Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday Mishmash 5/6/13

Happy Monday! Here's my mishmash of thoughts:
  1. Edits  I've gotten several new editing clients in the past two weeks, so I'm keeping busy.
  2. Emailing myself  I have an entire folder in my inbox of emails from myself. LOL This is how I keep track of things (along with my day planner). Anyone else email themselves?
  3. Field Trip  This week I'm going on my daughter's kindergarten field trip. We were told to wear clothes that can get dirty because we're going to a farm. And did I mention it's supposed to rain? I hope the weather holds out for us.  
  4. Free Monthly Newsletter  My free monthly newsletter goes out at 5pm EST today. If you aren't already signed up but would like to receive it, you can sign up here.
  5. Romancing the R.A. Cover Reveal and Giveaway  I'm participating in the cover reveal for Ashelyn Drake's upcoming New Adult romance through S.B. Addison Books. Check it out.

Noelle Buckman is looking forward to making a fresh start in college, one that doesn’t involve immature high school boys. The second she steps on campus for freshman orientation, she can sense the possibilities. Especially when she spots Andy, a resident advisor who’s not just hot but also thoughtful enough to open doors for a girl.
And Andy has his eye on Noelle. Even when her nerves take control and she thinks she comes off as a hillbilly with no direction, Andy can see what she’s really like and he’s more than a little interested.
But orientation is less than two full days and there’s an entire summer between Noelle and Andy. Will her attempt to romance the R.A. be as short-lived as college orientation?
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That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

62 comments:

  1. Hey Kelly,
    I nominated you for a Liebster Award. It's sort of like a get to know me thing that you pass on to other bloggers.
    http://thetemptationtrilogy.blogspot.com/2013/05/i-was-honored-to-be-nominated-by.html
    -Sherry

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  2. I hope you and Ayla have fun! Is it a petting farm, or an actual farm with cows and horses?

    I love that you email yourself. I do that too, mostly if I'm away from my personal computer and I have to make do with someone else's, and I don't want to forget a story idea, or character, or schedule I've got planned. LOL

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    1. Thanks, Kat. I'm not sure what kind of farm it is yet. I guess we shall see. :)

      Yes, I love emailing myself when I'm out. I'll just email from my phone and that way when I get home I know what I need to do.

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  3. I have nominated you and your blog for the Leibster Blog Award. Go to my blog to see where/when/how! http://www.thevampirecode.com/category/diary/

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    1. Oh wow, two nominations in one post. Thanks so much!

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  4. Sounds like a great book. Thanks.

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  5. I do have a folder of emails I've emailed to myself. Some contain links, while others contain thoughts or docs. I'm really pathetic, sometimes.

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  6. I sometimes email myself

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  7. Romancing the RA sounds great.
    And yes, I send myself e-mails all of the time. Remember the milk. Pay the storage bill, etc. Good luck on the field trip!

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    1. I just hope we don't get rained on. LOL

      My emails are all writing related. I guess I'm not all that concerned if I forget the milk, and my daughter is happy when I do forget it. ;)

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  8. Looks like a busy week for you. I hope you enjoy the farm.

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  9. I email myself too. Mostly writing-related stuff, but sometimes every day things too. Then I just have to remember to read them. :D

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    1. I'm always on my email so remembering to read them is not an issue for me. ;)

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  10. I email myself writing-related things too. There's so much to keep organized! Have a fab time on the field trip! Better wear your 'wellies' from the sound of things!

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    1. I know, right? I hope the weatherman is wrong about Thursday's rain.

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  11. I'm with you, Kelly! LOVING Ashelyn's cover reveal :-)

    P.S. Have fun down on the farm. *Fingers crossed* that it doesn't rain!

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  12. Hi Kelly - you can add me to the list of people who email themselves. If you do it, I believe I'm in good company! Also, I have been known to call and leave myself messages.

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    1. Oh, yes! I call myself and leave messages too. :)

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  13. Oh goodness, my inbox would be a hot mess if I emailed myself. O.o

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  14. Emailing self? Guilty! :)

    I have to email myself everything from reminders about emailing someone to links to articles that I want to read when I don't have the time at that very moment. Of course, then when I check my emails when I get home, I end up deleting half of them, because I find I don't have the time to read them all. lol

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    1. LOL Something about deleting your own emails is too funny. ;)

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  15. Have fun on the field trip. Hope the rain holds off until the trip is over.

    I subscrbe to your newsletter and enjoy reading what's happenng in your world.

    Have a nice week.

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    1. Thank you, Beverly. That means a lot to me. :)

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  16. Without my Google Calendar I'd be lost. It tells me what I have to do every day.

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    1. I use a day planner because I'd panic if I couldn't get online and that's where my calendar was. Eek!

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  17. I definitely e-mail myself! Usually it's when a story idea comes up when I'm not in a place to write, links that I want to check out later (I should start utilizing my bookmarks), or things I need to do (I've recently started doing more of this in my Google calendar).

    Have fun on the farm!

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    1. Yes! Emailing myself with new ideas! I have a folder in my email for just that.

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  18. I email myself frequently. Chapters of the manuscript on the one hand, pics that I find I'll use in a blog but can't get into the blog at the time, that sort of thing.

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  19. My PC monitor died over the weekend, and received one as an early birthday gift from my grandmother, of which I'm highly grateful for, and gave her her Mother's Day gift early, a movie she really wanted to own.

    Aside from that, I'm taking an online course on making videos, run by author/illustrator Katie Davis, and it's the best gift I've ever given myself as a writer, apart from books, of course, and I urge those who are apprehensive of making their own videos, or just marketing in general, to consider taking the course.

    Some things are worth their asking price, even it's steep at times, and as far as I'm concerned, Katie delivers with "Video Idiot Boot Camp." Her course reminds me that marketing ourselves and our work can be fun, even if parts of the process along the way can cause many a tear to be shed, dozens of pizzas to be devoured, and many a wall to be punched.



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    1. Sorry to hear about your monitor, but yay for getting a new one! When's your b-day? Is it this week?

      Sounds like you are learning a lot in Katie's course. Can't wait to see those videos.

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    2. It's next week on Tuesday, and as you know Mother's day being close to my birthday is hard, but I think it'll be better this year.

      I'm working on the script for my blog's welcome video, and I'm also going to do one for my stand alone author site, I decided I needed to separate T.A.A. from my author site because there are certain writer-related things I don't feel comfortable talking aoubt on T.A.A. which I really made to serve readers and have a place to discuss my offbeat tastes in books.

      Of course I'll be talking about books I sell that are in the animal fantasy arena
      (I know I've been dragging my feet on announcing Gabriel, Kelly, but given I don't know what my editor thinks of the changes I made to Gabriel prior to being signed with G8 Press, I want to be careful how I word the announcement, you know?)

      Since my writing interests have broadened from when I first started T.A.A., I felt I needed to separate my author brand from T.A.A., as there are things as I writer I need and want to explore that are outside the niche of T.A.A., and I'll just be share readers of one source can easily access the other.

      I'm not as comfortable mixing art and commerce as other writers, you know?

      That said, thanks for replying to my last blog post, and while I get what you meant, I don't think it's an excuse to snub writers. I know you didn't say that, but to me, respect is a two-way street. Publishing insiders should practice the empathy and due diligence of writers as much we're advised to do the same.

      A true partnership of any kind is NOT a dictatorship. Writers are only HALF of the equation.

      That's what I was speaking to.

      Not that what you were saying doesn't happen, but people who can't give the same respect to others they want back isn't sending a good message to writers anymore than people who are overly assertive in their dealings with agents or editors, is that not a fair point, too, Kelly?


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    3. I believe in the golden rule. Treat others the way you want to be treated. So yes, I agree. Writers need to respect other writers. If I don't like a book (for whatever reason) I don't talk about it. Reading is subjective. I'm not going to talk ill of anyone or any book. :)

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  20. Hi Kelly, I email my day's writing to myself always. This is the first time I've really been on my laptop since my knee surgery. I missed being online and also appreciated the break. Cheers.

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    1. Welcome back, Catherine! I hope your knee is doing well.

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  21. Yes, I email myself ALL the time--it is a great way to back up work! Have fun at the farm! = )

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    1. Yes! I back up my work that way too.

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  22. I email myself all the time. It's the easiest way to remember things.

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  23. Nope, I never email myself - good idea though! Hope farm trip goes well , memories of accompanying Hannah on school trips!!! Hope dort gets to pet the animals! BTW lovely to see you on my birthday blog!!!

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    1. Now the weather says thunderstorms for Thursday. Eek!

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  24. I email myself all the time (for times when I can't talk to myself because others are listening - shush).

    Good luck with the trip. I'm crossing my fingers that the weather stays dry for the school sports day on Thursday.

    Getting on with a difficult chapter this week. May have to give myself a stern talking to.

    Have a great week.

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    1. I hope your "talking to" goes well. ;)

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    2. It did actually, until I got stuck again on an issue of architecture. Linking a futuristic world back to vintage architecture tripped me up so I chose a different path. Making good progress now.

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  25. Since you kick-started my week (one day later)with posting that you're editing others and then yourself- you got me thinking. I'm wondering if and how it's different, and can you edit yourself as you do others. Do you notice the difference not only in your process, but in the results? This could be a great post from you, Kelly.

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  26. I remember being in college and having R.A.s. Not ones I romanced though!
    I hope the weather holds and you and your daughter have a great time at the farm! :-)

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  27. I used to email myself, too. It was kind of a pain to keep track of it, though--which version was the most up-to-date version of whatever I was working on?

    I use DropBox now. Every few days or so I copy and paste my Writing folder into it, and overwrite whatever's already up there. That way it's backed up in the cloud and I can get to it from anywhere.

    Just a thought. It's easier than email, IMO.

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  28. That's a beautiful cover and an interesting concept. And yes, I totally email myself all the time! It seems weird, I suppose, but if I have an idea and I'm away from my computer but with my phone, then I'll email it to myself to make sure I don't forget it.

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    1. I love the cover, too.

      I don't think email yourself is weird at all, but then again I do it and I'm a little weird. ;)

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  29. Hope the field trip was fun! I love that you email yourself, too! I do it all the time and I thought I might be a little crazy. :) It always brings things to my attention.

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    1. The field trip was a lot of fun. Thanks!

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