Writing

Be More Productive, Find More Joy #BestSelf

I don’t often recommend products. When I do, it has to be something I truly, whole-heartedly believe in. I’m not a sales person (as evidenced by my own sucky book sales LOL) by any stretch. I’ve tried to sell jewelry and Avon but I’m…just…not cut out for that. But there is one thing that has transformed me. Not just my writing life, but my life in general. I love to journal but sometimes those blank pages can be daunting. I love setting goals but I can never figure out how to achieve those goals. One of my big goals is to write full time, but I never really sat down to figure out what steps I had to do to make that happen. I mean, I know I need to write books. But how does that break down into achievable steps to get there? One day I was skimming through my Facebook feed, as you do, and I kept seeing this sponsored ad over and over again. It hadn’t really stopped to look at it until one day, finally, I paused and really looked at the ad. It was for a journal, but a journal designed to help you reach you goals. Huh. I was intrigued. I followed the link to the Facebook page here. And then I ended up on their website.

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This So-Called #Writing Life

Look at me! Blogging the third week in a row. One of my new goals is to blog at least once a week, preferably on Monday, to get myself back into the swing of it. I don’t know what sort of things I’ll be talking about. You never know with me. Most of it will be writing related but I’m sure there will be some Sir Dexter posts coming. Everyone loves Sir Dexter! This week I’m talking about writing in general. Y’all, this writing gig is hard. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I’ve been struggling with it for a long time now. I know most of it is my fault and the fact that I can’t seem to get out of my own way. That and the indecision paralyzes me. Some of my writing friends know exactly what they want out of their writing career. They know the direction they want it to lead them. They know how to take the bull by the horns and go after what they want. They are determined and persistent and never give up. I admire that. I wish I could be more like them. Me? I’m over here all, “I just want to write books for a living.” I think a lot of my problem is (a) while I know the direction I want to go, I don’t know how to achieve it and (b) I have a short attention span and am a lot like the dog, Doug, in UP. SQUIRREL!…

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What’s in a Name? #Writing

I have a nom de plume, as you well know. Also, I just really like saying nom de plume. I didn’t really set out to have a pen name. It just sort of…happened. I ended up with this name when I married my ex and then we divorced and I remarried and I changed my legal name and, well, you can imagine how well my current pen name is received by my current husband. Ahem. So, I’ve been thinking… (my husband is always unnerved when I say these words to him) maybe I should get a new pen name? This is not as easy as, say, getting a new shirt. I can’t exactly go down to the Pen Name Store and pick out a new one and everyone will be like, “WOW. I love your new pen name. It’s so pretty on you. And really brings out the color of your eyes.” No, I can’t do that. I know exactly the name I want to use. I don’t want to share it here because I haven’t fully committed to using that name and I’m a suspicious sort and I don’t want someone to steal my Really Awesome New Pen Name. It’s not really awesome but it is really me. I guess you’re wondering why I want to change my name. I want to be clear here. I am not ashamed of the work I have under the Miles name. Not at all. I’m proud of each and every book I’ve…

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Been a while!

Wow. It’s been a while since I’ve posted on my poor neglected blog. Life has thrown me some crazy curve balls lately but that’s okay! I’m still here and kicking. I’ll get through it all. I’ve also been doing a lot of reading on self-publishing. I’m learning a lot. One of the things I’ve learned is to not spread yourself too thin when it comes to social media posts. And so I’ve decided to put the blog on official hiatus and focus all my social interaction on Facebook and Instagram. I’m also in the process of building my newsletter list and respond to all emails from readers. If you want to interact with me directly, signing up for my newsletter is the absolute best way. Of course, I’ll continue to post updates here of upcoming releases and other book news. But you’ll see it first if you’re a subscriber to my VIP Reader’s list. 😉

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Inkwell Guest: Karilyn Bentley and Demon Cursed

Hey gang! Today I have my friend and fellow Plotting Princess, Karilyn Bentley, on the blog today. She’s here to promote her newest release, DEMON CURSED, the third book in her DEMON HUNTRESS series. If you haven’t started the series, you can check out book 1, DEMON LORE, on Amazon here! Blurb: Gin Crawford, the world’s newest demon huntress, just wants to enjoy a football game, but finds herself hunting a serial killer minion instead. When his victims turn out to be the local football star’s female fans, she must determine if the player has joined forces with the minion, but her efforts lead her deeper into danger. When her mentor, Aidan Smythe, is attacked, Gin resolves to go to any lengths to save him, even if it exposes her most tightly held secret. Minions and demons, however, aren’t the only terrors she faces. Will she realize the greatest danger lies within—before it’s too late? Excerpt: I shake my head at him before straightening my shoulders. And slapping a hand over my mouth and nose. Yuck. Hours-old death in humid Texas weather makes for a smelly situation. At least I’m not the only one with their hand, or handkerchief, over their mouths. “What happened?” Smythe meets the gaze of each guard and the hyperventilating janitorial women who clearly found the body. One of the women points to where the body lies in front of the Dumpster, flat on her back, hands resting in classic death pose on her bloody stabbed chest,…

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