of a change for me to notice the way I feel.
I started editing the first third of my current WIP–for some reason, I really like to have the themes of the first third solidified before I keep writing–and it’s going pretty well. More on that this week.
And I got some good news from my publisher–more info to come when I can share!
I’m really writing today to ask if you think the Monday giveaways are going well. I started the whole Monday giveaway thing as a way to share all the awesome books and goodies I received at RWA this year. I’ve made a small dent in my pile, which is currently arranged on a giant 5-foot-long dresser, but I wanted to get your thoughts on whether I should keep going. There are tons of places I can donate the books, but I’d rather they go to people who are interested in reading them. Drop a line in the comments and let me know whether you think I should keep up the giveaways!
Even though there’s no giveaway this Monday on my blog, I am doing a Goodreads giveaway of two rare paper copies of Long Simmering Spring, so please join me there and sign up if you’re interested.
Thanks in advance to everyone who leaves a comment!
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Thanks to everyone who left comments! The winners are Shari and lscarchuk. I’ll be emailing you shortly to get you your prizes! Have a safe, fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday for another giveaway!
Who else has kids back in school? I knew that having them all in school (at least for a portion of the day) would give me more free time–and it has–but I’ve been using it all up on paperwork! Questions from the teachers, release forms, insurance forms, medical forms, and “who am I” projects for three kids is making me a little nutty. Now that most of it is done, my resolution is to take time for myself and to take care of myself again. I haven’t been exercising, eating properly, or even giving myself permission to relax. This much change . . . starting now! I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
As for the writing, it’s going well. I’m 20K words into a new manuscript and the themes and ideas are just starting to solidify on paper. I really love that. I’m back in my mom-mobile (aka my mobile office), parked in my safe, well-lighted lots just writing, writing, writing.
So for this week’s giveaway, I have two books–The Marriage Ring and Lyon’s Bride, both by Cathy Maxwell, who was one of our inspiring speakers at this year’s RWA National Conference. In the spirit of my resolution to take care of myself, why don’t you leave a comment as to how you’re going to take care of yourself this week? I’ll choose two random commenters who are also newsletter subscribers (sign up at the bottom of the page here). Contest ends at midnight, Pacific time, on Thursday, and I’ll announce the winners on Friday. And because these are paperbacks, US only, please (though if you’re in another country you still can, and are encouraged to comment)!
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