Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Ciao, amici! When I began my search for this week’s inspirational quote, I thought about what the last seven days had been like. It didn’t take long for me to realize everything had one common element…


Everything about this past week was insane. Site issues, blog schedule, writing goals, editing demands, family situations. So this quote by Terri Guillemets jumped out at me.

Being an author is being in charge
of your own personal insane asylum.

Yeah, we’re all “crazy” busy. I won’t bore you with the details. But this week alone, just with my characters, it was like trying to herd ferrets. In only one book—one scene—I had a sexually-frustrated punk rock girl, a quartet of obnoxiously-drunk frat boys, a lazy and cantankerous bus driver, and a (you guessed it) crazy homeless man. Add in a bunch of alpha male characters from a different scene and from a different book, a bunch of strong-willed, power-hungry, globe-trotting Americans preparing to fend off an alien attack… well, you can see what I mean.

Actually, I think I’d rather try to herd ferrets. At least they’re all in one place.

Who am I kidding? It was rough, but I loved every second of it!

What about you? How was your writing week? Let’s talk about it.

And now, this weekโ€™s writing links:

Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:


Story Empire

Posts by others in the industry:

To make you smile:

And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.

Have a great week! Arrivederci!

53 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

  1. Wow! That’s an incredible scene – your imagination is vivid and on fire! I love the quote, Staci and I think this is one that will resonate with most writers – although I often feel writing is the easy part! The rest of life is the crazy element! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • I think writing is the easiest part, too. Well, that and research. And outlining. And character creation.

      Okay, I don’t struggle with any of it but marketing and promotion.

      And life itself? Well, it wouldn’t be fun if it wasn’t crazy!

      Thanks, Annika.

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      • Staci, I’m with you on struggling with marketing and promotion – that is tricky and something I know I’m not working hard enough. Oh yes, a crazy fun life is brilliant – I feel for those who are lonely and have it too quiet.

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  2. LOVE that quote! It feels more accurate some days than others. And that scene–wow! Talk about conflict and tension and potential stuff! Thank you so much for listing the review–such an awesome review! Take a break this weekend, though. Long enough for a glass of wine and to watch your muse do his exercises out in the yard ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • Oh, my gosh, Julie. I have so much to do, I can’t afford to take the weekend. But I wouldn’t mind watching the man do his thing (although I’m pretty sure that body is God-given). Now I’m torn—productivity or…

      Yeah, it’s no contest. I’ll be watching him. At least, part of the time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Happy weekend!


  3. It sounds like your writing took some fun turns…and yes crazy, too! I loved the quote. It’s one I have to remember.

    I actually had a pretty good writing day yesterday. Not many words on paper but the ones I put down finally came together in a manner that worked.I also fleshed out some plot points (you know I’m trying to do better with that) so I’m feeling pretty jazzed today.

    Happy Friday and Happy Writing!

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  4. I loved the quote, Staci. The nice part is it is good to be in charge. Thank you so much for featuring Lucy and Twiggy. As to writing I really need to get back to a daily routine. I’m doing blog pots, okay but dust is on my WIP. Thanks again.

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  5. Wow, that sounds like a SCENE! Well done, Staci, Yep, my week has passed busy busy too and includes talking to all those voices in my head, lol. Have a good weekend, and thanks for the spot-on quote and links ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • That’s music to my ears. Thank you. I’m revising an earlier work that I unpublished a while ago. I’m revamping the whole series then releasing them pretty much back-to-back. I’m about ready to start talking about them, though. Maybe this coming week…

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