Monday Mentions: Brilliant Birds, Inspiring Kids & Writerly Links

This past weekend I wrote and scheduled 11 blogs, four newspaper columns, and two articles (6 more to do). Why am I front-loading February? Because this is the month I am determined to finish the draft of HIDE AND SEEK, the sequel to my debut thriller.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been writing nonfiction so long, I can multi-task…I mean, multi-write 🙂 and never miss a beat. But with the fiction, I need as few distractions as possible. I can’t even play music, or I get caught up bee-bopping to the beat and singing along. So this month if I’m not quite so Johnny-on-the-spot to answer email or the phone, please cut me some slack. I may have shut off email (GASP!) or unplugged the phone. I promise, it’ll be worth it. I can’t wait to share with y’all the next installment of September and Shadow’s story, it’s already taking my breath away!

Meanwhile, Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. You won’t want to miss the videos of the trained bird, dog-petting tips and pet talk kid!


The Ticket to Write play festival, original scripts based on the Beatles

Build Your Author Global Empire

Book Reader Survey interesting results

Self Doubt? You MUST Read This by Karen Dionne

Unique Marketing Ideas for Authors

Who Owns Your Digital Assets When You Croak?

Working with Editors in all their forms

DNA Testing, cool info for writers’

Why You WANT Negative Reviews huh? Well…okay. I guess.

Reading Boosts Kids’ IQ well duh!


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Monday Mentions: Brilliant Birds, Inspiring Kids & Writerly Links — 4 Comments

  1. What a great idea, Amy. I never thought about taking a few days to write out a month’s worth of posts so I can focus on the WIP. You’re a smart one, that’s for sure!

    And I’m so glad you’ll be finishing up Hide and Seek. Yay! That means it will be out for us to read all the sooner.

    Now I need to go check out some of those links. Author global domination? Self doubt? Yes and yes. And it will be nice to know what happens when I croak. 😉

  2. Amy, you are a smart cookie! I am going to try this…getting my non-book work out of the way all at once to focus on revising my sequel. That is a great idea to grab some concentrated writing time. Thanks for the tip! And as far as negative reviews, I love that some folks take the time to even write an indepth review and am fascinated how some just love a part of the book while others were bothered by that part! And of course, if I see a book with too many glowing, sickly sweet reviews I think – are they all friends/relatives of the author? 🙂

    • Hi Donna, having some uninterrupted fiction time is the only way I can get it done. I made some progress yesterday but not as much as I’d like. Thanks for the comments–and good luck on yours as well!

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