A Time To Relax

Have you ever gone to the waterside to listen to the waves?

Well, that is what Cliff and I did with our family last weekend.

There was a park in Surfside. It was a most enjoyable day with a playground for the kids to play on. Fishing to be done—the beauty of watching as the water came in to splash on the rocks.

Got to see big ships as they came in and out of the channel. The tugboats made sure they maneuvered the channel with no problems.

The seagulls flew about along with the blackbirds and the pelicans. It was interesting to watch the kids feed the birds. They would flock to the food then quickly took a flight to eat their food in the air. Otherwise, it would get stolen from another bird.

After watching the birds eat. It was time to fire up the pit then the hot dog went on until they turned a lovely shade of brown. Added some chips, it was a delicious meal.

Sun started to go down. The air turned cool as the breeze blew off the water. It was time to pack up to head for home—what a wonderful day.

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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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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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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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Scribblersquest – Memorial Day Weekend

Well, another week has come to an end. I don’t know about you, but the days seem to be flying by with my family being at home—Binge-watching Black Lightning on Netflix. Yeah, we are now on season three. Texas is working on phase III of reopening; however, my husband’s work is still down. Hopefully, they will be back in swing come the end of this month. Then my work schedule will get back on track.

In Writing

Scheduling/Calendar

One of the most important things I have learned with my writing is to make a schedule. I get so wrapped up with editing or writing I forget to do other things like eat or to clean the house. A schedule is in order; I set up a blocked timeframe during the day. You will want to make sure that you remember to schedule a time for exercise, even if it is to go for a walk. You may think you don’t have time, but you can dictate your writing into your phone using MS Word or Google Docs while you walk. Yes, it will make for a bit more editing on the back end, but it will allow you to conquer two things at once.

I suggest you make a schedule. I have watched Sarra Cannon at Heartbreathing, on YouTube, she has journals for everything. Personally, I don’t know how she keeps up with them.

I am a one calendar type of gal. I will use different ink to make it easier to see the different things I have scheduled throughout the day. I will even change it up, so I’m not doing the same thing daily. I don’t want to get into a rut. I like being in charge of my schedule; that was one thing I hated when I had to work a 9 to 5 job. It was up to someone else as to what I would be doing during the day.

When I start my scheduling on my calendar, I start with my bills, I put them in red, so I know they need to be a priority. Next are birthdays and holidays, which are done in pink and highlighted with a small picture. Then I make any appointments I will do in blue. Any income which is due to coming in, I like to keep track of this, which I put in green. Then I schedule a blog post which is in gold. Any editing or writing to be done will be in purple. Dinner is in light blue, which I will schedule out a week at a time, this cuts down on time for I take the meat that I will be using for the week put in the refrigerator, which means its thawed when I pull it out to cook. I don’t have to worry about forgetting to pull out first thing in the morning or it not being thawed enough to cook come dinner time.

If you are looking for another way to set up a calendar, I recommend checking out Sarra either on Youtube(Heartbeathing) or on her website www.heartbreathing.com. She has an in-depth video on schedule for her calendar.

Indie Author

As an Indie Author, we have to wear many hats. At times it can be overwhelming. Authors who go through a traditional publisher have a team of people to help them. We get to do it all on our own, which means a lot of research to learn the ends and outs of what you need to do to get your book ready.

Once your book is ready to be sold, the next task is Marketing, which has been a challenge for me. I recommend to all set aside a sizable budget for Marketing. It seems everything that can help sell your book costs. Plus, you have to remember the rule of selling, which is your customers need to see your product at least seven times before they’ll buy it.

If you are on a tight budget, you can do a lot of posting adding different hashtags to get it in front of other people besides your friends that are on your newsfeed page. You will want to post to more than one platform to see which one gets the most activity. I post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Linkedin.

Current Work

Well, this week I have worked roughly half the week. I set out to edit the first half of Dragon Squad – Book Two in The Elite Series.

You know it sucks when you start a writing project, then you go back to continue to work on that project; it is no longer there. Yes, I save my work to my cloud drive, but somehow I still lost the first six chapters of Dragon Mage – Book Three in The Elite Series. The good thing is I pretty much remember what I had written, so it’s just a matter of retyping the contents. This time I will ensure I have saved it with a backup. I won’t make the same mistake of losing it again. I guess at some point in a writer’s career, we all go through issues like this one.

I’m not too upset. I was going to rewrite the beginning of this book anyways. It makes it easier for now; I won’t get caught up with what I had already written the first time.

Blog Recommendations

I checked these Blogs out this week, they both have great advice:
20 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started a Blog by The Blonde Abroad. This article is great if you want to start a blog or you already have, just want some direction. She even offers a Blogging Master Class.

Lifesfinewhine by Pooja covers Lifestyle, Food, Travel, Beauty, Mental Health, and Blogging Advice with all this information you can’t go wrong.

Memorial Day Celebration

Memorial Day is Monday. As you barbecue, spend time with your family and friends take a special moment to remember all those who gave their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Yeah made this world a better place in which we live today.

Did you know that Memorial Day used to be Declaration Day the first year it was observed on the last Monday in May 1868, to May 1970? In 1971, it became a federal holiday of the United States renamed to Memorial Day.
Please fly your flag proud for all who served; they gave the ultimate sacrifice to the land they loved for the freedom they cherish. So others may have a better future.

One more thing, don’t complain too much about all the war movies that will be on all day long on this day. It is a reminder to all of what the servicemen and women when through while serving.

 

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