Why I blog…

 

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Why I Blog

When I originally started blogging, which was back in high school and through till college – I did it as an online journal of sorts.

It wasn’t until after I got back from Australia in 2011 when I started doing more writing tutorials on my blog.

SONY DSCIt’s then, that I started doing guest posts and writing about my travels.

This year, I started this website for the main purpose of sharing my writing, while also helping people. Whether that be in their daily lives, health related things, writing, relationships, and also traveling.

My audience is made up of both men and women. They are mostly writers, readers, travelers, and lover’s of life.

I want to continue spreading joy and helping people along on the pathway of their lives. Continue reading “Why I blog…”

What Are You Thankful For?

It’s been awhile since I last posted, so I thought I’d post about Thanksgiving. I will be away for a few days in the next week as I will be going to NYC and Washington D.C. with Johan.

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving with your family and friends. I sure know I did! I should be back on the blog after we get back from D.C. and N.Y.C! 🙂

This time of the year there are plenty of things to be thankful for. It all reminds me of these statistics:

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I am thankful for many things. Among the given:

  • Thankful I have a roof over my head
  • That I am not starving
  • Thankful for my family & a wonderful boyfriend
  • Greatly blessed that I am able to travel
  • For my work that I love and enjoy

And you all know, I love showing pictures! So, here are some things I’ve been thankful for this November.

Johan flew in to visit me on November 25th. He is still here and I am enjoying this time abundantly.

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Don’t Rush it…{about indie & self publishing}

Photo Credit : Brooke Shaden
Photo Credit : Brooke Shaden

Since, I just finished indie publishing a short story (and ran an online launch), I thought I would come out with some tips and pointers on what to do and what not to do when you release your baby into the world. This goes for traditional, indie, and self publishing. But I mostly want to point this out to people who are going to Self Publish or Indie Publish. This is going to be a straight forward post on why it is important (to your professionalism as an author) that you don’t RUSH IT.

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The Mason of Hearts Edit is Done! 

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Finally…

 

Yep, I finished the edit for The Mason of Hearts! You got it, I am excited! Very!

Now, I can catch up with NaNoWriMo.

I am so excited about the story I am writing for NaNoWriMo. The world is so much more different than the one in The Mason of Hearts. But, if I must admit it – I miss writing The Mason of Hearts – one of my protagonists tried entering my NaNo Novel. I had to back up and tell him to go back to The Mason of Heart’s land. Tough – it must mean I am used to my characters from The Mason of Hearts and that I don’t want to stop writing about them. Well, I won’t because there will be two more where that came from, so he has plenty of time left. Continue reading “The Mason of Hearts Edit is Done! “

Why Traditional Publishing is a lot Like Dating

This is a post where I compare traditional publishing to dating… never thought of that before, right? haha…
(I will be sure to do a post on self-publishing and Indie Publishing – because they are hard too. I think any form of good publishing is hard.) I am in the process of writing a Dating/Writing Series… haha… It is exciting! Check out here if “you are in a complicated relationship with your characters”

Photo Credit : Brooke Shaden
Photo Credit : Brooke Shaden

Do you remember the days when you first started dating?

What are the things that you felt?

Did excitement and adventure circle into your blood stream? I know it did for me. And honestly, I still feel this way with my boyfriend. (I mean for goodness sakes, we are in a long distance relationship… what an adventure.)

But I remember when I was just finding myself as a teenager and how I couldn’t wait to start dating. Every time I saw a cute guy, I started daydreaming. Could that be him? haha… I know… but that is what I’d think. I feel like this is also similar to the publishing life. Continue reading “Why Traditional Publishing is a lot Like Dating”

How to finish a book in a month – Ksenia Anske

Ksenia AnskeI’d like to introduce Ksenia Anske to my blog. So glad she could write a guest post for my blog. Be sure to check out her blog here. Check out her awesome interview over at my friend’s blog here. Hope you enjoy her great advise for writing a book in a month!

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So, before you dive any deeper into this guest post, let me make a confession. I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo. All right? All right. Now, for those of you who are still reading this, I usually write my 1st drafts in 6 weeks, and my 1st drafts are usually about 120,000 words. Hey, lookee, I do qualify for this guest post after all, don’t I? Splendid. Let us continue. How DO you write a book in a month? It seems like an impossible task. The thing here is, don’t focus on the book as a whole, focus on one day at a time, and write every day. That’s all there is to it. What you really have to do is math. It’s simple. You know your writing speed, don’t you? For example, I write usually about 4 hours a day and I complete about 3,000 to 5,000 words in those 4 hours, which puts me at about 1,000 words an hour. Continue reading “How to finish a book in a month – Ksenia Anske”

On Hope : Have You Ever Lost Someone?

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Photo Credit : Devin Berglund

Have you ever lost someone?

One fine autumn morning, I was walking to my college class. Leaves floated around in the blue sky and rustled on the sidewalk. It was the perfect day. Once I got to class, I sat down next to my friend. Class hadn’t started yet, but my cell phone vibrated in my pocket. I looked at the name – it was my dad. I wouldn’t have normally answered a call so close to class, but lifted the phone to my ear.

“Hey Daddy!”

“Hi. Devin.” Daddy said.

“What’s up?” I asked.

“Well, are you sitting down.” Right as he asked me this, I looked around at my friends. Then I got up and walked into the hallway to sit at a bench. I remember the sunlight shining through the window. It was the perfect day, but not for this kind of conversation. Continue reading “On Hope : Have You Ever Lost Someone?”

NaNoPrep Blog Series Part 4 – Staying Healthy As a Writer

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A red nose.

Chapped lips.

Sore Throat.

Coughing that hurts.

A warm cup of mint tea sits next to my computer.

That’s right… I am sick. I’m sure you know the feeling!

Whenever November comes around, I pray I won’t get sick – first off because being sick is never fun. Also, because it throws you off your schedule. Continue reading “NaNoPrep Blog Series Part 4 – Staying Healthy As a Writer”

NaNoPrep Blog Series Part 3 – More On Character

 Are You Ready For MORE Character NaNoPrep?

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1.) Get Together With Other Writers

•Have everyone sit around and ask a question (take turns. Example: what do you hate?)
•After asking the question, everyone should spend 2-3 mins (Set the timer!) answering the questions from your character’s point of view. (Write it out in your notebook!)
•When the time is up, take turns reading what you wrote in your character’s voices.
•Let your character come to life!
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NaNoPrep Blog Series Part 2 – Be Your Character

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The woods always inspire me. In this November’s Nano novel, the woods will be of a huge importance to the characters in my novel. The picture to my right are the woods behind my house. Aren’t they beautiful? I love it!
So, TODAY for the NanoPrep I want to encourage you to think about your characters.
Be Your Character For A Day.
This doesn’t mean you have to be, be, be your character.

Some Ways You Can Be Your Character… Without Being Them

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