Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Pandemic Writer: Coffee and Isolation


The Pandemic Writer

My world is strange. In some ways I am quite happy to work remotely from home. Yes, most of us authors have regular day jobs. It is bliss not to deal with traffic commutes to and from work, to not dress up, put on mascara which smudges by noon. It is disturbing when you turn on the news and the grief and chaos exploding from Covid, job losses and economics woes, politics, people being idiots (by not wearing masks/refusing to believe in deadly virus).

You feel like you are among the mad!

On one hand, I have had more free time to write. On the other, I have not written much as I would have liked. Let's be honest. The world is scary. My first six months of working from home involved lots of chocolate and a pot of coffee a day as I stressed over potential job furloughs (I have been lucky so far), empty toilet paper shelves in store, and working out to exercise DVDs keep a sane routine. I like workout videos because there is no virus threat and I can look stupid without witnesses as I dance around the apartment. 

Discipline is the hardest thing for a writer to hone. When faced with editing or writing a chapter, we make an excuse and clean the house or reorganize the wriitng desk. Let's face it....most days my vacuum cleaner just feels like a neglected housewife. I must buck up. Write! finish those books! Edit! Have a piece of work I can harrass agents and publishers with. If I intend to be the next Princess Royal of Heroic Fantasy, I need to work for it.

I am hoping 2021 will be better. I am alreayd a crazy writer. The rest of the world needs to reboot. We all have stress. But I would like a return to normal stress and not feeling like an extra in a post-apocalyptic plague movie with B actors . I am working. I am writing.Maybe that is all we can hope for. Let's hope for more vaccinations (am still waiting) and an end to this wretched virus.

So let's reboot ourselves in this insane pandemis world and conquer a few goals. What do you think? What are your plans for 2021? 

Stay well & feisty,

Verna McKinnon


Monday, January 11, 2021

Writing Resolutions, Stress, COVID CURSING!!!


Good Riddence 2020! 

How many of us make the traditional New Year's resolutions? Be it for writing or getting healthy, whatever, we all do it. But the question I pose is perhaps we should look at this from a fresher perspective.
Whether we call them resolutions or goals, I believe the best way to achieve this is to form a routine around those goals. 
If we want to write more, set a routine for your creative goals. Start slow at first, and then build on it. The more you follow your routine, the more progress you will make. And progress leadds to bigger and better things.

COVID Salvation

As we all endure isolation and COVID stress, here are a couple things which have made life less crappy.



These two shows restored my faith in science fiction & fantasy on television. Yes, I am a big lover of TV and Film. These two made the year less wretched.

All for now. Stay safe and wear a mask...and run away from those without one. 

All for now.


Verna McKinnon


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Fabulous Fantasy from Boundless Stories SCI-FI + FANTASY with Kindle Unlimited!


Happy Holidays. Just a quick hello and I hope you are all well and healthy. We have reached the holiday season, and along with nog and chocolates, we all need a great read. Check out these great novels from Kindle Unlimited from my fellow authors! Just follow the link to happy reading! Go to: Boundless Stories

Have a safe and happy holiday & New Year! Personally, I cannot wait for 2020 to be dust and have a fresh start, without idiocy, panic buying of toilet paper,  and pandemics stressing me out like a traumatized church mouse.

Cheers & survive the holidays,

Verna McKinnon

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Great Fantasy Book Giveaways & Deals! Check these out!

Hello Fantasy Friends!

I am participating in some great book promos for fantasy for August.  They are themed and showcase many author friends here. Show some love and check these out! First is this virtual book fair. 

Check out these great books!

Next is a book theme dear to my heart! Fantasy featuring pets & familiars!     Check out these fab books!

More news to come. Stay healthy & read more fantasy! It does good things for you mood.



Friday, June 12, 2020

Bardess of Rhulon Free Giveaway!

Free Fantasy For All!

Holding out for a heroine? Look no further with the adventures of my Dwarven Bardess, Rose Greenleaf! Announcing another free giveaway for The Bardess of Rhulon June 12-17 on Kindle. Stay well, my lovelies. 

Love & Peace,

Verna McKinnon

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Heroines and for 5 days!

The adventure continues….

5 star reviews for Tree of Bones, a Familiar’s Tale, Book 2. Thrilling adventure and the Kindle is free for a limited time only on Amazon, June 6-11. Please forward to your friends. Stay well, my lovelies,

Watch for more specials and updates from my familiar world of magic and heroines.


Verna McKinnon

Friday, May 29, 2020

Spreading the magic with free Kindles!

Welcome My Familiar Freinds!

 I hope all of you are well and surviving this stranger new world. To ease the boredom and to give you a great deal, I am over the next few weeks over specials on my Kindle editions on Amazon.

We all need a little magic right now.  So to start off, I am offering a freebie on Gate of Souls, A Familiar's Tale, book one. This is fantasy for all ages! Wow, incredible reviews for Gate of Souls too. Read them on Amazon. Exciting adventure and the Kindle edition is free for a limited time only on Amazon, June 1-June 5.

I will send updates on my next freebie next week. Enjoy the read and stay healthy.


Verna McKinnon