Saturday, June 10, 2017

Unlimited Amazon?!

Unlimited reading? Unlimited listening? SOLD! I always tend to run out of things to read and have to hit my Amazon Kindle store to buy more e-books. I also have the same problem with audio books which I just can't get enough of. I saw something about Kindle Unlimited and had to check it out. With this program, and for a nominal monthly fee, I can read and listen to my little heart's content!
It's $9.99 a month and you can cancel at any time (always a plus for me).  I realize that it isn't something new to the Amazon community but somehow I just overlooked it. Check it out and let me know what you think of it. Leave a comment below and we will chat!

Kindle Unlimited

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Homemade Mixes from the Hearth

It's time to get back to basics. We live in a fast paced world of instant everything. Even our browsers are full of shortcuts and instant access. I can't say much since I have all of these and more. This is true in my office, my truck and my home. The one place that I knew I had to take pause and start from scratch is the kitchen. No, I won't turn this into a homemaking page. Don't worry. It is still books, books and more books. I did, however, combine the two worlds in a cookbook that I compiled using the recipes I tweaked and twisted until it was perfect. In other words, back to basics.
Allow me the moment of a free plug of my other blog, The Pink Executive. I share my haphazard wisdom of the home while I write, promote and learn from other authors and readers, alike. I hope you take the time to check it out along with my new recipe book, Homemade Mixes from the Hearth. I hope you enjoy using the recipes as much as I do and please leave a comment below.

The Pink Executive
The Pink Executive
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Homemade Mixes from the Hearth

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

How to Create a World

The title sounds big and beyond capability but it really isn't. Creating a world is second nature to some authors but it still scares the heebie jeebies out of any writer. It is easier for some to just write what (or where) they know by picking a town they have been to or a forest that they have walked through a dozen times, but to create a place that no one has been can freeze us in our tracks. Why is that? I mean, if no one has been there, there should not be anything to live up to like remembering what bus stop is at what park in the middle of Boston. A Bostonian would know. An author who had never been there? Not so much, and would have more pressure to get facts straight. That is but a small problem and I have learned that it isn't a true problem at all. It is called artistic license. The author is the creator of that world and as such can make it however he or she wants. If I want horses, instead of cars, to be the mode of transportation in modern day New York, that is how it is. If I want magic to be a natural part of life on Earth, that is how I will write it. Do not be afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone on this one. Not everyone can create Middle Earth but that is good. I don't want to read about the same world in every fantasy book or follow the same mystery in every thriller I read. I want variety so I know others feel the same. Let your world be unique to you. Invite your readers in through the portal that you create for them. You will find that this new world will grow on its own over time.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

How to Breed Creativity

Is there something that you do during the day that just makes your mind burst with ideas? Is it driving in the car or folding laundry? I get mine at crazy times. I am in the process of organizing my cabinets. I am a week behind on the 52 Weeks to an Organized Home Challenge. Last week was organizing cabinets and drawers. I did drawers first day but it kinda dwindled from there. So, this week was supposed to be sorting out food storage and pantry but today I am finishing up the cabinets from last week. Enjoying it, actually. While I was emptying everything under the sun out of what was supposed to have been only a pan cabinet but held everything from a spice rack I forgot I had to two rolls of aluminum foil that I thought I was out of, my mind went to that pantry and how it isn't working for me. I suddenly got inspired to move my pantry and rebuild. Then I thought of my next book and a new way to outline that would take me to the top. I was on a roll. In the mean time, I had totally emptied that damned black hole of a cabinet and its menagerie of elements without even realizing it. After I finish what I have to do, I will be busy at work writing and outlining. Trying out my new ideas and knocking out last week's challenge to boot. Creativity really likes to sneak up on us at the oddest times, doesn't it?
Where have you found sudden creativity bursting out your seams? We would all like to know. Be sure to comment them below.

Monday, January 16, 2017

How to Know What to Write

Hello all my fellow writers and readers! It is cloudy outside and no one else is home but me. The good side of that is I am a writing monster when it's like this! No writer's block could withstand a day like today. Yesterday I was talking to someone about writer's block and she she said that her problem wasn't that she had an idea but was stuck. Her problem was that she couldn't figure out what to write at all. She asked me how I found topics to write about. It was a good question. When I am staring at that blank page and know I want to write but nothing is rattling around in my brain, it is kinda sucky. I yell at the pen for not working. I rip out the page and wad it up even though nothing is written on it. I pace. Then I ultimately head to the fridge. That is what happens about 40% of the time. The other 60%? It's as plain as that blank page, I told her. Write what you know, and if you don't know it, look it up till you do. She said that she was screwed then because all she was was a housewife and never worked outside of the home. I couldn't speak for a moment. I am like, wtf? And yes I said it. I said, that is a bunch of bull. You are a cook, housekeeper, trouble shooter, child psychologist, chemist, accountant, manager, organizer, first aid expert, animal groomer and seamstress! Your only problem is being overqualified for most outside of the home employment positions!...OK, maybe I kinda went off on her a bit. lol. You have to understand that most people do not take their own life experiences into account when they should. I took a breath and told her that if all she did was write a two page account of what she did in a day from an outsider's viewpoint, she had a great short story. I also asked her if she had any good housecleaning shortcuts she used. She started spouting them off and I could tell that she was passionate about the subject. I not only learned some new tricks but knew she had a niche that would rock. When I suggested it, she lit up like a Christmas tree. Like I said, too many out there are wasting their potential because they don't believe in what is tied up in their gray matter. If you know about something, and it is something you are confident enough to do yourself, WRITE IT. If you know some about something you love, but not as much as you think you should, look it up and put some time in some research on it. What is the worst that can happen? You learn something new? Just do it. You will be happy with the results. Even if you decide not to publish it, you did yourself a favor just by learning a bit more about something you already enjoy. Good luck and happy writing.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Battling Writer's Block

You get the best idea. You want it on paper so fast you spill your coffee while getting to the desk. You fire up your writing program and FLASH! There is that white screen and your idea just went out the window... Yea, been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Of course, the t-shirt is white and blank like that damned blank screen. Writer's block. They should have a remedy for that by now. Some sort of pill or nasty tasting elixir that instantly heals it and we can write like the literary geniuses that we are! OK, Maybe that's not in our near future, but the problem is real. Crazy as it sounds, we don't always have the inspiration or the want-to to write that million dollar novel or that awe inspiring blog post. Our brains just say, Nope, not doing it today. Try back tomorrow or next week. Better luck next time.
<Insert that evil laugh that you swear is coming from everywhere but you know it is coming from that white screen of evil that is currently controlling your life>
Writer's block has driven authors mad, to drinking, to dire depression and <gulp> to cleaning house, to keep from thinking about it. Hemingway used to stand in front of his manual typewriter for hours, just staring at it. It happens to us all. I stare at my screen so long that I would get a headache from the whiteness,
The trick, and yes there is a trick, is to look the block right in the eye and say no. OK, maybe not so easy, but we are all so different in how we think and what motivates us. Personally, I have to step away from it for a while. It might be a few minutes or a few days but obviously my writing and I have met an impasse and we cannot get along, so I step away so I don't give up on the relationship. Today, I re-read every blog post I had ever written. Some posts gave me ah-ha moments where I patted myself on the back for thinking on my toes, and other posts I could see were just not me being at my best, but at least I wrote something. I think that is the real trick. If all you can write is "This is Spot. See Spot run." then fine! Hey, it might turn into, "See Spot jump the fence. Spot, leave that dog alone! <Sigh> This is Spot. These are Spot's puppies. See Spot's puppies run."

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Rejection Letter TO a Publisher

 We all get these kind of letters from publishers and agents alike. This is my take on if the roles were finally reversed.  

Dear Esteemed Publishing Corporation,

After some deep consideration, I must regretfully inform you that I must reject your rejection letter.
Although it was cleverly written and grammatically correct, I could not find myself accepting such content. I do appreciate the fact that you mentioned my novel in your letter, however, and such considerations do carry some weight with me. With that being said, I will give you another chance. I would suggest that your revise your letter and send it in again. Perhaps the second time will be the charm.


Lottie M. Hancock