What’s Your IP Address?

One thing is for sure, when you're in the midst of a long-term recovery, you will get bored out of your mind. Top these circumstances with 2-3 days of snow and ice - someone is going to break the rules. Did I mention - me? To say I've been stretching the doctor's instructions bit is … Continue reading What’s Your IP Address?

Are you searching for the right words?

A big thanks to Sheila for letting me jump into her Cow Pasture and share in her absence.  Each morning with a strong cup of coffee, I open my gmail. As I wade through the good, bad and crazy stuff in my inbox, one email never fails to generate a smile. Word of the day … Continue reading Are you searching for the right words?

NaNoWriMo – what now?

Welcome to the Cow Pasture, Guest Contributor, Kimberley Cooper - Kimberley Cooper Blog Firstly, thanks to Sheila for giving me the chance to chat with the folks that visit her blog. Nice to meet you all. I’m based in the UK, so please excuse any spellings and expressions that you might not be familiar with. Now, I … Continue reading NaNoWriMo – what now?

Do You Find The Submission Process Stressful?

I don't know about you but submitting my work has become very time-consuming, confusing, and stressful. The sheer number of journals, magazines, and contests from which to choose is overwhelming. Where to start? Which one is the best fit for me? In the past, I've used Duotrope, NewPages, and The Review Review to help narrow … Continue reading Do You Find The Submission Process Stressful?

You Asked: What the Heck is a Beta Reader? Do I Need One?

Welcome to another,  You Asked, the Experts Answer, segment.  This week's question is: What are Beta Readers and do I need one? A Beta Reader is someone who reads your manuscript before you release it and provides feedback. Similar to technology companies who release software updates to Beta Testers for the purpose of identifying any bugs before … Continue reading You Asked: What the Heck is a Beta Reader? Do I Need One?

You Asked: 7 Things You Can do to Identify Your Genre

Welcome to another, You Asked, the Experts Answer, segment. This week ‘s question is: How do I know If I've chosen the right genre?   Choosing a genre is something many writers struggle with and the biggest reason is being  unfamiliar with the different genres. Unfamiliarity breeds confusion, which in turn makes it difficult to know which to … Continue reading You Asked: 7 Things You Can do to Identify Your Genre

Access Denied!

None of us like to talk about the end of life issues, but Benjamin Franklin's famous quote, "Nothing is certain but death and taxes," is true and sooner or later, someone will be dealing with things we've left behind. It seems like yesterday, sassy, opinionated and in the prime of my life, I thought the world was my oyster. … Continue reading Access Denied!

Tips for the Floundering Tweeter

Although, I've had a Twitter account for awhile now, I admit I'm not proficient in the use of Twitter. For one, it can be addictive and it's hard for me to say anything in a 140 characters.  I've been working on my Twitter presence and thanks to Kevan Lee at Buffer for his article, Twitter Tips … Continue reading Tips for the Floundering Tweeter

Is Your Manuscript Ready for Primetime?

You've finally reached the pinnacle, revisions are complete and  your query is perfect and your manuscript ready. You're anxious to contact agents, but is it really ready for primetime? Before you hit send, read Ryan Lanz's, A Writer's Path, 16 Query Tips From Literary Agents.     Related articles 16 Query Tips From Literary Agents The Query Process for … Continue reading Is Your Manuscript Ready for Primetime?

The Benefits of Making To-Do Lists

I realize it has been more than a week since my last post and I apologize to my readers.  An unexpected hospitalization took me out of commission. Although I'm better, I'm  not quite back to full speed. So, today's post is one I wrote a while back in response to a prompt on lists. Enjoy. … Continue reading The Benefits of Making To-Do Lists