3 Reasons to Love Football Season

SONY DSCMy husband is a loyal, die-hard Oakland Raiders fan. Okay, he is a die-hard football fan. He does fantasy football online and with friends. He watches Sports Center all week for the football news. He watches Thursday Night Football. He watches all day Sunday. He finishes up with Monday Night Football.

So what do I do during all this football that I don’t care about except for a few players?

3 reasons to love football season:

1. Football Season signals cooler weather. It means no air conditioner or heater needed. Time to pull out the turtlenecks and sweaters I love. It means a return to my comfy sweat pants for writing. It means I can get my writing gloves my friend knitted me for writing time.

2. Football season means hours of uninterrupted time to write. I take the laptop to the living room and tune out all the yells and whistles and write for hours on a nice Sunday afternoon. This doesn’t work for everyone, but I can tune out anything when I’m on the computer.

3. Last, but by no means least. I love football season because who doesn’t love a bunch of tight ends running around?!! :)

Go Raiders!!!

Jill James, writer of romance and fan of some sports!

 

Kindle Scout – Amazon’s newest

Yet again, Amazon leads the way in trying something new. This time it is Kindle Scout – Amazon’s reader-led, crowdsourced way to get published by Kindle Press.

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/submit

The popular books get a chance to catch the eye of Amazon Press and maybe get a publishing deal!

I’m going to keep an eye on it and see how it goes.

Jill James, coming soon! Love in the Time of Zombies

National Novel Writing Month

Are you ready to Nano?!!!

November 1 – 30 is National Novel Writing Month or Nano as it is called. Every year thousands of writers gather electronically and locally for a month of seeing how much they can write. The aim is to do 50,000 words to ‘win’. Although I and most writers feel any amount of words is a cause for celebration.

My first published novel, Tempting Adam was a Nano project. As was Dangerous Shift and most of Love in the Time of Zombies. See, even if you don’t ‘win’ you do win by having more words than you started out with.

Who’s ready for Nano?   www.nanowrimo.org

I’m there as Jill James and I’ll be working on two novellas to reach the 50,000 words.

All We Have is Each Other

GingerbreadGrandparentsI was reminded of this yet again today. We took my husband’s grandmother (94) to an assisted living facility. His mother (75) is just not up to taking care of her 24/7 anymore. So we were all there to move her from rehab to a nice private home. We were with my mother-in-law and her grandson, our nephew, along with our daughter-in-law who lives with us. We kept sister-in-law up-to-date via cell phone. We do everything as a family. Always have.

I’m always amazed when strangers are amazed that so many of us are there for a family life event. Where are the other people’s families? Why are they not involved in a stage of their loved ones lives? We are links on a chain. For it to be strong, we all have to do our part, be involved, help.

When the day is done and an accounting is made; have you been there for your family?

Jill James, writer of romance

 

This is a business

Being self-published is like running your own business. Starting with my next release I thought I would get a little more serious. All businesses should have a name. I publish as Jill James, but from my next release forward I will have a business name for my books. Plus, it was really cool to make a business name and logo. :)

LogoColorTextRightFor the story behind the name, go to http://jilljames.wordpress.com/gray-sweater-press

Autumn, finally!!

autumn leaves 3Autumn takes a little longer to show up in our drought-prone dry state. Most trees just get brown leaves and then they fall off. But today was perfection. It was cool this morning when we went to get our morning coffee. It got up to about 75 in the afternoon and it is cooling down now again. For the first time since winter I pulled on my comfy sweatpants and a tee shirt and it was just right.

Happy Autumn!

What is your favorite thing to do or wear to mark the autumn season?

Jill James, contemporary and paranormal romance

Banned Book Week 2014

banned book week 2014Some of the best selling books are banned someplace in the world. Writers sometimes joke they would like to get banned, because then they would get noticed. It is only a joke, because banning books is no laughing matter. I can still picture the book-burning scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It sends chills up my spine to see an author’s heart and soul burned or banned.

They are only words, but words have power. Or why would some choose to ban them, or burn them, or destroy them? Or in the case of Huckleberry Finn, change them. The author said what they wanted to say; embrace it!

Some kids may not be ready to read a specific book. If they do or don’t is the parent’s responsibility. But don’t make that choice for every kid, for every school, for every community.

Support Banned Book Week and go read a banned book!

Jill James, contemporary and paranormal romance writer