Sunday, July 1, 2012

Under Construction...Will be back in August!

As you can tell from the lag time between this quick post and my last post, I have not been a good little blogger. I've been gone so long, my poor little blog has more than cobwebs...I had to beat off the dust buffaloes with a heavy, large stick.

I've gone from part-time freelance writer to full-time during the last three months and I'm currently getting readjusted to this new exciting but insanely busy schedule. I have, however, been keeping a journal notebook with blog post ideas and a format change. It is my plan **fingers & toes crossed** that by August I will be back with a slightly new look and some kickass posts you won't want to miss.

So if you're new(ish) to Writer Mom's blog, hang in there, I have not abandoned you. As Arnold would say...

"I'll be back."

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Playing on Pinterest

A friend sent me an invite to Pinterest. If you're not a member of the site or a bit fuzzy on what it is, here's the scoop. Pinterest is a pinboard site where members can virtually pin images they found while surfing the internet. Think of it as a giant bulletin board. You can have multiple boards organized into general categories or categories of your own design. For instance, I have one I call "Dreamin' of Disney" because I love my trips to Walt Disney World and am always discovering new, fun things online. Your boards are visible to other members and they can repin (copy) your images to their own boards. You can do the same with other members' boards as well.

It's easy to lose track of time when playing on Pinterest. There are so many interesting things to see, it's easy to sit down for just a few minutes and BOOM an hour has passed. Fuel Your Writing had a great post about using Pinterest. You can check out that post here. The post suggests using your boards on Pinterest for inspiration, a place a happy thoughts and such. I've created one board for myself titled "Inspiration." I am using it to store images I find that inspire moments, feelings and more for my WIP. I've found it very helpful and easier to use than the jumble of bookmarked pages I had been using. Everything is in one, easy to access location and I simply love how it looks. (Tried to figure out how to insert one of my pinboard pics here and it didn't work.)

If you're interested in exploring Pinterest, here's the link. I think it's kind of neat and definitely fun as long as you are able to budget your time.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Been Writing, Reading & Writing Some More

Wow. WOW! Okay, I had to say it again, most emphatically. I can't believe my last post was December 9. Yikes! I knew I had taken a hiatus but it didn't really sink in just how long it has been until I looked at my last (and delicious) post about chocolate!

So what inspired me to hit the keyboard today and share something new? Well, this morning I was chatting with Roberta from More Thyme Than Dough blog on Twitter. By the way, if you are not reading her delightful blog, I really encourage you to do so. She is a wonderful writer, shares amazing recipes and many interesting food tips and stories.

Anyway....chatting with Roberta and realized how I keep putting off creating posts because of my other writing jobs. And I have been busy. Since the 18th of this month I've written 26 articles for several different clients. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but after writing for somebody else all day, I am often out of words when I've a bit of free time. What I realized is that I have been keeping up with rating and reviewing on GoodReads. So why not share one of those book reviews with you?

I've posted my GoodReads book reviews before, but would like to do so today and am hoping that this little foray back into my blog will inspire me to create some new content to share with you over the next several months. I can do this, right?

I am currently rereading "The Vampire Diaries" series by L.J. Smith. Going to share my review of Book 1.

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening (Vampire Diaries, #1)The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I find I give most books 4 stars, because my gut reaction upon finishing that last page typically is "I really liked it!" This first book in the Vampire Diaries series was definitely a "I really liked it" reaction, teetering on a "Wow!" The wow comes from the last page of the book. One word...cliffhanger.

If you have only watched the television show on the CW, I strongly encourage you to read the books. I read the series a long time ago, before the tv series and loved the books. L.J. Smith's characters are some of my favorite, especially Damon Salvatore. He is the king of attitude and I simply cannot get enough of him. Our heroine Elena, in my opinion, is annoying at best to begin with; such a self-centered snob, however, she does evolve nicely into a character you can believe and stand behind. Her best friends are some of my most favorite supporting characters. I just adore Bonnie's bubbly personality and innocence which balances nicely with Meredith's shrewd eye for detail. For those of you that watch the show, the original book Bonnie has very little in common with the witch Bonnie on tv. In addition, there are many differences between the show and books. They both have their merits and I encourage you to read the books to see how the original story unfolds.

So I haven't mentioned Stefan Salvatore, the book's tragic hero. I have to admit this is because in this series he has always been my least favorite character. To me, Stefan is weak and boring. I'd take a human Matt over the morose vampire. However, the love story between Elena and Stefan did grow on me as the book progressed. I can say that my ambivalence towards Stefan in no way deters me from enjoying the book. It's a good read and one I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys supernatural YA.

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