I never intended to become a writer, but life is what happens when we’re making our plans.
I was lucky to land my psychologist dream job in 2000. Too bad it turned into a nightmare by 2007. My bosses didn’t value my work and made threats to my livelihood. At that time, I became hooked on the TV show, Prison Break. Its dark themes and conspiracy theories matched my workplace misery. Through connecting with rabid Prison Break fans across the world, I learned about fan fiction. What? Hacks writing stories about TV stories?
You guessed it–I became one of those hacks and started writing my own fan fiction. At first my writing stunk but my TV show buddies encouraged me to keep going. When reality sucked, I turned to fiction. I left my bitter job and started a new job at a friendly, supportive clinic that taught me a useful specialty. Inspired by fan fiction, I wrote thousands of words and then found a publisher to launch those words into the universe.
I’m now working on my eighth novel. In a strange twist of events, I returned to the old job in 2013 and version 2.0 is going swimmingly.
My emotional wound is a great example of how pain can lead to beauty and strength. Write on, friends!
Massive Valentine Author Giveaway #KindleFire #Ebook #Romance
A number of authors have created an amazing giveaway opportunity for you.
There are many great prizes and Marissa Dobson donated the grand prize, a Kindle Fire. Be sure to visit and like some of the amazing authors who have joined.
Below you will find at least one way to enter from each author. Good luck. Some of the amazing prizes are:
- Kindle Fire from Marissa Dobson
- Ebook Over the Ivy Wall by Rosa Sophia
- Ebook Meet Me in the Garden by Rosa Sophia
- Ebook When It’s Least Expected by Heather Van Fleet
- 2 Ebooks of A Valentine’s Surprise by Melanie James
- 2 audio books of A Valentine’s Surprise by Melanie James
- Ebook Hers to Bear by Tamara Hoffa
- Ebook Crazy In Love by Casey Bond
- Ebook of Sin, The Complete Collection by Casey Bond
- Ebook winners choice from Beverly Ovalle
- Ebook Blocked by Jennifer Lane
- A signed rack card and winner’s choice of any of my ebooks by E.L.R. Jones
- Ebook A Mother’s Burden by Ellie Keys
- Ebook Redefining Me by Ellie Keys
- Ebook copy of Revenge by Dana Delamar
- $14 Amazon giftcard from Donna Michaels
- Ebook Prince of Punk Rock by Jenna Galicki
- 3 Ebook copies of Bloodlust by Nicole Zoltack
- Ebook of Revival by M.K. Gilher
- Paperback of CryWolf by Karen Fuller
- Paperback of Cover to Cover by Alexandrea Weis
- Paperback of Dylan by Kathi S Barton
- Paperback copy of To Save a Mate by Krystal Shannon
- Lakeshore Evil Series Set by KC Harper
- 2 Ebook copies of It’s love by KC Harper
- 2 Ebook copies of Sweet something by KC Harper
- Ebook Wesson Rebels Book set by Shyla Colt
- Signed swag from Chloe Barlow
- Ebook Corrupted by Alicia Taylor and Natalie Townsend
- Ebook Warped by Alicia Taylor and Natalie Townsend
- Ebook Avowed by Alicia Taylor and Natalie Townsend
- $25 Amazon or American Express GC from K.E. Saxon
- Ebook A Stranger’s Kiss by K.E. Saxon
- Ebook Highland Vengeance by K.E Saxon
- $5 Amazon gift card from Louisa Bacio
- Ebook winners choice from Nicole Garcia
- 3 Ebooks from Lacey Wolfe
- 2 ebook copies of Deadly Obsessive by Kristine Cayne
- $5 Amazon gift card from Cynthia St. Aubin
- Backlist ebook from Lucy Felthouse
- Love is Never Past Tense Trilogy by Janna Yeshanova
- Love is Never Past Tense by Janna Yeshanova
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!
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.
New Adult Sleepover Weekend #NASW
It was a blast attending the New Adult Sleepover Weekend 12/6 – 12/8 in Savannah, Georgia.
For those of you unfamiliar with the genre of “New Adult”, it refers to novels with characters ages 17-27. And it often includes some smokin’ hot romance!
I brought copies of my NA swimming romance Streamline, and met some fabulous authors and readers.
I’d chatted with author RL Griffin online and read her intriguing novel By a Thread, so it was a pleasure to join her for the Suspense panel (my first author panel). We had a good diversity of genres represented, and my favorite comment was RL drawling, “Y’all, Streamline had so much drama it was like a Lifetime movie!”
The long weekend ended all too soon, and I had to return to snowy Ohio. Boo!
Thank you to Stella Price and Authors After Dark for organizing the New Adult Sleepover Weekend.
Gearing Up for the Streamline Book Birthday Bash
Streamline turns one-year-old next week! We’re celebrating with a giveaway of one signed print copy and three ebooks. You can enter at any participating blog, starting Monday March 25th:
Woo hoo! I’m stoked to have so many lovely party hosts, and now we need YOU to be our guest. Stop back next week for the party that runs all week long. *Major hangover predicted*
And now it’s time to bounce with Omnific Publishing. For details, visit HERE.
Oh! For the Love of Books
Coffee, books and me
Kay Dee Royal Paranormal & Erotica Romance Musings
Wicked Readings By Tawania
And check out the GLBT Madness giveaway below.
Booze and Good Times!
It’s back to school time! And for many high school and college students, it’s a time to experiment with alcohol. For adults harangued by work stress, parenting, or political mumbo-jumbo, it might be time to chug a glass of wine. For authors waiting to hear back from agents or publishers, it’s time to drink. A lot.
My question for you is: If you choose to drink alcohol, how do you get the good stuff without the bad stuff? (Aren’t you lucky I’m writing this blog post between psychotherapy clients?)
I’ve learned a lot about extracting buzz, relaxation, and fun from alcohol (while avoiding hangovers and beer goggles) from the amazing University of Washington researcher Dr. Alan Marlatt. He and colleagues published an interactive journal titled “CHOICES” related to the information in this book.
…and I want to pass along some golden nuggets to YOU.
First of all let’s talk about the choice to drink alcohol. Did you know about 20% of college students don’t drink at all? (The percentage of non-drinkers older than college age is undoubtedly higher).
And for the students who do drink, most drink responsibly (fewer than 6 drinks a week)? If you believe everyone drinks in your crowd, then you probably have a skewed group of friends.
If you do choose to drink alcohol, what are some pros and cons about drinking? I like to drink to feel giddy and/or relaxed, particularly in social situations. But I don’t like headaches or fatigue.
What you might notice about your pro/con list is that the stuff you like comes from LOWER doses of alcohol, whereas the stuff you dislike comes from HIGHER doses. So the secret to getting the good stuff from alcohol is sticking to a limit–about 1-2 standard drinks for women and 2-3 standard drinks for men.
So what’s a “standard” drink? One hint…it’s smaller than a keg!
*12 oz. beer
*10 oz. microbrew
*4 oz. wine
*1.25 oz. 80 proof liquor (a shotglass)
For the average sized man, each standard drink raises his Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) by .02. So he could have three drinks in an hour and be under the .08 legal limit for driving.
But for the average woman, each standard drink raises her BAC by .04!!! That’s because women have less water, more estrogen, and are typically smaller. Women can easily hit the legal limit for driving with just two drinks in an hour.
For every hour, our body removes about .015%. Therefore, if I drank 5 glasses of wine right before going to bed at midnight, my BAC would be .20. If I subtract .015 each hour, then it won’t be until 2:00 the next afternoon until the alcohol completely leaves my body. If I wake up at 8:00 a.m. and think I’m hungover, I’d still technically be drunk (BAC = .08)!
If you want the nice buzz and social facilitation from alcohol, drink up to a BAC of .055 and then stop. That’s the best alcohol has to give you and you won’t feel any better if you keep drinking. For women that’s 1-2 drinks; for men that’s 2-3 drinks.
.055 is known as the “point of diminishing returns”.
So have that drink or two, feel the buzz, then move on to enjoy your evening! *cheers*
Time for the Omnific Publishing Author Blog Hop! Check out instructions HERE.