Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hola

As you read this, I will be basking in the sun and sand of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Hopefully,  I will also be generating some new ideas for books and/or stories.  The lively Mexican children, beautiful scenery, whales spouting in the distance and just plain rest and relaxation of vacation tend to foster my imagination.  I will be checking in post vacation.

Happy writing!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Keep Your Date

In the midst of crazy times, my writing always suffers and now is no exception.  I need to be reminded again and again to use the little snippets of time here and there and not wait for the big chunk of time that never materializes.  While I've not been good at sitting down, butt in chair, and actually working on a manuscript as of late, I have been knocking off several things, writing related, such as listening to replays from the PB Summit and a 12 x 12 webinar I missed.  I've also not been very good lately at posting consistently here on my blog.  I aim to do better going forward.

Today, I was reading a chapter in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers and was reminded it is possible to find time in the chaos and use that time effectively and efficiently. I read a chapter by Linda S. Clare.  She talked about finding time to write during years of running a daycare.  One thing she wrote that really stuck with me is to keep a date with your writing.  She did so by setting a timer and writing during the 90 minutes her day care kids rested/napped. I so agree that one must get creative in battling the challenge of finding time in a tight schedule, but it can be done. And I will do it.

Remember...


"Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein." ~ H. Jackson Brown

Well, then...back to work I go!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Commitment

Here dawns a new year, filled with new commitments, new resolutions, new hopes and dreams, new chances.  I haven't so much made resolutions for the new year but have made new commitments to myself.  I've kept my goals general but with more specific steps..."write more" but specifically with the intention to "write at least 15 minutes a day;" "improve my marketing skills," but specifically with the intention to "research new markets," "explore the better use of social media," "create a better author visit program;" and "read more" but specifically "read at least 10 PBs a month," "read something for fun every day," etc.  You get the idea! We shall see how it goes, and I will be reporting in along the way.

I saw a picture on FB today that re-affirmed my commitment to making better changes and adjustments in my life to better serve my writing. 

Isn't this a great reminder to forge ahead in life, whether it is in one's writing or any other life situation.  We have the control to commit, to work hard and to keep striving for a better end, whatever that may be.  This might just be my new mantra for 2016:)

What are your goals, hopes, dreams, commitments (whatever term you use) for 2016? I'd love to hear them!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016.  May your ideas be many, your words be prolific and your writing be fruitful!


“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”                        

C.S. Lewis

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season! Stay safe and well if traveling and enjoy the time spent with family and friends.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Little Bug Review



Barbara Bockman's review of Little Bug is up on her blog if you would like to pop over and read her very kind words or learn more about Barbara and her books.  Visit her blog at https://barbarabockman.wordpress.com




Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Book Review: BonBon

I am happy to share my review of Barbara Bockman's new children's picture book, BonBon.  It is a delightful story.


Title: BonBon
Category: Children’s Picture Book
Author: Barbara Bockman
Illustrator: Eugene Ruble
Print ISBN: 9781616337032
eBook ISBN: 9781616337049
Published: Guardian Angel Publishing, September 2015

BonBon is a toy French Poodle living in the Twice Loved Toy Shop (what a great name!) in Paris, France. From the very beginning of Bockman’s story, we can feel BonBon’s heartfelt longing to be chosen as someone’s special toy. Will her wish come true?

We see many beautiful and historic places in this story—the Eiffel Tower, Cathedral of Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Moulin Rouge—as BonBon’s friends discuss landmarks they’ve “seen” in their lives. But BonBon just wants to be noticed and decides she must practice patience. Despite ongoing challenges like being hidden behind bigger toys in the window, luck prevails and BonBon is spotted by a little girl looking for her Paris keepsake.  Will she convince her mom that BonBon is the perfect souvenir?

Eugene Ruble’s detailed illustrations are beautiful and bring BonBon and her story to life. BonBon is a lovely story that is sure to delight young readers.

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** Please Note:  I do not receive monetary compensation nor any other incentive for my reviews.