Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Native American singers - Supporting amazing talent

Dear Reader,

Since it is near the holiday of Thanksgiving, I am going to support my Native People. I am going to share singers who are amazing. Okay I could have keep going and going, but I am going to stop now. This is amazing talent. Enjoy.

Beautiful voices.

 
 
Harmony.
 

I sing mommy's little guy to my kids at bed time - sometimes.


 
My kids favorite song.
 
 

 
 
 
Love the words of the song and these guys are great. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Organizing art studio - paper shelf

Dear Readers,

I have been organizing and cleaning my studio over the last few months. I am building or repurposing items to make my studio function better for me. Here are some projects I did.


This one is my paper shelf. I made it from an old Walmart bookshelf.
All I did was drill more holes for the shelves, buy some shelf pegs and cut some extra boards. The trays with the ribbons are the pencils, pens, markers, etc. The boxes on the top shelf are shoe boxes covered in scrape book paper. All together I think this cost me $12 to make total.

 
This project is a tool organizer, I painted the drawers with chalkboard paint. It would not be complete without my pet turtle on top ( ha ha ). I got the shelf for $15.


So far I am happy with one wall of my studio but I am slowly working my way around the room and soon I will have the studio of my dreams (hopefully - fingers crossed).

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Dear Readers,

I did a book reading at Black Hills State University last night so I wanted to touch on how to do a great book reading.

I think that I did okay but anyone who says that they cannot improve makes me wonder. I can honestly say I was nervous.

Go here for some great advice.

One piece of advice they cover is talk more, read less. Yeah, I did this one but I think my rhythm was a little off and I am going to blame that on nerves. It was the first time that I did a reading on a stage, usually I am in a room and it is more personal with the audience. My advice to add to this is sit down and make it more personal with the audience and I wished I had did this. Next time definitely.

Another thing is picking your excerpt carefully. I did this but I have watched many authors readings and I have a piece of advice to. You need to give a little background up to the point of where you are starting to read. A little about the story (back of the book) or small details that lead up to this scene. I did this, but this is another area I can improve on.

Say Thank You. It is hard to remember sometimes especially when you are nervous, but it is good to do. In that regard, I want to say thank you to the Reading Club at Black Hills State University for having me. It was a great experience.

It is hard to get in front of people sometimes, I know that most writers are more comfortable in front of a computer than in front of a crowd. However, doing readings and signings are part of the job and a bonus is you get to meet a lot of great people.

Does anyone have any great advice to add to this?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mentors Matter


Dear Reader,

I wanted to share about two people who are and have been important to my writing career. I would not be who I am without these people.

The first one is actually not one person but a group of people, my family, with my husband in the front. If my husband, kids and sisters were not so supportive I don’t know if I would be a published writer. My husband was the one who pushed me to publish and keep writing. He encourages me in so many ways and is a great sound board for my books. My kids are the inspiration and muses of my books. They are great sound boards too, especially my oldest daughter. We could talk about my books and ideas for hours. Lastly, my sisters have read my books and gave me advice. They have shared my book and told everyone and anyone who would listen. My family is a very important part of my life.

The second is my author mentor JC Phelps. It is funny we met four years ago. We have one of those relationships that from the first moment you felt like you knew them your whole life. She has told me what I needed to do to get started after I published my book, how to promote myself. She has been a great help and friend when I have issues with editors, book covers, and all the other issues that come up being an author.

I have a great circle of friends and family who help me or just listen and without these people I would not be where I am today. I had to share the important people in my life. When you are an author or artist it is key to have a support system. I wanted my support system to know that I appreciate them.  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DIY: Mailing Center

Dear Reader,

I have been busy cleaning and making my studio more effective for my business. I created this quite easily with supplies I had on had except for the peg board ( which was $5).

1) I found a dyi similar to this on Pinterest.

2) I measured and cut the pegboard.

3) then I used small eye hooks and picture hanging wire to hang the brown paper. (I use this when I am shipping off an order from my Etsy store. )

4) I used the same eye hooks and picture wire on the back to hang it on the wall.

5) I added the baskets to hold the stamps I use.

Note: I want to paint the pegboard white and other things that I use to ship items on the board. I am happy with it for now. Now on to more organizing. Have a great day.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The birth of book characters

Dear Reader,


I have been asked on more than one occasion where my characters come from. Why they are born of course, how silly to ask.

 

They are born from people in my life, or people that I meet that leave an expression on me, whether it is a good or bad one.

Papakoosigun, Waazakone, and Wakangli are based off me in some aspects. I can see parts of myself when I look at them and I can see events that happened to me, happen to them. All I can hope is that they are strong enough to handle it. Some of the situations such as being kidnapped was a fear of my past and almost happened to me twice. But I only make up part of them, just like children they have some aspects of me and some aspects of others.

The main male characters are inspired my husband who I admire greatly. One of the characters in Hidden Powers get some of her aspects from my oldest daughter. The other characters have aspects from family and my other kids. It is great to see them come alive on the page. One of the characters is based on my mother and carries her name. She asked me if I killed off the character, I laughed and said no.

I have a character bible that I am transferring all my character info into. It contains all the info on a character. I can look back at it and it helps me not to make mistakes. Sometimes I get into writing and their voices are so strong I do not have to look at the character book. Those are the days that make me happy, the story just flows.
 

FAVORITE QUOTE WHEN IT COMES TO CHARACTERS:  “No tears in the writer, No tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, No surprise for the reader.” Robert Frost

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chatting the day away :D Self published Authors Facebook Page


 
Self Published Authors has been kind enough to offer me a spot TODAY !!  September 16th, 2014. I'm scheduled between 8:30 PM and 4:30 PM MST, and I have hourly topics and will answer any questions. So come join the chat. Can't wait to see you there!

 
Here is a link to the page!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/716015091774487/