Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday Tips: Have a Nice Spot

One of the most important things is having a good place to work. Some people go to coffee shops. It's too noisy for me. Even the library can be too distracting. Some people write at their kitchen tables. Some write while on the sofa or their bed or the floor.

Make sure your chair is super comfy so you can work for HOURS! Remove your obstacles.  But don't make the mistake of waiting for your den to be perfect. Perfection kills a lot of novels.

Here is my den:



What makes this space work?


My recliner sees a lot of writing as well.

 --I'm Blogging from my recline now!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Reading: 11-22-63

This week I am reading 11-22-63 by Stephen King.

Here is the description from Amazon:


Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out.

President John F. Kennedy is dead.

Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away...but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke... Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten...and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.


--I almost didn't post this because I have not finished the book yet. It's almost 900 pages. I'll post again to let you know how I liked it!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Fast Friday Indie Interviews: L.M. Nelson

L.M. Nelson

Tell me about yourself:

L.M. Nelson is certified teacher and CPR/First Aid instructor.  She enjoys poetry, music, photography, gardening, reading, and nature walks.  Aside from her debut novel, Scrubs, she has written several poems, some of which have been selected for literary magazines and published in a poetry collection entitled World Treasury of Great Poems, Vol. II.  She co-wrote the article, ‘Gifted and Talented Education at the Close of the Decade of the Brain’, which was published in the educational journalPerspectives: Idaho Association of School Administrators, Vol. XVI, No. 1.
L.M. Nelson grew up in California and the Pacific Northwest, but currently resides in South Central Texas with her husband and two children.  She is a member of the Texas Association of Authors, the Texas Authors Institute, San Antonio Writer’s Guild, and Romance Writers of Ameri

Tell me about your current book:

Sand & Sutures, the second book in the Scrubs series, follows Randy Hanson, Jim Ryan, and Bruce Buckman into their residency, where they continue their specialized medical training.  As they work to establish their reputations as physicians, they struggle to find balance between their careers and their responsibilities as husbands and fathers.  Throughout this journey, they celebrate successes, encounter unexpected hurdles, and help each other navigate through some of life’s most difficult challenges.

You will absolutely love the characters in Sand & Sutures.  Join them on their journey and discover why a physician’s life isn’t always beer and pretzels. 

What are you working on now?

Currently, I am finishing revisions and editing on the third and fourth books in the Scrubs series.  I also have two other works in progress also.  A Young Adult fantasy book and an adult crime novel.

Where is your favorite place to be when you write?

I prefer to be alone when I write.  I have less distractions and it’s easier for me to concentrate that way.  During cooler months, it’s nice to write outside, but most of the time, I write while on the comfort of my own couch.

What is your favorite website?

Don’t know that I have a favorite.  I browse around a lot.

Links:

e-mail: authorlmnelson@yahoo.com
website: https://lmnelsonscorner.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorlmnelson
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlmnelson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/l-m-nelson-610839a4
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14100489.L_M_Nelson
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/L.-M.-Nelson/e/B00ZO1ZZ6Y
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/lmnelson
Circle of Books: http://circleofbooks.com/l-m-nelson/
Texas Authors: http://books.txauthors.com/category-s/2208.htm




Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Quotes of the Week

It's impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously you might as well not have lived at all.
—J.K. Rowling

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
—Alfred Hitchcock

Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.
—Khaled Hosseini

A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave.
—Oscar Wilde

The problem with fiction, it has to be plausible. That's not true with non-fiction.
—Thomas Wolfe

The first draft is nothing more than a starting point, so be wrong as fast as you can.
—Andrew Stanton