Dylan’s face during the ENTIRE month of May.

As President, I’m normally scheduled to post on the first Monday of every month…but with this month being MAY (in my world, also known as MAYHEM), I had to post early or risk forgetting it entirely! With school ending this month, and all of the end-of-the-year shenanigans, in addition to my third book launching and the deadline I have for my fourth book to my editor by mid-month…my beloved planner is bursting with places I’ve got to be, and things I’ve got to do.

And primary on that list is helping my fellow career-focused writers survive MAYHEM!

For those of you at the April workshop on blogging and marketing/promotion, you know that you constantly have to keep it fresh. With that in mind, I’ve included in my dates section of this post some great ways to keep your blogs lively and fun, and keep those marketing/promo wheels turning!

May Events You May or May Not Want to Celebrate:

May 1—Got your May Day baskets ready? No? Check out some adorable ones on Pinterest here and then post your own! Or celebrate Beltane and mark the beginning of summer as the Gaelic do with a bonfire…started by rubbing two sticks together. Here’s a video if you think you’d like to try your hands at (and likely get some blisters by) starting a fire with only two sticks…and a great deal of patience!

May 5Cinco De Mayo! Celebrate with your own cocktail, or find some margarita recipes here.cinco de mayo

May 6Nat’l Teacher’s Day. Take some time to thank and honor your favorite teachers.

May 7SSRA PAN-Be Meeting from 10am-2pm at the Homosassa Library. Come join our published authors and our PAN-Be’s as we discuss topics more tailored to writers after the writing contract.

2013-05-22_12-07-05_527May 11Mother’s Day!  Give her a call, or if you’re a Mom yourself, take some time and relax! This tub is where I plan on spending at least some of my Mother’s Day! Woot-Woot! 🙂

May 12National Limerick Day. As writers, I challenge you to come up with your own limerick today (and it can’t start with “there once was a man from Nantucket”). If you need to remember the format, check out this easy tutorial here.

May 17—SSRA Meeting: Breaking Down Bad Guys (and Gals): What makes a good villain? How do you create the kind of bad guy your readers will love to hate and never forget? Join us for a criminally good time as we spend our May meeting Breaking Down Bad Guys (and Gals).

May 25—National Tap Dance Day. Do you tap dance? Today was created in honor of the legendary Bill “Bojangles” Robinson on May 25, 1878. Post a video or a picture of you ‘back in the day’ when you attended dance class!

0323141524aMay 26—Memorial Day (observed). A day to honor our military men and women who have sacrificed everything for our country’s freedom. Check out this site for history on the day, read some speeches given and poetry created in honor of  this day.

Good luck scheduling MAYHEM this month…remember, we’re all in this together!

Dylan Newton

SSRA Chapter President

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Dylan Newton

President at SSRA
Dylan Newton was born and raised in a small town in Upstate New York where the local library was her favorite hang-out. Despite earning a degree in English Literature, Dylan spent more than a decade sidetracked by an executive position in corporate America where she swears she contracted testosterone poisoning. After leaving, she dedicated herself to more estrogen-rich passions, like motherhood, writing romance novels and her never-ending quest for the perfect date night.

Dylan married her high-school sweetheart and they are busy living out their own happily ever after in sunny Florida with their two incredible daughters and a snoring Shiz-Tsu.

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