Name that book in~One Line #MFRWauthor #amwriting #booktitles #FF

Welcome to week 8 of the MFRWauthors  blog challenge. This week’s prompt is How  I Choose a Book Title. It isn’t as easy as it sounds and it’s another of those things each author has their unique way. Sometimes my title comes to me and generates the story other times they elude me. Like Baseball Bats and Cowboy Hats.  I do love this title, and it has shaped the story. But the story has grown some, and I am not one hundred percent sure this will stay the book’s title. Also, It has generated the idea for at least one Spinoff a MM romance I simply call Simon Plus Two, since I do not have a title.  I also have a sequel or another spinoff, so I am considering using BaseBall Bats and Cowboy Hats as the Series Title instead of a book title.

A book is like a child to an author. We give birth to the characters, creating them watching them grow, then suddenly it’s time to let them grow and get out into the world spreading happiness and love to our readers. But our readers won’t take our babies into their homes if their names aren’t catchy enough to grab attention.  As a reader, I am very picky about titles. I find I do tend to pick up titles with nothing but Names especially if in a series. Especially if that name is above a hot cowboy, military man or firefighter. I digress.

How do I come up with a title? Sometimes it is a song that stirs me, a name that gives me a character inspiration, or as in my most recent case a commercial. I am so excited about this one.  I have a folder full of ideas. Half have titles the other only working titles such as James and Logan ( a MM contemporary) and Ninety Days a working title. Once I finish the stories, I hope a title will emerge from the sea of words and I will scoop it up with my writers net and give it a home.

What kind of title do you like? Do you like one-word titles? Names only? Do you like the title to be in the story at least once if not a few times?

Let’s go see how the other come up with their titles!

 

 

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Foodie Friday ~~If you smoke it they will come

Foodie Thursday

When shopping last week Hubby bought a  huge turkey. We prefer to smoke ribs and Boston butt for BBQ rather than grill it. Hubby decided to smoke a whole turkey even though I said it was excessive for us. He said if we smoke it, they will come. So I called the daughter and son, and they did offer to come over last Friday.  Everyone demolished the turkey. (Of course, the furbabies got their parts as well.) My son and daughter took home a bit of leftovers. I think they both like turkey salad.  I guess now I know how to get the kids together. *eyes the ribs in the fridge*

Here is my hubby’s  Turkey recipe

One turkey (ours was around 20 pounds)

1 and one-half jars of raspberry jam

salt/ pepper

He seasoned the turkey and loosened the skin sliding the jam underneath the skin and inside the carcass.

We smoked it following the smokers guidelines overnight. It was ready by noon.

I made mashed potatoes,  frozen corn, and stuffing.

Good food and good family.

All in all, it wasn’t too expensive to feed so many people. The turkey was around 20 dollars, the jam around two bucks a jar. I was surprised how juicy and tasty it was. I did have a few leftovers myself for a couple of other meals, making it even less expensive.

Do you like smoked turkey? Do you like to make one thing you can turn into many meals?

Through Thick & Thin #MFRWauthor #meetmybestfriend #Friday #Queen

It’s week 5 of the 52-week MFRW blogging challenge. It’s never too late you can always join in the fun. Learn more and join at MFRW.

Wow! Has it been 5 weeks already? I have to say I am really having fun with this and making new friends. speaking of friends this weeks topic is Meet My Best Friend. It is both hard and easy.  There were so many ways this could go, from writing software, books, kitchen appliances, pets and people. I always talk about my furbabies so I thought I would take a different route.

I watch my granddaughter struggle with friendships. She is at that age as a teen where friend some day enemies the next, then friends again.  I remember back when I was in high school. I was a recluse even then.   I had figured out quickly that I didn’t fit in with my friends from junior high. Some had moved, some joined sororities, some we remained acquaintances. I didn’t care for sports I would rather sit in the library or under a tree with a book. ( yes even back then I was a reading fanatic) I do wonder sometimes where some of those friends have gone. A few I have reconnected on Facebook, though we rarely chat. I tell my granddaughter to not get too upset when she gets older she will make more stable relationships.

I now have one friend that we seem to have weathered thick and thin, even though she still lives 2 hours away. We talk several ties a week if not nearly every day. We have been friends now almost 20 years. It doesn’t seem that way.  She has watched my children grow from teens ( there is at least a 10 years age difference in us) and I have watched hers from babies to now in college. Her son will graduate this year and daughter next. Danniel was with my daughter and me when she had her baby. She took off and sat up all night with us. I came and spent time with her and her daughter when her daughter had a tonsillectomy and again when she had surgery.  Danniel is more like a sister than a friend.

I also have a little group of on-line friends that we meet every morning chat a bit and write a while. We support each other for writing, and whatever ails us. Without these four ladies, I don’t know what I would do. I sure wouldn’t be writing. I hope some day to meet these women. That mean so much to me.

This song always pulls my heart-strings. I dedicate this song to you Danniel and my  Chatty Chicks You to my loyal follower Flossie!.

 

 

Do you have a friend that is your lifeline? Do you think an online friendship can be considered a best friend? ( I do)

This is a blog hop. Check out all the other authors to see who their best friends are. I can’t wait to check them out! remember to comment, tweet and share if you like the posts!


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Caging the Time-sucker

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I have this little creäture in y house. I know it’s here even though I can’t see it. Yes, I have an invisible Time-sucker on the loose. I make great plans but this little devil likes to add things or hide things making me hunt them.

I have dedicated this month to clean up the mess my Time-sucker made last year. I need to find him and cage him, but I bet he has siblings to go behind him and continue to stick shiny things in my face or on my Facebook wall, or in my email.

It is almost the end of January and I have made no headway so far in eliminating this mess or finding the nasty little creäture. I do have a list to work through. Some of it as it come such as Emails.  Through Insta-freebie I have a gazillion Newsletters. No disrespect to those authors but if I am not going to keep reading them or following them or possibly buying their book I don’t need to keep those emails coming. Lesson learned. Only take the Insta-freebies I am truly interested. Not just a freebie. I also have a habit of signing up for lots of free eBooks and recipes or crafts. I am cutting those back too.  Each day I do this when emails show up I decide to stay or go.

*Song pops in head*

 

I have a list for Goodreads as well. I have already cut back on the groups there. Most of them didn’t have any forums or anything current.  I still need to cut a few more. I also need to go through my book list and check my currently reading and to read pile. This is at the end of my list, though.

On Facebook, I need to work through Groups, pages, and friends. I have started on each. I cut my groups way back and still need to cut a few more.

These are my three major problem areas. I think linked in twitter and Google plus could use some going through too.  Maybe later in the year.

Another issue I have before making my schedule is a friend suggested combining the Bites Trilogy into one long book instead of three short ones. I haven’t decided but that will mean a revision on my schedule. Speaking of which I need to make one…February is fast approaching.

I do have my blogging sorted. I will be doing a Tuesday Teaser, a Blog hop post on Friday, A week In Review on Saturday and a cute animal or babies post on Monday.  I may add in personal post now and again like today.

Speaking of all this work, I better get back to it.

Do you make lists and schedules? Does the Time-sucker visit you too?

Any tips are appreciated!

How does my family survive living with a writer? #MFRWauthor

 

How does my family survive living with a writer?

Hi, Y’all. I have joined the 2 weeks blog hop challenge. Each week we are given a prompt.
This week’s Prompt is How does my family survive living with a writer.
It’s just my husband, me and all the furbabies. My husband and I are both retired.
Writing gives me something to do. My husband stays out of it. (unless I need money for a cover or editor or something LOL.)
I usually get up early in the morning, get my grandkids off then come home and write. My writing time is done by the time the kids get home. My hubby sometimes sleeps in so the house is nice and quiet. Right now my office is cold, and I am down in my back( a disability I have) so I have been using the long chaise in the house. My furbabies love it. Molly, my dog, will curl up close beside me. Chloë, my special kitty finds her a nice cozy spot, usually next to me on a leg or down on my feet. Sometimes Kitness, my other cat will join the big loving pile.


I do have a beautiful office I should be using, but then I couldn’t cuddle with the furries.
I do wish someone in my family was more excited about my writing. It’d be good to have someone to talk to about my craft and discuss my stories. I have a great little group that does that, though.
Do you write or have a craft? How does your family deal with it?
Check out the other bloggers to see how their families survive writing.

 

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