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Upcoming Writer Workshops

The following is a partial schedule of upcoming writers’ workshops or conferences I have on my schedule so far. If you’re book club or writers group would be interested in booking me, then leave a comment with your email address or url where I can get back to you.

Scheduled presentations and workshops:

Developing Plot & Character Arcs

Basic Editing of Your Own Manuscript – Friona Public Library – April 16, 2011

10:00 – 3:00

All day session: Arcs workshop in the morning

Editing in the afternoon

For Friona area writers group

Friona, TX

Frontiers in Writing Conference – Amarillo, TX – June 24 – 25, 2011

Finding Balance: Time Management for Prolific Writers workshop

Also, Preliminary Judge for Memoir contest

Basic Novel Writing Class – Amarillo, TX – November 2011

Sponsored by the Amarillo Public Library and YMCA

5 week class covering basic novel writing skills

Participants encouraged to participate simultaneously in National Novel Writing Month

If you have upcoming book releases or presentations, then let me know and I’d be glad to post an interview with you and help promote your efforts.

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More Time Management Tips

I remember a story about a woman with a family, husband, job, and many varied interests. She tried getting everything managed but always seem to drop the ball somewhere. After reading an article about managing your time, she realized that if she got up 15 minutes earlier, then she’d have the time she needed. Delighted she continued to add 15 minutes periodically to her daily schedule until … one day she realized that she had to get up 15 minutes before she went to bed.

Do you ever feel like that? Learning how to set priorities and saying ‘no’ to some things can be a challenge to some of us. How many hours per day do you already have committed to job, family, church, or other activities? How much sleep do you require to stay healthy? Here are a few suggestions on how to use those little pieces of time:

1. With Kindle, Nook, iPad, and cell phones that give you access to internet and many apps, you can take care of reading emails or books or paying your bills on line while waiting to pick up your children or another family member. DO NOT do these tasks while your car is moving unless you are not the driver, please!

2. If your job requires travel, then you probably spend time in airports or on planes. Use that time.

3. Do you have a deadline to meet for a project at work or to submit an article? Move that to the front of your priority tasks.

4. Let your list of things to do act as a guide. The most important things rise to the top like cream. Take care of those first. Everything on the list will move up in priority in it’s own time.

5. When there is a conflict between two responsibilities, then delegate one of them to someone else.

Hope these help you with your juggling act. BTW – don’t forget to take some time for yourself. If you don’t charge your own battery, then you won’t have the energy when you need it.



Finding Balance through Time Management

In your busy lives it’s a challenge to keep track of everything and get it all done. Life reminds me of seeing the man spinning plates on top of sticks and trying to keep them all going without breaking any ( on the Ed Sullivan Show). Most of you probably are too young to remember the show. Our society is busier than ever and bombarded by 24/7 information. I’d like to share tips and get some in return from you for how you keep things in balance.

Tip #1: Get organized. I know this can be drudgery at first, but once it’s done then all you have to do is maintain a little at a time. We find all types of organizational tools and systems available in the stores. Some people make a living organizing offices, etc. for people.

Tip#2: Keep a calendar. May I suggest color coding for different activities or for members of the staff or your family. Helps keep track of who is where. Now we have access to electronic calendars that are hand held and can go everywhere with you. Personally, I’m just old fashioned enough to have one on my PC, laptop, and a printed copy for back up.

Tip#3: Save your MSWord documents in folders by subject or Title so you don’t waste time looking for documents.

Tip #4: Save back up files on a flash drive at the same time you save documents on your computer. Also save a back up for your bookmarks and contact lists so you don’t loose them if your computer crashes. It takes a lot of time to reconstruct those files if you loose them.

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Speaking at Inspirational Writers Alive

If anyone is in the area, then come on over to the monthly meeting of Inspirational Writers Alive. They meet on the second Thursday every month at Kingswood United Methodist Church, 4801 S. Austin, Amarillo, TX. The meeting starts at 7:oopm. It always includes time for reading and critiques for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry as well.

I’ll be the program speaker – Finding Balance: Time Management for the Productive Writer. Then, afterwards, I’ll be doing a book signing for my novella Rebekah Redeemed.