A Space for Writers

I’m putting this into the world. Someday I want to open a writers’ co-op. A cool space where writers can come in and work on their projects, drink coffee or tea, and hash out ideas. A place to hold author talks, workshops, and other events. A kids’ area stocked with books for people who need to bring their little ones with for an hour or two while they work there too. Comfy couches and chairs with art and furnishings made by friends and local artists to decorate the space and a speaker system perfected by my husband for ambiance.

I’ve been eyeing buildings for sale for the last year or so, but not with any serious intent. This is just a dream right now, but I wanted to officially put it out into the universe. I know nothing about running a business and next to nothing about renting or leasing a building. I don’t even know if this idea is feasible or practical. I’m not entrepreneurial or outgoing by nature, but I do like bringing people together, and I love talking shop with other writers. So there we go. It’s out there now. That’s enough for now.

Character Enneagrams

While vacationing with my family in Alabama last weekend, our friend introduced me to this personality test called the Enneagram. What is the Ennegram? Your Enneagram Coach says:

The Enneagram (Ennea=9, Gram=Diagram) is simply a map (GPS) for self-discovery and personal growth based on 9 basic personality types.

After she explained which type she was (a 2) and also described some of her other friends and loved ones (we’re both married to 8s), I had to admit, I was curious. I took the test for myself and came up with 7 as a result. OK, I can see it. Then I decided to take the test for my characters Sharnita and Mike, the love interests in Sharnita with the Blue Nails.

All graphics were adapted from Your Enneagram Coach. I highly encourage you to go visit their site and take the quiz!

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In Defense of Opening Bands

“We should probably pay attention. This could be our new favorite band.”

Those were the wise words spoken by my BFF last week at the Magic Giant show. So many of the bands we love, including Magic Giant, we first heard as an opening band. And every time, we probably groaned about the fact that there were opening bands at all.

I was racking my brain, trying to think about where I had written about opening bands before, and then I remembered it was in the Epilogue of my first book, Front Row.

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Going to Concerts in Your Thirties

You know you’re old when you notice girls in the crowd wearing the exact same outfits you would’ve worn twenty years ago.

That’s not to say it was all young twenty-somethings in the crowd last night at the Magic Giant show. There were other concertgoers in their thirties and forties…except most of them lined the perimeter of the coffee shop/concert venue, perched on bar stools or huddled around cafe tables. Not us though. Not this time.

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Meet Sharnita Quickley

I’m getting very close to being ready to publish my second book in the Rockin’ Austen series, Sharnita with the Blue Nails. Today, I’m going to have Brit Byers, of Brit with the Pink Hair, introduce Sharnita to you and do a little interview. Enjoy!

Brit: Welcome, Sharnita. Or would you prefer Shar?

Shar: Either is perfect. Shouldn’t I be interviewing you though? You’re the famous one.

Brit: My dad’s the famous one. Anyway, this is about you, not me. You’re the one who’s been on TV before, right? Some singing show? What was that like?

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