Monday, December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas!

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas filled with laughter, joy and the love of family and friends! May this season bring you peace, give you hope and grant you love.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I Made PRO!! by Alicia Coleman


                                                               
Life finally took a back seat so I could fulfill my dream of becoming a romance writer. I joined RWA (Romance Writers of America) in early 2011. Writing as well as craft books, novels, novella, short stories, workshops, writers' groups and conferences took up all my available time. And I'm still studying. The next step was to apply for PRO.

According to the RWA website, "The purpose of the PRO community of practice is to establish within RWA a network of communication and support to effectively promote and protect the interests of romance writers in the areas between manuscript completion and PAN eligibility."

Two weeks ago, I stood on the precipice of change.  Should I take a chance and send in my manuscript or no?  I looked back. Lurking there were fragmented dreams. So I turned forward. Opportunities. The future is unknown and scary, but I can't advance unless I take the plunge.  So I jumped....

I landed on firm ground. Whew! I succeeded. I made PRO! 

Next is publication, but I feel up to the challenge.

                                                                         
Image from dakotaa.deviantart.com

I'm almost there!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bucket List: Whales by Alicia Coleman


I'd love to see whales...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bucket List: Second Place to Visit is Scotland by Alicia Coleman

Scotland is the next stop on my bucket list.  Land of my very, very, very distant ancestors as was England.

The first place I'd like to visit is the Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis. Lewis is the largest, most northern island in the Outer Herbrides and home to one of the best prehistoric sites in Scotland.

                                      "Standing Stones of Callanish (Callanish I) (9605427)". 

With the hills of Great Bernera as a backdrop, the Callanish Stones are situated on a low ridge above the low waters of Loch Roag.  The stones date back to around 2900 and 2600 BC and was primarily used as a religious site until agriculture took over around 3000 BC.

I'd love to create a story surrounding these stones.  Perhaps some of this research can be used for that purpose. Did I mention that I love history?

The next place would be the Edinburgh Castle.

                                                         "Edinburgh Castle, Scotland"

Home of many of Scotland's monarchs such as Queen Margaret and Mary Queen of Scots who gave birth to her son, James VI, there in 1566.  As a stronghold, the English and the Scots fought for control of the castle during the War of Independence and in 1314 it was wrest from the English in a night raid led by Thomas Randolph, nephew of King Robert the Bruce.

And last, I'd like to visit some of the locations used in the Harry Potter films.  I am a huge fan. The site uppermost on my list is to travel to the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

                                                               "Glenfinnan Viaduct"

That beautiful, intense, and funny scene where the Ford Anglia lands on the Viaduct in the Chamber of Secrets and a train is behind them.
Here's a snippet:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPsIU9BTbcQ

What other fun and exotic places would you like to visit?








Monday, July 27, 2015

Living The Dream

This is me. I sit BICHOK (Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard) daily. Most times my Muse (that's her name) will give me something to work on or I'll open my notebook of ideas and expand on a subject. I read blogs on the craft of writing, the publishing industry and book review sites. Sometimes I stare at the screen. But I keep at it. One day I'll be published.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bucket List: England by Alicia Coleman

I had a cousin to visit from England last month.  A friend visited England last week.  I'm not jealous or anything (I am, really, a lot!), but I would looove to visit that country.  So many areas I’d like to see.  Here are a few places that have been added to the top of my bucket list.

Trafalgar Square.
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I have visions of myself walking around with “Tourist” on my forehead, gawking at the sights or…maybe being a little more sedate and snapping photos here and there.

Buckingham Place.
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The changing of the guards has always fascinated me.  Once they reach their designated their posts, they're like statues. What are they thinking when people come up to them and tell jokes or make funny faces? Do they mentally roll their eyes sarcastically or are they a millisecond away from laughter?

The Tower of London.
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Being a history buff, it would have been captivating to be present during the Peasant’s Revolt in 1381.  But, would I have been a peasant or one of the ladies of the court? This was the only time that the Tower of London was ever breached.

Did you know that the monarchy was abolished in 1649 and all the jewels were destroyed and that the gold and silver was used to make coins?  When the Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell died in 1658, the Commonwealth faltered and two years later, Parliament invited the previous king’s son to take the throne.  A new set of jewels had to be made for the coronation of Charles II.

Where would you like to travel to? Do you have a bucket list?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Positive Attitude



If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.--Pat Riley

Friday, May 29, 2015

Heart of Dixie Romance Readers Luncheon



Please join the Heart of Dixie RWA Chapter for their 18th annual Romance Reader's Luncheon on June 14, 2015 in Huntsville AL. The guest speaker will be New York Times Bestselling Author, Sylvia Day.

This is a great way to meet your favorite authors. Doors open at 10:00am.

The cost is $35. Attendees will receive a coupon good for $5 off a Book Fair purchase. If you plan to bring your own books for the authors to sign, the limit is 5.  Those with e-readers may bring them to make onsite purchases of select books.

Registration closes May 31, 2015.  You can register here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

IndieReCon #IndieReCon




It's only 24 hours away! Here's how to attend IndieReCon, now matter where you are in the world and what time you want to tune in.

IndieReCon is designed to be easy to attend and catch up on, no matter how busy you are (and indie authors are always busy) and no matter where you live in the world.

REAL TIME ATTENDANCE

Just come across to www.indierecon.org when the event you want to attend is published.

Events will be going live over the three days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, the 15th, 16th and 17th of April.

Email Alerts

We will be sending you a individual email about each event.
~ As we will have a session almost every hour across the three days of the conference, to avoid being overwhelmed by receiving a communication each hour, we suggest that you set up a separate folder in your email inbox labelled IndieReCon, which will allow you to keep the emails all together.
~ You can then search through the mails, when you’re free, to pick and choose the conference sessions that are of most interest to you.

ANYTIME ATTENDANCE

While we welcome your real-time attendance, especially for our live events where you will be able to ask questions of the presenters through the comments box, do know that it is possible to watch any time after the event goes live, whenever you want. This is the advantage of an online conference and what makes IndieReCon unique.

ATTENDING THE LIVE EVENTS

Live Google Hangouts On Air

We will be using Google Hangout On Air for our live video sessions. It’s very easy to join in, especially if you have a Google plus page or a Gmail address.

Google Hangouts is a very good platform for authors to use for all sorts of purposes and attending one of the Hangouts is a good win for you to familiarise yourself with the platform, if you haven’t used it before.

Some things to note:

~ Anyone can attend a Google Hangout On Air, but only Google users (people with a Google+ profile or a Gmail address) can post questions through the Q&A app on the video.
~ If the Q&A app is being used, your questions will appear on the right side of the screen — this is also where you can submit your questions as well. Simply click “Ask a new question” and the moderator will see it.
~ If you don’t (want to) own a Google account, you can submit questions ahead of time or after the event in the comments box on the IndieReCon page below, and they will be answered there.


Live TwitterChats
#‎IndieReCon‬ Twitterchats will be happening each day of the conference. Follow the hashtag, or use Twubs or a similar program to jump into the chat with comments on the seminars, speakers, etc. Twitter chats are a wonderful way to increase your followers overnight.

April 15 10:00 AM EDT / 2:00 PM GMT / 3:00 PM London

April 16: 12:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM GMT / 5:00 PM London

April 17: 9:00 AM EDT / 1:00 PM GMT / 2:00 PM London

We are very excited about our great lineup of events. Do spread the word to your author friends. We’ve provided ways that make it easy for you to do that here and here, and there’s “Share the Knowledge” social media buttons at the end of each event post.

See you there!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Meeting New Authors #MFRWauthor




I'm over on twitter today tweeting about the many wonderful authors of the Marketing for Romance Writers (MFRW) group. Come on over and take a look. Use #MFRWauthor.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Visiting Another Blog Today

I shared a short post today at Romance Magicians blog about staying positive. Check it out here. Enjoy the rest of your day.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!



New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.

Sarah Ban Breathnach


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