A mind walk

It will be 107 degrees today. I know it’s summer in southern Arizona and it is to be expected, but it reinforces my feeling that I don’t belong here. I’ve lived here for 47 years, so you would think I would be accustomed to it. But it seems as though the older I get the less I am able to tolerate it. The only redeeming part of this season is the monsoon rain storms that visit in the evenings, though those have been AWOL for the last several weeks!

My fantasy home will be in a place that enjoys four seasons, with lots of green in the summer and lots of white in the winter, near a mountain lake or the ocean. Water is necessary.

I have a lot of books. My last estimate was 1300-1500. So I would need a house with an attic and basement, a large room for books and my writing space. I’ve always wanted to live in a Victorian two story house. More dreaming would be large fireplaces and maybe a friendly ghost.

As you can see I am finding a place in my mind to hide from the stress of the hot weather.

Last night a storm hit us coming in from the north east. It made it’s presence known when a large brown patio umbrella broke in half and struck the house making Millie and I jump. She went to the window and barked like crazy. The wind was powerful and once the heavy rain started everything got soaked. The storm moved quickly and then it was over. The humidity was 60% and the temp was 80. Sticky and still.

So here I sit, hidden in the air conditioned house, regularly getting wet to cool off, and a fan blowing on me. I imagine snowy mountains, cool breezes and temperatures that require a sweater and scarf.

Cheers!

-N

Laptop is sick

For a year now I have had issues with the power on my laptop. The cord doesn’t plug in with a click that  means it is well seated. Also the cord will gradually works its way out and I lose power.

Well today it is doing this weird thing, sort of the way the WalMart stores have the lights dim and then brighten. My computer screen is doing this. It gets dark, then brightens and I have it plugged in right now.

I really can’t afford a new one right now. Just not in the budget. Glad everything is saved on the cloud. Too crazy. Time for wine.

Cheers!

-N

4 Quick Ways To Write A #BookReview And Overcome Your Fears #MondayBlogs

I am always looking for reviews for my book. This blog really explains the how’s and why’s.

Rosie Amber

Authors WANT  Reviews

Make an Author's Day

Simple! How many times have you read pleas on social media for readers to write reviews? – Probably Loads.

Does the thought of writing a book review send you racing to the hills? – I can see plenty of you nodding in agreement.

WHAT holds you back?

Reading Soft edge

6 common replies:

I can’t write.

I can’t write paragraphs about a book.

I don’t know what to write.

I’m afraid of what people will think of my review.

I’m an author and don’t want a backlash on my own books.

I don’t have the time.

Let’s turn this around

I can’t write – I bet if you can read, you can write.

I can’t write paragraphs about a book – Good News, Amazon accepts one sentence reviews now as do many other sites.

I don’t know what to write – Ah! Quick Question – Why did you like or Dislike…

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Yeah I’m ranting.

Greetings all!

It’s been a bit of an emotional roller coaster these last several days. A member of my family is struggling with mental illness and it has been a test of patience and enduring emotional highs and lows. It’s chased away my muse and now that things are improving I am on the search for it.

One exciting thing to share is I will be a great aunt again. My niece is in labor with her second child right now. She is one of those women who is very fit and I expect her to do well, especially since it is her second. Can’t wait to meet the wee boy she is having.

Just finished the edits on the first draft of my newest story. I have to revise and rewrite a scene that will add at least 10 pages. It comes from a discussion I had with my hubby about a question I asked him. The more we talked about it the more I realized I had to trash a bunch of words and start over. His suggestions were perfect and gave me a great scene but requires some character building I wouldn’t have recognized previously. Now I have some historical research to do on costumes and vehicles. Also have to flesh out a character who revealed themselves during the edit. He showed up and I knew I needed more backstory, so there it goes.

So its time to go through the manuscript and fine tune before handing it to my beta readers.

My writing combines two things I enjoy: romance and history. The historical accuracy is important to me. I love the feeling of immersing in a specific time and place in history. If I can add a bit of spicy romance to it then mores the better.

Two more months until fall in most places, four more months until it shows up here. Southern Arizona has two seasons: hot and not so hot. Although where I live is a higher elevation than Tucson, and we are up next to the 9000 ft mountains when it is 110 in Tucson it is 107 here in Catalina! Gaaah, hate heat. I loved Misawa, Japan, with its 10-12 feet of snow, blizzards and earthquakes. It worked for me. I am still a cold weather fan. When Chuck and I were living in Tioga, ND it was perfect. I loved bundling up and tromping around in my fur lined snow boots. If it’s going to be hot then there should be a lake or ocean nearby.

Well enough ranting, time to get to work.

Cheers!

-N

Writing Wednesday: Writer’s Inspiration

This blog post inspired me today when I really needed it.

Happy Wednesday.

Things are a bit hectic here at holiday central, but I know lots of you are working on novels and blog posts at the moment and I would like to share some of my favourite motivational quotes with you.

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What’s your favourite motivational quote? What are you working on at the moment? Let me know by commenting below!

I wish you a productive and creative week ahead.

Love,

Lindsay Sign Off

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When You Are Happy In Your Writer Skin #MondayBlogs #writer

I think this is me!

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When You Are Comfortable In Your Writer Skin

When you are happy in your writer skin you:

  1. Enjoy your writing.
  2. Accept that you have writing strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Work with your creative muse.
  4. Don’t place unrealistic expectations on your writing.
  5. Enjoy the act of sharing your writing with others.
  6. Don’t feel embarrassed about being a writer.
  7. Encourage others with their writing craft.
  8. Take steps to improve your weaknesses.
  9. Don’t place unrealistic expectations on first drafts.
  10. Look forward to working with the fictional folk who live inside your head.
  11. Accept that there will be good times and bad times but nothing will stop you from sitting down to write.
  12. Look forward to sitting down and creating worlds, people and situations.
  13. Accept that some people will like what you write and some won’t.
  14. Accept that some days words will trickle and some days they will pour out of you.
  15. Are proud of the fact that you can write thousands and…

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