Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.
Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything…including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.
Greetings Writer Cookie Cakes!
One of the biggest challenges a writer faces today is making efficient use of their time. Way too often we get sucked into the social media vortex and lose precious time. And to make matters worse, we fool ourselves into thinking we are marketing and networking to justify the hours chomped up clicking, liking, posting, and sharing. Oy!
As an Indie author wearing all the hats, even if you outsource some of your work, this is detrimental to you as a writer. In a nutshell, it will place a boulder and eventually create a sinkhole on your publishing road to triumph. Is this what you want? NOOO, HONEY! Ya don’t. At least, I hope not. And, if it is, please enlighten me as to why ya want ya arse in a friggin’ ditch? Please, fill me in, so I don’t waste my precious time bustin’ my rump helping you to fill those potholes. I am not into perspiring. Well, only during exercise and… Oops! Never mind. Hahaha!
For the next few weeks, I am going to share some tips on how to manage your time more productively so you can get your drafts, edits and novels completed on schedule. And, don’t ya dare say, ya don’t have a schedule. *wink*
Time Management Tips for Writers: #3 To-do lists
Let me first admit, cookie cakes, keeping a to-do list can go either way for me. In fact, sometimes I jot down a memo on a post-it note to remind myself to write my list of things to-do. And to ensure I don’t misplace the post-it, I stick that baby on the air-purifier next to the couch. Oy! I even email and text myself to do this. Yep, I know. I know. However, when I do jot down my lists, cookie cakes, I jot it like a BOSS! YESSS, HONEY!!!
Recently, I downloaded Planner Pro on my iPad and on my S7, so there will be no excuses – none – until my Discbound planner arrives for me to utilize this smart habit. I will say everything in my universe flows rhythmically when I do remember the milk, respond to an email, schedule a project, return a phone call, and meet a deadline. And when I don’t, I am a discombobulated land mine of chaos and confusion. Which isn’t good for me – or anyone circling my orbit. Yikes! I also don’t like the feeling that comes with not having my beans together. It leaves me in a funk. Now, cookie cakes, there are times I want to say “bite me” when I am adding my events, notes and tasks because it can be tedious and a bit time consuming, but once ya get into the swing of things – you are hitting those balls like Jeter. The time you save and the calmness that sweeps over you is priceless. And, yes, I have said “screw this” and procrastinated on maintaining my to-do list. And, cookie cakes, that is okay. We are striving to implement habits and practices for the long haul and it will take time and repetition. We can release the militant reins and just go with the flow – sometimes. When we are avoiding this or anything else, we need to examine and explore why we are. It may just be a matter of this isn’t for me. If that is the case, we need to find what is for us. Just keep at it until you find what works for you. Don’t forget to celebrate the wins as you cross off what you have accomplished with a lil’ treat.
See ya next week for my next Time Management Tips for Writers!
A real passion or desire to achieve your goals and dreams cannot be chased away by the constant storms of life. If achieving that dream has been embedded into the very fiber of your being, nothing and no one is a powerful enough deterrent. No one, that is – other than you. Something that’s impossible for you to achieve would never have been ingrained in the fiber of your soul. Despite all obstacles, roadblocks and setbacks – your passion, determination and faith can take you directly to your destiny.
Every year on Sept. 25, comic book readers, collectors, lovers and fans celebrate National Comic Book Day. I am sharing some of my faves with you. Mike Deodato, Jr. has always been one of my favorite artists. I love his Diana Prince, don’t you?