Keep On Writing by Stacy Hoff

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Ever since I decided to get back in the writing saddle I’ve been diligently typing away. It’s been one heck of a ride. I’ve fallen off. Gotten back on. Only to crash on the dirt track once again.

I am partially to blame for my rough journey. As a true “pantser” (someone who “writes by the seat of their pants” instead of plotting out their story) I often face roadblocks. Sometimes I can easily steer my script around. Other times the beast stops dead.

I’ve done my best to self-diagnose the problem. When I hit a roadblock I either suffer from: (1) my internal movie screen going dark, or, (2) I have the next scene(s) play out, but I think it’s too dumb/off-the-wall/not “romance format-y” enough to actually write it down.

If I’m dealing with (1): I find myself completely inactive until the screen magically starts showing the movie again. This is my “hanging around miserable stage” and is very frustrating. Is it akin to the ancient Greek’s concept of an artist waiting around for the muse to show? I don’t think the Greeks ever found a solution. (If they did, I definitely want you to let me know. I am not one to ignore ancient wisdom.)

If I’m dealing with (2): I waste my creative energy worrying about making my scene more acceptable instead of just writing the bugger. I’ve really got to start jumping over this self-imposed hurdle. After all, I usually come to accept what I’ve written. More importantly, writing (despite my doubt) keeps my manuscript moving.

Moving ahead is critically important to me. The better I feel about my progress, the less frustrated I become. The less frustrated I am, the easier the words flow. The easier the flow, the faster my next novel is done. Positive writing is a cycle I’ve GOT to stay on.

Maybe my muse will hang around more. Geez, I hope so. I’d sure love some company on my ride.

What do you do to keep yourself in strapped into the writing saddle?

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Write Every Day, But Maybe Not…by Heather Novak

The “write every day” mantra is absolutely true…until it isn’t. 

I am a big proponent of writing every day, especially when you have an active project. But I want to amend this advice: Work toward your craft every day when not under deadline. 

Why the amendment you may ask? Because being in a state of constant work is terrible for your creativity. 

I haven’t had longer than a two week break from writing in about three years and it’s really starting to show around my edges. I need time to stop worrying about “job” of writing, and dive into the creative space. So, with my wedding coming up, I’ve decided to take a break from writing until after the honeymoon.

As part of my day job, I get to write non-fiction and fill my brain with proposals, campaigns, and fun facts. During my long commute, I listen to audiobooks or music. Without a looming deadline and massive anxiety, I’m flying through my TBR pile and watching movies.

The result: my creativity is crazier than ever!

I’ve already drafted my next full length book’s storyline (modern fairytale!) as well as made notes on what I’ll need to research. I have notes on the sequel to Hunting Witch Hazel and notes on a paranormal new adult novel that is to follow that.

While I’m not writing every day, I’m actively engaging my brain in the book world. If I’m not reading, I’m building book playlists, reading blogs, taking classes (we start dance class this week!), or watching movies. All of these things will help my writing, whether it be prep work for a book or bettering my health.

So don’t beat yourself up about not writing when you’re in-between projects. Remember to take time to nurse your creativity back to health. Your books will thank you.

 


On this day in 2007 – The seventh and last book of the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was released.


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Hunting Witch Hazel: Now available
Threat of Raine: 2016
Rosemary for Remembrance: 2016

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Life’s Tests

Lately, it seems as if everyone around me is preparing for some sort of test–either literally in the form of written or electronic exams or as in life tests such as new job, marriage, babies, retirement or writing a book. These are choices we make–some more daunting than others, but they don’t always have to be to such a great degree.

I can only speak to what I know so here are some tidbits of advice on life’s tests…

A new job is only new for so long. Take advantage early on to ask questions and remember that you will master this eventually just like everything else.
Don’t go into marriage thinking about the big wedding. Think about the work that goes into happily ever after–it is a lot but worth it if you have the mindset, willingness and love to push it forward.
Kids are a joy but a ton of work. If you can, treasure your single life, wait until you are ready. Life is very rewarding with kids but you don’t want to hold what you feel you missed out on against them. Love them and have patience, your time with them is short before they want their time to themselves.
Writing a book is a process of discovery so let it happen. Take time to improve your craft and learn from your mistakes. Also think about your longer term goals as they will dictate how are where you push yourself.
As for retirement, I have experienced it, but in helping a friend, I underst a bit of planning and an open mindset are ideal. You’ve worked so hard, it is time to enjoy it–you can start a bucket list now.
That’s all for now. Good luck and happy writing this week!

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Putting Stuff Together for My Alpha Team by Mandy Rosko

So I’m finally putting together a quickie little drawing, mascot, whatever you might want to call it, for my Alpha Team.

It’s not so great so far, but I’m hoping that with a few more layers and by messing around with it a little more, I can make it look decent enough to put on some thank you cards, bags, or other types of cool swag as presents, not just for the alpha team, but maybe for my subscribers in general.

I’ve posted my progress on Instagram so far, but it’s far from done. I still need to fix the ears, put in the tail, and add the highlights. I think I have several hours more of messing around with my little chibi alpha girl before she can even be close to finished, so be gentle ;_;

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I want my lovely cover artist to put together the Alpha font that would be beneath her. Or above her. Not sure. I just need to color her in more. I have the background ready, but I didn’t take a picture of it yet.

I can’t wait to get her tail in there and to smooth out those ears though. The ears look funny right now on her head since they don’t match her hair. Lol, I was briefly thinking about making her legs hairy since she’s supposed to be an alpha wolf shifter, but I think the ears and tail (when I get it in there) will be enough

Cheers!

~Mandy

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The Villain Paranormal-Scope

Summer sizzles! For some people that means barbecues. For others, well…

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Aries:
Frankenstein was conflicted. Doubting your dream can throw additional obstacles in your way. No one said following your bliss was easy. But it’s worth it.

Taurus:
Zombies are running down your street. Time to lay low and let trouble pass you by. Focus on work and reap the benefits.

Gemini:
Dracula was a great communicator just not in the usual ways. New ways of communication will come into your life. You’ll love it, after you learn it.

Cancer:
Darth Vader was a heavy breather. Remember he wasn’t always bad just disappointed in life. Someone is coming back into your life. Be prepared.

Leo:
The Joker knows it’s not a joke to feel sluggish and out of shape. Re-evaluate your fitness routine.

Virgo:
The Wicked Witch of the West did not check out her facts and see what happened to her. New opportunities are coming your way. Check out the facts first.

Libra:
The Green Goblin can’t touch you. A long term project is about to reap rewards. When you celebrate, remember those who are close to you.

Scorpio:
Loki is the trickster. Your choices are many, but take a few days to consider before making a life change.

Sagittarius:
Lex Luther was an evil genius. He knew how to pace himself. Learning this will make your life easier. Pacing yourself. Not the evil genius part.

Capricorn:
Medusa can freeze you in tracks. Don’t let fear paralyze you. Research new technology and get moving again.

Aquarius:
Griffons aren’t really evil. It all depends on your approach. Build time to relax into your schedule. At the same time a formal event on your horizon can be good for your career. Remember it is all in the approach.

Pisces:
Flying monkeys are carrying mail today. Keep up with your contacts. A distant friend may become more important in your life.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print and  Nook and Print
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love , Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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A Farewell Letter by Jenna Jaxon

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Dear Nights of Passion  Family,

Goodbyes are always difficult. I prefer to think of it as goodbye for now because the romance world is a small one. We’ll see each other again.

Still, I am sad to announce that I am leaving Nights of Passion after two and a half wonderful years.

If you’ve seen my post last week for my summer plans, you’ll know the reason I’m having to say goodbye. I’ve recently had the great good fortune to be offered contracts with Kensington Publishing for two more of my House of Pleasure series e-books. And immediately following that joyful email, I received an offer from them of a print contract for the first three books in a Regency series to be called The Widow’s Club.

Even bigger news arrived Thursday. The Widow’s Club series will help launch Kensington’s Lyrical Press print line in January 2018. I and two other authors have currently digital-only series with Lyrical, but Kensington will begin publishing their Lyical authors in print as well, beginning with the three of us. It’s all very exciting and I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of industry coverage of this as the time draws near in just eighteen months.

Meanwhile, I have two of the five contracted books written, but I still have three to write, plus several novellas promised to boxed sets and a novella series of my own not to mention edits for all of them that I will need to finish. This all comes out to a whole lot of writing, which leads to my very hard decision to leave Nights of Passion. I’m setting aside as much time as possible for writing and with that comes the sacrifice of this blog and a reduction in posting on my own blog as well.

I have enjoyed my time at Nights of Passion immensely and I thank Susan Hanniford Crowley for this great opportunity. I hope to visit here more often than not. I also hope to see the patrons of NOP out in the romance world, both authors and readers, sharing our passion for books and reading and romance.

My best to you all and I’ll be seeing you!

Jenna

 

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What is Your Favorite Place?

I’ve traveled some and though there are remarkable places that could spar for the title of my favorite place, there is only one that has stayed in my heart since I was a little kid.

Gillette CastleThis is Gillette Castle in Hadlyme, Connecticut. It’s a state park. This castle was built by William Gillette, an eminent actor, playwright and director in his day. The castle and grounds are breathtaking. I loved it when I was seven, and I still love it.

If you’re from Connecticut you may know what William Gillette was famous for.

William Gillette hatHe portrayed “Sherlock Holmes” on the stage and became world famous. According to a letter under glass, the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle credits him with reviving the world’s interest in his stories of the detective. Gillette added the Inverness cape, the pipe, the magnifying glass to the character. Though the deerstalker hat was first drawn in an illustration accompanying an installment of “Sherlock Holmes” by a Strand artist, William Gillette was first to wear it on the stage.

bed of William GilletteThis is the bed of William Gillette.

Wiliam Gillette bookEven though Gillette was a playwright, he only wrote one novel. A mystery, of course.

part of the large main room in Gillette CastleHere is part of the main living room in the castle, which has many rooms and even more doors. No two doors are alike. Each is carved in wood and has an intricate and different locking system. The home really has to be seen to be appreciated as the unique Connecticut treasure that it is.

Back porch of Gillette CastleThis is a view of the Connecticut River from the castle’s back porch. Of course, this porch is all in stone.

another view of Gillette CastleIf you want to visit the castle, please, check the website: http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325204&depNav_GID=1650

Its days and hours have changed so checked the website before visiting. The picnic areas on the grounds are beautiful and so are the hiking trails.

I’ve shared the place that always brings a smile to my face. What is your favorite place? I’d love you to share it with us in the comment box.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print and  Nook and Print
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love , Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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