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Rainbow Snippets March 30th

The weather is rainy and the mood is a bit dreary, at least outdoors. Indoors it’s nice 🙂 Kitty is better (been battling all week with his meds) and hubby is being a bit of a pain listening to annoying videos whilst I work. Sighhhh. The price of family. LOL At least I’m rested, awake, and ready to enjoy the weekend.

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

Again this week I’m posting from one of my first books: For the Heart of Phillip.  First written in 2006 and redone into it’s current format in 2010. We start at Chapter 2 where Phillip meets someone new.

Blurb: Get ready for a wild, sexy ride! Follow along 13 arduous, confusing, wonderful years of Phillip’s life as he tries to decide on his love for two men. Phillip is socially awkward, depressed, a big guy for his age, and finds making friends difficult. Luckily, he meets Andy, who is two years younger than he is. They are best friends and together all the time. On a family vacation when he’s 16, Phillip meets Robert and the two form a fledgling relationship. All is great until Phillip comes homes and finds out a secret that Andrew had hidden for years; that he wants to be Phillip’s man and to dump Robert. Hence begins a push and pull, back and forth for years to come as the two fight over the man they love, Phillip. Both men will stop at nothing to keep him. Who will win the heart of Phillip? Come along for this ride and find out!

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Monday morning arrived and Phillip headed off to school again. He boarded the bus and as usual, sat right behind the driver, alone. They rode down their usual path and made one additional stop. A new boy climbed aboard, someone he’d never seen before. Phillip looked up at the new passenger and they made eye contact. The boy was younger than Phillip, had very large dark brown eyes, a tiny face, and an equally small body. Phillip swore the boy almost smiled, but dismissed it. The bus was full, with only one seat left.  Right behind the driver.  Right next to Phillip.

This book is available at Amazon and

https://books2read.com/u/49Wozp

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Stretched too thin?

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I started a great new job about two weeks ago…and I love it! It’s busy and can be stressful, but the people are great (so far) and I am very happy to be back working.

The downside though, is that with work, commute, fatigue, volunteer work, etc, etc…where does my writing fit in?

I spent all of last weekend half recovering by knitting and gaming…or good ol vegging on the couch; but nery a word was written nor edited.

My social media was all updated, blog, you name it…but the words weren’t there. 😦 I was simply too tired/sore to hunch over a computer again after having spent the last 40 hours at work, or playing a ‘just for grins’ game and hone my parenting skills of simulated children.

Am I stretched too thin? Or just lazy?

Parts of both, but I know a lot of my fellow lovers of the written word are stretched tooooo thin! Parenting, school, work, life, all sorts of things get in the way.

This weekend I resolve to get back to work on it. I want to. I need to get my words down. Story ideas are cropping up during staff meetings…what a time for an idea, huh? omg. That’s the worst! Yet, plot bunnies hop into our minds any time they darn well please, don’t they? 🙂

I am getting settled back into working life again at last and adore my weekends again. My to-do list will be tackled and sprinkle in some edits and ‘me’ time whilst hubby and kitty do other things, like nap. LOL

How do you keep yourself from being stretched too thin?

Steph

Posted in Anxiety, art, classical music, Flowers, Ideas, inspiration, painting

Which PBN kit is the best?

This post may contain affiliate links

What’s a PBN kit? Paint by numbers!

I know what you’re thinking…kids stuff, right?

Nope!

Today’s kits can be as intricate as you can muster. From the masters like Monet to modern works from Thomas Kincaid, these kits are wonderful for reaching out to your inner artist without needing an art degree first.

I’ve personally painted nine pictures in the past two years. It’s funny really how all of it came about. My then fiance and I saw bright pictures you could buy for your walls. I touted that I could do better than that.

Challenge accepted! I then went into a search for ideas of what to paint and came across these kits. I was amazed at the difficulty level of some of them…my first took me about 60 hours worth…but was time well spent. I’ve learned soo much about brushes, the types, gesso, varnishing, and how to mount and frame them.n

My first painting was finally put on display (with my husband-chosen 2nd painting) a year later. It took us that long to figure out how to mount it, pricing frames, buying them, and figuring the rest out, all while dancing around his work schedule (about 60 hours a week) plus kitties, life, my jobs, etc.

So, onto the three companies whose kits I’ve tried:

  1. Mypaintbynumbers.com

I’ve done the most with this company. These are canvas rolls that feel like vinyl (sometimes) but need to be flattened due to being shipped from overseas in a tube. The paint is good quality and comes with brushes (which are decent quality) plus mounting hardware for when your masterpiece is finished and framed.

Here are some examples:

They offer a wide variety of painting from the great masters to cute smaller painting just for the kiddos.

You can find them at : mypaintbynumbers.com


The next company I’ve tried is Plaid paints. These come on a stiff canvas covered board and are easy to sit on an easel. (the canvas rolls I attach to a foam board)

The paints are a good quantity and quality. My kit contained brushes too, and was shipped in a nice box (since it’s a board) and was in tact. I’ve done just two of these so far, but want to do more.

You can find Plaid on Amazon, Herschnerrs, or their own site: Plaid


Last but not least, FramedPBN

This was an unusual item that I found but loved it right away. I love lavender fields and wanted some color after all of the earth toned paintings I’d done…so I found this:

I found this on Amazon and loved that it’s already a pre-stapled canvas. You can hang it up as-is when dry! No fussing with mounting, etc. This came with just the canvas, paints, and instructions. I love the bright morning yellow and the blue mountains especially. It lives up my office nicely.

Looks for more here: Amazon

So…which is my favorite of all? It’s a tie between My pbn and Plaid for sure, but I’m open to all of them…except where you mix your own paints. 🙂 I’m just lazy like that…lol.

I hope one of these inspires you to try your own!

#painting #pbn #art #paint #adult #try it you’ll love it #inspiration

Steph

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Rainbow Snippets March 23rd

The hubby and I took our first stroll in the springtime today. 🙂 It was wonderful! I love this time of year.

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

Again this week I’m posting from one of my first books: For the Heart of Phillip.  First written in 2006 and redone into it’s current format in 2010. We pick up after Phillip is teased for bolting from a bee.

Blurb: Get ready for a wild, sexy ride! Follow along 13 arduous, confusing, wonderful years of Phillip’s life as he tries to decide on his love for two men. Phillip is socially awkward, depressed, a big guy for his age, and finds making friends difficult. Luckily, he meets Andy, who is two years younger than he is. They are best friends and together all the time. On a family vacation when he’s 16, Phillip meets Robert and the two form a fledgling relationship. All is great until Phillip comes homes and finds out a secret that Andrew had hidden for years; that he wants to be Phillip’s man and to dump Robert. Hence begins a push and pull, back and forth for years to come as the two fight over the man they love, Phillip. Both men will stop at nothing to keep him. Who will win the heart of Phillip? Come along for this ride and find out!

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Dani’s face flushed for a moment and a few tears escaped. She reached out for her son and took him in her tiny arms. They hugged for a long moment. Her hair tickled his nose.  He had to turn and spit a bit.

“Geez, mom, back off on the hairspray a bit, huh?” he said jokingly.

They laughed together.

“Ha ha. Ok, my dear son, I won’t force you on to any teams. But you’ve got to do something soon! You have no friends at all outside this house. I want you to really try to find a friend. Can you do that at least?”

Phillip sighed. “I guess so. Most of the kids just look at me and laugh though; they don’t even give me a chance to talk. I sit alone at lunch or go outside and hide by a tree. Not that I could hide much, mind ya.” He ran his hand over his bulging abdomen. “I look like a pregnant man. I wish that would go away. I wanna grow up and be someone people have to listen to, like a cop or something.”

Dani chuckled. “Well, you could exercise, and before you say it, I don’t mean outside. I mean in here. Go down to the basement and do a workout tape or something. We could get you a treadmill or exercise bike, too. I’ll even keep your brother and sister out of your hair.”

He curled his lip in thought. “That could work, I suppose. I’ll work on it.”

“Good boy.” Dani tousled his hair and kissed his cheek. “Ok, I know it’s killing you to be here. Go on back to your room and play those games you love so much.” Phillip smiled. “Thanks, mom!” he took off down the hall to his room. Dani rolled her eyes and shook her head. “Kids!”

This book is available at Amazon and

https://books2read.com/u/49Wozp

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Are You a Hoarder (of Ideas)?

I definitely need to work down my hoarded folder pile

The Art of Blogging

Imagine this, if you will.

An old woman, near the end of her life. Shivering in a fleabag apartment without heat in the winter. Walking four miles each way to the food bank, to carry home unmarked cans of mystery meat. Not even a cat to keep her company, because cat food is expensive.

Then one day she dies, and the neighbors find $2.7 million wadded up in her mattress.

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What Will You Sacrifice to Be a Better Writer? – From the Live, Write, Thrive blog

I actually like Excel…but I love writing too

Author Don Massenzio

March 18, 2019

Today’s guest post is by Beth Cadman.

Before taking the plunge to write full-time, I often found myself imagining how wonderful it must be.

To be able to manage my own time, to work wherever and whenever I wanted.

To sit in coffee shops, looking fantastically artistic and observing the world passing by, while the inspiration for a new book just “came to me.”

To never have another pointless team meeting again, or create another project management document, or Excel spreadsheet, or be bossed around by my very bossy boss.

To have the unwavering support of family and friends, who would eagerly read everything I wrote.

To live my life knowing that I wasn’t just another sucker in the rat race, that I was true to myself, and inevitably, definitely, the universe would reward me for that by making me a celebrated, world-famous author in no time…

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Rainbow Snippets March 16th

One more day til de wearin’ of de green! I’m part Irish and love this time of year 🙂 I keep looking for that pot ‘o gold at de end of the rainbow.

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

Again this week I’m posting from one of my first books: For the Heart of Phillip.  First written in 2006 and redone into it’s current format in 2010. We pick up after Phillip is teased for bolting from a bee.

Blurb: Get ready for a wild, sexy ride! Follow along 13 arduous, confusing, wonderful years of Phillip’s life as he tries to decide on his love for two men. Phillip is socially awkward, depressed, a big guy for his age, and finds making friends difficult. Luckily, he meets Andy, who is two years younger than he is. They are best friends and together all the time. On a family vacation when he’s 16, Phillip meets Robert and the two form a fledgling relationship. All is great until Phillip comes homes and finds out a secret that Andrew had hidden for years; that he wants to be Phillip’s man and to dump Robert. Hence begins a push and pull, back and forth for years to come as the two fight over the man they love, Phillip. Both men will stop at nothing to keep him. Who will win the heart of Phillip? Come along for this ride and find out!

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Phillip groaned. “Yes, I’ve been taking it. It doesn’t really help me anymore. I’ve been on it since I was 10. I think I’m gonna need something a lot stronger, especially dealing with middle school.”

His mother put her hands on his broad shoulders. “I’m sorry, honey. I really am. I wish there was more we could do for you. We’ve been dealing with this for so long. Dr. Melville told us a long time ago it would get worse for you around this age. I don’t know what to do anymore. I’m at a loss! Your dad and I love you so much, but I think we need to get a bit more drastic with your treatments.”

Phillip’s eyes widened. “Drastic? How? Shock therapy?”

Dani twisted her lip. “No, Mr. Funny man, but maybe have you join a club or a team, or something.” Phillip backed away from her. “How many times have I told you I’m no good at sports?” he said in an exasperated tone. “I sucked at soccer and Little League, swimming, everything! Please don’t make me join another team now; they’ll just laugh at me again. Please, Mom?” His large, pale blue eyes looked into hers. “Don’t make me do it, I can’t, I just can’t!” he begged. They both fell silent.

This book is available at Amazon and

https://books2read.com/u/49Wozp

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Blogging Tip: 4 Ways to Attract More Followers

Great post! I try to post at least once a week or more, but to be a good follower too

KaylaAnn

Hello fellow bloggers! Today we’re going to talk about followers, because as much as we all enjoy writing, sometimes blogging can feel like shouting into the void when we receive no response to our latest post. The best part of blogging is the community that comes with gaining and becoming a follower(s).

QUICK HINT: It is just as important to be a good follower as it is to find followers.

Here’s the thing. I do not have an astounding number of followers. I am still a relatively small blog compared to the people who do this for a living. I began this blog on October 8th, 2017 and since then I have gained 2,237 followers (and some really great friends among those numbers). What I have going for me is consistency.

In the past, I was asked, “How did you gain so many followers so quickly?”

Even now as I…

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