Not Your Typical Easter Post

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I have no idea how long it’s been since I posted on a Sunday. I typically take the weekends off and stick to my Monday-Friday schedule for my posts. But today is different, right? Well, sorta. It’s Easter. Let me tell you why this won’t be your typical Easter post. I will not be seeing any of my extended family. I will not be eating BBQ. I will not be doing any grilling of any kind. There will be no candy or Easter egg hunts. As a matter of fact, the only difference between this Sunday and any other is that I’m off work. Let me tell you what I will be doing.

Reading. As you may or may not be aware, my yearly goal is to read 50 books. I’m a bit behind schedule. I’ve only read five books and we’re nearly four full months into 2014. Yikes. I just started A Wrinkle in Time, finally, from the Amazon list and I hope to have my thoughts on the book soon. Likely next week.

Writing. Yeah, there’s that. I haven’t given you guys an update in some time because I don’t have any update. My manuscript is just sitting there in its file on my computer collecting figurative dust. Don’t worry. I can use today as something of a catch up day. I usually use it as a work/sleep day. I will write. I will. And the next chapter is already thought out in my head. Maybe you should yell at me in the comments that I need to get some writing done. It may help. Or I may yell back. No way of knowing unless you try.

I think that’s it. My Easter will be filled with pages and pages of written words. What about yours?

Listen While you…Write?

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I remember thinking of writing this post sometime ago. But then it got lost in the shuffle of other blog posts that I thought were more relevant. But now I’ve gone ahead and changed my mind. I’ve even given it the coveted Monday spot! Supposedly Mondays are the most active days on blogging sites, though my top five days in terms of views have all come on days that are not Monday. Eh. Doesn’t matter.

Anyway, you’re likely still scratching your head trying to figure out what exactly I intend to discuss in this post. The title doesn’t really tell you all you need to know. Fear not, the topic to be discussed is what you listen to as you write. I was reminded of this question when it was asked of me by another blogger who nominated me for a Liebster Award. My initial response and longest post ever can be found here.

Okay. Time for the good stuff. My answer is actually a two-part answer. First, I don’t listen to anything while I’m working on my second novel. The sounds of my house are annoying enough that I have no intention of adding to the mix with sounds of ANYTHING. Second, I always listen to music as I write my blog posts. I typically write them the night before they’re set to go online. For instance, this is Monday’s post being written at 12:45 Sunday night. What music you ask? Well if you’ve glanced at my About Me page then you know that I LOVE country music. Seriously. I don’t care that people say all they sing about are back roads, blue jeans, beer, and trucks. It’s about a thousand times better than pop music. Probably more, actually. I’m always downloading new songs. I listen to my most recent country downloads as I work on my blog posts. It’s currently 11 songs. Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, and Brett Eldredge are all represented in this batch. I honestly don’t know why there’s a difference between writing a blog post and writing a new chapter. But there is.

So there you have it, I’m either listening to the click-clacking of my fingers on the keys of my laptop while writing a new chapter or I’m jamming to some country music while writing a blog post. I want to know what YOU listen to as you write. Let’s compare, shall we?

Also, I’m going to start keeping you guys apprised of my progress to read 50 books in a single calendar year. I just finished my fifth book of the year. London Bridges (Alex Cross #10) by James Patterson.