What If This Blog Were A Book, And Got New Pants

Are you focused on ONE thing for your blog or do you blog whatever’s on your heart?

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It occurred to me the other day that I have written a lot of words on this blog. Not the best words – Donald Trump said he has those  – but certainly a large portion of other (hopefully less repetitive) words.

In the process, I’ve pondered the question of what blogging is for.

In its infancy, a weblog was pretty much an online journal, but it’s since become a professional occupation for many. It’s not a profession for me, but it allows me to fulfil a childhood dream and pretend I’m a columnist, without having to get anyone’s approval first.

What If This Blog Were A Book, And I Was Trying To Sell It

So far, I’ve written a total of 205 posts, averaging around 900 words per post. That’s roughly 184,500 words, which could translate into two whole novels, if we were talking about commercial fiction, which of course we’re not, but like the aforementioned, I’m not one to let the facts stand in the way of a tenuous argument.

So that’s 2 books’ worth of…

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What do you Need today? Let God Provide it.

Do you ever feel that things aren’t going your way?

God has the right blessing waiting for your every need.

God Wants to Bless you poster

It begins with your thought life.

Are you believing the truth or lies?

God’s word is truth. It is the truth that sets us free from every obstacle, sheds light on darkness and gives direction where there may seem like a dead end.

Begin to change your life by changing the way you think. Ask yourself if what you’re thinking lines up with God’s truth. If it doesn’t, grab a scripture or two that speaks to your circumstances.

Lie: “I’m never going to see my dreams come true.”

Truth: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 ESV

Lie: “I feel so alone and no one cares!”

Truth: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

Today is the day to begin to start thinking positive thoughts.

You can change your life!

Never Give up purple butterfly

So… What’s your story?


Have you Submitted Your Dreams to God?

Submitting Dreams

After losing a client recently, I went through a time of questioning my work goals. I decided that I’ve put profits ahead of dreams. Now, profits isn’t a bad thing but I’ve made it my goal. I realized that I needed to reevaluate… everything. After a poignant week of seeking and searching, I’ve decided to lay aside my desire to gain new clients and pursue my dreams.

This was after a lot of soul searching and letting go. It’s so hard to let go of things. Especially your dreams. But I feel a peace again. I’m excited about my future again.

I’m going to give it all I have.

I’ll keep you in the loop.

I’m finishing what I started.

I’m going to enjoy my life and stop worrying about the next job, the next paycheck.

I’m reaching for the stars.

I’m writing that novel I always said I would.

What’s your dream?

Are you going after it with all your heart?

Have you submitted it to God?

Maybe it’s time.

Maybe today’s the the day.



Word Count by Genre

Great information! Thanks for putting this together.


Here’s information worth reposting. I got it from the SCWC blog (I’m attending in February). Check out these word counts. The last word counttime I checked, they were longer. Fits what I’ve heard that publishers want shorter and shorter books:

Word counts for different genres of novels vary, but there are general rules of thumb that a writer can use for how long is too long. For the purposes of this post, I’m only talking about YA, middle-grade and adult fiction:

    • middle grade fiction = Anywhere from 25k to 40k, with the average at 35k

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Breaking Facebook Dependence—How to Create an Enduring Author Brand

Note to self ~ Stop wasting valuable time on non-essential marketing.

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Friday I wrote a post Is Facebook Dying? What’s Killing It? to relay what I strongly will be the next evolution of the Digital Age, a Web 3.0 if you will. Judging from the early success of augmented reality games (referencing Pokemon Go), I think we can expect to see more games and more variations.

And this is not necessarily a bad thing.

FB has been like a spoiled child garnering all the attention for far too long. Perhaps that is at least in part responsible for all the poor behavior. Thus, the new ARGs really are like that younger sibling that comes along.

Suddenly FB is no longer an “only” child and is going to have to learn to share attention. Does it mean we will never again pay attention to FB? No. But it certainly won’t have the monopoly…

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