Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Has Officially Arrived !!!

It's official ... as of 6 a.m. this morning, we have a new season.

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.

As does my creative mind.

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.

My upcoming release is for The Wild Rose Press' new historical "stranded" line. Set in the 1960s (vintage is a favorite of mine) and titled Waking Up in Oz, it's a retelling of the classic movie. I look forward to sharing more as I get closer to a late summer release.

I don't have a cover yet, 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.



  1. My God, you're amazing. Such organization! I am so impressed. (I'm the idiot who doesn't even know how to go about putting stuff from my computer on a thumb drive.)
    I am a wee bit sad about spring. Where I live in sweltering, humid Gulf Coast, we got about three days of winter. I so longed to be able to wear long sleeves, to don a coat and muffler, but alas, I got to wear a coat once all winter. I know before spring's over, we are gonna get hot, humid, and miserable. (Can you tell I hate living where I live? But I'll never leave my kids.)

  2. You are my hero. I occasionally get one drawer cleaned before I give up and go find something more fun to do. Sigh.

  3. Whew! I'm tired just reading all that you did. These days, I'm lucky if I can clear the clutter from my office. WTG, Nancy!


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