What I’m Reading This Month…

I obviously won’t be reading all of these at once, but look at this gorgeous stack of books I (finally) just picked up from one of my new favorite local indies, Loyalty Books in Silver Spring, Maryland. So can’t wait to dive in!

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It’s San Diego time, baby!

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Tomorrow at noon, I’ll be hopping on Amtrak’s Surfliner and riding the rails down the coast to San Diego, where I’ll be attending the Romance Writers of America (RWA)’s annual national conference for the very first time.

On Wednesday, you can find me hanging out with my fellow young adult writers at YARWA’s Day of YA (check out this fabulous line up!). Thursday through Saturday, I’ll be keeping busy choosing from dozens of educational workshops taught by some truly amazing writers. And on Friday,  I’m beyond honored to be teaching a workshop of my own!

If you’ll be in San Diego, too, please come hear me present  Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success on Friday, July 15th at 11 am in Pacific Ballroom 14.

It probably goes without saying, but this California girl is fully way stoked to be back in her home state. See you in San Diego!

Cash & Creativity: Registration is now open for my new online class!

If you’d like to explore the surprising relationship between your money and your writing  (or art, photography, music, any creative endeavor), please join me in my new three-week online class, Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success, starting on Monday, May 9th.

Registration is now open through YARWA, the YA chapter of Romance Writers of America. (Scroll down for class description and registration button.) This class is open to both YARWA members and the general public. Hope to see you there!

May 2016: Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success

About the course
If you wish you could earn more from your writing or you’ve been feeling stuck in creative quicksand, the problem might not be your writing, but how you deal with money. Uncertainty or fear about your finances—regardless of your net worth—can shut down your creativity in unexpected ways.

This three-week course will help you uncover the truth about your finances, tie up energy-draining financial loose ends, and learn simple, more effective ways to organize and manage your money. You’ll then use similar strategies to tie up your creative loose ends, prioritize your projects, and craft a re-imagined vision for your writing career.

By the end of this course, you should have a clear picture of your current finances, new strategies for keeping your financial life organized going forward, and a plan for taking enthusiastic, dedicated action toward both your creative and financial goals.

About the Instructor:
About the instructor: Angele McQuade is the author of two books about investing, including INVESTMENT CLUBS FOR DUMMIES, and has been a monthly columnist for Better Investing magazine for more than fifteen years. She’s taught classes about personal finance, writing, and creativity across the United States and in Berlin, Germany. Angele also writes novels for children and young adults, and is a member of SCBWI, RWA, WRW, and YARWA. She is represented by Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. You can find Angele online at www.angelemcquade.com and on Twitter at @angelemcquade.

Register HERE.

Cash & Creativity: Come Hear Me Speak!

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If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area, I’ll be presenting Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success at the January 9th, 2016 meeting of the Washington Romance Writers at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Bethesda, Maryland at 10:15 a.m. Come join us!

Cash & Creativity:
How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success

If you wish you could earn more from your writing or you’ve been feeling stuck in creative quicksand, the problem might not be your writing, but how you deal with money. Uncertainty or fear about your finances—regardless of your net worth—can shut down your creativity in unexpected ways.

This one-hour workshop with author Angele McQuade will teach you strategies for uncovering the truth about your finances, tying up energy-draining financial loose ends, and learning simple, more effective ways to organize and manage your money. You’ll also learn similar strategies for tying up your creative loose ends, prioritizing your projects, and crafting a reimagined vision for your writing career. Be prepared to leave the workshop inspired to take enthusiastic, deliberate action toward both your creative and financial goals.

Angele McQuade is the author of two books about investing, including INVESTMENT CLUBS FOR DUMMIES, and has been a monthly columnist for Better Investing magazine for more than fifteen years. She’s taught classes about personal finance, writing, and creativity across the United States and in Berlin, Germany. Angele also writes novels for children and young adults, and is a member of SCBWI, RWA, WRW, and YARWA. She is represented by Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Unexpected Inspiration

Photo credit: Angele McQuade
Photo credit: Angele McQuade

While at the annual retreat of the Washington Romance Writers chapter of the Romance Writers of America this past weekend, I had a lovely conversation with some equally-lovely writer friends about those moments when inspiration zings you, when ideas come so unexpectedly you have to grab at whatever’s closest to scribble them down before they fly off again.

For me and many of my fellow writers, our muse shows up while we’re in the middle of otherwise mindless, mundane tasks like driving, doing the dishes, or taking a shower. That’s definitely true for me, and the reason I now keep a stack of note paper and a pen in a bathroom drawer.

Some writers swear by waterproof note boards or writing on tile walls with crayon. I’ve tried dry-erase markers–both on tile and on the bathroom mirror–but it turns out steam is not exactly friendly to that type of ink. So now I depend on the humble, practically-timeless combination of pen and paper whenever a spark of an idea hits.

Of course, I have to actually jump out of the shower to write those notes, and that’s exactly what I did the morning after the retreat, when I’d just barely rinsed the shampoo out of my hair when idea after idea for the young adult mystery I’m revising slammed into my head.

Trust me when I say it’s tough to write notes when your hands are soaked and water’s running down your arms and right onto your paper. As you may be able to tell from this picture, my counter ended up completely soaked and my notes did, too, but all that mattered was that I could read them.

You may also notice that photo’s pretty blurry; I did that on purpose to save you all from spoilers. I am writing a mystery, after all. Someday, I promise, you’ll thank me.

Just like I’m keep thanking my personal shower muses for some many, many  new ideas, water-logged or not.

#LoveIsEverywhere, Exhibit C

Photo credit: Angele McQuade
Photo credit: Angele McQuade

I see hearts in unexpected places all the time as I go about my day, and they always remind me that love is everywhere. Sharing some of these hearts here with you is one of the many ways I aim to send love right back out into the world as often as I can.

I was absolutely tickled to be asked to speak about money and also my writing career at the venerable Neighbor’s Club in Arlington on February 11th, and even more delighted when I arrived to find this heart wreath on the door.

A lovely day, and a lovely welcome!