#WeekendCoffeeShare: Out of Chaos…

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Happy Saturday, fellow bloggers.  What a much needed Saturday it is!  Work has been hectic lately, life has been hectic, even my writing has felt hectic.  Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share!  If we were having coffee today, on the 13th of May, I’d tell you:

Somedays work is really a challenge as we move closer to the end of the year.  However, I did something with my students to end out the week:  Collaborative Discussion.  I am pleased to say that I enjoyed it!  Yes, they’re still antsy because of Spring and the impending end of the school year, yes, I had to remind some of them to stop being silly, but they even made me laugh at some points.  I got to see that some of them have really grown in their thinking about our texts and in their self-expression.  That was priceless.

Life is, well, life.  I miss the A to Z Blogging Challenge, but I wouldn’t have time to blog every day anyhow.  I’ve had a hard time with my son turning 21.  I had to set some rules in writing for the household, which took some thought.  Still, I’m glad I did it.  It’s not easy seeing your child make mistakes or bad choices, and it’s also not easy standing back to see them fall flat on their face just to learn their lesson.  I had many years to teach those lessons, but he had two different households and two totally different parents influencing him.  I’ll go no further so as not to make this a venting session about my ex.  🙂

Writing.  I said it was hectic.  I regret not having time to enter the short story challenges here on WordPress.  It’s easy to meet other inspired writers that way, and it’s so rewarding to create a little world within 100-250 worlds.  I guess I miss that, too.  I’ll have to miss it because I’m working on editing my full-length time travel novel in the hopes of publishing it this summer.  It’ll be self-published, of course, because that is the way I do things right now.  Over the last month or two, I’ve read two books about self-publishing and promotion, one by Derek Murphy, which was very helpful and packed with ideas.  I recommend it.  The title is Guerrilla Publishing.

In the Writing/Author world, I have published a short story on Smashwords about a stray dog’s life until meeting his forever home called From Lost to Loved, A Stray Dog’s Tale for free download.  I have two freebie programs going on in the effort to get my name out there a little further.  One is a limited time Instafreebie where people can get my first novella, Made for Me, in digital form free when they sign up for my newsletter.  See it and sign up at https://instafreebie.com/free/UsMtE . The other is an Amazon giveaway of the e-book, Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes, the darker, more dangerous progeny of Made for Me.  It only runs until about 9 p.m. tonight (May 13th), EST. This giveaway is aimed at getting more Amazon followers.  Plus, two more people will be reading my sci-fi, coming of age tale of a young woman whose dad wasn’t fully human.  Before tonight, you can enter at https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/35b50ae59e6ba24d

Why all of this at once?  I started the Amazon giveaway last night when I just had no energy for editing.  The brain must be in the right place, you know, and I was tired. When I am ready to release my full-length novel, I won’t have time for the rest of this.  These freebies can only help to get my name and my work out there.  I’ve had 74 entries for the Amazon giveaway since last night!  When I do the novel release, I may have to invest in a Twitter service for my other novels.  Plus, who knows if I may be editing and getting these last minute ideas for the novel right up until publishing?  I’ve never done so many stages of a novel for publication.  Some tell me this is how it’s really done.  I’m learning, though.  Now, I should stop talking about editing, and go back to actually editing!  I hope everyone has a great week!

The Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Emily at nerdinthebrain.com.  I urge you to write your own #weekendcoffeeshare.  Be sure to use the hashtag in your post, then visit Emily’s latest at http://www.nerdinthebrain.com/weekendcoffeeshare-the-one-where-im-off-exploring-wacky-stuff/  and add your own to her link-up.

*If you’re wondering about my “chaotic” title, it’s just something jumping around in my brain that hasn’t found a place to land.  I couldn’t hold it in, though.  It sort of needs to take root before becoming a full idea.  I hope it didn’t cause confusion or leave you disappointed in the details of my week.  🙂  Hectic/ Chaotic.  All different shades of meaning.

#weekendcoffeeshare Can’t Stop the Time

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Good morning, everyone!  The Weekend Coffee Share is a blogger’s community post where we share with each other our goals, our projects and progress, thoughts and musings.  As T.S. Eliot would say, the “butt-ends of our days and ways.”  Sounds negative, I guess, but it gets to the nitty gritty.  What is the end product of our goals and aspirations?  Well, I suppose I could share just about dreams, but I’ll give some reality too.

If we were having coffee this weekend, I’d tell you some good things.  Coffee makes me feel positive, unless I am already in an anxious mode, which I’m managing lately, but still, I limit myself to one cup to avoid a problem.  Lately, I’ve been posting on the new Niume site, working hard to share and get those views.  Maybe I’m working too hard.  I posted a prayer for Lent, which is, I suppose, a free verse poem.  It is posted here on my WordPress and on my Niume site.  I haven’t been doing much with my “works” in progress as a result of the new site (which needs to change), but there is a positive.

On my Niume site, I dedicated myself to writing every third post about a futuristic story of love in an age of government over-reach and neglect. Yes, it sounds paradoxical, but it’s really not.  It started here on WordPress with a Valentine’s Day entry for a Flash fiction post, so they are all titled “A Date to Remember,” and things are happening on various dates in the future.  At any rate, these characters will meet up with Norrie in the future; she is the warrior/heroine in my Made for Me and Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes series. And boy, is she ever going to prove a valiant warrior.  By the way, I mean “warrior” metaphorically.  In that sense, sometimes I am a warrior.  So, out of the Niume posts grew another fiction idea for my future writing.  I have so many, it’s like spinning plates on my hands and feet.  I’m a moody sort, so I can pick up whichever one fits my fancy on a given day.  The key will be, finishing one, then another.  Only then will I have met my goal.  Perhaps I should write out my goals and give myself deadlines.

Here is my Niume site if you are interested in the posts: https://niume.com/profile/111217#!/posts  You can also read my WordPress post explaining how you and I can get referrals and gather revenue from it:   https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/use-niume-to-promote-your-writing/

Two weeks (or one week) ago, I started a GoFundMe for my old friend from high school, Wendy.  She has Lupus, RA, MS, and a few other illnesses and the treatments, even with co-pays are outrageously high cost.  Well, there have been 11 donors and 80 plus shares on social media.  I feel like it is thriving and so far there has been a helpful amount donated.  However, it’s not enough to get her and her husband out of the hole.  I am still circulating it on social media.  It was one of my promises for Lent to set this up and give it, up front and center, a place on my social media.  Please visit it if you feel so moved!  https://www.gofundme.com/sxfp7s-wendys-medical-fund

Yesterday, after being on the computer for too long, I took a walk on some trails with my son and my dog.  My twenty-year-old son is a little non-verbal at times.  I feel he is going through a difficult time but keeps it all in.  However, these walks are quite a positive note in our lives, and research agrees that outdoor exercise keeps a brain healthy.  He and our dog are right at about the same pace.  I love it!

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Sometimes I get writing ideas while out on the trail or during yoga.  None lately, though.  I seem to have the ideas and I need to just flesh them out, make them work.  I have Spring Break coming up.  That should prove to be a fruitful time!

Speaking of writing, I was invited to speak at my mother’s church at one of their weekly dinners about writing and the books I’ve published.  I’ve known some of these people, as I attended there in the past.  It was heartwarming, and a few told me afterward, “You had the attention of everyone.”  This was such a positive, and since my book is now in paperback and many of them don’t read on Kindle, I was able to sell many of them my book in paperback.  Four of five, but still, that’s more books than I’ve ever sold in one day.  I need to seek out libraries next for these talks while working on my new material.  So, I have enough to keep me busy until, I don’t know, maybe 2062.  🙂  I’m getting engrossed with writing at the present and forgetting to tell the world I am a published author.  Such is the life of an indie writer.  My life!

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Made for Me, Book 1, sci-fi romance

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Book 2, sci-fi coming of age novella.

The Weekend Coffee Share was created by Part Time Monster .  Thank you Diana for all the great Coffee Shares in the past!  This week it is hosted by Nerd in the Brain).  Thank you Emily!  You can join this week’s Coffee Share on her blog or by clicking on the “Linkup Linky.  In fact, I encourage you to click on the “linky” to see what’s been going on in the lives of other bloggers and even join us if you haven’t before. 

 

 

Using Niume to Promote your Writing and Generate Revenue

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I’ve joined a blogging/writer’s community called Niume. I first heard of this site through  Jacqueline, another WordPress blogger at acookingpotandtwistedtales.com! Not only can you use Niume to promote your writing, but you can earn money from having your posts read and viewed!  Niume is a social network for writers, artists, photographers, and other types of creators to share their art and generate a little income as well.

Users on niume.com generate $1 for every 1,000 views.  Niume pays out at the end of the month after you’ve reached $10.  They use Paypal for their payout.  Viewers, however,  do not have to subscribe or pay to read the material.  The visuals are great, and the format of the posts looks appealing, with a user-friendly layout.  Creators at Niume also get paid $1 for every creator they refer who joins up on Niume and creates at least one post.  If you are so moved, please use my referral link:

https://niume.com/111217

It is greatly appreciated!  But first, a little more explanation:

All this promise of earning a few bucks really makes me want to write more!  To be honest, I just started, but I am so pleased about the amount of views I’m receiving.   You must choose three spheres of interest and write articles, stories, features, etc. that fit within one of those chosen spheres.  My spheres are lifestyle, literature, and photography.  Art, Travel, and “Interesting” were pretty eye-catching as well.  Each post also has to be five lines of text (no sweat), and you may attach a photo to a post.  You can attach videos, too.

What does this mean for my WordPress account?  I don’t plan to leave.  I love the WordPress blogging community!  I plan to continue to post for the #weekendcoffeeshare and one of the Flash Fiction challenges (almost) weekly.  I may, at times, post certain other articles there first and then share them here, or such is the plan, anyhow, as I can say I have tried and it’s totally possible.  Any post I put in Niume can be shared here and on social media that includes Flipboard and Stumbleupon.  Which, in turn, means more exposure as a writer!  Users can subscribe to other content creators on Niume for free.  You can share a Niume creator’s posts and give it a thumbs-up like, also known as hype, to help their status.  Sometimes, Niume will choose a creator’s article to feature (imagine the exposure)!

There’s even a Facebook group called Niume Writer’s Community, which I’ve just joined.  I am still learning a few things, but after 70 views in one day, I am excited by this new adventure!  If you’re wondering whether the site looks busy with ads or terribly spammy, please visit my most recent post, a poem about sisterly love as friends grow and change:  https://niume.com/post/252998

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#weekendcoffeeshare Schemes, Dreams, and Fears

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Bixby contemplates.

Good morning, and Happy Saturday!  Well, it’s sort of a gray one here.  Sorry, I can’t bring you the sunshine today.  If we were having coffee on this, the 4th day of February, I would tell you that….

There is violence and unrest all around me.  It’s rampant in my city (Jacksonville), and in the schools.  Students are much more riled up lately and more prone to arguments and fights.  A fellow teacher friend and I couldn’t put our finger on why.  I’m going to posit that the national climate is affecting everyone.  As I try to be non-partisan and not look at my fellow humans as Democrat or Republican, it’s hard to take the person who is always sharing something divisive or even outright supporting our president by deriding those who are standing up, speaking out, or peacefully protesting.

Sometimes I think I really need to think about where I stand.  I am a pacifist, but I feel like I am not standing for anything.  Is just loving my fellow man enough?  Perhaps.  We all have our place.  At any rate, it concerns me to see such things in our kids.  I was part of a wonderful event at the school called Challenge Day, where we listen to each other and focus on commonalities.  See challengeday.org for details.  The spirit of that day needs to follow us all year.  It takes work.

My spirit is at unrest, as I type while standing, due to an over-active sciatic nerve. (See, I never quit).  I have no time for friends right now, yet miss spending time with friends.  Work life and family life are taxing right now.  I escape it with my writing.  I’ve also started watching Black Mirror during downtime.  No one in the house likes it but me.  There is such terror, but sometimes it is so subtle, and I LOVE that!  There’s always a twist; yes, it is a modern day Twilight Zone.  I’ve been told some of my writing is very reminiscent of The Twilight Zone.  That makes me proud.  Yet, sometimes I’m realistic.  This week, I wrote a flash fiction called “Michael’s Fairies,” and despite the title, it is all too realistic.  Oh, just give it a read! https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/flashfiction-fffaw-challenge-michaels-fairies/  Your comments are appreciated!

Somewhere between my hopes of exercising the demons and fantastic dreams in writing, and obtaining another source of income, I considered setting up a Patreon account.  Well, I started the process last night.  It could help to pay for future editing, book covers, and book promotion.  If any of you have done this, I would love to get your advice.  It seems to me I could appeal to my type of reader, rather than trying to get my friends and co-workers to read my writing, since I’m not sure how interested they might really be.  Well, I have one really enthusiastic friend, but she is a writer as well.  🙂  Now, if I set up and go live on Patreon, I’d like to do it right, so I may need to read up on it more.

Thank God for weekends.  I can plot my schemes, and I also get some downtime with my dog, my boyfriend,  my writing, and time with my church community.  Let’s not forget, Super Bowl Sunday!  While I am not concerned with who wins, I am glad to go and eat some really good chili at my boyfriend’s house, especially if it’s windy and cool like today. Since being online looking at WordPress this morning, an author friend already made me smile with a story of success.  Please do share.   I’ll do the same, one day.  To all of my friends, cohorts, or visitors, have a great week!

**The Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Diana of  Part-Time Monster.

Join us and be part of this great online community of coffee lovers.  Tell us about your week!

 

Happy WordPress Blogger Anniversary to Me!

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I was just reminded that today is my 1 year anniversary with WordPress! Not a paying job, but a hobby, a compulsion, and a social act, blogging has been one of the tools of my self-care. They say to make writing a habit, do it every day. I’m close to it. As I’ve gone from crisis to crisis at home, blogging has been my go to for a quick smile when I write a cryptic flash fiction piece, or when I pour out my heart about the things I don’t understand in my life and my family and putting it into words relieves me. You know I’m not the type to sit on the phone for an hour moping. I don’t want to be the rain cloud in someone’s day. I’ll write it, and if you don’t like it, look away. Someone else will like it or at least identify.
Using the keyboard for expression, imagination, or simply venting has strengthened me as mental health issues have struck one family member, and anxiety wracks my nerves. There are times I cannot talk to anyone at home, as my mom is there sometimes but also has her own life. We all have some sort of issues. Swallowing them constantly makes a person ill. I am going to deal with the crap that has been thrown at me, and hopefully be an example to my son who is also dealing with it, my students who need healthy ways to vent, and anyone else who will listen. I’m so grateful for the chain of events that led me to discover that I could blog on WordPress as it led me to other writing avenues, too. I am encouraged and buoyed up by this blogging community where members express faith, humor, world facts, ideas of horror or fantastic visualization. I just love the way WordPress works.  It suggests reading to me and suggests my blog posts to others.  Never did I figure that out on the prior blogging site I used.  Now I’m a member of a blogging faith community, sci-fi community, writer’s community, poets, dog lovers, readers. It’s all here, and my year has been brightened because of it!

#weekendcoffeeshare. Of writing, distractions, and the need to socialize

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*Image courtesy of pixabay.com.  I discovered this Coffee share idea through parttimemonsterblog.com which is why I love this blogging community!  The opportunities for networking are tremendous!  I hope to do this every Saturday.  Seriously, I really needed some socializing today.  Coffee share works like this:

If we were having coffee, I would share with you that it has been a great morning so far!  I’m so glad to sit and share with someone, for I haven’t been very sociable lately.  I signed up for NANOWRIMO and I have been writing my brains out; I am now around 17,000 words and feeling like I can’t do this!  Actually, I am pretty sure I will finish, just not so sure about finishing 50,000 words in the month of November.  If interested, see my blog post earlier today called #NANOWRIMO #characterinspiration. Sometimes, I need a break from writing and I’m looking at other people’s ideas.  My #characterinspiration came from another writer’s idea to explore your character’s zodiac sign.  Awesome, right?

I am so distracted lately, though, by politics, the election, our country’s reaction to the election, and the division still apparent in our country.  I am determined to make everyone I know feel welcome and accepted.  I have had two friends sign off or delete their Facebook accounts this week.  Yes, it is that serious.  So many times, I want to say, “Can we just stop talking politics and just be people now?”  Yet, I do not want to silence anyone.  Obviously, any who are upset are valid in feeling that way.  I want to be upset, but I am not one of the marginalized.  All I can do is stand up for them.  In time I will figure out how.  However, I will tell you, my mother and I can not talk politics in the presence of one another.  Sad, I know.  But it is more important that we love each other, and stubbornness runs in the family, so neither of us is going to sway the other.  We know better than to try.

Another distraction is having to help my son get places.  He had a car accident and will need to look for a new car when things are settled with insurance.  This afternoon I had to take him to the bank and then to pay a bill.  It was not a small trip, and after being sideswiped last week myself, I feel some anxiety when a driver gets too close or I’m going over a winding overpass. Yes, I kind of resent having to drive so far, but I tried not to be too negative.  He is learning a lot of lessons right now.  I am glad to help him pay his bills, as it is a part of growing up. I did mention he could mail it in ahead of time next month. 🙂

But as I said, it was a great morning!  I am a glass half-full sort of gal.  I gave my dog a long walk.  Yesterday, I felt bad because it was his two year anniversary with us and I celebrated with him by, um, letting him snooze on my bed as I wrote, and letting him warm my feet on the bed last night.  Not good enough, I know.  So we had a long walk this morning, and what do you know, it benefitted me as well!  This is part of my issue with NANOWRIMO.  I am not reading a book, and it feels wrong.  Exercise is a must so that I am not as stiff every morning.  And not that I ever clean much, but I had a day off yesterday and didn’t do anything to improve my house because I just wrote and researched.  It’s hard at times.  At November’s close, if I have written more than I did this time last year, I will be satisfied.  I have so many other small ideas that can pack a punch.  I seem to be cut out for serializing; the tone changes, characters have grown, etc. etc.  We shall see when I am done with this current novel.  Honestly, I can’t wait to write a short story again!

Thanks for sitting down for a brief chat.  Was it as one-sided as it seems?  I must be a little jazzed on the caffeine.  There is SO much going on!  Please do share about your goals, dreams, frustrations, concerns, or even your favorite coffee drink today!

Please visit Parttime Monster Blog and add your own coffee share link.  I’d also love to hear your comments below!

Link up at https://parttimemonsterblog.com/weekendcoffeeshare/

The link opens Saturdays at 8 a.m.

Meet and Greet @ Dream Big: 6/18/16

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It’s the Meet and Greet weekend at Dream Big!!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Feel free to leave your link multiple times!  It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want.  It is up to you!

  5. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and Meet n Greet your tails off!

See ya on Monday!!

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