• Who We Are

  • Schedule

    Mondays ~
    Tuesdays ~ Snarky
    Wednesdays ~ Dreamer
    Thursdays ~ Naughty
    Fridays ~ Dreary
    Saturdays ~
    Sundays ~

    Whenever ~ Smokey, Mighty, Eerie and Wicked

  • Snarky’s Tweets

  • Kinetic’s Tweets

  • Dreamer’s Tweets

  • Wicked’s Tweets

  • Eerie’s Tweets

  • Mighty’s Tweets


darkchocolateWe are day eleven into the new year, and I’m wondering how everyone is doing with their resolutions. Granted my goal to eat healthy may be sunk as I have already eaten my second piece of dark chocolate today—so worth it by the way. But gratefully, I’m hanging onto my more realistic goals that involve writing and exercise. Here are a couple tips for all of us to make it another month or so with our goals.

    1. Write them down. Make the goal concrete and tangible by writing it down. Then place it where you can read it frequently. I like the electronic sticky pad on my computer desktop or the front of my writing binder.
    2. Get back up. I’m constantly watching my ten month old stumble, fall, and bash his head as he is learning to walk. It is painful, no doubt. He has the bruises to show for it. When working towards our goals, falling down is part of the process. Just get back up.
    3. Be held accountable. Tell your goals to a friend, a co-worker, instructor, or you can even post them here in the comment section. Make sure someone knows, and it is even better if they will want a report of how you fared. For writers, I recommend starting or joining a writing community. Find others with similar goals that will hold you accountable and push you to progress.

One of my goals was to create a personal blog and online presence. So please feel free to me on this journey at www.deannabrowne.com, on twitter @BrowneBooks, or on Facebook. My first blog is on joining this great online community. Thanks for the support, and I wish you the best in this new year!

Joining the social network…

Okay so I’m trying to set up a Facebook page for Jami Gray because, my whip-mistress, Snarky, has made an “impression” and “pressed” upon me the importance of broadening my social networking. Here’s the deal, I am constantly amazed I can manage a weekly blog, but add in an actual page and I start to panic.  I can be sarcastic (stop snorting Eerie or I’ll sick Raven on you!) but witty and engaging may escape me. Yet no matter how much I protest (read scream and throw a tantrum) if you want people out there to read what you’re putting to paper, you’d best step up and become a social creature.

Now how big of an oxymoron is that? Most writers I know, would rather huddle down in whatever little cubby hole they’ve crawled into so no one can find them, and let the world disappear.  That way, they can lose themselves in their world, because, let’s face it, it’s a lot more interesting. It’s why we write what we do.  So back to point…one of the hardest things about being a writer is the fact that I have to overcome a lifelong practice of sitting back and watching those around me as their actions/words/situations spark my creativity, and I have to be…gasp…SOCIAL.

So yes, I now have a Facebook page.  I’m not sure I have it set right, but I’m sure I’ll be getting lots of pointers at the next gathering over at Dusty Tomes Library just pass Eerie’s swamp.  So bear with me as I make my way into the treacherous world of social networking.


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