• writing resources,  Writing Tools

    Check Out New Year’s Deals for Writers and Bloggers

    Who doesn’t love a deal, especially a New Year’s deal? Everybody loves deals. Just offer something at a good price and see how fast people come calling. This week I’ve heard about some great deals for writers and bloggers. In honor of the support and encouragement my followers have given me in 2015, I’m sharing these New Year’s deals with you. 1. FIRST UP IS A GOOD DEAL FROM WEB HOST, BLUEHOST. I’ve been working with BlueHost going on almost four years. They host this site plus two small business sites my husband and I run. When it comes to support, they are fantastic! When it comes to a great deal…

  • Writing,  writing resources,  Writing Tools

    A New Library In Town: One Stop For Writers

    If there’s one thing all writers agree on, it’s that writing is TOUGH. The road to publication twists and dips as we learn the craft, hone our abilities, create stories we’re passionate about, fight discouragement, educate ourselves about the industry…and then start the process all over again as we realize there’s room to improve. But you know what? If you are like me, you wouldn’t have it any other way. Yet, sometimes it’s nice to get a helping hand.   Finding a good writing book, a helpful blog, a mentor or critique partner to share the journey with…these things are gems along the writing path. And guess what? Maybe there’s…

  • Quotations on Writing,  Writing,  writing resources,  Writing Tools

    6 Books Added to General Writing Resources List

    Winter has been too kind to the populous of the Pacific NW, and the season overlooked us in favor of other parts of the country. But in place of unkind and unending blistering cold, freezing precipitation, snow depths unbelievable to most of us, the lack of same at our end of the country allowed germs to blossom, multiply, and infect. My husband and I must have passed someone stricken with respiratory issues with the instinct that “paying it forward” meant anything and everything. If we could find the kind soul, we’d gladly pay back the germs shared. However, we’ve had some good reading time as we rested, drank lots of…

  • Blog Sites,  WordPress,  Writing Goals,  Writing Tools

    WordPress Free vs. Self-hosted Site | A Comparison and Review

    As most of you are aware, I recently moved my blog from a free WordPress.com site to a self-hosted WordPress.org site. I have never reconsidered my decision to move from Blogger to WordPress a few years back, and so far I see no need to reconsider this most recent move either. Many of you asked me to share how I reached my decision and about the benefits of one versus the other. I spent several days, maybe two weeks or more, researching and vetting the issues. Today I’m sharing with you what I learned in the process and why I moved. The most logical place to begin vetting blog moving issues…

  • Writing,  writing resources,  Writing Tips,  Writing Tools

    Something New Is Coming!

    For months, I have contemplated starting a bi-weekly newsletter. There are several newsletters I receive via email, and I enjoy each one for its uniqueness and informational worth. Over the last couple of days, I convinced myself that if I never try, I will never know what the experience of being a newspaper woman is like. My father began his career in publishing as a newspaper man. Perhaps that’s where the itch originated. Starting in August, I will email a newsletter of writing news and tips on a bi-weekly basis on Thursdays to my mailing list. The first edition will come out on Thursday, August 14th. If you would like…

  • Writing,  Writing Goals,  writing resources,  Writing Time,  Writing Tips,  Writing Tools

    How to Increase Your Writing Productivity

    In a perfect world, our days would be filled with limitless hours of writing time. However, ours is not a perfect world. At least mine isn’t. Despite living in retirement, my days are still filled with what seem to be unending household chores, yard and gardening chores, errands, maintaining a small business other than my writing, and more. I am not an expert on increasing writing productivity. Perhaps like you, I struggle every day trying to find the time to write. If you look around–in books, on the Internet, magazine articles, there is a plethora of advice on how to increase your writing productivity. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve found: 1. Eliminate Distractions.…