Happy President’s Day to all. I hope you have the chance to hang out with family and friends and have a fun, relaxing day.
Painting by Connie Cockrell
Last week I mentioned that I was going to a painting class. Well, I did. I had a wonderful time with 11 other artists and the scope, breadth and quality of the work being produced was just wonderful. Now I will admit it’s been nearly 40 years since I’ve picked up a paint brush, but you can see my picture, while not perfect, came out pretty well. I now have it hanging in my living room. I encourage each of you to give something new a try.
I’m still working on It’s All About the Odds but I’m nearly done. This series won’t get published until I have the entire thing written and edited. That way readers won’t have to wait so long to get them.
Big news for those of you who love my cozy mystery series, Jean Hays. I’ve been selected to participate in a cozy mystery bundle over on the Bundle Rabbit site. The book is going to be called Cozy Winter Reads and has five other authors in it with me. I think you’ll enjoy it. I’ll post the link to it when it’s published. We’re working on selecting a cover right now. In the meantime, check out BundleRabbit.com for other stories, mysteries or whatever genre you enjoy.
The Lovestruck Authors and Bloggers Valentine’s Day giveaway now over. Winners will be chosen soon and notified. Then, check out https://conniesrandomthoughts.com/giveaways-and-prizes/ and click on the Rafflecopter link to enter the next contest, the 2018 Authors/Bloggers St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway. Books, ebooks, jewelry and more is being given away. You don’t want to miss out.
I want to give a shout out to author P.D. Workman who is the driving force behind the cozy mystery bundle I’m in.
Author P.D. Workman
For as long as she can remember, the blank page has held an incredible allure for Workman. She has samples of stories and booklets that go back to her early childhood. Workman collected notebooks of all shapes and sizes with plans to fill them with words and stories. By grade four, she discovered that inventing a story in her head could rival the joy of reading one from a book. She wrote and bound a series stories about a rabbit, painstakingly typed on her dad’s Selectric typewriter and illustrated by tracing pictures.
In grade five, Workman spent a lot of leisure time creating a Narnia-like world of her own. She drew pictures of it… unicorns, rainbows, forests, mountains in the distance. There were six meals a day (probably influenced by The Hobbit,) with names like nibble and munch. She didn’t write a word of the story, though she imagined the plot line, which included her arrival in the land via a pair of magical red tennis shoes.
In grade six, Workman had a language arts teacher who had a box full of pictures to use as story prompts, and the class would write a creative writing story every Friday. Workman loved it. She wrote a number of stories about a pair of magical black dogs with glowing eyes. In grade seven she continued to enjoy creative writing at school, much of it about horses, her new obsession as she read every book in the Black Stallion series. She started to write her first full-length novel, a classic plot line about a class of school children who get marooned on a deserted tropical island. No, no Lord of the Flies. It was all about survival. She went to a young writer’s conference and talked about it. She read it to the kids she babysat. But she never finished it.
At the age of twelve, Workman finally did it, she wrote her first complete novel. It was full of fantastic ideas. It was the spring board for many other stories and books over the next few years.
Over the years, family and friends had encouraged her publish. But she wrote for herself, for the joy of creating characters and experiencing their lives. Most people didn’t even have any idea that Workman wrote. A few times, she took up the pen and dabbled with contacting publishers, submitting to contests, etc., but each time, the joy disappeared, and the creative juices dried up. So, Workman went back to her hermit-like writing existence, proclaiming that her estate could publish her work after her death. Not until 2013 did Workman finally decide to publish her work, and she has been enjoying the process very much.
When not writing, Workman is a devout wife and a mother of one. She was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. She is a homeschooler and an executive assistant. She has a passion for art and nature, creative cooking for special diets, and running. She loves to read, to listen to audio books, and to share books out loud with her family. She is an acknowledged technology geek with a love for all kinds of gadgets and tools to make her writing and work easier and more fun. In person, she is far less well-spoken than on the written page. She tends to be shy and reserved with all but those closest to her and prefers communicating by e-mail and text rather than phone calls or face-to-face visits. Her sociable husband and son help keep her from becoming a complete recluse!
You can find her at https://pdworkman.com/ where you can find more of her works.
Where Will I Be?
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I’m excited to say I’m booked for the Payson Women’s Wellness Forum on April 28th, 2018. What’s more healing that getting lost in a novel! I’ll be there all day and you can buy, and I’ll sign, any of my books. SciFi, Fantasy, Cozy Mystery and more. You can find tickets at https://www.mhafoundation.com/upcoming-events.html
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Tested released January 31st and I’m pretty excited about it. You can buy it and my other books at: Apple, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords, today! You can also see all my books on https://conniesrandomthoughts.com/my-books-and-other-published-work/. If you’ve read any of my books, please drop a short, honest, review on the site where you bought it or on Goodreads. It’s critical to help me promote the books to other readers. Thanks in advance.