Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | By: Angela Brown

Getting Back into the Writing Life

Stepping back into writing slow and steady has gone better than I thought. Now that I've given myself permission to NOT be so hard on myself, I'm making progress. Some days may not go quite as planned...
But it is okay. Really and truly okay.

What do you do on those days where things don't go quites as planned?
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | By: Angela Brown

Something Like Normal

I'm not quite sure what normal is anymore.

Before 2012, normal was...
...getting my kid ready for school
...drop her off
...go to work
...complain for half the day
...get complained at by customers for the other half of the day
...pick my kid up from her after school program
...work homework and read with my kiddo
...then go to bed.

2012 - the beginning of 2015 was all of that plus...
...blogging 2- 3 times a week
...hopping on various social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to post, share posts, like posts, network multiple times through the day everyday
...more networking on LinkedIn and other outlets that I wasn't sure why I was hopping on them anymore
...marketing research
...marketing attempts
...blog tours
...building newsletter lists
...sending newsletters while trying to not be spammy
...and writing, writing, more writing.

Somewhere in there was the occasional sleeping moment.

No regrets from any of it given I gained a whirlwind of knowledge, friends, and had some really awesome times doggone it!

So now that I've taken my hiatus, I've stepped back to breathe for a bit, I'm ready to set my new normal. I don't have anything solid yet.

No specific goals like a certain word count per day.

No demand on myself to produce XYZ product or item. I have plenty of deadline demands with my day gig.

Actually, here is my goal for each day:
Be like Happy Kitty!

Oh, and you'll notice I made a little change to the layout of my blog. I really liked what I had before. Just trying something new. In case you are interested in trying something new with your blog, I'd suggest Heather McCorkle. I've had a very good experience working with her. In fact, she designed my Shadow Jumpers and NEO Chronicles books, both the older and new versions.

Since we've got more than one toe into the new year, have you had a chance to set a schedule? What is your normal like?

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 | By: Angela Brown

IWSG and 2018

It is the first Wednesday of the month, of the year of our Lord, 2018. It is IWSG time.

Time to frolic and hop from blog to blog checking out what others have to share at this most wonderful and commisserate time each month. Click here for links to other blogs.

As we bid adieu to 2017 and walk, run, or stumble into 2018, I find myself regarding goals with a rather skeptical eye. In 2015, I started off with a bang, big and small writing goals set, SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) that I was so sure about.

Life guffawed as it told me, "Hold this beer and spill nary a drop, ya hear!" as it splashed about in my writing life like a beluga whale in a too-small pool.

No surprise that I did not hold on to that glass of beer. I've spent a lot of time gathering the pieces. Instead of trying to glue it back together, which would mostly end with me glued to the mug, I've claimed the broken pieces for my own and handed them over to a master glass blower to turn what was broken into something new.

I've taken time away from writing and hold true to my heart's desire to return with vigor when it is time. I have a feeling that time is near.

When it comes, I would be interested in knowing your answer to this month's IWSG question?

What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

Perhaps some of your comments can provide me some assistance in getting back into a writing groove, so please, comment away :-)
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | By: Angela Brown

IWSG and What the Heck was that, 2017?

The last IWSG post of 2017...

Asking what the heck was that seems appropriate given the ups, downs, and roller coaster loopty-loos that has been 2017.

This month's question has me pondering about all that was and is regarding this year...

As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

Perhaps it is because I'm still feeling the vestiges of The Shack coursing through my veins with its healing reminders, or it is time that I get to this place, but the answer is that I wouldn't backtrack anything.

Oh, there are some things that may have gone differently, I don't know, if I'd chosen this way or that, yet, I am where I need to be and will do a better job of opening myself to the good that God has for me in whatever this is that has been going on in my writing life, mom life, spiritual life... my life.

Feel free to visit other IWSG bloggers to see how they answer this question and please share your comments as well.
Friday, November 24, 2017 | By: Angela Brown

Up to Christmas Day and Beyond

The day after Christmas is considered a big consumer shopping day. Actually, this Black Friday tradition is morphing into "Later on Thanksgiving Day" shopping.

There may be fist-a-cuffs over must-have items.

I'd like to invite you to a less volatile shopping moment by grabbing your copy of Sprits in the Water.
Confession time: I've been a bit wrapped up in stitiching certain things in my life back together again. It happens. Life happens. It takes time and effort to get back to normal, or something that slightly resembles it. So I just recently had a chance to purchase my own copy of this anthology so I could read the short stories.

I am so very humbled that my story, Extraordinary, is in the mix. The talent on display with each tale leaves me in awe that I get to be among such wonderful authors.

If you already have your copy, please feel free to give it as a gift. You can even choose a delivery date so the recipient can get their gift on Christmas day.

So, have you ever participated in Black Friday shopping? Are you the early shopper already ready for Christmas or the Christmas Eve shopper hunting for last minute bargains?