BEDS Day 18 – Writer Promotion

Strike Up the Band, Book 3 in the Wilde Love series by my good friend Sam Burns will be releasing on Wednesday, September 27th!Strike Up the Band (Wilde Love Book 3) by [Burns, Sam]

Jake McKenna doesn’t want to be here. He doesn’t want to be on tour, he doesn’t want to be playing guitar, and he definitely doesn’t want anything to do with Brian Mulholland. He’s biding his time until the tour is over so that he can walk away from his music career for good.

Brian didn’t ask to be here. Okay, maybe he did. Fine, you know what? He wanted this. He may not like the circumstances that have landed him in his dream job, but he’s not going to let anyone ruin it for him, even if it’s the insanely hot guitarist he’s had a crush on since the first time he saw the band play. He will win over Jake McKenna if it’s the last thing he ever does.

She’s on a roll!! A book every two months! If her past books are any indication, this is going to be an awesome roller-coaster ride of  a read that will keep you hooked all the way till the end!

Grab you pre-order today!

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BEDS Day 17 – Writing Soundtracks

Do you write with a soundtrack playing in the background or do you need silence?

For me personally, I like to use Ambient Noises. I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter and I came across a YouTube channel chock full of Harry Potter ambient sounds!

Check out ASMR Rooms! They have a large assortment of Ambient Sounds, not just the Harry Potter world!

I’ve never been a fan of music playing when I write. I can’t stand the singing/lyical aspect. I do well with just the instrumental playing.

What do you have playing while you write? Let me know in the comments section below!

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BEDS Day 16 – Favorite Fall Treat

What is your favorite fall seasonal treat?

I bet those of you who read my BEDS Day 11 Coffee Corner post, you can probable guess what my favorite holiday treat is!

ANYTHING PUMPKIN!!

I’m one of those people! Give me a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino or a Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte and I’m a happy camper! Closer to winter time and my taste change or rather get added to. Closer to the colder temperature, I’m a fan of pumpkin coffee or peppermint cappuccino.

But Pumpkin is always in the forefront of my wants during the Fall and Winter.

What are you favorite seasonal treats?

Let me know in the comments section below!

BEDS Day 15 – High School Nostalgia

Do you ever feel nostalgic for high school?

I know I do. I dreaded high school when I was there but I did quite a bit of writing then. It was what kept me sane during trying times. Even to this day, I use writing as an escape for life.

Now though, years later, I miss high school. I miss seeing all my friends on a daily basis. I miss the stimulation of learning new things each day.

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One of the most memorable things I learned was learning to write HTML (web pages) by hand in Notepad. It’s a lot like writing a novel. You have to write meticulously because one little misstep and all of you code could quit working.

I learned it my junior year in high school and I still use it to this day. I will sometimes sit down and just tinker with code. When I feel nostalgic for high school, I write code.

One thing I stumbled upon in school during learning to code was a website called Dynamic Drive DHTML, specifically the code to make snow flakes drift down your webpage. Now, that’s not all you can do. You can change the code and image and have pumpkins or leaves fall down you webpage.pageSample

It took me quite a bit of time the other day because I couldn’t remember exactly where I had gotten that code from but I finally found it. You can find the same code here!

It’s funny how you get nostalgic for some weird things?

It always seems to hit me in the Fall season though. I guess that’s because August is when school always started.

Do you get a feeling of nostalgia at times?

Let me know down in the comments section below.

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BEDS Day 14

Writing Slumps

We’ve all had them, haven’t we?

I participated in this year’s #hotandsticky writing challenge, started by Stripped Cover Lit on YouTube. This year’s challenge was 55k words from June 1st to August 31st.

Did I win(accomplish the task)?… NO!

But that’s alright.

I did write every single day in June and July but when August came around, I wrote really well the 1st day and then it was sporadic for the rest of the month.

Why? Depression most likely. I suffer from it but don’t have medication for it. I do my best to deal with it personally without any much outside help.

I have my good days and that is usually when I get the writing done.

The bad days, not so much.

But the good days do out weight the bad so that is a positive.

I’m looking forward to Nanowrimo this year. It’s part of the reason why I love the fall and winter season so much.

I’m also partaking in a self set challenge to write 30 blog post this month to keep myself writing and in the creative world.

Do you suffer from writing slumps? Do you know a writer who hasn’t?

Let me know in the comments section below!

BEDS Day 13 – Real Life Situations

Blog Every Day in September – Real Life Situations

If you write in the fantasy or sci-fi genre, this might not be as relevant but in a novel or short story set in your everyday world, this can be quite relevant.Image result for traffic violation

Today on my way home, I started thinking about real life occurrences. Two things in particular came to mind.

  1. Traffic Tickets
  2. Visiting loved ones in the hospital

Some might think that these things are minuscule in the larger plot of their novel but if you think about it, situations like those happen in real life and they shouldn’t be overlooked in fiction either.

Sure it might be tricky to work in a traffic ticket but what if, for instance, your character is on the way to see a loved one in the hospital and then they’re detained by the cops?

Or in a high-stakes, intense novel, your character has a specific amount of time to complete a challenge, something as simple as a traffic ticket can definitely cause an issue and become a greater obstacle for the character.

Image result for hospitalAnother real life issue that comes to mind now is something tiny: stubbing one’s toe on the bed corner.

What if your character was trying to sneak out of the bedroom of a one night stand and they stubbed their toe and woke up the other person.

Small, everyday occurrences can add real life depth to a story.

Do you overlook these small details in your writing or do you embrace them as a great way to connect with your readers?

Let me know in the comments section below!

BEDS Day 12 – A Favorite Book

Blog Every Day in September – A favorite book!

What is your favorite book?

I’d have to say that one of my favorite books would have to be Star Trek: Captain Table #1 – War Dragons.

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Captain James T. Kirk must join forces with Captain Hikaru Sulu, new commander of the USS Excelsior, to resolve a simmering political situation in a distant star system. Two adventures, more than twenty years apart, tell of the ancient bond between the Nykkus and Anjiri. Their brief ventures into the presence of the Federation resulted in exciting and often deadly encounters. Now Kirk and Sulu sit to tell the tale of their one last chance to end the bloodshed – before it plunges the Federation into a full-scale interstellar war!

For me, this book is a favorite because this was the book that took from a 4th grade reading level to a post college reading level.

When I was in the 8th grade, we had an English teacher that gave us reading comprehension test. That was all well and good and I figured I would do fine. But whatever book I read, I forgot now, I scored at a level of a 4th grader, keep in mind that this was when I was in the 8th grade.

Now, a few weeks after that happened, our teacher, who was pregnant had to go out for maternity leave and we got a new teacher in there for the remainder of the school year.

Her name was Mrs. Leffingwell and I have tried to find her through social media as she is no longer in the school district where I studied under her. Sadly though, I have never been able to find her.

Anyways, she gave us a new comprehension test, better organized and such and my scores were that of a post-college level student. It was through reading the book above that I went from not wanting to read to someone who now has more books than I know what to do with.

So, Mrs. Leffingwell, wherever you are, thank you for your teachings and help. I shall never forget you.

What is one of your favorite books, whether a current favorite or one from when you were younger?

Let me know in the comments section below!