New Look is Here, New Content Direction Coming Soon

It’s a new year and I’m beginning to find my way in life. Yeah, it’s taken some serious time. I never wanted my blog to be about writing in general because let’s face it, I don’t have a degree in writing. I make grammatical errors on a regular basis. I don’t know my dangling modifiers from my bastard enumeration…wait, no I do know something! I do know my bastard enumeration, it’s faulty parallelism. It’s one of the things I actually know and use correctly approximately 88% of the time. And because I’m having a moment of clear honesty, that percentage is just pulled out of thin air. Still, I believe my parallelism is used correctly most of the time.

For years I’ve been searching for what I want my blog to represent. I’ve dipped my toe in many pools and alternately frozen and burned a few little piggies in the process. Nothing seemed right, but I gave it a go. A wise teacher taught me Fail Better. And I have.

There were times I was excited about a blog post and assumed it was the niche I was going to write about. But then I’d go MIA and my blog would send S.Y.B. (save your blog) signals to pull me back. I had avoided it because I had nothing more to say on the topic that seemed so right at that moment.

So I’ve spent some time working through ideas. I’ve asked myself about post ideas, I’ve piddled around the internet looking for what’s missing (in case you’re wondering, nothing’s missing, all that’s left is your own take, your own perspective). I’ve begun a few posts and promptly dismissed them.

Then I sat down and took stock. What do I really love? Life. I thoroughly enjoy life. Don’t get me wrong, many times I’ve been sucked in deep pits of mire that have taken weeks and months to slog through, but I still believe in the end, life is good. Without the muck we can’t appreciate the good stuff. And by good stuff, I mean the simple things like a walk with my boys, getting up town without getting one red-light (those days I should buy lottery tickets).

What else do I like? Reading. I love reading. I love falling into a book and coming out of it and having to adjust to reality. I love thrillers, mysteries, true crime, tear-jerkers, historical fiction, horror, some YA, and some non-fiction. And I love a kick-ass Heroine. However, I like them to be slightly flawed. Which reminds me I really love my KickAss Cheerleader, I don’t think I’ll bury her away completely, maybe once a quarter I’ll bring her out to play on the blog. I appreciate her  no-holds-barred honest insight.

What else do I love? Encouraging others. Nothing grates my nerves more than hearing someone say they aren’t good enough, they don’t know, they don’t have xyz. Probably the number one reason I hate that is because I’ve been there and felt that way. I hated myself then. Feeling weak really burns my britches. So I like to encourage others. But don’t mistake my encouragement for pity. If you aren’t willing to do some work to help yourself I’m kind of snotty… yes, mainly because I had to get snotty with myself to get my butt on the right track.

What else do I love? Learning. I was the child that looked forward to the first day of school every single year. Now that love may not have continued after the first two weeks, but I always looked forward to the next year.

After all those questions I realized what I believe is the right path for my blog. It encompasses reading, learning, and a little bit of encouragement.

Stay tuned because on February 2nd,  2017 I’ll reveal where the blog is going from here, content-wise. In the meantime I’d love to know your thoughts on the new look. I’m super excited. I hope the excitement stays. And if you sense a little slacking off or a need that I haven’t seen, please, please, please, tell me. I can’t fix what I don’t see.

We All Need a Partner

Brothers, Competition, Support System. They push each other to be better.
Brothers, Competition, Support System. They push each other to be better.

I took my twin boys out driving the other day. Twin A had a really good day. Twin B had a fairly off day. As twins their dynamic is always fascinating. They compete with each other and it serves them well. They work hard to edge out each other out. However, they also have a natural support system. They know when to stop competing and start encouraging instead.

As I watched the boys do their competitive/encouragement merry-go-round it dawned on me how much we all need a partner Continue reading “We All Need a Partner”

Are You Disrespectful of Your Readers or Fellow Writers?

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Do you really care about your readers? Do you care about the writers and/or readers who attend your conferences, workshops, and author readings? Let’s find out.

Everyone has an opinion. That’s good. Life would be miserably boring if we all thought alike. There would be no differences. It’s why politics is such a hot-bed of chaos.

Sadly, over the past twelve years, elections have become more and more volatile. Couple that hatred with the ease of spouting off on social media and everyone is lambasting everyone.

Three Ways You’re Disrespecting Your Reader: Continue reading “Are You Disrespectful of Your Readers or Fellow Writers?”

Lists I Love, Part 3: The Bill of Rights

Grunge American Flag for Independence Day. Vector Illustration

You can view the first two lists I love at these links: List 2: Rules of the Rebellion and List 1: The Ten Commandments

This week’s list is The Bill of Rights.

The Bill of Rights encompasses the first ten amendments to the Constitution. So yes, if you made fun of Trump for his 11th amendment, you are the one who is wrong. There are actually 27 amendments to the Constitution. The first ten that were ratified make up the Bill of Rights. Continue reading “Lists I Love, Part 3: The Bill of Rights”

Part Two: Lists I Love – Rules of the Rebellion

Last week I posted the number one list I love – you can find it Here.

This week, I’m swooning over this list by Steve Kamb who wrote Level Up Your Life (link will take you to Amazon because I thoroughly believe everyone needs this). It’s kind of self-help meets rules for life meets tough love. And that is why I love it! Kick-Ass Cheerleader is so happy right now (she wears a leather jacket, black jeans, and instead of cheering with pom-poms, she cheers with a swift kick to the keester with her kick-ass boots). Continue reading “Part Two: Lists I Love – Rules of the Rebellion”