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Cyber Monday: Last Day for #99cent #Romance & Last Nano Update

Moonday Mania

the last nano check in

So I’m a nano failure. Maybe. If you count writing 50,000 words in 30 days as the only way to count success. But I don’t. I count my successes differently. And my success is that I wrote more words in November than I’ve written in any month so far this year. I re-established some great writing habits. And, I re-discovered my commitment to writing.

Now that’s success!

I also am committed to trying something I’ve never been able to pull off successfully and that is: writing new words every week, even while editing. You see, I’ve usually been the type of writer to be immersed in one book. I write that book, then let it sit and maybe edit or work on something else, and then when I’m ready to edit the book I leave the other projects and dive into the edits. No writing new words because I’m all about the one book.

But, I want to be a more prolific writer. When I’m writing, and I’m in the flow, I can produce a decent amount of words per week. But then I stop writing, and getting back into that flow takes too long. What I want to have happen is I want to be able to keep that ability to write in the zone even while editing.

So that’s one of my new goals as I head into December.

Now, December is typically my month to review my goals, so I’ll be doing that very soon on the blog. This last year was a very different year for me. I went from a really difficult Fall 2013 into Winter 2014- sick and run down. I slept for the first few months, totally re-vamped my diet and lifestyle and got myself healthy over the spring. Just when I should have been writing I started a new job, that threw a wrench into my Diva writing style. And I’ve ended up here. Fed up with the Diva and ready to write.

So, top of my list of goals will be to write new words every week. Even when I’m editing the heck out of Broken Mirror, which is my other top goal. My health slid a little over November, another reason I didn’t hit my word goal. The killer cold lasted two weeks and sapped my energy. But that’s just another excuse. I’m looking forward to being healthy in December and writing as if it’s Nano again, but adding the editing in. Will I hit 50k in December?

No. I’m not planning on it. But I am planning on  increasing my word count from November. And who knows? If I do this all year I may head into next November with 50k being a possibility. Hey, I’m an optimist. It could happen!

How was your November? Did the fall weather, snow, or being sick knock you from achieving your goals? What are you going to do about it? Are you going to be the Diva and whine, whine, whine? Or are you going to pull up the big girl boots (mine are tall and black) and get moving on your goals?

Today is the last day to purchase those 8 amazing romance authors at 99 cents!

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Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

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Happy Thanksgiving! Or maybe not…

BBQ'd Turkey, phot by Lynn Kelley Author

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Thursdays Bite

a holiday blog

It’s time to list what you are thankful for, so here goes. I’m thankful that I am NOT having anybody over for turkey-day. Nor am I going anywhere, or required to cook a big dinner for forty-or-so of my closest friends and relatives. I’m thankful that whatever I want to cook this year, I am not driving, so I can open up that bottle of wine and start early, and watch football, and the Macy’s Day Parade. Because no other parade will do.

I’m thankful for my husband, my kids, and my family. Even if I am not planning on seeing any of my extended family and even though sometimes my immediate family drives me crazy. I still love all of them, yes, even you. Despite everything. You know who you are.

I’m thankful that this year it’s all my decisions. Yes, I know that sounds selfish, but for once I get to decide what kind of foods to cook, or not cook. If I want to go out to dinner. And if I want to sleep in and not cook the turkey until late. Yes, I’m still cooking a turkey. It was a last minute decision. I almost decided this was the Thanksgiving without a turkey. I mean, we have one every year, usually two, since we have one on Christmas at my folks’ house. And really, do we need to do that? Well, I guess I do, since I bought one and it’s sitting in the cold drawer of my refrigerator waiting to be cooked.

I’m thankful that if I want potatoes, they’ll be there and that I can choose whatever kind of pie I like and not worry that anyone else will criticize my choices. I like pumpkin for Thanksgiving. Not chocolate cream, or apple, and definitely not mince. Shudder. And I like whipped cream with a little sugar. In fact, I think I’ll have that in my coffee too. Nothing like a little schlag on your coffee!

Does all this sound selfish? Not in the spirit of Thanksgiving? I’m kind of suspicious it does. But this year just kind of happened. No one invited us to Thanksgiving, no one called and asked what we were doing. I was working and editing and dealing with life, so it kind of crept up on me. Last week I was in the store looking at the turkeys and realizing that we had no plans, and instead of feeling left out or lonely… I felt relieved.

I should feel guilty. I should be heaping lots of “shoulds” on my shoulders. But instead I’m choosing to celebrate by not celebrating. Wow, what a concept. And what a relief. No guilt, no repercussions, no over-thinking. Just a cozy Thanksgiving with the people I’m closest too. And isn’t that what a holiday should be?

I know my Canadian friends celebrate in October, so they’ll be working like normal on Thursday, but what about you? What are you doing this holiday season? Are you taking time out for yourself? Do you feel guilty when you do? Are you going to relax this Thursday or are you going to be knocking down the doors of those retailers who can’t wait to open until Friday?

Save the date! We’re having a Facebook Party on December 14th, 3-6pm Colorado Time! Join Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Paranormal authors for games and giveaways. Click HERE to sign up and participate, it’s going to be a fun way to spend a cold winter’s afternoon in December!

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Easy Tips to Make Your Blog Outstanding

Moonday Mania

a blog on the craft of writing

Today I’m swinging in Gloria Richard’s Hammock as she interviews me, and reveals my secrets! Another opportunity to win a free copy of Little Red Riding Wolf. Check it out HERE!

As a recent blogger I’m always hungry for more, more, more information on how to make my blog outstanding. I read books like Kristen Lamb‘s We Are Not Alone, the Writer’s Guide to Social Media. And I follow experts on blogs like Brinda Berry on Gloria Richard’s Blog (HERE), and try to implement new techniques.

But even I, the brand spanking newbie, have stumbled upon a few things that other newbies, like myself, can use to fix their blogs in an instant.

Today’s tip is one that I have real trouble with, but I’m making it my goal to fix.

 Post early in the day

Free Stock Images - Businessman Clock Hands TimeI admit, I could do better at this.  I post somewhere around 6am my time. But that’s too late.  Why? Because 6am my time is 8am EST, and those people have already checked their computers and headed off to work. They missed my blog.

I only noticed this after I started using RSS to keep track of my blogs. I’m not sure everyone is aware of RSS, but once I discovered RSS I found that it was the easiest way for me to keep track of all my friends blogs. It works for me because my email box is so stuffed with Tweets and Yahoo Loop digests that I was losing everyone’s post announcements.

I have found that the RSS organizer I like best is Google Reader. It’s on a separate tab on my browser. Nothing comes in an email. I click on Google Reader and all my blogs that I follow are listed, if a blog’s name is highlighted then they have a new post. That’s it. No email.

Am I perfect at posting early?

No! I’m sure you’ve all noticed. I sometimes mess up my scheduling. I think I’m posting at a 06:00 and it turns out to be 18:00. And really I should be scheduling at 1:00am, not 6:00am. Right? Right. But this is a process and like all processes it takes time

You can still get emails even if you subscribe by RSS. Just subscribe through one of the other services, like normal, and you’ll still receive their emails. But if you subscribe only through Google Reader or another RSS service, no emails. That works for me. What works for you?

Back to our topic, now that I don’t get an announcement in my email. I have to go check. Which I do, at around 7am. My time. Not yours.

This means that my friends (and you know who you are!) who post on say Monday’s, but post late, don’t get seen until Tuesday. Why?

Because I’ve already looked at my RSS feed page at 7am and you hadn’t posted yet, so it didn’t say you were posting. And I don’t get the email. So on Tuesday morning, I see that you’ve posted.

Now this is not a big deal, most of my peeps don’t care if I’m there on Tuesday or Wednesday, and they know I love them even if I’m not particularly faithful about dropping by every post. Too many buddies and too many good posts! But it does mean sometimes that I miss out on giveaways, because I’m a day late and the contest is closed.

Once again, my friends aren’t worried about me. But they should be worried about readers like me. If you are using a contest to draw people to your blog, then you want them to feel good about coming to your blog. Not late, because they didn’t get the invite on time. Many times I’ve shown up to the blog to find out that the contest is closed. Luckily it’s not a big deal for me, but what about your other readers?

This can be frustrating for your visitors. Frustrated visitors means less visits.

How can you fix this?

You can run your contests for more than a day. I like that because it means you can get those last minute people, or people who don’t always have the time to check out their favorite blogs and so show up the next day. Everyone feels good.

But even better: by using the scheduling feature on your blog you can post at say, 1am. And that way, early birds, you catch more worms.Stock Photography - Blue Bird w/worm

Easy. More viewers, more people entering your giveaways, more satisfied customers.

Another benefit to scheduling your blog is that you don’t have to be there to post. You can be in say, Costa Rica on the beach, and your blog still posts. Love that!

How do you follow blogs? Do you have a stuffed email box, would RSS feed work better for you? Would you remember to check it every day? How about scheduling your posts? I know this is very easy on WordPress, what about your blog? As a blog reader, how do you feel when you show up late to the party?

And expect another hot blogging tip next Moonday Mania!

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by | March 12, 2012 · 1:05 am