happy blogiversary to me: one year later

img_0545It has been precisely a year (… in two days) since I published my first post on this site. I’m not sure why I decided posting about scrubbing toilets was a good way to start out, but we’ll just go with it.

I’ve had blogs/sites before that I was committed to. I’ve been in the mommy blog world and the my-perspectives-on-the-world, world– but never before have I felt so connected with the blogosphere as I do with this space. Being part of the writing community is definitely a special place, and I’m so thankful for all of you who have shared, liked, commented, and followed along as I learn-as-I-go with you.

I continue to have big plans, including posts from published authors to come, as well as unpublished authors, and giveaways and more tips I hope you find helpful– and plenty of book reviews, as my TBR is continuously growing. But I would love to hear from YOU if there’s something you want to see more of, or something I didn’t touch well enough on. After all, this isn’t just somewhere for me to spew my guts– it’s somewhere to reach out and touch others (I hope), and a place where I can grow as an author and person.

Suppose I can stop being sappy now and tell you that I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY.

It is VALENTINE’S DAY after all, and I want to show y’all just how much I LOVE you.

SO.

Leave me a comment to enter to win a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card! Giveaway is open through Monday, February 20th, and the winner will be announced on the 21st.

I will also be opening this to my Instagram followers– so if you want an extra entry, follow the instructions on that post as well and make sure to let me know that you’ve liked/followed both places!

… that’s a wrap. I look forward to another year, or five, or ten– or however many this can be kept up– with y’all.

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Starbucks giveaway winners

I want to thank everyone who entered to win the $10 and $5 gift cards to Starbucks! Most entries happened on Instagram, pushing me to over 100 followers! (It doesn’t sound like much, but totally made my day!)

There will be more giveaways in the future, but that’s not what you’re here for!

The winners were chosen using random.org. The $10 giftcard goes to emma_the_shadowhunter on Instagram and the $5 goes to Diana Meredith, Instagram and Facebook follower!

Thank you, again, to all who entered. Check back in the future for more opportunities to win some fun things! Now that I’ve tested the waters for a giveaway there’s no going back.

 

Have be a happy Monday!

respect your inner writer

imageI have not been respecting my inner writer.

Let’s just get that out of the way.

I’ve had a hard time lately getting much done. I don’t mean to sound whiny, or negative, but it’s true. There’s been mostly playing catch-up and acting like I can somehow get ahead of everything I have on my plate.

And let’s be real, we all feel that way some times.

I recently got a rejection that I didn’t want to mention or share on here. Partially because I think it’s unprofessional, and partially because it felt like a below-the-belt rejection. However, rejection is a part of life… and if I can’t share at least the big picture fact that I was rejected, then this doesn’t seem like a place I’m being honest with everyone.

The thing is, because of that rejection I started plunging into different projects. I was avoiding sitting down and writing, because I was afraid that my writing was no longer worth it.

Call me melodramatic, but it’s how I was feeling.

Everything was so personal. The words, the reasons, the rejector. And as much as authors have to grow an extra layer of skin for these types of things, there is no denying that some rejections are going to hit harder than others.

And this one, my friends, hit HARD.

After looking around, I stumbled upon this article by Alice Osborn (poet and author).

Suddenly I realized, she was right.

No, she doesn’t mention rejection or how to handle it. In fact, this post has nothing to do with rejection. It has everything to do with being a writer. We have to respect ourselves and our craft, and not just talk about it.

That’s all I’ve been doing. I’ve been talking about writing. And writing about writing. But, ironically, I haven’t been WRITING.

I’ve been talking about my latest book, or my book that’s on submission, or another new book idea, or what I want to do to an old project… but I haven’t been doing. I’ve just been talking.

That’s no good.

We have to respect ourselves as writers.

What does that mean?

It means setting the stage to get our jobs done.

We don’t write because we want to, we write because we HAVE to. There’s a burning fire way down deep that can vibrate through our bones, our veins, through our fingertips. That fire is what keeps us going, and only we have the power to squelch it or help it grow.

No one said it was going to be easy.

The things that are worth it in life are never easy.

Love. Beliefs. Jobs. Relationships. Goals. Dreams.

They all hold their own challenges, and we find out what kind of people we are when we decide to reach for them, to hold them, to protect them, to perfect them.

But in order to do anything, we first have to have self-worth and self-respect.

So, I’m challenging myself to follow the steps from that article.

Set boundaries. Show up. Take risks. Make goals. Invest.

WRITE.

 

 

 

Have you been devaluing your inner writer? What do you think you can do to change that?

 

Want a $10 Starbucks giftcard to treat yourself? Here’s how you can enter!

1 Entry: Follow this site!

1 Entry: Like the Facebook page

1 Entry: Follow on Instagram

1 Entry: Follow on Twitter

1 Entry: Share your favorite post on Twitter or Facebook and tag me when you do!

Make sure to comment on here, Facebook, or Instagram with everything you did! Extra entry opportunities will be shared on Instagram tomorrow as well. Open until Saturday, March 26th at midnight EST. Winner announced Monday, March 28th. Good luck!