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Refilling the Well

 by Sparkle Abbey

is finished! We turned in book 8, Raiders
of the Lost Bark.

we turn in a book, the question we get asked most often is, “What’s next?”

getting more than five hours of sleep a night?

refill the creative well.

is exhausting and primarily a solitary occupation. It’s easy to become isolated,
spending months thinking, planning, plotting, writing, and rewriting. It
requires a significant amount of mental energy to stay focused on a creative
project for that long. Yet we only get better by practicing our craft, which
means more writing.

constantly writing, we drain our creativity. At some point we have to give our minds
a break. So how do we give back to that source we’ve so thoroughly drained for

after a quick celebration with margaritas (you knew that was coming, right?),
we begin to take a short mental break from the work and make “refilling the
creative well” our main focus. Since we don’t have a beach close by we have to
come up with other ideas.

we reintroduce ourselves to our families who have probably only seen the backside of
our heads for weeks. Then we may catch up on all the TV shows our families have
recorded for us. Read the books that have been stacked on our nightstands or
added to our Kindles while we were on deadline. We try to catch a movie or two,
and make a concerted effort to restart our exercise plan of daily yoga and
walking. If possible, we’ll attend a writing related workshop or conference. If
we had hobbies, we’d probably take them up again after neglecting them for
favorite way to refill the well is to spend time with our family and friends. We
laugh, make new memories, and experience the world through the eyes of our
grandchildren. Is there anything better than that? We don’t think so either.

after a couple of weeks, once we’ve caught up on housework, social media, and paying
the bills we re-evaluate our goals. We prioritize. Refocus on the steps needed
to take us further in our writing journey.

then we start the madness all over again, because writing is our passion.

about you? How do you refill your well?

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Barbara Vey Weekend – Notes from the other side

I have to admit, I’ve never been to a reader’s luncheon before. So when my writer friend, Megan Kelly told me I needed to check out this event in Wisconsin, I hesitated.

Tickets went on sale so the NEXT day, I decided to check out what tables were open. I was hoping to snag a chair on Duffy Brown’s table. Duffy’s a cozy mystery writer, like me, and I was excited to meet her.

Besides, Tess Gerritsen was going to be the keynote speaker. Tess is great, funny and entertaining. I decided I’d go.

There were three seats left. Not three seats on Duffy’s table. Three seats out of the five hundred they’d set aside.

So I nabbed a seat with Kimberly Lang, a contemporary romance writer who specializes in Southern settings.

Best decision I ever made.

Not only did I learn a lot about marketing and branding over the weekend, I had a chance to relax after a stressful first quarter. And I won a pretty amazing door prize, entry to and lodging for Heather Graham’s conference in September in New Orleans.

Now that was worth the five hour drive and the price of admission.

And I got to meet an author I’d launched my career at Crimson Romance with – Kate Fellows.

Have you been to a reader’s luncheon?

My Kindle – August 2011

It’s hot! In Oklahoma, this summer has been super hot. Temperature records have been broken and the unrelenting heat and drought continues. At 115 F outdoor activity is limited. We’ve had about a month of plus 100F days in a row – perfect time for reading inside under the air conditioner. Would that my air conditioner were working effectively (sigh), but that’s a story for another day.

This past month I read:

Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

Never Knowing is the second book written by this author that I’ve read. The first, Still Missing, was about the kidnapping of a real estate agent, her ordeal, and the aftermath. The story was told from the point of view of the agent as she relayed the details to her psychiatrist. I couldn’t put it down. In Never Knowing, the author again uses the psychiatrist to relate the story of a woman who searches for her birth mother. She finds answers and a serial killer. The first book I considered a mystery, this one was more of a thriller. I recommend both but with a caution for readers who don’t care for graphic violence.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay is told from two points of view – Julia, the modern day journalist living with her family in Paris and Sarah, an eleven-year-old Jewish girl living in Paris during the occupation of France during 1942. I couldn’t put this book down even though the themes are extraordinarily dark. The writer gives the reader no reason to suppose that either of the two main characters will live happily ever after, but that doesn’t prevent the reader from hoping. When Sarah’s voice goes silent, the reader is forced to finish the book via Julia’s research. I searched for this book after recently seeing a trailer for a movie of the same name. If you like contemporary mysteries mixed with historical events, you’ll find this book one of the best. I knew very little about what was happening in France during the Holocaust. This book described one horrific event that should not be forgotten.

I’m currently reading:

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane

The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

What are you reading this month? If you’re an author and have a new book out in August or September, post your pitch in the comment section! The weather guys are predicting another month of this heatwave and I have room on my Kindle for many more books!

aka The Southern Half of Evelyn David

Brianna Sullivan Mysteries – e-book series
I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries- KindleNookSmashwords
The Dog Days of Summer in Lottawatah- KindleNookSmashwords
The Holiday Spirit(s) of Lottawatah- KindleNookSmashwords
Undying Love in Lottawatah- KindleNookSmashwords

A Haunting in Lottawatah – KindleNookSmashwords
***New – Lottawatah Twister – KindleNookSmashwords

The Sullivan Investigation Series
Murder Drops the Ball (Spring 2011)
Murder Takes the Cake- PaperbackKindle
Murder Off the Books- PaperbackKindle
Riley Come Home (short story)- KindleNookSmashwords

Love Lessons – KindleNookSmashwords