Wow, another year has past! Well, almost. I'm not really trying to rush it or anything. Even though I had a few disappointments, 2015 was a good year for me.
Next week I will recap how my yearly goals matched up to my production. The following week, I'll share my goals for 2016!
To be honest, I am just now starting to think about my 2016 writing goals. Have you set your goals yet or are you like me, still mulling them over?
I have decided on my one word for my writing career for 2016. It's reinvigorate. I need too. I've been slacking off a little so I need to reinvigorate my enthusiasm towards my writing and the every changing market place.
Did you receive a Barnes and Noble or Amazon gift card for Christmas? If so, you might want to check out the Lassoed by Marriage novella collection!
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
This is it. The end of this years series. Although I didn't post them in any particular order, I did save my favorite Christmas movie for last. I mean, Cary Grant, as an angel, it just doesn't get any better than that! Plus I always enjoyed Loretta Young and David Niven's acting too.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
This is another great movie featuring Santa and believing in the magic at Christmas. My favorite part of this movie is when they prove in court that the 'crazy old man' is Santa. Seriously, it's an ingenious idea to deliver the children's letters to Santa. I know why this movie has staying power!
Monday, December 21, 2015
Who could not this movie about Santa Claus? It's SO magical and explains all the magic behind the man. Mix the magic with comedy and tenderness and what do you have? A hit!
Sunday, December 20, 2015
This movie makes me cry every time I watch it. It's a wonderful reminder of all the little things that we do in life that make a big impact on someone else.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
We are coming in on the home stretch for this series. It wouldn't be Christmas time without watching today's movie at least once. And who wouldn't? The costumes are gorgeous! And the song? Terrific, especially Snow!
Friday, December 18, 2015
Today's movie I've grown to enjoy over the years. I can't say that I really liked it the first time I watched it. Turner Classic movies plays it every year at Christmas time.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Today's movie features Barbara Stanwyck. She is one of my favorite actresses. I think she's beautiful and has always reminded me of my mother! This movie has a fun premise and is just all around enjoyable!
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
I'm posting this movie in honor of my son and daugther-in-law. They both love this movie. It's why I finally watched it. AND now I'm a big fan. It's an unusual premise for a Christmas movie. Do you like this movie?
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Has this movie become a cult classic? Maybe? It really is a cute movie, but as a mother, who forgets their child? However, it's fun to watch a kid outsmart the bad guys!
Monday, December 14, 2015
Today's Christmas movie actually introduced a song that is still popular at Christmas time. The song is very well known, White Christmas! Yes, White Christmas was actually introduced in this movie.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
My husband and I watched this next movie on Turner Classic Movies on Christmas Eve a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. We liked it so much that we purchased a copy. This movie goes back quite a few years, but has a fun premise and heartwarming ending.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
Today's movie appealed to me on various levels. I love snowmen, spirits in movies, and Micheal Keaton! This movie reminds us to stop working so hard and pay attention to what is really important in life.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Spoiler Alert! If you've never seen this movie or "In the Good Old Summer Time" with Judy Garland and Van Johnson, when you watch them you are going to see the same theme as "You've Got Mail". There is something very entertaining about 'rivals' falling in love through the mail whether it's snail mail or email.
Do you like modern remakes of old movies?
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
I'm going with another comedy today. To be honest, I've seen many of 'The Ernst" movies, but I'm not certain I saw the Christmas movie. However, Jim Varney's character Ernst became very popular in the 1980's.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Today's movie is another one from my son's childhood. We saw this in the theater and at the time the effects were top notch which made the movie magical.
Friday, December 4, 2015
Does anyone else remember this show that starred Jason Robards?
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Time for another comedy. I love Charles Dicken's, A Christmas Carol however the original version, although is has a wonderful message, can be a little heavy. However you can't say that with today's movie, SCROOGED!
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
If you are a follower of my blog you know in December I do some sort of Christmas parade. One year it was a parade of toys from my childhood. The next year it was a parade of toys from my son's childhood. I did a parade of Christmas books and this year it's movies! I have seen each one of these Christmas movies and they will parade in no particular order until the last two days and those will be my tried and true favorites!
Today's movie on parade is:
Have you ever seen this classic film?
Today's movie on parade is:
Have you ever seen this classic film?
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Early Bird Special is 1/2 price, just $40.00, Share this with your friends. It's a valuable price break and your food is included. When the official site is set up you will receive more about the scheduled workshops.Check out this webpage: http://omahawordsowers.blogspot.com/
This writing group puts on a TERRIFIC conference for a BARGAIN price! There is something for every type of Christian writer. I urge you to check it out.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Also Harlequin has all their back list romance ebooks on sale for $1.99. I have never seen this happen before. So if you love a good romance you should definately check this out. Of course, all but one of my Harlequin Heartsongs are included in this sale including the RITA Finalist, The Widow's Suitor. They are available on the Harlequin website, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
If you need a stocking stuffer or $5 exchange gift, two of my inspirational romance novels are still in print and under $5. Reclaiming the Cowboy's Heart and Sweet on the Cowgirl print copies are available at Barnes & Noble and Christianbook.com.
Lastly, Dakota Love is the perfect gift for a quilter and reader in your life! It's available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Barbour Books.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
What excellent 'market' research. Experiencing and observing what the age group I write for enjoys. Inflatables!
Here is what I learned playing as a child:
Inflatables are fun. FUN!
Children like to race through the obstacle course. Not just my granddaughters, their friends and my son.
Children are inclusive. They don't care how old you are, they want you to play along with them.
Children are open to new ideas like making a train going down the inflatable slide.
Children are impatient. They can't wait for old ladies to climb up the slide stairs to race down with them. They have to slide down as soon as they reach the top!
Are you writing for a certain age child and are suddenly stuck? Go do what they do!
Shop in the mall if you are writing for teens or preteens and watch their actions, their clothes choices or the stores they shop in.
For younger children, go to a park and play. Feel the wind in your face as you swing, the exhilaration as you slide down a twisting slide or the satisfaction of completing an obstacle course. If you're not up for outside, attend a children's movie or play. Sit in the back and observe. What punch lines tickle their fancy? Which character do they cheer for?
Put yourself in their world to add accuracy to your stories. Do you have any other ideas to reach your inner child?
Saturday, October 31, 2015
My favorite Halloween costume as a child was Bewitched. It was store bought costume and the mask was as pretty as the real Elizabeth Montgomery!
My favorite Halloween book as a child was The Witch Next Door. I still have it.
My favorite 'scary' book as an adult is The Bad Seed. It's the first book I read with a twist ending. I still have it too.
My favorite "Halloweenish" television show was The Munster's. My sister has the Munster Family paperdolls.
My favorite horror movie is....I don't have one. I don't like horror movies. They scare me!
My new favorite "Halloweensih" television show is GRIMM.
Can to share any of your goolish memories?
Sunday, October 25, 2015
In case you don't know, this is a program where writers get 50,000 words on paper during the month of November.
I've participated several times and completed two novels under contract. This year I have a short story assignment to work on, a children's novel I plan to revise, and a new book idea to brainstorm.
It's not exactly getting 50,000 words on paper, but at least it's a goal!
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Now I did have both of those things, but neither of those reasons are a good excuse. I've written my blog through both of them before!
This weeks blog will be an update. So this is what I've been up to over the last two months:
Obviously, by the picture at the top of the post, I have a new book releasing! It's a novella collection and the release date is January 1st. However, it is available for preorder on Amazon and at the publisher's website. If you visit the Barbour website you will find it's on SALE if you preorder it. www.barbourbooks.com.
I completed a 13 story short story assignment in August and have received an assignment from the publisher for 13 more short stories that is due in January.
I am working on a romance proposal package that I hope to have wrapped up and to my agent by the end of the month. Of course, I know it may still need tweaking before it's ready to be sent to an editor.
I've been asked to speak at a Wordsower Conference in the Omaha, Nebraska area next spring. I'll be covering work for hire assignments in the Christian children's genre.
I found out this weekend, The Widow's Suitor, placed second in the Booksellers Buyers Contest. Although the book didn't place first in any contest I entered it in, I had an excellent showing in three contests.
I am starting to enter Reclaiming the Cowboy's Heart in contests.
That's it for me!
Sunday, August 16, 2015
You can also visit Goodreads and enter my giveaway of Wedding on the Rocks. Wedding on the Rocks isn't available in print anymore, but I have a few print copies! I'm giving away two copies of this book which was a finalist in two contests last year.
All of the contests should be active by Wednesday, so please stop by and enter!
Monday, August 3, 2015
Oh boy! I am behind on my blog posts. I'm still trying to play catch-up after my trip to New York City to attend the RWA Conference. Although my book didn't win either contest it was a nominee in that didn't stop me from having a great time. For lack of a better blog post, I'm going to share some of my pictures from my trip!
Sunday, July 19, 2015
I've planned my outfits around one of pair of shoes. GASP! I know! However, I have to pack to evening gowns and one pair of dress shoes so I don't want to add more weight to the suitcase in the form of shoes.
I've also chosen lightweight clothes, including my jackets which are lace and eyelet. They are lighter to pack and cooler to wear. The remaining clothes are made of lightweight almost wrinkle free fabric. I don't want to have to iron my clothes when I get there. Which leads me to a couple of questions for my readers.
First, do you try to pack light?
Second, does the 'rolled up' method of packing work for you? I've tried it a couple of time and will say the clothes do seem to come out better. However, I'm not going to try to roll the gowns!
Monday, July 13, 2015
What a great way to start the week!
Sunday, July 12, 2015
The town is only about an hour away from where I live. A friend of my husband's lives there and invited us to come and watch the parade. Due to a change in our normal plans, we gladly accepted.
Of course, many things I saw triggered my writer's creativity. Here are a few story ideas I came up with while watching the parade.
Hero occupation: Restore antique tractors
Heroine occupation/hobby: Parade planner. Story line: Town wants to cancel the annual parade.
Hero or Heroine could be a 4H Leader and are trying to help a trouble teen.
Hero and Heroine are competitors in a BBQ contest.
Heroine is trying to raise money for a community memorial garden. The Hero plans to expand his company on the site.
The heroine plans an elaborate float and has to ask the hero, a local carpenter she doesn't get along with, for help.
The parade lasted one and gave many ideas to consider for a short story or a book. What is the last event you attended that gave you a story idea?
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Maybe not. I knew in advance that I'd be on grandma duty and still I didn't work ahead to have a blog post up and ready to go. The flu bug, well, that one is unpredictable and left me tired for two days. There was no way I could have worked a head and by the time I felt good enough to write a post, it was almost time for this week's post.
So, I have one legitimate excuse and one no so legitimate. Both resulted in low productivity for my writing, no blog and no new writing. BUT I did work on my writing. I had three chapters to proof read and input the edits in the Microsoft Word document. Why? Because the only way to have results in your writing career is to work on your writing!
Take a look at the past two weeks of your life. Have you given your writing priority or was attending lunch with friends, cleaning house or watching a movie eat into your writing time? If so, what was your excuse to blow off your writing?
Remember you can't go back and recover your valuable writing time, if you want results you have to make your writing a priority and save your 'excuses' for other areas in your life.
Sunday, June 7, 2015
They provide support and valuable information. Many have monthly publications. Most have websites where authors offer courses or webinars (see my previous post). Some organizations print or post market guides for their members.
In addition they keep you up to date on your chosen genre, provide mentors or critique groups, and in some organizations can provide legal advice. Most of the organizations need volunteers and allow you to be as active as you want.
The draw back is some membership fees are pricey and many organizations assign you a chapter and you have chapter dues too. Research all organizations before you join. I've found the benefits of belonging to these organizations far outweigh the cons however I can't stress enough you need to join an organization that supports your chosen genre.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
In our online world taking a writing class is easier than ever. Writer's Digest magazine offers many courses/webinars, most Community Colleges offer writing course as well as the continuing education departments of universities, organizations in your chosen genre and don't forget to check your favorite author's website! Many author's offer online courses for a nominal fee.
With any career there is training involved. Writing is no different. Let me say that again. Writing requires training. No one can sit down and write a publishable manuscript in one setting. Trust me, if you want to succeed, take a writing course!