Try Something New
It’s finally starting to feel like spring around here. Winter’s chill and damp are giving way to slightly warmer temperatures and sunnier skies. And even when it does rain, it’s the kind of rain that makes you think of green things and the joy of splashing in puddles. This is the season of renewal and growth. It’s a time when things emerge and unfurl. It’s the perfect time to stretch yourself beyond the usual confines of your daily routine and try something new.
It doesn’t have to be something earth-shattering. You might get your coffee at a different place, or share it with someone you don’t see very often. You might read a different genre of book than you’re used to, or listen to a different kind of music. Maybe you’ll get the chance to try a new activity like dancing, karaoke, or roller skating. Maybe, if – like me – you enjoy hiking, you’ll find a new place to explore. Or, perhaps you’ll try cooking a new dish, wearing a new style, or learning a new language.
It doesn’t really matter what the something new is, only that it’s new. New experiences challenge and inspire us. They help us look at the world with fresh eyes so we get a different perspective. They get our creative juices flowing. So, go ahead, give yourself the chance to try something new. You never know where the adventure might lead.
Books I’m Reading:
I am absolutely loving Gail Carriger’s four-book Finishing School Series. I listened to the first book in the series a couple years ago and then picked up the second one, Curtsies & Conspiracies, this past March. I recently finished the third book, Waistcoats & Weaponry, and am already about a third of the way through the final book in the series, Manners & Mutiny. The audio versions of the books that I purchased on Audible are read by Moira Quirk.
These books are undeniably a guilty pleasure, and one I’m not ashamed to admit to. Though they might be considered genre fluff by some, they are well written, well paced, and just a whole lot of fun. They have managed to keep this picky reader consistently engaged through all four tomes.
Once I picked up the series again, I noticed that each time I finished one book, I was automatically (and immediately) purchasing the next book in the collection. This is an important observation because it speaks not only to the value of series, but also to the value of having multiple books in the market (whether they are part of a series or not). As I anticipated coming to the end of the Finishing School quartet, I explored Carriger’s other titles and found that she has another series called the Parasol Protectorate Series. These books feature a different set of characters, but take place in the same world. You can bet your bookish booty that I’ll be buying those as well.
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My Favorite Blog Reads for the Week:
- The Focus Sentence – Find the Shape of Your Story by @jccabel
- Getting to The End: How to FINISH a book by @KAMcCleary
- How to Use a Plot Planner by @plotwhisperer via @JaneFriedman
- The Joy Of Genre Mashing: 5 Tips For Writing Cross Genre by @AlanBaxter via @thecreativepenn
- What It Takes: The Designated Driver by Shawn Coyne via @SPressfield
PUBLISHING & MARKETING
- The Hard Truth About Social Media And What You Need to Do About It by @jeffbullas
- LinkedIn Tip for Writers by @elizabethscraig
- Editorial Calendar Tips, Tools, and Templates by @joderama
- Seven Steps to Combat Blog Content Thieves by @problogger
THE WRITING LIFE
- 7 Lies Writers Believe (and the Truths You Need to Know Instead) by @RuthanneReid
- Why do writers write? via Inked Thoughts and Midnight Monologues
- Google Calendar to Simplify Life and Set Goals by @elizabethscraig
Finally, a quote for the week:
Here’s to trying new things, being your own person, and reveling in all your favorite guilty pleasures. Enjoy & I’ll see you on the other side!
Jamie Lee Wallace Hi. I’m Jamie. I am a content writer and branding consultant, columnist, sometime feature writer, prolific blogger, and aspiring fiction writer. I’m a mom, a student of equestrian arts, and a nature lover. I believe in small kindnesses, daily chocolate, and happy endings. Introduce yourself on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. I don’t bite … usually.