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The HUGE news

Posted by annbartlestewart on June 24, 2011 at 11:23 AM Comments comments (0)

Two big pieces of news in the near future. I leave for New York City in two days for the Romance Writers of America National Conference. I remember sitting at home last year reading everyone’s tweets and promising myself I’d be there next year. Now I’ll be the one with all the silly tweets! He he!

The second big news, the even bigger news, Brigadoon’s Guarded Hearts is at the printers and shipping while I’m in New York. This book has been a long time coming, but well worth the wait. I will be posting more info on the release as I get it.

Ann

Awenasa Island up for Best Cover

Posted by annbartlestewart on January 30, 2011 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Awenasa Island is up for best cover in the January Author’s Meeting Place Cover Contest. I thought it was going to be in the February contest, but just found it up today. Oh well, roll with the punches!  There are several well deserving covers up to vote on. The link is http://www.authormeetingplace.com/contests/bookcovercontest.html To vote scroll down the page to the covers to pick your favorite, (yes, I’ll forgive you for voting for someone else, although I do think Awenasa is one of the best on the page, hehe!). Scroll back to the top to type in the cover name and your email address. Your address is only used to make voting fair and insure no one gets to vote twice. Voting ends, Monday, January 31st! Thanks guys!!!

Southern Snow and First Edits

Posted by annbartlestewart on January 12, 2011 at 7:03 PM Comments comments (0)

As of yesterday, 49 states in the US, including mine, have snow on the ground. We’ve been snowed in for three days now and as much as I enjoy all the extra time with my little man, writing has taken a backseat to cooking, entertaining, and random snowball wars with the neighborhood kids. Oh, and there is the small matter of first edits for Guarded Hearts I’m trying to finish when everyone’s asleep.

So, in lue of a post this week, please enjoy some pictures of southern snow!

Ann

2011 Writer?s Resolution

Posted by annbartlestewart on December 30, 2010 at 10:23 PM Comments comments (0)

To write. That’s it. My 2011 writer’s resolution is to simply write. No long, drawn out master plans broken down into months and WIPs. I’m not pigeonholing myself this year. My goal is to write every day for 365 and 1/4th days straight. I’ll shoot for 100 words or more a day, but if I don’t make it here and there I’m not going to sweat it.

I have one book finished and ready for final edits, one complete outline for a second, and the bones of a third. If I finish them all before midnight on 12/31/11, great! If I don’t, oh well. With any luck I’ll still be around on 2012 to finish them.

If I sign with an agent, Hell Yeah! If I don’t, I’ll still write. It’s what I do.

Happy New Year everyone!

Ann

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Posted by annbartlestewart on November 24, 2010 at 9:33 AM Comments comments (0)

HI all.

 

I just finished all my shopping this morning and am spending the rest of the day cleaning while little man is in school. Tonight the cooking begins and with any luck we will have a spread worth the time tomorrow for Thanksgiving. I’m giving myself some thanks by watching The Hallmark Channel all day and the great holiday movies while I clean.

 

So, to those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving here is the states, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Don’t overdose on the TURKEY!

 

Ann

 

It's November Alright

Posted by annbartlestewart on November 8, 2010 at 4:32 PM Comments comments (1)

It’s November alright. NaNo Wrimo is in full swing and I’m behind as always. At the present, I am working on guest judging a contest (tell you which when the results come in), helping critique partner polish her current WIP for the Golden Heart, editing as always, writing an article for my chapter newsletter, and planning Thanksgiving for my family. Did I mention the day job? Oh, and thanks to Dad new siding on the house, and thanks to a great friend’s husband, a new roof. Fingers crossed they both go well.

 

Somehow, the more I have, the more I seem to get done.

 

Last week I attended a wonderful workshop given by author, Jana G. Oliver. www.janaoliver.com. Jana is a success story among success stories, and I walked away from the meeting feeling refreshed and determined. I also walked away with a huge basket of books for the second time in four meetings. Pretty soon they are going to ban me from the raffle.

 

My days are full, but I’m taking time to enjoy the cooler weather and my family. They grow so fast and I’m not sure where the years have gone, but my little man will be five next month. FIVE. How did that happen?

 

Enjoy the coming holidays and as always, happy writing/reading.

 

Ann

Awenasa Island Interview

Posted by annbartlestewart on September 5, 2010 at 5:27 PM Comments comments (0)

Deanna gave me a chance to chat on her blog this week.  Check out the interview at  http://deannajewel.blogspot.com/

 

TTFN

 

Ann

Flowers From Sam

Posted by annbartlestewart on August 12, 2010 at 1:42 PM Comments comments (0)

Flowers From Sam,a short story I wrote two years ago for a contest, has been published with Associated Content. For a free read, click the link below and enjoy.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/715669/ann_stewart.html

TTFN,

Ann

Back in the Office

Posted by annbartlestewart on July 24, 2010 at 7:52 PM Comments comments (1)

No, I’m still on summer vacation, but I did return to my office this week—my writing office that is.

 

Two years ago, when I took up writing as more than just a spectator sport, I transformed a corner of Hubby’s Man Den into an office. I had my grandfather’s old desk, still filled with his drafting tools and even one of his razors, my old desk top PC, and a chair. I was in business. From that old PC I could blast the music (YouTube) and write away for hours without stopping.

 

It was the Bee’s Knee’s!!!

 

This farm girl’s idea of Hog Heaven!

 

Then came the laptop…

 

And soon after, laptop # 2…

 

 

Then, couch potato, TV watching, snacking, chatting with the fam— NOOOO writing.

 

Cue Susan Power. “STOP THE insanity!”

 

Well, old well-loved desk, piles of manly mags and sports books, dirty laundry that hasn’t seen the inside of a washing machine in my son's life time, and whatever other disgusting things are lucking just beyond the confines of my corner in the Man’s Den—I’M BACK!

 

The speakers are pumping, this time from Playlist.com (Tina Turner to be precise), I’m double fisting the caffeine, singing at the top of my lungs, and I’m back in business!

 

Granddaddy Jackson would be so proud!—He liked Tina too.

 

TTFN

Ann

Busy July = Lots of Writing Fun

Posted by annbartlestewart on July 19, 2010 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

July is turning out to be a busy writing months for me, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

 

While I have more free time than normal with summer vacation in full swing, I sighed up for July Novel in A Month group (Nano WriMo). So far things are going well and I’m making great progress on my WIP. I only obligated myself to write 30,000 words and edit 10 chapters of another work, but at the halfway point I’m well into both goals and will be able to finish my current rough draft by the end of the month.

 

There was also a workshop that caught my eye this week at writing.com. Mystery Writer, M.B. Fields is hosting a Mystery Short Story class. He promises the completion of a publishable short story by the end of the month. How can anyone resist such a promising offer? Now, I’m not planning to dump my Romance roots for Mystery, but it never hurts to diverse ones writing.

 

Speaking being diverse, another workshop caught my eye for this month. Starting today, I’m participating in a week long Erotica Fantasy challenge. In case you missed it up in the left hand corner, my tag line is ‘The Sweeter Side of Romance’, so why such a change?

 

I learned from a young age that putting all your eggs in one basket guarantees a hungry tummy. When I showed horses, I only showed in one discipline, but I studied several. The thought of jumping horses, or riding sidesaddle, or even Western didn’t appeal to me, but I learned them because being diverse made me an all around better rider.

 

Writing is the same way. When the opportunity to branch out and try something new presents itself, take a hold with gusto! If nothing else, you’ll stretch your brain and make a few new friends in the business.

 

On to something completely different. After six months of trying to make a meeting, I finally made it to the Carolina Romance Writers this month. I don’t think I’ve been so nervous walking into a room of people in years. The workshop was great, about the differences between men and women; did you know blind men lose their sex drive, and women get frisker the older they get?

 

I learned so much and the opportunity to sit around for a few hours and talk books, and agents, and publishers and covers was priceless. I was impressed with how many people I already knew thanks to facebook and networking. Several of us seem to run in the same writing circles and hit it off. I’ll defiantly be back to that chapter.

 

The rest of my month will be just as busy planning Hubby’s 40th birthday party and trying to organize this crazy house of mine.

 

I know I’m not the only insanely busy writer in the blogosphere. What is everyone else up to these days?

 

Ann


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