CREATIVE TRAVELS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

This week, I am thinking of getaways.  The kind that various family members are enjoying now, even though it is not yet spring.

A couple of hours away, we can find California’s Central Coast, with wonderful moments to enjoy.  Here’s where my daughter, her fiance, and her son enjoy spending time.  Sometimes the days are dark and cloudy, however.

 

An Ominous Day at the Beach

An Ominous Day at the Beach

 

A Mother/Son Moment

A Mother/Son Moment

 

Occasionally, one can find one of these photo ops:

 

Bee-ing Cool

Bee-ing Cool

 

Up to the northern regions of California, you can travel by car…or by train, as my granddaughter Fiona did this week.  Here she is, ready to go to the train station for her trip to San Jose.

 

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I am not traveling anywhere this week.  Instead I am close to home, focused on bringing my newest novel to life.   I am now awaiting the possibilities for my cover (from the design team), soon to be revealed.  Maybe next week!  The image below is the one I’ve been using to “stand in” for the cover that will be on the book.

 

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Enjoy the weekend!  I hope you’ll stop by and share some comments and links.

CREATIVE UPDATES: AMBLING ALONG — JAN. 27

Welcome to another Sunday Check-In Post.

It’s been a week of cozy reading, a bit of blogging, and time spent with family.  My youngest grandson was sick, so I hung out with him and nursed him through a day of fever and tummy upset.

Here’s my Sunday Salon post, in which I link to my blogging and reviewing.  In one of the blog posts, I excerpted from Interior Designs.  I’m almost finished with the snippets from that WIP…and then I’ll start sharing from Defining Moments.  Which means I’ll need to finish those edits…pronto!

What was your week like?

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CREATING A NEW WEBSITE — A BIG PROJECT — FEB. 8

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Today I’ve been working really hard to change a lot of links on my various blogs:  redirecting them to my new website that I’ve been working on since Monday.

Yes, that’s right.  A totally new site.

What brought this on?  Well, my old site was at Microsoft Office Live, and there are big changes coming there; changes that felt too frustrating and complex for me to deal with.  Besides that, I was not that happy with the site itself.

So I took the opportunity to create something at Word Press, with my own domain:  http://laurelrainsnowauthor.com/

At first I worked on the site without buying the domain, but then, once I was happy at how it was shaping up, I went ahead and did it.

Have you ever thought of how many places where your website is listed?  Places you need to go to make the changes?

I’m glad that I’m a list maker, as it made the process a lot less aggravating.

Of course, it would be easier if I didn’t have so many blogs!  lol

Next item on the agenda:  check out the various social networking sites that I’m not using and delete them!  And then remember to delete the links to them….

Do you ever make a decision to launch a time-consuming project without realizing just how much effort will be involved?  Do you make some big decisions afterwards?  Like…to simplify?

I know that I could learn a lesson or two from this project!

 

SURROUNDED BY COZINESS — JAN. 27

MY OFFICE BULLETIN BOARD

When I am in my office—my creative hub!—I like to surround myself with favorite vignettes and sentimental objects that spark my creativity.

Like this bulletin board above (and in the blog header).  On it are a collection of family photos, business cards, a notice of a gallery opening (for my son’s Ireland photos), and even a snapshot of a couple of soap opera stars.  Yes, my second son, who worked for Dick Clark Productions at the time, snapped it in Hawaii (with the cooperation of the stars, of course!), and it has pride of place along with other favorites.  At the top of the bulletin board is a sign (LORRE), which was a birthday card created by my younger brother in the 1980s, when I was called “Lorre.”  He has a sign-painting business, so the birthday sign seemed unique and appropriate.

My office walls are covered with photos, too.  Like these that surround my desk.

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All four walls are literally layered with photos.  A bit much?  Maybe, but I feel snug and cozy in this room.

Sometimes my creative sparks fly and take me off to create another blog.  Yes, I’ve gone up and down with the numbers, having as many as twenty at one time.

I’ve held firm at eleven for awhile.  But yesterday, I had to create another writing blog:  a journal, if you will, about getting enmeshed in the minutia of life and losing sight of the big picture.  Like not seeing the forest for the trees…so it’s called My Forest Journey.

I also had to use this great blog header I created over at Picnik.com, which is closing down in April.  Last chance to use premium features free!

I have a couple of alternates, too.  Just in case.

Wouldn’t want to miss the chance to have a whole potpourri of available photos.

Meanwhile, I’m enjoying my reading this week, too.  I’ve finished a couple of great books and will be posting links to the reviews on Sunday.

Today I’m finishing this book about Diana, published in 2004.

Great photos and personal snippets that I hadn’t known….

So what are you up to today?  Enjoying your creative moments? 

THE CREATIVE JOURNEY — BLOGS, BOOKS, & PHOTOS — JAN. 22

Do you ever have the kind of day that takes you on a meandering pathway of creativity?  One in which something strikes you as an opportunity, and you take off, just to see where it might lead?

Today was a day like that, beginning with an e-mail.

A bad news/good news kind of notification.  The site where I have been doing my photo editing/blog header creating for the past couple of years is now closing down (Picnik.com).  That’s the bad news.

The good news part was that the premium features would be free until the site closes.

Of course, I had to immediately go there to create a lot of blog header collages with more than two photos.  Like the one you see here today.  I created some for several other blogs as well.

That won’t take away from the sadness I feel at losing a great go-to place for photo editing.

If anyone knows of another site that works, please feel free to contact me.  The e-mail mentioned Google +, but I’m not crazy about that site in general…however, I’m willing to explore it if there are some possibilities there.

Meanwhile, after “spiffing” up some sites, I excerpted another passage from Interior Designs over at Snow Chronicles.  Check out that new header, too!  In the excerpt, two men converse over beers and shots, trying to figure out who could have framed Zach, who has been charged with murder.

What was your Sunday like?  Any progress on your WIPs?  Creative thoughts or impressions?  I’d love to hear your thoughts….

CONTINUING THE JOURNEY — JAN. 11

As many of you continue with the ROW 80 Challenge for 2012, I’m taking a break…sitting on the sidelines.

I’ll still be working on my WIPs, which are just about ready.  Interior Designs has been tweaked, polished, and is heading out the door.  Soon.

Defining Moments needs a little more work.  A read-through is almost finished (again!), and as I polish this one a bit more, I’ll be thinking about other projects.

I hope to visit some of you as you “row” your works; I have enjoyed the community.

Don’t be surprised if I jump onboard later in the year.

Have a great round!

 

12-18 CHECK-IN: ROW 80

LOTS OF READING!

 

Good morning, and welcome, Row Participants!

This past week, I did lots of reading, a few blog posts, and some editing/rewriting of Defining Moments.

I expect to be finished (or close to it) by the end of this round.

I also did a little blog tweaking, changing the theme here and over at Curl up and Read.

I like the larger space for the header, along with the neater sidebars.

I posted about my changes at Playing Around, where I also added an excerpt from Interior Designs; then another post yesterday, Saturday Musings: Holiday Moments, with another excerpt.

You can check out my reading here at Serendipity, in my Sunday Salon post.

Otherwise, the week has sped by with very little to remark about, except that I’m starting to really look forward to the end of this round. 

Looking back at the year in totality, I am impressed with how much we have all accomplished.  I had only rudimentary WIPs at the beginning; now I am pretty much ready to go with Interior Designs, and Defining Moments is not far behind.

Thanks to all the support of the ROW-80 team and participants!  I cannot thank you enough!

Hope some of you will stop by and share your own links and thoughts.