Tips for Aspiring Authors [#24] Create a GoodReads Account

Attention new authors: Do not sleep on If you don’t have an account, create one. Set it up as an Author account. What is GoodReads, you ask? In GoodReads’ own words, it describes itself as: A free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are … Continue reading

Comfort Zone

I am currently living in an out of my comfort zone reality. Everything I’ve ever known as been turned upside down and I’m in a place, literally and figuratively, I never thought or imagined I would be. In spite of my discomfort, I do find comfort from an all-knowing, all-everything Comforter. He reminds me that although I’m not where I thought I would be, He has me and my family right where He wants us: … Continue reading

Tips for Aspiring Authors [#23] Engage your audience

Have you finished your first book and are wondering what to do next? How about engaging your circle of friends and people who have already read or purchased your book or story? You have social media accounts, right? I have several social media profiles: Two Facebook public pages for promotional/informational stuff and two actual profiles. One profile is for me and the other is for my character, Stanley Thompson. I also have Twitter, Instagram and … Continue reading

Tips for Aspiring Authors [#22] Don’t stop writing

Recently, I saw someone I used to know in the “town meeting hole” otherwise known as the local Walmart. We met many years ago after I’d finished my second book and he worked a contract job at the place where I was working as the HR lady. This guy was a singer, had recorded a few tracks and I still have a copy of his CD. Interestingly when we saw each other, we both wanted … Continue reading

Things that irritate me: Christmas Edition

It’s been a while since my last Irritate post. As the Christmas holiday moves to the distant memory sector of our minds, there are still a few things that stick out to me. I’m no Scrooge, these are just my observations because I’m all about observing before I speak. (He he he) Christmas at the office: Recipe experimenting I saw this on Pintrest and thought I’d try it. Why do people who think the nasty recipe … Continue reading

Seize the moment

Last week a dear friend of mine passed away suddenly. I, like many, were in shock because we are in our mid 40’s so how could that happen? It could happen because…things happen. Unexpected things–both good and bad. Unfortunately, that’s how life is on earth. It was an emotionally charged week for me and I’m still feeling some kind of way about it. This post is to honor my friend by saying: SEIZE THE MOMENT! … Continue reading

I have not forgotten you

Hello! First, let me apologize. I have been away and I have neglected my blog. I’m so sorry. 🙁 I have missed you and our interaction and appreciate those of you who have reached out to see where the heck I’ve been. Aww, you’re so sweet. Well, there’s a good reason and it isn’t because I’ve been off training for some mega marathon either. (Although I am still focused on reaching my goals.) I have … Continue reading

Things I would post on Facebook if I weren’t on hiatus [Pt 1]

My Facebook friends probably have a lot less activity in their news feeds right now because  I am officially off Facebook from March 5 – April 18. If you follow me on my personal page, you know that I update pretty regularly and usually engage folks quite a bit. We have fun. We connect. We share. However, this year I decided to give up my daily activity during the Lenten season. It’s supposed to be … Continue reading

What a difference a year makes

I am so happy that I made the decision to publicly share my fitness journey last Spring. When I started running it was hard, but quitting was not an option. I knew I’d be able to do it, I just didn’t know what the end would look like. The goal back then was to finish a 5K. When I finished my first, I thought Okay, what’s next? I’ve done five 5K’s, lost 3 pant sizes, and … Continue reading

Product Review: Vega One (Berry Flavor)

You’ve read my posts over the years. Some months I’m a vegetarian, some months eating some fish, and others I’m doing something completely different. Every month I (ahem) try to make healthy choices although I still love kettle chips, kettle corn and french fries. Everybody has weaknesses.  Don’t judge me. LOL! Besides, they’re still vegetables (potatoes and corn) right? Anyway, I needed a decent protein shake that did not contain dairy or other animal products, … Continue reading