Books 6, 7, 8: Edited and done :)

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So… I am updating this section after nearly a hundred days!

You may remember that I had taken a break from CBC 12X12 after having completed 30 (first draft messy) stories in May, thanks to StoryADay.org. I was close to busting my muse’s back – writing a story every day kind of results in that! – so I decided I should use the next 3 months to edit and fine tune the stories. Here’s what I accomplished:

June: Adventures of Naughty Narada

July: Tales from St. Tessa’s

August: The Ark C/O Unicorn Avenue 

Now… on to a new story for September!

WriteOnCon (Aug 26-27, 2014)

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So what if you are too busy (or too broke) to attend a writers’ conference? WriteOnCon is a totally free, interactive online Writer’s Conference held annually during the summer.

DATES: Aug 26 and 27, 2014

WHAT IS IT?: WriteOnCon has been designed to give attendees many of the features of a live writer’s conference, but in an online environment. It connects writers with both industry professionals and fellow peers from the convenience of their own homes. Critique forums allow writers to receive feedback and exposure for their work. For more info, visit http://writeoncon.com/about/what-is-writeoncon

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HOW TO ATTEND: To attend the live events all you need to do is go to http://writeoncon.com/chat at the time of the event.

HOW TO ACCESS TRANSCRIPTS: If you are not able to attend the Conference live, no problemo – you can visit http://writeoncon.com/live-events/monthly-live-events and read the transcripts

Excerpts from the FAQ:

  • WriteOnCon really is 100% free to attend. Like them on their FB link at https://www.facebook.com/WriteOnCon
  • This is a free conference, and a lot of the information applies to all writers, so the more the merrier
  • You will need to register at http://www.writeoncon.com/forums in order to use the critique forums. Other than that, all of the tools you’ll need to participate will be available on the website.
  • The critique forums are limited to kidlit categories (picture books, middle grade, and YA) but the live events, blogs, and vlogs are open to everyone.

For more details, go to http://writeoncon.com/about/faq 

Productivity Tools for Writers

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I cannot live without Google Calender. Or my E-Checklist on my phone. And that’s about as tech savvy as I can get, lol. I do have a scrivener sitting in my inbox, but the day after I bought the mac version , my iMac died and went to Apple Heaven, and I am currently working on a PC. Somethings are just not meant to be.

Here are some more productivity tools for writers!

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Screen captures of GQueues (desktop and mobile), Harvest and BoomerangTechnology plays an important role in all of our lives. I’m always interested in what’s new and trying to implement the latest advancements so I can do more in less time. I’ve recently started using a few new services and I wanted to share my experiences with you.

GQueues

https://www.gqueues.com/

I am always looking to improve my time management skills especially capturing new tasks and prioritizing them. I’ve tried all manor of software and even as recently as 2 months ago, I was using a hybrid online-paper solution. Then a client turned me on to GQueues. Although not a Google product, you must have a Gmail account to make use of GQueues.  It is billed as “A full-featured online task manager for your Google Account and Google Apps account”. GQueues is fine as a stand alone task manager. It’s Getting Things Done friendly http://gettingthingsdone.com/ and similar to other online task…

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