Heads up! July is the 11th annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale …

 All my books will be discounted either 25% or 50% for the entire month, beginning at one minute past midnight Pacific time on July 1.  Catch them while you can!

Go to Smashwords.com — specifically my profile page – to find all my books. The discounts will be applied automatically when you add the book to your cart.

Shopping at Smashwords.com has the advantage of allowing you to select whatever e-format you use, and you can always find a link to it on my site, as well as links to other retailers carrying my books.

So, if you haven’t had a chance to get copies yet, here’s a chance to get them at a discount! Shop on!

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Heads-up!

Writing friends and I will be at the Local Author Showcase presented by Cumberland County Public Library in June. Join us, browse, talk to authors, and buy a book or two. We sign on request!  June 15, 2019. See you there!


Local Author Showcase

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Headquarters Library
Pate Room

Writers from the Sandhills region are participating in a Local Authors Showcase sponsored by the Friends of the Library, giving the community a chance to meet the authors and learn more about their books. The Headquarters Library long-standing writer’s group, Write On, Right Now (WORN), will also have an information table at the Showcase and will be available to talk to local authors about library resources available for indie authors.


 

How’d it go?

Just a quick word to say that doing a radio show was a different experience for me – especially an inaugural show offered by my former colleagues at  ARRAY Publishing & Marketing, LLC (aka ARRAY Magazine ). Anne Marie Ziegler – the publisher of ARRAY and manager  of its sister magazine Hola! Fayetteville and my good friend, and Anissa Short, marketing director for ARRAY and host of ARRAYdio (now coming to you regularly over the internet at ibroncoradio.com on Saturdays at 2:00 pm) and one very savvy lady – did a wonderful job their first time out of the gate on Saturday.

We reminisced about when I worked for ARRAY, took a look at what they are doing now with radio (and maybe someday TV), and talked about who they partner with (lots of good folk). Then they launched their format. It includes shout-outs to heroes in Fayetteville as well as listing and descriptions of events coming up in the city.  Each week they’ll be covering topics under one of these umbrellas: the city and its development, nonprofits, and the arts, all under the watchful eye of Brian at ibroncoradio.com, a member of ibronco-radio’stalented and helpful crew.

It was great sitting in on ARRAYdio, listening to my friends do what they do best, talk about what’s good and going on in Fayetteville NC. We had a chance to talk about what I do now, and even talk about the future a bit. So, thanks ladies, for the opportunity, and good luck as you continue to march forward, breaking new ground in Fayetteville, and carrying the city into the future with your special brand of promotion.

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a ‘How do I get myself into these things’ update?

Okay. I was tempted to call this a Busy Person’s Update, but I could just hear someone saying out loud, “We’re all busy these days!” And they’d be right, But there’s phenomena at work here, at least for me, and it’s something I think we’ve all seen.

How the busy person, despite vows to the contrary, gets busier, no matter what.

I had come off a full year of ‘stuff’ in my life. Getting two books up on Amazon, some personal and family illness, house reno, doing my part on a group anthology, escaping a hurricane and recovering from its aftermath, prepping for Christmas, Christmas with all the family in…. and then I go and decide to attempt the Hallmark project.

Why do I do these things? I was already set to focus on just 2 of my books, two I plan to market for traditional publication. The anthology was behind me (although our group is eagerly taking on another one). In the back of my mind I was prepping for returning to the  home reno I’d  had to temporarily  (see that word, kids? temporarily) abandon. But, as mentioned previously in this blog, the opportunity was too good to pass up. I did finish the book, complete with proper revisions, and submitted it in time. 82,000+ words. No word back yet.

Still, even with that in submission limbo, I was left with 2 books with major tangly problems to work on, and a house and yard  begging for attention. You’d think that was enough. No, I had to get the bug to write an article about a local meadery – I have developed a taste for mead, or honey wine, as some refer to it. I want to share what I’ve learned. So, I’ve gone and pitched an article for that.

WHY do we do this to ourselves? Is it because we can’t stand being idle? Does it hearken back to school days where every teacher loaded you up saying you needed to do all these assignments in order to pass/succeed? Is it because we feel a responsibility to ‘step up’ and take on something we’re asked to do, even if it’s ourselves doing the asking?

Is it the ‘shiny new thing’ distraction? We just have to do the new thing?

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Today we seem to be caught between the idea of slow-down-stop-to-smell-the-roses-appreciate-life approach and the drive-to-succeed-I-can-do-everything-bring-it-on mentality. How do we handle that?

I think a few people thrive at either end of the spectrum. Some of us cycle between the two approaches – although personally I could use a little longer on the smelling the roses bit. Unlike a true bell curve, I think only a few strike a balance.  I envy them, I think…although  a little bit of mania in life can be a good thing. We should feel free to enjoy the rush while it feels good.

Maybe that’s the thing: doing what works for you. People are different; what works for one can be killing to another. Find your own working process. Find your story. And then thrive.

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I began writing on December 30. As of today, in the morning, I have 4 chapters to go and have crossed the 52,000 word mark. I expect to have to add words during revision, plus the remaining chapters contain a lot. I expect to hit my word goal, I just don’t know when.