Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Ciao, amici! What a week! My release date was moved up… by five months! And I’ve been scrambling. I just revealed my new pen name and the first cover in my new series. Now I’m trying to get some marketing pieces done and guest spots lined up.

I never do NaNoWriMo because it happens in the same month as Thanksgiving. I need significant prep-time for holidays. Now I find myself trying to promote a book in the same week as Easter! (After I write this, I have to go to the store, then bake my ham and make three kinds of potato salad. Tomorrow is cheesecake and homemade sauce. Saturday we have our meal, as we have travel issues to work around. And of course there’s cleaning and laundry, and Mass on Sunday…)

I remember when I used to be over-prepared for everything. Lately, I’ve become the Queen of Catch-Up. I don’t like it. I’m the kind of person who gets ready for everything well in advance, plans for every possible contingency, has backups for my backups. Not so, this time. I’m on cruise control, panicking over getting where I need to be but unable to steer the course. The wheels are in motion. I’m along for the ride.

But none of that matters. I’ll get done what I get done. The book’s coming out, regardless. And that’s the really exciting part. I have a book coming out! That’s why I thought this quote by Neil Gaiman was so appropriate:

The world always seems brighter
when you’ve just made something
that wasn’t there before.

I did that. I made something new. Something I hope the world finds as interesting as I do. Time will tell; I can fret over that later (and I will). Now is the time to celebrate bringing a new story into the world. And I think we can all celebrate when something positive, something bright, happens.

My week was busy, but it was also bright. And I can’t ask for more than that.

I hope you had a bright week, too. Why don’t you take a few minutes to share a bit of your good news with the rest of us? You know what to do…

And now, this week’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!

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

  1. Happy Easter, Staci! I also used to be on top of every tiny detail and preparations made well ahead of time. But, I have come to live in a constant state of being behind on everything. Sigh!!! Oh well. The world hasn’t stopped turning yet because of it. πŸ™‚ I LOVE the Neil Gaiman quote!

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  2. My good news is, after submitting my new Grafton County book to my publisher, I’m flying through the next Mayhem book. Don’t you just love it when a story flows faster than you can type? If this continues, I may even finish it before my deadline. That’d be a first. πŸ˜€ Wishing you and yours a blessed Easter! ❀

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    • Everyone likes something different, and I want to make everyone happy. Besides, if you’re boiling a few potatoes, what’s it hurt to boil a few more? (Or pounds. The action scales up pretty easily.)

      Thanks for the hosting offer. I’ll happy accept. I’ll be in touch soon.

      Have a happy Easter!


  3. Okay, I’m embarrassed after reading this- we’re having… Pizza, lol. With the kids on the east coast and the rest of the family a province away, there’s only DH and Mom here, so pizza it is πŸ™‚
    Even though your weekend will be hectic, I can feel the love and excitement in your words- enjoy your familytime!
    By the way, my blog is open for promoting the Big Release!!


    • I bake Easter pizzas every year, and I’m ashamed to have let it go this year. It’s a family tradition, but this Easter is so low key (in comparison to how we usually do things) and I’ve been so busy, I had to let something slide. And while you might not be having a huge family blow out, you’re with your DH. That’s important. Enjoy the easy holiday.

      And thanks for the blog offer. I will definitely take you up on that.

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  4. Without my kids here, my Easter celebration will be muted but fun. Husby and I will have a good time without stress, deadlines, or dessert. I love that you changed it to Saturday. We regularly do that with holidays to accommodate arrival times of our kids.

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  5. Wow, I’m exhausted just reading what you have to accomplish this weekend! I’m a planner too, but I’m often able to adapt and just wing it (although there is usually plenty of terror along the way, LOL). My good news is that I almost–almost–have a first draft of a synopsis for my WIP. I hope I can finish it today to tomorrow and then spend next weekend tweaking it.

    I can’t imagine having a book moved up a whole five months, but it’s wonderful news for readers like me who can’t wait to see the new worlds and characters you’ve created.

    Wishing you and yours a happy Easter. My family is celebrating on Sunday with a gathering at my sister’s home. I’m so looking forward to it!

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    • For someone who often has to wing it, you do a phenomenal job. I’m thrilled with your good news and can’t wait to hear what your publisher says.

      Sunday at your sister’s sounds lovely. Wishing all of you a joyous Easter.

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  6. Oh, what a great recap post this week, Staci! Still congratulating you on the new book/series. Am pre-ordered and waiting on mine. And the quote is lovely, but then again, I expect wonderful, witty, and often very funny quotes from Neil Gaiman. (A favorite of mine.) You found a perfect one. And I want to come to YOUR house for Easter dinner!!! OMG. If you even get half of your normal stuff done, it will be a veritable feast!

    I am a lot like you in that I set impossible tasks for myself when I’m expecting company. Not as much on the cooking part (I really do NOT like to cook), as the cleaning, the planning of what we’ll do, the racing around wanting the garden perfect, and the floors shined, etc. But what I am slowly, slowly learning is to accept that you can only do so much, and after that, let it go and enjoy your friends and family. They mostly don’t care about any of it, anyway.

    So, I hope you can get things done, but can also let some things go without fretting. The important thing is being with those you love. Happy, happy Easter to you and your family! Blessing on your day together! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  7. You sound SO busy, Staci. But your accepting attitude about what does and doesn’t get accomplished is a healthy one since the alternative is just a helping of stress. Wishing you a wonderful Easter. And thanks again for sharing my post. πŸ˜€

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    • I won’t lie, Diana. Sometimes I do get stressed over it. But I’ve gotten a lot better over the years. Must be the wisdom that comes from old age. πŸ˜‰ There really is nothing I can do about the passage of time. What I manage to complete gets checked off the list. The rest doesn’t get done. Fretting won’t change that. Actually, I think it slows me down.

      Glad to have shared your post. Wishing you and yours a lovely Easter.

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  8. I love that quote, Staci. Congratulations on the new book. I’ve pre-ordered mine, and it’s something to look forward to when I return from honeymoon! πŸ™‚ Like you, I need to line up all my ducks well in advance. The wedding is all sorted for 12 sleeps hence, except the wedding cake, and it’s driving me nuts not even seeing it until the day before, when we collect it and take it to the hotel. I so get where you’re coming from. Also, I’m always nervous at every book release. That shows we care. Very best of luck, and have a lovely Easter weekend. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks for all the support, Harmony. I really appreciate it.

      So excited for you! Twelve sleeps are going to go by so fast! I can’t wait to see pictures. What flavor cake did you get? What shape? What decorations? I can’t believe you have to pick it up. Here the bakery delivers it. Just think, once you check that off the list, all that’s left is to get married!

      Wishing you and yours a happy Easter.

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  9. I’m so excited for your upcoming release!

    I used to always be prepared for holidays too…now not so much. We are doing the meal on Saturday as well. Hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.

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    • Thanks, Denise. I appreciate it.

      As soon as I’m done with email, I’m baking my cheesecake. It’s going to be hard not to taste the batter, but we have strict (fasting and abstinence) rules on Good Friday.

      Enjoy your meal tomorrow. Happy Easter weekend to you and yours!

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