We are getting closer to the launch of the next book in The Into the West Saga Serial. Into the West: Most Wanted is in the last stages of editing and should be ready to format and upload to the publishing sites in just a week or two. I am hard at work creating a contest, choosing prizes, creating different media and advertising content and I hope to start sharing all of this with you very soon! So, if you haven't signed up for my mailing list (<---click here) now is the time to do it!
I introduce some very special new characters in this book. One is named for an incredible young woman I connected with on Facebook, Tonja Miller. Her mother, Shelly Miller, gave me permission to use her name. Another is named for all of you, my readers. It will be part of the scavenger hunt in this book so I cannot tell you what it is. You will have to figure that our for yourselves, I hope you like it. I wanted to do something special so that each and every one of you will know when you read that name, I am thankful you are following my work and that is my way of saying hi to you every time you read it.
Since we have been talking about books so much this week, I wanted to share some wise and often funny, words from some of the most influential writers (and some of my favorites) of our time. I hope you like them.
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
― Ernest Hemingway
“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
― Stephen King
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
― Madeleine L'Engle
“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”
― E.L. Doctorow
“Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.”
― Neil Gaiman
“People love a happy ending. So every episode, I will explain once again that I don't like people. And then Mal will shoot someone. Someone we like. And their puppy.”
― Joss Whedon
“I hate writing, I love having written.”
― Dorothy Parker
“A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity."
― Franz Kafka
"It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly."
— C. J. Cherryh
"It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous."
— Robert Benchley
“A best seller was a book which somehow sold well simply because it was selling well.”
— S. Boorstein
“Never throw up on an editor.”
— Ellen Datlow
and last but not least . . .
“I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.”
— Peter de Vries
Quarantine Boredom Buster
Here are some great easy crafts for book lovers. Who wouldn't want to make a reading bench that also is a functional bookshelf for your favorite books?