25 Oct 2012
in General, Writing
Tags: blog, blogging, Brinda Berry, Coyote Con, Diana Castle, dogs, Facebook, Getting Back to Basics, Gloria Richard, humor, Jenna Reynolds, Jenny Hansen, link mashup, Lisa Hall-Wilson, MADD, Maria Zannini, Natalie Hartford, Raelyn Barclay, recipes, recycling, sex, tarot, The Frugal Way, work, writers, writing
My work schedule is random enough that grabbing dedicated writing time is more miss than hit. I’m sure it will even out eventually. What that adds up to for you is that I haven’t finalized the Meet the Cards post for today.
Instead, here are some posts which rocked my world recently.
Jenny Hansen is a must read for me and posts like Can One Person Make a Difference? is one reason why. Recently, Jenny had Lisa Hall Wilson over with this post on Fun Facebook Tricks.
Maria Zannini is another must read for me, she keeps things real with posts like Yellow Jacket Attack, and she’ll also be a panelist in this weekend’s Coyote Con — Writing Sex Scenes.
On Maria’s Back to Basics blog I found this great recipe for Healthy Homemade Dog Cookies — Beastie Girl approved. Maria also had this amazing tip on Recycling Pour Tops. Be sure to like The Frugal Way on Facebook for great deals. Maria does her research!
Natalie Hartford is a guaranteed laugh most days of the week like this post, on a product we’ve all likely seen advertized, Worlds Collide: Pajamas and Jeans. Every Friday, however, this amazingly dedicated woman puts a personal face on the victims of drunk driving. Check out this great product doing double duty as support for a worthy cause — Recovery Tags.
Brinda Berry has a regular feature, Social Media Savvy with Sanity, on Gloria Richard’s blog and this week was more on Facebook — This is a Test. This Is Only a Facebook Test.
As part of Coyote Con, this Sunday is my Tarot in Writing panel with the amazing Diana Castle, who you’ve seen me mention here on the blog under her pen name of Jenna Reynolds. The panel starts at 11 AM EASTERN time (AKA New York time). Diane and I hope to see you there
21 Dec 2011
Tags: Bayard/Lamb 2012, blog, blogging, DIY Christmas, Facebook, family, goals, guest blogger, guest post, Jenna Reynolds, Jenny Hansen, Kristen Lamb, Maria Zannini, NaNoWriMo, Piper Bayard, Raelyn Barclay, ROW80, tarot, Twitter, WiP, word count, writers, writing
Crap. Where did the time go?
It’s almost Christmas — I’m not ready — and it’s the end of the fourth round of ROW80 for 2011. With Christmas falling on Sunday, there won’t be a Sunday Summary this week, so we’ll call this my final check in for 2011.
For a recap of my goals, go HERE.
- Write 250 words per day, 5 days a week, on fantasy piece. — Mostly a success, with NaNoWriMo I managed to get about 15K shy of finished with the first draft. However, there has been some major slackage in December that not even joining Jenny Hansen’s NaNoSlackMo could salvage.
- Blog twice a week, not counting ROW80 updates. — Definitely a success. I even got in a guest post over on Maria Zannini’s blog (giveaways are open through tomorrow) as part of her DIY Christmas. I had some fantastic visitors here, with Jenna Reynolds talking about tarot, and Piper Bayard and Kristen Lamb here as part of their Bayard/Lamb in 2012 Campaign Tour.
- Comment on 3 blogs per day. — Mostly a success. Definitely had more hits than misses
- Update Twitter and Facebook 3 times a week, not counting new blog posts. — I had some great weeks. I had some bad weeks. I even had some epic fail weeks. This will continue to be an area I need to work on in 2012.
I’ll definitely be joining again in 2012. To watch for the details of round one in 2012, go HERE.
I have a regularly scheduled Tarot post for tomorrow, and next Thursday, plus a post scheduled for next Tuesday. Otherwise, I’m kicking back and enjoying the holiday.
I wish you all a very happy holiday with the ones you love!
30 Oct 2011
in ROW80, Sunday Summary
Tags: blog, blogging, challenges, Facebook, family, Jenna Reynolds, NaNoWriMo, Raelyn Barclay, ROW80, tarot, Twitter, Wendy Andrew, WiP, word count, writers, writing
- So, a crazy busy week. Two extra days with everyone home really messes with the ol’ mojo
- Blessed Samhain.
Artwork by Wendy Andrew
Hope those of you who celebrate Halloween have a fun and safe holiday. I’ll be spending a good chunk of the day at the elementary school in one class party or another.
- Jenna Reynolds’ tarot class was fascinating! And I have to admit it distracted me a bit from new wordage this week. On the other hand it may have breathed new life into an old project…score.
- I was a little better on the social media front than last week but I’m not sure I met my three updates. I think I hit my goal of commenting on at least three blogs a day with the exception of Saturday.
- On the wordage front, definitely didn’t meet my goal. I actually lost a few words when I rewrote a scene in a different POV. Sigh.
- Still maintaining the writing and scheduling of blog posts a head of time. Actually have drafts for most of November that just need fine tuning. You’d think I was getting ready for NaNo or something, LOL.
- Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I wish all of you taking part a hearty, “Good luck!”
16 Oct 2011
in ROW80, Sunday Summary
Tags: blog, blogging, challenges, exercise, Facebook, family, Jenna Reynolds, Kat Latham, Raelyn Barclay, ROW80, tarot, Twitter, videos, WiP, word count, writers, writing
- Okay ladies, last week’s gentle reminder that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month was pathetic, I mean pathetic, compared to this gem, These Hot Men Are Concerned About Your Breasts, I found over at Kat Latham’s Reader, I Created Himblog.
Done? Good. Now go check out the rest of Kat’s post, it is very thought provoking.
Back? Oh, you got sidetracked by the video again. No, worries, I’ll wait
- For those of you interested in using Tarot in your writing, check out Jenna Reynolds’ new Plotting & Brainstorming with the Tarot class. It starts on Sunday, October 23th, and runs for a week. She’ll be rolling out brand new Tarot spreads.
- And in the weird joys of motherhood, littlest beastie swallowed a marble during art on Wednesday. I’ve been watching for it to work its way through. With all four potty-trained, I really thought I was done dealing with poop, LOL.On the serious side though, I wasn’t sure how long to wait. Happily the marble appeared yesterday.
- On the wordage front, I wrote all but one day this week and on that one day I did some tweaking of the act. So I still worked on the fantasy piece everyday…win.
- Monday: 717 words
- Tuesday: 282 words
- Wednesday: 513 words
- Thursday: no new words but fixed plot problem in act one
- Friday: 314 words
- And in a surprise move — Saturday: 755 words
- On the social media front, I commented on 3-5 blogs every day, except Saturday. I also updated Facebook and Twitter the minimum 3 times this week.
- I changed things up a bit this week. I got up at 5am every morning and that gave me 45 minutes to an hour of D&E writing. I prefer D&E writing for new wordage but haven’t been doing it because I need to walk beastie girl before it gets too hot. Well, with fall in the air and the dark mornings, the dog walks can be later in the morning. This week has been a total win on writing first then walking the dog…all of which is happening before the crazy of everyone getting up and needing to get out of the house. Another couple weeks of this and, wow, maybe a new habit will be born.
- Ack! I have a teen in the house. We’ve been in birthday mode most of this weekend.