Monday, December 31, 2012

Writing & Marketing Tweets from December 30, 2012

Yesterday, I wrote this paragraph in The Last MacKlenna, a romantic suspense: (Meredith is CEO of a winery, a runner, and has just found out she has breast cancer.) 

Meredith’s over-booked life left little free time to ponder the passage of weeks and months, and the end of the year always came as a surprise. Determined not to find herself in the same situation next year, she vowed to change her ways. Instantly, she made a resolution that regardless of what happened with her breast, she would approach the coming year differently by taking time to appreciate each day instead of dashing through it at an 8:10 pace. Good luck with that. 

My memory of childhood is that the days dragged by, especially on Sunday’s when church was followed by a family meal and quiet time. In those days, it took forever for Christmas to arrive. Now it seems that we put the decorations away and in a matter of weeks unpack them again. Our lives have gotten so busy, so full of activities and commitments, that we rarely have time to curl up on a Sunday afternoon to read a book. Whatever happened to resting on the seventh day?  What is so important that I have to spend a few hours on the computer? Nothing really. The world will not end if I can’t send a few tweets.  

Can I stop and rest on Sunday afternoons in the coming year? Gosh, it sounds wonderful, but I might have to be dragged from my computer kicking and screaming for the first few weeks. 

Will Meredith slow down? I have a feeling she'll get her priorities straightened out and learn how to walk away, but will I?
Show LessIf you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again: 
  1. Pinterest Promotion Tips for Writers Check out #4 I love this!
  2. 25 Idioms About Bread and Dessert via DailyWritingTips This is just icing on a cake!
  3. Researching Your Story–A Four-Step Strategy Chances are good you'll do some research before you finish your novel
  4. How to Market your Book if You're Not a Marketer  via Laura Howard
  5. Improve your Amazon Author Rank by more than 250,000 in one day, illustrated
  6. Friends, Family Have Far More Social Clout Than Obama, Celebrities, Says Study [INFOGRAPHIC]
  7. Hashtag Battle Fridays Show How To Engage An Audience With Fun Ideas
  8. Facebook Poke for Mobile: This Week in Social Media An iPhone app that makes it easy to say hello to your friends
  9. Writing To Music: Knowing Your Characters via @woodwardKaren
  10. On Writing and Creativity:Worldbuilding Revisited, part I @magicalwords Includes elements worldbuilders should consider
  11. 5 Ways To Stand Out On Twitter Keep followers engaged. Add something new to the conversation!
  12. How to Get Yourself Off Your Lazy Butt and Start Writing Already It's difficult & it's normal. Make your 1st goal small
  13. 3 Ways To Strengthen Your Faith in Yourself and Your Journey This is a very good post
  14. This Advice Will Save Your Book: Back Up Your Work Twice! What do you use? When in a hurry, I like email!
  15. 3 Questions Every Creative Person Must Ask via @JaneFriedman How much of yourself are you willing to share?
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Happy writing & running, Kathy

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