Book Reviews and Writing Tips

Book Reviews and Writing Tips

Monday, September 23, 2013

Need FREE Images for your writing?

I know I’m always looking for free clipart or appropriate pics I can use in my posts and various other writing.  When I received an email from Writer’s Relief, I found a link I wanted to share with all of you.  There are thirty sites listed on the Blue Glass blog for royalty free images.  Have fun browsing around.  Maybe you’ll find something useful.

 I’m taking a few days off, so will post again when I can.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Going Crazy with a Project I Shouldn’t have Taken on


I’m talking about the family book I’m writing in collaboration with my little sister.  I’ve been gabbing on the cell a lot lately with three of my sisters trying to tie up loose ends on the book, then re-read and edit it.  I’m sending to my little sister for the second set of eyes I need.  I have no idea how many cell minutes I’ve used this month.

 I finally finished the printing phase and now have to start the binding phase.  I’m using a comb-binding machine for this project, which turned out to be 324 pages.  Yikes!  But there are many B/W photos we’ve managed to round up over the last ten years, as well as some family recipes.

 I mainly wanted to post to let my followers know where I’ve been.  I want this whole thing finished by Monday at the latest.

 Happy writing everyone

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Life goes on and the Days are flying

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I’m behind in posting here, but there is honestly nothing worthy to post about now.  The days are ticking by faster than they should.  We’ve had a lot of rain causing it to be sticky and humid, very unlike the desert.  Everyone’s allergies are running rampant right now, even one of my poor cats that has never had allergies before.

 The writing group we started is going okay and is a nice distraction every two weeks as it’s always good to get together with other writers and discuss the craft of writing.

 I’m working almost daily trying to get the family book finished so that I can take it with me on my trip in two weeks and two days.  There is still much to do and I’m sure I’ll run out of time, as I usually do with everything.  It is like pulling teeth to get anything I need out of my family.  I hope that I’m not the only one who feels this way.  Everyone is too busy doing their thing and not in any hurry about getting me tidbits to finish this book.  I may have to do without their add-ons and get on with it.  There is a time to put your foot down because of time constraints.

 I still have to format this thing, add family pictures and print the thing out.  I intend to bind it myself with a binding machine I have.  I doubt anyone on Amazon would want to read our family history and childhood escapades.  I haven’t really used the binder yet for any big project like this, so I’m hoping that won’t be a major ordeal since I have to make about eight copies to take with me.  This thing is not tiny either.  We’re talking about 150 pages so far.  I guess my siblings must think I have all the time in the world to work on this.

 Other than that, there are just the main housekeeping duties going on in my life and trying to organize everything for this trip.

 The county fair will be going on shortly after I arrive, so my sisters and I are going to that, which should be fun.  I haven’t been since I was in my teens.  I’m sure my family will shuffle me back and forth from house to house, but that’s fine to live out of a suitcase for a while.  It’s all in good fun and something I won’t be able to do again for a long while.  I intend to relish every moment although I’ll probably eat too much, drink too much, and stay up half the night most of the time.

 I’m still undecided as to whether I’ll take the laptop with me or not.  I have trouble with my balance when I fly because of an inner ear problem I have with altitude, so it may be wise to leave it at home and not have to worry about keeping track of it.  I have to sip on OJ or water the entire plane trip anyway, coming and going, so as not to get dizzy.  It’s quite an ordeal, but I won’t let that keep me from going.  On the other hand, I could tell you some tales about past plane trips which were less than ideal.  Because of this situation, I didn’t fly for more than twenty years at one stretch.  I had to resort to the train or bus, which I would probably never do again for any type of long distance travel.

 Despite all this, I’m really looking forward to it because my family and I have such a blast when we get together.  It will be fun going to all the old haunts.  There is only one problem once I arrive and that is one of my brothers, but then there is someone like him in everyone’s family I bet.