Category Archives: Blogging

Long time no see….

Long time no see….

So, life has gotten the best of my for the past couples of months.  I am sorry about that.  I am slowly getting a hold on things so you will *hopefully* see more of me around.

I am working on getting this blog back up and going!  But I know that wouldn’t happen overnight.  So my goal is get this back up and going by the first of January.

I’ll keep you guys posted on how things are going.

Until next time…

Sorry for the Absence

Sorry for the Absence

Sorry, I have been gone. I needed a break from pretty much everything.

I had a stand still when it came to my fiction writing, my blogging and pretty much anything else. So I took a vacation. I mean from everything! I stepped away and tried to refill my creative well.

I have to be honest, at first I didn’t think it was going to happen. I was in a rut. After some time of just relaxing, I felt some of my creativity returned. Or shall I say, it started to pulse again in my veins. I think I was trying to hard and trying to spread myself too thin.

So I have decided that I am going to post twice a week and I might add at a third post a week depending how things are going! I have a lot of things going on so I will have to pick and choose.

Last night I was finally able to get more than ten words on the page. It was just over seven hundred words; which is great! 😀

And since I am training for NaNoWriMo, I decided to take up the seven-day challenge for the next seven days. It is from the Wordnerds. I challenge you to do the same for the next week or so; you might as well get into the habit now! 🙂

So, back to work, I guess…. And I am going to be getting back into the swing of getting things done. So enjoy! 🙂

10 Benefits of Having a Blog for Writers

10 Benefits of Having a Blog for Writers
10 Benefits of Having a Blog for Writers

Many writers are struggling. They are struggling with the delicate art of balancing everything with the need to write. Others are struggling with getting words on the page. There are a few writers struggling with getting feedback on some of their writings.  Others are struggling with getting their writing published. I might not know everything, but I know a few things. One thing I know is that having a blog has been very helpful! So, I decided that I will share the top ten reasons why having a blog is super beneficial to anyone! (But more importantly to a writer!)

  1. Improve your writing – This is self-explanatory, but this is one of the biggest reasons to have a blog. Writing is like a muscle that you need to work out. The only way to get better is to write. There really isn’t much else one can say about it.
  2. Expressing yourself – Having a blog allows you to open the door and put yourself out there and allow you to express what you are thinking. No one else knows what you are thinking so it is up to you to open that door.
  3. Strengthen your writing muscles – Similar to what I said before, writing is an art. To get great at it, one needs to practice. One also needs to step out his/her comfort zone and expand his/her tool set. It is like going to the gym and only every working on your arms and you forget about leg day! To become a great well-rounded writer, you need to try different things. Step out of your comfort zone, and you will be amazed by what you will learn.
  4. Practice a different style – This goes hand in hand about trying something different. If you are often someone who liked to write long-winded articles about the food your cat really likes, try to write a 100-word post about you like to eat. Then try to write a top ten about what your dog really likes you. Every time you try something different, you will stretch your writing muscle and learn something new. In no time, you will master different things (and you will new strengths you didn’t know you had and learning things that don’t work so well.)
  5. Sharing your writing with the world – This tends to be the scariest step. You have to be willing to let people into read your writing. For me, this is the scariest thing. But the only way to grow it to expose yourself to the sun. J
  6. Building your audience – For any writer that wants to be published, building a following is now a huge part of getting a contract. Most traditional publishers do not have a HUGE marketing department. That means it falls on you to help your name out there. Already having a following is a great start. These are already people who know your writing and would love to read more. (Note: this does not happen overnight).
  7. Getting instant feedback – Every writer I know loves to get feedback. More often than not, they really love positive feedback. But as writers, we need all kinds of feedback. (Not anything that is mean or trying to discourage the writer.) One way of growing is fixing things that are not working and improving your weaknesses.
  8. Increasing creativity – Having a blog is a wonderful way of creating creativity. Once the ball starts to roll, coming up with things to blog about becomes simple. This is not to be confused with keeping up the blog (that is for a different day). Just brainstorming ideas for blog post tends to create even more blog post ideas! Go ahead and try it.
  9. Connecting with others – This is the fun part of blogging. (Even though I enjoy all parts of blogging). Often times, connecting with other bloggers is the fun part. Talking to others is just fun. You can create friendships and learn new things as well. Connecting with others have so many huge benefits for just your writing and your social life! J
  10. You can see your writing improve over time – This is really an awesome thing. You can look back at your old blog post and see how much you have grown. It’s a bit like a two-sided blade. You can see how far you have come and how you have improved: but, you will also see how unpolished and young your voice was. Just relish in seeing how much you have grown with your writing.

As you have guessed, there is always way more reason why to blog, but for me, these are the top ten reasons why I have a blog. What are you reasons to have a blog? Tell me below! J

Until next time….

If you have reached the end of my post, please take a moment and vote in my poll.

It closes tonight! 🙂

Something Funny

Something Funny
Something Funny

Many of you are expecting funny with a lot of wits or something really educational.

Well, I got nothing for you!

This week has been busy.  My husband went back to work and I have been trying to catch up on housework.

On top of that, my husband is in a wedding this weekend for one of his co-workers/ friend.  So we have been helping and prepping for that.

 Also, my daughter has been on the sick end of things.  We are thinking maybe it’s a soy intolerance, but we are going soy free for the weekend to see how that goes.

On the writing front, I got very little done.  I am a little upset with myself.  Since I am upset with myself, now I have even less motivation to get stuff done.

Well, I do that a few things going for me…

This poll (That closes on the 15!)  I would love to hear from you!

It would help me so much if guys took a moment and voted for what you would like to see in the upcoming months on the blog.

Also, I thought I would let you guys know now, that November might be a little hectic when it comes to blog posting.  Since it is NaNoWriMo and I LOVE NaNoWriMo I think I am going to go down to two posts a week, maybe a third! But We will see how NaNoWriMo is going!  🙂

Until next time…

September Wrap-up

September Wrap-up
September Wrap-up

Well, September has been on hell of a month!  Thank you!  Thank you guys for helping creating this month to being so awesome!  So, let’s recap, shall we?

This past month –

First up, let’s talk about all the new things I have started this month…  I started interviewing people and it has been great. This month I have interviewed Tracey ClarkClaire and Ana Spoke.  It was has been great getting to know these ladies and I strongly suggest that you guys check them out!

I also was mentioned in three different papers.  It was kinda cool to see me post shared in other formats. Even if it was at the bottom of some of the papers!

This month has been a little better for my word count.  I got a total of 15,819 (up 6170 from August). I am SOOOOO close to finishing!  I just haven’t gotten there yet!  I am like at the door of the climax and I just can’t get the door opened!  Don’t worry, I will be busting that door down soon!

Also, most of this month I have been talking about creating an eBook based off my game plan from last month.  I am still toying around with it and I hope that maybe you guys can help me!  (Look below!)

Also, I was nominated for six awards! Hereherehere, here, here and here.  Go ahead and check them out.  I am sure you guys would like to know who I nominated!  🙂

 Next Month –

For the month of October I am to continue to create amazing content, continue (and finish) my current work in progress and having four new interviews! So I hope you guys stick around!  I am also toying around with the idea of have guest posts! What do you guys think? I am still working on it but I think it shall be fun!  Just hang around for the ride!

Also, since it is October and next month is November, you know what that means…  NaNoWriMo! Since I am a Municipal Liaison, there is going to be a lot of NaNoWriMo prep being shared!  I hope you are ready!  🙂

Also, I aim to write everyday!  That way I can get my current project done and work on plotting out my NaNoWriMo project!  And don’t worry, I will keeping you guys up to date! 🙂

Okay, so I have mentioned about a poll.  Well, I want you guys to help me pick what new series I introduce in October.  The first place I will start as soon as possible and then the second one I will start on December (because nothing will get in my way of NaNoWriMo! 😉 )  Please be sure to vote!  🙂  Thank you!  🙂

Defining myself

Defining myself

So, I discovered that Writer’s Digest is having a  October Platform Challenge.  I suggest that any and all of my writer friends to check it out!  So each day I will have a post directly linked to that day’s challenge!  (I’ll share the link at the end of the post!)

So today I have to define myself…  So here I go!

Name:

Steph Wenburg

Positions:

Mother, Writer, Wife, Blogger, Dreamer, Goal Achiever, Lover of words.

Skills:

Writing, Blogging, Day Dreaming. Creating worlds, trying her best to be a great mother

Social Media Platforms:

Facebook Twitter Google+ Instagram Pinterest YouTube

URL:

stephwenburg.com

Accomplishments:

Married in 2012; Became Mother in 2014; Writer Everyday; Blogger since 2013; Never giving up since 1990; born redhead; Won Camp NaNoWriMo 2015

Interests:

Writing: Science fiction, horror, thrillers, magic realism, and anything with a great story.
Blogging: Parenting, Writing, Authors and other niche places! 🙂

In one sentence, who am I?

I am Steph, a redhead writer and mother, who has been through a lot and will not give up for myself or for my daughter; dreams will come true with lots of hard work!
Okay, like I promised, here is the link.  Thank you!  And I’ll see you tomorrow! 🙂

Until next time…

Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award

I am highly honored to be nominated!  I was nominated by Joan from her post here .  I have never been nominated for this one so I am really excited!

The rules for accepting this award: 1. Tell how your blog got started. 2. Give some advice to new bloggers 3. Choose blogs that you would like to pass the award on to.

Here goes nothing! 🙂

How did I get started blogging?

I had started blogging about two years ago.  I dibble and dabbled a little bit before I really sat down and decided that blogging was something I really wanted to do! My dream is to become a published author.  To achieve this, so many places have stated that having a platform will increase the chances of being published.  So I thought that creating a blog would be very helpful and it gives me a chance to showcase my writing skills.  How am I doing?

What advice would I give a new blogger?

Stick it it.  It is not an overnight thing at all.  It take time, lots of writing and patience. You have to work at it every day and be willing to take risks. I enjoy writing and I have no problem sitting down and just writing!  Not everyone else can do that.  So find a skill or a talent of high enjoyment – that you can write about – and pursue it!  If you love it, they well love.  If you don’t love it, they will know!

Okay, so I have chosen a few talented bloggers to share this blogging award with.  It was quite hard for several reasons, one, I have so many blogs to pick from and two, it’s really hard to just pick a few!  So in no special order, enjoy!  Check these people out!  🙂  Thank you!

I could have gone on and on but I think I will keep this short!  Give these people some love!

Until next time..

Liebster award part Two

Liebster award part Two
Liebster award part Two

I was  nominated for two more Liebster award Blogger Recognition Award, so you guys will be seeing a lot of different posts about myself and you will be seeing lots of great blogs to check out!  So I am hoping you guys check all the fellow bloggers out! 🙂

For this set of questions, I was nominated by Ashlee B  (great page by the way, you really should check her out!) from her post here.  Show her some love, okay?

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  • What inspired you to begin blogging?

Overall, I started blogging to share my writing with the world. Second of all, my dream is to become a published author so I aimed to create a platform for my writing but to share others with the masses. On top of that, i really would love to create a place for all writers to connect and share writings!

  • What book, newspaper or magazine are you currently reading?

I am currently reading the Writer Digest Magazine and I am wanting for the The Writer to come in the mail for me too read!

  • If you had one phrase to describe your life, what would it be?

download (3)  This sums it up pretty well!  Plus I have post about different quotes here and here

  • If you had to get rid of all social media, which one would you keep?

I would keep Google +.  I don’t really ave a reason other than it’s Google.  And I often feel like there is a lot of drama on Facebook and twitter…  Sometimes!

  • What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced with blogging?

The biggest challenge I have faced with my blog is time to write the posts I want to write.  I know that sounds odd, but hear me out.   I want only the best of my writing on here, that sometimes might be hard if I am in a time crunch or something like that.  I am a full time stay at home mom and I don’t always get all the time in the world to write everything I would like to write. But I am getting better.

  • Who is your favorite blog/blogger?

I don’t think I can just pick one.  I love all kind of bloggers.  I love to read motherhood blogs, or fandom blogs (like Star Trek) or other writing blogs.

  • What is your favorite type of blog to read?

Like I said before, I like to read a lot of blogs.  I like well written and funny blogs the best!  🙂

  • What is your short-term goals for your blog?

Short term? To stay alive!  Nah, I really would love to get to 100 followers before November and I would love to get a guess hosting series up and going!  🙂

  • What are your long-term goals for your blog?

Long term?  To stay alive!  Nah, to be honest, I would love to be able to create this blog as a place to go to for  fellow up and coming writers!  🙂

  • How do you spend the majority of your day?

A majority of my day is spend chasing my daughter around! The other half of my day is spend debating on if I should take a nap…  There is a small part of my day I get some writing done!  🙂

  • What is your favorite thing to do over the summer?

I love to read.  If I didn’t have as many responsibilities, I would just spend all day long reading (like I used to as a child!)  It was favorite thing to do, getting last in an amazing book.  Man, to be young again…  🙂

Okay, so now my eleven questions ….

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is your dream career?
  3. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  4. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
  5. Where would you like to be in 5 years time?
  6. What do you enjoy most about blogging/writing?
  7. What do you like most about where you live right now?
  8. What do you do in order to overcome writer’s block?
  9. Who inspires you?
  10. If you could do anything to make this world a bit better, what would it be?
  11. Are you team dog or team cat?

Bonus question…  Who’s your favorite red head?  It’s okay, I’ll let you think for a moment…

And I nominate these amazing people!  🙂

  1. MY LITTLE BIT OF SERENITY
  2. Protest the Chaos with Splashes of beauty
  3. http://fromfny.wordpress.com/
  4. ZIGMA
  5. Elan Mudrow
  6. Author’s Workshop
  7. Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha
  8. SIDEREAL CATALYST
  9. Cristian Mihai
  10. FLICKTRON
  11. RIDDLES AND PENS

So go forth and write up a blog post with these questions!  These people are great, check them out!

Until next time…

Liebster award part one

Liebster award part one
Liebster award part one

Hello all!  I am finally getting around to this! It’s been such a crazy week!  🙂 I am slowly trying to get back in the rhythm of ‘normal’ life so here I am!

I was  nominated for two more Liebster award Blogger Recognition Award, so you guys will be seeing a lot of different posts about myself and you will be seeing lots of great blogs to check out!  So I am hoping you guys check all the fellow bloggers out! 🙂

For this set of questions, I was nominated by Cheyanne from her post here.  Show her some love, okay?

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  1. What’s been your favorite Halloween costume?
    Man, I just can’t pick one.  My favorite thing about Halloween is seeing all the people flex their creative muscle and create a wonderful costume. But if I really had to pick just one, I would pick any baby costumer ever.   Those kids are just so cute!
  2. What are some of your favorite movies?
    I have several, but I would pick Nightmare Before Christmas hands down.  I have watched that movie enough I can still say every line and sing every song without a second thought!  🙂
  3. How do you like your coffee/tea?
    I like my coffee in the trash.  Same with my tea…   I have never been much of a coffee or tea drinker.  Sorry to say.  But I am a huge fan of juice, can we agree on that one?  🙂
  4. Which celebrity are you just SICK of hearing about?  Feel free to describe in vague but descriptive terms so you don’t have to say the actual name and contribute to this person’s mentions.  😉
    I’m kinda at the point that I am just tired about hearing about almost all and any kind of celebrity.  Well, all but James Franco….  That’s baby daddy number two…  Haha!  I already have spoken to my husband and I get the eye roll.  Come on, who watched Freaks and Geeks?
  5. What’s the most embarrassing fashion phase you went through?  Grunge?  Jelly platforms?  Big hair?
    Umm, I really don’t follow fashion ….  So I would guess maybe my whole life?  I dunno, I just wear whatever is comfortable! 🙂
  6. Would you rather strangers call you “miss” or “ma’am” (or something else entirely)?  Why?
    I would rather just be called by my name.  But I will live if someone calls me miss or ma’am.  I just HATE  being called girl of anything like that!  GRR!
  7. What’ve you been binge watching on Netflix (or other site) these days?
    To be honest, I haven’t watched much TV recently.  I just don’t have the time for it.  I have some many other things going on!
  8. What do you love most about yourself?
    I really love my red hair…  If you haven’t guessed it, I am a redhead and I am very proud of it! 🙂
  9. Are you good at resolutions?  How do you stay motivated to get them done?
    I’m not the best.  I can help others with there goals but I sometimes fall flat or I have to push it back!  I am trying my hardest to not do that but life likes to throw in some curve balls once in a while!
  10. Where would you love to travel?
    I would love to travel to Canada, England, Russia and so many other places.  I’m just an odd duck! 😀
  11. Do you play an instrument?  If not, is there one you’ve always wanted to learn how to play?
    I play the flute.  While I would love to say I still do, I just haven’t in so long that all I can say is that I just to play the flute!

Okay, now for my eleven questions!

  1. What is you blog all about is five words or less?
  2. What kind of music do you listen to while you write/ blog? Or do you listen to anything at all?
  3. What is your drink of choice?  (Adult or soft)
  4. What books are you reading right now?
  5. If you could publish a book, what would it be about?  Would it be about you or a story you wrote
  6. What kind of magazines do you read?
  7. What is one thing (or goal) in your five year plan?
  8. Are you a sharer or a keeper when it comes to goal sharing? (Like do you share your goals with other or do you keep hidden for others?
  9. Do you have an non-real character crushes? (Come on fess up!)
  10. Are you part of a fandom? (fandom – n. the state or condition of being a fan of someone or something.)
  11. What is one thing you want to tell your future children or grandchildren about?  (It could be about anything)

Now for my nominations!  Enjoy!  Share the love! 🙂

  1. Sacrificial Chain Breaker
  2. crazy grad mama
  3. Kris Moore KM Novels
  4. Casual Procrastinator
  5. Annette Rochelle Aben
  6. Marlton Trainer
  7. 1-800 Books
  8. All Things Autumn
  9. Philip Dodson
  10. My Difference
  11. Love. Laugh. Sparkle.

Well I guess that is all for this post! I will have part two up soon-ish and then my Blogger Recognition Award post up as well!

Until next time…

Simple and Quick.

Simple and Quick.

I thought I would post on last time tonight before I crash!  Two crazy exciting things have happened with my baby (and by baby I mean blog 😀 )

I have reached over 100 page views in a single day.

And I have reached my 100 post today as well!  (With this post!)

I know that these are major events but to me, they mean a lot!  I am so excited for what the future may hold!  Thank you guys for all the love and support…

Now if I could only get to 100 followers by midnight…  Then it would be three 100 things in a day!

Until next time! 😀