Charlie climbs his first mountain

The beauty of living in the mountains is the ability to walk out the door and hike to a peak just behind the house. From the top and its 360 degree view, you can see the snow covered continental divide, the nearby reservoir, nearby peaks, and the forest below.

How can you beat that?

Have a new hiking partner along for his first hike. I wasn’t sure if my ten week old puppy would be able to reach the top, but he was enthusiastically following the trail, and with a little help, he made it over fallen trees all the way to turtle rock! He also did an excellent job of navigating back home!

Snowy Day Puppy

When you’re a puppy and only ten weeks old, everything is a learning experience. Today, with about six inches of snow, Charlie romped and ran making tracks in the forest. Sliding, rolling, and digging joyfully. The only one enjoying it more than Charlie – me watching him. He’s the perfect combination of agile and clumsy; navigating rough terrain at times, and plunging headfirst into snow banks moments later. He truly is poetry in motion.

Thoughts on book reviews

Recently I’ve seen several discussions about the value or harm of book reviews. Authors need them to help with sales and even negative reviews aren’t necessarily going to hurt sales.

 

Negative reviews Evidently, some people write negative reviews and go so far as to tag the author in them. I’m not sure why anyone thinks that’s acceptable. Bad manners are never okay.There are also many reviews I’ve seen (I only read them after reading a book) that go out of their way to be mean.

The value of reviews Feelings about reviews range from “they are important and I depend on them before I make a purchase,” to “I never read them and I don’t write them.” I weighed in on a Twitter discussion saying I only write reviews if I like a book. I read 50 books in 2017 and liked the vast majority. I don’t think that’s because I’m an “easy grader.” I believe it’s because I choose well. I ask people whose opinions I trust for recommendations and make an educated decision of what to read. Of the 50 books, I didn’t finish one because I just couldn’t get through it. I know it is a beloved book by most people who’ve read it, including people I know well. I didn’t review it because my opinion wouldn’t be helpful to someone considering reading it. I didn’t choose well when I tried reading it.

Writing community on Twitter weighs in Back to the Twitter discussion: One response argued that it’s not helpful if I only write positive feedback. Another went so far as to say, if they read something they don’t like, they feel a negative review might be helpful to the author as a way to improve in the future.

Opinions My opinion, and that’s what a review is – OPINION – is that when you are weighing in on someone’s art, your voice is only helpful to those who share your frame of reference. I occasionally read genres I don’t really care for to expand my horizons as a writer, but I wouldn’t write a negative review. Obviously I’m not the target audience and my opinion isn’t going to be meaningful to a person who likes the genre.

What are your thoughts on reviews? Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Nominated for the Unique Blogger Award and the Three Quotes Challenge

I was nominated for the Unique Blogger Award 

by: https://imaginedaydreamingbecomereal.wordpress.com

and The Three Quotes Challenge by https://daradgamer.wordpress.com

THANK YOU both for your nominations. I'm combining this into one post. Those who I tag are welcome to post three quotes or answer the three questions. If you are an overachiever, then you may do both. And don't forget to check out their blogs!

THE RULES:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
  • Answer the questions
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate  people for the same award
  • Ask three questions
  • What are your favorite movies? My two favorites in 2017 were “Ladybird” and “Coco.”

  • If you had a superpower for a day, what would it be and why? I would like to be able to hit a major league home run. I know technically this isn’t a superpower but it was always something I thought would be cool.

  • What is your favorite season, and why?  Fall! Because I love the colors and how the cooler weather makes humidity and insects disappear.

  • My quotes :
  •  “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”  Dale Carnegie
  • “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” Anne Frank
  • “Happiness is a warm puppy.” Charlie Brown/Charles Schulz

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Writing Date

I don’t typically write about my own writing in my blog so indulge me, if you will.

Today a friend who is a very accomplished author with wonderful habits and rituals came for a writing date. She explained how she infuses fun in her daily life and writing process. We visited for a while and she met my new puppy, Charlie. 💗🐶💓

Then we agreed to silent, dedicated writing time sitting side-by-side. We’ve talked about how writing alone shouldn’t be hard, but sometimes the focus isn’t there.

It was a lovely morning for so many reasons. I wrote the final draft of the back matter for a picture book and revised another book based on feedback I received over the weekend. Thinking about the ritual of writing and what makes it both gratifying and successful is now something I will consider as I write. I know this will impact my productivity and my enjoyment.

My new best friend

Today we picked up our new puppy and it’s the most incredible feeling. Three hours of cuddling on the ride home and our new boy and I were falling in love. The attachment process is magical.

We stopped at the pet store to pick up a few necessities and I’d forgotten how magnetic the draw of a new puppy can be. It was like traveling with a celebrity.  He rested in the cart as we checked out, because apparently being adored is exhausting!

He is adjusting well so far to his new home and is as smart as he is cute! Other than deciding on a name, I’m ready for this new adventure!