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Revised Cover for Bent Arrow

Last summer I was trying to save cash and decided to try my hand at creating a cover for my book Bent Arrow. I used really rudimentary, but helpful, software found online. But when I went to create the paperback cover, I realized I hadn’t left enough room to allow for the bleed, so I hated my paperbacks! In the months since, I’ve learned how to do a lot on Gimp, the photo editing software for the poor. It’s free! And it’s quite similar to PhotoShop, which I learned how to use in 2005. I still have PhotoShop on my old PC, which no longer works, and in 2007 moved over…

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Spark on Pinterest

I’m slowly but surely revealing many of the inspirational photos I found while doing research and spending time writing Spark. Pinterest is a great resource for that, especially with the ability to have secret boards.  I’m excited to share some of these images now. Come and take a look. I’ll be adding more over the next few days when I have time. I’m sure you’re wondering why SPAM is included. *evil laugh* There is a very good reason.

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Posy’s Bookshelf – Blog Tour

I’m over at Anne Barwell‘s blog today talking about all the scandalous books on my bookshelf. I even see one in a brown paper wrapper. Come on over for a visit.

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New Toys Make Me Happy

I finally bit the bullet and got myself an iPad. I’ve wanted once for ages, but never really thought I needed one. I’m a very practical person. After all, I already have an iPhone, which is like a mini iPad but with a phone! attached. I also have an iMac (but that chains me to a desk). I have a crappy MacBook from 2007 that barely works anymore, but if I dejunked it, it would probably be fine. I wanted a tool to use while on the go that I’d actually use. I’ve tried to write on my iPhone, but I get frustrated. My laptop is too cumbersome to bring…

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One Too Many or Perfection?

I feel like I’m over-specializing my life, or at the very least, over-organizing my online life. For years I had a hotmail account that I shared with my husband. Yes, shared! When I started signing up for free this and free that, I decided to create my first gmail account to catch all that junk, but I really preferred using gmail over anythings else, so that quickly became my go to account. When I started my parenting blog ages ago, I used that as my main email, and it just naturally became my main fiction writing account. Why would I need more than one email address, right? Well, I’ll tell you.…

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Get Words Down

I’m shifting gears in my current manuscript, and I feel like I need a mental break. What a great time to write a blog post, right? I think so. Over the years, I’ve purchased many journals. Some are leather, some bound in corrugated cardboard, but my favorite journal has been the Moleskine. Moleskine journals are expensive, but I like the cream colored paper, and the paperboard cover feels less intimidating than leather. Leather feels more permanent, and I often feel as if I need something really important to say before I can write in one. In fact, most of my journals are still blank, aside from the Moleskines. Until now.…

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How I Keep My Butt in …

I have some tools of the trade most people don’t think of as writer’s tools, but when I sit at a computer for extended periods of time, I find I need some things to keep my butt in the seat. That usually means comfort items. So here’s a list of some unconventional tools of mine: A footstool – I use a footstool to elevate my feet when I sit at my desk. It’s comfy and it also reduces swelling if it’s hot outside. A nursing stool – What?!? Yes, for those times I don’t want my feet up or on the ground, I rest them on an angled nursing stool. It…

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Scrivener, I want this…

I know one thing that would make Scrivener an even better writing tool.  A character tree!  Sort of like a family tree but linked to the character sketches and flexible with relationship statuses like lover, son, father, cousin, best friend, enemy, and the like. I’m drooling just thinking about how I’d use this because the family tree website I’m using is highly inadequate.  There is no BFF relationship so I can connect Summer and Hugo together forever!

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NameBerry

NameBerry

I may have finally found a great name finding site.  Over 50K names and they have decent lists already created.

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