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Friday, June 20, 2014

Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop

My favorite part of summer? Swimming outside! We're celebrating summer with this giveaway hop, hosted by Inspired Kathy.


I'm giving away my New Adult swimming romance Streamline as well as a $10 Amazon gift card. 


Enter on the Rafflecopter:

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Now hop on over to participating blogs and win stuff!


Friday, June 13, 2014

Then and Now Bloghop


Now that we're older and wiser, it's time for this reflective, fun blog hop!




Thanks to the blog hop hosts with the most:


As the Squidster said on his blog, here's a prompt for the hop:

The greatest films stand the test of time, speaking to us in different ways at various life stages. Is there a movie that was a part of your life when you were younger that you see differently now? Like fine wine, has it improved with age or did it die in the bottle? Has maturity brought you new insights you missed in your youth? We want to know all about it!

The movie I choose is the happy coming of age story Ferris Bueller's Day Off.



I adored this movie when it launched in 1986, my freshman year of high school. It was one of the funniest movies I'd ever seen. What a classic take on American high school.



I was a goody-two-shoes in school. I studied like a big ole nerd, and I didn't have time or energy to misbehave due to swimming and volleyball. In contrast, this movie was all about FUN! I was so nervous when Ferris impersonated the sausage king of Chicago--that would be something I could never do.

There are some great lessons the characters teach us:

1) Focus on your own happiness. (Ferris's sister Jeannie)
2) Use your voice. Stand up for yourself. (Ferris's best friend Cameron)
3) Don't worry so damn much. Things will work out! (Ferris)

Now that I'm in my forties, this movie is even more brilliant. I have an anxious brain that worries easily, and it's important to remind myself to seize the day. I may not have the panache of Ferris, but I admire his spontaneity and faith in himself and his friends.

The teen romance was nice, but not a big part of the movie for me as a 9th grader. I now realize how important a great love story is. If a movie or book lacks a compelling romance, I don't enjoy it as much. This is a sweet scene from FBDO:



How did you like Ferris Bueller's Day Off, then and now?

Now hop on over to participating blogs:

Monday, June 9, 2014

Guest Post: How the Effects of Proper Health Affect Your Writing


Being a psycho author, I sit a LOT. I sit doing psychotherapy all day long, then I sit at the computer to write at night. Not great for the waistline, back/neck, or overall health!
That's why I thank guest blogger Rachael Cherry from Nanny Pro with this awesome advice to keep up your health as you write! Take it away, Rachael...

How the Effects of Proper Health Affect Your Writing


Being healthy is more than making sure your clothes continue to fit. Proper health affects every aspect of your being. From how you sleep at night to the foods you eat, it all contributes to keeping your body and mind clear. As a writer, you need that clarity of mind in order to continue being successful. It is this success that drives me to keep as active as I can while eating the best foods that promote physical and mental stability.

Sleep - Getting enough sleep plays a prominent role for any writer. You can't expect to sleep for three hours in any given night and be productive the next day. Your mind can feel like mush as you stare at the computer screen wondering what you were planning to write. Myself, I set the alarm clock on my phone to go off at 10 to signify when it's time to go to bed. The alarm is set for six in the morning to wake me up, but often times I am up before the alarm goes off anyway. This allows me to feel refreshed and well rested ready to face the challenges of the day.

Morning Activities - One of the first things I do in the morning is to get the blood flowing through my body. When I have a babysitter available, I'll take some time and ride my bike for a couple of miles. Otherwise, I'll try to fit in twenty minutes of yoga or other physical activity. This helps get the blood flowing to the brain and helps increase your capacity for remaining alert and maintaining rational thought.

Proper Foods - Eating properly can also increase your capacity to stay focused and on task. A breakfast for myself is an egg, a slice of wheat toast, a can of V8 and a fruit cup packed in water. Toss in my daily routine of vitamins and I feel incredible throughout most of the day. As long as you reduce your sugar intake and increase snacks such as fruits, you'll feel like you have more energy for extended periods of time.

Don't Plant Yourself - As a writer, you're probably sitting at your desk for hours on end hammering out words on the keyboard. It is important that you try and mix up your day to promote continued health. It's not good for anyone to simply sit for eight hours straight with only bathroom breaks to separate the day. Every hour or so, I get up and walk around the house or take ten minutes to clean something. It doesn't matter kind of activity you do, the fact is you need to keep active periodically throughout your day.

Your physical form is only part of the experience for remaining healthy. Your brain, which controls every aspect of your life, benefits from proper health as well. If you are unhealthy, your mind is not as efficient as it should be - which leads to irrational thoughts and behaviors. Creativity is a byproduct of how well the mind functions. If you don't take care of your mind and body, your work will be affected and your potential could be wasted. For myself, I can definitely tell the difference between days where I slept well and ate properly compared to those days I feel rushed. Give yourself a greater chance to be successful as a writer by practicing better habits for health. More than your weight is at stake.


Rachael Cherry is a wife, mother, and writer who is passionate about helping connect families in need with high quality caregivers. She has taken that passion and put it to work through NannyPro, a respected online nanny referral service. Learn more by visiting @NannyPro on Twitter.

Great suggestions, Rachael...thank you. The best health strategy for me is exercise--I try to get 60 minutes of cardio/strength training about 6 days a week. The bonus for writers is that exercise increases cerebral blood flow, which gets those plot ideas humming!

Writers...what are your best health strategies? 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

#IWSG Indie Publishing Adventure: I Need Your Advice!


Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group, where we share our hopes and dreams.


Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for starting the group: join HERE if you're interested.

I'm taking a week off work to finish my WIP, a college volleyball romance titled Blocked. Only two chapters left! *bounces*

Boo to writer's block

While I've loved working with Omnific Publishing for my first four novels, I don't plan to query publishers this time. My main reason for venturing into indie publishing? Impatience. It takes me so long to finish a novel due to my day job that I don't want to wait the greater part of a year for the book to launch, if I'm lucky enough for my manuscript to be accepted by a publisher.

I also want to try something new and see where it leads me!

I realize professional editing is essential (wow, has it improved my writing over the years), and I plan to hire the amazing editor I've worked with for every novel: Jessica Royer Ocken.

Beyond that, I NEED YOUR HELP! Indie authors, what advice would you give a virgin self-pubber? Anything from formatting to Amazon programs to lessons learned the hard way to marketing...I would be so grateful to hear your wisdom.

Happy writing to each of you!
 


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