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Foto Friday ~ No limit on imagination


7 Useful (and Free!) Apps for Writers

I don't know about you, but my iPhone/iPad are sadly underutilized. I try to us them for journaling and keeping notes but I haven't found exactly the apps that suit me. I'm a person who likes to try new things and keep trying until I am firmly stuck on the ones I love.
Here are a few apps I love, and a few I'm still trying out.

This note-taking app makes it very easy to write notes and organize them. Plus you can add pictures and verbal notes! I love that I can sync between phone and computer.

Note Taker HD
This is an interesting and intense app. You can take notes with a keyboard, stylus or you can write with your finger. I haven't been able to figure it all out yet but it's cool. And my hubby loved it.

This is a cool app that allows you to mindmap your thoughts. I need to play with it more. Another mindmapping I'm trying out is MagicalPad.

This is a simple word count app to keep you on track and productive.

Pandora or Jango
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Through a series of dreams and delusions, Curtis Hansen becomes convinced that he and his wife, Pauline, are part of an intricate game devised for the entertainment of wealthy onlookers. To win, the couple must stay together despite a series of temptations and trials designed to break up their marriage. After playing “The Game” with Curtis for nine arduous years, Pauline makes a shocking discovery. Read the riveting, true account of her decade in the dark and her return to reality after Curtis is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

What an amazing way to deal with what life has handed you. Pauline uses humor and tears and writes a book. 

This story tells of a mental disorder, work, family, cruddy living conditions, anger, love and forgiveness. I caught a glimpse into my own home life growing up.

Pauline gives a personal story, straight from her heart and life and asks us to only understand. Understand what she went through, how much she loves her husband and family and why she…

Foto Friday ~ Accomplishments are a journey


Advice vs. Advice vs. Advice

We are bombarded by advice for every aspect of our lives. Advice for raising children, or cooking chicken or curing ingrown toenails. Seriously, there is so many well-written sagely memes, what can one person do? How to shift through all the words?

I haven't even touched on the words given for better writing or editing. Every writer's conference I go to, I come back with pages of amazing notes that appealed to me. A week or so later I go through my notebooks and write a few blog posts to help me remember what I needed to learn. I shift through the words and pick the ones that still stand out to me. I think that is how we can shift through advice: pick and choose.

Last week I opened that spoke of losing a loved one. I loved that author of the email honored her friend by sending the friend's best writing habits out into the writing world. For me, there are a few good reminders, new ideas and aha moments. I hope you enjoy them!

From Beth @ Writers etc

So today, in honor of B…

Foto Friday ~ Don't wait


Goals, Chronic Fatigue and Snow

What do goals, writing, children and snow have in common?  My life. 
I've set my goals. I wish I were writing. A three day weekend=lots of play, no writing. The snow is beautiful and sparkly. 
Two of my goals:  Write/edit at least five days a week. I take Sundays off to let my poor brain rest. This also gives me a day to step away from my manuscript, giving me a fresh pair of writerly eyes when I come back.
My writing goal brings me to my second goal.  I need to work out at least five days a week. Because of Butt-in-Chair-itis, my backside is becoming an unattractive flat shape. Not only that, I've found, for myself, that exercise helps get the creativity churning and feeling happier. 
Some days I'm so tired I can't get any writing done, my brain just won't function correctly. Chronic fatigue tends to do that. On those days, I try and catch up on my reading. So far this year I have read 29 (twenty-nine) books. Phew!
Our three day weekend involved a trip to Midway…

Foto Friday ~ Turn up your sleeves


Cover reveal time! KILLING RUBY ROSE by Jessie Humphries

About KILLING RUBY ROSE: In sunny southern California, Ruby Rose is known for her killer looks and her killer SAT scores. But ever since her dad, an LAPD SWAT sergeant, died six months ago, she’s also got a few killer secrets.
To cope with her father’s death, Ruby has been trying to stay focused on school (the top spot in her class is on the line) and spending time with friends (her Jimmy Choos and Mahnolo Blahniks are nothing if not loyal), but after months of therapy and more than a few months of pathetic parenting by her mom, District Attorney Jane Rose, Ruby decides to pick up where her dad left off and starts going after the bad guys herself.
But when Ruby ends up killing a murderer in defense of another, she discovers that she’s gone from being the huntress to the hunted. There’s a sick mastermind at play, and he has Ruby in his sights. Ruby must discover who’s using her to implement twisted justice before she ends up changing Valentino red for prison orange.

O Me! O Life!

O Me! O Life! By Walt Whitman

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring, Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish, Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?) Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d, Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me, Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined, The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
  Answer. That you are here—that life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.