Monday, January 23, 2012

This & That

Image from Pinterest
LATELY I'VE BEEN joking that I need to clone myself so one of me can get to the stack of books waiting for my undivided attention. I'm thinking there are lots of things I [we?] could get done if there were two of me. No more dirty floors. No more unread blogs. No weeds in the garden... Think of the satisfaction at the end of the day. All ten items crossed off the "to do" list. Done. 

But the dream is futile. Reality dictates that I prioritize and learn balance. Darn Reality. It sure can be a killjoy. 

On my last post I mentioned The Bookshelf Muse, a helpful resource for the writer. A few days later I received an email from one of the authors alerting me that I was a contest winner! The prize: in her forthcoming YA novel,  MIDNIGHT MOON, author Marilee Brothers will be naming one of her characters after me! Cool, huh? I had the choice of being a goodie or a badie. I chose a goodie because I need all the good karma I can get. 

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On another note, one of the authors of the blog, Writer Unboxed wrote a delightful post on ways authors can use Pinterest for book publicity. Although my book isn't published, I've been "pinning" photos of some of the haunts of my younger years which I've written about in my "book." If you click on the link and look at the  Hawaii and Oregon boards you'll see some of them. This is a work in progress. I'll let you know when it's finished. 

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Ricki Grady, author of the entertaining book, BEBOP GARDEN has informed me that Amazon is running a two-day promotion. Today and tomorrow, January 24 and 25, 2012, you can download BEBOP GARDEN for FREE!  Just click on the link. Also I recently discovered that you don't need an e-reader to download books. Amazon has a free app you can download onto your computer that works just like an e-reader! So, if you haven't read this awesome, book by a kindred northwest gardener, now's the time. 

As always, 


  1. Ah, I understand, I am completely struggling with a lack of balance in my life right now as well. It's so hard not to abandon one half of your pursuits so you can run--arms flailing of course-- towards the other.
    BALANCE! How?!

  2. Some useful information here. Thank you Grace!

  3. I need a clone too Grace. I am so embarrassed by all the unread or half read books now piled by my bed and there's more I want! (oh..let's not mention the recent shopping trip to the used book store in Bend).

  4. " more dirty floors. No more unread blogs. No weeds in the garden.." Ha! have you been looking in on me?

    And now I've begun starting seeds for the early spring garden: kale, lettuce, cabbage... and then there is someone who needs my undivided attention about 3 hours each morning.. Guess we just have to do what is most important to us, don't we. ;) The rest can just wait.

  5. Great to know on the app and you are certainly busy...keeping good thoughts going your way...I have not gotten into time for one more thing...

  6. I'm glad you won. It's pretty neat seeing your name in a book!

    I'll check out that pintrest article...I've only just recently started using it!


  7. But how would the family respond to more of 'me?' Frightful probably! Sounds as if you have found some very infomative and helpful sights Grace.


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