UPDATE: Still Here, and Still Crazy After All These Years!

Yep, in spite of the fact that I’ve not left my house in over 8 weeks, nor seen the face of a single friend, nor been able to do much writing thanks to COVID-Brain, I am definitely feeling lucky. I’m still HERE! As of today, at least, I still get another chance to do it all better! And that, my friends, is a daily miracle we often forget, and honestly, one I’m surprised to find myself enjoying: the miracle of life in all its guises. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. WOOOO and also HOOOO!! 

To bring you up to date, I am no longer having any symptoms of this dreaded, miserably wretched, murderous virus we’re all sick of hearing about. I do have a greatly reduced energy level, but I’ve even seen some improvement in that area, too. I know the fatigue-related stuff can go on for an extended period, but I’ve learned how to go on, myself, right alongside it. In other words, it might slow me down, but it’s not going to stop me. 

I do plan to return to blogging (and visiting the blogs of my friends) by October 1. I’m giving myself the rest of this month without any firm commitments as to the blog or my current WIP, just keeping the posting and writing flexible and simple for now. But come October 1, I want to get back to my regularly scheduled programming, as they say.

I will be putting out a call for those who’d like to take part in #GuestDayTuesdays to share promotions, new releases, and various other topics. I’ll be continuing with my new #GrannySays series, and will start back sharing weekly roundup posts from Story Empire and Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord. I’m not going to continue with #FirstLineFriday for now, though that might return in the future. But I do want to run some special “events” now and then, such as #ExcerptWeek, and a few new things I’m going to fit in here and there.

I’m very much looking forward to resuming these features and adding some new ones, and to finishing my current WIP, Riverbend #4, Working title A Need to Burn, and just may share some excerpts from that, along the way.

And finally, I’d like to thank all of you for your support and encouragement over the last weeks. Our blogging and writing community is the absolute BEST, and I appreciate each and every one of you! 

Stay tuned, my friends, and remember, “Life Finds a Way.” (Recognize that? Hmmm. Maybe a new series for this blog: “Who Said It?” That could be fun!)

Now go forth and live YOUR life! And be sure to stay Safe and Well! (It’s much more enjoyable that way.)

#ReblogAlert – This Week on #StoryEmpire

Another week gone by in a flash, but the good news is, it’s time for a recap of all the great posts over on Store Empire. Here goes:

MONDAY: Joan Hall is beginning a new series I think I’m going to love, and her first post is entitled Character Types: The Attention Seekers. It’s great! Check out Joan’s post HERE

WEDNESDAY: Staci Troilo’s post, Three Elements of Horror, really struck a chord with me. I have always had a fascination with truly scary stories, and if I ever decide to write one, I’ll be paying close attention to her guidelines. Check out Staci’s post HERE.

FRIDAY: John Howell asks a question in his post today that I’m sure will resonate with each of us: Why Am I Avoiding Working on My WIP? I know it made me stop and think. Check out John’s post HERE.

And there you have the latest from the good folks at Story Empire!
Happy Reading!

#ReblogAlert – This Week on #StoryEmpire

It’s Freya’s Day once again, and you know what that means, right? Right! Another look at what the good folks at Story Empire have been up to this week. (Hint: It’s good stuff, as always!)

MONDAY: Craig Boyack’s interesting and thought-provoking post entitled Create A System – Work the System uses “Inspiration, Not Duplication” as a theme, and includes some good ideas I never even thought of.  Check it out HERE.

WEDNESDAY: Harmony Kent introduces her new eleven-part series, How to Write Point of View with an excellent Overview as Part 1. Be sure not to miss this one, folks. You can check it out HERE.

FRIDAY: D. L. Finn’s post entitled Writing and Editing speaks to one of a writer’s biggest challenges: finding and USING a good editor before publishing a book. Take what she says to heart, folks. It will save you problems in the long run. Check out Denise’s post HERE.

See? Told ya it was good stuff! Happy reading!

#ReblogAlert – This Week on Story Empire

Another super week with the good folks over on the #StoryEmpire blog. If you’ve missed anything, you’ll want to check it out. As always, it’s truly good stuff!

MONDAY:  Happy Independence Day Greeting HERE

WEDNESDAY: Mae Clair has a super post entitled What I Learned from High School History that really struck home with me. Check it out HERE.

FRIDAY: Jan Sikes is starting a new series on marketing that you will not want to miss. Read her first post entitled Every Author’s  Four-Letter Word #Mktg HERE 

And there you have it, folks! Enjoy!

#Reblog Alert – This Week on Story Empire

Once again, Story Empire has presented a fabulous week of excellent posts. You’re gonna want to take a look at all of these, if you haven’t already done so.

MONDAY:  John W. Howell starts the week off with a great post entitled Writing Motivation Killers Are Out There — Let’s Discuss Three of Them. The title says it all, and believe me, you’ll want to check it out HERE.

WEDNESDAY: Joan Hall’s mid-week post, entitled simply Words, is full of interesting tidbits and is a lot of fun, especially if you are a lover of new words and coined phrases throughout history. Check it out HERE.

FRIDAY: Staci Troilo wraps up the week with a super post called Developing Your Villain. This one has some great tips even for those of us who don’t write murder mysteries, etc, because Staci explains how to strengthen the contrast between any character up to no good and the protagonist of the tale. Check it out HERE.

And there you go, folks! Great stuff, huh?

#ReblogAlert – This Week on #StoryEmpire

Another fine weekly recap of great posts from the crew at Story Empire. I know you’ll enjoy these as much as I did!

MONDAY: First, take a look at Writing and Social Media, a very helpful post from D. L. Finn. You can check it out HERE.

WEDNESDAY: Second, be sure to read The Other Sister, Craig Boyack’s humorous and helpful post about the difference between suspense and tension. You can check it out HERE.

FRIDAY: And finally, you don’t want to miss How to Make 3D Bookcovers for Free, Harmony Kent’s very cool intro to a free program well worth looking into. You can check it out HERE

And there you go, folks! Told ya it was good stuff!

#ReblogAlert – This Week on Story Empire

It’s Friday again, and time for a recap of all the good stuff that was posted on Story Empire this week, in case you missed anything. 

MONDAY: Jan Sikes’s excellent post entitled Writing Organizations–The Good, The Bad, The Ugly is well worth a read. Check it out HERE.

WEDNESDAY: Ever think about revising any of your older books? Joan Hall brings up some very good points for you to consider in her post entitled Revising Published Work. Check it out HERE.

FRIDAY: Today, Mae Clair focuses on a very interesting topic. Her post, Don’t Cheat Your Readers, is one that really hit home with me. Check it out HERE.

And there you have it, Folks!
Another great week at Story Empire.

#ReblogAlert – This Week on #StoryEmpire

Running very behind here today, thanks to an enormously busy week, but no way can I let a Friday draw to a close without sharing this week’s post on Story Empire. Hope you’ll enjoy each one, and I’ll do my best to catch up, too. 

MONDAY:  Staci Troilo starts the week with a great post entitled How to Write A Red Herring, something that I have always been fascinated by. Check it out HERE.

WEDNESDAY: John W Howell has written a very interesting  post entitled A Little More About the Hierarchy of Needs. This is a pretty intriguing concept you can read more about HERE.

FRIDAY: Gwen Plano’s post today is entitled Accompanying the Writer, and deals with one of the reasons we choose to read the books we do. It’s also pretty interesting, and you can check it out HERE.

And there you have it, folks. 
Some interesting, entertaining, and informative posts
from the gang at Store Empire. Enjoy!

#ReblogAlert – This Week on Story Empire

I’m still on my two week blogging break, but you know by now, I’m going to share Story Empire’s posts, even though I have not had a chance to read them myself. I’ll be catching up with all of them after I return, and am looking forward to doing so. They are ALWAYS well worth the visit!  So without further ado, here goes:

MONDAY: Stacy Troilo’s post is entitled How to Write a Sidekick, and I have no doubt I’m going to enjoy this one when I return. Check it out HERE.

WEDNESDAY: John W. Howell has a very interesting sounding post this week, entitled Let’s Talk About the Hierarchy of Needs. Can’t wait to see what it’s all about. You can check it out HERE

FRIDAY:   Joan Hall’s post today is about Summer Reading, something we all enjoy, yet often worry about as writers. For instance, is it a good time to release a book or not? Check out what Joan has to say HERE.

And there you have it folks!
Enjoy!

#ReblogAlert – This Week on Story Empire!

Hi, Folks! Still on my blogging break, but I figured I could take a couple of minutes to share this week’s posts from Story Empire. I haven’t had a chance to read them yet, but I’m pretty sure there’s good stuff here. (There always IS!) So check these out when you get a chance:

MONDAY: Harmony Kent continues her series on dialogue with a post entitled Don’t Talk Like That: Talking Heads. You can check it out HERE.

WEDNESDAY: D. L. Finn discusses Writing and Emotions,  a subject that always resonates with me. Check out her post HERE.

FRIDAY: Craig Boyack’s post entitled Vella, Anyone?, discusses one of Amazon’s newest ideas, Kindle Vella, designed for publishing serialized stories.  See what Craig has to say HERE.

And there you have the Story Empire posts for the week. When I return from my blogging break, I’ll be reading and commenting on these, too, but I didn’t want you guys to wait that long. Enjoy!