Carrie Lynn Lewis News

Beginning April 1, 2015, all new content will be posted at Carrie Lynn Lewis. A brand new domain. A brand new design. A fresh start.

The new blog becomes the default website for all things related to my journey as an author.

For help with your own writing, click on over to Indie Plot Twist, where I partner with fellow author, Danielle Hanna. You’ll find helpful information on improving your writing, information on indie publishing, guest posts, and many other features, along with thoughts on the writing life and everything it entails.

This blog will continue to exist for the foreseeable future, since it’s part of a series I wrote on setting up a free WordPress account on But no new content will be posted here.

I hope you’ll check out the new blog. I also hope you’ll subscribe for content updates through MailChimp.

But even if you chose not to, thank you for your readership here. It has been a pleasure to serve you.

13 Blogs, 7 Facts, 1 Lovely Blog Award

An unexpected, exciting, and fascinating thing happened to me this week.

I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by W. C. Cunningham.

One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award

So what is the One Lovely Blog Award?

It’s a blog hop with a twist. A scavenger hunt in blog land, if you care to look at it that way.

The rules are simple.

As a nominated blogger, I have to share 7 facts about myself that none of you know. I also have to share 15 blogs I enjoy reading. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

If your blog is on my list, don’t panic. You are not obligated to participate. This is entirely freewill and is designed to have fun with and to promote our blogging fellows.

If your list of favorite blogs isn’t 15 blogs long, don’t sweat it. List the blogs you do like. Take a look at my list. You’ll see only 12 blogs listed.

Just to show you how easy it is, here are 7 facts you probably don’t know about me.

7 Facts

1. I don’t watch TV. At all. We haven’t had a functioning television in the house since before the high definition boxes became necessary. I don’t miss it at all. Not one bit. Not watching TV frees up a ton of time for other things. Like reading books. Or writing them!

2. We don’t have cell phones. Well, actually, we do. But they’re not smart phones. No camera. No apps. No display. At the moment, no batteries, either!

3. I like old cars. Hubby does, too. Our newest car is my 1996 Chevy Corsica, currently in need of a radiator. Our oldest car is the 1951 Ford Coupe my husband’s grandfather bought brand new. It’s in need of quite a few things. Our daily car is the 1995 Buick LeSabre we inherited from my mother-in-law, which she inherited from an uncle.

4. I helped milk cows throughout my growing up years. Yes, that does mean I’ve milked cows by hand. They still need to be milked when the electricity goes out, after all.

5. My big dream growing up was to become a world famous artist, traveling the world in a private jet to see expensive race horses and show horses owned by millionaires. I have been to Canada to photograph a millionaire race horse and I’ve painted portraits of other horses with million dollar-plus earnings. So far, though, the private jet has eluded me.

6. I walk at least 12,000 steps every day. This is no accident. My husband and I like to take walks together anyway, but we’re on a health plan that pays into his health savings account based on the amount of steps we take each day.

7. I like coffee sweetened with good, old fashioned maple syrup. It’s not something I drink everyday, but the rich taste of maple syrup and black coffee sure does hit the spot on a chilly day.

13 Blogs

Here are thirteen blogs I follow regularly (in no particular order).

1. Joel C. Rosenberg – Flash Traffic

2. Edie Melson – The Write Conversation

3. Christine – The Better Novel Project

4. Thomas Umstattd, Jr. and James L. Rubart – Novel Marketing

5. Randy Ingermanson – Advanced Fiction Writing blog

6. Danielle Hanna – Danielle Hanna, Author

7. Lindsay Buroker – Lindsay Buroker Fantasy Author

8. Jody Hedland – Jody Hedlund, Author

9. Sharon Srock – Women of Valley View

10. Deborah Paris – A Painting Life

11. Thomas Umstattd, Jr. – Author Media

12. Rob Eagar – Wildfire Marketing

13. Don and Stephanie Prichard – Stranded, A Novel (serial)

Thanks to Mr. Cunningham for the nomination.

Thanks to you for reading. I hope you’ll take a few minutes today or this week to visit some of these blogs. Maybe they’ll make your favorite list, too.

The Challenge is Over. Now What?

Camp NaNo Winner

July is over.

So is Camp NaNoWriMo.

My mission to write 75,000 words on The Candidate  was accomplished with a validated total of 77,720 words on the new manuscript.

So what comes next?

Max has one good idea. Sometimes the best response to a grueling challenge successfully completed is a good, long nap.

The writer's cat sleeping

But that’s not usually practical. At least not right away. There are things to do after a challenge like Camp NaNo. Loose ends to tie off and not all of them are in the story. Here’s my list.

Number 1

Validate July’s work. Make sure the numbers are correct and add up. It’s not only important to know I met goal. I like to know the exact numbers. How much writing did I do on the story? How many words were written in support of the story. What are those all important totals?

Number 2

Treat Friday as much like a day in July as is possible. Can I reach 80,000 words on the manuscript by the end of the day? I’d sure like to.

Number 3

Help enter artwork into the annual county fair competition the first Saturday in August. Other than writing articles for EmptyEasel, this will be the first art-related work I’ve done since Camp NaNo began. The time out of the house and amid the hustle and bustle of a county fair will be a welcome change of pace.

Number 4

Keep writing. I’d really like to finish The Candidate  as a complete first draft. My philosophy is easy. Strike while the iron is hot. Keep up the pace as long as momentum lasts. August 15 is my goal. Is that do-able? I don’t know, but I’m sure going to give it a try.

Number 5

Read The Hunt For Red October again. It’s been a year or two (or maybe more) since I first read this excellent novel. When The Candidate  is finished and is in cool-down, it’s time to read something by someone else. Tom Clancy’s debut novel is as good a choice as I can think of.

Number 6

It won’t take two weeks to read The Hunt For Red October. Even if it does, there will be time for research. The Candidate  is set in the middle of a hotly contested election for the US Senate. What exactly do I know about that setting? Now’s the time to research the inner workings of a campaign. Maybe even see how I can be involved personally and learn the ropes.

Number 7

Start thinking about revisions. The first draft is only the first step. Sometime in late August or early September, evaluation of the first draft will begin and I’ll start preparing for revisions.

Number 8

What about the sequel? It’s not too early to start planning for that. Where does that story pick up? Who is telling that story? What’s it about?

Number 9

Do some art! I haven’t drawn or painted anything since sometime in June. A project or two is stirring. I need to do something to illustrate new EmptyEasel articles, but I’d also like to try my hand at a bigger-than-life-size portrait of my last dog, Jessie, who died nearly 20 years ago and whose portrait I’ve never been able to do. Maybe now is the time.


I know what you’re thinking. What about the nap?

There may be time for  a leisurely afternoon or two throughout that list of things to do. But let’s face it, when it comes to naps, nobody does it better than a cat. I may very well leave the napping to the experts and concentrate on the things I do best.

Writing, drawing, and painting.

Why Every Writer Should Hire An Editor

Today, I’m guest posting at Brandi-Ann Uyemura’s blog.

My topic?

Why Every Writer Should Hire an Editor. A subject that’s near and dear to the heart of all of us.

Because this is an important issue for all writers, published and unpublished, and because I know it is also a never ending discussion, I chose to talk about four reasons why it’s important for writers to hire a good editor.

  • Accuracy
  • Clarity
  • Engagement
  • A Fresh Pair of Eyes (the Number 1 reason on my personal top 10 list)

I hope you’ll join me at Brandi’s blog and join in the discussion.