Snow tipped trees book cover for The Cabin by Angela Shori

A little holiday gift

Reviewing some old writing projects, some of which, long forgotten, I came across a short story that I’d published in an anthology benefiting a children’s center in 2001. As I read through The Cabin, it touched me on many levels. There were clear plot points and details within that I modeled after my grandmother, Lillian Whitman – NaNan who passed away only a few months ago.

As I took a trip down memory lane with Tressa, I wanted to give this story a new chance to be heard. It’s now available on Amazon as an ebook.

If you are interested in reading the story, drop me a line at ashori@typewriterlabs.com. I’ll get you set up with a free review copy in exchange for an honest review on Amazon.

This is a departure from the children’s book genre and fits more with Contemporary Holiday Romance. It’s a quick read, and I hope you enjoy it.

I’m still hard at work on the children’s series as well as a novel for #NaNoWriMo, though truthfully, completing some of these other projects is getting in the way of the new novel. It may get new life as a short story soon as well.

I’ll also be posting some comps of the proposed cover of the first travel guide for parents with small children for feedback soon. If you’re interested in being a beta reader for that, please let me know.

Please join the email list to stay up to date on free book promotions, new launches, and other information. If you join, I’ll shoot you a quick email requesting your preferred genre, and you will either receive a previously unpublished children’s story or a free copy of The Cabin.

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I love the blank page…

I once wrote an entire manuscript by hand on a legal pad during my breaks at work.  I have no idea where that legal pad is today, and I’m sure Harper Collins would be knocking down my door if I could locate it, but le sigh, such is life.

There is something intrinsically satisfying about sitting down with a blank sheet of paper and a pen.  How many great ideas were born of rough sketches on the back of a cocktail napkin or the Sudoku puzzle page of the in-flight magazine?

Dan Roam has an entire book devoted to back-of-the-napkin thinking.  There are stories (some true, some not) of great business ideas, songs, even novels getting their start on tiny scraps of paper.

Sure, we’re in the digital age, and we all want to save the trees so our grandchildren can actually live on Earth, but we haven’t eradicated the true written word.  Studies have been done that show that when you write something down you are more likely to remember it than just having read it or even typed it.  In my first year at the illustrious University of Texas Creative Program, we were all forced to use nothing more than our brains, and pen and paper to get our great ideas across.  And guess what? We did.

So, I’m glad paper isn’t going anywhere for a while.  What about you?  When you show up for the big meeting, important lecture, or to get that creative idea out, what tools do you bring with you?

New beginnings and life lessons…

The trailing ellipses in my titles are an homage paid to a dear friend. You know who you are. It’s a little badge of courage and a hopeful sign for the future. What wonderful thing is coming up next?

I’m an aunt again today. And that makes me hopeful too. There’s a new little life in the world who is going to do amazingly wonderful things like walk one day and talk and say “I love you,” to his mom. And he’ll do other things that make an impact on the world. Things we can’t even imagine today.

Forbes recently published a profile of Admiral Michelle Howard, the highest ranking woman in military history.  In it she details some wonderful advice on leadership and creativity.  If the US Navy can implement out of the box thinking, the rest of us have no excuse.

So, get out there and enjoy today.  Learn something new.  Do something great.  And if you get a chance, do play around with a 3D printer.  That’s almost worth joining the navy for.