Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Good Business

I used to have all of the swag for my books wherever I went. I haven't done that as much anymore, but I have found that not having a good business card on me when an opportunity presented itself is costing me in sales and readership. I tried making my own. It seemed like the prudent thing to do, but it really does just look "homemade". It's a lot better to look for great deals like the cheap business cards from It makes sense, they look professional and they are always handy. The designs are flexible enough to give me a lot of choices. Even have individual ones printed up for each book, or make series related cards, or just my name brand. Swag is fun, but business cards are just good business.

Buying and Selling Boats

Yeah, I'm looking to sell my boat and buy a smaller, more specific boat. I loved the time we spent on the cruiser, but it's expensive and better as a slip boat meaning it costs money to rent slip space during the short season as well. I would prefer a bow rider or a fishing boat that will get into shallow areas better for getting the most versatility when out, and is easy to trailer and get in and out of the water. In a perfect, well-financed world I'd keep the cruiser anyway, and get the other boat too, but that's not going to happen. I need to sell the one to afford the other. I'll miss the big girl.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Feel Good Fragrances

There are some songs that take you back to a particular period of time, an event, or bring up feelings. There are some sights that do the same. All of the senses have that power. Smell is one of the most powerful. That's why fragrances are so powerful. Now, if you have ever played with Play Doh as a child, you will definitely appreciate play doh cologne. It's a great fragrance and it is bound to take you back to your childhood. It will also elicit a comfortable, homey feeling for others when they are near. It's one of those aromas you can't help but feel good about.

Rejuvenating Your Writing

It has been a long week. I've had a lot of work, and last weekend, even though I took it off, I had a lot of work to do with a home improvement project. It was one of those, I time off from my time off types of things. I finally got a little relaxation this weekend and boy was it appreciated. Being a writer and working from home often means working 7 days a week, many more hours a day than you would at a "day job." Most of the time it's well worth it. Sometimes you just need to decompress though. Always make sure you take a little time to relax and rejuvenate. Your work will be fresher and you'll feel better for it.