You know your dream of having your book published is getting real when a book store agrees to hold your launch party. The Book Nook & Java Shop in Montague, MI, has graciously agreed to host Lift’s party, and I couldn’t be happier! I’m already working on giveaways and promotional items for it.
I hope to see you there on April 21st.
My niece and I are attending the 2017 Breathe Conference tomorrow, October 6. It will be our first time there, and our first time going to a conference together. We’re excited, a little nervous, and ready to learn.
It will be interesting to be with so many other writers. Writing is a solitary action. Most of us are introverts. I know I prefer small groups to large ones, but sometimes getting out of my comfort zone is good. Getting to talk writing with so many other people will be an amazing experience.
Continuing to learn about the craft of writing is important. I cut my teeth writing reams and reams of fan fiction. Writing for those fandoms helped me learn what to do and not do. I learned (hopefully) how to deal with unflattering reviews. But not everything can be gleaned from just writing. Going to conferences and seminars teaches you new ideas, builds your confidence, and lets you mingle with others who “get” you.
I will post this weekend after the conference and let you know how it went. Have a blessed night, and a wonderful Friday.
I survived girls’ weekend! It was a great two days of watching romantic movies, shopping, and eating junk food. On Sunday, we ventured to the Traverse City Mall, which houses a beautiful carousel. I took the pictures you see here to use as inspiration for my Flying Ponies series.
I love seeing the carousel animals; they remind me of a lost time that America will never see again. I believe this carousel sports fiberglass animals rather than wood, but their beautiful colors and intricate designs also represent my own childhood memories of riding flying ponies around and around.
I think when you’re writing, it’s a good idea to find images related to the story that inspire you. I am a visual person; seeing actual carousels help me focus on writing about my fictional one. And, I enjoy learning about them, too. I hope to next year make it down to Sandusky, Ohio, to the Merry Go Round Museum, to visit their restored carousels.
What inspires you when you write? What images have you used for your stories?
Have a blessed night, and please enjoy the carousel pictures.