Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Importance of Atmosphere to Writers



   The effort a writer makes to get into a creative state has always fascinated me. Whether it means first reading from a page of a mentor text or lighting a candle, creating a character collage or placing that plastic replica of Godzilla next to the laptop to get into The Zone, a common mantra seems to be 'whatever works!'
     For me, walking into the familiar atmosphere of my study always flips the 'write' switch. My bookshelves are like old friends cheering me on. There's my son's paper mache bowl made in third grade, filled with M & M's, that keeps my chocolate cravings at bay. And my pink sunglasses, a gift from author Eileen Spinelli during a Highlight's Foundation workshop, reminds me to see the world through my main character's eyes.



    


 

  Spring Into Cash $250 Giveaway

Spring is here!! 
To celebrate, an awesome group of bloggers, authors and publishers 
has joined with me to bring you one fabulous prize!! Enter for a chance to win $250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com gift code!!

Thanks to these sponsors for helping make this giveaway possible.

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Giveaway Details

$250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card Ends 4/15/17 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


GOOD LUCK!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Cover Reveal: Shackled by Angela Carling



     I'm pleased to host author Angela Carling today and help her reveal the new cover on her already-released novel, Shackled. Angela writes, "Shackled has an amazing story, one that pushed me to write this important and suspenseful story. Today I'm excited to share the new cover and make a big announcement! Shackled, originally written as stand-alone story will stand-alone no longer!  I've already begun work on part two of this truly emotional story inspired by my sister's own real-life struggle."
     The new book, titled RELEASED, continues the story of SHACKLED. Angela says that for those who have ever wondered what happened to Ryan, Released will change everything!
     SHACKLED is currently on sale for KINDLE through Dec. 19th


Monday, October 10, 2016

Fall, Furry Friends & a Free Book

     Leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, caramel apples, and squirrels aplenty. That's what I'm seeing here in central Illinois. A cold, wet drizzle ushered in the day when we woke up this morning. Despite the rain, the resident squirrels' spirits aren't dampened, thanks to my husband's new obsession with feeding them field corn. Two particularly-daring red squirrels sit on the back steps and wait for him to toss out a handful. They've even chewed on the door when he's not on the ball and forgets them for a day or two. I hope they don't tell their friends.
I've been trying to finish a first round of revisions on a new middle grade, but I've been covering a maternity leave since the beginning of school. Long-term sub jobs equal no mental energy at the end of the day. I wish I were more quick at this writing stuff, but it's a slog -- always has been, and nothing's bound to change in the foreseeable future.

Oh, and speaking of middle grade books, THE UPSIDE OF DOWN is a FREE download today only (10/10/16) for KINDLE. If you're in the mood for a contemporary, feel-good kind of story, you're welcome to try it. And, of course, if you like it, I'd love to hear what you think.



                                              Happy fall! 

                                        Dawn



Saturday, October 1, 2016

Painting with Words


Personages with Star, 1933
by Joan Miro 

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
-  Albert Einstein

Thursday, September 1, 2016

End-of-Summer Giveaway

Farewell to Summer

Farewell to Summer
$250 Cash Giveaway
September 1st to 22nd

     An Awesome Group of Authors & Bloggers have joined with me to bring you one fabulous prize!! We’re giving away $250 in Paypal Cash! Alternately you can choose a $250 Amazon.com eGift Code!

  Sponsor List Thanks to these great authors & bloggers for making this giveaway possible!


Giveaway Details $250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card Ends 9/22/16.  Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed, and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Writing Outdoors & Happy Birthday, National Parks!

I've been reminiscing about past vacations these last few months as the National Park Service celebrates 100 years this summer. Our family's goal has always been to visit the national parks, battlefields, and monuments on our way to final destinations, sometimes detouring 30-40 miles off the interstate to catch an obscure landmark.

Some of the Write On! students working on the
Mindful Eating exercise with doughnuts as inspiration.
I blogged about many of the parks I've visited as part of the 2014 Blogging from A to Z Challenge in my Writer's Road Trip series. If you'd like to read them, start at the first post on Alcatraz, which leads to the others.

In other news, I'm back working on revisions after teaching another Write On! class this past week for 5th-8th graders. It's always refreshing to talk about writing with these young people, and listen to their stories. I love to watch them grow comfortable with their voices throughout the week. Monday's session is as quiet as a tomb compared to Friday when they're collaborating on stories and sharing phone numbers before they say good-bye to one another.

Finally, there's still time to enter the Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway, hosted by I Am A Reader, for a chance to win $250 Paypal cash or a $250 Amazon Giftcard. The giveaway runs until 7/26/16.


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