What are you doing to celebrate the Winter Solstice? I’m writing…

Today is officially the first day of winter, also known as the Winter Solstice. This is when the sun is at its lowest point above the horizon. Happy Solstice!

16a Most of us have plenty to eat to make it through the winter (harsh or not depending on where you’re located). So donate some canned goods to your local food pantry or shelter. Or drop off a bag of cat food or dog food to your local animal shelter. They can always use old towels for the critters.

My agenda for today: finish the book I started reading last night, help my nieces make sugar cookies, and work on book 2 in the Shadow Walker series. I know who the main characters are but am still working on what they are all doing and moving the overall plot along.008

I usually do a rough outline – in my head and then as a couple of pages written in Word. Afterwards, I set up a grid in excel with each chapter, who’s in it, what’s happening and the date/time of day if it’s relevant – it is in this one. I also set up a tab with my character profiles – handy when you’re trying to remember if he has blue or green eyes <grin. And finally, I have a tab for schedule…what is the schedule tab? It’s where I track my daily writing goals. I don’t know about you but I need a deadline to keep me going so I set them myself. I’ve posted images so you can see these below.

Are you ready for the holidays? Have you finished your preparations or are you running around to frantically get it all done? I highly recommend a gift to yourself of a massage – your body and mind will thank you!

This is a great time of year to reflect on the year and plan for the next. What did you accomplish this year? What are your goals for 2013?

Happy Winter!

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Character grid:

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Cheers!

 

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Books 2012 – It was a very good year

As 2012 comes to a close, I’ve been thinking about which books and/or authors I’ve most enjoyed this year. With the proliferation of e-readers and free Amazon Kindle apps for your phone and PC, if you haven’t already – expand your horizons, read a book today.

Never thought I’d say how much I love my Kindle and yes, it’s overtaken my love for a printed book. It’s super easy now to take a small e-reader to the beach, on vacation, work, etc. and have all my books at my fingertips not to mention instant gratification to get a new one after trying a free sample by clicking a button. I can stay in my jammies and never leave the house at midnight because I just have to have that next book in the series.

Below in no particular order are my faves for this year:

JR Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood series

Deborah E Harkness Discovery of Witches and sequel

George RR Martin Game of Thrones series

Kim Harrison Hollow series

Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark Hunter and Born series

Diana Gabaldon Outlander series

Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy

Elizabeth Hoyt Maiden Lane Series

Patricia Briggs River Marked

Margret Maron Deborah Knott series and way too many more to mention…

So I have to wonder, do you still read paper books? Do you have an e-reader or Kindle app? Plan to ask for one for the Holidays? If you do read e-books, do you only get from the library? Yes, you can get e-books from the library for your e-reader. If you buy e-books, what’s your price point for e-books? .99 – 5.99? What do you want to see from authors and who is your favorite?  I know, a lot of questions but I’m a curious sort…

Cheers!