just a girl trying to find her place

on keeping a writer’s notebook

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For my advanced non-fiction class, we’re required to keep a writer’s notebook. We don’t have to share it with anyone and we don’t have to turn it in, although the professor is spot checking and we are required to do three entries per week. We also have to share those entries in class as part of our discussion,, but we can pick and choose what we share and how much we share.

In all the years I’ve been a writer, I’ve never kept a writer’s notebook. This feels like something I should have been doing from the get-go (and I consider the beginning of my writing career to be November 2010, the first time I participated in National Novel Writing Month), but I’m not a plotter and keeping a notebook feels like I’m trying to turn myself into the kind of writer I’m not.

Sure, I scribble down ideas here and there, but usually just in my regular journal. Sometimes I go back to it, sometimes I don’t. Maybe just the fact that I keep a journal is enough. Of course, journaling is something I wish I’d been more consistent about. It’s a hard practice to get in the habit of, but perhaps having to keep a writer’s notebook will spur me in the right direction, leading to a better record of my life (and then, when I’m gone, my currently non-existent husband can publish them).

Some of our writer’s notebook entries are assigned to us, using the prompts in our textbook. Other times we can just free-write. I’ve got two entries so far. I need four more by this coming Wednesday. It’s not that much – they can be as long or as short as I desire. It’s not that hard – I’m a writer. I should be able to write on demand. Yet, I’m struggling. I’m not sure why.

I left this post hanging out while I was at work today, hoping inspiration might strike, and maybe it has. Perhaps writing in my notebook about keeping a notebook is the way to go, at least for one entry.

What about you? Do you keep a writer’s notebook? What have your experiences been?

spotlight: lily and the duke

 

 

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Synopsis: Lily and the Duke. Sex and the Season One. Wiltshire, England 1845. Lady Lily Jameson is thrilled to attend a house party given by Daniel Farnsworth, the Duke of Lybrook, but not because he’s the most eligible bachelor in the peerage. Her only interest is his famous art collection, which reputedly includes a painting by her favorite artist, Jan Vermeer. Daniel, duke only by virtue of the untimely deaths of his father and older brother, wants nothing to do with his new duties. He’d rather continue his rakish ways. When he finds the lovely Lily sneaking around the property in search of his art collection, sparks fly. Despite her father’s wishes, Lily has no intention of marrying. She wants to travel the world to gain real life inspiration for her painting and writing. And what could be better worldly experience than a passionate affair with the notorious Duke of Lybrook? But circumstances may change the game and the players…and danger lurks, as well.

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Author Bio: Helen Hardt is an attorney and stay-at-home mom turned award-winning author. She’s been writing stories since the first grade, when her aspiring writer father encouraged her and gave her a small metal file cabinet with “Helen’s Story Box” written on it in permanent marker. She began her first novel, a young adult romance, in the eighth grade. Although it will never see the light of day, she still has the manuscript that she typed on the old IBM Selectric. She stopped writing to attend college and law school. She met her real-life hero in law school, and they live in Colorado with her two teenage sons. Helen writes contemporary, historical, paranormal, and erotic romance. Her non-writing interest include Harley rides with her husband, attending her sons’ sports and music performances, traveling, and Taekwondo (she’s a blackbelt.)

Find Helen: FacebookTwitter | Goodreads

Buy the book: Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes and Noble | Smashwords

Click here to win a copy of Lily and the Duke

Disclaimer: I participated in this spotlight with Bare Naked Words. I was given all the materials for the post but no other compensation was provided.

spotlight: scorned

elegant sensual young woman in red dress on recamier indoor shotSynopsis: We shared a love that regulated every heartbeat and every breath we took. It was all encompassing. I thought our love could withstand time and anything thrown our way. I was wrong. So wrong. I used to be happy. I used to be Juliette Weston when Dylan Somers filled my life with promises of love and a happy ever after. But when he took my heart and broke it into a million pieces, I became someone else entirely. In one afternoon, I lost my soul mate. I lost everything I knew myself to be. Three years later, the man who destroyed me is back. To assuage his guilt? To finish the job? It doesn’t matter… I won’t let him this time. I’m stronger. I’ve moved on. He won’t affect me. This is a story of love and betrayal. Pain and loss. Happiness and fate. It’s about finding your true destiny. This is our story. And it’s not for the faint of heart.

Buy Scorned: Amazon

Find S.L. Scott: Goodreads | Facebook

Disclaimer: I participated in this spotlight with Inkslinger PR. I was given all the materials but no other compensation was provided.

birthday wishes

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Phone case in black plastic for iPhone 5 via The Sugar Loaf Boutique (here)

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With Brave Wings She Flies Necklace via Abe Design (here)

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Writer’s Digest via Amazon (here)

Anything from my Amazon Wish List (here)

 

interview: brett garcia rose

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Brianna Soloski: Tell us about your new book.

Brett Garcia Rose: My current release is called Noise, a thriller/mystery centering on a deaf character’s search for his missing sister. It’s short, violent, but ultimately it’s about love.

Brianna: Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Brett: Definitely Leon. I like his loneliness, and how that makes him strong. I also think his deafness leaves a hole in his life, a vacuum, and his search for Lily fills the void and he becomes very destructive, both to himself and those around him.

Brianna: What is your favorite scene in the book and why?

Brett: The hammer scene with The Bear in the walk-in meat freezer. I like the writing itself there; it flows nicely. It’s also the beginning of the book’s climax, the character’s transformation. Originally, I had started the book with that scene and was working backward, sort of a discovery mode, but it turned out to be too violent to begin a book with. So I went with a more traditional structure.

Brianna: Give us an interesting fun fact about your book.

Brett: I wrote the entire book sitting outside my building in South Beach, surrounded by noise and wearing earplugs. People were wildly curious, since I never went out anywhere. I moved away a few weeks before the book came out, which is fitting, I suppose.

Brianna: Tell us a bit about yourself.

Brett: I’m a writer and software developer, currently living in Florida but I move at least once a year, so by the time this gets out, I’ll be somewhere else.

Brianna: What’s next? What can we expect from you in the future?

Brett: I am working on a third-person thriller called Ren. It’s a bit more complex than Noise, but just as fun. A little terrorism, more guns, lots of bodies. Also, the main character is both the hunter and the hunted, so there are multiple points of view. But also, it’s about love. That pretty much sums up both books. Love, and a lot of bodies.

Brianna: What book are you reading now?

Brett: An advanced book on Java. Until I sell a few books, I’m keeping my day job.

Find Brett: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website

Buy the Book: Amazon

Disclaimer: I participated in this interview with Book Publicity Services. I was given all the materials but no other compensation was provided.

cover reveal: lily and the duke

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Synopsis: Wiltshire, England 1845. Lady Lily Jameson is thrilled to attend a house party given by Daniel Farnsworth, the Duke of  Lybrook, but not because he’s the most eligible bachelor in the peerage. Her only interest is his famous art collection, which reputedly includes a painting by her favorite artist, Jan Vermeer. Daniel, duke only by virtue of the untimely deaths of his father and older brother, wants nothing to do with his new duties. He’d rather continue his rakish ways. When he finds the lovely Lily sneaking  around the property in search of his art collection, sparks fly. Despite her father’s wishes, Lily has no intention of marrying. She wants to travel the world to gain real life inspiration for her painting and writing. And what could be better worldly experience than a passionate affair with the notorious Duke of Lybrook? But circumstances may change the game and the players…and danger lurks, as well.

Find Helen: Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Author Bio: Helen Hardt is an attorney and stay-at-home mom turned award-winning author. She’s been writing stories since the first grade, when her aspiring writer father encouraged her and gave her a small metal file cabinet with “Helen’s Story Box” written on it in permanent marker. She began her first novel, a young adult romance, in the eighth grade. Although it will never see the light of day, she still has the manuscript that she typed on the old IBM Selectric. She stopped writing to attend college and law school. She met her real-life hero in law school, and they live in Colorado with her two teenage sons. Helen writes contemporary, historical, paranormal, and erotic romance. Her non-writing interest include Harley rides with her husband, attending her sons’ sports and music performances, traveling, and Taekwondo (she’s a black belt.)

Win a copy of Lily and the Duke here.

Disclaimer: I participated in this cover reveal with Bare Naked Words. I was given all the materials but no other compensation was provided.

spotlight: deceptive beauty

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Synopsis: Rebecca is a beautiful ATF agent sent undercover to bring down an outlaw biker gang. Unfortunately for her, Gavin makes it almost impossible to think about anything but his dreamy body. Rebecca solves the case and accidentally falls in love with the Outlaw biker president and goes on another scary adventure. Will Rebecca survive the new mission, or will this be her last?

Disclaimer: I participated in this spotlight with Dawn White. I was given all the materials but no other compensation was provided.

 

 


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