Change, Change, Change

It’s not exactly an anthem we would choose for life, but some times the choice is not ours to make. Sometimes we fight change, mostly we’ve learned to embrace it. We’ve found the moments leading up to the change are the hardest to push through. And then freedom. Relief. The change has come and it’s really not as scary as we thought.

So, that’s our way of saying, we have a new blog. Hannah will be posting at Hannah Writes. We won’t be posting here any more. Come and check it out!  We hope you find this change as freeing as we do.

Choosing Risk,

Hannah~* and Jeff

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Full Circle Book Signing

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We are so excited about our first book signing!

We’re even more excited about the awesome location: Full Circle Book Store.

Everyone is welcome – we would love to see you there! We can’t wait to meet & greet, talk about Tahosa Treasure, get to know our readers a little better and win new ones as well.

So tell your friends and family and come on over to Full Circle Book Store on Saturday, March 16th any time between 3 & 5pm!

The Book Trailer

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas with the ones you love!

We had a wonderful, quiet Christmas at home. AND we got snow on Christmas Day! So exciting!

As we head quickly towards the new year and the release of our book (January 8th), we wanted to share the trailer for Tahosa Treasure with you. So, without further ado, here it is:

Tahosa Treasure

This last Friday we received our first copy of the book in the mail. It is just a proof, but – wow – how neat it is to see all of our hard work in print!

We have been through quite the process with editing and cover design and layout. We are so close now!

After we approve the final proof, Tahosa Treasure heads to marketing and then to print! We can’t wait until we can announce pre-order and our release date!

Don’t forget that Tahosa Treasure will be a great stocking stuffer for any young men in your life: sons, grandsons, brothers or nephews.

We have taken a break for the month of August, but will be ramping up again on Facebook, Twitter and here on the blog, so stay tuned!

3 Ways to Finish a Writing Project Strong

Our book is smack-dab in the middle of the editing process now. And it’s exciting.

It’s exciting to see something you’ve worked on for so long becoming the “final product.” We want it to be the best it can be, so we are keeping the pace up. Continuing to work hard, press towards that finish line.

How?

Three simple ways:

1. Do a little every day.

When you’re working with deadlines, the best thing you can do for yourself is budget your time wisely. Don’t leave it all for the end (like I’m always tempted to do…I work better under pressure, right???). Plan to work a little each day until the project is due and then – it’s done!

2. Be methodical.

You don’t want to race through a project – especially not one like this. Strong editing is everything. You want to take your time, be methodical and pay attention to details. This goes along with not saving it all until the last minute. Rushing is not good; slow & steady is the best way to do quality work.

3. Keep your eye on the finish line.

Don’t forget why you’re doing what you’re doing. Don’t forget the end goal you are striving for. It’s all worth it. Every bit of it. Even in the mundane, the difficult, the nitty-gritty. Keep going. Keep your eye on the finish line.

So, that’s what I’m focusing on this week.

How about you?

Questions: Do you have any tips on finishing a writing project well? Share them in the comments!

Little Britches: A Book Review

Title: Little Britches  (Father and I were ranchers)

Author: Ralph Moody

Number of pages: 260

What is this book about?

In 1906, Ralph Moody moved with his family from East Rochester, New Hampshire to a farm outside Denver, Colorado. Ralph was eight years old.

From his first day in school to helping his father make a go at farming on the high plains of Colorado, Ralph’s memory for details coupled with his down home style of telling a good story will make you wonder where the time went.

Why should you read this book?

Ralph Moody’s stories will take you back to another time when character mattered and a man’s word was his bond. He reminds me a lot of my Grandpa Roth. This book is great for youth and adults. Go for it!

Note: Little Britches is the first book in a series of books on his childhood and young adult years. All the books are a great read.

Have you read this book before? If so, what did you think of it?

Write Anyways

Writing is many things…but it is never convenient.

Even when there is plenty of time.

Plenty of inspiration.

Plenty of … [fill in the blank]

Even when the stars are aligned.

Writing is never convenient.

That is why it’s so important to write anyways. Whether you feel like it or not. Whether there is plenty of time or just a few moments here and there. Whether you feel inspired or bored. Whether the stars are aligned or whizzing frantically out of control.

How do you write anyways? Here are 4 ways:

1. Write the first word. Even if it’s “the.” Type it out. Write it out. Sometimes it’s like the key that starts the engine. Sometimes that first word will unleash a whole host of words. Sometimes you just have to start.

2. Take a break. Go ahead and read a few pages of your book. Go ahead and grab a snack. Go ahead and step outside for a little fresh air. Your mind will keep on working while you do. Sometimes you just need a fresh perspective.

3. Keep your focus. Don’t look too far ahead; that can be too overwhelming. Take it word by word. Sentence by sentence. Before you know it, you will have a whole paragraph down on paper…and then suddenly an entire book.

4. Don’t give up. Even when it feels hopeless. When you think that what you have to say doesn’t matter. When you’re tired and discouraged and you’re just about to quit. Don’t. Don’t give up. Ever.

Question: What is your #1 reason for writing anyways?