Dawn Montgomery

Wicked Carousel

In Publishing News on May 10, 2015 at 9:01 am

Available Now, Wicked Carousel, Episode 1 of Voodoo Carnival! A new romance serial!

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Amazon Exclusive Serial

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***NOTE: Wicked Carousel is Part One of a Four Part Serial entitled Voodoo Carnival. Each episode will release on a biweekly basis barring any publication issues***

Erica Marks knows there are things that lurk in the dark. At the age of fourteen, she watched the man she loved like a father ritualistically murder her cousin to gain a deadly power. The rest of that night is a black hole in her memory.

Police reports marked her as the only survivor of the Carnival of Horrors Serial Killer, Edgar Clairborne, but deep in her soul Erica knows he’s still out there. Waiting.

Ten years later, the murders begin once more and the victims scream for her to avenge them from beyond the grave, to lay them to rest. The twisted darkness longs for Erica’s blood, reanimating the corpses of the victims, and forcing her to take a stand or die.

Every drop of blood spilled ties her closer to the realm of the dead, leaving behind more questions than answers. Answers only a stranger seems to posses.

One man, the mysterious, sexy, and very dangerous Jules Desbois, knows the answers to the murderer’s return, but he has secrets of his own. Secrets that go into Erica’s past and force the duo to return to the abandoned Carnival of Horrors where it all began.

The attraction that ignites between them pulses with a life of its own, one laced with danger that threatens to destroy them both.

Should Erica trust Jules or does the darkness in his heart hide a more sinister purpose?

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Set Up Google Chrome For Work

In Author Tools, Software on February 21, 2016 at 6:32 pm

I have a Google Chrome tip that will make your work set-up so much easier. It’s not a hack, so much as a cool setting that I didn’t know about until recently.

I’m a procrastinator in a big way. If you’ve hung around this site for any length of time, you’ve probably watched me struggle with my own fears to get the words on the page. I can get lost for hours through Pinterest, YouTube craft (and writing craft) videos, Facebook, etc. I’m also a compulsive tab opener, so I’ll open a new tab from a page I’m on and expect to look at it immediately. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen so I’ll have a line of tabs I can’t read, and no way of figuring out where my work pages are.

My husband, SuperChef (my name for him), of Uncle Jerry’s Kitchen showed me this really cool way of setting up your browser to load the pages you need on a regular basis every time you relaunch the browser. Some of you may have already noticed this feature. If so, awesome! What sites do you have in your list?

If you’re like me, however, this is something you wish you would have known forever ago.

In your Chrome browser, click your “Customize and Control Google Chrome” button (Three horizontal dashes located at the far right of your toolbar).

Under “Settings” find the “On Startup” section. The third option is the one you want. Next to “Open a page or a specific set of pages” you’ll see an underlined option that reads “Set Pages”. Click on that.

A popup will appear that asks you to list your preferred pages.

I set it up for my workflow. Here are some of the pages I have in my list:

KanbanFlow

Gmail

Evernote

Writing Blog

Website

And more. No, none of them are Facebook or social media sites. I know better.😉

For those who are afraid they’ll get lost, I grabbed a screen shot with a few notes to help guide you. I blurred out some of my more sensitive links.

Setting up Chrome for Business

Super easy, right? Next time I’m procrastinating and just want to get back to work…all I have to do is close my browser and reopen it to get back to it.🙂

Hope this helps. If so, please leave a comment and let me know about it!

Happy Writing!

Dawn Montgomery

Weekly Writing Update #ROW80

In #amwriting on January 10, 2016 at 5:03 am

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It’s the first round of A ROUND OF WORDS IN 80 DAYS! I am super excited this year (for many reasons!). Middle of the night post for me, so please excuse the short, choppy sentences. I just hit 26 hours awake and the brain is foggy.

My goal for last week was simple: 10 hours dedicated to my dragon story. NAILED IT! WOOHOO! Total hours: 11.5😀

Goal for this week: 40 hours on dragon: 20 hours of writing, 10 hours of editing, 10 hours free for rewrites, tweaks, and submission by January 16th. Continue working on freewrite Fantasy story after I complete my daily goals. 

Challenges I faced last week:

Drama with a capital D. And shopping for school supplies since my new college semester starts in a week. I’m nervous about whether I’m able to balance writing and school this semester. All of my classes are animation-related, so that means lots of out of school projects. Lots of them. And a 13 hour Friday. Two classes, gap between, and nowhere to go while I wait. At least I’ll have time for writing and extra time for working on my projects at school.

Organization was a bear this week. Getting on track, as well. Also, moving into a new office made things tough. I’m still half packed and all my reference materials are scattered. Poor Planning = Slow Going.

What did I do to overcome my challenges:

Avoided the drama. It’s not related to me. I’ve learned that being a peacemaker is about balancing your life and the lives around you. There are lines of behavior that can’t be crossed without pushing people too far. Letting the energy vampires in your life run the show isn’t keeping the peace, it’s letting you be a doormat. So I was firm last week. The drama stayed out of my house. Or else.

Shopping was an adventure, as always. I get all giddy over office supplies, but over the years I’ve realized simple is best when it comes to me being organized. One notebook per class. Color coded. I set up the first ten pages or so into a pocket configuration so I don’t have to keep track of folders with in class handouts. Sort of like this adorable little girl’s tutorial. I think I need to take a picture so you see what I mean. I’ve tried to explain it six times now and my fog brain is keeping me from making sense.

I don’t have any idea where the inspiration actually came from for making the pockets the way I did. I just started doing it one night after I’d lost my class folder for what felt like the hundredth time (found out at the end of the semester that my littlest son had thought they were for his class since they were the same color as his homework folders. He had seven of them at school with my paperwork in them LOL). I’ve got this gorgeous scrapbooking paper that was just going to waste since I’d stopped being a Creative Memories consultant so I used that to reinforce the outside. The heavy weight made the pocket resilient. I love doing it!

I have a dump binder at home for anything that’s too large to go in those. I’ve got my homemade planner that changes as I do so I can keep myself on track.

I splurged on a new “work purse” so I don’t have to carry a backpack and a purse to school anymore. I needed something that would carry my keyboard, Kindle Fire, plugs, books, etc. and be easy to handle for a gal walking with a cane (hey, I make this cane look GOOD!). I found one on-the-cheap at my local mega mart. Expensive doesn’t work for me as I am BRUTAL on my bags. If this style works, I’ll move up to a more durable design. I haven’t carried a purse full time since…well…ever, I think, so this will be interesting. I miss my backpack already, but the ongoing issues with my back (and my habit of overloading my backpack with everything but the kitchen sink) has forced my hand. I need a smaller package with less pockets so I only take what I need with me.

Home office organization: I have a standing desk that is actually a leaning book shelf I got from Linens and Things back in 2005 (when they were still around). The middle tier is the perfect height for me so I set it up tonight. The second highest shelf is at perfect eye level so I put my motivation stuff there and set up my index card stand. I should probably do some pictures and a few quick tutorials for you guys. The office unpacking and organization is still in progress, but I can’t move any faster with deadlines breathing down my neck. It’s driving me crazy, but I’m maintaining my patience as much as possible. One box a day and I’m cheering.

I hope you are doing well so far! I’m ahead of schedule, but not so much that I can slack off.

Would you like to see how others are doing in their writing challenges? Click HERE for the linky list!

Keep Writing!
Dawn Montgomery

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