Monthly Archives: February 2014

Grief and Creation

I finished a very powerful piece of writing this week. It wasn’t all that long, but the writing of it has been both challenging and cathartic.

What is it? Well, I’ve written another guest post for the wonderful website Kind Over Matter, and it will be posted this coming Saturday. It’s a follow-up to another piece I did for them when my friend Jenn was diagnosed with terminal cancer. This one is about her final days in hospice and her passing. It was SO hard to write, and yet I’m very pleased with the final result. I can’t wait to share it with you – I’ll post a link next weekend.

In the meantime, I also wrote a review for a fellow Moon Books author and posted it. She’s going to read and review Starcat’s Corner for me in return. I have three other book review trades pending, which is good. All of the books I’ve read from Moon Books have been excellent. I’m glad to be part of such a high-quality publishing house.

My wellness practices have suffered a bit while I’ve been focused on the guest post these past couple of weeks. This weekend I’m feeling rather under-the-weather. I think something’s going on with my sinuses. Ouch. Anyway, I want to improve my health, and I know part of that involves more intentional movement. Exercise is important! Even though it’s hard when it’s been so snowy and cold outside. I’m going to start using the treadmill, which is set up down in the basement for my son to use for running. I’ll be walking, not running, but I figure I can start using it every day until it warms up enough to walk and hike outdoors.

That’s pretty much all I have to report. Feline Dreamers is looking great – come on by and check it out if you haven’t had a chance yet.  I’m still reading Goodreads for Authors by Michelle Campbell-Scott. I didn’t get to my novel editing this past week, but I hope to return to it soon. Have a lovely week!

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When You Need to Rest, Then Rest

Apparently I needed a bit of a rest after the big website launch. This week was a bit quiet in terms of working on things from my list of goals for this round. Though, to be fair, there were lots of other things going on.

Like what? Why, thank you for asking.

paperhorsesWe made a herd of paper horses, after learning how in paper arts class at homeschool co-op. I finished a novel I was reading – historical fiction that was pretty good. Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell. In case you were wondering, you do not want to be a woman in 11th century England. Just saying.

We watched some Big Bang Theory and started Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We had a Dark Follies gig at a comic book store – super fun, plus I was drooling over some of the merchandise, like Neil Gaiman’s graphic novels, old Dungeons & Dragons books, and a figurine of Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Lots of drumming and singing and ukulele playing (the latter not by me, but I was helping my daughter by singing along as she learned a cool new tune). I got to go to out for Mexican food with my favorite aunt.

Among other things. We kept up well with our new social media marketing plans, and they seem to be going well. But writing wasn’t in the cards much, until tonight, when we wrote our latest Faerie Tidings episode. This week will prove more wordy, I feel confident. Have a terrific week, whatever is in the cards for you!


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Mission Accomplished!

My triumph of the week is that we redesigned, refreshed and relaunched our Feline Dreamers website. Woo hoo! It looks fantastic. I’m pleased with the artwork, which BlackLion did, and with how simple and pretty it all looks. Go on over and check it out, if you’re curious. I’m blessed in that my partner knows how to do all that web stuff, though I have learned quite a bit about it over the years from working alongside him.

We created a new free giveaway e-book to go with the re-launch. I wrote most of it, while he was busy with the technical side of things. I’m pleased with how it came out. Here’s a picture of the cover.101_Tips_small

Our next mission is to set up our social media marketing strategy. It’s coming along nicely. We recently took a webinar from a woman named Laura Roeder, and took away lots of great tips and ideas which we’re implementing. We primarily use Twitter and Facebook, though we’re going to look into doing something with Pinterest as well. We’ve scheduled all our Fae Musings (bite-sized bits of inspiration that we send out on Twitter and Facebook each day) for the month, and planned out our blog topics. I think this new method of scheduling everything out will really help us keep our momentum and get the word out to more people. It’s exciting!

I guess that’s all I really have to report. Yoga practice is going well.  I’m probably eating more sugar than I should, but I’ll readjust. Life is chugging along, and I’m enjoying it. Blessings to you on your creative work!

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