Friday, August 24, 2012

A Writer's Schedule with MK McClintock

Gallagher’s Hope
by MK  McClintock

Formats: Paperback and Kindle
Publisher:Trappers Peak Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-0615638799
ISBN-10: 0615638791
Release Date: August 1, 2012
Series: The Montana Gallaghers


She sought a new beginning.
He sought what he didn't know was missing.
Together they would discover hope in unlikely places.

Isabelle Rousseau must escape New Orleans and the memory of her family's tragic loss. With her younger brother in tow, she accepts a position as the new schoolteacher in Briarwood, Montana. Desperate to keep what's left of her family together, Isabelle joins her life with a stranger only to discover that trust and hope go hand in hand.
Gabriel Gallagher lived each day as it came believing he had everything he could possibly want... until a determined woman and her brother arrive with a little luggage and a lot of secrets. It will take a drastic choice to protect her and give them both hope for the future.


For Readers: Three signed paperbacks and a gift card using the same Rafflecopter widget (below) for each tour stop. Drawing takes place end of tour. (If a winner is not in the US, an ebook will be given instead of print).

For Hosts: $25 gift card drawing for the tour hosts who host a tour stop and/or the Book Bonanza. (I will draw the winner at the end of the tour).

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A Writer’s Weekly Focus
By MK McClintock

I wake up each morning between 5:00 AM and 6:00 AM. My typical summer workday begins with walking the dogs, followed by a workout, cleaning the house, watering the gardens, feeding the dogs, getting ready for the day, and eating breakfast. This generally all takes place before 8:00 or 9:00 AM. Then the workday begins with answering emails for both my regular businesses and writing. I check through my social media networks and respond to any messages or posts. I go back and forth during the day between the crazy world of Human Resources and the busy world of writing. When 4:00 PM hits, I try to focus my time on writing for a few hours so that I can enjoy my evening. Busy, but it sounds like I have it all worked out doesn’t it? Well, I don’t.

As a writer who is also a business-owner, I can set all the schedules I want, but life is unpredictable and it can get in the way of a carefully plotted-out day. Focusing on just one thing at a time is nearly impossible, but not completely. Ask yourself “If I can only finish one task this week, what will that be?” Chances are you’re going to have more than one task that needs to be completed, so save the smaller tasks for a daily focus. For a weekly focus, set a goal for yourself by taking one of your larger tasks and making that a weekly goal—something to be accomplished no matter what.

Can you do it alone? Probably not. If you have a family or a job, then you’ll need the encouragement and support of those around you. Need motivation? Let your family and friends in on your weekly focus and ask for their understanding while you work to accomplish that goal.

At the time I’m writing this, my weekly focus is completing the final edits on my latest book, Gallagher’s Hope. The following week, my focus will be to complete all of the guest posts and interviews for my book tours. But wait, I have more than one task that has to be completed! That happens to me every week, so I have learned to prioritize. If I have two tasks I need to focus on in a given week, then I prioritize one task to be completed mid-week and the other to be completed by the weekend. Do smaller things ever fall between the cracks? Certainly. Do I have so many things I’d like to accomplish that some are delayed until I can really focus on what needs to be done? It happens.

Also ask yourself, “What do you want to achieve in the following week to help you achieve your long-term goals?” If you have a long-term focus that requires a lot of steps along the way, make sure you take one of your weeks and focus on one of those steps.

A writer’s time-management can be tricky. If you’re lucky enough that all you have to do is write, and nothing else interferes with your day then keep on writing. Writing may be rewarding and enjoyable, but it’s hard work. If you aren’t meeting your writing goals, then step back and take a realistic look at your time. Are you really focused on writing or are too many things interrupting? Are you focused on achieving your goals or are you only concerned about meeting a deadline? I learned the hard way that rushing to meet a deadline is not worth losing my focus.

What will you focus on this week? Will that focus help you to achieve your long-term writing and personal goals? Is what you want to accomplish realistic for a weekly focus? How do you manage your time to make that weekly focus a priority? 


McClintock is an entrepreneur, baker, photographer, tour host, reviewer, and multi-genre author. She was born on the west coast, but after less than eight years she left with her family to the Rocky Mountains. After more adventures around the country, business-college, and culinary school, McClintock found a place to call home in Montana.

Over the years McClintock traveled the country and visited magnificent Scotland. She dreams of a time when life was simpler, the land rougher, and the journey more rewarding. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, McClintock will always call Montana home.

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Gallagher’s Hope Excerpts:

(Note: sections and paragraphs in the excerpts are not necessarily in any particular order. These are brief so as not to give too much away.) 

Brief Teaser Excerpt One: 
There was nothing left of the life she had known.
Her slender arm wrapped around the little boy’s shoulder and pulled him closer to his side. She could feel his slight trembling and wished more than anything that she could take   his sadness. They were alone in the world. They had each other and she prayed that would be enough for them both.
They stood and listened as the priest gave the final blessing and the caskets were lowered into the ground. It wasn’t something anyone should witness, but she needed the closure. She needed to know that it was over. ‘A very sad affair’ everyone called it for it wasn’t every day that a man murdered his wife and then shot himself. It wasn’t healthy to think on the possible reasons why, but she couldn’t seem to help herself. She had truly believed that they had been a happy family. One of the wealthiest in New Orleans and one of the most respected and sought out for social gatherings. The truth however, was revealed with her father’s death. No one would speak of it to them of course, but the lawyer had made it quite clear.
They were penniless.  

Brief Teaser Excerpt Two: 
“You promised Gabriel, you promised!”
Gabriel wasn’t a light sleeper. In fact it often took a great deal to wake him from a pleasant slumber and last night had been one heck of a night’s sleep. He enjoyed waking with Isabelle in the room. What he didn’t enjoy was being yelled at and falsely accused before he’d even had his first cup of coffee. Her words though, did enough to bring him about.
“Good grief, Isabelle it’s too early for yelling and I didn’t break my promise.” Gabriel moved around the side of the bed until he located his boots and slipped them on. His happy memories of holding her in his arms the night before were quickly replaced by anger and irritation.
“What do you call waking up next to me then Gabriel?”
“If you’ll take a good look at yourself, and me for that matter, you’ll see we’re both fully dressed. More’s the pity.”


MK said...

Thank you so much for having me at your blog today Patti. It was a fun topic to write on and even me reworking my own schedule a little!

Bk Walker said...

Thank you for hosting MK :)

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