Haven’t Entered the Contest Yet?


So on Friday, I revealed Aunty Ida’s brand new book trailer (which is below) and a contest. If you share the video, you could win a $25 Amazon Gift card, and today, I’m making it even easier to enter.

Share the video on Twitter, and make sure to use my handle, @IsaLeeWolf (feel free to follow me, I follow back) or post a link to the video on your blog and share that link below in the comments. That’s it! I’ll take care of the rest. It’s like taking a $25 Amazon Gift Card from a blogger. As before, sharing on Twitter is one entry; posting on your blog is another entry; and posting your link in the comments below counts as a third entry (post your Twitter links, too, if you want). Right now, your odds of winning are excellent, so what are you waiting for? Get sharing.

The contest ends at 12 a.m. on September 6, 2014, and the winner will be chosen in a random drawing. If you prefer, you can still enter via Rafflecopter.

Aunty Ida Contest and Announcement


As promised, I’m running a Rafflecopter giveaway! And, finally, here’s the Aunty Ida announcement: Aunty Ida has escaped the bounds of fiction and has her very own book trailer. It’s premiering (ooh, fancy) with this post! So share the video on Twitter, share it on your blog, and leave a comment below with your links for another entry. You’ve got a chance at a $25 Amazon gift card, so get sharing!

You must share this book trailer to be eligible for the $25 Amazon Gift card. If you Tweet it and blog it, you’ll have two entries. Leave your links below in the comments, and you get another entry. Those are pretty good odds. Sorry, comments without a link sharing the book trailer won’t count toward the contest. Make sure you use the Rafflecopter link above to enter the Tweet and blog post urls showing your sharing and to get your entries. You have until 12 a.m. (U.S. Central time) September 6, 2014 to enter.

Now here’s Aunty Ida’s attempt to get herself over into the real world. We should probably be worried.



Dealing with Slow Brain Days


So as I said last week, this week I’ll be launching a contest, complete with a prize, relating to Aunty Ida. And along with that, there will be a big Aunty Ida reveal! So come back, you just may win something.

I had a bit of a slow period last week, and it was tough to focus on my work. Some of it was uncontrollable and external, with construction noise and then the overwhelming din of the Blue Angels. But some of it was just me. When everything comes out of your head, it’s tough when your head is acting more like a doorstop than a doorway.

So what do you do?

Of course, if I knew the answer to that, I’d be the most productive person on the planet. For me, it depends. If it’s an external issue, you can try to cope with it as best as you can–earplugs, music, change of scenery–and get on with it. But when it’s an uncooperative self, it’s trickier.

I at least try to get the non-negotiables out of the way, and sometimes just that little bit of forward motion is all it takes to get you going. And other times, when you’ve finished them, the rest still seems unlikely.

Now and then, your brain is telling you it needs a chance to regroup, it needs a little time to be blank, and to let things percolate. And other times, you’re just feeling plain lazy, which may just be a more indulgent version of the first one.

When things really aren’t working, take a break. If it’s really, at its heart, procrastination, start doing something that needs to be done that you want to do less. You’ll be back, full of ideas, to the first thing before you know it.

Need something to read? Check out  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) .

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