Alert the Media!

Fair Warning: I have returned from my very first blogging break, and am rarin’ to go, as we say down here. I was busy every minute of the three weeks I was away, though didn’t get nearly as much writing done as I’d hoped. I think I’ll be factoring in the occasional week off from the blog now and then, if just for the purpose of finishing my WIP.

I did get a lot done around the house and garden, all of which were long overdue things that I’m delighted to cross off the To Do List. It’s nice to finally be planting some new things out back, instead of digging up, and cutting down, and hauling off stuff that was killed during the hurricane. (Yeah, I know that was a couple of years ago, but we are MUCH slower these days, it seems.)

I will be gradually returning to normal around here with all my old standby features, and perhaps some new ones. And with that in mind, I’m offering guests a chance to share something a bit different here on The Write Stuff. Even if you aren’t promoting a new release or promotion, you can still visit the blog now and then to introduce yourself to new readers. How?  Like this: 

10 Things You May Not Know About Me

  1. I’m pretty tall. Almost 5’11” in my younger days, and still about 5’10”.
  2. I’m a Florida native. (There’s me and some guy up in the Panhandle, I’ve been told, though that could be just a rumor.)
  3. I have a decided Southern drawl. (See #2.)
  4. My favorite movie in all the world is The Wizard of Oz.
  5. My favorite book of all time is Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.
  6. I’m an ardent gardener and birder, and I love learning Latin names.
  7. Crossword Puzzles are one of my favorite pastimes, and I can work most Jumbles in less than two minutes, usually getting the answer before I unscramble any of the words.
  8. My middle name is Christine.
  9. I was a painter long before I decided to write.
  10. I have canoed hundreds of miles (literally!) on Florida rivers, and hiked nearly as many miles through our wild areas.

SEE? Hiking in Ocala National Forest.
(And yes. That’s me, a mere FORTY years ago!)

Now, wouldn’t you enjoy sharing a bit about yourself, maybe even an old picture or two, as a different type of guest post? If so, let me know, and I’ll get you set up. (We’ll still be doing the more traditional #GuestDayTuesday posts, too, of course.) Hope this sounds like fun to some of you. 

And with that, I’ll let you get back to what you were doing before I so rudely popped up to interrupt you. And oh, yeah … it’s good to be back! 😀

#ReblogAlert – Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up

And once again it’s time to share Sally Cronin’s fabulous Weekly Round Up post. Since I’m still on my blogging break, I’ve missed most of these, but I did sneak a peek at the videos of the laughing baby and the dogs going to the vet. Hilarious! Hope those of you who may have missed some posts will stop by and take a look. As always, there’s something for everyone! 

Check Out Sally’s Weekly Round Up Post HERE.
You’ll be glad you did! 😀

 

#ReblogAlert – This Week on #StoryEmpire

One more week behind on reading the latest Story Empire posts, but that will soon change, once I’m back again. In the meantime, I’m still going to share them with you guys. (Just because I’m behind doesn’t mean you have to be!) So, here goes:

MONDAY: Mae Clair’s post deals with Plot-Driven vs Character-Driven Fiction, something I can’t wait to read. I’ve always said if I’m not invested in the characters, I’m not likely to keep on reading, so I can’t wait to see what her thoughts are on this. Check out Mae’s post HERE.

TUESDAY: Yes, Tuesday! This week, Story Empire welcomed a brand new author to the group. Check out who it is HERE.

WEDNESDAY: Can the Writing Gene Be Passed Down Through DNA? is the title of this one. You’ll have to head on over if you want to find out who the new member of Story Empire is. I’ll never tell, but you can see for yourself right HERE.

FRIDAY:  Gwen Plano is back with a very intriguing post entitled Hidden Diversity Among Writers. I’m looking forward to reading it, and all the SE posts I’ve missed while I’ve been on my blogging break. Check this one out HERE.

And there you have it for this week, the three regular posts, and a bonus one!
Happy Reading!

One More Week!

After much deliberation, dithering around, and mind changing, I’ve finally decided to extend my blog break one more week. I’ve gotten a lot of stuff done that I’d fallen way behind on, both on our house projects, and our garden clean-up/replant. I’ve also made good headway on my PowerPoint presentations coming up this year. And I’ve even written a bit, too, finishing CH 6 and most of CH 7 of my WIP. 

Yeah, I’d hoped to write more, but I realized that some of these other chores were keeping me away from doing so, and by clearing a few more off my To Do list, I’m actually making a lot more time for writing ahead. 

I know most of you will fully understand this decision, and I hope you won’t forget me while I’m gone. If you do, I’m totally gonna blame Diana and Sally. They encouraged me to take more time if I needed to, so it’s obviously on them!
😀 😀 😀 

I’ll be back here on The Write Stuff May 31, if nothing dreadful happens to keep me away. And just so you know, I’ve missed ALL of you more than you can imagine. I’m looking forward to my return!

In the meantime, stay safe, stay well, and STAY HAPPY! See you soon! 🤗

#ReblogAlert – Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Weekly RoundUp

Still on my blog break. Down to the last day, now. Should see you all again on Monday, if all goes well. But TODAY, I get to share Sally Cronin’s wonderful weekly roundup post. By now, you probably know that Sally features more good stuff in a week than most of us can manage in a month! There’s guaranteed to be something for everyone, so I hope you’ll stop by and take a look, if you haven’t already checked it out.

Visit Sally’s Smorgasbord Weekly RoundUp HERE

Enjoy Your Visit!

#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 – Sally Cronin’s Weekly RoundUp Post

Still on my blog break, everyone (which feels really weird), but you know I’m not going to miss sharing Sally’s RoundUp post this week. I’ve only read one thing she posted this week, sorry to say, but it had my name in the subject line, so how could I resist? However,  I have no qualms about saying you should definitely check out everything that’s been going on all week, because it’s bound to be GREAT STUFF. (It always is!) 

To visit Sally’s Smorgasbord Weekly RoundUp, go HERE!

ENJOY!!
(And I’ll see you in one more week! 😀 )

#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!