It’s been a while….

So, I’m no longer in Georgia with access to a lovely poolside view πŸ˜”…

Nope, I’m currently in South Carolina! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ After staying for a month in a “ok” hotel, I’m now set up in a cute little farm house out in the boonies lol.

(Seriously, cell service and internet connection vary depending on the weather).

And speaking of weather.

For about 2 minutes it snowed down here yesterday! 😳 Yes, snowed.

Only after it rained all morning though and then when that brief 2 minutes of snow ended… the ice pellets began to fall and the roads became slip-n-slides.

Gotta love the south for their random weather πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

Here’s a little peak out my upstairs window.

More pictures to come as soon as I remove the work related photos from my SD card πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

Jen

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A day in the life (writing edition)Β 

Lord have mercy I made it! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

I’ve edited over 30,000 words in 2 days 😊

Extremely nervous and excited to send this off to my mentor and good friend πŸ’š  This will be my first Solo Book…. so I’m both leary and anxious about the criticism. 

To give a tid bit about the novella: It’s a modern day romance, focusing around the life of a small business owner named John. 

Honestly, it almost reads like a cheesy hallmark movie. Those quant old fashion hallmark romances 😊   But it has its twists. 


Still working out the finally kinks and twists. But soon… very soon this child will be out in the world πŸ’š
Jen

Promoting myself… or something along that lines.

Slowly but surely I’m making myself seem more professional and less like a newbie who has no idea what they’re doing. 

I’m currently watching the tracking info and awaiting my box of freshly printed business cards! 😊

Now, I found that business cards for a novelist/ writer can be a touchy subject. Some people say Go for it! It’s a great little promotional tool that most writers over look…”

And then I find other articles that say it’s a “…waste of time and money…” πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ  I guess it really all depends on your outlook.

Well, I’ve decided to give it a go anyway. (Props for being spontaneous JenπŸ‘πŸΌ)
I look at it this way, I have one book currently published and a couple more on the way…and I need to get my name and stories out there more. Currently I’m not doing so hot in the publicity area (more like sucking terribly at something I know hardly anything about)… πŸ˜žπŸ˜’. 

So for me, the business cards will serve as a friendly, not so pushy way, to say “Here, check out my website” or “Yes, I’m on instagram. Follow me if you’d like.” 

Or “Hey I know a great editing service… it’s linked on my website…” 😊 there’s so many ways to slip your name out there πŸ’š without forking it down someone’s throat. Lol 

I personal feel like I have ample oppurtunites to hand out a card. Especially with starting my new job, people are always needing my number or work email for one thing or another… so why not take the opportunity to drop info on my other job?  

Granted, I can’t just walk around promoting my books when I should be focusing on my other duties. But if the opportunity presents itself, I’m going to take it!  

Now to just buckle down on the editing and set more of these little story ideas free πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»

Jen

Changing things upΒ 

Hey guys,

So if you’ve noticed, my website has (well still is) going through a bit of a change. 

Some of it is intentional and some was not πŸ™ˆ … yea, I won’t pretend to be a website guru or act like I understand what all those side bars mean.  So needless to say, I made a few errors and I’m trying to fix it lol 😊 

Bare with me and hopefully by the time I’m finished I’ll have a decent webpage πŸ’œ

Jen

Little bit of life

Slowly getting adjusted in the new apartment. I’m really enjoying having a pool right here and so many of them to choose from! lol

6 pools in this complex and so far I’ve only visited one. They also have a hot tub, sauna, indoor tanning beds and a gym set up for weight training in one room, cardio in another, and still a separate room for stretching, yoga or pilates πŸ™‚

ahh, yes. Very nice ❀

Some of the equipment may not be as up to par as it would in a normal gym but hey, as long as it gets the job done.

Needless to say, this place has everything I need to relax and balance my mind on my days off. Β Just wish they had allowed me to bring my Bella girl here…

But that’s life.

Now, as for the writing, I’ve been focusing on editing my next book vs dabbling in my other projects. Although I’m still keeping good notes and may write a sentence or two (for note purposes lol) for my other projects, I’m trying my best to focus on one story at a time.

I’m hoping to get a desk set up soon so I can have a designated writing area. Don’t know yet if I’ll take over the screen porch or if I’ll just set something up in my room.? Β But I know I need to make a space all my own in order for me to block out the world and complete my story.

Tomorrow I’m going to check out our local StarbucksΒ (which happens to be just 2 minutes down the road) and see how busy they are of a morning to see if that could be a possible writing location. Β  It doesn’t seem near as busy as the one I would go to in IL, so maybe people down here aren’t as into it as us northerners lol

anyway,

Jen

Humbled and overjoyed πŸ’œ

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Today I sat down and signed the first box of my debut novel Blakefields Mansion

Makes me both excited and sad to see them get packed into their shopping boxes and sent off to their new homes πŸ™ƒ

I’m hoping you all will love this book (and it’s sequel) as much as I loved putting it together. 

I’m beyound grateful to my Co-Author Clive West for all his help and support. I know this book would never have been published if not for his guidance and wisdom πŸ’š

He has taught me so much about writing and the process of being published.  And I will be forever grateful for that and his friendship πŸ’œ

Jen

Life update: Would you lie about your dogs breed?


Again, long time no update 😞

Life has indeed been one heck of a busy train ride the past month. 

I quit my job at the vets office and took a position as a job site administrator/ secretary, which involves me traveling through the southern states and hanging out on construction sites. ✌🏼 

Big change from my comfy northern living and consistently scheduled life. 

I am creature of habit, and uprooting myself took a lot of “don’t think about” and “Just do it”  mantras to get me packed. Lol 

Unfortunately, my Bella girl and her feline siblings had to stay at home vs traveling with me 😞  I had hoped (and planned) to bring Bella along with me but, unfortunately, the world is harsh towards girls like her and she’s not allowed in the apartments the company rented for us…

I do understand the way some people look at certain breeds… but I will never understand why they assume they know them all. 

And to make things better, I’ve seen 2 of them here already. So I’m sure people lied on the application and said they had a mix breed or picked some other breed to label they’re dog as πŸ˜’ 

Personally, I care to much about myself and my baby girl to say she’s something she’s not. 

Take us as we are or don’t take us at all

She may not be with me but at least she’s in the comfort of her own home, with people she knows and getting lots of love πŸ’œ

My sister has pretty much sent me a Bella selfie every other day 😊🐢

So, would you lie about your dogs breed just to have them with you Or would you find another way?
Jen

The writing lifeΒ 

Slowly but surely my novel is taking shape πŸ’œ

Any progress makes me feel good right now, I’ve been neglecting my writing a lot lately and it feels good to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

A little bit about this story ; It’s a more modern romance, set in a small town around autumn (my favorite season of courseπŸπŸ‚). The main character is a dream and a nightmare. My feelings writing this book are a mixture of happy, sad and pure anger.   I’m sure I’ve hit on every emotion while piecing this together and I’m hoping the emotion that goes into this project is felt by the readers πŸ’œ

My debut novel Blakefields Mansion is also now avaible in paperback as well 😍

It is a two part, Victorian era romance. If you love Jane Erye and or the more recent Downton Abbey series, then your sure to love this series. 

My co-author and I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into bringing this book to life.  And shortly it’s parnter will be out to complete the tale. 

Please check it out and the other titles avaible by my co- author Clive West at Anysubject.com πŸ’š
Jen

What’s this funk I’m in?

Ever have one of those nights, where you really want to read something, yet as soon as you start reading your brain kicks in and tells you that you should be writing instead?

That’s been me for the past three nights. 

But when I grab my notebook and try to work on any one of the many WIP’s I have, nothing but jibberish comes out. 
And free writing is about the same… or worse really, since the whole point of free writing is to scribble jibberish and let your muse find its way out. 

I don’t know if I’m in a funk or if something inside me is trying to tell me something πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ
I suppose tonight I will try revisiting my stack of notes and random story ideas to see if one of them is trying to resurrect from the depths of my mind. Write Naked- By Jennifer Probst