Friday, October 24, 2014

Discover New Authors in the Ultimate Reading Quest

I'm participating in a truly fun and engaging 'hop' of sorts starting yesterday (sorry, Sharon, I've been out of town!) called the The Ultimate Reading Quest. Sharon Skretting, author of The Ultimate Treasure Quest I, has developed an exciting reading challenge featuring loads of authors and their books for readers to discover. Start the quest by visiting the link above, then enter the Rafflecopter contest to win a free book. 

Meanwhile, the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is still happening until next Friday, October 31, so enter the giveaways for that if you haven't already done so. Click on the badge at the right to see a list of the hundreds of blogs participating. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What's Happening on Wednesday?

     It's been one of those days when a twin, a clone, or a productive doppelganger would have been nice. That's why I'm just now getting around to telling you I'm a guest on Jessica Bell's blog today for her Artist Unleashed Wednesday series. Check it out if you want to know my #1 pet peeve as a reader!
    Also, today is the first day of I Am A Reader, Not a Writer's Spooktacular Giveaway Hop. Over 300 blogs are giving away great prizes, so click on the link above or the hop badge in the sidebar to enter mine, and see the list of who else is involved!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Join the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

     Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, I'm joining in the fun through the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop again this year. What's in it for me, you ask? Here's the scoop:
a paperback copy of my middle-grade novel, BINGO SUMMER, with a bookmark;
a $10 Amazon gift card; and some surprise Halloween goodies. And please visit the other blogs participating. There are many fantastic prizes out there waiting to be won! Check out the Linky List below my Rafflecopter entry box.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, October 10, 2014

Showing Up

     My husband asked if I wanted to get up for the lunar eclipse the other night.
     I did. Everyone was talking about it. It was a big deal. Seeing it gives one bragging rights, like shopping at 2 a.m. does during Black Friday. And after all, it was the second of four consecutive lunar eclipses in 2014-2015, a tetrad, says NASA, which will occur 142 times within a 5,000-year cycle. A VERY big deal.

     Okay, but we'll need to get up around 5, he said.
     In the morning? But...
     I stumbled through a litany of excuses.
     A big portion of the task is just showing up, isn't it? Woody Allen said being present accounts for about 80 percent of accomplishing anything worthwhile, be it catching a lunar eclipse or writing a novel.
     While my excuses won out and I missed the eclipse, I don't often give in so easily when it comes to writing. I'm a list-maker. Daily, weekly, and monthly goals keep me focused, and I love checking them off one at a time. It energizes me. Morning e-mails answered, check. First 250 words written, check. Blog post written, almost.
     What will you show up for today?

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