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I’m Blogging at Samhain Publishing and the Writer’s Retreat Today

I have two articles for you today.  The first is at Samhain Publishing, Who To Write About (When You Can’t Write About Your Friends and Family).  Rachel and I use pictures to inspire us in our stories, and I share some of what works for us.

The second is Why Big Goals Don’t Work – Baby Step Your Way To Success.  I’m forever hearing from people who want to make some gigantic goal their sole purpose in life (lose a hundred pounds, write a book, etc.).  I’ve been told “I’ll just do P-90X,” “I’m not in this to play, I’m in this for a New York contract,” “Little goals are a waste of my time,” etc.  Those people, the ones who said those things to me, aren’t around doing their work anymore.  P-90X was designed by a triathlete who found to his shock that yoga challenged him.  But the part about him already being a triathlete meant that he understood how to accomplish things.  The one who told me they wanted the New York contract isn’t even writing anymore.  See how dangerous such large goals can be, when they’re not tempered by small, achievable steps?

I hope you’re having an enjoyable and productive Wednesday.  Remember, today is in your hands.  What do you want to do with it?

Collaboration

Romance Divas is back up and running and, from the looks of it, going full steam ahead.  I’m very excited, since I’ve been a member there for several years now, and it’s a terrific resource for writers.

I’m very excited to report they hosted an article of mine, “Collaboration.”  I hope you’ll stop by and, if you’re so inclined, leave a comment.

Write on!-

Release Day Festivities

As part of the Release Day festivities, I have two posts today that I’d like to share with you.

The first, Music, Art, and Writing – How The Three Support Each Other, is at the Torquere Press blog today. Please stop by and take a look and, if you’re so inclined, leave a comment. (I respond to all comments.)

The second, A Journal of Two Writers – Thoughts From the Other Side of Edits, is at the Torquere Live Journal.  Rachel and I share our thoughts on the editing process now that we’ve gone through it.

Enjoy!

Emerald Fire Is Out Today!

I’m so excited!  Emerald Fire is out today from Torquere Press.

The harsh desert world of Persis has developed its own customs far from Old Earth. Keepers are cherished as caregivers and helpmeets to Hunters. During Emerald Keeper Teeka’s first Contract with Senior Hunter Brant, disaster strikes. Brant is killed and Teeka is stranded, surrounded by strangers, and unsure of who to trust. A dark and moody Hunter steps forward with an offer of partnership and protection. Teeka wonders what motivates the scarred and solitary Senior Hunter Quill. 

Both have hidden motives for agreeing, and both are suspicious of each other. But the Great Valley will force them to work together and build a trust born out of necessity and survival. Between the dangers of the harsh desert and the malice of a hidden enemy, Teeka and Quill must learn to believe in each other to find the truth.

Pick up your copy today! Emerald Fire by A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder