I’m Baaaack… Life & Other Updates

Oh my frickin’ God! Has it really been over a year since I blogged?!?

My guess is you’re wondering 1) Where the hell has Mel been, and 2) WTF is happening?

Believe it or not, I have LEGITIMATE answers for both 😉

1) I’ve been soul-searching and spending time with like-minded writers (at the RT Conference, for example), and busy, busy, busy with both my personal and day job lives.

2) I’ve FINALLY found my TRUE artistic self…among other things.

 

By soul-searching, I’ve been able to explore without expectation. This has allowed me to abandon any and all expectations m, which includes social media. And abandoning all things social media for the last year has allowed me the freedom to observe from the sidelines. When I say observing, here a few of my favorite moments:

  • Witnessing Sylvia Day as she drank a cocktail at the hotel bar at RT 2015 (and may I say she looked damn fine?).
  • SITTING NEXT TO CHRISTOPHER RICE in the bar area of RT 2015 (Such a nice man, BTW).
  • Seeing Kami Gargia as she conversed with Mr. Rice, who was sitting right next to me (did I mention this already?).
  • Meeting authors Charlaine Harris  & Marie Lu during the big book fair day
  • Remaining in my room and refusing to go down to the bar or lobby even though we had a *confirmed* sighting of the famous author known as E.L. James (I won’t go deep into my reasons of why, but I will just leave this link to a post from Jami Gold to give you an idea).
  • Hanging with these pretty ladies (my crit partners) at the RT Booklover’s Convention in Dallas, Texas. 🙂
Authors Charissa Weaks & JL Henry Authors Charissa Weaks & JL Henry

Detailing the findings of my TRUE artistic self will end up being detailed later in this blog, so I’m not going to go into too much detail right now, but what I can share are a few personal things that have been going on for me.

  1. That new position with my company that I got in May 2014? I still enjoy it very much…I just don’t have time to breath, much less pee, on most days. S’okay, though, the good days outweigh the bad, and that’s all that matters, right?
  2. My husband and I decided, after 2 years of trying to conceive a child with no luck, to start seeing a fertility specialist in March 2015. So far, so good with nothing truly wrong with any of our baby-making parts *whew* so we’re just taking it a month at a time and leaning on the specialist to get us through what’s turned out to be an emotionally difficult process.

So yeah, not blogging over the last year has allowed me enough time to rest and catch my breath and figure quite a few things out. And thank goodness because I’m baaaaack and feeling mighty refreshed and ready to rumble mingle again. 🙂

Stay tuned, as I’ll be posting writerly things on Mondays and randomness on Thursdays.

Writing Process Blog Hop: My Writing Process

Today I’m part of ‘The Writing Process’ Blog Hop! This post was supposed to be written and go live this morning, but when you’re little sister has a wedding happening in two weeks, things tend to slip (i.e: my blogging schedule *grin*). Nevertheless, I made it and here’s both the info on the blog hop and my writing process. 🙂

Author Kristin Nador graciously invited me to join. Kristin is a writer and a genealogy geek who loves cats. She can be found on her site, Kristin Nador Writes Anywhere, blogging about writing/creativity.

The blog hop asks 4 questions to each author about their writing process. Here are the questions and my answers:

1) What are you working on?

Right now I’m working on the first entry into a new paranormal romance series. The series’ working title is The Seven Kingdoms, and the title for this first book is not yet known, lol. We’re just going with “Book One” for right now. 😉

2) How does your work differ from others of this genre?

I believe it differs in that I’ve taken paranormal romance and shifted it a bit into the realm/setting of a high fantasy. So we get the feel of a pure paranormal romance while spending time in a new realm with beautiful landscapes infused with magical elements (think Laura Kaye’s Hearts of the Anemoi series meets Lord of the Rings).

3) Why do you want to write what you write?

Because I honestly can’t imagine not writing stories with a twist of the paranormal. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the “what if” in life… What if vampires and werewolves really exist? What if an angel came down from heaven and sat on my couch for a chat? What if, what if, what if? The strange and unusual and possible are an intricate part of my being, and as such, I have to infuse these elements into my writing.

Plus, who doesn’t like some hot and steamy romance? 😉

4) How does your writing process work?

Ugh… LOL. This is something I’m still discovering, but I can definitely say, with confidence, that I am a reformed pantser. Every time I pantsed a story, the structure and plot were so loose that revising and rewriting turned into such a wickedly difficult job in and of itself.

So as of today, my process stands as this: Take idea and flesh out the characters (write out GMC’s and find what makes them tick, their goals in life–both internal and external, and complete a romance conflict chart for the hero/heroine). Write out the major plot points for these characters’ story. Peruse Pinterest for character and setting inspiration. Plot out each and every scene using Scene and Sequel while creating a story-driven playlist. Write said scenes from beginning to end following the scene outlines. Go back and infuse setting and character descriptions. Prep to send to crit group and prepare for those suckers to bleed (in an awesome way, trust me). 🙂

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Now that I’ve answered the questions about my writing process, I’m supposed to tag three fellow authors to share their process. But as you can see, I’m a bit of a spaz/forgetful lady/totally crazy-busy person these days, lol. With that said, I invite you to please take part in this blog hop. Copy the questions and post your answers. Just don’t forget to tag me in your post so I can visit and say hey. 😉

What is your writing process like? What are your answers to the four questions? Please share in the comments. Happy Writing!

Fancy a Good Laugh?

Today I’m interrupting my series on Advice to My Newbie Author Self to stop, breathe, take a chill pill, and have a much-needed laugh. 🙂

Here are few funnies that have gotten me rolling on the floor with laughter …

Here’s the latest from Simon’s Cat:

 

This is a little long, but I promise you, it’s hilarious. Especially if you’re a writer … and a Star Wars, X-Men, and Avengers fan. 😀

 

I re-watched Wanda Sykes’s latest stand-up special, and while the entire show was awesome and funny, this is the portion where I literally could not breathe because I was laughing so hard. **Language Warning**

 

Oh, yeah … The Big Bang Theory Flash Mob! (Psst…look for Sheldon standing next to the couch in the back.)  😀

 

Hope everyone has a fantastic Wednesday! 😀

Tune-In Tuesday: Beautiful With You

Last week was a tough week. Between the Boston Marathon bombing and the explosion in Texas, it just didn’t seem as though things could get any worse.

Ah, but they could … and they did. At least on my end. My friends were dealt with terrible news. Then as I tried to be there for them, I learned a harsh reality: people change and friends grow apart. Most times there’s nothing you can do. People reach for their dreams, take different paths at different speeds in life. And all of that is completely okay.

It’s life. It happens. And that’s when it’s time to focus on the positives in life. The amazing memories you have that’ll make you smile.

The wonderful and loving people in your life that’ll be there and love you no matter your flaws or your mistakes. Which is why I chose Beautiful With You by Halestorm for this week’s Tune-In Tuesday.

Take it from Lizzy Hale–there’s nothing more beautiful than the one person who gets us like no other, and loves us for who we are on the inside. 🙂

Beautiful With You

Have a listen of “Beautiful With You”:

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More Halestorm tracks are available via my Falling in Love/Smexy Songs playlist on Grooveshark. Enjoy! 🙂

*Tune-In Tuesday is a weekly post for musical sharing. Whatever song’s keeping you sane or lifting your spirits, please feel free to leave a comment and share. The more tunes the merrier. 🙂

I love hearing from you! What songs, soundtracks or albums are you being creative to these days?

It’s Liebster Blog Award Time! Eleven Facts About Me

HUGE thank you to Tina Moss for this Liebster Award! 😀

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The Liebster Award gives bloggers the opportunity to share a glimpse of themselves by sharing eleven random facts, and by answering eleven questions from the nominator.

Eleven Fun Facts About Me:

  1. I’m 6’1″ and I love wearing 3-4″ heels.
  2. The hubs is 6’10”–hence the reason I wear heels in the first place. 😉
  3. I enjoy tying my characters to a corner and forcing them into spilling their guts.
  4. My favorite band of all time are The Beatles.
  5. I loathe hand-washing dishes. Blech!
  6. I’m a music junkie and know how to play the flute, the sax, and the piano.
  7. I’m also a movie junkie. Name a movie and I can guarantee I’ve seen it. My all time favorite? The Breakfast Club.
  8. I once worked as a debt collector. Not the worst job I’ve ever had, by the way.
  9. I collect dolphins and Disney snowglobes. I even have a dolphin-shaped slinky. 🙂
  10. I have an insane love of avocados. Yummers…. *runs to fix homemade guac*
  11. I’m a deep-fried southern gal at heart. Only those closest to me get a true taste of the sassy twang that can fly from my lips at a moment’s notice.

Eleven Questions:

  1. Who is the author you admire the most? Jane Austen
  2. Why to you write (in five words or less)? Writing keeps me sane.
  3. What if your favorite genre to read? Paranormal Romance–gotta love those Alpha males. 😉
  4. Who is your biggest inspiration? My husband and just about every fantastic writing and author I’ve come to know and love via the online writing community. They’re all so wonderful and they push me every single day to be better and do better.
  5. What advice would you give to new writers? Patience, young Padawan. Patience.
  6. What is your favorite hobby? Besides writing? And reading? Cooking. 😉
  7. Are you a cat or a dog person? Both, but right now we have two cats. When the backyard’s complete and a fence is put up, we’ll have an Irish Wolfhound.
  8. Where is your ideal vacation spot? Trinidad & Tobago.
  9. What is a place you want to visit, but haven’t yet? London.
  10. What is the meaning of life in one word (or number)? Hmm … Purpose.
  11. If you’re on a desert island, what are three things you must have? My Nook with many books loaded (and an endless battery supply, of course), laptop or notebook w/ pen, and a camera.

And now, in the spirit of the Liebster Blog Award, I’m supposed to select/tag eleven fellow bloggers. However, I’d like to open this award to everyone and hope that you’ll snag this opportunity to share some fun facts with all us–and, of course, answer these eleven questions:

  1. Where were you born?
  2. What’s your favorite book?
  3. What’s your favorite author?
  4. What scares you the most in life?
  5. Describe your “happy” place in three words or less.
  6. What’s your favorite movie?
  7. Favorite TV show?
  8. If you were in The Walking Dead right now, what would be your weapon of choice: shotgun, machete, bow & arrow?
  9. Speaking of noms–oh, brains!–what’s your favorite candy?
  10. Are you a coffee drinker? Or do you prefer tea?
  11. If you could have dinner with one person, famous or not, living or dead, who would it be?

The Liebster Rules:

  1. The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by bloggers.
  2. Each blogger should post 11 facts about himself/herself.
  3. Each blogger should answer the 11 questions that are asked by the nominating blogger.
  4. Choose 11 new blogger to nominate for the Award and link to them in the post.
  5. Create 11 new questions for your nominees.
  6. Go back to their page and tell them they’ve been nominated.
  7. No tag backs.

I’d love to hear from you! Would you like to participate in the Leibster Blog Award? If so, just snag the questions, copy the rules and share away!

Tune-In Tuesday: Army of Me

This week’s song is by Christina Aguilera, from her latest album Lotus. During my last spurt of revisions, I ended up playing “Army of Me” on a perpetual loop because I needed to draw on the strength, the fight, and determination that Christina’s brought to this particular jam.

Lotus Album Cover

Lotus Album Cover

Have a listen of “Army of Me”:

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*Tune-In Tuesday is a weekly post for musical sharing. Whatever song’s keeping you sane or lifting your spirits, please feel free to leave a comment and share. The more tunes the merrier. 🙂

I love hearing from you! What songs, soundtracks or albums are you being creative to these days?

Advice to My Newbie Author Self – Part 1: Patience, Young Padawan

When we first start venturing down the road to becoming a published author, there are many, many, many aspects of this writing life that we don’t know. Some things are fairly simple–such as writing craft techniques that’ll make your life so much easier–but others are the kind of stumbling blocks we didn’t know were there until we’ve already tripped and smacked our heads on the pavement. *re-applies ice packet to forehead* The pain! OMG, the pain!!

I set out to write an article for a project with my local RWA chapter, and in the process of writing one article, this idea manifested: What if I could go back and give myself 10 pieces of advice? What would they be?  The first and obvious answer to that, my friends, is patience. *sighs*

You mean I have to be patient? I don’t wanna be patient. I wanna be a bestselling author right now! *cries*

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Yeah, about that, Mr. Yoda. We live in  a day and age where we can get just about anything instantaneously. Need a new book to read? Buy it and download it immediately. Don’t want to drive to rent a movie? Order it via your cable provider. Need something hot, fresh, and fast? Pull through the drive thru. Don’t want to do your own grocery shopping? Order your groceries online so someone else can do the shopping and load the stuff in the car for you. Oh wait … is that last one just me? 🙂

The one thing that hasn’t changed is the publishing industry. Especially traditional publishing in the time-wise sense. The publishing industry, whichever route we choose to take, has never been a “get rich quick” career. It can take years to hone our craft to the required level, and even then it’ll probably take us another year or so to snag an agent. Then some more time to snag a publishing contract. Then a bit more time before we see our book on the shelf.

In this business, I truly believe it is all about timing. The right story with the right voice hitting the right agent or publisher at just the right time.

Self-Publishing’s No Different

The market’s competitive on the self-publishing end. And in order to have a competitive edge, we’ve gotta do the work, build our audience from the ground up, and invest in our product. The patience factor comes in when we, again, spend years honing our craft, take the time to find the right editor and cover artist, and then, if we don’t want to hire someone else to do it, we need to learn how to pull our hair out format our novel. (Note: I haven’t ventured into self-pubbing myself, but this is what I’ve deduced from the conversations I’ve had with those who have. 🙂 ).

So What Do We Do In the Meantime?

Ah, now that’s a great question! All of the advice we’ll find out there says that we should write. Just write, that’s all. But there’s more to it than just writing. Writing’s just the start to avoiding the impatience monster.

When I first thought about how to put this advice in the best way possible to my newbie author-self, I immediately went back to this fantastic post from Kristen Lamb last month on embracing the meantime. The basis of my ideas on what worked best for me still fall inline with Kristen’s. I just ended up putting them into a different format. Then I tweaked a few things here and there to give myself a few more ideas on what to do whenever I got stuck. Then I ended up posting these on the wall in my writing space so I wouldn’t forget. 🙂

So, during the wait, here’s what I’ve been doing in the meantime–starting with WRITE:

  • Write through the wait: Plot and write the next book. This is the basis of why we do what we do. We LOVE to write. This is the key to keep trucking down the road to publication. Tina Moss wrote about this very thing last week (and she moved forward 😉 ).
  • Reach out: Talk, socialize, chat, email, etc. with the writing community. Both Tina and Kristen’s posts suggest reaching out to our fellow writers. Other writers will have been there, done that, and got the shot glasses. Who better to understand our frustrations with patience than someone’s been through it before? But it’s not just about finding someone to complain to (which shouldn’t be why we’re on social media, by the way), it’s about networking and creating lifelong relationships with others who understand our journey better than anyone else–even our significant others.
  • Ignore the impatient monster: When the impatience monster creeps in, keep busy. Ignore him. He does not deserve our attention. We can ignore him by moving forward, or by reading a book in our chosen genre (research, right? 😉 ), by re-designing our website (heh), by taking a writing class, by talking shot on the phone with our critique partner for give hours, or by learning a new writing technique … and so on, and so on. Never allow the learning to stop. There’s always more to learn. We’ve just gotta be ready and open to embrace the new knowledge and wisdom of others. If we’re doing that, then we’re too busy to even worry about waiting.
  • Take a break:  This is the perfect time to watch a movie, catch up on our TV shows, go work on the garden we’ve been neglecting, or do that fancy new workout program we’ve been dreading dying to try. Movies and TV shows don’t have to be simply for entertainment. If we tune in the writerly part of our brain while watching, we’ll learn what to do–or what not to do–in our work (plots, characterizations, body language, dialogue, etc.). And we might want to forewarn the fam before they sit and watch TV and movies with us. 😉
  • Encourage and give: I’m a firm believer in encouraging others and giving more than we take (and I’m still working to become even better at this). And the impatience monster? He doesn’t like it too much when we busy ourselves by talking and encouraging other writers, nor does he like it when we give more of our time than we take from others. So the waiting period is a good time to offer a Beta Read for a fellow writer. Or be one of those shoulders to cry on when another writer is frustrated with their wait, or when they receive a rejection letter, or when their plot just isn’t working, or when a character refuses to open up. With both of these routes, we’ll not only be helping another writer in need, we’ll also learn LOADS more about ourselves and our writing than we ever thought possible. 🙂

So when impatience starts creeping in and we’re getting agitated about not seeing a huge improvement in our progress toward publication, we should practice patience and WRITE

Because if we don’t have the patience of an insane nutbag saint, the road to publication will be bumpier than the country dirt roads of the Carolinas.

And besides, waiting is fun. It’s the in-between time that we should be enjoying because that’s where the magic truly happens. 😉

I’d love to hear from you! How do you practice patience? Do you find it difficult, or is it starting to get easier with each new project? What would be your first piece of advice to your newbie-self?

Why Tax Time Makes Me Feel Like a *Real* Author

Last night, the hubs and I met with a CPA for the first time. Ever. And I have to say, this CPA made me feel more like an author than I ever had before. 🙂

At first we had gotten the referral to my CPA because we bought a house in December. But then I thought about my writing expenses for 2012. I took 4 online Lawson’s Writing Academy courses, traveled to Colorado for an Immersion Master Class, bought tons of craft writing, books, and on, and on, and on we go. Still though, we thought, and thought, and thought about whether or not to start filing those expenses.

Questions start going through mind like, “Is it worth going ahead and claiming those expenses? Will the IRS tie me a particular timeline? As in, if I don’t get a publishing contract within the next few years, will they throw me in jail for these expenses?” *bites nails and shudders*

The answers are: Yes, it is worth claiming those expenses from this journey to publication! And no, the IRS isn’t going to throw me in jail if I don’t start showing a profit within the next few years! WOO HOO! Can’t tell you how much better I feel now that I know that. Whew!

So this post is my plea to all writers out there: No matter where you are in your writing journey, if you’re serious about writing – as in you will be published, and nobody’s gonna hold you down from your publishing dreams – then do your homework and meet with a CPA in your area!

I never imagined that there would be a CPA in my area who would know the tax laws for authors inside and out. And why in the world would I’ve even though that? I mean, I know my insurance/healthcare/analytic stuff for my dayjob, and I take severe pride in it, so why wouldn’t anyone else, right? Duh! So yeah, I was a bit naïve in thinking that this lady may not know everything, so I was wary going into the appointment, and had ensured that I’d done my homework so that I wouldn’t look like a total idiot. 🙂

But when I left, I held my shoulders back, my chest high, and it was like a chorus of angels were singing “Hallelujah!” in the background.

For the last year I’ve been calling myself an author. I’ve spent time, money, blood, sweat and tears on this dream. So yeah, I’m an author. And I don’t have to published to call myself that either. Because it’s the attitude and the hard work that define me. But never, I’m telling you never, have I ever felt more like an author as when I walked out of that office. Okay, I digress…I always feel like an awesome writer when I get kudos within the comments from my Beta Readers. 🙂

This lady told me straight up (and I’m paraphrasing here): “Are you spending money on this serious, professional venture? Are you educating yourself to become a better, stronger, more competitive writer, and spending the money to do so? Then yes, you’re an author, you fall under that category (vs. claiming writing as a ‘hobby’), and you should begin filing now.”

So, again, whether you’re just starting on this journey to publication, or if you’ve been on it for a while, seriously consider taking the time and spending the money on a CPA. Navigating the tax laws of our country is never any fun. And come on, can you honestly say that you’ve been able to read all those laws, rules and regulations and fully understand them? Can you stake a possible audit on it?

Me neither. Which is I went for help, and I was pleasantly surprised and delighted with the guidance, advice, and results of the consultation.

Your turn: Do you have a CPA or Accountant prepare your tax return? If so, what made you take that route? If not, why? Are you not ready to take that leap? Or are you not where you feel you need to be to start telling the IRS that you’re an author? Please share! Times like these are when the advice is needed and welcomed from our writing community. 🙂

Stay tuned because next week I’m going to post a list of items that my CPA advised as tax-deductible for an author.

Love, Music, and John Lennon

Today I’m over at Yelena Casale’s blog talking about the music that inspires the muse. The post even comes with mini playlists for high emotional scenes, and YouTube links to each song so you can listen before purchasing the tunes. Please head over, visit with me and Yelena, and share some of your favorite muse-inspiring music. 🙂

When Yelena asked me to do a guest post on her blog, I honestly wasn’t sure what I’d talk about. The craft? Yes, I could’ve written about that. But when I really sat and thought about what I really, really would rather share with others, what’s in my heart and what’s been there since the day I was born, I got my answer in a ring tone on my phone when my hubby called: Everything by Lifehouse.

The hubs and I didn’t go with any traditional wedding songs. Our family was seated to What a Wonderful World by Louie Armstrong, the entire wedding party – and me – walked into Everything by Lifehouse, and after we sealed our marriage with a kiss, we walked away from the alter to Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve.

So … there was my answer! So simple. So perfect. So very … me! 🙂

Since I was writing about music over on Yelena’s blog, I decided to also write a small post about music over here, more or less to explain that choice and to share a part of my background and history and love of it.

And that brought me around to John Lennon. Because he and the rest of The Beatles are the reason why I have such a profound love of music.

I wasn’t around at the time of John Lennon’s death, but based on the articles I’ve read and the documentaries I’ve seen, John Lennon’s death represented more than the loss of a beloved man who was known around the world. More than the loss of a man who didn’t see color.

His death represented a HUGE loss to the art of musical expression. In the days following his death, thousands of people appeared outside his residence and both mourned his death, and celebrated his life, his music, and his fearlessness.

John Lennon taught the world the power of music. The power of standing up for what’s right, saying what needs to be said – no matter the consequences. The power of word choice, and how we can and should stand up for what needs to change.

For me, personally, he taught me how to use music to tap into my subconscious and write my truth. He taught me how to love – unconditionally.

Granted, he wasn’t a perfect man. And he never claimed to be. That’s what I find so incredible about John Lennon. All he wanted was peace and love, which is part of the reason why the following moments make me think of him and his music and its influence in my life: Valentine’s Day (because it’s all about l’amour), December 8th (his date of death), and whenever I hear a song with so much truth, so much emotion and heart.

So while we’re enjoying Valentine’s Day by sharing some one-on-one time with the ones we love, let’s try to remember that that’s what life’s all about: loving one another.

I’d love to see you over on Yelena’s blog! Remember to stop by and leave a comment if you can.

Happy Writing!

Melinda

Valentine’s Day Dos and Don’ts – A Guide for Writers & The Ones Who Love Them

With Valentine’s Day arriving this week – where the hell did the month go? – I started thinking on what would be the *perfect* Valentine’s Day gift for a writer. This was both good and bad. Good because I discovered there were many items that I think would make a great gift. Bad because there are a few reminders I had to strategically place throughout the house to ensure Thursday went off without a hitch in this house. 🙂
So I threw all of these little notes and yes-that’d-be-perfect items and figured I’d share … you know, just in case anyone wanted to maybe print the lists out and strategically place them in front of our spouses. 😉

Valentine’s Day Dos (for the author’s significant other):
  • Do buy flowers. They freshen up our writing space and urge the muse into creativity.
    • Word of caution: If your significant other’s like me and has a bad habit of knack for forgetting to water the flowers, you may want to opt for some lovely, bright, fake flowers instead.
  • Do Snag Us an Awesome Candle. Like flowers, a spicy and/or exotic scent in our writing space can also do wonders for our muses. Chocolate scented candles anyone? 😉
    • For tips on the best scents to purchase for an artist, check this out.
  • Do Get Us a Gift Card. Gift cards to Barnes & Noble and Amazon are ALWAYS welcome! ALWAYS needed!
    • What? You didn’t know many authors spend oodles of money at the bookstore? 🙂
  • Do Get Creative with Homemade Coupons for Peaceful Writing Time.
    • I don’t have kids – yet – but I know many, many authors/writers who do. So why not have the kids make a coupon book for their writerly parent?
      • Tip: Be sure to include at least 3 coupons for at least 4 hours of quiet writing time. Translation: Be prepared to take the kids for lunch and a movie for a few Saturdays. 🙂
Valentine’s Day Don’ts (for authors):
  • Don’t Plan to Write on Valentine’s Night. Unless you’re up against a deadline, don’t make any plans to write, be on Twitter, blog, edit, or any of that other writerly stuff. Simply enjoy the night with your loved one!
  • Don’t Even LOOK at a Book Until Your Date’s Up. Even if it’s a pleasure-reading novel, don’t look at it, don’t pick it up, don’t start reading it until after your Valentine’s night is through. If you’re anything like me, then the rest of the night will be filled with you saying, “Just one more chapter, honey.” 🙂
  • Don’t Forget to Leave Your Work Worries at Work. Whether you’ll be writing all day and didn’t make your daily wordcount, or you’ll be at the office having a stressful day because this and this and that and that went haywire, don’t bring it on your Valentine’s night with you. Leave it at home if you’re going out, or leave it at the door if you’re eating in. Find something else to talk about over dinner besides work if you can.

And that pretty much sums it up! Now I’m going to print this out and lay a few copies around the house in hopes that I’ll be writing beside beautiful flowers, smelling chocolate chip cookies via candle flame, buying the next book in Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series, and doing all of that in perfect peace while the kitties are locked up with the hubs for a few hours on Saturday.

Yup … for authors it’s dream big or go home! 😉

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
Melinda