Monday, March 20, 2017
Spring Has Officially Arrived !!!
I don't know about you, but I'm so tired of winter I could scream! Spring, preferably late spring, is my favorite time of year. I celebrate the last patches of melting snow the way some people celebrate their birthday, or Fourth of July. I look forward to being able to sit on my condo balcony, a lightweight blanket around my shoulders and a steamy cup of coffee cradled in my grasp.
Spring cleaning is on the horizon, not just for my home but for my electronic devices. I spring-clean my hard drive with the same tenacity I do my three linen closets. Gone are the scraps of notes, the book-related memes I've created for media blitzes, the collections of blurbs and excerpts I've saved to include in each individual book's media kit.
I keep separate thumb drives for each of my four publishers and everything related to a published book from the previous fall and winter gets saved in the appropriate place, clearing even more space for new projects, more scrapes and memes.
I also clear out my e-reader, stashing books I've read onto a final thumb drive. I find my e-reader loads better when it's cleared of clutter.
My final spring-clean is an update of my work-in-progress chart...a wonderful spreadsheet where I keep track of not only my contracted work but also my plans for upcoming projects not yet realized.
Then, when the muse slows down as it sometimes does, I can pull up my spreadsheet and see where I've been, what I should be doing and, most importantly, where I still have to go. Just the act of reviewing the project diary jump starts any writer's block I may have.
I don't have a cover yet, but...as always...I've created a meme to use as a teaser.
I hope everyone is as excited for spring and summer as I am. Now if I can only ignore the warm sunlight coming through my office window and stay focused at my desk!
Until next month, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.