Today the weather report says -3° with the wind chill. Good lord is it windy. The array of wind chimes next to our labyrinth sound like a cross between a poorly-played glockenspiel and an inebriated bell choir. I will weather (no pun intended) this temporary stall in the seasonal switchover because bluebirds in the yard tell me mother nature is determined to get her show on the road. Tomorrow the temperature rises and warmer weather will bring rain later this week. That ought to help wash away those ugly mountains of dirty snow piled everywhere. Some of the larger store parking lots around here have snow piles at least fifteen feet high.
The official reminder for the A to Z Challenge came yesterday. I’m jazzed.
People often ask how it is I manage to do so many blog posts here and everywhere else. Questions like how do you find the time? or how do you come up with so many interesting posts? That last one is easy. The topics must interest me or I can’t write about them. I’m never at a loss for interesting things to work with because the world is a pretty awesome place with wonders in abundance. Time-wise I operate on a budget — a time budget.
Authors know we must promote daily. And boy, that’s a sad but true fact. While I regularly do appearances and interviews here and there, the bulk of my direct book promotion occurs on my satellite blogs. That’s why I have them. When time presents itself in my week, such as evenings when my husband has late meetings, I’ll make blog posts in advance so they’re ready to go when I need them. As these are mostly copied and pasted excerpts and themed snippets, they go pretty fast. I’ve preemptively made all my Authors In Bloom posts because I know come April I’ll be busy expounding on my A to Z topics.
Conversely, this blog is always done off the top of my head each morning. 🙂 Yes, it is stream of consciousness all the way. This includes the A to Z Challenge. I’ve chosen most of my topics. Each day, I’ll take that topic and run with it.
I’ve temporarily cut back on blogging for my put-my-life-back-in-order spring cleaning — a project known far and wide as the Annual Purge. Thanks for stopping by even if there isn’t much new to see. I have no time for blogging right now, but the extinct word of the day is updated daily.
Here’s one for today:
Halatinous (adjective 1886)
I’m participating in The Romance Reviews’ Anniversary party. My particular part in the contest is over, but the celebration runs all month long and there are a lot of prizes to be had. See what I have up on my newest satellite blog:
See what’s happening on the blog today
Check out the newest contest on our website. We have Leprechauns to find! Our March contest will have 5 winners with one Grand Prize Winner: $50 gift card for Amazon/B&N. Other prizes will be split randomly among the remaining 4 winners. http://www.romancebooks4us.com/
Love Waits in Unexpected Places – Scorching Samplings of Unusual Love Stories
Download your copy of my free 1st and 2nd chapter sampler, I write what I’d like to read so my stories are rich in realistic/historically correct dialogue and factual information. My multidimensional characters are the sort you’d welcome into your home to share a cup of tea or a beer. Pssst… I wouldn’t open the door to the villains…
I’ll be blogging full bore in April with the A to Z Challenge. My list is growing and topics will cover fascinating aspects from history. I have a healthy sense of wonder. I promise your imagination will fly with mine.
For ten days in April I’ll be in the Authors in Bloom blog hop on one of my satellite blogs. It’s all about showing those many facets authors have outside of their novels. Many years ago, my husband and I led wild foods programs for Chicago’s Field Museum and I’ll be sharing my recipes.