Quarterly Update: An IWSG Post

Good day, my writing/blogging friends.

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for this month’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group entry. We’ve reached the end of the first three months of the year, going into the second three. There’s a lot going on in the writing/blogging community. Continue reading “Quarterly Update: An IWSG Post”

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The Clearing

For those who follow me on social media and on this blog, you’ve probably have heard about my mission to submit my stories to as many contests and publications as possible. So far, I’ve submitted one story, but it did get published. I entered a story to the website, Who Writes Short Shorts as part of their “Spring Cleaning” theme. Continue reading “The Clearing”

Let’s Do A Makeover

Hi there, my writing and blogging friends.

I’m sorry for my lack of activity the last couple of months. Outside of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group posts, I haven’t been active on the blogging front. Lately, I’ve been dealing with some personal stuff and I’m hoping that they will resolve themselves so that I can get back into a writing groove.

Anyway, I wanted to let you guys know that I’m going to give Project Blacklight a little makeover. Allow me to backtrack for a moment.

I’ve been using the Twenty Sixteen WordPress theme for a couple of years now. It worked for me because it was simple. Recently, I read a post from another blogger on WordPress about making blogs stand out. One suggestion was adding pictures to the posts, which I was working on. It’s hard to find pictures that convey the message/theme I want to present in my posts. A blog I read suggested Pixabay, a website with millions of copyright-free images. They have an app as well, so I’m thinking about adding it to my iPhone.

Another suggestion was adding a graphic/logo. At its infancy, my blog had a logo and a tagline, but I took it down when I changed the original theme. It was too much to think about and I was worried about copyright infringement. And besides, the logo didn’t fit the title. (But I had second thoughts on the title after I made the blog live. Still do.)

I tweeted a poll on Twitter a couple of weeks ago on whether I should make some cosmetic changes changes to my blog; adding a header graphic or a logo. It was close, but people said I should make some changes. So now, I’m looking into WordPress themes, as well as searching free stock image websites, that will fit the style and aesthetic of my blog. It’s going to take some time, though. But the content will stay the same. I will still share my writing works and my insights on the writing process and my take on issues that I feel are important.

Until next time…

Establishing a Reward System: An IWSG Post

Good day, my writing/blogging friends.

It’s hard to believe we are entering a fourth of the new year. Where does the time go? Anyway, it’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. (Side note: I have to think of another way to introduce these posts. I enjoy writing them and I hope you guys enjoy reading them.)

Before I begin, I need to get something off my chest. I want to thank Alex Cavanaugh and the administrative team for allowing me to write these posts. Continue reading “Establishing a Reward System: An IWSG Post”

Giving Power to My Children

I heard an enraging statistic over the radio this morning. We’re forty-six days into 2018 and there have been eighteen reported school shootings. The latest happened yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. An expelled nineteen-year-old student shot and killed seventeen students and faculty and injured fourteen others. It is one of the ten worst mass shootings in American history; the second worst school shooting next to Sandy Hook. Continue reading “Giving Power to My Children”

Resolving To Be Imperfect: An IWSG Post

Hello, my fellow writers.

It’s a rainy day here in Georgia. Usually a good time for writing. And being that it’s the first Wednesday of the month, it’s time for my Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. I have to say that for this month, I had a hard time deciding on what to talk about. I thought about answering the optional question, but I had this feeling I needed to talk about something else. Continue reading “Resolving To Be Imperfect: An IWSG Post”

Why Me?

Two things with this story. One, I got inspired by all the illnesses going on this season, especially with my family (sorry, guys). Two, in my attempt to kill my perfectionism (hint, hint), I took on an exercise from The Write Practice to write a 500-word story as is. In other words, write a story that’s not perfect from the get-go. So even though this will probably be a choppy draft, I have to say I’m pleased with how it turned out. Continue reading “Why Me?”

Rainbow Soup

Hi there.

I was working out the details of my main short story when I read an email from Poets and Writers. Long story short, it was about soup. Kind of fitting because a lot of people have had bouts with the flu. There are a couple of different ways to write about soup. I thought I’d share my take on the prompt. Enjoy.

Quinton always knew that Mason would be a chef. Ever since he was eight, he devoured everything put on his plate. Didn’t matter if it was meatloaf or spinach or fish sticks. Continue reading “Rainbow Soup”

#13Winterviews with K. J. Harrowick

Good day.

I’m very excited with what I’m presenting to you. A few months ago, sci-fi and fantasy author K. J. Harrowick selected thirteen authors for her Winterviews series, and I was one of them. I’ve never been asked to do an interview before, so this was a great honor. She started posting the interviews back in December and will continue throughout the season. If you want to learn more about her Winterviews series, click here.

I read other authors’ Winterviews up until mine. The authors cover different genres and formats. I have to admit I was apprehensive about participating in this series because I wasn’t writing a novel and I had no WIPs at the time, but K. J. was very accommodating. So I jumped in, and I’m glad I did.

I think this will not only gain me more recognition, but will spur me on to pursue something bigger. Especially with the short story I presented to her. So if you want to read my Winterview, click here.

This is indeed a great honor, and I’m looking forward to more opportunities like this in the future.

Until next time…