Binge-worthy Shows to Watch Right Now

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As a writer, I love a great story. I love intricate, complicated characters and I love stories that make me feel. Occasionally, I will come across a television series where the writing is so good it makes me watch episode after episode in the same way I do chapters in a book when I just can’t put it down. There have been three of these shows so far in 2018 for me. Some are brand new and some are a year or so old, but new to me since I just discovered them. I’m sharing these three with you now. […]

A Twitter Rant That Was Long Overdue.

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This is not the blog post I intended to write today. I was on Twitter compiling my A to Z people of Twitter to follow when I was distracted time and again with a few pet peeves I have in the Twitter-verse and frankly, 140 or 240 characters was simply not enough to express myself. And so, here you go… the top 5 things that annoy me about Twitter. 1. The number one thing that bothers me most would have to be people to follow you so that you’ll get the notification and follow them back just to boost their […]

Welcoming in 2018

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Welcome to 2018   Every year around mid-December, I am overcome with a rush of impatience for the current year to end and the new one to begin. For some reason, I, like many others in the world, seem to wait for the beginning of a calendar year to set new goals, bemoan the failure of last year’s and allow myself to base my happiness on expectations (some not so reasonable) that I have for this new period of time that lays before me. 2017 was a difficult year for me. I fought many bouts of severe depression. I had […]

Statues of the U.S. – part 1

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There’s a lot of talk in the news today about statues; which ones should stay versus which ones should be removed from public view. While I have my own opinions on the tearing down of these statues, I thought the situation provided the perfect opportunity to showcase a variety of statues scattered around the United States. This will be a five part series in which I will showcase one statue per State in groups of ten. I hope you enjoy this little tour of these delightful monuments. Being me, I’ll do this in alphabetical order beginning with Alabama. The statue […]

Girl’s Night Out and Painting with a Twist

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Girl’s Night Out and Painting with a Twist   Life can be stressful. Balancing work, family, writing and maintaining friendships can make anyone long for time to relax. Since my free time is somewhat limited, I try to combine activities whenever possible. I hadn’t really had a girl’s night in about six months, so I was looking for something creative and fun that would appeal to my girlfriends and give me a creative outlet that was a break from all the editing I’ve been doing  on my sequel, A Deadly Lesson, the last couple of months. First thing we had […]

Spiderman – movie review

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When my husband originally told me they were coming out with a new Spiderman movie, my reaction was to groan and say… you can see that one without me dear. I was Spiderman’d out. I couldn’t imagine they could come up with anything remotely worth the price of a movie ticket. Then I saw Captain America – Civil War and I hate to say it… but Spiderman stole the show. Tom Holland brought a new and light-hearted approach to the role I just couldn’t resist. He embraced the campy good-natured feel Marvel has been cultivating and was a perfect fit. […]

Passions and Time

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I have many passions but sadly, like everyone else, I only have 24 hours in a day. What this means is I have to make choices every day about how I spend what little down time I have. When I added writing novels to my long list of passions, I never realized just how much time it would require. I’m sure any writer will tell you the joys and pains of writing the actual story. Turning a paragraph into a page, pages into chapters and the chapters into a full length novel is no easy task. Add to that the […]

Author Confession – Day 2

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  Author Confession – Day 2: What is your biggest writing challenge? Currently, I’d say my biggest challenge in writing is finding the time and space to write uninterrupted. With a full time job, trying to keep up with marketing for my first book and making time to interact with readers, there’s barely enough time to spend with my family, much less write. I do my best to write at lunch each day and try to set aside 2-3 hours in the evenings per week. Probably the bulk of my editing is saved for the weekends. I can take a […]

Author Confessions – Day 1

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I was nominated by G.L. Dearman to take up this author challenge.   Day 1: Who is your favorite character in you WIP (work in progress)? My current WIP is the sequel to my cozy mystery, Remembering Lauren. This latest installment in the series follows the younger sibling of Eric as she navigates leaving home, beginning college life, mixed in with being stalked by a serial killer. Once again the story is told through more than one main character’s point of view, giving depth to this much grittier thriller. My favorite character is Kaitlyn. Since I have a teenager of […]

The Pros and Cons (and Stigma) of Self-Publishing

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By Jennifer-Crystal Johnson Misha Jordan Guest Blog Post, February 6, 2017 If you’re an author, you’ve probably researched all sorts of different publishing options, some of which are iffier than others. Vanity publishing, for example, is when an author agrees to pay out thousands of dollars for services, but still has to sign a contract giving up 75% to 90% of their own royalties. Double payment to the publisher? Ouch! Then what are you supposed to get for all of your hard work writing, researching, fighting writer’s block, revising a million times, and submitting a polished manuscript? (You can probably […]