Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wednesday Scramble

Tomorrow's Guest

I'm pleased to announce blogging friend Ann Carbine Best will be my guest blogger tomorrow. Ann is the author of the newly released memoir, In the Mirror: A Memoir of Shattered Secrets.

Getting Back in the Groove After Vacation

This is always hard for me, especially if I've made a grand effort to escape my computer and all writing activities while I just chill. This time our "chilling" took the form of playing grandma and grandpa daycare for our two-year-old granddaughter. This was our first chance to spend so much time alone with her and get to know each other better. We had a great time.

It's always good to get home, though. Yesterday I did the laundry and bought groceries. Now I need to turn my attention back to the novel. I need to do more rewriting than I originally thought because of a couple of pesky plot problems. Note to self: Stop talking about it and writing about it and get to work.

Monthly Book Giveaways

Check out Reader Views, a review/interview/author publicity site for their monthly book giveaways.

Rebecca Reads holds a monthly book sweepstake.

Mystery Writers of America holds a monthly mystery/suspense/thriller giveaway for a whole box of books.

In My Flower Garden

My poor garden is so neglected that it's always a surprise to see a determined and hardy specimen worthy of a photo. This iris is from one of two deteriorating beds that desperately need to be divided and replanted.

I've let myself drift away from planting and tending my garden while I tend to blogging and other writing-related activities. A better balance between the two would make my yard more attractive, that's for sure.

Filling Out My Guest Blogger Lineup for 2011

I still have three more dates open in December for guest bloggers. If you have a book scheduled for December release, especially if you write mystery, suspense, or thrillers, contact me for more information. There's an e-mail contact link in my About Me profile (top right sidebar).


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - I know what you mean about getting back to it! It sounds like you had a delightful time with your grand-daughter, though, and that's wonderful. I know the feeling... :-). I'm looking forward to Ann's visit tomorrow and in the meantime, that's an absolutely lovely 'photo. I'll bet your whole garden is gorgeous.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looking forward to Ann's post tomorrow!
And I'll be looking for hosts for next March.

Anonymous said...

Some people are so organized. I write my blogs about fifteen minutes before I post them. Often I have no idea what I'm going to write about. IAnd that's an awesome looking flower. My orange tree is my pride and joy.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Margot -- I'd be embarrassed to publish a picture of my garden of weeds, so I'll only be showing individual flower photos of the determined survivors.

Alex -- I definitely want to see you here in March. I'll probably start setting up my 2012 calendar in October so stay tuned.

Hi Steve -- I tend to write most of my posts the day before and pre-schedule them to publish at 6:00 AM. It's hard to write posts any further ahead than that, although the goals is to submit my Chiseled in Rock Tuesday post a week ahead of time. The only time I've made that deadline so far was with Mario Acevedo's interview.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I'm sure I'll see familiar faces, like those above, and hopefully some new ones too.

Even when I concentrated, I was never much of a gardener. This is a lovely photo. Reminds me of my ex-mother-in-law of long ago days. She had Irises around her house in a small town in Utah.

I would definitely just post pictures of the flowers that survived. Kind of like writing in a way. We pull out the best sections and trash the rest. There are often more weeds than gems in those early writing attempts. At least in my case anyway.

I'm new at this guesting thing. Already I've gotten things jammed on my calendar. I need to get organized--more like you!