Writers block, part two

Good Monday morning, readers. And what a lovely morning it is in Ohio. The sun is shining, the temps are above freezing, and the snow is melting. All three make me one happy woman. Last week’s and this week’s postings are mainly aimed at fellow writers. But if you’re a reader, I’ve got some good news for you, too. Living in Harmony, Lime Award winner for 2012 for Excellence in Amish fiction is on sale for E-readers, including Amazon, CBD, Barnes and Noble.com, iTunes, and Kobo. The price is 2.99 or less. Links are at the bottom. This price should last until Feb. 18th as far as I know. Thanks, Harvest House, for reducing the price of book one, to celebrate the release of book two! This week Cindy Elliott has posted her review of book two, Love Comes to Paradise. You could win a free copy if you drop by Cindy’s blog and leave a comment.  One lucky commenter will win a free copy of Love Comes to Paradise next week. Here’s the link: http://www.cindyelliottfiction.com/love-comes-to-paradise-by-mary-ellis-book-giveaway

Last Monday I started talking about “writer’s block” or more specifically, some things to try if your creative energy seems to have dried up. The second problem we sometimes experience is the haven’t-I-said-all-this-before-syndrome. We’ve got our story; we’ve got our multi-dimensional characters. But we’re trotting out the same old metaphors and tired verbs. It’s time to get away to someone else’s creative work that’s not in the genre you write. Read a book by a writer whose work you admire to see how they craft a story. No time to read a full novel? Go to a movie, again one with a screenplay by someone you love. Sit back, sip your soda, munch your popcorn and enjoy. I’ve been known to utter things like: What a delightful black moment, much to my husband’s dismay. The key is getting away from yourself. Then when you return to your work-in-progress, the well will be primed with fresh creative waters. Happy writing.

Happy Valentine’s Day–don’t forget your sweethearts! Don’t forget Lent starts on Wednesday. And if you haven’t seen the movie, Lincoln, go tomorrow! It’s Honest Abe’s birthday!! Have a great week, readers and writers…Mary

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Two more winners to announce

Good Thursday morning, readers! If you’re wondering what happened to Monday, I’m wondering the same thing myself! All I know is I’ve been busy as a hornet finishing judging my share of Genesis contest entries. And goodness! They were great! We have some fine budding new authors out there waiting for their chance to break in. I loved the stories I read in the entries. Now I’m back to work editing Love Comes to Paradise which will probably release in Feb. of 2013. It will be second in the New Beginning series. Living in Harmony (set in Maine) will release in mid-July and I can’t wait. I had so much fun researching that book with my college buddy last summer.

Now without further ado, here are the winners of An Amish Family Reunion from Cindy Elliott’s blog. Nancee Marchinowski and Dawn Searcy. Your books are already in the mail to you. (I’m not slow sending things out!) I hope you enjoy the read. Thanks fellow writer, Cindy Elliott, for hosting me on your lovely blog.

Please say a little prayer for me…this Saturday I will be teaching a class on Writing Amish Fiction to college students. Although I’ve taught school in the past, this will be my first time teaching adults. I hope I don’t freeze up. (or start crying…) Wish me luck and have a super week. Hooray–the heavy frost the other night didn’t kill my tulips.

Another chance to win a book

Good Monday morning, readers. I trust you all had a nice weekend. Unfortunately, mine was less than stellar. First of all I had to organize all my papers to get our income taxes done, and that is such a hair-pulling event for me! To any accountants and book-keepers out there, I tip my hat to you. I don’t know how you keep everything sorted in your head. And to all of you with your taxes already done….I’m pea-green with jealousy! Why-oh-why did I wait to long????

Secondly, our beloved Ohio State lost in the Final Four on Saturday. Goodness, what a  game. I couldn’t relax at all during the second half. My dear friend, Mrs. D.T, will be glad her beloved Wildcats of the University of KY have made it to the Championship game tonight. Go Wildcats!!! Sorry, any readers in Kansas…but hey, you cleaned our clock last Saturday night. Give me a little while to get over it.

And because it’s Monday, it’s time for another chance to  win An Amish Family Reunion. Go to fellow writer, Cindy Elliott’s, blogsite and read her review of my book. Just leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win one of 2 copies of Reunion. The drawing will be on Monday, the 9th. Don’t forget, you must leave the comment on HER blogsite, not here, to be entered to win.  here’s the link: http://www.cindyelliottfiction.com/blog

That’s all there is to it. And have a most blessed of Holy Weeks and Happy Easter!!!