Thursday, November 30, 2006
Nearly every town has one. Many times it is in connection with a local college. If you have a Barnes & Noble or a Borders, quite likely they have a group that meets there at least once a month.
There are numerous groups online, too. If you go to Yahoo Groups, you'll find many! There's also websites such as Urbis.com. (See links.) At DeviantArt.com, there are dozens as well - I even co-manage one called The Writer's Meow. (See Links.)
Whatever group you choose, it will be a great exercise for you to share your work with others and get feedback. Some have assignments or contests. But they will all force you to stretch a little and develop as a writer.
So happy writing!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I highly recommend everyone pick it up! And read the first book, The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman, too.
Monday, November 27, 2006
I did see a reward yesterday in this world, though, in the form of a very nice woman and her teenage daughters who were excited about what I was doing with my series.
Thank you, God, for that little affirmation.
That little reward should sustain my worldly ego for another week or so!
Friday, November 24, 2006
I am mostly done with my shopping, too. Hope everyone in my family wants books for Christmas! (Just kidding ... or am I?)
The TeensReadToo.com site starts their 31 Days of Giving soon - very exciting!
And I've got a lot of readers lined up to recieve advanced copies of Book IV soon!!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
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Saturday, November 18, 2006
I just stay positive and cheerful, because that's my calling.
Some people become missionaries. Some people take up a cause like animal abuse or a cure for cancer. Some people do non profit charity work. Some witness to others while some fight for their beliefs all the way to the Supreme Court!
But I know my calling, my place in this world. I was given naive, child-like enthusiasm and an optimistic attitude like you wouldn't believe. I am here to encourage and bring a message of hope. I am to find the good in all situations and people.
I may only be one person, but God knows that!
And one person CAN make a difference!!!
Friday, November 17, 2006
Christmas is coming soon!!! Better start shopping!
Monday, November 13, 2006
The website ContactAnyCelebrity.com has thousands of actors, producers, athletes, musicians - you name it! They currently offer a one week trial subscription for $1 that is well worth looking into if you want endorsements for your book.
I also recommend having a list of celebrities you wish to contact before going to that site, too. Find celebrities that would be interested in the subject of your book, grew up in the location of your story or went to college there, or that support your charity cause. Do a google search, plus visit IMDB.com (Internet Movie Data Base) and search through the bios posted on that site.
As always, best to think about these things before you write your book! Just like product placement and movie tie-ins are vitally important, you need these in your book, too!
Sunday, November 12, 2006
I already have many enthusiastic fans ready to be advanced readers for Book IV! I will start sending out chapters and whole copies in E-Book form next January & February. Interested parties - email me!!
And ad Deviant Art, the writer's club is rocking & rolling - two dozen new members already for The Writer's Meow!!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
As a member of Deviant Art, a community for artists, photographers & writers, I am now part of a writing club called The Writer's Meow. We hope to foster encouragement and positive feedback for all the members and have forum chats about writing.
Also, thanks to this website, I now have a couple new special friends & fans. It's amazing the people you can meet when you just reach out! One mother-daughter team has really touched my heart. It's nice to know there are still spunky, optimistic people out there like myself!
Journeying to South Carolina this weekend - the land of cheap gas prices. Just seven more appearances this year and one radio interview. I'm going to be sad to see it slow down, although my vehicle will probably appreciate it! (Less than two years old, almost 58,000 miles on it!)
Monday, November 06, 2006
We have a winner for the free book giveaway for the month of October - Conner!
In other news, I will be starting a writing group online at Deviant Art, tenatively called The Writer's Meow. It will be co-moderated and will feature prose & poetry, with contests, interactive forums, and tips on writing, publishing & marketing. More news once the club is established and running!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
I wrote about a circle of friends. And as I move forward with my series and my life, my own circle continues to widen. I would love to spend a whole day with each new friend I have now - unfortunately, that would take me a couple years to do!!
What a terrible problem to have, huh?
In other news, there's a wonderful new website called Web of Happiness - look for the link on this site. A whole site devoted to positive, happy things - total bliss for Spunky!!
If you've never checked out Teens Read Too, go to their site. Lots of fun things, plus contests, too.
Never know, you might make a new friend!!