This is So Cool–and it’s Free!

Doing a little U.K. research this morning, and I ran across a terrific freebie that is practically unrelated to my research (well, it is England-related) but it is fun. It is also Free– a lovely coloring book filled with art images from the Middle Ages to bring out the artist in everyone. Click This Link–2016-Bodleian-Library-Colouring-Book to get your own PDF copy of the coloring book to download from the Bodleian Library. Don’t bother clicking the lovely GIF at the right–it’s just showing off to get your attention. Love this–especially because it’s free. So, grab your colored (or should that be coloured?) pencils, fun inks, or crayons. Download and print your own copy to spend the weekend coloring up the Middle Ages. Have fun, everyone!  

What’s New and Free Wednesday?

Am just making a brief stop today as I am knee-deep in marketing tasks and edits on a summer short story and the content edits for Abstract Aliases, book three in the Bodies of Art series. But I have a free short story to report on at the moment. Tonya Kappes is getting everyone ready for Valentine’s Day by offering Color Me Love (an Olivia Davis paranormal mini-mystery) right now. Don’t know for sure how long this mini-mystery is free, so grab a copy while you can 🙂

Stuff Builds Characters

I revamped out my office this weekend, exchanging one desk for another. My dog loves it because she can take over every inch of the middle of my office floor (and is doing so right now. And snoring). But this changeover got me thinking about a kind of quiz I do each time I start brainstorming characters for my series. Since I’m a week away from the Henery Press release of Counterfeit Conspiracies and Marked Masters, I thought I’d spend a few minutes today talking about how “stuff” builds Laurel Beacham’s character. Laurel Beacham is likely to keep…things that fit in her huge purse and help her get into and out of trouble on a daily basis as she attempts to keep art masterpieces from disappearing into the “ether.” In her public persona, she’s more likely to use her cell phone to connect with someone who can provide the “open sesame” she needs Read more…

Weed Out and De-Clutter Wednesday — January 20, 2016

Quick tip to start de-cluttering: Give away one item every day. grab an extra pantry item to give to a food bank, take an gently used sweater to Goodwill, leave a finished paperback on the train for someone else to read, scoop up the tub of crayons & markers your kids don’t use anymore and give to a daycare facility or children’s Bible class for art supplies. Doing just this one simple thing every day means 365 less items in the house at the end of one year (366 in 2016, since this is leap year). Besides giving you more room because unused items won’t be cluttering your space, this simple practice will help other people at the same time. Try it. Let me know about your success 🙂    

Tuesday Travel Tips — January 19, 2016

When packing, add a dryer sheet to clothes to keep everything smelling fresher and cut down on static. Need to pack chargers and earbuds? Clam-shell closing eyeglass cases work perfectly to keep everything packed but still easily accessible if needed–or wrap earbuds around a binder clip to keep cords from tangling. Forget the wall plug for phone charger? Check the back of the nearest flat screen TV for an empty USB slot to use instead.