Bruiser, a newspaper man?

I think Bruiser has shown me just another reason why he was meant to be in my life. 😊

Not only does he have a weird habit of sitting on my shoulders like a parrot (or cat if you know my kiddos at home lol), but he also spent all day Sunday watching me write and edit a few articles, and sat on my lap watching a slew of newspaper based movies.

Most likely he just found the noises curious, but I can pretend he’s a writer at heart and thinking about the thrill of chasing down a good story and beating deadlines. Lol πŸ˜…

I feel Bruiser and I are starting over at the beginning. Potty training is a pain in the arse…. females are so much easier to train. Hands down.

And he’s proving to me that he has full intent of finding every loop hole possible to get around following the basic rules of potty training and behavior. My puppy the toddler ladies and gentleman πŸ˜…

We’ll get the hang of it.

Hopefully sooner than later πŸ™πŸΌ

Feel free to drop your puppy training tips below. Or any funny stories you have about living with your pets 😊

I’m going to start separating my posts a little bit, to make them easier to find since my post topics are so wide.

Be on the look out for a new format and a lot more helpful tips and information on this site πŸ˜‰

Jen

Bruiser Woods

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

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

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 πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

I think he makes a great comfort pup for those uncomfortable meetings on performance and punch list items πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Our little “comfort pup” πŸ˜‰

-Jen

Merry Christmas Eve!

I hope every is having a great holiday and getting some well needed rest before the new year starts.

I’m excited to start this new year off running.

I’ve been working on some new projects ( like usual) an taking on a few courses over the next year as well. Needless to say, I’m setting myself up for a very busy 2019 πŸ™‚

One thing I plan on rolling out this coming year is a better series of blogs. I’d like to start putting my writing out there more frequently and provide more informative posts for you guys. Something worth reading and taking up your time, whether it be educational posts or simply entertaining.

So what are your goals for this coming year?

I’m not a big fan of New Years resolutions myself, but I know for some people, that’s just the thing they need to help motivate them into taking action with their life goals and making their dreams a reality.

I hope you work hard this year and turn those dreams into something more.

~

Jen

A writers time is now

“We’re not meant to be normal”

I’ve heard that so many times in the last week, in regards to writers and the overly creative hearts.

We really aren’t meant to be normal, not even a little bit. We can pretend we enjoy the nitty gritty of the real world and work right along with the best of them, building our name, climbing the ladder of success.

But are we truly happy doing it?

We can justify the money, the acknowledgment and the sense of achievement we get from moving on up in the real world…. but are we really truly happy and fulfilled?

I feel, in most cases, we are not.

Not unless that ladder and those achievements revolve around our need to be creative. Because that is our real world.

Some of us are not meant to feel fulfilled working the 9-5 gimmick.

I honestly end up feeling so stifled and hushed once I reach the point in my muggle job where things are running in an autopilot mode and I no longer feel challenged.

In some cases, I like it. The more I run on auto at work, the faster I get things done and (in reality) the sooner I am released to focus on my writing.

But In most cases, that isn’t how things play out.

I usually end up with more on my plate simply because I’ve proven myself to be a reliable asset and dedicated worker .

If only they knew I really just wanted to leave , sip on some tea and get lost in a few far away worlds.

I know this started off as smart and turned into a ramble rant lol but heck, that’s how my mind has been running lately.

Might as well just go with it

Jen

Traveling thoughts/Ramble

Do you ever have those moments where you are driving down the road and suddenly feel extreamly small and overwhelmed by either the scenery or the traffic?

If the highway goes from 2 or 3 lanes to 6 … I become stressed out and my anxiety is on high gear. Β Even if I’m only a passenger and not the one currently in control of the car 😳….πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

But take me to the country side (or mountains for this matter) and the feeling is quite different. I don’t feel overwhelmed in a way that scares me, but in a way that leaves me completely at awe.

0739CEA4-E1E1-45EC-B8FB-F60993EDF3FBI’ve promised myself that I will take few epic sunrise shots during my travels, but so far I’ve just enjoyed them vs fighting the camera filters.Β 

I’ve driven through this section of Tennessee / Kentucky twice now , and both times I was left completely jaw dropped at its beauty.

The first trip the colours of fall were still very vivid and mesmerising 😍 This trip the green of spring has finally settled in.

Watching the mountains roll along and listening to the breeze and sounds of nature always leave me feeling calm and inspired ✨

I’m not the preachy type, or churchy type for that matter. Over the years I found that I feel the closet to God simply sitting out in the world he created.

Something about the breeze, the chirping birds (and the occasionally bug bite) make me feel like he’s taken the time to sit down and enjoy the view right along with me.

πŸ€” Now that I’ve rambled on a bit and seem to have lost my original train of thought πŸ˜…

Here’s a short video I took with my phone while we drove through ☺️

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

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

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