Monday, July 4, 2016

See a Need, Fill a Need

One of my favorite movie lines...Robots, Ewan McGregor, and productivity have been on my mind lately. Though summer just officially started on June 20, my summer is half over! I have so much I still need to accomplish. Here's my summer homework list:
  • WIP - DISPOSAL, I finished the first draft, but I really want to finish 2 rounds of edits and send to CPs (I could also use one beta reader - if you're interested, let me know)
  • Finish 2 short stories for future submissions - I have a thousand ideas and started stories, but most of my time is dedicated to the WIP... really hard to choose one or two to work on! (One is about robot teachers!)
  • Start rough draft of WHEN THE WIND BLOWS (3rd Broken Branch Falls)
  • Coordinate Cradle Rock release blog/review tour - I already have a couple of review volunteers but could use a couple more, let me know if you're up for it or if you'd like to help with the cover reveal in Sept!
  • Finish reading 3 books - this is supposed to be summer vacation after all.
I've chipped away at my list, but it's funny how things come up that we magically make time for, especially if they're fun. Like for me, it's scrapbooks. I was able to visit my grandma and I wanted to bring her a gift. My dad told me what she likes best is photos - so I made her a small scrapbook.
Then my sister reminded me our parents are celebrating their 50th anniversary this month! Egadz! Well they don't like making a big deal out of things, not even huge milestones like this, so again, I took the time to make them a scrapbook (memories seem to be the most valued treasure as we get older) But the hardest scrapbook/slide show project I am about to embark on is for my first born son who will be a senior this year. I'm going to have to go to Costco and stock up on tissues, I fear.

Meets 1st Wed of Month
1st Wed each month
Which all brings me to this month's IWSG post. We all have so much to do these days. But when other things come up, it's okay to get sidetracked and take care of them - whether out of necessity or just to take a well-deserved time-out for yourself. As long as we go back to work! And our work will be better for it.

Thinking about this recently, I was inspired to write a poem...

In Need

A gray cloud...needs to cry
A thorny branch...needs pruning
A scratchy throat...needs silence
A wilted flower...needs a talk

A smudged mirror...needs cleansing
A lone straggler...needs direction
A bad grade...needs focus
A charged firework...needs a spark

A red light...needs patience
A sore head...needs peace
A big winner...needs humility
A sad soul...needs a hug

Thanks always to Alex J. Cavanaugh for getting us together each month and to his helpful co-hosts!

Goings on...

My first book, POP TRAVEL is three-years-old this month! And in honor of its Book Bday, it's FREE! But only JULY 6 & 7. I will also GIVEAWAY one signed copy of each of my novels so far to celebrate OR a bracelet if you already have the book! (See below, starts at midnight 7/4)

The Summer Edition of my quarterly Newsletter is out - can't believe another 3 months has flown by! Stop over for tidbits and teasers if you have time.

Well, THE THING THAT TURNED ME anthology needs more time to be perfected - we're shooting for August 5. Look for the authors' awesome promos for their stories, links on our Facebook page.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Don't cry all over your son's scrapbook.
Isn't it wild when you realize how much time has passed since that first book?

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi Tara,

WOW... I am EXHAUSTED reading all about your work.... SOOOOOOOO Excited that Cradle Rock is coming out soon! WOULD LOOOOOOOVE to review it for you, so PLEASE send it to me. I've been waiting a LONG, LONG time... lol...

Take care and KEEP BREATHING!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Time does fly. Your poem was very sweet Tara.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

In my house, a smudgy mirror pretty much stays smudgy. Now, if only I could train the tortoises to do some cleaning.... Them or the dust bunnies.... :)

Cathrina Constantine said...

Happy 50th to your parents. Now that's a fabulous accomplishment!!!!!

Just reading your post made my head spin! You are a busy lady on fire!! You Go Girl!!!!!

Jemi Fraser said...

3 years! Time does POP on by :)
This is our 1st week of summer holidays (finished school last Thursday) - so sorry yours is going so quickly!

The Silver Fox said...

I enjoyed the poem!

Carrie-Anne said...

You've got a lot to do this summer! I should probably do a lot this summer too, since I need to finally get physical copies of my books and target actual readers instead of only writers.

Juneta key said...

Busy Bee You. Congrats on you productive too. Loved your poem. Well done
Happy IWSG Day,

Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

H.R. Sinclair said...

I absolutely love our poem! You've got so much happening this summer--you'll get it all done. :) At least those tears for your kid with be happy-sad.

SK Anthony said...

Awesome poem!!!!

My gosh! That list makes me want to crawl into my bed and sleep it off lol And goodness, I'd LOVE to beta read for you. I enjoyed the first two books! I have my own long list and trying to squeeze in my writing as it is, BUT if you're still in need next month, send me an email, I *should* be able to give it a shot then ;)

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Tyrean Martinson said...

I love your poem! It pulled at my heart-strings. Okay, that sounded a little cheesy, but hopefully you know what I mean. It was lovely.

Scrapbooks are so special for each receiver and for all those who get to look through them.

Happy life and writing, and congrats to your parents on 50 years!

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