Sunday, October 2, 2016

A Word or Two from Deja to You~

A Word or Two from Deja to You~
Hello, gorgeous! Hope your week was great and your weekend even better.

By now, you know the drill. A word, some nice blog hopping finds, an audiobook and pictures. Oh, the pictures!

Be inspired!


So, You Want to Be a Writer

Let me tell you, honey. The life of a writer is just that, writing. Find a time, a space, and a place. And, do it regularly. Make it a part of your life. If I could sum up what I’ve learned so far in a list of five, it would be this:

1.     Avoid using the word “that” unless it’s absolutely necessary. That evil creature pops up everywhere before you even realize it. Oh, and passive voice. Avoid like the plague.
2.     Make friends. Get to know people who write and read. The growth you’ll experience in your craft will astound you. Be social and use those social networking sites! Don’t forget to time yourself, though. Would hate for you to get lost socializing more than you’re writing.
3.     Read out loud when you edit. You’ll still miss a few things but not nearly as much if you just scan as you go along. Get tripped up as you read, and your reader will too!
4.     Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone is at a different stage. You still have time to reach yours. But, do read your favorite books and the new ones, too. Check out how they write. I read for timeline help all the time.
5.     Can’t say it enough. Write. Do you have a family? Write before they get up. Shocker? Yes, it actually works. If you wait until they go to bed, you’re probably ready to go to bed, too. Morning is wonderful because your brain is fresh, and there’s nothing to distract you. I’m so not a morning person, but it’s really helped. Give it a try.

Happy writing, baby!

Audiobook Fave for the Week!
One of the suggestions for a person who wants to read but simply lacks the time? Audiobooks! And, I have the perfect one for you!

My absolute favorite this week is:

  Rattlesnake by Kim Fielding
Narrated by KC Kelly

 A drifter since his teens, Jimmy Dorsett has no home and no hope. What he does have is a duffel bag, a lot of stories, and a junker car. Then one cold desert night he picks up a hitchhiker and ends up with something more: a letter from a dying man to the son he hasn’t seen in years.

On a quest to deliver the letter, Jimmy travels to Rattlesnake, a small town nestled in the foothills of the California Sierras. The centerpiece of the town is the Rattlesnake Inn, where the bartender is handsome former cowboy Shane Little. Sparks fly, and when Jimmy’s car gives up the ghost, Shane gets him a job as handyman at the inn.

Both within the community of Rattlesnake and in Shane’s arms, Jimmy finds an unaccustomed peace. But it can’t be a lasting thing. The open road continues to call, and surely Shane—a strong, proud man with a painful past and a difficult present—deserves better than a lying vagabond who can’t stay put for long.

Kim Fielding is a master at pulling the heart strings. A few blogs back, I shared her book Brute, a story that was so beautiful, I ached. I actually picked out Rattlesnake because I thought the two would be similar. Well, they aren’t other than the reader will feel as much for Jimmy as he did for Brute. Fielding reveals the layers of Jimmy, the drifter, and the reader is in for the long haul, eager to listen and never wanting to let go.

It doesn’t hurt that KC Kelly, the best cowboy narrator ever, is reading it. The way he delivers, the listener is there, complete with shivers.

It’s a win-win.  

Blog Hopping!

Life's a busy rush of adrenaline as we try to cover all our bases. No time to search for ways to improve your craft? Well, let me help you out with that. 

Here's a few gems I've found:

The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents

Now, there’s writing to write, which isn’t a bad thing at all. But, who wouldn’t be interested in selling to the millions? We can all have the dream, right? Finding out the worst ways to begin a novel from literary agents in the field might actually help.

What Happens on Page One: 30 Ways to Start a Novel

 So, now that you’ve seen how not to begin a novel, here’s thirty ways you can. We’re not cutting away options. We’re switching them for better ones. Again, it’s your writing, so do you, but don’t be afraid to learn.

It’s how we improve.

 Free Apps Every Writer Should Be Using

Seriously, there are three apps on here, but you’ll be blown away. 


Now for the pictures that inspire me...


I have learned that you’d rather just enjoy the photos, so here you are!
Let me know if there’s one that totally takes your breath away!




















Love always,

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