Stuff on my desk

It has been very hectic around my house this week. My desk isn’t usually this chaotic. Items on my desk today- kleenex (just threw it away, but this cold won’t leave), stapler (to keep my files organized), note from library (to take my 5 year old grandson to the Lego event), yellow pad (to keep me organized, of course), small notepad (details of the next book), pens (always need one handy), broken cup (place to keep the pens), calculator (duh), mouse (doesn’t work that well without a mouse pad), printer (yes, always need that), sticky notes (use tons of these).

What have you got on your desk?

Welcome this New Year like never before!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I have a recommendation for you this year— Do What Matters in 2020

Here is some information on how to wind up the old year and welcome the new—with gusto!

  1. Set aside a little time to reflect on 2019. List your best accomplishments.
  2. Express your gratitude. And you can use your list to cover those events.
  3. Keep a positive attitude, and in this way leave the old year behind, and look forward to the new one. Forgive everyone who has hurt you, including yourself. It takes the sting away.
  4. Once you’ve looked at your good times and been thankful, set your goals for the New Year. The list doesn’t have to be long, but focus really helps.
  5. Once the goals are set, break it down into time management chunks, such as three month intervals, or monthly goalposts.
  6. Now is the time to schedule your activity to enable you to reach those goals. The schedule doesn’t have to be set in stone, but it sure helps keep the focus and measure your progress.
  7. In the midst of all that, don’t forget to set aside time to unplug— we all need to refresh and maintain our connections with family and friends.

Well? What do you think? Will this process work? This is the first time I’ve tried it so I’ll let you know how it goes. Have you done this before? Let’s compare results. Leave a comment or send me an email at sylviegraysonauthor@gmail.com

Ends Monday- my ebook giveaway of Moon Shine

My ebook contest for the Christmas season –

To enter the contest—send me an email at sylviegraysonauthor@gmail.com with the subject Moon Shine, and tell me what you are happy about this season. All emails must be by December 30. I will choose 5 winners on Jan 2. 😊 Last chance!

Moon Shine by Sylvie Grayson

Back Blurb – Some secrets are too dangerous to keep

After losing her husband to a deadly illness, Julia Butler is determined to look after her family, but this is the 1930’s and times are tough for everyone. As the endless string of jobless men trudges past her farm, she does her best to hang on. Then two strangers suddenly appear at her home. They are hiding something that places her family in immediate danger.

Dr. Will Stofford has become disillusioned with women. In an effort to heal his broken heart, he leaves his brothers behind and sets up his medical practice in the Kootenays where no one knows him.

Meeting Julia throws his plans into chaos. Will can’t turn his back on a challenge and he won’t rest until he solves this puzzle and puts things right.

In the 1930’s, can a country doctor and a determined widow save the lives of these abandoned strangers?

This is just the sort of story I enjoy – ordinary people who struggle through the depression and hardships weathering the ups and downs that life throws at them, contending with small town living where everyone knows everybody’s business. A thoroughly enjoyable read.  Amazon reviewer

Buy link – – http://amzn.to/2hSOeZZ

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

3 Things Making Me Happy This Christmas

3 Things Making Me Happy This Christmas

  1. My family will be all around me for the season. We have our children here, and their children for the traditional dinner on the 25th. Around New Year we host a get together for extended family that usually involves 25 to 30 people. I’m lucky to have a big, close-knit family.
  2. I finally finished the second book in the Lies He Told This one is called Rain Man, Lies He Told: Book Two, and is just waiting for the holiday season to be over before I begin the final edits. Yay!!
  3. I have a contest for you- an ebook copy of Moon Shine. Merry Christmas!

The season’s giveaway contest – Moon Shine

Some secrets are too dangerous to keep

After losing her husband to a deadly illness, Julia Butler is determined to look after her family, but this is the 1930’s and times are tough for everyone. As the endless string of jobless men trudges past her farm, she does her best to hang on. Then two strangers suddenly appear at her home. They are hiding something that places her family in immediate danger.

Dr. Will Stofford has become disillusioned with women. In an effort to heal his broken heart, he leaves his brothers behind and sets up his medical practice in the Kootenays where no one knows him.

Meeting Julia throws his plans into chaos. Will can’t turn his back on a challenge and he won’t rest until he solves this puzzle and puts things right.

In the 1930’s, can a country doctor and a determined widow save the lives of these abandoned strangers?

Moon Shine by Sylvie Grayson

The story takes place in rural Canada during 1930’s. Times are tough especially for a widow living on a farmstead on the outskirts of town with two young children to bring up. This is a well written story, characters have depth, the writing flows and the reader feels as though they know everybody involved. It covers the poverty and hardships families suffer from the depression, social prejudice and illegal activities. 

This is just the sort of story I enjoy – ordinary people who struggle through the depression and hardships weathering the ups and downs that life throws at them, contending with small town living where everyone knows everybody’s business. A thoroughly enjoyable read.  Amazon reviewer

Buy linkhttp://amzn.to/2hSOeZZ

To enter the contest—send me an email at sylviegraysonauthor@gmail.com with the subject Moon Shine, and tell me what you are happy about this season. All emails must be by December 30. I will choose the 5 winners on Jan 2. 😊

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU

 

Big Words- but write what you know

Do you ever come across a word that you’ve never heard before? One that sounds imppressive but you aren’t sure of the meaning? Here’s one — ultracrepidarianism. I heard it used on a Ted Talk and just had to look it up. It means ‘the habit of giving advice outside of one’s knowledge or competence.’ Great word, eh? (that ‘eh’ tells you I’m Canadian)

The challenge would be- how to use it? Can you imagine a situation where you might slip it into a casual conversation? For one thing, just pronouncing it means it won’t slip in anywhere.  However, my challenge this week is to use it without stumbling over my tongue. 

This is one thing about writing that I always expound on (but not ad nauseum, of course). Write what you know. That’s my rule and I think a good one. I have a background in business, law, hard work. When I read a book about business and find something silly in it, it means I have to stop reading and put the book down . Don’t speculate about what it might be like to be a business owner, a physician, a cop, a worker in a laundromat. Find out, check  your facts, ask someone with knowledge to help you out. That way you can form your story with confidence. Happy reading!