January 26

Musing Mondays: 01/26/15 Edition

musing-mondaysMusing Mondays, a weekly blog meme hosted by Should be Reading, asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

  • Describe one of your reading habits.
  • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
  • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
  • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
  • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
  • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

Today we’re going to go with the final point – rambling on about something else pertaining to books.

I have three works in progress, each WIP sitting between 10k and 20k word count.  Yet it never fails, when I start working on one of them – and make some progress – later that day/night/few days later, the muse for one of the other WIPS will pipe up and won’t shut up till I write the scene she’s come up with.  Sometimes it isn’t even for the works in progress, but I write it out anyway, just to get it down and out of my head so I can, hopefully, get back to what I was working on previously.

My muse also has a horrible tendency to want to write after I’ve crawled into bed and start dozing off.  Just then, she’ll have a wonderful insight, which I hope to remember when I wake up in the morning – and often I don’t.  When I do remember, it’s a good one and it gets written down as soon as I have time to sit down with one of my writing devices and write it out – or even note it out to write in detail later.

It also doesn’t help that lately I’ve been procrastinating on sitting down and writing – mainly because I have other things to do that I have also procrastinated getting done.

And if I were talk about the number of books I recently started reading and haven’t finished…that would be a whole nother chapter on procrastination.

One of my goals for this year, besides having a book written and submitted to a publisher, is to find a happy medium between the amount of words I write for my day job and what I write for blogs/novels outside of work.  One I find the medium, I think I’ll be able to write on both without brain overload.  The other goal is to set myself hard deadlines with rewards.  I haven’t figured out quite what those rewards will be yet, but I find I work a lot better under hard deadlines than I do without them.

What are some ways you motivate yourself to write when life is just getting in your way?

January 26

Articles I’ve Written Jan. 11 – Jan. 25 2015

writing-blank-pageOnce a week I will use this blog as a self promotion tool.  I write a lot of non-fiction, which makes me an author still, so I think it’s fair that I share the other projects I’ve written for once a week.

As I missed the week prior, and forgot to hit publish when I updated the article on Friday, here’s the articles I’ve written for the past TWO weeks:

Monday-Jan. 12

Tuesday-Jan. 13

Wednesday-Jan. 14

Thursday-Jan. 15

Friday-Jan. 16

Saturday-Jan. 17

Monday-Jan. 19

Tuesday-Jan. 20

Wednesday-Jan. 21

Thursday-Jan. 22

Friday-Jan. 23

January 9

Articles I’ve Written Jan. 4 – Jan. 9 2015

writing-blank-pageOnce a week I will use this blog as a self promotion tool.  I write a lot of non-fiction, which makes me an author still, so I think it’s fair that I share the other projects I’ve written for once a week.

This past week’s articles include:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

January 6

Review: Give Your Heart a Break

give your heart a breakReviewer’s disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book with a promise to review it upon completion of reading.  Original target read and review by date was Dec. 23, but due to moving, it wasn’t feasible, thus it being reviewed this week.

Give Your Heart a Break by Helen Peterson is a surprisingly delightful, first-person POV rom-com/chick lit novel that caught me off guard.  Generally speaking, I have difficulties with first-person POV romance novels, but have gotten to like them more, especially after reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels.

You are introduced to the protagonist, Rachel Thomas, as the book opens, working at an ad agency in New York City who is semi-wanting to dodge going out with her friends, knowing she should look for another guy to date, but not wanting to.  Which is where she meets Mason Connor, who she quickly makes excuses to not talk to, despite the immediate attraction between them, and runs the risk of losing out on a seemingly-nice date.

Courtesy of her best friends, she ends up with Mason and the story tells us of the ups and downs of the relationship – including Mason’s manipulative ex who returns to cause problems for her.

The novel covers relationships of not only Rachel, but of her friends – one of whom gets married, one of whom gets engaged to be married and other surprises to be revealed.  It has it’s light-hearted moments, the typical moments of gossip and girly bitch sessions but also more serious issues that affect relationships and how women feel when things go wrong in them.  Helen Peterson definitely got the nuances down when it comes to how women react in certain situations.

I thoroughly enjoyed Helen’s debut novel – so much so that I read it in one night because I couldn’t put it down.  It was very fast paced and kept pulling you along.  Check it out if you’re looking for a good read.

Find the Book!
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1zpFU5V
GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23764139-give-your-heart-a-break
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/give-your-heart-a-break-helen-peterson/1120935368?ean=2940150199583
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/give-your-heart-a-break-4

January 5

Musing Mondays: 01/05/15 Edition

musing-mondaysMusing Mondays, a weekly blog meme hosted by Should be Reading, asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

  • Describe one of your reading habits.
  • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
  • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
  • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
  • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
  • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

So I’m going to take the third prompt for today – what book am I currently desperate to get my hands on.

That’s easy – only because it’s not written yet and I wanted it to be out last Christmas and it’s not due out till next Christmas.  What book is that?  Every Game of Throne’s (aka A Song of Ice and Fire) fan will be nodding their head already as they probably already guessed it by just me saying the first sentence of this paragraph.  However, let me state it plainly.

I am desperate to get my hands on Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin.  But the book was slated to be out by Christmas 2015 and rumor has it it will be delayed until February 2016.  I could, I suppose, re-read through all the previously written books in preparation – but that would only take me a couple months to read through and I’d still be impatiently waiting for the next installment.

How impatient?  I waited to start the books until the fifth book had been released.  When I got to the end of the fifth book I was frantic to know when book six was coming out because I had to know what had happened to several characters – don’t worry, I’m being vague so I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read the books yet.

So yes…this is one of the books I’m desperate to get my hands on.  How bout you?

January 5

The Fine Art of Procrastination – AKA How I Get Other Things Done INSTEAD of Writing

1429208_25583604Every night last week I sat down to write – whether it was on my blogs, on my novels or for SciTechNerds or Video Game Scoreboard – and found I didn’t have a muse to even start because I had so many other things on my mind that I should do or needed to be done.  Like organizing my desk. Consolidating things since the move.  Or making lists.

Long story short, I’ve perfected the art of procrastination to get things done that I’ve procrastinated doing a long time just to procrastinate writing.

That’s right.  I did other things I had procrastinated on just so I had a reason not to write.

Some days I’m just brilliant.  Not.

That being said, instead of writing anything during the week nights last week, I, instead, accomplished the following:

  • Server clean-up: I decided it was time to track down all these databases and files and delete anything I wasn’t using anymore – including clients who hadn’t paid for services, etc.  I also decided it was a good time to remove some domain names that I wasn’t using and uninstall projects that were going no where. This then lead to….
  • Creating lists on Google Keep.
    My husband introduced me to Google Keep which has a great way of creating task lists.  As I run a number of sites on WordPress, both personally and professionally, I figured it was time to create a list of both personal sites to check and update each time things are updated as well as a professional list of sites I can check off each month I update them.

    This lead to me creating a third list where I decided it might be a good idea to create a document that told me exactly which database was for which site.  This seems like it would be easy to know which is which.  And it is when I don’t use Fantastico to create a site for me because I name the database something I would recognize.  But for those that Fantastico created, I had to figure it out.  Good thing I know how to read Database tables in mySQL to figure it out.

  • And once those were completed, I naturally had to go to all the sites and do those updates.
  • Then I remembered I had to check on my missions in World of Warcraft – great way to not get anything else done at that point any night!
  • Then I remembered I needed to do some research for articles to write.  And…you guessed it.  Instead of writing anything, I did all the research on it then sent the links to myself for writing in the future.
  • Fast forward to this weekend.  Where instead of writing one night, I decided to read the novel I needed to review.  On the plus side, I did get it read and I have written up the review and posted it on Amazon and other places as well as scheduled it to post here.

So when did I start getting writing done?

Saturday night.  And Sunday night.

They were long nights.  I just really need to learn not to procrastinate.  The good news, however, is I now have a bunch of posts scheduled over the plethora of sites I write for or own.  So Friday I will resume my self-promotion post with a list of all the articles I’ve posted through out the previous week.