Ideas for Daybook and Authors

  Daily self-care To quote The Little Mermaid, “The human world is a mess.” I don’t know how you are faring in this new normal with lockdowns, quarantine, and a second wave of the virus looming, but we all need some self-care. Daybook is first and foremost a journal. Daily journaling is a fantastic method …

Book 47 True Grit

True Grit by Charles Portis fulfills the category “A Western” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. The novel takes place in 1878 in Western Arkansas and the Indian Territories to the west (eventually, Oklahoma). Mattie Ross plots to avenge her pa, killed by a farmhand at Fort Smith. How’s that for an elevator pitch (short …

How to Use Daybook

  The phone app is only available for Android. But with the web version, both Apple and PC users can access the program using Chrome or Firefox. Create an account It’s probably easiest to use your Gmail to create a new account with Daybook. Just sign in. (Facebook and a personal password are also options.) …

Book 46 Divided in Death

  Divided in Death by J.D. Robb fulfilled the “Favorite Prompt from a past PopSugar Reading Challenge” category for this year’s challenge. This novel also fits the categories: series with more than twenty books, and author who has written more than twenty books. I chose the Audio Book prompt as it’s my favorite. I read …

Daybook Journal

Let’s talk about productivity and accountability. We’ve discussed many apps that will help you write, organize, and market. But what about an overall picture of how you are progressing with your writing? I realize not all writers are in this to make money, have huge word counts, or to publish. But it’s always good to …

Book 45 Roughing It

  Roughing It by Mark Twain fulfilled the category “Book by or about a Journalist” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. The book is a chronicle of Mark Twain’s adventures in the new West in the 1860s. I’m not sure how much is autobiographical, just plain fiction, or something in-between. It’s Twain, after all. The …

How Can NaNoWriMo Help Authors?

    One word, people—Community. And productivity. Wait, that’s two words… Two words, people—Community, productivity, and inspiration. Okay… this isn’t working. National Write a Novel Month holds a special place in my heart. It was not where I started writing. (I was an eleven-year-old kid under the covers with a flashlight adding love stories to …

Book 44 If It Bleeds

  If It Bleeds by Stephen King fulfills the category “Book by an Author Who Has Written Twenty or More Books” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. To date, Mr. King has approximately eighty-six books. I have read almost all of them. I began reading the man at age eleven when I asked my mom …

How To NaNoWriMo

    I promise it’s not that painful. Signing up. Visit the site here: https://nanowrimo.org/sign_up and create a new account (if you don’t already have one). Make your screen name easy to remember and use. You’ll need it often. Note: There’s no commitment in creating an account. You don’t have to prove you’re a writer …

Book 43 Frankenstein

  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley fulfilled the category “Book Written by an author in their 20s” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. Yes, I’m aware Ms. Shelley wrote the novel at nineteen, and it was published when she was twenty. That’s close enough for government work. It took me thirty years to read the tale. …