Monthly Archives: December, 2012

Did You Know?

Did you know? The first Times Square Ball drop in Times Square took place on December 31, 1907, and has been held annually since (except in 1942 and 1943 in observance of wartime blackouts. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_Square_Ball Happy New Year ya’ll.

Show, Don’t Tell

New writers see the advice, Show, Don’t Tell, everywhere they look. What does it really mean, and why do it? Well, do it because it makes all the difference between a ho-hum novel and one that really pops!

Telling is just: She had blonde hair and blue eyes.
Showing is: He watched her walk toward him with a broad grin on her charming face. Her hair blew gently in the breeze, and he noticed the corn silk hue of it brought out the sky-blue color in her sexy eyes.

Which paints a better picture in your mind? That’s what showing is about. Use the words that create a picture in your readers’ minds. The more important the character or scene is to our story, the more detail we should use to describe them.

Here is a great article from Indie Book Promo by Rebecca Tsaros Dickson with more information.

“Show. Don’t tell.” What it means and how to do it.
http://www.indiebookpromo.com/2012/12/18/show-dont-tell-what-it-means-and-how-to-do-it/
Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Rebecca Tsaros Dickson to the blog today. She’s here to share a guest post, “Show. Don’t tell.” Rebecca is a published author, editor and writing coach, to contact her or to pick up a copy of one of her books, please find the links at the bottom of the post.

To Tweet or Not to Tweet

This article caught my attention because I have a Twitter account, but so far I haven’t seen very much activity from it. I must need to learn more about how to tweet! When I saw this article by Stephanie Chandler, Twitter Stats are on the Rise: Why Your Social Media Strategy MUST Include Twitter, I had to read it.
I would like to be a successful tweeter, how about you? Here’s a link to see what she had to say.
http://businessinfoguide.com/twitter-stats-are-on-the-rise-why-your-social-media-strategy-must-include-twitter/

Please comment and share your thoughts.

Inconclusive Death Book Launch

The Inconclusive Death book launch today was a great success and a lot of fun. The highlight for me was this young boy who wanted to come see me to find out how to get a book published. He looked to be about nine years old. He loves to write books already. His Daddy brought him over to talk to me. I gladly encouraged Grant and answered his questions. He told me he’ll have a book published in one year. I told him I believe it!

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Warning

I never would have guessed that a simple thing like crossing my leg over the other when I sit could cause a medical problem. Who woulda thought?

Recently I noticed a weakness in my left leg. Then last week my foot and lower leg felt tingly to the touch. What was going on? Even though I am not a go to the doctor person, I decided this was something that needed attention.

My primary doctor examined me, told me what he wanted me to do, and when we went out into the hall he said to his nurse, “She needs her head examined.” You should have seen her face! She’s new and hasn’t caught on to Doc’s sense of humor yet! The nurse set up a MRI of my brain, and also made an appointment with a neurologist for me.

Anyway, I went through the process. Had the MRI last Friday, and then went to the neurologist yesterday. He told me I have a pinched nerve in my leg, next to my knee, from crossing my legs when I sit.

I’d never heard of such a thing, so I’m passing on the information. Now you know too. 🙂

By the way, he also told me that every adult over the age of 50 should take a baby aspirin every day for their heart and to prevent strokes. Stay healthy my friends.

What to do about third party distributors?

I found out today my book, Inconclusive Death an Aaron Blake Mystery, is for sale on Barnes and Noble through Stork Media. I knew nothing about Stork Media, so I did some investigating.Turns out they are a third party distributer. Find out more at this url:
https://www.createspace.com/en/community/thread/20571 Be sure to read reply number 8.

How to get Retweets on Twitter

The Art of Getting Retweets
Courtesy of: Quick Sprout

Do you know what it’s like to worry?

I grew up with a mother who had worrying perfected to a fine art. In her older years, she improved on her technique until, I declared, if she didn’t have something to worry about, she’d worry about that.  worry

So I know a bit about worrying! I also know just how fruitless it is. There are people who, as my mom did, spend a lot of time fretting over things that might happen, things that could have happened, and things that would never happen. I bet you have met some of these folks yourself. Maybe, I say maybe, you are one of their populous numbers.

There was a time when I worried with the best of them. After all, I had a good role model. I wasted more time than I like to admit being tormented by nerve-racking thoughts. Until one fine day, I realized that the things I let nearly put me in a panic never came to be.

It was the things I’d never even considered that threw my life into a tailspin. I found out the things that created havoc came unexpectedly, when I hadn’t worried about them at all.

There have been several drastic challenges over the years. When I survived those things, I realized I could make it through anything. What was the sense of worrying? Why ruin my todays by worrying about what might, or might not, happen tomorrow?

Now I enjoy my good days and if something serious does pop up, I handle it as I go. I deal with facts, not suppositions. What a wonderful difference it has made in my world.

I wish you all peace and joy, and worry free days.Bee happy

Polaris, why is it called the North Star?

polaris_big_dipper_little_dipper-e1341779459375Did you know that Polaris is known as the North Star because it’s location in the sky always points out the direction of due north? When people need to find their way to a destination, they can count on the bright star, which is pointed to by two stars at the end of the Big Dipper, to tell them where they need to go.

When headed toward a predetermined place, it’s necessary to know what route to take. Whether to a location or in business, we need good directions to find our way. Right now, I’m on a journey to market the books I write. I’ve never marketed anything in my whole life. So how do I find the right direction to follow? I’m going to look for my Polaris, the North Star, which will lead me to the correct path.

Where in the universe will I hunt for it? Right here in front of my computer. That’s right, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a clear night or a cloudy one. I can always find direction and tips from people in the know. Folk who have been where I am today, have found plans that work for them, and are willing to share their knowledge.

I’m told by the experts that I need a platform, a foundation to build upon. In today’s world that would be a website and/or a blog site. The places where I can connect with readers, a place where I can let people know about me and my books.

Readers can’t buy and enjoy books they’ve never heard of. The biggest obstacle is, it takes time. An author has to be tenacious enough to devise a plan and stick with it to fruition. So, I’ll keep reading and learning and following my Polaris until I get to the end of my journey. And I plan to enjoy the trip all along the way.

Picture of Polaris from http://earthsky.org/brightest-stars/polaris-the-present-day-north-star

Carol Carrol, author of  Inconclusive Death an Aaron Blake Mystery.