Fresh Pressed Posts2018-02-01T15:19:22+00:00

Does that make sense?

What is your least favorite month? How about season? I love living in a place with four distinct seasons. We’re talking negative temperatures and incredible ice storms in the winter, and triple digit, steam sauna summers. But personally, I’d be okay if winter ended December 26th. That’s why October is one of my favorite months. It’s a lovely and gentle transition from flipflops, cicadas, and suntans, to goose bumps, gray skies, shortened days. As [...]

By |October 5th, 2018|Categories: Beth Olsson|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments

Life Imitating Art

“Writing is easy. Just sit down and open a vein.” ~Red Barber Have you ever heard this quote? It’s one of my favorites because it rings so true. When I sit down in front of my computer or I’m jotting notes by hand, one of the first things I do is ‘get into the skin’ of my character and it is sort of like an imaginary blood transfusion between me and this fictional-but-oh-so-real person. [...]

Bookish Moods: Fall Edition

It’s October 1st. My favorite month (and season) has begun! In addition to wearing cute boots, filling big cups with steaming tea, and decorating my apartment with leaf garlands and pumpkins, I make sure to gather all my favorite fall books around me. I love reading books in season. It can be hard to get into a Christmas book while the a/c is pumping and the sun is relentlessly beating down. And then if [...]

By |October 1st, 2018|Categories: Austin Ryan|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Living in Story Land

If you could live anywhere... As a writer, I know the importance of story setting, but I struggle with writing it. I have a reason for that. As a reader I will skip right over descriptions of setting. I want action and setting doesn't do that for me most of the time. Having said that, I've read some books where the settings were so good that, not only did I read those parts, I [...]

The Gift of Failure (and Free Books!)

Think of it like being in high school: you start as a Freshman, then advance to a Sophomore, then Junior. After your Senior year, you graduate with a published novel! As a new author, I received this advice regarding a well-known novel-writing program. At the time, it really excited me – I was already a year into my writing journey, so I fully expected to have a published book in three years! That was [...]

By |September 11th, 2018|Categories: book giveaway, Karin Beery|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

When are you getting published?

I get asked this question often by friends and family, and thought I’d share the amazing news! I’m publishing my first book…someday 😊 I know, I baited you. But if you keep reading I will expound. Getting published is, in part, a personal decision. For me, the first question is—am I ready? A few years ago I would’ve said “Full steam ahead yes!” Oh dear. Putting that work into the hands of the public [...]

By |September 7th, 2018|Categories: Beth Olsson|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments