Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Building an Artist Manifesto

I have a business plan, but I don't have a manifesto.

But I recently read a bunch of them here and now I'm thinking maybe I need to write one and post it to motivate myself.

Here's how my business plan starts:

"I write entertaining, fast reads full of humor and unexpected twists…or really twisted bad guys."

and how it ends

"Don’t forget: Have some fun!!!!!!!!"

which I thought was pretty good, but now I'm thinking in my manifesto I need to come up with some great statements like these:


"If you don't like something change it."  The Holstee Manifesto

"Be boring.  (It's the only way to get work done.)"  Austin Kleon

"Do not feel absolutely certain of anything."  Bertrand Russell

"Identify what's important to you."  Leo Babauta, Zenhabits

"Go. Make something happen."  Seth Godin


Things of my own I might add:

Shut up.
Shut up and listen to the world around you.
Shut up and really listen to those in your life....those who care and those who only claim to care.
Shut up and listen to your gut. Your heart knows what's best.


It's better to try and fail, than to squash your own dreams.

Safety can equal stagnation.

Tell me Killer Friends: Do you have a manifesto? What advice would you add to one?



Sunday, August 30, 2015

Returning To Normal

Yesterday was my daughter's birthday! I made a cake. It didn't explode. Or implode. Always a good thing.


Which means summer is coming to an end and that means a return to normal. Yay! This is much needed because I no longer have any concept of time. I might also need a bit of a detox! This summer has been a blast, but it's time...



Time to get back to a regular routine, into the habit of making to-do lists, and putting the effort into getting some writing done.


For now, my romantic suspense BACKLASH, Book 1 in my Aspen Lake series, is on sale for 99 cents until September 3rd. EXPOSED, Book 2 in my Aspen Lake series, is available for pre-order and releases on September 11th.

What have you got planned for September?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Cooking Competition TV - A New Show

I've been a big fan of cooking competition shows since the first season of Top Chef.  Over the years, I've probably watched them all - Top Chef, Next FoodNetwork Chef, MasterChef, MasterChef UK (one of my favs, btw), Hell's Kitchen (my least fav).

Tonight, I was surfing through the channels waiting for something to come on at 8pm and stumbled across a new (to me, anyway) show called Food Fighters.  What fun!

The premise is that one home chef battles 5 professional chefs for a chance at $100K.  The home chef picks their 5 best dishes and the professionals have to face the contestant one at a time to cook each of the dishes.  A 'dinner party' of 5 people judge the dishes.  If the home chef gets the most party votes, they win.  If they win the first four levels, they face off against the last pro for the 100K.  If they lose a round, and here's the part I like, they keep cooking, but the amount they could potentially win doesn't reach 100K.  Tonight's chef lost the third round and the last round, but he walked away with $35K and bragging rights.

All in all, it was pretty cool.  Plus, the dude from Man vs Food - Adam Richman - is the host.  I always like him on that other show, but I couldn't watch him eat all that stuff.  :shudder:  Man, has he lost a bunch of weight.  Good for him.

Too bad, next week is the season finale.  I so would've watched this show every Thursday, if I'd known. 

Do you watch cooking competitions?  Would you ever enter one?  Personally, I like to cook and my food is good, but not THAT good. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sticky! Messy! Go Away!

It's the start of love bug season here in Florida. Yuck!

Swarms of mating bugs that stick to the car and, if left there, eat through the paint.

Not pleasant.



So why am I talking about them?

Because I feel like I'm stuck in a cloud of ideas. They keep bouncing against me...like bugs hitting the windshield.

There are too many of them to keep up with.

I want to write them all, but there isn't enough time. So I try to brush them off, but they're sticking around.

It's gotten so bad that I've actually taken to writing the ideas down -- GASP!!!!
Not because I think I'll ever refer back to the list, but because I'm desperate to clear some space in my head.

(If the ideas were love bugs, some fabric softener would get rid of them.)

Tell me Killer Friends:  What do YOU do when you're overrun with ideas?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Great Things You Can Buy For Less Than a Buck!

It's sale time for Backlash, Book 1 in my Aspen Lake series! 

It's 99 cents

That's like less than a Dollar!

From August 21 to September 3rd.

Found at the usual places!

Including: Amazon .  Kobo .  Barnes and Noble  .  TWRP

Know what else you can buy for less than a dollar?

Fountain drinks at McDonalds are a $1 in the summer. So is coffee.

Some songs from iTunes!

Also apps!

Party beads from the Dollar Store (and obviously other things as it's called the Dollar Store. I very rarely go there.)

And my book! 


What he’s sworn to protect, she’s willing to sacrifice to save those she loves...

When dedicated teacher Lily Wheeler interrupts a vicious gang attack on one of her students, she vows it won’t happen again. But her rash interference puts her in the path of a cold-blooded killer and the constable tracking him — a man she has little reason to trust, but can never forget.

Constable Chase Porter returned to Aspen Lake to see justice done, not renew old acquaintances. But when he rescues the woman he once loved from a volatile situation, he realizes his feelings for Lily haven’t lessened over the years.


Now, the dangerous killer Chase has sworn to capture has Lily in his sights. Can Chase and Lilly learn to trust each other again before it’s too late — or will old insecurities jeopardize their future?

Excerpt:

“We have to work together, Chase.”

Right. Against one of the most vicious gangs in the country. He caught sight of her pretty pink toenails peeking out from under her blanket. Him and the pretty little small town teacher up against Raphael Tessier. Maybe the bad guys would die laughing.

He meant to back away. To leave. Before her clean scent began absorbing into his skin. But with Lily, things never quite worked out the way he planned. Good intention turned into forward movement. Until they were chest-to-chest and hip-to-hip.

“Chase, be reasonable.”

Reasonable? He could smell her. Her breasts pressed against his chest with every breath. He’d left reasonable so far behind he’d need a map to find it.

Then it was too late anyway. He needed to know if she tasted the same. Felt the same. And she was right there. In front of him. All he had to do was bend his head. Just a fraction of a movement and his self-imposed exile would end.

And he was only human.

So he tipped his head and put his mouth on hers. Ran the tip of his tongue over her bottom lip and got a yes to question number one.

His hands did a slow glide up her arms, over her shoulders to her face. He gently tilted her head and waited. Waited for the slight parting of her lips, the invitation to enter. When it came, it almost brought him to his knees.

He dove in like a man who’d been too long in the desert and she was his first taste of water in years. He needed his tongue in her mouth, tasting, savoring. He needed the warmth pulsing through his system to burn forever.

****

I hope I've enticed you to check out Backlash. Book 2, EXPOSED, release on September 11th. Do you take advantage of book sales? What are your best finds for a dollar?

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Day Late and More Than a Few Weeds Short

Hey All.  My most profound apologies for not posting yesterday.  I totally lost track of what day it was.  Of course, this seems to be a regular thing and you should all feel free to jab me with a pointy stick. 

What I did do yesterday morning was pull weeds.  There's nothing so cathartic as going out into the property and attacking the noxious plants where they've encroached.  Bad day?  Kill weeds.  Frustrated?  Kill weeds.  Unsure of your place in the universe?  Kill weeds.  Need to think through a storyline or a plot hole or a bit of dialogue?  Kill weeds. 

Lord knows there's enough of them.  And if you pull them today, they'll be back in a couple weeks to help you sort through things all over again.

I don't even know what kinds of weeds they are.  I think some of them are nettles.  Some of them kind of look like clovers or shamrocks.  There are plantains (not the bananas - a different kind) and dandelions, of course, but for the most part, I'm clueless.  And I don't really care.  If I didn't plant it, it dies.  I even took out a small, unidentified tree because it had decided to grow somewhere it shouldn't have been and it was blocking out the sun my azaleas need to survive.  Buh-bye.

And now the iris bed and the azaleas are like 90% weed free (because I can't get everything) and they look like someone actually cares about living here. 

Of course, now I'm also feeling the effects of all that bending and kneeling and pulling in my thighs, butt, and back.  Woohoo.  Keep this up and I'll have buns of steel.  Still, there's nothing like the feeling of a job well done.  And the catharsis is good, too.

What do you do when you need to work through something?  Do you garden or do you have another strategy? 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Favorite Office Product?

It's Back To School time, which means it's time for me to binge-shop for office supplies.

Hey, if I'm going to indulge my addiction, I try to do it responsibly... or at least cheaply.

Yes, while I'm not proud of it, I AM addicted to office supplies.

I can never have enough spiral notebooks,

Or purple pens,



Or dry erase markers,


and calendars!



Tell me Killer Friends:
What about you?
Do you too have a love of office supplies?
What are your weaknesses?
Are you succumbing to the siren's call of the Back To School sales?