It’s Monday … Again. Better Make it a Good One.

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Good morning, everyone, and happy Monday (if such a thing exists). For the record, I had a long weekend full of family crisis and whatnot, so I’m not really in a blogging mood. To be honest, I’m not really in a productive mood at all. I would have rather entered myself into the Hunger Games than entered the office this morning.

But cry me a river, build me a bridge, and make lemonade or whatever it is that people say. Here’s some more inspirational quotes about Mondays to get us all out of the funk and into a more productive mood.

It’s Monday. Don’t forget to be awesome! -Author Unknown

One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. -Author Unknown

Oh, come on. It’s Monday, not doomsday. So make it a good one. -Some Random Cow

Monday is a fresh start. It’s never too late to dig in and begin a new journey of success. -Author Unknown

It’s Monday. Time to take over the world. -Random Minion

It’s Monday but it’s okay. – Author Unknown

Well, that was … inspiring. If nothing else, it was fun. And what better way to start Monday than with a little fun?

Have a great week!

 

 

 

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You Know What Day It Is? Hump Day!

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Uh oh, guess what day it is! Guess. What. Day. It. Is. Aww, come on, I know you can hear me. C’mon … say it … say it!

It’s Hump Day! Whoot Whoot! Hump Daaaay!

As you can tell, I’m thoroughly excited we’ve made it to the middle of the week. Please let the downhill slope be relatively painless as we head into the ever-anticipated weekend!

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

How Star Wars The Force Awakens Should Have Ended

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It’s Monday, and thus begins another painful, life-sucking, and emotionally crippling week of work, work, and more work, To alleviate the pain, if only for a little bit, here’s a video to kick-start your week! How Star Wars The Force Awakens Should Have Ended:

Now get up, get out there, and kick ass! And if all else fails, use the force!

Happy Monday! (If such a thing exists).

 

I Aten’t Dead. I’m Mostly Dead. Mostly Dead is Still Alive. And I Will Survive!

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Granny Weatherwax isn’t known as a spelling bee champion. Not at all. But her spelling abilities were enough to keep herself from being buried alive while she traveled outside her body. “I Aten’t Dead” pretty much says it all.

While I would love to say my absence on social media has been due to my time spent trapped inside the mind of a flying eagle, the fact is, that’s not the case. Magical interference has not kept me away from my computer, nor has an army of blood thirsty elves. My only excuse–er–excuses are work, family obligations, car issues, and my new workout regimen, which combined, have kept me extremely busy . . . unfortunately, too busy to pen interesting blog posts.

But now I’m back from outer space. I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face . . . I will survive! And hopefully, get back on my blogging schedule. See you all on Monday! Have a great weekend!

 

Just Keep Writing, Just Keep Writing, Just keep Writing, Writing, Writing!

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The holidays are over, which means … holiday hangover! Nothing’s worse for writers than feeling sluggish, tired, and uninspired.

Here’s some advice for my writer friends struggling to scrape their butts off the couch to get some writing done:

Just keep writing, just keep writing, just keep writing, writing, writing! What do we do? We write, WRITE!

And if all else fails, go get another cup of coffee. Caffeine always does the trick.

Have a great week!

How to Recover from NaNoWriMo Hangover

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NaNoWriMo 2015 is over! And like many of my fellow participants, I’m suffering a post-wrimo hangover, complete with headache, bloodshot eyes, and fatigue. Like Sadness in the movie Inside Out, I just feel so deflated, like I could lay around for days. I’m concerned these symptoms are getting between me and continued progress on my current project.

With a regular hangover, the cure is a piece of toast and a couple of egg yolks, but how does one recover from a writing hangover?

Here’s how:

  1. Take a break. Seriously you’ve earned it. But not a long one. Maybe a few days or a week tops. Don’t want to fall out of shape or lose your new routine.
  2. Step away from the draft. Trust me. It’s garbage, and you’re too vulnerable right now to cope with that. Maybe you should resume work on another project until you’re ready to face the facts.
  3. Get extra sleep. This is especially important for those sleep deprived individuals who have been pulling all-nighters. Catch up on your Zzzs.
  4. Do something other than writing. That’s all you’ve been doing for the last month. Watch some TV instead. Or better yet, read a book!
  5. Work in a workout. A little physical activity is good for you after sitting at a computer chair for an entire month. Go for a walk, ride a bike, or do some yoga, anything to get the circulation back to your legs.
  6. Celebrate. Even if you didn’t win. Go out with friends or treat yourself to a coffee from Starbucks for your efforts. You’ll feel better for it.
  7. Vent. Even if you won. Writing 50k words in one month is hard work and I’m sure it has taken its toll. So, share your struggles, setbacks, and frustrations with friends and writing buddies. Undoubtedly, they share your sentiments.
  8. Cuddle your kitty (or puppy). No doubt during NaNoWriMo they were your loudest cheerleader … or worst distraction for those of us who have cats. Now that November is over, they’re available to offer you some much needed therapy.
  9. Drink. Alcohol makes all your worries disappear … along with your memory.
  10. Go shopping. Ever heard of shop therapy?

Well, that’s all I’ve got. If you have other ideas, please share them in the comments section below. Happy Hump Day!

10 Things Indie Authors Should Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

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In advance, happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I know not everyone here on WordPress celebrates manifest destiny and the destruction of a native people, but all the same, have a good one!

For most of us, Thanksgiving is about food, family, and giving thanks for everything we have. At least that’s what it means to me. And this year I’m grateful for many things, most of all getting to spend another holiday with my mother and being a published author.

I know I complain about the trials and tribulations of being indie author in today’s over-saturated and ever-volatile market, but there are many things that indie authors should be grateful for this thanksgiving. Here are ten:

1. A Variety of Alternatives to Traditional Publishing

2. Word of Mouth (AKA, Free Marketing) 

3. Positive Reviews

4. Any Reviews

5. The Internet

6. Local Bookstores and Libraries 

7. Librarians

8. Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages  

9. Friends, family, and cats

10. Readers

Is there anything I forgot? What are you grateful for? Please share in the comments below and I’ll see you on Black Friday!