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Eibhlin Morey
Artist, author, and Disney fan
Artist, author, and Disney fan
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Wonderful!
Look-up of the 50-foot Dean's Staircase inside the southwest tower of St Paul's Cathedral in London. The spiral was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and was completed in 1705. The 88 Portland stone steps have no central support, and are set 150mm into the wall and carefully shaped to rest on the step directly beneath them.
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When I'm not writing, I create art. Sometimes, really big art. This painting is 36" x 36" and gallery wrapped. (Meaning: the canvas is wrapped around deep stretcher bars that hold the canvas taut.)

http://eileenmorey.com/huntsville-wedding-painting/

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I'm a strong advocate for the recognition of artists. Here's where the viral Statue of Liberty (on one knee) illustration came from: https://twitter.com/knecessary/status/911824420896899072

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My newest blog post about writing: http://eibhlin.com/writing/can-see-youre-writing (It's about free resources to help you visualize your scenes' settings.)

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If, like me, you have far too many half-started books on your hard drive, and you need a path back to feeling good about them, here are some suggestions:

http://www.eadeverell.com/wp-content/uploads/reconnectwithyourstory.pdf

(LOTS more good freebies at that website, too.)

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/07/31/ask-a-writer-in-which-i-exhort-you-to-care-less/

(That's by Chuck Wendig, and he has several other great "pep talks" at that site, as well. He also uses NSFW language that you may find highly offensive. He's kind of a love/hate guy. I have a three-ring notebook dedicated to his best articles.)

And, "Published is Better than Perfect" by David Lee Martin (the one in the U.K.). You'll need to sign up for his list to receive it, but it's free. And, in my opinion, it's a gem. http://indieauthor.com/

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Definitely worth reading (and thinking about, and putting to use).
To decide whether you should edit as you go or not, evaluate your writing methods to determine how to best optimize your productivity. http://ow.ly/jOgf30dUvbR
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So, it's been forever since I posted much here. (Okay, not literally forever, but you get the idea.) I feel like I need to make a post that's "How I Spent My Summer Vacation," but about the past year or so.

But, I won't have time for that today. Probably not tomorrow, either.

One thing has not changed, and that's: I'm knee-deep in books. And, if you know my book categories, you also know that August through early November is my wildly busy time of year. This year is no different.

Other than that, how I work, write and publish -- and the people I trust for insights about indie publishing -- have changed nearly 180 degrees.

The condensed version: I still rely on -- in NO particular order -- Geoff Shaw's "Kindling" advice and Udemy courses, +Chuck Wendig's rude but brilliant books & blog, +Tink Boord-Dill's recommendations, +Britt Malka's condensed research into sub-genres, +David Lee Martin's insights in books & courses, +K.M. Weiland's books and articles, +Dave Chesson's niche research tools and blog posts, many of Lynn Johnston's recommendations, K-lytics' market analyses, and probably half a dozen other resources. (Apologies if I omitted you. I'm writing this in haste. Remind me in comments, and feel free to link to your website.)

One of the best writing resources I've found in the past year: William Martell's quirky books about screenwriting. His "Act Two Secrets" was a h-u-g-e "ah-HA!" for me. I promptly bought every other how-to book (about writing & screenwriting) he's published. So far, each has provided another major, often overlooked piece of the puzzle.

And, for fun (when my husband and I aren't strolling, hand-in-hand, through Disney World), I'm still creating coloring books.

Oh, the market for those books kind of fell off a cliff, last winter. So, I don't draw these with any illusions that I'll get rich with them.

I create them for fun, and because the thank-you emails (from niches where my coloring books are so appreciated) are tremendously satisfying.

And, I've continued my tradition of giving away a free sample page, each time I release a new book. (You can find links to more freebies -- my books and others' -- at ColoringGroup.com)

So, with a new book at Amazon, here's today's freebie: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8noedrX-LRwUjdwaHlVdHdUTkk (You can share that link. Anyone can view & download the sample page.)

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