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!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Here are a few youtube videos that helped me with creating dyi storage for organizing. It is great and gives you a sense of pride to create something that you use everyday.

                                                             Art Inventory Binder

DYI Organizing boxes

I used these three ideas and altered them to meet my needs. A great source is Youtube but also Pinterest. Happy Organizing.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review and Cleaning / Organizing Grid List

Review of important items for Organizing

  • First - you need a label maker (so you can see where everything is at a glance)
  • Second- you need boxes of multiple sizes (shoe boxes work great and they are readily available)
  • Third - you have to have a trash can available and (don't be afraid to use it)
  • Fourth - Use big boxes to organize different sections (One box for art supplies, one box for fabric, one for beads)
  • Fifth and Final - you should try to have a sense of humor and patience - (it will all work out in the end)

Cleaning / Organizing Grid

Ok now that we did a quick list of the things you need you need to decide how to attack the problem.

Some people like list and I am one of them but when I am organizing I use a grid system along with list and I keep a handy dandy notebook  (can you tell I have kids) at hand. That way I can write down what I need to get to help me and make list for each quadrant.

This is for my studio - each quad represents something in my room - a shelf, the desk, etc.
You can do this for the entire house.
What I do --- I focus on one quad a day. Then it is not so overwhelming. I use the quads when cleaning and organizing. If this was my house I would do 2 quads a day to clean and if I cleaned every week - each quad would take me 1/2 hour max.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Organizing Quotes of the Month

Organizing Quotes of the Month

I think Organizing your home, time and life is really about a frame of mind. It takes determination to make chaos have order. With three kids -believe me I know. These are a few of my favorite quotes of the day.

Organization isn't about perfection it's about efficiency, reducing stress, & clutter, saving time & money & improving your overall quality of life. -- Christina Scalise

Organizing is really just one big game of Tetris. -- Alejandra

For ever minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. -- Benjamin Franklin