Recommended Reading

I’ve been really struggling this week with what to post. Basically, I’m censoring myself because a lot of what I want to talk about isn’t pretty. I’m talking toxic people, unsettling world events, and other such depressing stuff. So, until I have something more cheerful to share or am ready to stop biting my own […]

What I Learned from My 2018 Reader Survey

My very-first-ever reader survey ended last week, and I’m so thankful to each and every one of you who participated! Conducting a reader survey was a new idea to me, though definitely one of those “why didn’t I think of this before” type of new ideas. Here’s what I learned from listening to you: Though […]

How to Get People to Actually Read Your Blog

Okay, I’ll admit that title is probably a bit misleading. Because I’m not going to tell you some magic formula that will make readers flock to your next blog post. I’m just going to tell you what I learned today because I think it’s pretty awesome. Pretty awesome in that “Duh, why didn’t I think […]

Award-Winning! The Liebster Award

Well, I’m not sure I can pronounce the name correctly but thankfully no one can hear me on the Internet. This blog has been nominated for the Liebster Award! The Liebster Award, created in 2011, is given to bloggers by bloggers in order to welcome and/or promote the nominated blog. Fantasy author Timandra Whitecastle nominated […]

A New Outlook on Blogging

As I am working through Jeff Goins‘ Intentional Blog course, I’m learning to focus my blog on the things I’m really passionate about. I intend to write more about the two topics that consume my mind both day and night: writing and motherhood/family. Learn more about me and my plan for this blog here.

15 Habits of Great Writers: Day 14 – Brand

For Day 14 of the Great Writers Series, Jeff encourages us to develop brands. Branding has a lot to do with the impression your work leaves on people. “A brand is the simplest, most memorable part of yourself you can give.” Jeff challenges participants to establish the three elements that make up a brand: (1) […]

15 Habits of Great Writers: Day 12 – Provoke; Alternately Titled: Read Me Damn It

I’ve been trudging along in the Great Writers Series, doing better some days than others, really trying to stretch my legs as a writer and develop some better habits. The biggest habit of all that I’ve wanted to foster is writing every day. So far, so good on that one. I don’t always write what […]

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15 Habits of Great Writers: Day 11 – Declutter

On Day 11 of the Great Writers series, the habit to develop is to get rid of all the junk that gets in the way of writing, to get rid of the clutter. Jeff challenges participants to do two things to declutter: (1) clean your workspace; and (2) get rid of the non-essentials. Stephen King calls […]

15 Habits of Great Writers: Day 10 – Share AND Loads of Links!

Ugh. It’s so easy to get off point, isn’t it? I’ve been doing so well, blogging AND working on the BIG Project every day. Then, yesterday: nada. (Though I can’t really feel too bad, as I was spending some precious time with my soon-to-be-moving-out-of-state best friend). Anyway, time to focus again. Day 10’s habit is […]

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15 Habits of Great Writers: Day 8 – Build

Yesterday, the habit was to start. Today, the habit is to build. What’s the difference? All the blood, sweat and tears. Ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but hopefully you get my point. Starting something is that initial moment (or more likely lots of moments) when you begin to do something – […]

How to Write the Perfect Blog Post

I “stole” this idea from Derek Halpern of SocialTriggers.com. Yesterday was my Day 6 in Jeff Goins’ Great Writers Series and the challenge was to steal something. Great artists ‘steal’ ideas from others, meaning they get inspiration from the ideas of others. Well, I finally had a chance to watch the replay of the Halpern/Goins Webinar: […]

Know Your Audience

Any composition teacher will tell you, it’s one of the first rules of writing: know your audience. Knowing who you are writing to helps to set the tone of your piece and aids you in serving your purpose. Well, here’s proof that hubs doesn’t read/keep up with my blog (or read my text messages, for […]

Post It Note Tuesday, 6-1

Post-It Note Tuesday

Wonder Boy

Based on my previous post Aliases for Safety on the Net, meet “Wonder Boy.”  He’s the baby of the family and clearly knows it.  He’ll be 3 next month and is a typical in-to-everything toddler.  He has an affinity for flushing things down toilets, at home or otherwise, which you’d think would have made potty-training a […]