All writing and no living make for a dull story.
When I first started writing, I asked Meg Chittenden what she thought was the most important thing for a writer to remember. She said, "Live." And went on to explain that while it's important to park your butt in the chair and write, it's equally important to get out and experience everything you possibly can. Because that's where our stories come from.
Actually, I think that's good advice for any profession.
We've had a lot excitement around Seattle these days, what with our too-young football team with the too-small quarterback, who won it all. I'm not a big football fan, but I'm always interested in what motivates those who are successful beyond what most of us would deem possible. Russell Wilson summed it up, and I'm paraphrasing a little here: "My dad said, 'Why not you?' so I said why not us?"
It gets you to thinking. In our new publishing world, which is the equivalent of the new frontier--the Wild West, why not us? For the first time, we can write anything we want, and for the first time, the readers can read anything they want. No one is telling us what can or can't be published. Those 100 gatekeepers who dictated to the readers what would be available no longer have the power. So why not us?
Those moments are what Meg calls living. And of course there are social events, dances, lessons, or just trying something new. We can't have new experiences if all we do is sit in front of the computer and surf Facebook. On the other hand, there's lots of fun to be had on Facebook, and let's face it, I'm in more of a partying mood than in a philosophical mood.
So let's party!To celebrate the release of the new Prairie Rose Publications anthology, Hearts and Spurs, we're having the Valentine's Day Fandango.
Y’all pull on your fanciest cowboy boots and join the Prairie Rose Publications authors for a rootin’ tootin’ Valentine’s Day Fandango! We’ll bring spirited western women and a bunch of wild, to-die-for cowboys. Be prepared to win because we’re giving away prizes every hour. It’s one heckuva party, so don’t miss out!
10am to 8pm Central Time.
9am to 7pm Mountain Time.
8am to 6pm Pacific Time
(and a bonus for the Dessert Divas)
Your featured authors:
Livia Washburn Reasoner
Kathleen Rice Adams
Valentine's Day is coming up, and what better time to celebrate romance novels. Pick up a book by one of the Smart Girls Read Romance authors. It's a win-win! And don't forget to come to the fandango on Saturday. Lots of fun stuff, including Idaho Spud Bars (how often do you get those?) and Owyhee Butter Toffee (bet you never had that) to win your heart--or to give to that special someone.
♥ Hearts of Owyhee ♥
Coming soon: Much Ado About Mustangs