Wednesday, January 04, 2017

IWSG January 2017 Surprises and Happy New Year!

Insecure Writer’s Support Group!
First post of the new year and I'm late. Okay, I have a good excuse, but still, what a way to start the new year! I won't bore you with details and just say, no, our house has yet to sell, yes, we are now living in North Carolina, no I'm not writing, just managing a big construction project, and yes, my husband is now a teacher and taught his very first class today! No, we aren't living in France yet and yes it is still the plan. Live is definitely full of surprises. So today, though I am late, here are a few meme's that speak volumes about my life in this new year. I wish you all the best in 2017...

Please visit the awesome co-hosts and thank them! Eva @ Lillicasplace, Crystal Collier, Sheena-kay Graham, Chemist Ken, LG Keltner, and Heather Gardner!

Prompt question for today - 
What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?
"Write what you know." Because, this statement is not clarified by those who say it. I may not know a street in a town I'm writing about, but that doesn't mean I can't go find out about it. Just sayin'...
 Boy am I building one right now!

For a Virgo, this is important advice...!

Re-affirming previous Meme.

Learning something new is my middle name right now.

I like the thought of this.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

As We Know It - A New Release from Carrie Butler: Life Will Never Be The Same

Hey all, I wanted to share Carrie Butler's new release out this week!  Hope you enjoy this disaster thriller. Check out the book trailer at the end of the post...

Deep beneath the ocean, stretching hundreds of miles alongside the Pacific Northwest coastline, lies the Cascadia subduction zone—a fault on the verge of unleashing a catastrophic earthquake, thirty times more powerful than the San Andreas. Unfortunately, like most tourists, Elena Cordova is oblivious. She’s got her own pent-up stress to deal with, a humiliating breakup that’s driven her to end her tenure as a human doormat once and for all. So, when a pickpocket makes off with the last remnant of her relationship, she takes action—only to get trapped with him when disaster strikes.

Now, if either one hopes to survive, they’ll have to get past their initial impressions and work together . . . because in fifteen minutes, half the town will be underwater.

Note: Amazon links also available in UK, DE, FR, ES, IT, NL, JP, BR, CA, MX, AU, and IN.
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Carrie Butler is an award-winning author and the owner of Forward Authority full-service studio—not to mention an inbound-certified marketer with a penchant for superhero socks and Firefly. Time away from her desk is spent playing with her rescue pup, yelling at the TV during hockey season, and indulging in target-based recreation. Otherwise, you’re likely to find her glued to her chair, discovering new ways to share her daydreams...  |  Twitter  |  Facebook
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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

IWSG December, Life, Its Curve Balls and Happy Christmas!

Welcome to the December volume of IWSG, Life and its Curve Balls. I’ve been thrown a big one with a steep learning curve, and am trying to keep my eye on the ball and my arm in a smooth arc as I learn the rules to this new game!
I’m learning what life as a Construction Project Manager is like. The only time I get for writing lately is in my head. However, it is for a worthy cause and is only for a limited time so I’m not complaining. My favorite saying is “Life is what happens when you’re busy planning something else.” This project involves renovations of about twenty buildings and the construction of a brand new one on a 100 acre camp in the mountains! I am in charge of the money so am following the PM around and working with him to understand exactly what is going on.
I have found that this job feels much like editing does. One is constantly going over the same ground to make sure all the “little” things are taken care of, shaped, and checked on to make sure they make sense. I never would have compared the two, but managing a construction site and editing a novel have a lot in common.
I’m in over my head, but am enjoying the learning, just as I feel/do with writing/editing. 
Have you ever compared what you do for a “day” job to your writing?

The question of the month for December is:
In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself in five years
 and what’s your plan to get there?
I see myself having published at the very least four more novels, one family drama and three historical fiction. I plan to, after I finish this latest construction project, spend whatever time it takes to get that done. Then I want to go on a road trip and visit friends while holding readings/signings all over the country. And I’ll start attending local and regional “art” fairs/annual festivals and book fairs to market my wares…

 Merry Christmas!!!
See you in 2017

Please visit and thank the awesome co-hosts for the
December 7 posting of the IWSG

 Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield! 

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