Friday, April 17, 2015

Mike and Molly showing how it is for writers with humor part 1

Dear Readers,

I do not know how many of you are writers. I do not know how many of you watch the show Mike and Molly. However, I have to say that I find that show funny and it makes it easier to laugh at the things that have happened to me as a writer.

So I had an experience similar to this. As a writer just starting out and trying to get my name out there, I did a few local book signings. I called friends "Don't let me sit here by myself" and they came. I did have the support of local tribal college and some of the professors so I did sell some books. Getting up and talking about my book was a little intimidating and then sitting behind a table to sign books and hoping someone finds your book interesting. Whew!

I found deep breaths help and to have a passion for what you write. Remember there are going to be readers who find what you create is interesting, you just have to find them.

To all my fellow writers: keep writing and good luck. More to come of Mike and Molly episodes that I could relate to as a writer. Have a great creative day.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Organized Artist

I have been asked how I can be so organized. I have had the statement that an artist needs creative chaos.

I feel that both are important  to be organized  but have some creative chaos.  I have this book to keep me on track but my art table is clutter with my current project.

I think having a book like this can help artist stay on track and accomplish  goals for their art careers.

So the first group is:
Etsy Listings -I have an etsy store and I like to know what I  have in it.

Galleries- this is a list of galleries I have exhibited at and ones I have submitted  to with contact info and date of submission.
Book stores - list of book stores that carry my books and places I have submitted to for distribution and contact info.

Contacts -personal and professional.

Wish list - says it all.

The next group deals with inventory of my products.

Books - I have inventory #, name, description, unit price , and quantity  in stock.

Photography - I have inventory #, name, photo size, framed? ( y or n), frame size, unit price  framed, unit price unframed, etsy (y or n), unit number  ( all my pieces are numbered, location

Also for photography  -I have another sheet that has inventory number, name, date taken, camera used, mm, f/stop, sec, ISO .

Paintings -I have inventory #, name, canvas size, framed? ( y or n), frame size, unit price framed, unit price unframed (if available), etsy ( y or n), print size, cards, location

Blog - I have blog topic ideas or notes I write for myself.

Last tab is for notes that are random thoughts. I also have a calendar  in the front of this book to help with scheduling.

Hope this inspires you.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Resolutions or Not?

Dear Reader,

It is that time of the year again, the holidays are coming to a close and we come to the time everyone starts with the resolutions. Will you do them this year?

I have done them in the past - the most common ones too. You know lose weight, exercise more, be organized. Then there are the ones that I had as an artist - write and published a book, create more art, get my name out there more, etc.

I decided this year I will not have any resolutions - most of the time they do not work out anyway. I decided that instead I am going to use this quote in my studio and try to stay positive no matter what comes into my path.

Either I will find a way, or I will make one.

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.


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.