Introducing my Society6 Goodies!

Looking for writing related products, inspirational items, and bookish goodies? I am excited to introducing these fun designs featured on mugs, pillows, phone cases, laptop sleeves and so much more!


I had intended to introduce my Society6 store when I had more designs and products to share but I want you to be able to take advantage of the Memorial Day Sale that is going on. I love a discount and I can’t resist passing on the savings.

I adore coffee mugs and phone cases but it seems I am always looking for designs I can’t find. That is exactly why I created these.


One thing I love about society6 is the wide variety of products you can get each image on. You can order your laptop skin to match the design on your phone! How fun is that?

Check out the full line of products & images here!

 

Cup of Inspiration & Motivation: New Vlog Series

Do you ever wake up feeling unmotivated? Criticism and self doubt nipping at your heels? Do your dreams and goals feel so far away that you are not sure why you are even trying?

Welcome to the club. While it is not a club anyone wants to be a part of – it is a reality for many of us. It is perfectly normal to deal with self doubt and lack of motivation at times. We shouldn’t  feel ashamed and isolated when we are faced with such things. However, letting those things stop us from moving forward is a mistake.

That is why I wanted to start a new vlog series on my youtube channel that focuses on motivation and inspiration. I will share my own struggles with motivation so that you know you are not alone. There is something healing about knowing that you are not the only one dealing with certain things.

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I will also share uplifting quotes, stories and advice. Together, we will share our struggles, triumphs and dreams.  Most of my Vlogs will feature a related blog post so don’t forget follow my blog, sign up for my newsletter and subscribe to my youtube channel so that you don’t miss a thing.

Thanks for being a part of my journey and inviting me along on yours. Click the Link Below to watching the first installment of this series. This episode is all about finding and embracing your spark and sharing it with others.  Don’t forget to comment here or on the video and tell me what YOUR spark is! Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/Q1AScBOKgTw

 Writers Toolkit: Free Mind Mapping App

Need to organize your thoughts? Keep track of ideas? Create new ones? If so this mind mapping app is for you. Best of all, it is free.  Read on to find out more. Don’t forget you can alway watch the video on my YouTube channel as well.

Watch the Video!

(Scroll to bottom of post for App Links!)

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SimpleMind Free

Mind mapping helps you organize your thoughts, remember things and generate new ideas. The creators of the app have designed a beautiful, intuitive app, that allows you to  mind map wherever you are and whenever you want.

  • Available free on android and iPhone
  • Simple & Easy to use
  • Great for keeping up with idea’s on the go
  • Several styles to choose from
  • Spurs creativity
  • Makes organizing easy
  • Not just for writers – this app has endless uses

 

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My Personal Experience

  • I am using this app to keep track of story ideas
  • Many of my idea’s are born from my crazy dreams so I find myself grabbing my phone and jotting them down using this app.
  • I adore the different styles. You are not locked into a style when you select it to begin mapping you can change it at anytime.
  • I love the colors and text options
  • I am having a lot of fun using this app.
  • It is one of my favorite free apps.

 

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Get the App for Android

Get the App for IPhone

Know of a great App? Writer’s Tool? Writing book? Share in the comments! Thanks for reading & watching!

Have a Blessed & Bookish Day

Indie Spotlight: Anxiety Girl

Anxiety Girl by Lacy London

Do you struggle with Anxiety or know someone who does? The title of this book and the focus on Anxiety is what prompted me to read this book. I am glad I did. I deal with severe reoccurring depression and generalized anxiety and I enjoy reading books that address with those issues in a responsible realistic manner.

If you want to hear more about my personal mental health issues check out my Anxiety Girl Review on YouTube.

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While I did not click with the main character right away it did not take long for me root for here when she began to experience anxiety. The author did an excellent job portraying the experience of anxiety.

This story follows Sadie, a young woman who finds herself battling a broken heart but soon discovers that there is a lot more going on inside her. Anxiety takes hold and she no longer finds it easy to to hide her troubles. Deep in anxiety  with her life falling to pieces Sadie struggles with fear, shame, and comes to the realization that she needs help.

What I Love:

  • Realistic portrayal of anxiety
  • Supportive characters who help Sadie
  • The unsupportive characters show a realistic portrait of how people tend to misunderstand
  • Well written & Easy to read

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Who Should Read:

  • Anyone who deals with Anxiety or Mental illness
  • Anyone who loves and cares for someone with Anxiety or Mental Illness
  • Fans of Contemporary Fiction
  • Those who are already fans of this Bestselling Author

Get the book $2.99 or read free with Kindle unlimited

*price at the time of review

 

Writer Tool Kit: Writing Reference Book Review

Are you looking for a writing reference book to help you write a novel in 3O days? Today I am reviewing a book that claims to be a fool proof system for doing just that.  I will share the pro’s and con’s and my personal experience with BOOK IN A MONTH by Victoria Lynn Schmidt, Ph.D.

Read on or click the link to watch the video.

Writers Tool Kit: A book in a month review on You Tube

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The Idea:

This book is designed to take help you set realistic goals, track your progress and manage your time. It takes you from developing your idea to outlining your story and creating your characters and plot.

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It follows the 3 Act Structure and helps you create a draft based on specific turning points and helps build in foreshadowing.

What I love:

  • Detailed trackers and worksheets
  • Lot of tips for staying motivated and staying on task
  • Weekly breakdown of writing focus and goals.
  • Daily breakdown of writing focus and goals.
  • Easy to read and follow
  • Workbook style

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What I did not love:

  • I expected a more detailed guideline. I would have liked specific daily word, scene, or chapter goals instead of work on Act 1, 2, or 3 this week.
  • The size of the the book makes actually writing in it difficult. The boxes are too small for my handwriting.

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Overall this is a good book with a wealth of information and a system that is easy to follow and motivational. I recommend reading or at least skimming through the entire book before you start you 30 day writing. Then create a more detailed writing plan that breaks your daily writing into specific word count or scene goals based on the time line provided in the book.

Bonus:

This book has stickers that you can use to track your progress. This book is designed to be written in and used as a paper reference as you write. If used as intended you should have all of your plot, character, and outlines detailed inside the book to refer to as needed while you write.

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Keep in mind that this is creation of your first draft. At the end of the 30 days you will have a finished manuscript that is ready to start revising and editing.

Do you have a writing reference book, app, or tool that you use to enhance your writing lifestyle? Is there a book, tool, or app you would like to see featured? If so please share in the comments.

Have a blessed & delightfully bookish day!

 

Writers Tool Box: Brainstormer App

Stuck in a writing rut? Need a fresh idea for a plot? You may want to consider the Brainstormer App. Read on to find out more. You can also watch the video on my vlog.

Vlog: Brainstorming App

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Brainstormer

  •  This fun app is available for android or iPhone.
  • Use it if you need some plot inspiration.
  • Give the three wheels a spin to get a conflict, a setting, and a subject for your work.
  • Simple brainstorming
  •  Available for $0.99 on Android and $1.99 the iPhone.


Why I like it:

  •  Endless plot options.
  • Yes, sometimes they are silly combinations that make me laugh but other times it provides a spark that leads to a great story idea.
  • Simple to use
  • Fun layout and graphics
  • You can edit the wordlist to personalize this tool
  • You can lock  one or more sections of the wheel when you find a word (or words) you like and spin the remaining wheel(s).

Is it worth the price?

  • If you are short on cash and you don’t need any inspiration you might want to skip it.
  • If you have a dollar or two to spare this is a fun app with potential to spur great ideas.
  • You can upgrade (for a price) to the character, world, creature, and Sci-Fi creator if you decide this App works for you.
  • The ability to edit and create your  own wordlists makes this app have huge potential for the price.

My Personal Experience

This is a handy app with the potential to provide inspiration. Have I used it in my writing? No. I have had a blast playing around with it. A few examples: A crime boss finds unconditional love in a small town. How about an abduction that takes place in an underwater rollercoaster? Or a dystopian themed revolt that takes place in a shipyard? I do plan to use this app in my free-writing journal.

Have you used this App? Do you have a suggestion for an app or writers tool that you have found to be helpful or even life changing? Please leave the details in the comments.

Have A Blessed & Bookish day!

 

 

Quarterly Writing Goals

Can you believe it is already May? I wanted to take a quick moment to share my writing goals for the upcoming months. I have a lot to accomplish. Including a big goal. Can you guess?

Want to watch my  Quarterly Goals Video ?  Includes a sneak peek of the next item that will be featured in Friday’s Writer’s Took Kit Video.     Click here for the Video

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Of course, my biggest goal for the next 3 months is getting my novel ready to submit to my editor for a developmental edit. I also want to continue with my marketing plan and some of that is reflected in writing goals.  I tried not to go goal crazy this quarter because writing, editing and revision my work in progress is a huge task.

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Whew! I am exhausted just looking at the list. I know that there is a lot of work that must be done to complete these tasks in three short months. I am ready to get to and make it happen.

What are your goals? Do you do quarterly, monthly or yearly goals? I do  a combination of all three and then break them down to weekly and daily goals. It really helps to keep me on task.