#SaturdaySeven on THSG Blog

This isn’t a writing post or a reading post or even an industry post [but I bet I can make it one]. It’s just a fun way to make fun of the old people in your life. There are probably a gazillion ways to identify with aging. [And here you go…] Maybe this can help you create a secondary character your readers will relate to!

Seven ways you know you’re old.

  1. You get excited when your kids come home.
  2. You’re the one paying for your kids to come home.
  3. Random people call you ma’am.
  4. Gray hair.
  5. 20th wedding anniversary.
  6. You don’t care about stupid studies that tell you not to wear jeans.
  7. Naps are fun.

About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

The Magic of Music

During the past month I have been trying to get back into old routines that proved fruitful in the past. Since I’m trying to incorporate more writing into my life once again, I tried to figure out just what I’d used in the past to get those 5000 word days.

I was contemplating this one afternoon as I was doing one of my hourly walks where I get at least a 1000 steps. It was walking to the beat of the music, I realized it was staring me in the face. And I was listening to it.

There is nothing more motivating to me than a good song. I used to put play lists together so I would be in the mood for writing certain scenes. How I did this was to gather a lot of movie sound tracks then try and match them to what I was putting down on the page.

This tried and true method worked for me over and over again. So, I thought why not. Unfortunately, I have been spending a lot of time getting all my playlists together again on my iTunes. When I set up my new computer last year, I didn’t realize the play lists didn’t get copied over to the new iTunes on the new machine. It’s been a real pain but I was lucky enough to have many of those play lists in my OneNote file. Now I just have to put it all back together again.

However, I did manage to find one on YouTube that I just saw the movie for and am loving it. The movie was Alita – Battle Angel and it reminds me a lot of a new sci-fi novella series I’m putting together called The Warmonger Series all about an elite group of enhanced soldiers who are all women. I listened about an hour today and managed to crank out about 1000 words. Yeah me!

What do you use to crank up your writing productivity? Can wait to read all your suggestions.

See you next month!

About Lynn Crain

Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. You can find her hanging out online at www.lynncrain.blogspot.com, https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrainAuthor, and on Twitter, @oddlynn3. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

New Directions and Slow Starts

Hi, my name is Beth, and I spent 2018 figuring out what I want to do with the rest of my life.

And guess what?

I don’t think I’ll ever have an answer. My life is ever-changing. It flows like a river, taking me one way until a boulder or something shifts me the other way. But then, slowly I change the boulder and my direction shifts again. You know what? Life isn’t about getting to the end! Michelle Obama said it in her book. The most useless question is “What do you want to be when you grow up?” as if at some point you become something and that’s the end.

This year, I’m adding editor to my journey. I love writing. I love my stories. I even love the process of publishing. And then once I week, I get to read other people’s work as I critique for the lovely ladies on this blog. The satisfaction in that is more fulfilling. I don’t know why. But, I think it’s time to take that feeling to the next level. So, I opened the doors to Love Junkie Editing. Yes, it’s a cute, goofy name…for a professional.

Don’t let that fool you.

I’m all business when it comes to the written word. Same as I’ve applied my work ethics to my own career in the last 16 years, I’ll apply with my clients’ careers.

It’s going to be a slow start, and I don’t mind that. Mostly because it’s a nervewracking endeavor! I want to do well. I have lots to learn. I need to get some projects under my belt and figure out how different being on the editor side of the desk will be. But I’m also looking forward to it…

The next time you have a manuscript you need copy or line edited, I hope you do your research and check me out. 🙂

About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

Romancing His Rival #PreOrder #Giveaway

Hey, favorite readers!

Romancing His Rival is almost here!

In celebration, I’m hosting an exciting

 PRIZE

1 Audio CD of Bargaining with the Boss (book 1)
plus
1 Audio CD Catch Him if You Can (book 2)

First: Pre-Order your copy of
Romancing His Rival (book 3)
(Pre-Order Links below)
Then, CLICK HERE to enter to win!

 

If you already pre-ordered, enter now! No purchase necessary to win. 

The winner will be announced here on my personal blog on 2/11.

Good Luck!

About Jennifer Shirk

Jennifer Shirk is a USA Today bestselling sweet romance author for Montlake and Entangled Publishing who also happens to be a mom, pharmacist, Red Sox fan, P90x grad, and overall nice person. Check out her latest sweet romance: CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN

2019: The year of Jen

Hi, all. Jennifer here.

Ah, the New Year. So full of goals and promises. But for me,  2019 will be a bit more than checking accomplishments off a list. It will be about checking off more time for me. I feel as if I’m spent up. Not that this was a hard or bad year, but I’ve been neglecting myself a little too long without really realizing it. And now I need to concentrate on that.

Have you heard of OneWord 365? I love the idea of assigning ONE WORD that encapsulates how you want to live for the year and focusing on that.

My One Word this year is REPLENISH. Replenish means restore to the former level or condition. Yes. I need to be restored to where I was a few years ago. I need to take a little more time for myself and refill my “well” both spiritually, personally, and professionally.

That might mean  taking more time off from social media and from social commitments and even some writing commitments. But it’s just temporary. It’s only a year.

But I feel it will be worth it.

Have you set any resolutions, goals, or assigned a word for yourself this year? Please share!

 

About Jennifer Shirk

Jennifer Shirk is a USA Today bestselling sweet romance author for Montlake and Entangled Publishing who also happens to be a mom, pharmacist, Red Sox fan, P90x grad, and overall nice person. Check out her latest sweet romance: CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN

Going Christmas Tree Crazy #christmas2018

Hi, all! Jennifer here.

Well, I finally did it. I bought a second Christmas tree.

So why two Christmas trees, Jen? Two very good reasons

WHITE LIGHTS   For over 20 years, I’ve wanted white lights on our Christmas tree. I always get shot down by the family every year. Is it too much to ask?

HOMEMADE ORNAMENTS  So, last year when I was about to hang all the homemade ornaments my daughter had made when she was younger, she wouldn’t let me. WHAT?! Yes, she thought they were ugly and ruined the tree.  Um…THEY ARE VERY GORGEOUS TO ME!!!

That’s when I decided that I would buy myself a little tree to house my white lights and homemade ornaments. Actually, it’s not that little. It’s 7 feet. But still.

Here it is:

 

I love it! Fits just right in my dining room and makes me so happy. I just need a few more ball ornaments to get and then it’ll be perfect.

And for the record, here is the family tree:

Honestly? I’m thinking of getting a third tree and decorating it in all seashore ornaments!

(Somebody stop me!!!)

Merry Christmas and happy tree decorating!

How many Christmas trees do you have in your house?

 

 

About Jennifer Shirk

Jennifer Shirk is a USA Today bestselling sweet romance author for Montlake and Entangled Publishing who also happens to be a mom, pharmacist, Red Sox fan, P90x grad, and overall nice person. Check out her latest sweet romance: CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN

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