Archive for August, 2014


When you’ve been knocked out of the proverbial saddle – saddle being

writing a blog – it’s not so easy to get back in the groove. Not sure why that is.

That’s not true, I do know. Sort of. Like developing any new habit, or maintaining an established habit even,

to break the stride or rhythm creates a disturbance of epic proportions.

Think “disturbance in the Force” proportions.


For three weeks I had legitimate excuse, er, uh reason: two of

those weeks I was sick, and the third week, I was

making up for time lost while I was sick the first two weeks. Follow all that?

But what of the missing weeks? Four of them.

Four missing weeks.



They crept up on me. Let me explain. (I do this a lot, a LOT!)

I like to write my blog ahead of time. Don’t always pull it off, but I do at least have an idea,

even a vague notion, what I will write about early in the week, to post on Friday.


Note the post entitled, “No Idea,”dated 30 May.

It started with the statement, “It’s 2:30 in the afternoon,

less than ten hours left in the day, Blog Day,and I’ve no idea what I’m writing / posting about today.”





Well, it’s nearly that same time now, and I’m winging it.  My ideal, however, is to have my topic in mind, and at least

start the process on Monday or Tuesday. Don’t think I’ve pulled this off, I think the earliest

I’ve really gotten into it was Wednesday of the week. Maybe oncet or twicet on the Tuesday.



So, those four elusive weeks? Fridays crept up on me, or passed me by

altogether, with no brilliant ideas for writing. So I didn’t. And I’m calling it a

Sabbatical of Accidental Proportions.

I have not been idle, however, as an author, in the meantime. I am working my “presence” as an author. Refer to my

first blog, “Drowning” way back in April. And my friend, Brian’s blog that I shared, “Surf the Tsunami.”

Pretty much the same sentiment.



But, that’s what I’ve been doing.



I started my Facebook Author page last November, when I realized I’m going to be serious

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about this writing thing. Didn’t do much with it, posted pics of my artwork and design work,

and some excerpts from my baby, i.e. my debut novel, Tessa. Then of course, when she was

published, I posted and shared about that. Not much action there, though, definitely no

interaction. Seventeen days ago, something clicked on in my brain. One of those forest for

the trees moments, so obvious and yet I missed it all these weeks and months.



I started sharing posts by other authors and writerly pages. Oh, I’ve been following other authors

for a while, and writer-type pages. But then a light went on and I thought to

share their posts on MY author page.

Brilliant, isn’t it? And traffic has jumped! Lots of comments in 2 ½ weeks, and few “likes” for my page, too.  (hint hint)



So, I’ve not been idle in my absence. I’ve worked on some small projects,

plugging away at my new manuscript, life.dot.com, and the ever

elusive marketing for Tessa. And, so, for the record, here are the links to

my web-presence:









and of course, the all-important link to my baby, Tessa:










Next week, I’ll be back in the saddle with a “proper” topical blog!

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beautiful post by my friend Brian.

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Lucidity Publishing

Dreams and Visions Cover

I wanted you to be the first to know–and I hope you are as excited as I am–that I will be e-publishing an anthology written by you, my readers.  It is to be entitled “Dreams and Visions” and your submission can be an essay, memory, or short story to do with either or both of those topics.

It must be your original work.  Please submit your pieces to me at blowers.mary@gmail.com.  Use the words “Anthology Submission” in the subject so that your work will get the highest priority attention.  Feel free to copyright.  My only use of your material will be in this anthology.  You will receive full credit in the e-book and may include one website listing which will appear after your name.

Use this opportunity to begin or add to your portfolio of published work.  Feel free to email me with any questions.  I can’t wait to see what your…

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Surf the Tsunami

remember my first blog post? Drowning? yeah, more like this!!

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Called to Action

Daily devotions for young women | WastingPerfume

Wasting Perfume

By Lydia Sellers >>>

I was abruptly interrupted while praying a couple weeks ago. As I poured emotional word vomit in “prayer” format, the Holy Spirit stopped me and suggested I ask if He had anything to say. As I quieted my soul and chose to listen, I heard Him say something a bit unexpected. He told me He was grieved.

Let’s go back a few months… I had to read a book called “The Kite Runner” for my college English class, and I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone who doesn’t have a strong stomach. One scene described the violation of a young child. I couldn’t handle it. My stomach turned, and I wanted to throw up. I grieved for the pain of this fictional child because I knew his story was the reality of nonfictional children all around the world.

Back to present… It dawned on me. If I…

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Kobo Writing Life

We sat down with author Kyle West and cover artist Luke Atkinson to learn more about the adventure of getting a book cover designed. Here’s how it went:

Why do you think having a great book cover is so important when it comes to eBooks?

KW – After your story, your cover is probably the most important part of your book. It’s the first thing readers see, so it has to be downright amazing.

LA –You know the saying: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Unfortunately we live in a digital age that doesn’t allow that luxury. A great cover can give the visual edge your book needs to stand out in a sea of thumbnails.

How can I find a book cover artist? How can I tell if the artist is right for my books?

KW – Finding a decent cover artist is fairly easy with the Internet…

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