Coffee is better on Saturday morning…

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It’s Saturday, if you haven’t noticed. Why is coffee better on a Saturday morning? Here are my thoughts on that.

On Saturday morning you can sit and enjoy your coffee without being in a hurry.

On Saturday morning, life is just calm and beautiful. (Most of the time)

On Saturday morning you get to sleep in, so you’re refreshed when you take that first sip.

On Saturday morning you don’t have to go to work, so everything seems better.

What am I saying? Coffee is good on any day!

Have a blessed Saturday morning…

Coffee and Saturdays…

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Good Saturday morning! It’s hard to believe how fast this month is going by. And no, I’m not finished with my Christmas shopping. Yikes!!! A little stressed about that, but excited that I don’t have a deadline this month, just writing. I knew that this would be a busy month, so I planned for that.

Now, how do you spend your Saturday mornings? Me, I like to sip my coffee while I scroll all of my sites. Then do some intense cleaning because hey, the week days are too busy for more than just a quick pick up. After everything is all clean and smelling wonderful, then I get to work on whatever writing needs to be done, or setting up my ads for the week.

Saturdays are a day to slip into something comfy, sit by the fire and watch sappy movies. I love to watch romantic Christmas movies while I write. It keeps me focused, which sounds crazy. I’ve learned over the years that multitasking works for me.

Now, on to another wonderful Saturday and all that writing has to hold.

As always, good writing and May God Bless you…

Setting up ads for week…

It’s finally Saturday. How do you spend your Saturday? Me, I take a little longer cuddling my coffee, then I check my social media. My house gets cleaned and laundry done, not saying it’s put up, just done. Then I get to work on my weekly ads.

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How do I schedule for a week? I’ll let you in on a little secret, I have a post spreadsheet. On my spreadsheet I have the books that I will post on for the upcoming week and where. I input the information for ads that are coming out and also, my blog posts are mostly done ahead of time.

Why do I schedule all of this ahead of time? I want more time to write. But how do I do it? Well, I use Hootsuite, Twitter Scheduler, Facebook Scheduler and other programs. No, I do not pay for the subscriptions, I do as many on each of them that I can.

A little hint, do not overload your social media with books. Post stuff about yourself, your life, inspirational pictures, pets, and so on. Let your fans know who you are. I try to alternate book posts to every four hours or more. That way I’m not too overpowering.

So, what are you doing today? Are you kicking back, enjoying a good movie? Live life… Laugh a lot… and Love…

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

When the plot changes…

Well, it’s a foggy Saturday morning in Georgia.  That sounds like the opening line of a story. Yes, I’m in a writing mood this morning, so watch out word count, here I come.

Speaking of writing, have you ever been in the middle of a manuscript and the plot changes. I mean, you’re headed in one direction, then the story takes a turn in a different direction. That’s what happened in the manuscript I just finished. You see, I had it all figured out. I thought I knew where the characters were headed and what the ending would be like, but guess what? The plot changed. (The plot is the direction the story is going, like directing the main events that lead to the ending, you know, the backbone of the storyline.)

Sometimes when you’re writing a story, the characters seem to have a mind of their own. In Highlander’s Son, I had it all in my mind, but something wasn’t working. Now, the outline looked good and when I sat and plotted it out months ago, it seemed to work well. But once I was deep into the manuscript, over halfway completed, I realized that the plot was changing. I had to make a change or the story would flop.

It’s scary to change the plot of a story when you’re almost done. But once I got it in my head where the characters had to go to complete the story, I was on a roll. It turned out that the plot change worked and the story was complete.

Highlander’s Son took a turn in the plot and headed in a totally different direction. It’s at that moment that you throw the outline out the window at 70 mph and never look back. I have to say that when the plot changes, sometimes you have to just follow it’s lead or you’ll end up with a manuscript that is cut up in the editor’s floor, never to see the light of day.

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

Here’s a look at the cover for Highlander’s Son, which is coming out very, very soon!

highlanders son front cover