• Inspirational,  Journal,  Writing

    What It Takes to Be a Hero

    The word hero means many things to many people. When we were children a hero could have been those you saw on television with supernatural power (or really cool gadgets). Always saving the day, they encourage us to strive to be better than we are. But what about real heroes? If you had to give the meaning or example of a hero without using a fictional character. What/who would you say is an example? Image by Imagine_Images from Pixabay The Difference Between a Hero and a Champion These two words are most often used interchangeably, but I’ve found that there is a very real difference to them. A champion is…

  • Updates
    Journal,  Writing

    Progress Update

    Oh my gosh, guys, things have been one whirlwind of a mess after another. Nothing has gone as planned and progress has slowed, but sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. Here is an update of what I’ve been dealing with: I sent out my manuscript to some beta readers and frankly, the feedback wasn’t good. Many stopped reading all together. My dad ended up in the ICU to the point where he had to have someone with him whenever he left the house (and to be honest, I went over there to check on him even when he didn’t leave) my kids and I walked with him…

  • Inspirational,  Journal

    Joy

    Joy happens whenever we are even remotely happy. The difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is the emotional elevation of delight over time, while joy is happiness you feel in the moment. A little more on the word Joy: WIKI A feeling of extreme happiness or cheerfulness, especially related to the acquisition or expectation of something good. Anything that causes such a feeling. Luck or success; a positive outcome. The sign or exhibition of joy; gaiety; merriment; festivity. Dictionary. com The emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation A source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or…

  • Inspirational,  Journal

    Motivation

    With NaNoWriMo just around the corner, many are looking for motivation to get started writing, continue writing, or to even come up with an idea for their project. Today I’d like to go through some ways you can gain motivation for your writing. But first… you know me, let’s take a look at the word Motivation. WIKI The reason for people’s actions, desires, and needs One’s direction to behavior What causes a person to want to repeat a behavior Dictionary Providing with a reason to act in a certain way The reason one has for acting or behaving in a particular way The general desire or willingness of someone to…

  • Inspirational,  Journal,  Writing

    Discover

    This weeks word is Discover. What does it mean to discover? Well, let’s take a look before getting into some other aspects of the word. What is Discover? Dictionary to see, get knowledge of, learn of, find, or find out; gain sight or knowledge of (something previously unseen or unknown) to notice or realize Archaic. to make known; reveal; disclose. WIKI To find or learn something for the first time. To remove the cover from; to uncover (a head, building etc.). To expose, uncover. To create by moving a piece out of another piece’s line of attack. To reveal (information); to divulge, make known. To reconnoitre, explore (an area). To manifest without…

  • Inspirational,  Journal

    Purpose

    Lately, I’ve been thinking of the word purpose. What is purpose and why do we need to have (a) purpose? Well, as I do with all my words… here is what the dictionary/Wiki tells us… What is Purpose? Dictionary: The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists Have as one’s intention or objective A person’s sense of resolve or determination And WIKI: An object to be reached; a target, aim; goal A result that is desired’ an intention The reason for which something is done, or the reason it is done in a particular way So according to those Purpose is the reason/intention an action or…

  • Writing Fun!

    July’s Writing Theme: How Do You Stay Motivated?

    If you are like me at all right now, you’ve been struggling to write just a few words. Life gets in the way, things happen, but when you are ready to get back to it; the words just won’t come. So, for this month’s theme we are writing on how we stay motivated. It doesn’t have to be just about writing… How do you stay motivated to exercise, to get that project done, to do anything! Visit my example below and comment!!   Example: The past few months have been a real struggle for me and I alway seem to come back to the same thing to get me motivated to…

  • Journal,  Writing

    What Can’t You Live Without?

    With all the traveling, I've had to cut down access to my work to my IPad and my phone, which got me thinking... If you had to pick on thing, what is one that you could not live without. Let me know! I would love to hear from you. I'll include my answers here, in green (my favorite color ;) )

  • Patreon Benefits
    Journal,  Writing

    Patreon Benefits For Authors and Writers

    Nothing is better for Authors and writers than gaining the support of their readers. Whether that is liking posts, reading their books, writing reviews, critiquing their work and more. Let’s talk about another platform that you could be utilizing to support your favorite writer, author or creative entrepreneur. Yep, I’m talking about Patreon! I’ve noticed that quite a few artists and creatives have begun to use Patreon for various reasons: Communication ~ As with blogs, social media and websites Patreon connects with them all to offer another platform to communicate with fans, readers and audiences from all over. Not only do they provide a way to keep readers up to date…

  • Journal,  Writing

    My 2018 Goals

    It’s getting to be the end of the year and I’ve been working on plans for next year. While thinking of what I really wanted to do with my business and how I want to move forward with my books, I find myself realizing that my goals from last year were… well, dull. Though they fit my business there was really no depth to them and to the business itself. If I want to make writing my career, I need to be more specific and defined with my goals for my business and my books. My thoughts here are to keep myself accountable to my goals and my business by…