Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My New Website and Blog...

Hi all,

I'm on a new website now with a blog there - it is for the blog posts and for all things books & info.

Check it out :)

Friday, January 11, 2013

My Blog Has Moved!

Hello all,

I have updated my website to have WordPress, and now my blog is part of my main website.

Please find me there (along with all these Blogger archive blog posts):

Thanks, and hope you enjoy!

Elaine Calloway

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013!

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful New Year's Eve celebration. For me, that consisted of picking up some gourmet (and easy to cook) dishes from a local specialty store, and staying in to watch DVDs. There's too much chaos on the roads for my taste, and going out to dinner can often mean a 3-hour wait on a night such as 12/31.

So we had our Chicken Paris, our twice-baked potato salad and creamed spinach, and special key lime tart pies for dessert. The kids joined us, made smores on the grill, and a good time was had by all :)

This morning, I found something in my desk drawer. It was our 2011 Christmas letter, along with my 2012 New Year Resolutions. Since I usually misplace these things, it was fascinating to me to read these and see how many I kept over the 2012 year. To my astonishment, I kept 6 out of 10. That's pretty good. More than half.

I hope for better numbers in 2013, of course, but I would say 60% is my best year yet.

So here we go, with 2013 resolutions:

1. Take a pottery class. Do something different and artistic.
2. Take the plunge into self-publishing my 4-book Elemental series. Book 1 ("Water's Blood") is scheduled for Feb 1 release, with Book 2 out by late summer.
3. Get in better shape/eat healthy.
4. Take the time to write, draw, paint, whatever inspires me.
5. Blog more!

What about you? What are your goals for 2013?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Writer Q&A, Actors Studio Style!

A fellow writer on Twitter contacted me about a week ago, wanting to do a Q&A with me and my writing process. I was (of course) honored, and now the questions/answers have been compiled and published to his blog.

The link is here, and the Q&A covers such things as how to survive when your hard drive crashes, what works for your process, etc.

Check it out!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Nov 1 - Happy #NaNoWriMo

Happy November :)

For those who don't hear character voices in your head or hoard Diet Coke at writer conferences, the abbreviation in the title, NaNoWriMo, stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is always the month of November, with many people grasping caffeine in their hands, ready to take the challenge.

The challenge? Write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. That equals to about 1800 words per day, or doing massive catch-up on the weekends. There are website trackers to upload your word count, ways to chart/graph it based on regional area. Oh yes, we writers get into it!

Sometimes it helps to know that others are struggling to get the words down on paper, too. Sometimes it helps to have a network, no matter what activity you are doing.

So for all those starting #NaNoWriMo today, may the muse light upon your shoulder and bring you happy and wonderful words :)

As for me, I do intend to participate, but I need to finish an editing project first. So perhaps I will be one of those types who cranks out the words on the weekend, rather than daily. We shall see :)