Best Book Tracker Ever

Okay, that’s just my opinion, I know. But let me show you all the bells and whistles this one comes with and understand that you can eliminate any you don’t want to deal with. This is the Beat the Backlist Book Tracker developed by NovelKnight. There are a lot of reasons I like this, but I’m only going to highlight the top few.

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More Characters I Wish I’d Created

I wonder if all writers have a secret list of characters they covet. I can’t be the only one, right? I wish I were Jane Austin, of course, and had created Darcy and Elizabeth. Pride and Prejudice is probably the most cherished love story in the Western world, and many writers have jumped in with sequels and expanded on side characters. It’s all fun and games as long as the story is in the public domain.

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I Quit!

I have had enough of this writing and writing business without any income flooding in and it’s time for me to face the facts. I can’t make a living as a writer. I have made more money selling birds in the last year than from writing. So maybe that’s the sign that I need, to focus on my birds exclusively. No one wanted my books even when I offered them for free.

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Distracted Eating

Confession time. I can eat a lot of junk food and not feel full. Thereby I eat a lot of dinner or whatever meal is next, and I might feel full. Part of the reason for this is that I don’t pay much attention to the fact that I am putting things into my mouth, chewing, and swallowing. I am too busy reading, watching videos, or reading, or plotting my next book. Distracted Eating can steal all the goodness from food.

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Why do Fans Love Some Authors?

I have a few authors that I think of as family, almost. Some I feel so fortunate to have seen in person, like Sir Terry Pratchett, Lois McMasters Bujold, and Christopher Moore. And having lost Sir Terry a few years ago, he is even more close to my heart. His Disc World series is an amazing universe, plus there is a good size community on Facebook where we share things that remind us of his stories, or news about new films or series based on his writings, or share life milestones and support each other.

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Tweet What You Read for March

I have found the neatest tracking tool for books read in 2021. I am trying to catch up with it so that by the time I finish what I am reading now, I will simply have to stop at the end of the book and make a few notes. This will help me write this monthly tweet faster and share reviews on more places. Talk about a win-win. Meanwhile, here’s March info the old fashioned way.

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Do We Need to Talk About It?

Reading a bunch of books at one time all by the same author can lead to finding redundancies and flaws in the stories. I try to jump around more but when it comes to Mary Balogh for Regencies and Lois McMasters Bujold for anything, I can’t help it. I read it all as fast as I can. And I can usually ignore the slight issues that come up.

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St. Patrick’s Day Traditions in Ireland

Growing up both Catholic and Irish, in a church with an Irish pastor, the lore of St. Patrick held me in thrall for most of my childhood. I don’t mind snakes but I understand why they might not be welcome on the Emerald Isle, I like the color green, and I could eat corned beef until it came out my ears. I have been known to wear shamrock bobbles on my head and sit through hours of a St. Pat’s Day Parade. One thing I won’t do is drink green beer. Because, dude!

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Writers Need a “To Be Read” List

Neil Gaiman told me that if you want to be a writer, you need to write as much as you can, and when you can’t write, to read. Of course, that was a quote that many people had access to, not a private conversation with the man that I have in my rich fantasy life. And a writer should read outside their genre as much as possible.

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