Sunday, June 25, 2017

Muldoon Market

Anchorage for Free    

Partly because I want to share my hometown with the world, and partly to motivate me to get out and enjoy it, I've decided to post a series of fun places to see in Anchorage for free. Today, I visited the Muldoon Market,held on Saturdays throughout the summer at Begich Middle School. This isn't the big Saturday market downtown, just a neighborhood market where vendors can sell their fresh farm produce and crafts. 


The items aren't free, but the entertainment is. Today's singer had a wonderful voice. There's was a clown, a bubble fun area for the kids, and a table of free recipe cards and books. I dropped off a couple of books I'd finished reading, hoping someone who doesn't know about the Harlequin Heartwarming line will discover them and love them. 





Summer just got here, so there were no carrots or fresh potatoes yet, but there were salad greens and starter plants for sale. Lots of fun crafts: crochet, art, photography, fabric. Even a pipecleaner guy. Yes, that car he's wearing is made of pipecleaners. Bake sale items and other good stuff to eat. Some adorable child-size aprons that made me wish I had a granddaughter to shop for. Mostly there were just lots of people out sharing their talents and enjoying the day. 





I ended up with some recipe cards, moose notecards for an upcoming giveaway, and a pack of poppies to plant in my flowerbed. 


Are you a fan of farmer's markets?









Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Book Brain


Have you ever suffered from temporary book amnesia? That disorientation you feel when you finish a really good book, look around the room, and wonder for a moment where you are and how you got there? 


Kind of like half the atoms in your brain are still in that fictional world?







I’ve experienced this phenomenon all my life, but now it's climbed to a new level. I’m currently writing book #3 of the Northern Lights Series. Meanwhile the first book, THE ALASKAN CATCH, comes out in August, so I’m working on excerpts and articles for marketing that book. The second book, A GIFT FOR SANTA, comes out in December and I've been working on frontmatter and am expecting edit notes for that one any day. 

All the stories are related, but have different characters and plot lines. Plus, I have a couple of different non-writing projects that need my attention. Sometimes, I find myself staring at a my keyboard, trying to remember what I'm supposed to be working on.

I know lots of writers have multiple projects going at any given time, but my approach has always been to immerse myself in one world at a time. That’s no longer an option. I'm going to have to learn how to transport from story to story without getting lost. Not that I’m complaining. Writing multiple books for Harlequin is a dream come true, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity. I just need to develop better juggling skills.


How about you? Do you read or write more than one story at a time? Any tips for organizing multiple projects? I'd love to hear them. 

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