Monday, September 16, 2019

Guests or Not

I haven't had any guest authors visit my blog in quite a while. Some authors don't believe it's worth the time to blog (or visit as a guest on a blog), while others think blogging is still a viable way of connecting with readers.

I'd like to start hosting guest authors again on a more regular basis. How do you feel about reading a blog that has guests? Do you think it's a good way to find new to you authors? Do you like to find things out about authors that you may not know? Or do you prefer not to read guest posts/interviews?

Thanks for the feedback.

Friday, September 13, 2019

This I know for sure...

I love to bake bread. The smell of it as bakes, the kneading process, trying new recipes, and of course, eating it. Bread is one of my favorite foods.

I have a number of recipes for different types of bread I want to try making: batard, ciabatta, sourdough, brioche, and pretzel rolls just to name a few. I've always wanted to try making sourdough bread as it's my favorite type of bakery bread, but having to make the sourdough starter and letting it ferment makes me a little leery. I also have a recipe for making pita bread that I want to try too.

Now that the weather is becoming cooler, I'll be doing a lot more bread baking (and cookies too. I love homemade cookies almost as much as I love bread.) I'm going to gather my courage and try the sourdough and pita bread recipes this fall and winter season.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work in Progress): Revised 25 pages then ran into the missing chapters issue I wrote about on Monday. I need to focus on getting the missing section written so I can continue revising the remainder of the book.

Quote of the Week:  "When you see sailboats sailing, remember how hard it was to build them." ~ Swahili Proverb

What I'm Reading:  I started reading "California Girls" by Susan Mallery over the weekend. I'm liking it much better than the last book I read by this author.

Random Thoughts:  A long time client stopped by our office to announce he was retiring. He's about ten years younger than the average retirement age so we were all surprised, but happy for him. After he left, my co-workers and I all spoke about how jealous we were.  I'm a loooong way from retirement age, but I'd love to be able to leave my day job and write full time.

Random Photo of the Week:

                  Mrs. Green keeping me company as I baked cookies last weekend.

Monday, September 9, 2019

A Shocking Surprise

I've been working along with revisions/edits on the second book in my series until I came upon a mention of a scene I never wrote. What to do? I went back and wrote it in, then I realized I needed a better transition after that scene so I wrote that, then I realized I needed to write one more scene to tie all those new scenes/transitions and such together. Whew! Everything flows better.

Last Monday, I couldn't wait to get started on finishing up the revisions of the pages I had left, Once I had those done, I only have the ending of the story to write, something I should be able to do in about 50 pages or so. I would finally, finally be done with this book.

I opened up the word document, revised a few pages, finished up one chapter and moved on to the next. I started reading and then had to go back to the last chapter, flipped back to the present chapter. Somewhere between the last chapter and the next, a whole section of the story was missing. This isn't just a little scene missing, this is the equivalent of 4 or 5 chapters missing.

I'm very careful about saving my work in progress. I save a copy to the cloud, one to my laptop, and one to a flash drive, and I keep a hard copy, printing out pages as I go just in case all those digital copies go poof. The only thing I can figure out is I must have hit a wall when writing the first draft so I jumped ahead and started writing from that point.

I spent last weekend figuring out what needs to happen between that last chapter and the jump ahead chapter. I'm hoping it won't take too long to get those pages written so I can keep moving forward.

Friday, September 6, 2019

This I know for sure...

This is one of the best descriptions of a book I've seen.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work in Progress): I wrote the three scenes I needed to in order to move the story forward and to fill in a couple of plot holes. Back to revising the remaining pages before I get to the end of the book, which I haven't written yet.

Quote of the Week: "Great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step." ~ Samuel Smiles (19th century Scottish writer)

What I'm Reading: I'm reading The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare. It is part of the Girl Meets Duke series. 

Random Thoughts: Fall is beginning to set in in my area. I already have leaves falling off the trees into my yard. Despite the cooler temperatures, one of my cats is shedding like crazy. I brushed him the other day and got enough cat hair off of him to make another cat.

Random Photo of the Week:
                                                  Cuddling with a new friend.