Happy Monday: WIP – Couponing Book


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The WIP (work in progress) for this gorgeous Monday morning (in addition to being a substitute teacher for the Digital Literacy class at Boothbay Region High School), is working on the rewrite for my couponing book. I’m still looking for questions from readers, so I’m also networking that link (the blog post with the call-out) in my various social media platforms.

I love that the rain stopped and the sun is shining through the windows as I sit in this classroom blogging with the rest of the students. They’re blogging about their interests as I sit here and think about this book. I want it to be as comprehensive as possible without being too dry. I want it to be funny, but I don’t want it be corny. I want there to be worksheets, but I don’t want to overwhelm the book with them like I did with the last two versions of the text.

I already know how to solve the worksheet problem. I’m going to include reproducible pages in an Appendix in the back of the book. Then, throughout the book, I’ll refer to those pages each time they are called for. For example, when I’m writing about menu planning, I’ll refer to those reproducible pages as a tool to use to help until readers can develop their own they would like better or find more useful. That sort of thing. This is trickier for those purchasing the Kindle version of the book, though, because they can’t photocopy. I think the only workaround is to copy, paste, and use an email app to get the material printed.

I’ll think about that some more, in the meantime I’ll continue moving forward with this book project. I have revisited my goals and am going to roll out these rewrites, along with some new book titles after the New Year. I was pushing for rewrites to conclude before the end of this calendar year for this book and another, but I want to focus on finishing The Ghost Writer: Fear of the Pen before moving forward with anything else substantial. That way, I can remain focused and not drop the ball on anything – and GET THAT BOOK FINISHED. It’s been too long already. ;)

What are YOU working on?

Ready? Set. Go! The Ghost Writer: Fear of the Pen


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I’ve been working on light promotion for my unfinished novel, The Ghost Writer: Fear of the Pen. My goal is to finish this book by the time my 40th birthday rolls around. This may seem like a far-fetched goal had I not already started the project….cough…four years ago. I had to trunk the project twice, so I worried I would never finish.

I set up a Facebook page for the book two years ago and resurrected it day before yesterday and it’s already up to 62 likes – yay! I need all the cheerleaders I can get at this point.

Now, you’re probably wondering when my 40th birthday is….it’s January 14th. I’m finishing the “meat” of this manuscript during the NaNoWriMo challenge, and then I’m going to hunt for beta readers. It’s at the point that the editing process will begin. Inconsistencies will be found, continuity errors will creep up, grammar errors will haunt me, and other errors notes will come through my email.

This is because the first draft of every novel, no matter how perfect the writer thinks it is, is utter crap. Plain and simple. I know this is true of mine. Being realistic is an important part of the writing process.

I also set up a Pinterest inspiration board (I think that was also two years ago) to help keep me inspired and motivated. That board has remained active over the years but, I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve kept it updated. I have many followers over there and I’m going to add more to it throughout the NaNoWriMo challenge. Visuals like that help keep me going.

Are YOU participating in the NaNoWriMo challenge?

Other Outdoor Writing or Art Studios?


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Michael Pollan’s writing hut.

I’ve been researching other outdoor studios and what I’ve learned is coined as “writing sheds.” I’ve found:

I love how popular this is across the globe! Do YOU know anyone who had their own outdoor room, building, shed, shack, or hut? Whatever it’s called, it’s an amazing space! I’ll leave you with this person’s Pinterest collection:

Outdoor Studio Retreats for Art and Writing

Mini Outdoor Studio: Still Underway


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During every free moment my husband has, he’s been working on the studio – he showed me his progress the other night and I’m so excited with how much he’s accomplished! Half of the shingles on the exterior have been stripped off, the sill plates along the bottom edge have been replaced, and the old work bench on the inside has been ripped out.

We’re going to try to reclaim as much of the old wood from the workbench as possible because it’s really thick and in great condition. We’re thinking it would hold up great when rebuild into a set of bookshelves. My husband has been saving reclaimed materials from other rehab projects, too, that we’re going to rebuild into bookshelves as well.

I have other pictures I’m going to share in future posts. I think they’ll make more sense as before and after shots, though. So, until then, I’ll leave you with this close up shot of the name plate that was made by my brother-in-law many years ago when he was in woodshop in high school. My father-in-law hung it up on this building and this is where it will stay. :)