Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Happiest Life by Hugh Hewitt-Book Review- #review #happylife #books

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Are you living your happiest life? I thought I was until I read The Happiest Life by Hugh Hewitt. When I received my copy in the mail, I couldn't wait to start reading it. It's if  Hugh Hewitt was directing his writings toward me!

This book is a treasure trove of valuable information to guide you toward your happiest life. You not only learn what the seven gifts are, but how to be a receiver and giver.

The seven gifts: encouragement, energy, enthusiasm, good humor, graciousness, gratitude, and patience are my seven weaknesses. I tend to be filled with discouragement, no energy, unenthusiastic, no joy, ungrateful, and impatient.

After reading The Happiest Life by Hugh Hewitt, I understood why these seven gifts are so important for a happiest life. You have not only have them, but you have to give them back. 

These seven wonderful gifts are a two way street.  You can't encourage someone, if you are encouraged by other's, you can't have energy or enthusiasm, or good humor if you're down all the time. I learned you have to be filled with graciousness and gratitude toward and to others in order to get it back. At but not least I have to be a giver of patience. This gift is my downfall, but with  The Happiest Life, I can learn to be patient, I can also learn to give and receive.

If you are struggling with your life, then please pick up a copy of The Happiest Life by Hugh Hewitt. It's well worth the $20 you'll spend.


What's the secret to a life of  happiness? 

In this delightful book brimming with humorous and poignant passages, radio personality Hugh Hewitt provides the answer. The starting place is generosity, he says, and there are seven gifts that are sure to improve the lives of both giver and receiver: encouragement, energy, enthusiasm, good humor, graciousness, gratitude, and patience. 

Anyone can give these gifts, but Hewitt shows that some people are particularly well placed to offer them: parents, spouses, family members, friends, teachers, coworkers, and fellow church members.

Channeling his skills as a broadcaster, journalist, lawyer, and teacher, Hewitt weaves stories about these seven gifts and seven givers with inspiring and motivating observations to help readers become generous in the ways that matter most.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

How To Heal A Grieving Heart Book Review

Disclosure: I received a copy from Book Nook for review. However, all opinions are my own.

I no longer look forward to celebrating the holidays. Not because I don't care, but because I grieve. On December 27th(also my birthday) it will be seven months since I lost my youngest child. My baby was only 27 and very ill. She came home to die and I got to spend five weeks with her. There were happy moments, but mostly sad. As a mother, I had to watch my daughter die. She passed away on Memorial Day. Of course I'm thankful I got to spend five memory filled weeks with her, but my heart still grieves for her loss and its emptiness.

How To Heal A Grieving Heart by Doreen Virtue and James Van Praagh was the book I needed in my life. I still find my heart grieves and cannot heal. If you lost a loved one, then this little book will become a life-changer. The great thing about this book is you don't have to start from the beginning. Just open it anywhere and know this is where God has led you. Each page is filled with hope and love. If your heart is grieving, this little book will guide you through the tough times. You may find yourself crying as you read this book, but it's okay. This is a beautiful book with a beautiful butterfly ribbon book mark.  

When you're grieving, you need support and comfort, and How to Heal a Grieving Heart provides practical and spiritual help.
Each page of this small, full-color gift-style book (a companion to the soon-to-be-published Talking to Heaven Mediumship Cards) contains a comforting message to help grieving people come to terms with their loss. The content is simple and direct, because the authors know and respect that grieving people often have difficulty concentrating and following through on what they read. The reader can open up to a random page, designed with beautiful colors and typeset in attractive fonts, and meditate upon the entry.
Doreen Virtue and James Van Praagh wrote the book that they wished they could have had when they were both grieving losses. Based upon their years of experience as grief counselors and mediums, Doreen and James have created a gentle book that is a perfect gift for a grieving friend.
You can purchase your own copy at the following online retailers:

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

No Cape Required: A Devotional By Kristen Parrish - Book Review

Disclosure: I received a free book from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review. However, all opinions are my own.

Most of us what to be a super hero when we grow up. I wanted to be Wonder Woman, but then we grow up and realize there are no super powers or magic spells, just life. In Kristen Parrish's book No Cape Required: A Devotional she dispels the super hero myth that capes are required to be a super hero.

Kristen shows us 52 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Hero with the qualities of fifty-two different "heroes" from Superman’s justice and Dorothy’s courage you'll learn you don't need a cape, super strength, or even magic powers to find your inner hero.

Every mini devotions is filled with attributes you can learn from and instill in yourself. Your super hero strengths and character is already in you, you just have to discover it. You have to learn how to be the person God wants you to be. Kristen shows you what it takes to be a Godly hero without the bells and whistles. 

I give this easy to read devotional two thumbs up and five stars. You can pick up your copy at Thomas Nelson for $15.99. No Cape Required: A Devotional By Kristen Parrish makes a great gift for someone who is struggling to find their inner hero.


What do Katniss Everdeen, Spider-Man, and Huckleberry Finn have in common? They’re heroesand you can be just like them.
As children, we dream of throwing on a cape and changing the world. Then we grow up, we learn to see the flaws in our movie stars and athletes, and we accept that true heroism is not possible in the real world.  You continue to dream, though. Isn't that why you still love watching heroes on the big screen? It’s more than just wish fulfillment. You resonate with Superman’s justice and Dorothy’s courage because you have those same qualities within yourself.
In these pages, Kristen Parrish looks at the qualities of fifty-two heroes, and then shows how you can acquire every one of those qualities. No gamma rays or radioactive spider bites are needed. You can unleash your inner hero through prayer and practical action.
Men and women, boys and girls alike, will find role models within these pages. While others watch and dream on the sidelines, you can step out in faith, learning from heroic examples and praying for God’s help to make you who you were meant to be.
The Holy Spirit enables us to do great things. Find out how. No cape required.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

LEAD . . . for God'Sake-Book Review

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review. However, all opinions are my own.

LEAD . . . for God's Sake! : A Parable for Finding the Heart of Leadership by Todd Gongwer is one of the most powerful Christian leadership books available for anyone who wants to become a spiritual leader. The book is more of a parable than a story. Leaders aren't born, they're molded and this book tells of one such leader in the story of Steve Rocker, one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in Kentucky’s history who learns what a true leader is from an unlikely source: Joe Taylor, the school’s janitor. 

It doesn't matter if you're a sports coach or a factory worker, you can learn a great leadership lesson from this book.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Limitless Life Book Review-#sponsored

Disclosure: I received a copy for review from Book Sneeze. However, all opinions are my own.

Are you going through your life with labels attached to who you are? Do you let labels define your character? All my life, I've let labels define me and shape who I've become. Labels, not matter what they are can make or break you. With Derwin L. Gray's book Limitless Life, I learned that labels aren't who I am. They don't define my character or my life. I learned to break the chains that have bound me throughout my life. This book gives you much more than words on a page, Pastor Derwin Gray takes you on a fascinating journey into what can happens when you offer your head, your heart, and your hands to the only one who can offer you truly limitless life.


Is your life limited by labels the world and other people have used to define you? 
Labels you have internalized and apply to yourself every day. Labels like Afraid. Or Addict. Orphan. Damaged Goods. Failure. Maybe even Religious. These labels might be sewn into your life with such tight little stitches that they feel like a part of you. They feel like they define you. But that’s a lie. If you let Him, Jesus can remove those old labels and tattoo new ones onto your soul. Then you’ll begin to see yourself as God the Father sees you. The limits will be lifted, and your life will be transformed. It’s the truth. Join Pastor Derwin Gray on a fascinating journey into what can happens when you offer your head, your heart, and your hands to the only one who can offer you truly limitless life.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Secrets of Dynamic Communication Book Review

Disclosure: I received a copy for review from Book Sneeze. However, all opinions are my own.

I have to be honest, I'm not a great communicator. If I were graded on my communication skills, I'd make a big fat F. I fail at communication. It's never been my strong suit. Communication has always been my weakness until I discovered Secrets of Dynamic Communication by Ken Davis.

Ken's book opened up a whole new world of communication techniques for me to use. If you're like me and have a hard time communicating, then you have to get a copy of Secrets of Dynamic Communication. This book is filled with practical concepts to use in everyday communications.

I have to give Secrets of Dynamic Communication 5 stars and 2 thumbs up. If you have one book in your collections be sure it's Secrets of Dynamic Communication.


What is the most important ingredient for an effective speech or presentation?
Whether you are one who speaks only on rare occasions or you find yourself addressing an audience every day, this book will be an invaluable tool.  Beneficial to the experienced pro as well as the new beginner,Secrets of Dynamic Communication is a practical and effective handbook for powerful presentations of all kinds. It takes the reader through the process of selecting and developing a theme, giving it focus, fleshing it out, and communicating well with the audience.  The first half is devoted to preparation, the second to delivery.
Author Ken Davis is frequently hired by individuals and companies around the world to bring his humor and expertise to others in the speaking field, and he is now bringing those concepts to the wider community as well.  No abstract theories here, only step-by-step help in preparing and delivering speeches that get results!  You’ll soon develop the dynamic speaking skills associated with the very best in the field.
You can pick up your copy for $15.99 from Thomas Nelson.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Forgiveness Book Review

Disclosure: I received a copy for review from Book Sneeze. However, all opinions are my own.

Whether giving or receiving, forgiveness is the key toward true healing and blessing. This is so true. When my youngest daughter passed away a few months ago, I was devastated but also angry. I couldn't let go and forgive those who had hurt my daughter or me. The bitterness and anger I held inside tore me apart. I just couldn't let go and forgive. When I received my copy of Forgiveness Overcoming the Impossible
by Matthew West I was ready to open up my heart and forgive.

It took a lot of courage for Matthew West to go on a journey and talk  to people about healing through forgiveness. Reading their stories helped me find hope and forgiveness. I also learned not to hold on but to let go.

If you are in a place where you can't forgive or even need forgiveness, pick up a copy of Forgiveness.

Book Description

Whether giving or receiving, forgiveness is the key toward true healing and blessing.
God says there are no limits to forgiveness toward others or ourselves. And when Matthew West set out on a journey asking people to share their true life stories, Renée shared about how she chose to forgive the drunk driver who hit and killed her daughter.
This remarkable story and others like it bring peace and healing to the one needing and the ones giving forgiveness. Fifty powerful stories share forgiveness through divorce, betrayal, addiction, abandonment, death, and more. Each story ties into the promises of God’s faithfulness and healing, and ends with the story of God’s ultimate forgiveness through the message of salvation.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hopelifter- Book Review

Disclosure: I'm a member of Book Sneeze and received a review copy to facilitate this review. However, all opinions are my own.

When my daughter passed away a few months ago, I lost any shred of hope I had. I felt lost and completely alone, then I received this wonderful book in the mail. My life changed after reading Kathe Wunnenberg's Hopelifter.

If you've  ever lost hope in a dire situation or know someone who has, this book is a hope lifter. Reading the book brought me from the pit of Hell into the arms of hope. I have to give Hopelifter 5 stars.

Book Description

“I wish there were something I could do to ease the pain.”
How often do women see a friend in distress or crisis, but feel helpless to really make a difference? Hopelifter: Creative Ways to Spread Hope When Life Hurts takes the mystery out of how to be the hands and feet of Jesus to anyone in need of hope, comfort and care. Kathe Wunnenberg, whose hope-lifting ministry has impacted the lives of thousands, demonstrates simple, practical ways that acts of creative compassion can transform lives.
Whether it’s encouraging a jobless friend, lifting the spirits of someone trapped in depression, leaving an anonymous gift for a grieving mother, hosting a starting-over shower for a divorced friend, or playing one small part in long-term support for a family in deep crisis, daily opportunities to make a difference in hurting lives are limitless for a Hopelifter.
The perfect book for women who want to spread hope in their friendships, workplace, neighborhoods, and homes, and ideal for those in caring roles in churches and ministries.

Hopelifter Creative Ways to Spread Hope When Life Hurts By Kathe Wunnenberg is published by Zondervan and available for $14.99.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Poetic Suicide

It's time to say goodbye
too many tears I cry
lost and alone
nothing of my own
hearts won't mend
pride won't bend
living in empty air
not even a shard of care
the pretenders 
the liars
words spun in reverse
my world is traverse...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Writer Wednesday WWBH- Break a Leg

This is my first week to join Writer Wednesday and I'm excited to link up my 500 words or less this week.

Here's how it works:
1) Use the photo and the 5 mandatory words provided in your story
2) Keep your word count 500 words or less.
3) You have until next Tuesday to link up your post.
4) Link up with your blog hostess (NicoleCarrie, Tena or Leanne)
5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow

Dogie(yes, that is spelled right- NOT doggie)

Now, for my 500 words or less...

Break a Leg

Silas stared up at the scorching, summer sun. Would he ever get a break from this hot as Hell heat? He spat chewing tobacco on the dried up red clay. "Come here Jenny," he pulled on the stubborn mule. Silas has work to get done before the sun went down. 

Jenny wouldn't budge. Her heavy body was put firmly in the ground. Silas tugged harder, but Jenny was stuck. He wiped beads of sweat from his forehead and sauntered over to the water trough. Silas dunked his entire over heated head into the cool water.

He had work to finish and one stubborn animal with a case of neurosis wasn't about to stop him from the cattle drive. Silas saddled his horse and made his way toward the open range. "Forget you," he shouted to Jenny.

At the end of the cattle drive there was to be a forgather and Silas wanted to finish up. The preacher's daughter Abigail would be there. He licked his parched lips at the thought of sweet Abigail.  Silas wasn't paying attention to were his horse was leading him. The horse bucked him off and he hit hard into the ground and landed on a dogie.

Neither Silas or the dogie moved. He leg was twisted around the calf. The calf bellowed and Silas hollered for help, but he was alone. No one would hear his pleas for help. Silas tried to inch out from underneath the hurt animal, but his leg was wedged. 

He pulled out the floral handkerchief Abigail had given him and closed his eyes. A beautiful vision of Abigail danced across the darkness.

Friday Fictioneers- The Summer of Regret

Copyright-Dawn M Miller
After a long hiatus, I am joining the ranks of Friday Fictioneers once again. This week it's hosted by Rochelle.

The challenge is to write 100 word story based on the photo prompt for the week. This week's photo was taken inside Union Station in Washington, D.C and provided by Dawn M. Miller.

The Summer of Regret

It was the summer of '63, I was seventeen and headed to Washington, D.C. with the Future Leaders of America.

"Carla Jo," Mrs. Perkins interrupted my thoughts. "Are you excited to be going to Washington?"

"Oh, yes m'am," I beamed with enthusiasm.

After twelve long hours the bus came to a halt in front of Union Station. Why did we stop?

The driver instructed everyone to get off the bus. We did as we were told and herded into Union Station.

I couldn't see Mrs.Perkins. All I saw was armed guards and police dogs.

"Get down!" I screamed.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Trifecta: Week Ninety-Two- Bowling for Turkeys

Once again after a long hiatus, I'm throwing myself into the wonderful writing world of the Trifecta.
What is the Trifecta?
The  Trifecta Writing Challenge is to write about a word, but not just any word. You must use the third definition and write between 33 and 333 words.

This weeks word is:


1: a large North American gallinaceous bird (Meleagris gallopavo) that is domesticated in most parts of the world
2: failure, flop; especially : a theatrical production that has failed
3: three successive strikes in bowling
4: a stupid, foolish, or inept person

Here goes nothing:

Bowling for Turkeys

Lucky Strike Bowling Alley, the pink and blue neon lights flashed inviting the Saturday night crowd inside. Johnnie had heard from a friend of a friend this was the best bowling in town. He also heard number ten lane was rigged. Johnnie was about to find out for himself if the rumors were true or just a bunch a bull.

He slicked back his jet black hair and grabbed his lucky ball. Metallic black with orange flames shot from each side of the twenty pounder. Johnnie kissed the shiny orb and sauntered inside the smokey bowling alley.

His nostrils were assaulted by something fowl in the air. What the hell? Thud, thud, thud. 

"We don't use balls here son," a wrinkled old man pointed to Johnnie's black leather bag.

"What did you say old timer?" 

"This is turkey bowl night. All the townsfolk here are bowling for turkeys"

Johnnie gave the old man a puzzled look. "You mean everyone is getting three strikes in a row?"

"No son, we be bowling for real live turkeys."

Johnnie's jaw dropped along with his bowling ball. He couldn't contain his laughter.

"You're joking?"

"Nope. Go grab you a frozen turkey and have a whack at it"

Johnnie didn't have time to grab his ball, he ran faster than a Tom Turkey on Thanksgiving to the nearest exit and to heck with three successive strikes in bowling. Who needs a turkey anyway?

Note: Not sure why blogger has highlighted my words, but I can't get it off for some reason. Sorry.

Disney's Dead and Walt's Rolling Over in His Grave #mileycyrus #disney #morality

Annette Funicello courtesy of The Mickey Mouse Club-Disney

Walt Disney was the patriarch, Mr. Morality. His "kids" didn't stir scandal or create chaos. What a difference a generation makes! Yes, morality died with Walt...

In the era of Walt there was such a thing as a morality clause, today's Disney buried morality along with him.
Courtesy MTV-VMA 2013

Walt Disney must be rolling over in his grave at the thought of his name being associated with three of Disney's former stars.  Brittany kissed a girl and liked it. Christina got down and dirty. Miley left her morality in Montana. All of these celebrity's were 'Disney girls". Two were on the Mickey Mouse Club. Is this the plight of what will become of today's Disney stars?

When I think of Disney, I think of wholesome, family values, and something my grandchild can watch. Yes, he's watched the Mickey Mouse Club and Hannah Montana, but what happened to the stars after Disney?

I think in a perfect scenario these girls needed a mentor. They needed Walt Disney and Annette Funicello. Disney was Mr. Morality and Annette was Miss Wholesome. Walt was a watch dog because he cared about family values. Annette didn't want to embarrass the Disney name or herself.

It's sad in today's Disney when you're gone, you're gone. There's no one to catch you when you stumble. There's no one to tell you no. Of course, your parent's aren't because all they see are dollar signs. Your friends won't because they are hanger's on. What you need is a good dose of reality. What you need is Walt Disney to shake some sense into you. Yes, you are an adult, but act like one!

I don't want to see your crotch on television!

Note: Miley Cyrus' escapades were fueled by the media as well as social media. She probably got what she wanted to achieve. She got fifteen minutes of shame in my opinion. I'm guilty as well by writing about what she did, but as a parent and grandparent I have to pray for her, wish she was mine so I could whip her behind.  

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Friday Fiction-WIP Season of Miracles- part 2 #friddayfiction

It's been a long time since I've participated in Friday Fiction. A lot of pain and sadness has come into my life and I stopped writing, but I'm back to start sharing once again. This week's Friday Fiction is hosted by Karlene.

This is a continuation of a story I started in December 2011. You can read the beginning here.


 “It's close to dinner time anyway. Aren't you hungry?”

He shook his head. “Actually, I'm famished.”

Maddie laughed. “I'm glad. Tonight is Italian night.”

Italian night?”

My mom is a huge fan of TV cooking shows and tonight she's practicing her culinary skills.”

Sounds delicious.”

It will be. My mom's a great cook. Also, my dad's a deacon and he can figure something out

regarding your living situation.”

Thanks Maddie.”

No problem.”

Maddie switched off the light and they proceeded down the narrow corridor to Joe's office.”

I need to grab my things and we'll be on our way.”



Maddie waited outside in the hall for Joe to retrieve his things. The pungent aroma of

cinnamon wafted through the air. She was thankful Joe had accepted her invitation. Dinner

would be the perfect opportunity to ask him to help with the children. Maddie seize the moment.


Joe stepped into his office and didn't bother to close the door. He grabbed Pastor Fred's

sermon notes and stuffed them into his leather briefcase. The aromatherapy candle was still

burning, so he blew it out. The scent of cinnamon danced in the room. Lord, thank you for all

you have given me.


Maddie was deep in thought and didn't hear Joe.


You startled me.”

Sorry. You looked a million miles away.”

She blushed.

Let's go. My mom doesn't like to wait.”


They proceeded outside. Maddie locked the sanctuary doors and walked down the steps with Joe. She 

followed him to his car.

I didn't see another vehicle when I pulled up earlier.”

I walked here.”


I only live a couple of blocks from the church.”

The burnt orange sun was beginning to set in the evening sky. Crickets chirped in the distance. Chirp, chirp, 

chirp they sang. A cool breeze encircled Maddie and Joe.

Do you mind if we walk? Unless, you prefer to drive?”

No, I don't mind. It's a beautiful night for a walk.”

They walked in silence to Maddie's house.

Joe broke the silence between them.

Maddie, I just wanted to say how much I appreciated your invitation.”

It's my pleasure Joe.”

They had walked a few blocks when Maddie stopped in front of a magnificent Victorian home.

The antique white Victorian was decorated with many faucets of Christmas. Greenery hung everywhere and 

huge red bows decorated the windows and door.

What a beautiful home.”

This is where I live.”

It's beautiful.”

It's too big!”

Joe laughed at her observation.

Come on, I'll introduce you to everyone.”

Joe followed her through the gate and into the house. Like its outside counterpart the inside

was heavily decorated with Christmas greenery and huge red velvet bows. An eight foot

decorated Douglas fir stood proud in corner. Melodic music sung through the house.

Mom, I'm home and I've brought the new pastor with me,”Maddie called out.

Maddie's mom joined them in the foyer.

Madeline dear, why didn't you call?”

Sorry mom. I didn't...”

Mrs. Pierce interrupted her daughter.

Welcome to our home Pastor...”

Joe extended his hand.

Joe. Joe Walker.”

She took his hand and shook it vigorously.

I'm Ann Pierce, but everyone around here calls me Mama Ann.”

Nice to meet you Mama Ann.”

If you two will excuse me I've got to go get cleaned up before dinner.”

Of course dear. I'll introduce Pastor Joe to everyone.”

Maddie made her way up the oak staircase and left Joe alone with her mother.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Last #FMFParty

Five Minute Friday


I hadn't thought about last's in twelve weeks. On May 27th, I lost my youngest daughter to an AIDS related illness. She was twenty-seven. She's been sick for ten years and came home to die. She died in my arms. We got to spend five painful and sad weeks together. I cared for her, I cleaned up puke, I cried. I watched the life being sucked from her rail-thin body. My once beautiful daughter was now a skeleton. We made it through Mother's Day. God gave me a free pass, but I knew it would be any moment. She grew weaker and weaker with each passing second. When the day came, I wanted to hide but I couldn't. I didn't want to face her death. A mother should never watch their child die. My heart died the moment she took her last breath. 


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Review: The Founders' Key by Larry Arnn

I review for BookSneeze®

I love anything do to with the Constitution and when I received The Founders' Key by Larry Arnn, I couldn't wait to dive in!

I've always loved the history of the Constitution and wanted to know more from a different perspective. 
Larry Arnn brings history to life and discusses in depth the workings of our government. This book is a must have for any history buff or for any reader that loves the Constitution.

I give this book 5 stars.

Book Description

Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, reveals the integral unity of the Declaration and the Constitution, and warns us of the threat they are under from the modern Progressive movement.
The ringing words of the Declaration of Independence have a way of continuing to ring across the ages. The arrangements of the Constitution have a way of organizing our actions so as to produce certain results, and it has done this more reliably than any governing instrument in the history of man. Connect these arrangements to the beauty of the Declaration, and one has something both inspiring and commanding. The Declaration acquires a practical form and operation that do not seem to come from it alone. The Constitution soars to the elevation of the natural law, and its arrangements are reinforced with that strength.
FDR was the first president to sever the two documents. He embraced the Declaration but demoted the Constitution, claiming that the rights in it should be up for reinterpretation as society changed.
You see the same efforts to divide one mighty document from the other in the Progressive movement today. The result: both documents have been weakened, their influence diminished, their meaning obscured. The Founders' Key is a rousing call to rediscover the imporant connection and thereby restore our faith.
Disclaimer: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookSneeze®.

Monday, July 29, 2013

The 3 P's of Writing Right- #sponsored

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received a $15 Amazon GC from Grammarly in exchange for this post.

"I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because I may think my writing is perfect, but I'm not and neither is my writing!

I'm what I like to call a perplexed writer. I tend to write at will and have a proclivity of not checking properly. That's why it's so important to bring into play the three P's all writer's need, especially me!

Number one is plan. A writer must plan what they are going to write, when they are going to write and why they are going to write. A writer without a solid plan is a writer without solid words. I know, because I'm a writer without a plan. I don't plan scenes, my characters, or my plot. I write nonchalant. I'm a thinker, not a planner, but a writer(a good writer) must have a rock solid plan. What's your plan?

Once you have a plan, then you're ready for step two of the P's: prepare. As a writer if you don't prepare, then you're sunk. You'll go down with the ship. It seems I'm never prepared when I sit down to write words to paper. I write haphazardly. If you want to write you must be prepared. Before you write your first word onto paper prepare for it. Make it mean something.

Lastly a good writer must propagate. To continue to write and write well you have to propagate new ideas all the time. You have to give birth to your "baby". A good novel or essay doesn't happen overnight. You don't give birth in a day, it takes time. Go forth and propagate new words, new scenes, new characters. Bring them to life....

Saturday, April 6, 2013


Well, it's the end of week one and I am way behind on comments. Thanks to all who have stopped by. I promise, I will get around to your blogs.

And now without further adieu today's weird word is Fustian: pretentious writing or speech

I'm old school. I love the writing's of Thoreau and Gibran. There words are not fustian. I love how Thoreau speaks through the words he wrote or how Gibran gives a sense of love and honesty.

In today's writer's world, there are a lot of fustians. Writer's have somehow learned readers want more than the writer should give. I'm not saying it's not okay to be pretentious in your writing, but don't let the reader dictate how you write.

Friday, April 5, 2013

2013 A TO Z CHALLENGE #AtoZChallenge-E

Drum roll please....

The weird writing word today is Esquivalience - A copyright or plagiarism trap.

As writer's we've probably all experienced esquivalience.  I can think of a lot of writer's who set plagiarism traps to catch another writer stealing their precious words.

I've had my stuff plagiarized. Does it bother me? Hell ya! Do I now set traps to catch a thief? You betcha!

I believe in esquivalience.  I think every writer should set traps. Our words are too precious.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

2013 A TO Z CHALLENGE #AtoZChallenge-D

It's day 4 of the 2013 #AtoZChallenge and it's time for the weird word of the day...

Today's word is diorthosis: a critical revision of a text; any correction or adjustment. This word is very crucial to us writers. My problem is diorthosis has become a writing crutch. I tend to revise my text as I write. I can't wait until the first draft is finished. I have the urge to critically revise after the first page.

What's your writing crutch?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

2013 A TO Z CHALLENGE #AtoZChallenge-C

And today's weird word is Capilotade - A story that's hashed together.

In keeping with my weird word writing theme, I find this word very fitting. I tend to write capilotades. When I sit down to write, my mind is filled with many ideas and stories. I'll write them down and find myself hashing several of them together. One character that should be in one story will jump into another story.

I think as writer's we tend to all write capilotades. It's our way of thinking. It's the only way to write.

Good luck with your capilotade!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

2013 A TO Z CHALLENGE #AtoZChallenge. B

Well, here we are at day 2 of the A to Z Challenge. I'm still trying to play catch up from yesterday. Thanks to all who stopped by, I promise I will get by.

Now, for today's weird word: Battologist - Someone who repeats the same thing needlessly.

Being a writer, this is one of my bad habits. I really have to watch and pay attention to my wordage. Let's talk first drafts. When I sit down to read and revise, I see I'm a battologist. I have a tendency to use certain words over and over. I admit, I fall into the 'someone who repeats the same thing needlessly' trap when my words spill onto paper. Does that make me a bad writer? Maybe or maybe I'm just a battologist and didn't know it!

Are you a battologist or know someone who is?  Maybe writer's need a  Battologist Anonymous? I'll be the first to join!

Monday, April 1, 2013

2013 A TO Z CHALLENGE #AtoZChallenge. A

It's official! Today is April Fool's Day and the first day of the A-Z Challenge hosted by a group of great bloggers. I debated about whether I wanted to stick with a theme or just write willy-nilly. My blog has been empty since December and I really almost thought about deleting it. The A-Z Challenge actually gives me an excuse to get off my duff and write! So, I've decided on a themed challenge. Without further adieu my theme is 'weird words'. From A-Z I'll write about weird words nobody ever uses. And since I'm a writer, I will try to use words withing a writing frame.
Today's word is Autophoby - The fear of referring to yourself. The fear of using the pronouns "I" or "Me."

Most writer's write in third person, except me. I love to write in first person. I'm not sure why I prefer that style of writing, but I am most comfortable with 1st person and suffer no autophony, which is really a bad habit. Writing in 1st person means a quick death for writer's. I've experienced it. I have a proclivity of using too many personal pronouns(i.e.I) 

I am, I saw, I was, I did...

I guess I can't be accused of autophoby. I am a first person writer. I salute all the writer's out there who have autophoby. 

Be sure to stop by tomorrow and see what weird word I've chosen for day two. Also, stop by and read the A-Z Challenges of many great bloggers.

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