Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Contagious, Why Things Catch On Book Recommendation

Contagious promotionLani Longshore shared her copy of Contagious, Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger with me today. She had put orange-tabs on pages that might interest me (the orange tabs match the cover color).  Click here

On the back cover, Discover stated, “The practical companion to Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point.” The book is about why online content goes viral.  Berger provides “a set of specific, actionable techniques for getting things to catch on.”

As usual when I get a book I haven’t read, I open it up without looking and this time I read page 195 to 196.

“When trying to generate word of mouth, many people forget one important detail. They focus so much on getting people to talk that they ignore the part that really matters: what people are talking about.

That’s the problem with creating content that is unrelated to the product or idea it is meant to promote. There’s a big difference between people talking about content and people talking about the company, organization, or person that created that content.”

Lani LongshoreThanks, Lani, for the loan.

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Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author Hada’s Fog


Multiple Projects Can Get Out Of Hand


I’m a Type A personality, always busy, never bored.  A writing friend calls me Nutzoid when I take on another project. She’s right.  A cliche says “proof is in the pudding”, for me “proof is in the projects on my plate right now”  (yes, another cliche and one in the title).  Sometimes it’s fun to break the cliche rule.


My writing projects:

  • Blogging a completed novel, Hada’s Fog, chapter-by-chapter about once a week.
  • A multidimensional novel, Norman in the Painting,  half written
  • A YA novel, Lilli. with only chapter one done
  • An anthology, Choices, needs polishing
  • Newest book, Spotlight Stories, in planning stage

Part-time jobs:

  • Two days a week help my husband in one of his offices
  • Two days a week, one hour each, work with a dear SMH student
  • One half day a week teach a writing class 45 minutes away
  • One half day every other month supervise a student intern working on a teaching credential
  • One afternoon a month volunteer leading a social media group
  • Write when I can
  • Daily interact in multiple social media sites
  • Promote my anthology, Written Across the Genres

Here is the real Nutzoid part:

I have enrolled in 5 high-end, year-long, on-line programs with homework involved.

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I have faith that everything will get done at the right time because I love doing all that I do.



Are you a Type A? What are your projects?


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

Sage Levine Is A Sage With Happy Messages

Sage Levine always puts a smile on my face. Here I caught another one of her videos.


How Do You Deal With Clutter?

clutter is delayed decisions

clutter better than idle neatnessToday I thought I’d clear one of the piles of books behind my desk. That one pile led to three more and now I have one corner cleared.

I had procrastinated. At least I knew what was in those piles. I rationalized that if organized, I might not be able to find anything because it would be in a new place.

clutter empty desk empty mindThe open area I created today, reduced claustrophobia, but there’s no danger of having an empty desk. I’ve cleared it before and in less than a couple days, it’s filled again. So, Albert Einstein, I will not have an empty space, but I don’t want a cluttered mind. I’m determined to finish this project.


clutter needs to goclutter clearing creates miracles











I’m ready for miracles.





How are you doing with clutter?


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Written Across the Genres

Author Hada’s Fog

The People We Met in Las Vegas Were Friendly and Helpful

Las_Vegas Me foot on hydrant  2016 (30)As a writer, the people I met in Las Vegas impressed me with their friendliness. I’ll remember them and might use some of their characteristics in my writing.  At The Fashion Show Mall close to our hotel, I met three young women at a kiosk who became instant friends. Kate from the Philippines, Helen and Suja from Korea The three are around 30 years old, and took care of me when I had walked the ten miles on the strip in 115 degree heat and dragged myself through the air-conditioned mall on my way back to the hotel. They noticed I was over-heated, sat me in one of their chairs, Helen rushed to get me a glass of water, and  they chatted with me until I cooled down. A couple of afternoons, I returned to the mall to have lunch at the food court  and stopped by for visits with my three new friends.

At Caesar’s Casino, Mitchell and I met Michael who told us about what shows to see while we were in town. We ran into him again on another day and it was like seeing an old friend. I have to admit, one day I wanted to see the statues that perform by the huge aquarium at Caesar’s. I became lost and asked for directions several times, inevitably ending up where I began. A woman selling skin care products at a kiosk noticed my confusion, invited me to sit down, and told me tips about navigating the sections of the huge casino. We traded business cards and intend to keep in touch.

My favorite casino/hotel is New York. Winding streets with delicatessens, restaurants and little shops decorated like the ones we’d find on the  streets in New York are quaint and fun, like a setting in a novel. In the photo above, I’m waiting for Mitchell to take a ride on the roller coaster.

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Mitchell’s sister and family live in New  Jersey and didn’t know we were in Vegas. We texted photos in the New York Casino and had her guess where we were. This Greenwich Village coffee cup puzzled her but she didn’t fall for the idea we were actually in New York.






Las_Vegas Me typing kitchen background2016 (2)Back at our hotel, I took notes about the people and settings to use later for stories. Since we have a Hilton timeshare, we were given a suite free for our stay at the Trump Towers which is now owned by Hilton. The shuttle driver from the airport pretended he wouldn’t take us to the Trump Towers. I convinced him we were there because it was free, not for political reasons. He gave us a broad smile and let us on board. (Timeshares offer free days if owners go for an hour presentation on what’s new so we might upgrade.)


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog