Bruiser Woods

I figured it was about time I give my little traveling companion a proper debut ๐Ÿ’•

This little burst of energy is a 4lb chihuahua that joined my team right before I left SC and headed to NC for work ๐Ÿ˜Š

He’s only 3(ish) months old, travels like a champ, and is still perfecting the potty pad training.

Be very prepared for lots of pictures ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Š

I think he makes a great comfort pup for those uncomfortable meetings on performance and punch list items ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Our little “comfort pup” ๐Ÿ˜‰

-Jen

Letโ€™s Talk Submission Strategies and more! via The Masters Review

Letโ€™s Talk Submission Strategies and more! via The Masters Review

Letโ€™s Talk Submission Strategies and more! via The Masters Review
โ€” Read on trishhopkinson.com/2018/12/21/lets-talk-submission-strategies-and-more-via-the-masters-review/

Weโ€™re only here for a short time…

So why not make the most of it?

It’s definitely time to stop living in someone else’s shadow, or in fear of being judged harshly and treated poorly.

Seriously, life is about rejections and growth.

Life is about learning from your mistakes and coming out stronger in the end.

It’s time to take a stand in your own life and do the things you’re afraid of.

Really! We only have a short time on this earth and honestly, even that isn’t promised to us. Heck, I could fall asleep in the next five minutes and never wake back up.

We’re not promised a damn thing in this world. Or owed anything either.

If you want something badly enough, go out and make it happen.

You want to be a writer?

Then write!

You want to be published??

Then get out there and set yourself up for a couple dozen rejections and don’t stop there!

Or better yet, research the self publishing world and try that on for size ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

A lot is changing for me over the next two months and I’m both excited and nervous as hell for it. And I’ll be sharing every moment with all of you ๐Ÿ’•

Jen

Traveling, life and writing

I’ve actually been writing a blog post everyday this past month and saving them in my drafts file until I’ve had the time to properly edit them.ย  I’m aiming to post something each day during November, some will be life related and or course, writing throughย NaNoWriMoย .ย 

We’re so close to Nanowrimo that I’m getting all the feels as October comes closer to an end.ย ย 

Have you decided if you’re tackling the challenge yet?

If so, have you declared your novel already?

The first year that I joined the 50,000 word mark, I did it all “offline” vs really getting involved with the site. I wasn’t sure If I’d enjoy it, or if I’d fit in… or if I’d even be able to manage it. I honestly didn’t want to commit to it and look like an idiot if I failed.

But failing is a part of the process.ย 

And you never know if you’ll fail or succeed if you don’t put yourself out there and try.

October 15th.- Ranting

It’s this time, before Nanowrimo starts, that I start to stress and wonder if fighting with myself for an entire month is really worth the outcome….

I’ve already seen some people really bashing the whole “50,000 words in one 30 days” thing and talking about how un-creative it is to push yourself to complete a story that long, in such a short time.ย  Some of which are the same ones that bickered about it last year too (and probably the year before) and I’ve seen them really step on those of us that want to do it and find the challenge enjoyable.

What is the point?

If it’s not your thing, Cool! If it is, even Cooler! ๐Ÿ™‚

But let’s try not to shove our opinions down someone else’s throat and belittle them.ย  It breaks my soul when I’ve been talking to someone (especially someone younger than me) and find out they had tried Nanowrimo once before and never finished it because they were beingย  picked on and made to feel like it really wasn’t that important, and that they were wasting their time. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Your writing matters!

Weither you finishing the word goal or not, Nanowrimo can be such a helpful tool in the creative process of completing a novel.

And the community is well worth it too!

Even if you just join to make friends and follow your own word count goals, its worth it.

And BOO to anyone who say’s otherwise! lol

Why must we (as writers) explain our need to write?

Ok, so writing-related post here (of course, why am I even stating it?) I donโ€™t know lol.

Anyway, writing.

Or better yet, What Iโ€™m writing these days.

Right now, Iโ€™m working on my next book series (7 in total) along with two other novels. ย Iโ€™m hoping to have completed the 2 novels by the end of this year and to have most of my 7-book series, somewhat laid out and organized.

Itโ€™s honestly been rough trying to find the time (an energy) to sit down, relax my brain, and focus on my stories lately.

Iโ€™ve felt very stifled recently.

It seems the more I try to focus on my work, the more Iโ€™m needing to explain myself and the importance of my writing. I do believe no one really understands the creative process or how much it means to someone until they themselves have tried to create something theyโ€™re passionate about.

And Itโ€™s not like Iโ€™m completely shutting myself off from the world (even though Iโ€™d love to do that right about now). Iโ€™m honestly trying my hardest to balance it all.

Yes, Iโ€™m still young enough to believe it is fully possible to do what you love, hold a steady job (if itโ€™s not your passion youโ€™ve turned into a thriving business) and still manages to have an active social life.

I see all these writers on social media out having a blast with their friends, traveling to book conventions and enjoying writing seminaries, all while still managing to put out new content and publications.ย  And Iโ€™m always left feeling very underachieved and behind with the times.

And then having to justify why I want to spend an hour reading or why I like to spend time/money in a bookstore, just makes me even more irritated and frustrated with life.

Ugh!

Lol, Iโ€™m not mopping right, to be honest.

Iโ€™m just venting out my frustrations in the hope Iโ€™m not the only one dealing with these issues.

The life of a writer, I suppose.

Rant over lol

-Jen

Itโ€™s been a while….

So, I’m no longer in Georgia with access to a lovely poolside view ๐Ÿ˜”…

Nope, I’m currently in South Carolina! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ 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! ๐Ÿ˜ณ 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 ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚

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 ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

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! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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…” ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ  I guess it really all depends on your outlook.

Well, I’ve decided to give it a go anyway. (Props for being spontaneous Jen๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ)
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)… ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜’. 

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…” ๐Ÿ˜Š there’s so many ways to slip your name out there ๐Ÿ’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 ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Jen

Changing things upย 

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 ๐Ÿ™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 ๐Ÿ˜Š 

Bare with me and hopefully by the time I’m finished I’ll have a decent webpage ๐Ÿ’œ

Jen

Life update: Would you lie about your dogs breed?


Again, long time no update ๐Ÿ˜ž

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. โœŒ๐Ÿผ 

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 ๐Ÿ˜ž  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 ๐Ÿ˜’ 

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 ๐Ÿ’œ

My sister has pretty much sent me a Bella selfie every other day ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿถ

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