Wow, this year has really gotten away from me. I've not progressed enough on any of my writing projects to even mention them and now the end of the year is upon me. I can only describe this year as a blur.
But I want to take a minute out of this crazy hectic year to reflect on this 2017 year.
Personally - I've gained two new grandsons. What more could a granny want, right! I couldn't be more thrilled. Just need more time to spend with them; lol.
As a writer - I'm so thankful for the talents of multi-genre author and editor,
Theresa Snyder, who has given me a mountain of suggestions to work into my current projects, a smorgasbord of creative tips that just makes sense. I think of it as a drag and drop system - I'll just drag an idea and plug it in here and another one there.
Going forward - I'm looking forward to a new year - fresh start on everything, including my writing. I also have a small handful of ideas about my characters that are still in the development stage for my website, but hopefully, with great anticipation, I'll be able to get them out this next year.
Also, starting this December, I will no longer post a personal blog, only author interviews when available. Instead, you can sign up to receive my newsletter. It's free with no obligations and you can opt out at any time. I believe if you are new to writing, the newsletter will help you develop as a writer.
If you have read this far, thank you so much for taking the time. I wish you and your family a blessed and very happy Thanksgiving.
I have met some really fascinating, creative, and otherwise wonderful lady authors / writers. They really keep me going on my writing; although I do have family support in place.
Theresa Snyder's character, Farloft, a loveable dragon, has an amazing story to tell. His birthday is coming up in May; I'll need to send him a happy birthday wish. I'm most inspired by Theresa through Farloft because she allows him to be real and tell his own stories. I recently found out the whole world loves Farloft. He's funny, loves chocolate and kittens. He now has is own Twitter @FarloftDaDragon.
Kari Nichols, author of Rogue, is another inspiring author. She is inspiring for her dedication to getting her writing projects done. She and hubby own a photography business and they stay busy. While that is their main business, she makes time to write. Making time is important to achieving success in anything. Her latest release, Dysfunctional Life, recently received a 5 star rating and is available at Amazon.
Iona Morrison, author of The Harvest Club, is an angel. Ever so calming to talk to and encouraging. Even when things are rough in her own life, she always finds time to keep her friends pumped up. And that's why she is inspiring to me. She's a gentle reminder to never forget your friends.
With so many talented writers and authors out there, why did I choose these three? They are answers to some of my biggest challenges in writing and life. Lesson 1, allow your characters to tell their story. Lesson 2, make time for your writing and don't stop writing until you are done. Lesson 3, don't forget those who have nudged you along the way. It takes a lot to be a writer. These three ladies are only a few who give me a more balanced look at life behind the pen. I appreciate their own special qualities, those admirable traits that often go unnoticed. I notice.
If you are reading this today, I appreciate you and thank you very much. My sincere hope is that, if you are a writer, you connect with these 3 ladies or others that can help support and encourage and push you along on your journey to being published.
Thanks for joining me once again for some special holiday fun. I hope you enjoyed the author interviews. I personally look forward to trying out the recipes they submitted.
This week I want to honor two special friends that are both accomplished writers. They are Kari Nichols and Jan Romes. I invited them to participate in writing The Gift with us but they both were strapped with previous engagements and were not available. Notwithstanding, I wouldn't dream of leaving these two ladies out.
Kari Nichols was one of the first writers I connected with on Twitter and she quickly became this larger than life pool of inspiration to me. I appreciate her dedication to God, her husband, and their international photography work. Kari has authored several books including The Plagued Trilogy and is currently working on the third installment, Plagued. I had the privilege of doing an interview with Kari on her debut novel Rogue. Read it here under Kari Nichols. Look for Plagued coming soon.
Jan Romes' books are delightful in every way with zany, witty characters. Well known for her Texas Boys Falling Fast series, Jan will thrill your reading hours away. Her latest is the No Sweat Pants Allowed Wine Club and its sequel Sipping Sangria of the Wine and Sweat Pants Series. One of my favorite titles from Jan is Stella in Stilettos. While Jan has a number of books out, we can expect more from this lovely and talented lady.
Well, that's it for this week. Check back next week for my favorite holiday recipe along with an update on my two short stories.
Also, don't forget to download your free book, The Gift, written by Theresa Snyder, Kaye Kelly, Iona Morrison, and me, Alexia. It's a fun read full of delightful characters celebrating the gift of friendship. Enjoy! See ya next week.
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