Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

   Merry Christmas...   
   to all my cyber friends and fellow writers. 

I found this ceramic nativity set two years ago in a local variety/gift/garden shop . Each figurine was hand pained by a lady named Jane in 1958 and 1959 (Each piece is signed and dated on the bottom). The shop owner purchased it at an estate sale. How sad that the set didn't stay in Jane's family. But it has a new home now, and we appreciate the fine work Jane did in choosing the colors and glazes, and how well she painted the faces.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wednesday Writers Tip... Enjoy the holiday season

Woven scarf I knit last winter.
Monday night I finished two knitting projects and got them in the mail yesterday morning on my way to work. Probably a 20 minute wait in line at the post office. The knitwear is on its way across country and if it gets there on time, it will then wing its way across the pond to the UK in my friend's capable care. 

When the weather gets cold... (1 degree F overnight last week) and we get snow... (only 2") but it stays on the ground for over a week because of the cold... then I get in the mood to knit. Unfortunately, I'm not all that good at it. I made four pairs of fingerless gloves and still haven't made a pair without some little glitch. Luckily, the little mistakes aren't too noticeable. And the luxury yarns, like Baby Llama, make up for a wrong stitch or two. And the recipients are appreciative and impressed with my "talent". 

Even though I get a little frustrated with trying to figure out a pattern, or fix a mistake, I do find knitting relaxing. I consider it the retirement part of my semi-retirement. 

I'm learning new techniques with each project. I'm stretching myself picking projects a little more complicated than the last. 

I try to do the same with my writing. I pick a situation for my characters that will challenge them and me. I give them conflict that I have to write them through. And I find it just as fun and relaxing as knitting. However, revisions, like ripping out stitches, is frustrating. But it, too, is a learning experience.

What is your favorite winter pass time? Do you live where it snows, or where the sun glows? 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday Writers Tip... Your online legacy

Not too long ago I was searching a stock photo site for submission requirements when I came across an interesting post by one of the site’s submission coordinators.
He’d lost contact with one of his photo contributors. After hunting around and making calls he finally made contact with the photographer’s widow. It turns out the photographer unexpectedly died leaving no information about his stock photo site account for his heirs, or any contact contact info regarding his heirs for the site managers. The site’s coordinator needed to ask the widow if she wanted to keep the account and continue selling her husbands photos or if she’d rather take it down. The widow, being overwhelmed with her loss, decided to take the account down.
This got me thinking. How many accounts do we, as creatives, have online that our family or friends have little idea about? How many income-generating accounts do we have that could continue to provide income for our loved ones after we’re gone?
I think this is especially pertinent for independent  
writers, publishers, photographers, artists and musicians. 
Personally, my income-generating accounts aren’t providing enough income at this time to make it worthwhile for my family to keep them going. But in the future, when I have a larger book list, someone in my family may find the income enough to make it worth keeping the account open.  
I suggest that authors, photographers and musicians (whose work is electronic and can continue selling copies) and artists with inventory, who sell their creations online, think about the future of their online accounts and social media.
If you haven’t already shared your enterprises with your loved ones, consider showing them what you have out there. You don’t need to give them all your account information or access, but just make them aware. 
You could write a will and in it designate who you want to continue or take down your accounts, who will inherit your copyright, who will tell your followers on Facebook that you are gone, who will read all the messages of sympathy and remembrance that will follow. In the will you can list the URLs, user names and passwords to be handed over to your beneficiary.
If you are fortunate to be receiving a good income from your online accounts, then you probably have a publisher, business manager or a lawyer who has already thought of this and implemented it. But for those of us just starting out, trying to build a business, these are things to consider. 
If you have any advice or an experience to add, I'd love to hear it. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mae Clair interviews Christy Olesen about her new book A DADDY FOR LUKE

Today I'm at From the Pen of Mae Clair, Myth, Mystery and Romance where she interviews me about my new release A DADDY FOR LUKE.

Mae is a great interviewer and I think you'll enjoy her questions as well as a few peaks into my process of writing contemporary romance.