On Pinterest—Finally

So, I’ve had a Pinterest account for a while now, but my use of it has been sporadic. Now I’ve made a commitment to use it regularly—I have a strong sense of beauty and enjoy artsy and cooking projects, so it’s right up my alley. I’ll be using it to collect ideas for my stories and series, but I’ve also got boards devoted to arts and crafts projects, fashion, recipes, quotes, and just plain fun. If you’re on Pinterest, let me know so I can follow you. Here’s the link to my Pinterest page if you’re interested.

Lastly, a midweek ROW80 check-in…

Writing Goals

1.) Finish a third draft of “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” Revised five chapters.

2.) Finish a fourth draft of “Made of Shadows.” On hold.

3.) Finish a draft of another story, to be determined. On hold.

4.) Read three books on the craft/business of writing. No progress to report.

5.) Do morning pages daily, Monday-Friday. One of three.

Social Media Goals

1.) Check in on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest daily, Monday-Friday. Two of three.

2.) Blog twice a week. On track to meet this goal.

3.) Comment on three-five blogs daily, Monday-Thursday. One of three.

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An exercise in decluttering—and a Sunday ROW80 check-in

photo by Patti O'Shea, WANA Commons

photo by Patti O’Shea, WANA Commons

I recently read an article in which the author discussed the following decluttering technique: Get rid of 10 things every day. These things can be as small as a pen that’s out of ink or a scrap of paper or as large as a piece of furniture.

I live in an 1,100-square-foot apartment, so decluttering is key to keeping my sanity. Every once in a while, I look around and realize my stuff has gotten out of control. That’s where I’m at right now.

Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed by our stuff. A knickknack is one more thing to move when we’re dusting; a DVD is just taking up space on a shelf; an old coffee table is just pushed up against the wall and covered in clutter. I’m a big believer in simple living. I’m not a minimalist by any stretch of the imagination, but I don’t like owning things simply because they might, one day, come in handy.

This exercise is easy because it doesn’t require emptying the contents of a closet, sorting through every item, and deciding what to get rid of. You simply wander around your home and choose 10 things you don’t need. Yesterday, for example, I got rid of the following items: two towels, five dried-up containers of acrylic paint, and three bottles of hotel lotion that were years old. Today, so far, I’ve gotten rid of four items: an old pair of my husband’s khakis that were riddled with holes, an old set of makeup brushes, and two cosmetic items.

I’m learning that decluttering is a process. I’m going to keep going with this exercise until I’m happy with the amount of stuff I own. After that, I’m going to try to implement a one-item in, one-item out policy: Every time I bring in something new, I get rid of something else.

What about you? Do you ever feel the urge to declutter? What process do you use?

Lastly, a Sunday ROW80 check-in…

Writing Goals

1.) Finish a third draft of “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” Did some minor revisions and did a read-through. I’ve taken lots of notes and am ready to do another round of revisions.

2.) Finish a fourth draft of “Made of Shadows.” On hold.

3.) Finish a draft of another story, to be determined. On hold.

4.) Read three books on the craft/business of writing. Read a chapter in “Plot and Structure” by James Scott Bell.

5.) Do morning pages daily, Monday-Friday. Three of five days.

Social Media Goals

1.) Check in on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest daily, Monday-Friday. Three of five days.

2.) Blog twice a week. Goal met.

3.) Comment on three-five blogs daily, Monday-Thursday. Met for Wednesday and Thursday, not for Monday and Tuesday.

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ROW80 Round 2 Goals

ROW80LogocopyI’m actually a few days late in getting this post up, but here are my goals for the second round of A Round of Words in 80 Days, the writing challenge that knows you have a life. This round will be all about finishing drafts and trying to get some of my work ready for submitting later this year.

Writing Goals

1.) Finish a third draft of “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” (In progress)

2.) Finish a fourth draft of “Made of Shadows.”

3.) Finish a draft of another story, to be determined.

4.) Read three books on the craft/business of writing.

5.) Do morning pages daily, Monday-Friday.

Social Media Goals

1.) Check in on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest daily, Monday-Friday.

2.) Blog twice a week.

3.) Comment on three-five blogs daily, Monday-Thursday.

What are your goals for this round? Have you started your spring cleaning yet? Are the daffodils blooming where you live?

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Guest blog post: Patricia Josephine talks about the archangel Michael and her new release

Today I’m turning the blog reins over to author Patricia Josephine to discuss her new release, “Michael,” Path of Angels book one. She shares some info about the book and some interesting facts about Michael’s name.

perf6.000x9.000.inddBlurb:

There is only one path.

Born mortal along with his three brothers, Michael is an Archangel with a specific role: hunt fallen angels and send them back to Hell. He is determined in his mission, never straying from his appointed path, until he meets Lake Divine, and discovers there may be more to his beliefs than blind duty.

But Lake is not who he seems. Offspring of a human and a fallen angel, a Nephilim, Lake must choose his own destiny: give in to the coldness and embrace the dark, or seek the light and rise above the sins of his father.

Two paths lay before them, but only one has the potential to destroy them both.

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UGKD2AO

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24836590-michael

About the Author:

PatriciaLynneAuthorPicPatricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn’t regretted a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.

Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/plynne_writes

Website: http://www.patricialynne.com

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108938106639683446081/posts/p/pub

Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/patricialynne07

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13460894.Patricia_Josephine

What’s in a name?

A character’s name can be important. It’s not always random. Sometimes there has to be a meaning behind it. While Michael is the common name to pick when writing about archangels, there is a reason behind it.

Michael

Angel of Miracles

Michael is an archangel who strengthens the spirit during difficult times or dangerous situations. His name means “he who is like God” and he is the chief over the dominion order of virtues, angel of repentance, righteousness, ruler of the fourth heaven and conquerer of Satan. It is commonly believed that Michael was the angel that Moses communicated with in the burning bush and that he also saved Daniel from the lion’s den. He inspires truth, patience and love in the human heart. In Roman Catholic tradition, Michael is considered to be the patron angel of policemen, guiding and guarding them as they protect us. He is also thought to be the one who gently leads our souls to heaven. (source: http://whisperingworlds.com/angel/angelnames_m.php)

In Path of Angels Michael is the leader of his brothers and the one who took Lucifer to Hell after the rebellion.

ROW80 Round 1 Wrap-Up

It’s hard to believe that the first round of A Round of Words in 80 Days is over and that March has almost flown by. But here we are in late March. Green is returning to the landscape, birds are singing, and all of the snow has melted—at least here in Virginia.

Overall I’m pleased with my progress in Round 1. I didn’t write every day Monday-Friday, but on the days I wrote I usually hit my target word count of 1,500 words, so I’m pleased with that. I also changed how I track word count midway through January so that I can keep track more accurately when revising.

ROW80LogocopyHere’s what I accomplished in Round 1:

1.) Wrote the second draft of a novella, “Stolen by Magic.”

2.) Wrote the first draft of a novelette, “Be True.”

3.) Started the first draft of a novel, “The Phoenix Feather.”

4.) Read three books on the craft/business of writing: “Beginnings, Middles, and Ends” by Nancy Kress, “How to Market a Book” by Joanna Penn, and “Let’s Get Digital” by David Gaughran. I’m also taking a workshop in writing new-adult fiction that ends later this month.

What about you? How are your goals, writing or otherwise, coming along? Are you participating in A Round of Words in 80 Days? If so, how did the first round go?

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Sunday Summary

I took the beginning of last week off to do some traveling and visiting with family, which means I didn’t blog at all last week. I only wrote two days, so my numbers weren’t huge, but I’m consistently writing 1,500 words a day when I write, which seems like a good pace to me.

I attended the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday and had a great time listening to writers talk about the craft. Authors talked about writing strong heroines in paranormal romance and urban fantasy and gave advice on writing happily ever afters in modern romance. The weather was beautiful and the speakers were wonderful. It was a great way to spend a Saturday.

Lastly, a Sunday ROW80 check-in…

Writing goals

1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Wrote 3,141 words in “Be True.”

2.) Read three books on the craft/business of writing. 3/3.

3.) Do morning pages in journal Monday-Friday. Met for two of five days.

Social media goals

1.) Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. Met for Thursday and Friday.

2.) Blog twice a week. Not met. One of two.

3.) Comment on three-five blog posts daily, Monday-Thursday. Goal not met.

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WIPpet Wednesday: Prince Neal

It’s time for another installment of WIPpet Wednesday, the blog hop that gives writers a chance to share excerpts from their works in progress. The only stipulation is that the post must somehow relate to the date. Click here to cheer on fellow WIPpeteers.

I’m keeping it short this week. Here’s today’s math: 1+1=2. Here are two paragraphs from “Be True.” Prince Neal has found himself torn out of his world and pulled into ours thanks to a spell with unexpected consequences.

It was cold. That was Neal’s first thought as he woke up. Snow flakes drifted gently down, covering his chain-mail and the sleeves of his black tunic.

He was sitting on a bench in a grassy area surrounded by black roads and strange-looking buildings with large windows.

Midweek ROW80 check-in

Writing goals

1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Wrote 2,873 words in “Be True.”

2.) Read four books on the craft/business of writing. 3/4. No progress. I’m thinking of revising this down to three books instead of four to give myself more time to focus on the new-adult workshop I’m taking this month.

3.) Do morning pages in journal Monday-Friday. On track to meet this goal.

Social media goals

1.) Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. Met for Wednesday, not for Monday or Tuesday.

2.) Blog twice a week. On track to meet this goal.

3.) Comment on three-five blog posts daily, Monday-Thursday. Goal not met.

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