But my computer is fixed and running much better and I know all my backups are up to date. So now I can concentrate on everything else that needs done. Like my pitch for next weekend's New Jersey conference.
Oh, I have no problem talking about my books and I am really looking forward to meeting some of my fellow authors in person - people I know through my author lists, but have never met. It's the noise and crowds and travel that get to me. I'm so accustomed to my quiet little world that getting out there can be a bit...nerve-wracking.
But it's also exciting to be able to meet with other authors, learn new stuff at the workshops - or just bone up on what I already know - and immerse myself in a weekend of writing.
So here's to a better day - and here are the tips/teasers/birthdays/thoughts for two days. Enjoy. :)
Progress - none - unless you count fixing the computer!
Birthdays: Elmer Rice, Prosper Merimée, Grazia Deledda, Francis Turner Palgrave, Kate Douglas Wiggins, James Campbell
Tips and Teasers: Clichés are words or phrases that are over-used and should be nixed from our work. Some of the more common ones are: He could sell refrigerators to the Eskimos. Gentle as a lamb; black as night; burning the candle at both ends; hits the nail on the head. Go through your manuscript and look for clichés and change them to stronger words.
Thought for the day: "It [writing] is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you're tired—you quit when the gorilla is tired." Robert Strauss
Birthdays: Miguel de Cervantes (approx.), Miguel Unamuno, William Beckford, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Tips and Teasers: This is Poisoned Blackberries Day. Like Beheading Day, a strange thing to name a “Day” after. Create a scene in which your character either uses poisoned blackberries or is victim of them.
Thought for the day: "The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it—as long as you really believe 100 percent." Arnold Schwarzenegger