Do The Next Thing

I am way overdue on grocery shopping.  If you’re main food buyer in your family, you’ll understand this:  I’ve been at different stores in the last week, but I haven’t done a comprehensive, well-planned shopping; I’ve just been skirmish shopping, where I pick up those things we really need (milk, bread) and some stuff for dinner.

So I woke up this morning and realized I had nothing definitive planned for dinner and no car access for the day. That’s not good.  People in my family have come to expect regular meals.  I didn’t even have my back up pasta and ready-made sauce, because we used it last week! Yikes.

I just did a pantry patrol.  At first, I didn’t see anything promising. But as I took the time to look at everything on the shelves, I realized I had a lot of different pieces.  A box of farfalle pasta. . .diced tomatoes. . .some canned veggies. . .hmmm.  I’m not promising anything gourmet, but I think I can make dinner happen tonight.  Whew, crisis averted.

Writing is like that. I might approach the next chapter feeling as though I have nothing in the pantry that will make something appealing. But then as I look at all the pieces, it comes together.  A character surprises me.  I think of a plot option that I hadn’t considered.  And somehow it all comes together.

If meal planning has helped me in my writing, so has homeschooling.  I’ve been doing that for over ten years, and if there’s one lesson I’ve learned, it’s that no matter how much I plan, life happens.  Sometimes, on days when we’ve gotten a late start, or someone is not feeling well, or the house is a mess, I might be tempted to just let everything go and ditch school.  But if I did that all the time, we’d never get anything done.  So instead, on those days when it’s like swimming upstream, we just do the next thing.  We do a page of math. Read a little history. Write some spelling words.  Nothing elaborate, nothing earth-shattering. . just the next thing.

When I’m stuck on a manuscript that won’t move forward, I employ the same tactic.  Do the next thing.  Write mundane stuff. Sketch in some dialogue.  Even if you’re not certain that what you write is what you want to write, do it anyway; you can always improve it or edit it out later.  But do something; do the next thing.

Tour Update

I’m enjoying this cyber tour so much.  It’s fun to meet new people and talk books, writing, publishing. . .I wish I could invite you all over for a book party or a reading, but if that can’t happen, I’m happy we can visit together in cyber world.

Speaking of which, do stop by Reading Lark today and read my guest post.  It’s always so much fun to work the the Larks. I love their reviews and their site.

I’m beginning to get into a groove here on our own site. You’ll find a new post about writers surviving in the real world under Sanity Saturdays each weekend.  I’m shooting for a book review once a month, although right now, while I’m doing the final edit for BREATHLESS, that might not happen.  And I’ll try to keep you updated on the progress of the King Series, with little tidbits of sneak previews for the upcoming books.

We’ll also be doing some small giveaways and contests in the coming months.

Speaking of giveaways, if you haven’t been to Taking Time for Mommy and entered the Kindle giveaway. . well, why not?  When you sign up for my newsletter through the tour, you not only get 25 entries for the Kindle, you also will receive a free e-copy of BREATHLESS.  Good deal all around!

Be sure to stop by my author page on Facebook and share some FEARLESS love.  I want to hear your thoughts and feedback!

 

BREATHLESS With Excitement

Okay, I know. . bad pun.  But really, I am!

How can I not be excited? I’m on day two of my extraordinary cyber tour. . .I’m making so many new friends. . .my latest interview went live yesterday (see it here ). . and today I saw a sneak preview of the cover for BREATHLESS, which will be available at the end of February.  Love it!

I’m excited to hear your thoughts about FEARLESS, so if you’re a new reader, please do leave a comment here or on my author page.  I love these characters and this story, and it’s a huge pleasure to share them with all of you.

Stop Piracy, Not Liberty

Good morning, folks. . and an especial hello and welcome to all the wonderful people stopping by on my book tour for FEARLESS, which kicks off. . well, right now!

I hope that you’ll hit all the stops on the tour and participate completely.  Today, though, I have to stand in support of all the sites that are black in protest of the proposed bills, SOPA and PIPA.

While the intentions of this bill are admirable, the consequences would be grave for everyone.  None of us like piracy.  We understand that Congress is attempting to protect us.  However, SOPA and PIPA would not end piracy; it would seriously cripple legit businesses and discourage job creation and growth.  Seriously, people. . we’re just maybe beginning to see the glimmers of hope in the midst of this economic midnight.  Do we need to intentionally do something that we know is going to extinguish those glimmers?

Some of the biggest sites and businesses on the internet are dark today in protest of the proposed legislation.  And AOL, eBay, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo! have all written a letter to Congress informing our lawmakers of their grave concerns.

If you want to know more about SOPA and PIPA (and you should), and if you want to sign the protest petition (and you should), go here.

I’ll happily see you back here for the rest of the tour.  I’ll catch you on Twitter and chat with you on Facebook. But for today, I’m standing down.

Welcome to the Tour!

My very first promotional tour for FEARLESS kicks off tomorrow.  I am so excited, and I hope you all are, too.

Since my book is exclusively at amazon.com and under the KDP Select program, we’re giving away a Kindle on this tour. Yes, a Kindle!

AND if you sign up for my newsletter at the tour site, you’ll receive a FREE copy of BREATHLESS, the second book in the King Series. (There’s a sneak preview here on the site. . .just to give you a taste of what you’ll be getting!)

So. . .what are you waiting for? GO over to Taking Time For Mommy and sign up! Enter!

See you on the tour!