Category Archives: Blogging

Creativity for Happy Endings

I’m appearing on fantasy romance writer *lizzie star’s blog today, talking about balance. Come on by if you have a moment!

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Unplugged

I’ve had computer issues lately. Not the kind where you push the ‘on’ button and nothing happens, which is one of the worst sensations a writer can experience. (That happened to me last summer. I about had a seizure.) This is the kind where, for some reason, I have to force myself to the screen and keyboard. I don’t want to check emails, update my Facebook status or tweet. Dust settles on my last post here.

Maybe it’s a reaction to spending a lot of time online in February and March guest blogging or sending in posts related to the release of Her Scottish Groom. Don’t think for a moment that I didn’t enjoy the attention and contact with romance readers! This is not something that I get to do that often, and I am thankful for every single opportunity to write a post and respond to comments. I appreciate the kindness of other blog owners and their readers, and it seems to have generated interest in my latest release. The Kindle edition of Her Scottish Groom is selling steadily enough to range from 99 up to 65 on Amazon’s Kindle Store Historical Romance Top 100 list for the last 10 days or so.

(I know, it changes hourly and it’s not selling thousands of copies or downloads. But it’s the first list I’ve ever made, darn it!)

Anyway, Life is Good and there’s no real excuse for disappearing from my online haunts. Still, I’ve resisted logging into anything but my Pandora stations for the last two weeks. I outlined two presentations for a couple of unexpected speaking engagements. I worked on my WIP, but in longhand on notebook paper. The page count is shaky, because I’ve also free-associated two potential series into very rough descriptions on paper. (If I carried smelling salts, I’d take a deep whiff at this point — do I really want to get involved with an entire series?? Never mind two!) It’s too early to tell if they’ll come to fruition, but the chance to let my mind wander felt sort of like a vacation.

Writing is a huge part of my life, but not its entirety. Time spent away from the computer means that my house is a lot cleaner. This is good because clutter seems to block me mentally. (In view of how much I dislike housework, this realization disconcerts me greatly.) My family got muffins for breakfast and  I’ve had lunch with my dad, chatted with my mom more often and helped my youngest host her friends for their pre-prom hair/makeup/dressing ritual.

So if anyone missed me while I was gone, thank you for the thoughts. I’m back, balanced, and ready to take on the world again. And I have the clean underwear to prove it.

Cover Me! at My Book Addiction

Today I’m guest blogging at My Book Addiction and More! The subject is book covers and what makes them work — or an Epic Fail. I’m also giving away a signed copy of Her Scottish Groom, so come on by.

Monica Burns on Authors by Moonlight!

Monica Burns is blogging today at Authors by Moonlight! She’s got a great post about coping with one of a writer’s greatest fears: a silent muse. We all have days when we’re low on energy — follow the link and let us Moonlighters know how you cope when your candle has burnt out at both ends.

Happy New Year

Happy 2011 to all my readers! I’m participating in WordPress’ Post A Week 2011 campaign. While I did well posting most weeks of last year, this will be (I hope) a fun way to keep the momentum going.  Blogging can be fun, but it’s sometimes hard to think of good topics. Therefore I’ll see if The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals will help me along the way. Hopefully having done this for a year now, I can encourage others (and maybe get some help when I need it).

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll post comments and likes, too. One of the most exciting things about writing is connecting with readers.

May the new year be good to you and your loved ones!

Playing with my Blog Thingie

That’s BLOG thingie, not…um, never mind.

I just realized that Ann Stephens Romance is nearly a year old! I’m kind of excited by this, as I’ve been a lot better about posting entries here than with my first attempt at a blog.  In the spirit of reviewing & revising, I’m looking at some changes down the road that I hope will make things easier for me and more interesting for readers.

Posting here about once a week works well for me and I don’t plan to change that. I’ve got to be  the most boring person I know, so it’s hard to believe that anyone would  want to follow my non-fictional opinions or adventures. (To those of you who stop by regularly, all I can say is bless you and thank you!!!) And for now the blog’s appearance still works for me.  It’s clean and restful, which I like, and I can change the header photo to my heart’s content. Widgets may be appearing or moving around my sidebar as well.  If there’s something that is more interesting or appealing to you readers, let me know!

Starting in December, I’ll categorize each week’s post ahead of time, in part to keep me on track.  Selfishly, I’ll use areas I enjoy discussing, like the craft of writing, upcoming romance releases, historical hobbies or lifestyle or even a bit of background on my own books or WIPs. I might even consider a few snippets of what I’m working on if any of you are interested.

Also, I thought it would be fun to answer questions from readers periodically, so check back here to see when you can ask that burning question you’ve always had about my writing or hobbies or whatnot.  Just bear in mind, you can ask…but I may decide something is too personal to answer. 😉  I don’t lay awake at night worrying about stalkers or anything, but my children are concerned that what I write might infringe on their privacy. (In other words, they’re just plain mortified that their mother writes smut and they don’t want their friends to find out about it.)

Some of the pages accessible above my header photo may change as well, depending on what readers enjoy and show interest in.  I wasn’t sure about this whole ‘blog thingie’ when I began, but as it’s become part of my routine, I find it gives me a lift.  What do you readers enjoy seeing when you check an author’s blog?