It’s with great pleasure that I announce the third and last day of my Spring Fling Celebration, marked by the release of a new short story: A Secret Path To Spring (Book 2 of my A Sanctuary For All Seasons series).
This short story is a sequel to my previous short and Book 1 of the series, A Winter Reverie. If you’re unfamiliar with the story of Morgan and Kai, it’s best to start there, but if you’re ready to carry on with their journey, here’s the summary:
Morgan runs a pagan shop in a town dotted with Christian churches. Thanks to the demands of work and a rough winter, he hasn’t seen Kai since the magical kiss they shared at Christmas, and his hopes for a romance between them have dulled. Beset by the demands of running a store and overwhelmed by gospel tracts from kindly locals, he takes to a little-known hiking trail in hopes of centering himself.
When an unexpected spring storm leads him to Kai again, however, the two of them realize that the spark between them hasn’t dimmed in the slightest.
In this sweet short story, a little bit of hope warms away the winter chill. Join Kai and Morgan as they reconnect and decide that, this time, they’ll nurture the fragile connection that means everything to both of them.
Thanks to all those of you who participated in Spring Fling with me – for picking up a copy of A Winter Reverie during the sale/freebie day, and for entering the giveaway (congrats again to the winner Milica!) May you all enjoy a wonderful spring!
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During April 3-5 I will be launching a new short story – and I want to thank my new readers – so I hope you can join me for some fun and freebies!!
On April 3, I will be holding a giveaway: it’s your chance to win a free copy of my novel Prodigal! To enter, give me your name (or nickname) and email address either here, via Twitter, or on my blog between now and then.
On April 4, I’ll be making my winter short story A Winter Reverie free on Amazon for one day only – it’s a good time to say goodbye to the bleak cold dampness that is now hopefully (HOPEFULLY) behind us.
And on April 5 I will debuting A Winter Reverie’s sequel, the short story A Secret Path to Spring. It’ll be a good grab for just 99 cents!
Can’t wait to welcome the spring with all of you~
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I like my writing to be elegant and creative and inspired, but sometimes you have to turn to the spreadsheet.
I’m allergic to Excel and to spreadsheet programs generally.
I hate them. They make me mad. The cells, the sterility of them, the blank formless nothingness of them: they are the opposite of everything I love. And I know it doesn’t have to be that way. I have a mathematician friend who talks about Excel the way most people talk about their lovers: Excel is beautiful, he tells me, and deceptively simple, and oh god the things you can do with it. You can stay up all night with Excel.
But I have a writer-brain that doesn’t want to moonlight as a math-brain, or an Excel-brain, and so I hate Excel and I mostly only use it when I have to for some kind of project. I try to keep it away from the free-flowing creativity of my writing. Until recently, that is, when I was struggling with finding time or enthusiasm to write.
My partner suggested I use Excel to chart my writing habits, and it has changed everything.
To all of those who have supported me, encouraged me, purchased my books or spread the news by word of mouth, and to all of my followers here: go raibh mile maith agaibh!
Enjoy 40% off a purchase from Torquere Press – perhaps even my new novel!
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If you’ve ever found yourself staring at the blinking cursor on your computer screen with nary a word to show for it, you might be me, or you might be a writer with a bad case of writer’s block. Either way, you have a problem – especially if there’s a deadline breathing down your neck.
How do you break out of the rut? Here are my seven road-tested tried-and-true methods:
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Stinging nettles hurt.
I found this out when I was twelve years old, tromping through the forest next to my family’s summer cabin in the Appalachian mountains. Wearing shorts, I marched through a patch of them and then started wondering why an invisible fire had started on my calves. My panicked cries drew the attention of my father, who ran through the trees to find me clawing at my legs. Without a word, he picked me up and dumped me – fully clothed and still yelling – into the nearby creek.
I remember laughing when the pain finally eased, splashing around in the creek and letting my dad show me where the wild strawberries grew. I collected a whole handful of them. And it’s that cabin – and the memories associated with it – which partially inspired Prodigal. Continue reading
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It hit me the other day when I sat down at my computer: absolute, full-body malaise.
I couldn’t muster the tiniest bit of enthusiasm: not for writing fiction, not for blogging, not even for tweeting. I stared at the screen for at least twenty minutes without typing a single letter, rubbed my hands over my face and through my hair, and encouraged myself aloud, “Come on. Let’s go.”
Neither my body nor my brain seemed interested in obeying the command, and that’s when it hit me: I was smack dab in the middle of some serious burnout. Every writer faces it at some point or another; I’m here to tell you what the signs are, and how to get past it.
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