Summer is here–which means the kids are out of school, the weather is beach-tastic, and there’s a whole slew of other things we could all be doing, other than WRITING. To keep us all on track, and our works-in-progress moving forward, here are some dates and ideas to motivate you this July!

July 4:  Independence Day! You may be tempted to spend the whole day by the pool, but sneak in some writing time. Grab your writer’s notebook and jot down snippets of party conversation, or scenery as you lounge the day away. Later, when you’re pressed for summer details in your wip, you might be able to use some/all of what you’ve written.

Grimaldi Ganache

A decadent, chocolate-feast for you!

July 7:   Today is National Chocolate Day! Our very own Jessica Nelson will be in her glory!! 🙂 Care for a really decadent dessert? Try mine for Grimaldi’s Ganache–a dessert my husband asks for instead of a birthday cake every year. It’s sin on a plate!! The link for it is here.

July 9:  10 am PRO-be meeting at the Homosassa Library. Come join us and talk over your writing concerns, the snarls in your plot, the block you’re having in your wip–this session is for you!!


Hubby and I do not have heterochromia, but we are almost blind without glasses/contacts!

July 12:  Today is Different Colored Eyes Day to celebrate a condition known as Heterochromia Iridis, where an individual has two different-colored eyes. A friend of mine has heterochromia, and she has one blue eye and one green one, just like Kate Bosworth! Check out celebrities that have the condition here, and think for a moment about your hero and heroine’s eyes. What makes them special? How can you elaborate on their color without using words like green, blue, brown, etc?



July 26: SSRA Open session. Take advantage of this RARE opportunity to not have a business meeting (due to theconflict with the RWA National Conference), and join us for 4 hours of learning on Effective Critiquing Techniques. Critiquing a manuscript is more than line-editing for grammatical errors. Learn important tips for becoming an effective critiquer with a hands-on practice story followed with questions and answers from our multi-published, multi-talented Loretta Rogers. Session #1 is an important segue to the September Beta Reader workshop.

As for me, I am off travelling much of July, so will have the added conflict of being on the road to getting all of my word-count in! But I do my best thinking on pen and paper many times, so don’t count me out yet! I’m still in our Prod Your Muse contest with the rest of you!

Have a wonderful July and I’ll see you all soon!

Dylan Newton

SSRA 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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