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Renovate to rejuvenate: how decorating can let loose the creative juices

Writers often get writers block. For me, it's never a block due to a lack of ideas, it's due to a decline in the will to write. When life becomes a series of day-in-day-out, get up and go to work, watch every penny, is this all my life is?, then my creativity takes a beating. This happened to me recently and it wasn't until I steered my creativity to other areas that the will to write returned.   I call this my Renovate to Rejuvenate process where I focus my creativity to other areas. I wanted to repaint the bathroom walls and ceiling, but I didn't know what colours. The wall tiles are a pale olive green. The floor tiles are burgundy. Years ago I added more colour such as the lilac walls and coloured tiles on the vanity to give it a coastal look. It's taken me years to realize that I don't do the coastal look. The second I told my mind to come up with a more mature design, I was bombarded with damask patterns and shades of orange and grey.   THE BEFORE 

Oz Comic-Con indie author alley - D L Richardson

UPDATE: I'M IN STAND #48   The time is almost upon me to pack the car with books and merchandise and head to Australia's version of Comic-Con. In June this year I attended SupaNova, and it was my first time as a stall holder. One thing a few customers said was, while they love books they just couldn't fit any more in their house. And it's not easy to sell ebooks at a stall though I did have bookmarks made up with the scan code. So I created a range of products to sell that weren't books but were still part of the franchise. And hey, I own the franchise, so why not be like George Lucas and Disney? I'll sell t-shirts, book bags, artwork as well as all of my seven book titles. Here's a sample of the goods I'll be selling. I hope to be able to sell these online as well. But first I have to figure out what sort of online store I want. I hope to see you there. Oz Comic-Con Darling Harbour International Convention Centre September 30 - October

Author spotlight on Miranda Nading, Mirren Hogan, and Stephanie Barr

Indie authors are getting under the spotlight on my blog this month.   So far I've put these authors under the spotlight.     Stacy Bennett Diane Morrison Audra Trosper Merri Halma D L Richardson Jane Suen Jason Nugent   Jeanette O'Hagan J. I Rogers Jesse Frankel   Now it's time for 3 more indie authors to showcase their books.     Miranda Nading Facebook Twitter Website         Mirren Hogan Facebook Twitter Website         Read my review of Crimson Fire here   Stephanie Barr Facebook Blog           Coming soon   More authors under the spotlight...          

Speculative fiction - what is it and why do I write it? by D L Richardson

Speculative Fiction What is it and Why do I write it?     Welcome to my new subscribers, and hello to my current subscribers. Many of you have been on my VIP list for a few years, since my first novel was published, a young adult title called The Bird With The Broken Wing. A lot has changed in that time. I’ve written two more YA novels as well as four books for adults. It’s occurred to me that some of you might have signed up while I was writing YA and my books for adults might not be to your liking. That’s okay. Today, I thought I’d give you a brief look into the world of speculative fiction.   What is speculative fiction?   It’s broadly described as a piece of fiction applying the “what if” principle. What if vampires were real? What if the world ended because of a meteor strike? What if you could become invisible for a day? All fiction is, in essence, speculative. What if the man you loved dumped you for a younger woman (chick-lit)? What if you were being chased b

Author spotlights - Jeanette O'Hagan, J I Rogers, Jesse Frankel

All through the month of September, a group of indie authors, including myself, are putting the spotlight on each other.   So far we've put the spotlight on:     Stacy Bennett Diane Morrison Audra Trosper Merri Halma D L Richardson Jane Suen Jason Nugent     Now its these three authors turn.     Jeanette O'Hagan Facebook Twitter Blog       You can read my review of "The Herbalist's Daughter" book here     J. I. Rogers Facebook Twitter Website       Read the 5 star review from Readers Favorite       Jesse Frankel Facebook Twitter           Please follow and like and sign up to newsletters. More authors will be coming under the spotlight soon.   Sharing is caring this September for indie authors.  

Author spotlight on Diane Morrison, Jane Suen, and Jason Nugent

September is spotlight author month.     A group I belong to is holding a month long promotion. I'll post a few authors at a time. Why not drop by and check them out.   Today the spotlight is on...   DIANE MORRISON Facebook Twitter Blog           JANE SUEN Facebook Twitter     YOU CAN READ MY REVIEW OF ALTERATIONS HERE         JASON NUGENT   Facebook Twitter Website           More authors to come under the spotlight in a few days.   Have you checked any of these books out yet?            

An author's journal - getting healthy

I started recording my daily eating and exercise routine to keep myself on track. I find it's working. However updating the log daily takes up time. So I'll keep a track and only post it once a week. I also may not get around to writing down every meal, but I'll share techniques I'm using to help me "lose the caboose". For example, last night at dinner, my husband and I went to a Chinese restaurant. Usually we get the honey chicken (it's deep fried chicken pieces drizzled in honey sauce). It's delicious. And we eat it with fried rice. Our Friday night once a week if we're lucky eat-out dining experience: I swapped deep fried chicken for sizzling chicken in Szechuan sauce and I ate mostly vegetables anyway. I swapped fried rice for boiled rice. I only had 1 spring roll and 1 dim sim instead of 2 pieces each. Our binge movie watching experience: Normally when the husband and I sit down to watch movies, we break out the popcorn and maybe o