Writing Updates

Cold with Fresh Powdery Snow

I look out my sliding glass doors and see a few inches of the white stuff. Yep! I’m talking about snow! My daughter will be so happy when she sees it’s snowed! She will want to go outside and play I’m sure.

My writing has tapered off lately. In my last post I wrote about preparing for NaNoWriMo. Well, that didn’t happen this year. Third trimester pregnancy fatigue and gall bladder attacks have plagued me. Trying to nurse my gall bladder with non fat foods and “gut rest” in which I only drink ginger ale when it acts up. Docs are hoping to limp me through the rest of the pregnancy so I can have the baby first and then have my gall bladder removed. Yippee! What fun!

I haven’t been working on a lot. Preparing the home for the baby and taking care of some clutter. But the writing desire remains strong. It’s always there whispering, “Hey, write something, will ya?” Oh, how I’d love to. Part of me is still trying to figure out just what I want to write. Do I want to write novels? Or stick with shorter works like poetry, articles, and short stories? I really have to stop and think about the time I have on my hands and I certainly don’t have time or physical stamina (right now) for writing a novel. So for now I think I’ll stick with shorter works. I’ve also been writing in my journal just trying to keep up the writing skills.

Writing time this week may be scarce as my daughter is off from school this week as well as doctor’s appointments and oh yes, preparing for Thanksgiving dinner and dessert. But I’m going to try to get a few minutes in, most every day on something even if it’s just in my journal. That’s something!

I always find this week challenging especially with NaNo. This week always was the hardest to get the word count in with so much going on. For those of you doing NaNo this year, how do you cope when your children are off school for vacation, or your schedules are hectic?

I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to comment. Have a great day!

Book Reviews, General Updates

Editing, Reading, Poetry, And Book Reviews

I am amazed how busy one can become without realizing it. Somehow I have attained three editing jobs, reading, writing book reviews, and I have started writing poetry again. As you can imagine this, and being a mom and housewife, take s a great  deal of my time. I wanted to write a blog post to update you, my readers, to let you know things are okay, just that I have been  so busy I am not able to write the amount of blog posts I would like to.

The books I have been reading are Outlaw Salvation by, William Tasch, which is a Christian fiction novel, Bringing up Girls, by Dr. James C. Dobson, Mastering Creative Anxiety, by Eric Maisel, and The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  Sourcebook, by Glenn R. Schirraldi, Ph.D. A lot to read at once and normally I read a nonfiction book in the morning and a fiction at night and that is all I will allow myself to read. It’s hard when there is so much you want to read about all at once, and hence, I know have four books all started and all being read at various intervals. I am thinking I will have to pick Outlaw Salvation as my fiction book and then choose a nonfiction book for the morning read. Bringing up girls may be the one I finish first. We shall see!

You can follow me on Goodreads for any updates and reviews on these books. Reviews will also be posted on Amazon.com.

A kindle book I just finished reading to my daughter last night was Tyrannosaurus T-Rex: Amazing Photos & Fun Facts Book for Kids About T-Rex (Kids Knowledge Series), by Deutsche Don Juan. I am in the process of writing a review and will be posting it soon.

That is all I have for now, but hope to be back soon and have more regular updates for you. Have a great day! 🙂

General Updates

Snow And Sunshine

I’m sitting here at the dining room table with KLOVE playing on my iPad, my daughter bouncing a balloon around the house enjoying her winter break from school, my two dogs lying in the bright warm sun shining through the sliding glass doors. Several more inches of snow fell last night, upon which the warm sun shines and threatens to melt over the next couple of days. The snow is pretty and I don’t mind it all that much, but I must say I am itching to get outside in the warm Spring sun and feeling the warm sun and light winds on my skin while listening to the birds chirping and the dogs playing in the yard.

I have been quite busy lately. Still working on updating my poetry and Sackets Harbor books. I am checking to make sure the covers, book descriptions and manuscripts are all up to date and satisfactory. I am working on one book at a time and then will be adding them to Smashwords.

I am also updating the books information and covers on Goodreads.

I am still also working on my novel writing course through Winghill Writing School, and I am planning on writing a review on this as well.

Then recently I was contacted to do a book edit for a woman in the medical field. I have agreed to do a one chapter evaluation to see if we will be a good match for each other and if my editing skills will what she needs.

Then I have a couple of book reviews I am thinking of and will post them in the next couple of weeks.

So busy, but I’m taking my time and enjoying the creative process. Of course, the creative process doesn’t just apply to writing. I’ve been in my kitchen as well and posting pictures and recipes on another one of my blogs Happy Bellyz Cafe

I’m off for now. Have a great day and God bless!

~Janis

Poetry

Day and Night: A Collection of Nature Poetry Gets New Look!!

So the next book I was working on changing the look to is Day & Night: A Collection of Nature Poetry. The second cover looks far better than the first. A definite growth in understanding book cover design from when I first published my books. Well, you can see for yourself:

1st Book Cover
1st Book Cover
2nd cover
2nd cover
This is the back cover that goes with the new 2nd cover.
This is the back cover that goes with the new 2nd cover.

I have also made some improvements to the manuscript as well.

I hope you enjoy the newer cover and updated interior!

Off to work on the next book that needs updating.

Poetry, Sackets Harbor

Free Audiobook Promotion Codes!!!

Okay, so the quiz thing didn’t go so well last time. I don’t think I’ll try that again this time.

I still have some free promo codes for Day & Night: A Collection of Nature Poetry and for The History of Sackets Harbor, NY.

Give me a shout if your interested!

Have a great day!

Poetry

Question #1 – Day and Night: A Collection of Nature Poetry

What is the scientific name for storm clouds?

A) cirrus, B) altostratus, C) cumulonimbus, D) mammatus

Please use the form below to submit your answer. Thanks you for participating!

Poetry

Free Audio Book – Day and Night: A Collection of Nature Poetry

Do you like poetry? How about nature? How about putting the two together in Nature Poetry!

I have Promo Codes for 5 FREE copies of the audio-book version of my poetry book “Day & Night: A Collection of Nature Poetry”.

What I have decided to do is ask one question a day and whoever is the first person to get the question right, will win a free promo code to my audio-book.

Look for the question coming up in my next post later today!

See you then.

 

 

Promotion

Available for Interviews and Looking for Book Reviews

Just wanted to let people know, that if you are someone who does interviews, I am available by Skype, email, instant message, or phone, even snail mail. Also, if you do book reviews of Indie Authors, I have a few books I am looking for reviews for. The books are:

Day and Night: A Collection of Nature Poetry

Heat of the Night: A Collection of Love Poetry

Everlasting Arms: A Collection of Religious Poetry

Curious Perceptions: A Collection of Poetry Inspired by Life Experiences, Emotions and Thoughts

A Daughter’s Reflection (memoir)

The History of Sackets Harbor, New York

Please feel free to contact me if you’re interested. Thanks.

Looking forward to helping other authors as well. If you are looking for a book review, or are willing to do an interview, let me know. We can help each other market our work. Thanks.

Janis