On Writing, Books, Authors, & Animals
Finding the Writing Groove
Nov 08, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
I had great plans for my writing year of 2022, with several stories in my brain seeking to be written as books. But, life happened. And magazine and newspaper article writing happened (for which I'm thankful!). Then, brain seemed to simply shut down, much like turning off a light switch. I could write articles, I just couldn't produce book chapters. What happens when the authoring groove stops dancing? Can one get the groove back?
All the Pretty Horses
Oct 25, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Horses bring beauty to one's life; they often bond quickly with people. Whether grazing in a lush pasture or eating grass on the plains of western states, the majesty, and magic, of horses connects with our spirits. Wild horses face many dangers, often caused by humans as they are "managed" by a federal agency in charge of "multiple use" on public lands. Sadly, these majestic creatures often lose on that spectrum, and a complete loss may be on the horizon. Horses play a role in several of my romance books, and through research, including recently, I've come to appreciate these animals so much more. I hope you will, too.
Celebrating Dogs, Books, and Anniversaries
Sep 28, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
September 2022 is about to end, and we will step into a new month and the last quarter of the year. Time to think holidays and celebrations, and for those of us who write sweet romance with pet rescue and adoption woven into the story, September and October present special times for such books: September is designated Responsible Dog Ownership Month and October is considered Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month. Discover some new books and authors who write about love and dogs and celebrate with me the publication of my first novel as you read this post.
Change in Seasons, Change in Life
Sep 12, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Seasons in nature change. Seasons of our lives change. An idea for a devotional sprouted in my heart and mind in 2007 as I strolled a garden area of the location of the first writer's conference I attended. This autumn, 15 years later, the book will publish. We go through many seasons, both in our lives and in nature. We go through change, and that's not always easy. We experience joy and sorrow, beauty and challenge. Yet, as Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, is noted for saying, "The only constant in life is change."
Readers and Writers Learn from Each Other
Aug 24, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
I recently conducted two library presentations, and I learned several things from the attendees, like a few books to read. Authors and readers sharing stories, ideas, and book recommendations is one of the perks about being an author -- and a human being!
Helping Animal Welfare Organizations
Aug 10, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
His name was Cody and his age estimated at 10 years. One look at his sad, amber eyes through the cage at an animal shelter in Wyoming, and I knew I needed to take him home. My birthday was two days away, and I decided if he was still available for adoption, he would be my gift to myself. He was both. I thought I'd give him the best few years of his senior life since he had been a stud dog and then tossed away when he became 'too old.' Cody lived to be nearly 18 years of age before his heart and spirit gave out. I saved at least one life that day in March, and gave that elderly dog almost double the years. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. We all have opportunity to save animals' lives, through adoption and support of animal welfare organizations.
Breaking Through Author Burn-out: New Release by Eliza Boyd
Jul 26, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
When I discovered A New Leash on Love by Eliza Boyd several years ago, I felt thrilled! I also purchased her second book in the series, No Kidding in Love, when it released, and now I’m happy to share with you that the third book in her delightful True Love Animal Sanctuary series releases this week! I'm happy to welcome Eliza to the blog not only to highlight her new book, but to address an issue many writers experience at times: burn-out. However, she also reminds us that break-through happens, and what often results is a deeper, more delicious creativity.
Beauty Brings Light If We Dare to Look
Jul 12, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Beauty of all sorts surrounds us. That beauty brings light to our hearts, our souls, and our lives ... if we allow that to happen. Circumstances and situations can assail us. Negative words and actions impact us. Physical limitations, financial setbacks, family strife, governmental chaos, and so much more affect our lives and press down on our spirits. Yet, the smallest of things, including time with friends and the majesty of nature, can uplift us. Those small things are beautiful things -- yet even the faintest of light can empower us.
Self-Care Amid Stress
Jun 21, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Welcome to summer! Amid the stress we experience from work, school, family events, athletic endeavors, vacations, and other happenings, no matter the season of the year, we need to take care of ourselves. Self-care is vital to a balanced life.
Networking + Connecting = Relationships
Jun 09, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Connections personally and professionally enrich our lives. As a writer and author, I connect with and network with various people, from those I interview for magazine and newspaper articles to fellow authors aspiring to educate, entertain, and inspire readers. I learn from each encounter and experience, and occasionally I'm able to help others learn as well. Relationships are vital to growth, as an individual and professional.
Just Like Seasons, Our Lives Change
May 17, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Just as seasons change, so do our lives. Sometimes the change is welcome, like flowers in springtime, while other times we dislike the change that occurs (like a blizzard during winter, threatening driving conditions and the lives of animals or people caught in the storm). Embracing change isn't easy, but accepting what we cannot change, or taking specific steps to implement a needed/wanted change, are ways to cope with life.
Writing from the Heart: Prose with Purpose – Part 2: The Importance of Nature and National Parks
Apr 19, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
As a writer, I enjoy entertaining, educating, and inspiring readers. One of my favorite subjects to write about is nature, including America's national parks. Nature offers people opportunities for tranquility, pleasure, and reflection. Even if you can't visit a national park, there are ways to enjoy the solace nature provides.
I Love Love
Apr 04, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Meet contemporary romance author Anita (A.N.) Verebes from Australia! Her second book, You Can't Hurry Love, released last month. I welcome her to my blog to talk about writing romance and give us insight into her novels that are part of a series she calls The Jukebox Collection.
New Children’s Book Emphasizes the Importance of Kindness
Mar 15, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Teaching kindness to kids will help our world become a better place. Children's author and educator Christine Dankert shares her new, soon-to-be-released book with us. Called The Kindness Machine, she uses her words and the illustrations created by her husband, to help children understand the importance of kindness. She's also having a giveaway and a kindness challenge. Read on!
Writing From the Heart: Prose With Purpose – Part 1: Missing and Murdered Indigenous People
Mar 08, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
On this International Women's Day, let us be mindful of the reasons to celebrate the journey of women, yet also mindful of the many missing, murdered, enslaved, and suffering. I recently wrote two articles about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and People (MMIP), and through this writing from the heart and with purpose, I gained greater knowledge and awareness -- I seek to share that. Read on.
Discovering Authors and Romance Stories Featuring Pets
Feb 24, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
If you enjoy sweet romance or cozy mystery stories that feature pets amid the pages, you'll enjoy the authors and books I highlight in this blog post! Included at the end is a link to a Book Funnel promotion of such stories with books on sale through March 20, 2022. Read on!
Celebrating Love: Friends, Family, Partners, and Pets
Feb 09, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Valentine's Day often brought sorrow my way, and so I dreaded the so-called holiday for many years. One time I received a lovely bouquet of flowers; I thought my then-semi-boyfriend had sent them, and so I called to thank him. "It wasn't me," he said. "Guess you have a secret admirer." When I told a friend of mine, she said, "I sent them. I know this time of year is hard for you, and I doubted HE would send you anything, so I decided I would." My first, but not only, Galentine's gift. There are many ways to celebrate loved ones, and love, in our lives, from friends and family to partners and pets. Celebrate love in all its forms, not just romance.
Dreaming of Vacations and Escaping with Fun Books!
Jan 25, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
With winter in full swing, those of us who enjoy romance stories continue to look for new books. Many of us also dream of warmer places, whether making travel plans for a winter destination that's warmer or dreaming of a vacation we'll take during the summer. Deadwood, South Dakota can be a destination for the readers of romance and other books. Some of those attending authors release a collaborative project this winter, so grab a hot beverage and take a read of this blog post to learn more!
What You Need Is Grit, True Grit: Getting to Where You Want to Be
Jan 11, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
A New Year has arrived, and with the dawning of 2022, many of us make resolutions and set new goals, whether for our physical bodies, emotional health, spiritual development, or career or life dreams. To accomplish any of that, we need perseverance, also known as 'grit.' Find encouragement and resources for your New Year and new self in this, my first blog of 2022! Read on!!