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 […]

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 […]

Advantages of a Standing Desk

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I have back problems. I’ve had them for a good number of years, due in part by some rough and tumble years in my teens and twenties when I thought I was invincible. Now that I’m older, I find that my back goes out a few times of year which brings my life to a crashing halt for a few days to a week. Until this past year, when recovery time took multiple trips to the doctor, three weeks of physical therapy and treatments and a strong suggestion that I stop sitting so much during the day. Stop sitting so […]

Polar Bear Swim Day

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Around the world people come together on January 1st to test their mettle against Mother Nature and resolve to do great, adventurous things in the new year. One way is with the annual Polar Bear Swim, where ordinary people jump and swim in freezing cold bodies of water to prove they’ve got what it takes to succeed in the future. Well known swims happen yearly all across the U.S. and Canada. The Coney Island Polar Bear has been meeting for the annual ice bathing on New Year’s Day since 1903. Thousands flock to the seaside to start their year off […]

NaNoWriMo 2016

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Every October a wonderful writing even occurs throughout the United States called NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. The purpose is to get you to write the first or rough draft of an entire 50,000 (minimum) word novel in just thirty days. This is by no means an easy task. Most people are just coming down from their Halloween induced sugar high and are less than motivated, plus right there towards the end you have Thanksgiving and Black Friday with all their glorious distractions and excuses at the ready for why you as an author aren’t writing. Last […]

Texting and Driving – A New Approach

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This isn’t the type of post I usually write, but after seeing the short video I had to share it. The Belgian government decided to throw a curve ball to their learner drivers to help show them (instead of just telling them) just how dangerous it was to text and drive a simple sentence. The results were so great, others have followed in their footsteps. The video is quite humerous, but still carries a serious message.  You can view it here: Driving Video In my book, Remembering Lauren, my main character Nikki never had a vehicle of her own before […]