Time for Cake!

On the 14th of January my blog had been up for one year! ๐Ÿ˜€

Before I started this writing journey I will admit I never stuck with anything. I began many things, but I always gave up or lost interest. So reaching a year on blogging is quite an achievement for me!

I have met an incredible amount of people through blogging, and also great variety of people!

When I began the blog and this writing journey I was so nervous, as I had read about the awfulness that can be experienced through the internet. But I have to say, I have received nothing but support and kindness from those I have encountered and I think I have made quite a few new friends!

The blog has been through quite an interesting time. I’ve changed up the theme a couple of times, I’ve moved around the schedule a lot, my posts have sometimes been about random things, but I’m so happy to see everyone sticking with me.

So, thank you to all those who have given me the encouragement to keep going, and to all of you who have made this blogging year a brilliant experience!

Have some cake with me and celebrate! ๐Ÿ˜€

cake

Hereโ€™s to another year!

*This is a scheduled post, I will be back on Monday to reply to comments and emails. Have a brilliant weekend!* ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s Worth The Struggle…

I have a couple of links this week that really inspired me.

I think all writers, especially new ones, go through that down time of not progressing fast enough or not being where they want to be. It’s inevitable and can sometimes stop a person writing, but these posts really gave me a boost in confidence and motivation; to remember my dream and, even though it’s hard, it’s worth all the struggle to fight for!

They reminded me to write for the love of it, to work towards where I want to be, and not focus on the negative!

http://www.yourwriterplatform.com/build-your-writing-career/#more-4734

http://callummclaughlin.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/never-give-up/

Hope you enjoy them too!

Have a great Sunday everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you have any advice or tips? Have you ever felt a bit negative about where your headed in your writing? How did you deal with it?

Posts to Check Out!

Here some of the posts that caught my eye this week!

http://arranbhansal.com/2014/10/06/arran-is-going-to-the-houses-of-parliament/ – Arran has been asked to the Houses of Parliament! So major congrats to him ๐Ÿ™‚

http://juliestock.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/a-few-proofreading-tips-to-improve-your-manuscript/ – Some great tips on proof-reading your manuscript!

http://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/a-storytelling-secret/ – A cool and important lesson from Chris!

http://mystiparker.com/2014/10/06/support-an-author-support-a-business/ – I could write a whole essay in response this brilliant post. Indie authors and their businesses need support!

http://dkcreaderscorner.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/being-an-indie-author/ – Another amazing post about being an indie author and the awesomeness of the writing community.

http://lmarie7b.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/like-a-movie/ – A great post about fight scenes and cause and effect.

http://thecollegenovelista.com/2014/10/07/how-to-increase-your-writing-speed/ – Increasing your writing speed and sites to help you do that.

http://redclayandroses1.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/is-this-mass-suicide/ – A very good topic about sales and free eBooks, something all indie readers need to think of.

http://islandeditions.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/on-second-drafts/ – Brilliant advice on second drafts, this quote, โ€˜Write Fast, Edit Slow(ly)โ€™ especially caught my attention!

http://chaptertk.com/2014/10/09/why-even-bother-to-read/ – A good question posed in this post!

Hope you have a great Sunday everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Posts to Check Out!

It’s Sunday! So here are some posts to check out from this week if you haven’t already ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s always great finding new blogs to follow and bloggers to friend!

http://lmarie7b.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/supervillain-preparedness-plan/ – Because we all need to know what to do in a super villain crisis! ๐Ÿ˜€

http://romanceismydayjob.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/working-that-sagging-middle-body-and-scroll/ – Some great tips here about keeping your story strong throughout.

http://winterbayne.com/2014/09/30/september-bites/ – Winter has had another great month!

http://www.erindorpress.com/2014/05/do-your-characters-have-an-attitude/ – An old post, but the link was on Twitter and it had some great advice about writing characters!

http://infinitefreetime.com/2014/09/30/skylights-out-now-who-wants-to-go-to-mars/ – SKYLIGHTS! Is out now, sounds like a brilliant read and definitely going on my TBR list.

http://worddreams.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/iwsg-top-ten-ideas-on-marketing-and-publishing/ – Some great tips in this post about marketing, which I needed right now because I suck at it! ๐Ÿ˜€

http://eclecticali.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/octoberseason/ – Some great events going on for Eclectic Aliโ€™s โ€˜The Seasonโ€™ (which is a great idea!).

http://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/lets-scare-up-some-sales/ – Chris is doing a great scary story promotion, so if you have a scary book why not get involved?

http://susanjanejones.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/october-giggle-blog/ – Have a bit of a giggle with Susanโ€™s stories! ๐Ÿ˜€

http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/3-quotes-opinion/ – Seeing as my post went down quite well on Monday, these quotes really made me fist pump (does anyone really do that anymore?) when I saw them!

http://makingthemreaders.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/national-poetry-day/ – A great post about poetry and children for National Poetry Day which was on Thursday in the UK.

http://aliisaacstoryteller.com/2014/10/03/the-friday-fiction-win-a-free-paperback-copy-of-both-my-conor-kelly-books/ – Ali has a giveaway going on over at her blog, check it out for the chance to win one of her paperbacks!

http://bound4escape.com/2014/10/03/if-you-read-one-book-a-week/ – An interesting and amazing fact!

*Have a brilliant Sunday everyone and I’ll be back tomorrow! (This is a scheduled post)*

Posts to Check Out and a BIG thank you!

I just want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has nominated me for blog awards over the entire time Iโ€™ve had my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

Iโ€™m really sorry I havenโ€™t had a chance to participate in them, as much as I want to!

Please donโ€™t think I am dismissing the nominations, because I’m not! I am always really appreciative to be thought of by other bloggers for these awards and it always puts a smile on my face ๐Ÿ™‚

So, thank you!

Speaking of other bloggers, why not check out some of these posts?

This was a list I made of some fun posts to check out before I went on vacation.

http://coffeewriterepeat.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/why-i-dont-write-every-day/ – Writing everyday isnโ€™t for everyone, I know I couldnโ€™t do it!

http://winterbayne.com/2014/08/30/the-catalyst/ – Brilliant first act of Winterโ€™s sci-fi short story! Brilliant read, I definitely recommend checking it out ๐Ÿ™‚

http://mbarkersimpson.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/master-of-disguise-a-short-story-featuring-bobby-jones/ – Love being able to find out more about minor characters in books. Mel gives us a glimpse of a character from her newest release, Hands of Evil in this post.

http://callummclaughlin.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/china-doll/ – An incredible poem by the very talented Callum.

http://bumblesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/new-old-books/ – Great post about reading books we loved from our past!

http://topazwinters.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/blog-hop-meet-rosalyn/ – Topaz continued the hop I failed at on Monday ๐Ÿ˜€ Check out her answer and meet her character, Rosalyn from her upcoming book Frozen Hearts.

http://kaleiyahp.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/omg-100-followers/ – Congrats for 100 followers! But also, this was a brilliant post about doing what you love and not stopping because of doubts and fears! Definitely worth a read, very motivating.

http://permashift.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/bein-an-author-vs-bein-a-writer/ – This post was full of awesome and a great message to all authors!

http://morebooksthanshoes.wordpress.com/ – A great idea for choosing a book from your TBR list (especially as mine is just rowing and growing!).

http://aliisaacstoryteller.com/2014/09/04/uisneach/ – Another brilliant post Ali, I highly recommend checking out her other posts on the mystical places sheโ€™s visited!

Have a lovely Sunday everyone!

Posts to Check Out!

So these are the posts I loved this week! Enjoy!

http://jsevick.com/2014/08/26/procrastination/ – Some thoughts on fear and procrastination!

http://middlemaybooks.com/2014/08/26/a-noble-moment-in-a-mans-life/ – Experiencing history in the best way- To go and see it! So true, and just might provide some great inspiration for writing ๐Ÿ˜€

http://julieisrael.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/good-writing-advice-start-with-the-logline-2/ – I usually come up with a log line after Iโ€™ve finished, but now I think I will be taking Julieโ€™s advice and starting with it.

http://syl65.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/just-let-me-breathe/ – A really lovely poem.

http://coffeewriterepeat.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/a-whole-new-world/ – Some great tips on world building.

http://permashift.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/procession-an-excerpt/ – I am so excited for this book, the sequel to The Soul!

http://rlsharpe.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/writing-tip-wednesday-show-up/ – Good advice! ๐Ÿ˜€

http://psbartlett.me/2014/08/27/ouch-that-stings/ – A good view on bad reviews, and a great fun post!

http://taylorgraceauthor.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/review-prophecy-of-stones/ – Another cheat because itโ€™s a review of my latest release, Prophecy of Stones! ๐Ÿ˜€

http://thesarcasticmuse.com/2014/08/29/6-reason-writers-need-writer-friends/ – I know I am very grateful for my writer friends ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you found some new bloggers to follow!

Have you found any great posts this week?

*This is a scheduled post and I won’t be back until Monday to reply to comments and email ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great Sunday! *

Posts to Check Out!

Here are a list of posts I loved this week. Why not check them out? You might find some new bloggers to follow ๐Ÿ™‚

http://mckade.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/hats-off-to-book-review-bloggers/ – A great post about supporting the book review bloggers.

http://bumblesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/five-year-olds-are-genius-character-developers/ – Love this idea of planning out characters, definitely going to give it a try!

http://kateloveton.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/what-i-learned-during-my-blog-free-vacation/ – Kate came back from her time off from blogging in the most spectacular way.

https://jeanniezelos.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/prophecy-of-stones-mishka-jenkins/ – Cheating a bit, a review on my latest release! ๐Ÿ™‚

http://taylorgraceauthor.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/toil-and-trouble-tuesday-fridge-disaster/ – This made me chuckle! Though, poor Taylor!

http://lovehappynotes.com/2014/08/20/disney-rhyme-licks/ – An awesome and very clever piece!

http://permashift.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/the-soul-is-live-on-google-play/ – The Soul is now on Google Play! This was an excellent book and I really recommend checking it out.

http://alexinbookland.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/top-5-wednesday-10/ – What book world would you like to live in?

http://alanjameskeogh.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/1793/ – The last (for a while) piece in a great story, Shadow Crawlers.

http://lindaswritingblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/my-tea/ – Most will know Iโ€™m a big fan of tea anyway, but this post related to tea has a lovely little story along with it.

*This is a scheduled post and there will be no post tomorrow. I will be back on Tuesday to reply to comments and emails. Have a great Sunday, and have a great bank holiday Monday if you have it! ๐Ÿ˜€ *

Posts to Check Out

Inspired by Taylor Grace’s, ‘Posts I liked this week’ series, I have decided to do a similar thing on a Sunday ๐Ÿ˜€

http://corrieadamswrites.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/i-am-irritated-by-my-own-writing/ – A quote that really just described the writing process really well!

http://rachelcarrera.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/dinner-and-a-show/ – A bit of fun from Rachel!

http://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/in-which-i-sign-with-soul-mate-publishing/ – Huge congrats to Shehanne! ๐Ÿ˜€

http://winterbayne.com/ – Winter got a new domain name ๐Ÿ™‚

http://faithsimone.com/2014/08/12/bucket-list-writer-style/ – A brilliant idea, one I will have to try out.

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2014/08/5-tips-for-a-do-it-yourself-retreat/ – Some things to try out instead of an expensive retreat.

http://thescribesapprentice.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/word-porn-science-that-sounds-like-poetry/ – Always fun to expand your vocabulary.

http://topazwinters.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/what-inspires-you/ – A common question well-answered by Topaz!

http://callummclaughlin.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/look-on-the-bright-side/ – A very uplifting post

http://elainejeremiah.co.uk/2014/08/15/reunion-of-the-heart-is-now-live-on-amazon/ – Reunion of the Heart by Elaine Jeremiah is released now!

http://helenafairfax.com/2014/08/15/marie-antoinettes-last-letter/ A really interesting post, always nice to learn something new, especially about such a famous figure in history.

http://melaniealroy.com/2014/08/15/pick-up-your-pen-and-write/– I need to think like this some days!

Hope there are some new posts and bloggers for you to check out in this list ๐Ÿ™‚ If you have any recommendations of posts you enjoyed this week, why not share them in the comments?

This is a scheduled post as I am away on weekends, and I will be unable to reply to comments or emails until Monday. Have a brilliant weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€