Literature Map

Today, I want to share a site that one of my reference librarians, Trevor Oakley, shared with me. Both readers and writers will find the site useful. It’s called Literature Map. https://www.literature-map.com/ The site assists readers in finding authors similar to those they enjoy, plain and simple.  Type the name of an author and the …

Book 7 Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts by Kathryn R. Biel fulfills the “Book I Meant to Read in 2019” category of the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. I read the first two novels in the New Beginnings series last year. I enjoy Ms. Biel’s stories very much. I read Paradise by the Dashboard Lights this fall, then slapped myself …

Ideas for Using Trello

Trello has many uses as a project manager. As writers though, we can tweak this program for our own use. Organize Publishing Projects Create a detailed To-Do list with cards for Drafting, Editing, Publishing, Marketing, Social Media, and more. Don’t forget to add Due Date for each card to keep yourself on task. Once the …

Book 6 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot fulfills the category “Book about or by a Woman in STEM” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. It doesn’t quite fit the category as it’s only Mrs. Lacks’ cells that are in STEM, but boy, they are important. Also, I thought this an appropriate choice to …

How to Use Trello

Make a New Board Click on the plus sign in the upper right-hand corner or click Create Board. You have to add a title to make the project or it’s a no go.  Click a background picture. (Click the three dots for more photos but, be warned, it’s a black hole of awesome pics.)  Then …

Book 5 Twisted Twenty-Six

Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich fulfilled the “Book with the Word ‘Twenty’ in the Title” category for the 2020 PopSugar Reading Challenge. Yes, this is the twenty-sixth in the series and I have read them all. And all the supplemental Plum stories. That’s a lot of books. The main character for all the “numbered” novels …

Trello: A Project Manager

     Writers whether indie, traditional, or hybrid have more tasks on their plates these days. Trello is a great app to organize all things writing. This cloud-based program allows users to create a project board, add dozens of tasks, and share them with others. The format is visual. Multiple projects can be seen on the …

Book 4 The Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler fulfills the “Book about a Book Club” category of the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. In this novel, the characters explore the works of Jane Austen and only Jane Austen. The people of the Jane Austen book club comprise a diverse group of women and one man. …

How I use Keep 3/3

I use Google Keep almost every day. I’m over forty, and my memory is not what it used to be. Keep helps me remember important things like grocery lists, story ideas, and when to go get my kid from that thing… I put everything simple on there, whether it be a list, reminder, or just …

Book 3 The Song of the Quarkbeast

The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde fulfills the category “Book I grabbed off the shelf without looking” for the 2020 PopSugar Reading Challenge. Actually, I listened on audio. I spun the album titles on my Windows Media Player (yes, I’m still using that program. It works…for now.) The Song of the Quarkbeast showed …