I have so much to get done, but I’m Sick.

IMG_6918After just getting back from an amazing conference, my mind is spinning with inspired projects and fun things I want to do and also NEED to do. But then my throat got sore and I started coughing. Fun, right? NO…

Do you know the feeling?

Even though it’s hard. The best things to do – is relax & get better.

Hope this quick little note finds you all well.

Hopefully I am feeling all better for our Wednesday post.

 

What have you found to help you, when sick?

How to not Go Crazy in Everyday Life After Experiencing A Creative High At A Conference

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Wouldn’t you love to be surrounded by positive, creative, excited, and inspired people all the time? Have you ever experienced a life changing conference or workshop, where you felt the creative spirit and you felt at home, but then after returning home you were flooded and surrounded by the day-to-day things: making the bills, taking care of kids, or meeting deadlines? If so, read the 10 ways to not go crazy in everyday life after experiencing a creative high at a conference. [Read more...]

Staying Inspired & Fit While Traveling

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I just got back from an amazing conference in Vegas. It was filled with artists, photographers, writers, and designers. I had an amazing time! Can’t wait till next year. I thought I’d cover something dealing with health and traveling.

Many people have been asking me, “How does a person stay in shape, while traveling a lot?”

This used to be a major question that I wondered about as well, but lately I’ve busted the answer to the question. Well, at least for me.

Do you travel a lot? For business or for play? Do you feel like you come away from traveling unhealthier than you started off?

If you answered yes to any of the questions, read on to find my 5 tips to staying inspired and fit, while traveling. [Read more...]

2 Ways to Use Creativity to Inspire Your Fitness Goals

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Do you find it difficult to get into a daily exercise or fitness program? Do you find it daunting to get excited about your weight loss goals? Have you been having a tough time actually “exercising”? Or have you found you have no energy? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, read on. [Read more...]

My Pre Beta Copy of The Mason of Hearts Came

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Guess what?

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Professionalism in Your Writing Career

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Professionalism in Your Writing Career

(This is an important post.)

We all have weak spots, but it’s extremely important that in our writing careers we be as professional as can be. It can be harder than ever now a days with the internet and social media. Here are 7 rules to professionalism in the writing career.

1. Your online presence is YOU.

How you act on social media, advertises what kind of person you are in real life. Are you always leaving rude, sarcastic comments on Facebook? Or are you always telling your opinion or correcting people?

Think about it this way…

• Would you want people doing that on your wall?

• And if they did, what would their image be like in your mind?

Not very good, right? Well, that is probably what that other person is thinking when you are leaving those kind of comments.

Sometimes people think they can be ruder online, because it isn’t face to face, but, it is still your image… and there is still someone who is being stomped on. Keep your comments kind and professional… Remember your name is above the comments you leave. Don’t taint your name.  [Read more...]

4 Lessons I Learned From Running My First 10k

IMG_62846 am. It was completely misty out. It was challenging, because this was a huge thing for me. I was going to run a 10k. MY FIRST. EVER. IMG_6236I never thought I’d be a runner.

I’ve been training to run long distances all year and I really love it, now. Am I crazy to say that? Probably, but oh well!

At one time, I was just someone who would rather sit and do nothing, but now I am active as can be. Have you ever felt you’d rather do nothing than work out? If so, read on.

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In which, I challenge you… {a.k.a. My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge}

In which, I challenge you… my blog friends – to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Are you going to take the challenge? Let’s spread the word. After recording yourself and uploading it, be sure to share your link in the comments. I am going to give some money to help with ALS. You? Challenge yourself and give something! It’s a scary disease. Make a difference! Donate to the ALS Association  here! or here!

You have 24 hours.

If you have time, please also watch this video. It’s so touching and scary! Let’s try help these people. We can make a difference!

An Editing Chat with the Lovely Holly Brown

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I’d like to invite Holly Brown back to the blog. I hope you’ve really enjoyed these convos with writers on editing over the past few weeks. This is going to be the last one of this “Editing Series” as I have some new exciting things coming this way. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out the other chats with authors about their editing style at the bottom of this post. Enjoy & have a great Writerly Wednesday!

1. What is your editing style like?

I don’t know how orthodox it is, but I tend to edit in layers. I like to re-read the last chapter (sometimes two) before I write another one, and this is when I do my first edits. I usually spot glaring grammar mistakes, typos, and general inconsistencies in this first edit. It also helps me to be in a better frame of mind before embarking on a new chapter.

Ideally, by the time the book is finished, it’s already been through that one edit, and however superficial, it really does make a difference. Once the book is completed, and has been through it’s first edit, I read the entire book as though I’m reading it for the first time. I usually find more grammar errors, plot holes, and the like in this second edit.

Following this, I print the book do line edits as a hard copy. This is typically the most beneficial for me, personally, as there’s just something about reading a physical book that brings out my red pen and inner-editor. This last self-edit is generally spent focusing on the general appearance and nuance of the novel. Once everything is polished as best as I can get it, I send it off to beta readers so they can find what I’ve missed. Ideally, process will be completed twice. [Read more...]