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Friday, 18 October 2013

Guest Post: Caroline Fardig ~ IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH!

Welcome Caroline Fardig, Author of #1 bestseller,



Caroline’s here sharing with us how to find a little ‘me’ time!

Take it away, Caroline!!!


Hey, Life!  Get out of the way so I can write!

We all have the same problem—too much to do, and not enough time to do it.  Talking with more and more authors, though, I’ve come to the conclusion that we have it the worst.  Most of us indies aren’t at the point yet that we can call our writing a “career”, mainly because by definition a “career” puts dinner on the table.  When you’re in a slump and only selling a few books a week, it doesn’t even put a cup of coffee on the table.  That being said, we still have the burning desire to get our thoughts on paper (or screen, as it were), and that means carving out the time to sit down and do it.

Some activities that take our time are unavoidable—our day jobs, our families, the ever-present housework, sleep…  The list goes on.  So what can we do to find precious time (preferably a decent length of it) that we can use to satisfy our creativity?  Simple.  You have to get a little selfish, and learn to not feel bad about it. 

You can’t do much about the hours you spend at work—if you want to get paid, you have to put in the time.  However, nearly everyone gets a lunch break or some kind of downtime, so bring your pad and paper or laptop and spend that hour writing.  You can eat and write at the same time, right? 

Family comes first, and time with your family is precious.  However, if your kids are doing their homework, sit alongside them and do your work as well.  It seems like I spend a lot of time in my minivan, waiting on kids to get out of school or practice, so I always make sure that I have my laptop with me, should genius strike.  Even a few minutes to jot down a bit of dialogue that popped into your mind can be extremely helpful.  And don’t forget, kids have early bedtimes, so take advantage of that (if you can stay awake!) and do your writing after they go to bed and the house is quiet.

Oh, housework—the bane of my existence.  The first thing I’m getting when I become a rich and famous author is a housekeeper!  To be perfectly honest, this is what I let slide when I’m looking for writing time.  I do what I can to streamline it—getting kids or husband to do some tasks, cleaning the kitchen while I’m cooking instead of leaving a big mess to clean up at the end, keeping clean towels/underwear/socks in bins in the laundry room (kind of a self-service type thing), not actually cleaning something until it starts to look dirty, and other shortcuts that would have Martha Stewart’s starched and ironed panties in a twist.

Sleep.  Who needs it?  I can sustain (with the help of coffee) my sanity on 6 hours of sleep per night.  Maybe not the healthiest suggestion, but it works for me.  I write late at night, and then get up early in the morning to do a little marketing (tweeting, Facebooking, etc.).  And while we’re on the subject of social media and the Internet, I’m sure there is a lot of time that we all are spending—or wasting, rather—on surfing the web, watching viral videos, reading uninformational “news” stories, etc.  More than likely, there’s a good hour of time per day that you can get back just by closing your Internet browser.

But what about those days when you have the time, but just aren’t feeling writer-y?  Well, that’s a different article altogether!  Just remember to try everyday to find your “me-time” to write.  It doesn’t have to be hours on end to be productive. Take what you can get, and enjoy it and your life.  You only get one!



by Caroline Fardig is a #1 Bestseller on Barnes & Noble’s Humor and Women Detectives lists!  IT’S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH will be on sale for $0.99 through October 24th.  Get your copy today!

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Book blurb:
The sleepy town of Liberty hasn’t seen murder in…well…ever. Residents are stunned when the body of a young woman is found strangled, and reporters at the Liberty Chronicle are thrilled, rather disturbingly, over the biggest news story to hit town this century.

Lizzie Hart has even bigger problems. Lately, she can’t seem to concentrate on her job as copy editor at the Chronicle with the new hunky investigative reporter, Blake Morgan, swaggering around the office. How can a girl work when she’s using all of her energy combating Blake-induced hot flashes and struggling to repress the giggly inner schoolgirl that’s constantly rearing her dorky head? It’s a good thing that Blake barely knows Lizzie exists.

After an odd string of events, however, Lizzie begins to wonder if Blake is really as fabulous as she has fantasized. When Lizzie and Blake find a co-worker dead, Blake’s personality changes completely—and not in a good way. Even though the police rule the death as an accident, Lizzie immediately suspects foul play and senses a connection to the recent murder. She is determined to bring the killer to justice, but is having some trouble getting her Nancy Drew on thanks to the pesky stalker she’s picked up—Blake Morgan. Wait, didn’t she want him to follow her around and pay attention to her? Not like this. Blake has turned from cool and smooth to cold and downright scary, making Lizzie wonder if he should be next on her suspect list.


About the Author:

CAROLINE FARDIG was born and raised in a small town in Indiana. Her working career has been rather eclectic thus far, with occupations including schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom. Finally realizing that she wants to be a writer when she grows up, Caroline has released her debut novel, IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH, now a #1 Bestseller. She is currently hard at work churning out a second novel in the LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES series. She still lives in that same small town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.


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