The Monday Buzz from Story Empire 3-13-17

old world type map with script writing laid over top and words Story Empire set off as a bold headerAnother week and another Monday. What’s the weather like in your part of the world? Two weeks ago we hit 75 degrees, an oddity for March, but a pleasant one. Tomorrow, a snow storm is poised to strike, Originally, the forecast was for six inches or more, but it’s since been upgraded to 10-18 inches.

Seriously? I have daffodils budding, and I saw my first robin yesterday. That all seems meaningless with the great white winter bearing down.

In other news, I’ve started working on a book proposal/draft that has me jazzed. It’s my second go round. The first proposal didn’t have pizzazz, but this one has me hooked. It’s progressing slowly, but progressing, and that’s reason to celebrate.

Another reason to celebrate is broadening our scope as authors. Today, on Story Empire, P. H. Solomon gives an introduction to Scrivener. This is a program I’ve had on my computer for a while but haven’t taken the time to learn. I don’t know about you, but I’m eager to see what insights P. H. has to share. While you’re roaming about the blogosphere, hop over and have a looksee.

P.S…to my early readers who may have seen the link about branding, I apologize, I had my dates mixed up. Didn’t I tell you it was a Monday! 😀

43 thoughts on “The Monday Buzz from Story Empire 3-13-17

  1. We have just had our winter. The daffodils are now gently swaying in the breeze and the sky is bright with the first rays of sun. It’s nice to feel warmer.

    I’m glad your new book proposal is working well. A good excuse to raise a glass of fizz!

    I will pop over to read Craig’s article. I studied branding at college such a long time ago, so it will be interesting to learn something new.

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    • Lizzie, I goofed on today’s feature at SE. P.H. Solomn is up with a post on Scrivner (highly interesting) and Craig will be up on Wednesday. I made a kafuffle of it, LOL!

      Your weather sounds beautiful. I can’t wait until we have the same. It won’t be long now *fingers crossed*

      And thanks for the well wishes on the book proposal. A glass of fizz sounds grand 🙂


  2. We haven’t had much of a winter this year. Our trees are already leafing out, dogwoods, wisteria, and redbuds are in bloom as are the abundant Texas wildflowers such as the bluebonnet and Indian paintbrushes. I even saw some red clover beginning to bloom and I never remember things being this early.

    That being said, Easter comes in mid-April, so it’s a sure bet we’ll have a cold spell around that time.

    Congrats on the proposal!

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    • Just reading about all those trees and wildflowers conjured pictures of spring for me, Joan. It must be beautiful in Texas when it’s in bloom.

      As for the proposal, this one is clicking with me, where I felt like I was struggling with the last one. Fingers crossed!


  3. Good luck with the storm! I almost feel guilty working from home today because the sun is out in full force, giving no hints about the nasty road conditions (though by now the plows have surely gone over the roads again).

    Congrats on the proposal! It’s a great feeling when a revision (proposal or otherwise) “clicks”. Write on!

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    • I think it’s wonderful you can work from home. Even if the sun is shining, far better that you avoided those nasty road conditions.

      And Ii’m excited about this new book idea. It popped into my head one night when I couldn’t sleep, and by morning I had most of the story sorted and plotted. 🙂


  4. Happy Monday, Mae! I’m soooooo looking forward to Spring. We still have about two feet of snow in the garden and it’s -26 here today. Unusually cold, but sweet God it’s nasty!
    I hope the snowfall is on the lighter side. Stay safe. And awesome to hear a little about your next endeavour! Cheers. 🙂

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  5. Wow, Mae, stay warm! I am very interested in Scrivener. The guest author on Marlena’s Rave Waves show on Saturday, Cheryl Colwell, mentioned it as well. Heading over to see what P.H. has to say.

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    • We’re getting ready to batten down the hatches and snuggle in, Jan. Maybe that will be a good time for me to study Scrivener in detail. I’d like to become a user, too. I hope you find P.H.’s post helpful! 🙂


  6. This weekend, I had budding flowers and snow. No idea what the plants will look like come spring. But you stay warm and safe… looks like the north is about to get snowed in.

    And congrats about the proposal. If the concept is that exciting, the book is sure to be awesome!

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    • What a combination…budding flowers and snow. I fear my daffodils won’t survive the night, but I know they are hardy plants and will bud again.
      I plan to snuggle in with Raven (my cat) tomorrow, in between helping hubby clear our driveway and our neighbor’s driveway (she’s elderly and we look after her). After that I hope to get back to the WIP and the proposal again.
      Thanks for your positive thoughts. I’m jazzed about this one 🙂


    • What a positive attitude to have! Good for you!
      Although, when it’s time to snow blow and shovel all those mounds of white, I don’t feel very favorable toward them, LOL!


  7. Our temps hit the 80’s last week. We had snow Sunday and they’re calling for another snow this week. Poor flowers that have already bloomed don’t stand a chance unless covered. I think one night it’s to get down to 19* F.

    Congrats on the book proposal.

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    • Kim, your weather sounds like ours. And I feel the same way about the poor flowers. They’re going to be buried under all that snow 😦
      All the positive side, our temps are scheduled to warm considerably the following week, so hopefully, it will all melt quickly.
      And thanks for the congrats. The proposal still has a long way to go, but I’m excited about this one! 🙂


  8. Over here, we had several days of warm, sunny, and now it went back to cold. It’s raining right now and the wind is harsh. But, as a comment above says, let’s see the filled part of the glass. It’s good weather for the fields and future crops.(Hopefully.)

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    • Hi, Carmen. I hope you have sunny temps soon. The glass half filled is always a better mindset to have.
      Right now we are preparing for power failures and major snowfall, but even at the worst it won’t last for long. Snow is beautiful when it falls. I just wish it were easy to remove, LOL!
      Stay warm, my friend!


  9. Congrats on the new book proposal. They’re hard to write, but it’s nice to be jazzed for a new idea. Good luck. I’ve never used Scrivener, but it sounded helpful. I reblogged it to share the info. Thanks!

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    • Judi, thanks for reblogging the post. I haven’t used Scrivener either, but I hope to give it a try in the near future. And thanks for the thumbs up on the book proposal. I’m excited about this one! 🙂


  10. I have yet to see snow this year – can’t remember the last time that happened – and I live in KY. What’s up with that? I always look forward to a good snow day with a fire and good book. Excited to hear about what you’re working on!


  11. We went from snow, last storm was six inches to 70 degree weather in Northern California. So just the opposite here. My daffodils are starting to bloom, which always has meant, in the past, snow will cover them soon. Like you our robins just came back. Spring is almost here!

    I haven’t used Scrivener, but have heard of it. I keep meaning to read up on it more. Isn’t it great to get excited about the next project? I am starting to think about that soon, too 🙂

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    • So glad to have you drop by! 🙂

      I love new projects too. Sometimes it’s hard for me to wrangle them into shape at the start and get that, but with a little work they blossom…like those daffodils 🙂

      Now that we’ve had our snow (and mounds of it, LOL), I’m hoping we follow your trend and start seeing warmer weather. At this point, I’ll even settle for 50-degree temps!

      As for Scrivener, it’s one of those things that has been on my to-do list for a long time. One of these days! 🙂


    • Right now forties actually sound appealing to me, LOL.
      I’m sorry to here the warm temps are moving out in favor of colder ones. I always hate to say goodbye to spring and summer!


    • That 24 degrees, which has to be Celsius, converts to 75 Fahrenheit in my area. Those are high spring temps for me. We had that one day about two weeks ago in early March (or the end of February) and it was grand. Autumn here tends to be cool and crisp–jacket weather 🙂


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