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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! 🙂

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!  🙂

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! 😀

Personal Blog Post

Personal Blog Post

This post is supposed to be my own take on a blog post. I am struggling with this. I mean, isn’t any all blog post a personal take on things? So what am I supposed to talk about?

I could talk about my daughter and how her birthday is coming up, but I don’t want to expose her in depth to a world that may or may not be ready for her. And I don’t know if she would want to be out in the world just yet. I don’t want to force her into anything she’s not ready for, ever! I want her to decide what she wants in life. But I am going to instill manners, respect and other important things in her. My goal is not to force her to become a Barbie if she wants to be a G.I. Joe. But that is a work in progress! She will be a year this Friday (9/25)! Time has gone by so fast. I barely believe it. But enough about her. Let’s find something else to talk about. (Not that I don’t want to talk about her, but I could do like a 500 page report on her and I think I will wait until she is old to do something like that!)

I could talk about me, but I would rather not. I come from a sad beginning and I would rather move away from that. I really hate to think any child went through what I went through so I try to think of the future! That is where the possibility of change is located! So that what I aim to look at! So, maybe that will be what I talk about?

I have posted a lot about goals throughout this blog. (Here are a few of those posts here, here and here to list a few). I am a strong believer of writing down your goals. When it comes to sharing I am still on the fence. I have read studies that have stated that sharing your goals with other increase your chances of actually achieving your goals. But I have read a few recent studies about sharing your goals with others and they have found the opposite. If you share your goal, the researchers have found that people are less likely to achieve your goals. Here are a few different articles about goal sharing: 5 good reasons to share your goals and one powerful reason not to; When telling others about your goals compromises them; 10 things you should know about goals; WHY SHARING YOUR PROGRESS MAKES YOU MORE LIKELY TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS As you can tell, I choose four different articles from four different place. What is your take on sharing your goals?

I will admit, I share some of my goals but now all of them. I feel like I will keep a few private and share others. And it depends on what I am feeling at that time in my life which ones I share. I know that it’s odd, but I promise to go into more detail about some of this stuff at a later date. For the moment I will leave this taste in your mouth and see what you guys comment! J And I will talk more about goals since I am really into goals and working on achieving them!

Well, that’s my personal blog post, what do you guys think? Is this a personal take on a blog post or did I wind up over in left field? You could say goals are a personal thing but did I get personal enough? Tell me what you think!

Until next time…

Weekly wrap up

Weekly wrap up
Weekly wrap up

This week had been nice.  I have enjoyed it!  🙂   I hope you guys had a great week and I hope that next week will be even better!

This past week

So, like I said before, this week has bee kind to me.  I was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award twice this week!   Here are the posts: this and this.  Enjoy!

Also, on my current project front, I have increased my word count goal to 65,000 words, since I had hit my word count goal on the 13th.  This week I wrote 3,984 words and only missed two days of writing.  I’m aiming to increase this count by next week!  I hope!

On the blog front I hit my goal of 50 followers!  That is exciting!  🙂  I am hoping to hit 60 by the end of the month!  Do you think I can do it?  I hope so! 🙂  Share this with your friends!

Upcoming Week

This week I might not be around as often as I would like, but that is because it is my daughter’s first birthday this Friday !  (I wrote her a letter here.)  But this isn’t going to stop me!  It just might take a little while to get back to all the wonderful comments I have been receiving!  🙂

    Also this week:

  • My first interview posting Monday!
  • A piece of writing advice
  • More Blogging 101 & Blogging 201 improvements!
  • More Writing 101 inspired posts!
  • My daughter’s first birthday!

I am hoping for a great (and busy) week!

Next few weeks

As many of you guys know, I am a lover of all things NaNoWriMo! As it gets closer, I am going to be sharing lots of helpful things and stuff that my region is going to be doing!  Also, I am going to putting a lot of NaNoWriMo stuff on my blog!  It’s coming up in November, are you ready?  If not, I am going to try you help you get ready!  Be on the look out for those posts!  🙂

Other than that, I think things are going well…  Like last post, I am going to share a social media site of mine, I hope you guys will take a look and follow me! 🙂  This week I am going to share my Twitter page.  So give me a follow.  I like to share writing advice and funny things I find on the Twitter world!  🙂  I hope you enjoy it!

Until next time…

Liebster blog award Part two

Liebster blog award Part two

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Hello!  So this is two days late!  My husband had a rare day off and we decided to do a lot of house cleaning! Oh, the joys of adulthood!

Okay, so like I said is my last post, I told you that I was nominated twice in the same day!  This is the second nomination.  I was nominated by Daisy in the Willows from this post of hers! 🙂

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So without more words, here are her questions  for me!

  • What is your guilty food pleasure?  Chocolate…  Pretty much an form of it will work…  But It can’t have strawberries!  (I’m highly allergic to them!)
  • what was your favourite child hood game (doesn’t have to be a board game) My favorite game was Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • If you could rename yourself what would you call yourself and why? I don’t think I would change me name.  I’ve grown to like my name.  I will admit, sometimes I thought about changing my name to Samantha, people seem to think that is my name already!
  • What was the last lie you told?  “No, it wasn’t me that ate all the chocolate.”  I told my husband this last night.  Then we both laughed.
  • What is the best compliment you have ever received?  ‘Your writing has encouraged me to work on my own writing.
  • What historic event would you like to have been present at?   Oh, man; as a history buff there are so many events I would love to been at, overall, I think I would want to be at Stonehenge while it was being built!  I could answer so many questions for people! 🙂
  • How would you start a conversation with a stranger?  To be honest, nope.  I am not a small talk kind of person.  I don’t often start the conversation with people and if I do, it tends to a conversation about something they don’t understand and then they slowly walk away…
  • What is the strangest thing you have eaten?  Chocolate covered grasshoppers…  So, I’ll eat anything that has chocolate!
  • what quality/qualities make a friend a keeper?  For the most part, the most important quality for a friend for me is compassion.  I can’t stand someone who lacks this basic quality.  I might be apathetic about somethings but when it comes to starving children and how easy we could give them food, I struggle when someone tells me that their parents should just get a job.  Like, they are humans, show some love!
  • Is there a word that you love using all the time or/and a word you hate hearing or using?  I don’t know.  I am a lover of more words and I really don’t have a word that I hate hearing.  I don’t like hearing people being called names or being abused.  That is about it, I think.
  • If money was no option what would you do for your next birthday ?  For me?  My birthday?  I would love to pay off my in-laws debts.  They have done so much for my husband and me and I would love to pay them back somehow.

Now, my question to the people tagged:

  1. What is your favorite color?
  2. What is one room in your dream house you would love to have right now?
  3. What are you currently reading?
  4. Where do you get the ideas for your blog posts?
  5. What is the best advice you can give your fellow bloggers about how to get new subscribers?
  6. Do you belong to any writers’ or bloggers’ associations and, if so, which ones?
  7. Who is your favorite musician?
  8. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
  9. Who is your dream dinner party guest?
  10.  Where do you see yourself in 50 years?
  11. What does a normal day in your life look like?

Okay now for the eleven people to do these questions!  🙂

  1. Ra’Nesha Wilson
  2. Clarie
  3. Tiffany
  4. Karuna
  5. Ann Marie Lipari
  6. Ashlee Barclay
  7. Tracey
  8. Alice
  9. Rashmi
  10. Hope
  11. YOU!  Yes, the one reading this!  Please answer the questions and then share your post below!  🙂

Okay, that seems to be it for the moment!  Enjoy!

Until next time…

Liebster Blog Award part one

Liebster Blog Award part one

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I was nominated twice today with in hours of each other…  I must be so popular!  😛

The first time I was nominated by Francesca from this post.  So go check it out!  🙂

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Okay, so I will get started with the questions!

What inspires you as a blogger? 

I love to write, so for me, my writing inspires me as a blogger.  🙂

Who do you blog for?

I blog for myself first and foremost.  I write the way I like to read.  I also blog for all the people trying to balance out life and the call of writing.  I feel that there is an opening in the blogging wold for people in this boat.  🙂

Who or what is your favourite book/ tv/ film character?

Oh man, you are asking to pick one?  Or one of each?
Book – Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Tv – Star Trek: The Next Generation and Firefly
Film Character : Jack the Pumpkin King.

If you could choose to have a super power, what would it be and why?

I would choose the ability to live off of an hour of sleep.  I can get like 100% more done a day.  And I could get more writing done as well!

What was the last book you read?

Well, this going to be complicated.  Since high school, I can’t just read one book at a time.  But the most finished book was 30 Minute Social Media Marketing by Susan Gunelius.  (If you look over to the side, you can see what I am currently reading form Goodreads. 😀

What was the last film you watched?

Does the baby channel count?  lol  Actually it was Nightmare Before Christmas. 

What was your childhood fear? Has it changed?

My childhood fear?  Well, I had a few my biggest was being unloved or forgotten.  Sadly it’s still a fear of mine but I know that I am loved.  Even if I don’t always believe it.

Recommend a song to me

Gah, I have so many I could suggest for you! But right off hand, https://open.spotify.com/track/38bvPJSOyo5fQ1ARnLp8II
My Imagination by John Legend

Tell me an inspirational quote.  

Right here.  It’s one of my favorites! 🙂 Words to live by!

How much does this nomination mean to you? 

It’s a very nice gesture!  I appreciate that people read my blog and like what I am saying!  Thank you!  🙂

What would you do if you won £1,000,000?

Well, for me, that would translate to about $1,550,375.  First and foremost, I would buy a house for my husband and I and pay for like five years worth of taxes!  Then I will pay off all of our bills and then all his parent’s bills!  After that, and depending on what is left, I will use that money to live off of and continue to work on my writing!  🙂  And I might take a trip!

Okay so now it’s my turn to make up some questions…  Boy, I’m gonna run out of questions soon!

  1. Who are you in five words or less! (Can you think of just five words to describe yourself?)
  2. What makes you smile?
  3. If you have some spare time, what do you do?
  4. Who is a hero in your life?
  5. Are you a planner? Or are you spontaneous?
  6. What is your favorite season of the year?
  7. What is your most prized possession?
  8. What single quality do you most appreciate in people?
  9. Who is your favorite fictional character?
  10. What is your favorite quote and by whom?
  11. Any advice you would like to share with others?

Okay, so I think that’s about it for this post…  Oh and I have to tag people!  Okay, let me get that done!  🙂

  1. http://keithgarrettpoetry.com/
  2. http://dailyinspiration.me/
  3. https://charsgirl.wordpress.com/
  4. https://janebasilblog.wordpress.com/
  5. http://ariadnathread.com/
  6. https://readmewatchme.wordpress.com/
  7. https://optimisticsuperheroes.wordpress.com/
  8. http://robertokaji.com/
  9. https://ginablueblog.wordpress.com/
  10. https://mrtookles.wordpress.com/
  11. https://dreamingofbigger.wordpress.com/

Alright.  When I get a little more time, I will fix up the URL’s but for the time being I think you know the rule!  So enjoy!  🙂

Until next time…

Three goals…

Three goals…

Everyone has goals – no two people have the same goals. On top of that, no one has just three goals. I mean, I don’t. I have goals for thins blog, my career goals, writing goals, family goals and other goals. I really struggled with just listing three goals. But I did and I listed a few steps that I plan on taking to achieve these goals. So, without more blabbing, here they are à

  • One – I want to become a published author within a year time. But, I know that isn’t just going to happen so I am going to get the ball rolling and get as close as possible than I am now! The first thing I need to do is actually getting the words written EVERYDAY. You can’t have a book without first writing the words down first. It’s important that I learn all about the joys of self-editing (and looking for beta readers and editors!). After that I must learn all the ins and outs of querying. This doesn’t mean I start while I finish writing; matter of fact, I am slowing starting to learn about the topics I spoke about, but they are not front and center. My writing is. Also, I really want to get my eBook written and share it with the masses! But that is another goal for another day. 😀
  • Two – I want to create amazing content for my followers (I will take more about my followers in a few!) I want to create a resource for beginning writers who might me scared to take the first step. I want to achieve this in three ways.
    • I want to create a weekly series of interviewing other writers and blogger on how they started and how they handle balancing life and the call to write! I am hoping to get this started by the end of the month!
    • I am going to do a weekly wrap up of what I have done and then a monthly wrap up. In the monthly wrap up post I am going to outline what my goals are for the next month and what to look for as well.
    • Another series I would love to create is one all about writing tips and how to make money with your skills of writing! This I haven’t fully fleshed out but I am hoping by the beginning of next year to have this up and read for my followers!
    • Also, I have a few other ideas that I am thinking about adding are, virtual write-ins, video interviews, and a writing forum.
  • Three – I would LOVE to increase the number of followers. I want a strong sense of community for my followers. I know it will not happen overnight and I will need the help from my followers! But I am hoping to get close to 100 followers by the end of December. I am going to keep creating amazing content about writing and how to balance life and I am going to strongly follow the 80/20 rule (80% interacting and socialized and 20% self-promotion!)

Well, what do you think? Do you think I can achieve these? I have most of these written down in my goal notebook and greater detail but I didn’t want to bore you guys with all the details!

Tell me what you guys think!

Until next time…

New URL! Check it out!

New URL! Check it out!
New URL!  Check it out!

This morning has not been too kind to me.  I am going to try waking up early this week to see if I can get more done before she (my daughter) wakes up and throughout the day.  I am not going to lie, it’s not looking promising.

I finally got my official domain name –>  www.stephwenburg.com  Please save it for your nurture reference and share it with others!

It wasn’t not as easy as it sees…  Since I was trying to do this in the morning (and that is the worst time of day for me!) it did not got well.  I spent over two hours trying to get my domain mapped over to WordPress.  I was getting no where fast.  I often have a lot of patience but when it comes to mornings, I am not a happy camper.

So after trying and trying, I just gave up and cancelled everything.  And just when I did, everything decided to work.  So then I had to call up and undo my cancellation.  Thank goodness that I was able to speak to  who understands the struggle of not being a morning person.

Once I got everything going, it has worked beautifully!  I just need to remember that in the mornings I shouldn’t try to do much that needs brain power!  (lol)

So, how do you like it?  Please let me know!  Thanks!

Until next time…