Why Should You Do A Good Deed?

What was my good deed, you ask?

Well, there was a lady from our church that needed a ride home after having surgery.

Usually, someone else would take her. However, this time her surgery fell on the same day that our Ward serviced at the Peanut Butter Factory.

Yep, I got called into action by our fearless leader. She just got out of the hospital and was recovering at home.

So, I stepped up, took on this early morning task. Yep, up at four in the morning to make my husband lunch as well as cook pancakes for the kids for breakfast.

I had asked how long we would be out since it wasn’t much longer, instead of having to wake the kids. I asked him to go in a little late, which is why I got even earlier to make things easy for him.

It was an exciting ride to her appointment. I learned a lot about her. She works for corporate casinos in Las Vegas. She works in the Marketing Division was allowed to work outside of corporate headquarter before the pandemic started. Wanting to be rid of snow, she moved into our area.

Without telling you her whole life story, if you volunteer to help someone, you could meet interesting people and possibly make a new friend.

In other words, what I am trying to say is don’t shy or cringe when the phone rings from the one person you know, maybe calling for your help.

You never know what opportunities could be waiting for you by doing a good deed.

Have a blessed day.

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Why Is Journaling Important?

There are many reasons to do a journal.

It could be to express yourself whether you are angry or upset. Maybe you are happy and want to make a record of the experience. To read at a later time to remember how you felt.

As a writer, it essential to have a journal. To write down interactions amongst people. It gives you a sense of what someone is doing.

Are they mysterious, or do they act confident? What do the people look like? Is there something that stands out to you? Their color of hair, their eyes, or maybe their body build. Could they be doing something that is of interest to you? The way they hold their glasses. Lift their pinky finger while they drink hot tea.

A writer can use all these things when they build their characters.

Maybe one person had an attitude you liked. But, another had the haircut that would fit your character. Or you heard a catchy name.

Not only can it be about people but places as well. Is there a mural you liked you want to add to your scene in your story?

It is much easier to write down all these good ideas than remember them in your head. I don’t know about you, but I have so much going on in my brain. I have learned it is best to write it down.

I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go. You never know when inspiration is going to hit you. If you have your journal, then you can capture it into words on paper to transform into a marvelous story for all to hear.

It can even be helpful to write a blog post.

How do you ask?

You might hear a discussion that is worth writing about or needs researching. Then, you realize it wise to share with the world.

Maybe you try a new restaurant or coffee shop you think could be an idea to share. You will need to note down what you liked best about the place. Maybe even the person named that served you.

You could be on the pier to see something unique happen while someone is fishing or boating. It best to write it down while it is fresh in your mind.

A journal doesn’t just have to be about writing. It can be a journal of pictures as well. They can give you a lot of detail to look at to base your story.

You may want a way to keep up with everything you need to do during the day. A journal can be a great way to do this.

As you speak with a client, it can be a great source to document what their feels are, their dreams, and what they hope to accomplish. To make notes, you can read back at the office about each client you visited to know where you stand or what it is you need to check out. Did they have a specific problem?

You can see there are a lot of important reasons to have a journal. I personally love to write down the events that happen in my life, good or bad. So, I can go back to read all the things I have gone through in my life. The ups, the downs, and what I am grateful to have.

You can use a notebook, or you can even journal on your phone or computer. It all works.

Have you ever found a family member’s journal? Then sat down and read it to learn so much about their life you would never have known if you hadn’t read the book.

If you don’t journal, I encourage you to try. You might like it.

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A Dream Chopper

Yes, my husband William has a chance to win a custom made motorcycle by Orange County Choppers. It is a once in a lifetime deal. Should he win, he will be flown out to Orange County Choppers to meet with Paul Sr.

Plus, if William is lucky enough to win. He will be featured on the cover of Cycle Source Magazine.

William has never had the opportunity to have a new motorcycle. Not to mention a bike of his dreams. Through the years, he had bikes passed down to him.

Our budget is tight. There is no room to buy a large purchase, like a motorcycle of William dreams. This is one way to make it happen. We just need your help.

Where would he ride?

Glad you asked. A long ride from Southeast Texas to South Dakota Bike Rally. Yes, it would be an adventure, one that would be well worth it. Plus, he would ride everywhere around town.

All we need you to do is vote for William today—the voting beings at 2 p.m. EST. October 26, 2020.

Please go to the link below. Sign up and vote to make Williams dream come true.

https://dreamchopper.com/2020/william-c-carnahan

Thank you in advance for your vote.

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Autumn Is Here!

Now that the temperature is no longer above a hundred, I make it a daily task to sit outside to enjoy the fresh air.

As the breeze blows off the Gulf, it keeps the temperature not too hot. I love this time of year. The leave change color to decorate the landscape. However, it happens a bit late here in Texas.

One day the sun headed west, for it was early evening. When I noticed all the blackbirds that are always about disappeared, or so I thought.

It wasn’t long before I realized they had all hidden under the surrounding trailers. I wondered why they had done such a thing.

Can you guess?

Yes, indeed, it was a bird of prey. The hawks had come into the area. Though the hawks flew high in the sky. The blackbirds didn’t take a chance.

As soon as the hawks left, the blackbirds were back in the trees and on the powerlines.

The only birds not effected by the hawks were the seagulls. I am not sure if it is their size or the fact they can be aggressive.

I have to say it was entertaining to watch as the birds flew fast to get into hiding before the hawks spotted them.

Since I have been out more, I have noticed this is pretty much a daily routine that the hawks come into the area as they search for food. I believe they have several nests in the trees across the street from us.

So far, I have counted eleven hawks. Sometimes they fly in a group. During other times they fly singly or in pairs.

It’s an honor to view the hawks. They are amazing birds. I’m glad not to be on their menu.

A challenge for you. Take some time to sit outside. Notice what is going on in your neck of the woods.

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The Virus That Won’t Quit

Yes, I am talking about the Covid-19 Virus. It looks like it is ramping up its ugly head in our area.

Several schools have temporarily closed to be disinfected due to confirmed cases of someone with Covid-19 in the school.

Students will now be taught virtually from home. While the schools remain closed.

The affected people will remain in quartine for 14 days. Once cleared the will be allowed to return to school.

The schools will reopen after they have been cleaned.

With this news, it is a constant reminder that this virus is still out there.

If we continue to be mindful of wash our hands. Wear our mask. And disinfect often. Will the number of flu cases drop this year?

Well, even I don’t know the answer to that question. We will have to wait and see.

I pray that those who have been confirmed will make a full recovery. While the others will remain safe.

Try to live your life as normal as possible in these unique times.

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How To Handle a Bad Review.

As a writer, it is inevitable at some point in your writing career. You will receive a bad review.

What you do with the knowledge of that review can be detrimental to your writing career.

You can choose to ignore the review. Or you can take it with a grain of salt to learn from what the person disagreed. Are they right in their assumption?

I got a bad review. It hit me hard, for it was the same weekend we buried my Mother-in-Law. I didn’t do anything for a whole month. Then I reread the review. I realized it wasn’t as bad as I took it.

Yes, I checked out what she told me that was the biggest problem. I looked into my book, and sure enough, she was correct. Right away, I got to work to correct the problem.

Now, I have grown as a writer. The next book I edit will be with the knowledge I have learned from that bad review. A personal thank you to Amy for being truthful with your review.

It is essential to look at such reviews. Not all reviews will be justified because of it being their personal opinion. Those you still might even want to read to see what the reader is looking for to read. You might be able to incorporate a little into your storyline, which could give you another fan. Then again, it might be a lost cause.

Until you have several books under your belt, it could be in your favor to read your reviews. It might make all the difference in your career. However, it is not the easiest thing to do. So you will have to get yourself in the right mindset, so you don’t get too down that you throw in the towel—something you don’t want to do.

May you succeed in all you write.

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Are You Prepared For NaNoWriMo?

Oh no! There are only two weeks left to prepare for NaNoWriMo. Don’t sweat yet. It can be a challenge to write 50,000 words.

Yes, I won my first NaNoWriMo last year. Now, I remember I was so scared that I wrote all day long for two days straight. I finished the rough draft of my book. Plus, I had won NaNoWriMo.

Believe me when I say, I was so burnt out I didn’t write again until the next year. So, I don’t recommend doing it that way. Yes, I was excited to win. But, my writing suffered because I had even written a blog post.

When it comes to writing my books, I am a panster. The only real planning I do is I will think of ideas for each chapter as to how I want the story to develop.

Usually, I start with twelve chapters to do the layout: three scenes, four chapters per sense. The beginning of the story. Next is the point of no return/the suck it up deal with it process. Whether you have to learn something new or fear, you have to conquer to make it happen. Then the last stage is the climax of the story.

As I think of each idea, I put one per chapter. Then I develop the scene around that specific idea. If by chance, I make a chapter two long, then I will break it into two chapters.

Now, this may not work for you. Everyone is different. I have tried to make an extended, drawn-out plan. However, I ended up changing the story went in a totally different direction. Of course, it was a better idea. But then I thought of all the time I wasted by doing all the planning. So, I know for me, it is best to create an idea for each chapter.

Are you brave enough to take on this challenge? If so, I wish you well. The key is to decide what days you are going to write. Then, figure out how many words you need to do each of those days to reach your goal.

I hope to hear your story of how your NaNoWriMo went. Happy waiting.

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What Are Your Plans For Holloween?

As Holloween approaches, the number of cases of Covid on the rise. Will you brave the crowd of Trick-or-Treat this year?

Here in Texas, I have heard Trick or Treat will occur in one of the larger neighborhoods. There is usually an abundance of Trick-or-Treaters due to the number of houses within the subdivision. It makes it easy for parents to take their children around door to door. It is a reasonably secure environment for safety.

Also, many churches will have Holloween functions for the kids to attend this year. As for how large of a crowd will attend. I am not sure. Most of the time, they too have a large number of people.

Then again, you could always host a Holloween party at your home. It will allow you to regulate the number of people who come in contact with your family. However, the downside is the time of planning and the cost of hosting such an event.

As much as I would love for things to be normal during this time of year, all the festivities there is to enjoy. I fear we may have to curve the way we celebrate the holidays until this Pandemic is alleviated.

Whatever you chose, please be safe. Observe your kids, especially when you are in large crowds. There have been numerous of Human Trafficking going on.

Stay safe, Happy Holloween.

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A Good Meal On A Cool Night.

When the weather turns cooler, it is always nice to have something to warm one’s insides.

These hearty meal has been made for generations. Plus, it will be made for many more. It is one of my favorite meals, not only to cook but to eat as well.

Have you figured it out yet?

Yes, it is the Beef Stew. I love the vegetables along with the chunks of meat that cook together, making a wonderful flavor.

Ingredients

  1. 3 Pounds Stew Meat
  2. 1 Onion chopped
  3. 4 Carrots Chopped
  4. 4 Potatoes Chopped
  5. 3 Tablespoon Flour
  6. 4 Tablespoons Oil
  7. Dash Cajun Seasoning
  8. Dash Oregano
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Dash Pepper
  11. Garlic
  12. Meat Tenderizer

Directions


1. The first thing you want to do is add two tablespoons of oil to the pan and brown the meat. Once all sides of the beef are brown, I take out of the pan, place in a bowl set aside.

2. Then add the other two tablespoons of oil. Mix in the three tablespoons of flour one at a time. Add your spices to make your rue. Add cold water until your desired thickness.

3. Add in chopped onion, meat, chopped carrots, and beef.

4. Simmer on low until vegetables become tender, roughly about an hour.

I serve with hot biscuits or crackers.  But, you can serve it with whatever you like. Or you can eat by itself.

I hope you enjoy eating these recipes like this one this fall.

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Why Should You Have a Website?

This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on the link, purchase anything, I will get credit, should there be a sale.

If you have a business, you need a website. Why? Because you need to have a place to send people to check out what you are all about, whether it be a book you’ve written, a product you are selling, or a service you are providing.

It is easier to drive your clients/customers to one place then to several different places. You want to make it easy for people to see what your company is and what it has to offer.

So, what should you have on your website, you ask?

Ultimately that is up to you. However, I suggest to have some of the following:

  • Your welcome page – It can be to welcome your customers, or you can have the main product you want to sell on this page.
  • Product page – You will want to have all your products on this page so your customers/fans can see everything you are offering.
  • Blog/Vblog page – This is great for you to get content out to your readers, so they know what is available and where to go to get it via your website. It also sends them to your page, allowing them to see older posts you’ve posted.
  • About page – Give your customers/fans a place to go to learn about you as a person. You want to ease their weariness of why they should buy from you.
  • Contact page – Great place for your customers/fans to be able to contact you so you can answer questions. Or they may want to request something from you. It also a suitable way for businesses to be able to ask you to participate in an event.
  • Newsletter page – You want your customers/fans to have easy access to find out about the new products and services you will be providing. Which is super important, it’s the best way to communicate with your audience.
  • Events page – Give your customers/fans a place to see what events you have planned and where. Book tours, vacations, conventions, or retreats for writing so they know you’ll be unavailable. Plus, you could use this page for the schedule of a course you’ve put together to help others by sharing the knowledge you know.

I recommend the site I use, which is WordPress. It’s user-friendly. Having a great selection of platform themes to choose from to set up your site. Plus, you can change your theme at any time. They even have a free library for you to select a photo in-case you don’t have one, or you need to use it as a filler. It’s easy to upload—an excellent price for a website, especially for someone who is just starting their career. A great place to set up a blog/vblog they link directly to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Linkedin to drive traffic to your webpage. You also get your web address for free the first year, which helps when getting started. If your business requires you to have a store, then you’ll want to upgrade to a business plan.

Another fantastic thing is the fact they have Jetpack, which is a built-in stat tracker. You can even set up Google Analytics, allowing you to see what site your traffic was directed, like social media or a search engine. It also lets you know the geographic destination of your traffic. I love to see what part of the world someone is in that is looking at my site. It can be amazing to see someone from Bruma, China, or even Singapore has visited your webpage.

You can keep track of your stats with the WordPress app on your phone. You can even do posts on your phone app while you are sitting around waiting at the doctor’s office, shopping with family, or waiting to be seated at a restaurant. Or at the coffee shop having a Latte. You can not worry about downtime, which is the most important thing since time is money. No one wants to waste time. We all love to utilize our time effectively, especially being the boss.

Note: Always mark your calendar to remind you when your website is up for renew. Time can fly by fast before you know it a year has passed. It’s also amazing to look at the yearly stats to see how much your traffic as grown.

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