Welcome Terri Lynn Main, author

Please welcome Terri Linn Main, author of Dark Side of the Moon. As well as a writer, Terri is an educator, and has some very wise words for all of us for the coming New Year: Beyond Resolutions: How to Prepare an Action Plan for 2012It’s the first of the year and that brings with it New Year’s Resolutions. We decide we are going to lose wieght, write a novel, learn a language, stop smoking and do a hundred other things we said we were going to do last year. So, why didn’t we do them last year? Because resolving doesn’t work. Planning Does! It is time you substitute your New Years Resolution with a New Year’s Action Plan. An action plan includes a reasonable goal and a set of steps in achieving that goal. How Does a Goal Differ from a Resolution? Resolutions tend to be vague, ill-defined and usually overly ambitious. For instance, I see resolutions like:  I’m going to write more this year I’m going to lose weight I’m going to be more careful with my money I’m going to improve ____ skill Immediately, questions jump to mind. How much will you need to write to “write more”? What will you need to do to lose weight? What does being “careful” with money mean? How will you know you have improved a given skill? Even more specific resolutions often have problems. Consider these:  I want to write and publish my new novel this year I want to lose 40 pounds I want my writing business to increase it’s profits by 30% These resolutions, though specific, are not entirely under my own control. They state an end result and not a specific behavioral change I need to make. While writing my novel is under my control,…

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Welcoming the New Year in with Roseanne Dowell

We’re starting off Blogging in 2012 with the one, the only Roseanne Dowell, a prolific and terrifc writer. Her new book, Secrets, Lies, & Love releases in only three more days, Jan. 4, 2012, from Books We Love Publishing. Give us a teaser about your new book, Roseanne, please. A dilapidated Queen Anne Victorian, a dead body, and an ex boyfriend complicate life for Meghan Shelby when she returns to her hometown after a ten year absence. Excerpt: Meghan loved this time of year, though a little too hot to start school in her opinion. Why they felt the need to go back in August was beyond her. She remembered her mother complaining about it years ago. “What was wrong with starting after Labor Day like they did in my day?” Her mother used to rant and rave for weeks before school started. Even got on the School Board. Not that it changed anything. School still started the last week in August. Meghan smiled at the memory.Now that she thought about it, it was silly. Like they took the last week of vacation away from the kids. Bet the teachers didn’t like it either. Meghan pulled into the school parking lot. Not much had changed here either. New landscaping, new windows, but that was about it. The old building looked pretty much the same.Her footsteps echoed in the empty hall. She’d never been in the school when it was empty before. The strong odor of wax and other cleaning products prickled her nostrils. The clean smell lingered through the first few days of school. It had been a long time since she’d been to the principal’s office and she stopped outside, took a deep breath and held it. Here goes nothing. Mr. Duncan said look for Mr. Mac. He must…

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