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


Happy Birthday Bella!!!

All I can say is YEAH!!!! We’re 1 year old today and I’m just as excited as her. 😊

She’s made so much progress over the past 8months with both her behavior and health. I’m glad we have each other.

So here’s some selfie shots from the past year πŸ˜…
My adoption photo 😊

The moment mom fell in love πŸ’œ

First day on the job πŸ˜‚

So photogenic πŸ’œ

This will ALWAYS be my favorite photo of her. So beautiful. 

Oh how the time flys by 😊

And people think pit bulls are aggressive *shakes head*

Bella and Hedwig cuddling on the couch. These two are practically inseparable 
And today before my pizza party 😍😊

Couldn’t decide between a steak dinner or pizza to celebrate!  So I went with the one that didn’t involve me cooking lol 

Jen 

When writing becomes more than a hobby

More and more these days I’m referring to my writing as my second job.  Not because I look at it with discontent but because I want others to look at my writing time with respect and understanding.

I know many of you writers feel the same, where your friends and family don’t understand why you must spend so much time researching and quietly working on your craft.

And why you must disengage in certain social activities because your muse is calling your name to complete a scene.

I spend 6 days a week focusing on my day job. The hours depend on the day and can be anywhere from 6hrs (on my one short day) to 10 or 12hrs (on my normal days)…

And for my writing, I spend maybe an hour a day… if I’m lucky enough to not find myself too tired after my day job. .  

And that saddens me. Why must I sacrifice my dream just so I can live to work?

And why do people only take a job that pays well as an actual profession?

Just because my writing doesn’t bring in a steady pay check right now doesn’t mean that it won’t one day.

And I will continue to hold on to that feeling no matter what.

And so, my writing becomes my second job. A job that requires all the attention and focus that my day job does.

Meaning- no phones buzzing off , no TV playing my favourite classics and very minimal music to distract me.

That also means No friends buzzing in and out of my house.

In other words… Hermit mode is commencing

Jen

What if I’m really lost?…

What if?

What if sleeping beauty never woke up?…What if Aladdin never found the lamp?… What if Belle’s mother enchanted the beast?? 😳

My life if full of “What if’s” lately. Between the lovely ya books my mother purchased for me and the business end of my life, I haven’t had a single day this year that I haven’t said “what if” a dozen times before falling asleep… and to me, that says I’m not living the life I want. 

I’m not doing what makes me happy and I’m not using the time given to me wisely.  But how I’m the heck to I brake this rut?? 😞 I really should change my usernames to “forever stuck” lol 

But seriously though, it’s time to climb out of this ditch and find my motivation again. πŸ“– 

I had promised a post a week (which fell on Wednesdays) and that is what I plan to do. My goal was/ is to compile interesting yet entertaining posts, even if they’re just a short rambling about my week 😊 

So be prepared for a random, uneducated blog posts people! I’m coming for your screen! Lol πŸ˜‚

We all start somewhere right? 

Jen

Antisocial writer just doing her thing β€

Happy Holidays my creative friends!!!

Tiss the season for happy thoughts and shared moments with close family and friends. 

And me, I’m sitting here just working on some paperwork and getting this 2nd draft underway. Honestly, I’m bad when it comes to socializing. I’d much rather (and feel more comfortable) sitting at my desk or on my couch, working away on the tasks at hand. 

And I tell ya, this writing thing is rough. It’s hard to find time to write and it’s not always easy explaining to people why it’s so important me. 

Lately, I’ve become a very firm believer in working on myself before anything else. And yes, that means being selfish and self centered by focusing on my personal goals above what others would like of me.
So that means I blow off a few friends (sorry guys) and social plans so I can have more time to focus on my writing and honing my skills.  
Not the nicest thing I know…But hey! Sometimes you gotta do you boo!

I can’t say I’ve found the perfect balance yet but I can say I’m working on it as the days go on. 
I’m trying to do my best these days to spend my time wisely and organize my goals by what’s the most important to me in the long run, not just for that moment. 

So here’s  to 2017 being the start of something even greater than what’s already planned 😊

πŸ˜‰πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»

Jen

Truth moment (Writer scares)

So, browsing instagram this morning (per usual) I came across this picture posted by a really awesome lady I follow πŸ‘‰πŸΌJennifer , who is one of my many online fitness motivators 😊


I feel like I could read and re-read this all day. 

This is right where I am in life. Sitting here wondering how the heck to seem like more of a professional and less like an uneducated mess.

I want to be out there in the world but heaven help me when the trolls start pouncing πŸ™ˆ  I’ve never been one to stand up (or out) in a crowd, I prefer to keep to the sidelines, even if I know what I want to say or know it could be helpful (bad Jennifer, bad 😞)

Just the thought of someone picking apart the things I put my heart into and then out into the public eye, makes me nauseous…

I know I’m not perfect.

I know practice can make one better at something. 

And, I know that I’m nowhere near where I want to be and that one day (hopefully) I will be able to stand in my own shoes without caring if someone tries to knock me down. 

But for now, I hate putting myself into something and then sitting on edge, just waiting for someone to tear me down. 

So is it true that haters only rip apart people they envy? 

And, do you ever get to a point where you stop worrying about what people will say about your work?

Jen

Help Wanted!

Hi guys,

So I wanted to take a moment and simply ask my followers for some help.  

After all my intial excitement the other day, over the lovely review someone left me. I’ve come to terms with how little reach my book has had since February. To be brutally honest , it bugs me some. 

I feel I’ve been slacking on my promoting and I also feel a bit let down by ealier promises of reading and reviewing. 

But , I’m moving on. Some books, well most books start off slow and progress as time goes on. So I’m doing my best to help it progress some. 

In the next few months my debut novel Blakefields Mansion will be released in paperback! And with that comes a whole new ball game for me. 

So I’m asking for some help.

Yup, that’s right. Book Reviewers Wanted!

For a Victorian era romance , book one of a two part series. Co-written by Myself and Clive West

I’d really love to have 5 genuine reviews on Amazon and or Goodreads before Christmas. 

I have available, 4 PDF or EPub  versions of my book and would love some honest thoughts. If you’re at all interested, or know someone who may be, you can comment below or email me at authorjennifer92@gmail.com 

Add ” Blakefields reviewer” in the subject line. 

If a kindle version would be prefered, just let me know in the email.

Thanks in advance  

P.S Any writers out there looking for the same, feel free to email me as well asking for a review. I’m really enjoying the few books I’ve reviewed for people and I know how important a review can be. 😊

#ReadOn

Jen