Writer’s Quote Wednesday – “The Buddha”

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to right spot!

Be ready to participate with videos and words, photos, and any other media you care to share.  I would love to hear some quotes spoken or even sung! Please make sure and give credit to the author of the quote. If it is an image quote you found on the internet, please say where you found it.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is participate! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.  Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader.

On your own blog post do a ping back to this post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping back is when you embed (or copy) the http:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.

Make sure to check my weekly prompt to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the http:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Get creative and have fun!

This week, my quote is from The Buddha. His words speak to me because of all the crisis that is present in our world today. I wish for peace.

Thanks for stopping by today. I enjoyed seeing all of you!


“Thunderclaps” – ROARS of Silence

I really thought a “Thunderclap” was a great idea to spread information on social media platforms!

I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart, who assisted the three authors I sponsored Thunderclaps for: P. S. Bartlett, Alienora Taylor, and Lisa Tetting. In addition, I want to share the results of this experiment with social media, and then you can make up your mind about whether or not, this is something you want to undertake.

is the link to the Thunderclap website. Please feel free to check it out for yourself, as there are different plans that you can go with, if you choose. This is what it says on the website:

“Bringing the Thunder

Thunderclap messages have reached over
3.5 billion people in 238 countries and territories.

It’s the world’s first crowd speaking platform, and over
3 million people have donated their social reach for
ideas and causes that matter.”

Thunderclap is an organization similar to crowd funding, except there is no money involved for the basic package. The whole idea is for an author to spread the word of their book release by signing up for a Thunderclap. Thunderclap will share your book release information that you have written, throughout their members and reach thousands of people a normal author could never reach. That is the basic idea.

The author designates the number of people they want to support them, say 100 people. Then, the author has to get 100 people to agree to share the author’s message on the social media sites those people agree to share on. Choices are: Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Here is an example of a post that Lisa did on her blog, Rebirth of Lisa, to give you the idea.

On the day the author pre-selected, if all 100 people agreed, the author’s message is broadcast to the social media sites their friends agreed to. If the amount of people is not attained, the thunderclap does not happen.

Sadly, neither Ali Taylor’s, nor Lisa Tetting’s Thunderclap’s were able to get the 100 followers needed to launch their events. However, P. S. Bartlett’s Thunderclap did launch. I asked Peggy today, if the results of her Thunderclap were satisfactory. She reported that only four of her books sold from the event.

With that being said, here are my observations of using a Thunderclap for book launch announcements. I am not an authority on this subject. I am only sharing my experiences with these three authors. Make up your own minds about this type of social media event and if you think it will work for you.

Now, I still think it is a worthwhile way (FREE) to promote your book. The largest problem with most of us authors, is that our friends are authors too. They are all trying to market their book the same way that we are! I would say to do a Thunderclap, if you have at least 50 strong friends who you know will sign up that are not in competition with you to sell their book.

Start small. Only choose 50 people to get the message out to begin with. That is still more media coverage that you would have had to begin with. It is easier to beg ask 50 people for help, than it is to ask 100.

Do not think that this is going to sell you tons of books. Use a Thunderclap as a way to spread the word, or plant seeds in the minds of your followers about your book.

Be patient. There are many, many self-published authors on Amazon.

Get reviews on your books. I believe that is the number one way that you will sell your book. (I am not an authority on this subject. I am stating my opinion… ONLY).

Remember, not everyone writes a 5 star book. I know that is how Amazon sorts the reviews and such, but really? If every book has only 5 star reviews, what makes them stand apart from the other books in the genre that all have only 5 star reviews too? Be realistic about the reviews you give. Be honest.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to try new things… like a Thunderclap.

Thanks again for all your help. This has been a wonderful experience and I would do it again to help any aspiring author!



Writer’s Quote Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up from 4/29/15

Welcome to the WRITER’S QUOTE WEDNESDAY Weekly Wrap-Up where our writers highlight their photographic and writing talent by making up their own quotes, or sharing quotes from their favorite authors. (Please do not link to this post. Link to the new prompt on Wednesday, May 6, 2015). Please don’t forget to tag your post “Writer’s Quote Wednesday.”


Meredith’s Musings

Rebirth of Lisa

I Maniking Blog

Story Teller

Just Fooling Around With Bee

“Done looking for the critics, cause they’re everywhere
They don’t like my jeans, they don’t get my hair…”

“Pretty, pretty please, don’t you ever, ever feel
Like you’re less than f…ing perfect
Pretty, pretty please, if you ever, ever feel
Like you’re nothing, you’re f…ing perfect to me!”

By Pink

Bittersweet Sensations

Tiny Expats

Randoms by a Random

Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” – John Steinbeck.

Seasoned Sistah2

J Sack Blog

Silver Threading

Many thanks to all of you fabulous bloggers for sharing quotes that bring inspiration to you. I look forward to every week to see who will share what with us. You are what makes this event so fun! Thanks from the bottom of my heart!

I appreciate you stopping by to see which quotes inspired us last week. Now, it’s up to you to decide which one is your favorite?


Calling All Authors! Will You Help a Friend?

One of the hardest things for authors to undertake after their novel is written and self-published, is the marketing aspect of their book. There are a few programs out there geared toward making a loud bang in the blogosphere. One of them is called a THUNDERCLAP.

Thunderclap is an organization similar to crowd funding, except there is no money involved for the basic package. That’s right, it’s FREE! (Hint, hint!)

My friend Lisa, from Rebirth of Lisa, at my urging, has undertaken a campaign to broadcast throughout social media such a thunderclap. She needs our support.

In fact, here is a link to the review I wrote of her book, “The Mistreatment of Zora Langston,” on the Lit World Interviews website.

Thunderclap will share news of Lisa’s book throughout their members. It will reach thousands of people she could never reach by herself on social media.

As a supporter please:

Click a button to support her campaign.

Choose a Social Media Forum to help spread the word.

Share news about her campaign on your social media.

That’s it! No fuss, no money exchanged, simple and easy.

CLICK HERE to support her campaign! It takes less than a minute and can be invaluable to her, as a first time Indie Author.

Please feel free to Re-Blog this message and tell your friends!

Lisa currently has 55 of 100 clicks and only needs 45 more people to help.

Time is running out! The campaign expires on May 5th so please act now!

To those who have already helped and those who are going to help, Thank you from both of us!



Mindful Monday – Are YOU Mindful, or is Your MIND Just Full?

Welcome to Mindful Monday! I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to. Each week I try to self-discover new things about myself.

Mindfulness is a huge buzz word in the media today. Everywhere I look there is another article written about “mindfulness.” With all the media hype it is easy to get caught up in the mysterious aura that surrounds the art of being mindful. Instead of mindfulness, you end up with a mind that is full! And, you know what it is full of!

However, being mindful is a just a tool in the journey towards self-discovery. When taken at face value, mindfulness is about realization. To me it is the comprehension that a certain set of behaviors needs attention.

Mindfulness is a personal wakeup call of sorts saying, “Oh, Oh. If you don’t take care of this and change your ways… X will happen.” It is that tiny voice in your heart telling you to be good to yourself.

For example, mindful eating is all about learning to eat for sustenance, by taking your time, chewing carefully, appreciating the meal, and only concentrating at the task in hand – eating.

Most things that have to do with mindfulness are simple ideals aimed at making you a better person. The ABC’s of recovery pictured below are another example of how simple an attitude of mindfulness can be.

Try not to buy into all the hype about mindfulness, if that is something that does not work for you, or if it does not fit into your lifestyle. Remember, being mindful is a journey. It will not happen overnight.

Recently, I had a friend send me a message about mindfulness. She said, “Mindfulness is just a bunch of meditation crap! I tried that, and it does not work for me!”

When I inquired further, I found out she really did not want to change her life. Instead, she gleaned great joy out of complaining about how terrible her life was. She cried because she was overweight, while the whole time she was telling me about her problems, she was munching on candy.

A few days later, my friend contacted me and said that she tried meditation from a YouTube video. It suddenly clicked in her head. She got it. It was about taking control of your own feelings and dealing with your own personal issues. She was ready to be mindful and wanted to hold herself accountable for her actions. I love those “A-HA moments!”

Here then, is the Skeptic’s Guide to Meditation from The Third Metric, on the Huff Post:

skeptic's guide to meditation

Part of being mindful is trying new things and stretching yourself to new horizons. This week my mindful goal is to slow down. I have to learn to pace myself in my writing, blogging, and my personal life. Balance is the key. If I plan my work and work my plan, I will have time for everything and everyone this week… including meditation!

So tell me, what are your mindful goals for this week?

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so however, it is not necessary.  My main objective here is to give, and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

Thank you for all the fabulous blog posts I am seeing in our WordPress community about mindfulness. It is a joy to see so many of you sharing your mindful goals. Thank you for enriching my life with your experiences, and thank you so much for joining me in my pursuit of becoming more mindful.  I appreciate your support. Namaste!



Your Help Needed!

Silver Threading:

Let’s help Lisa out with her thunderclap tomorrow… writers helping writers. It only takes one click! Thanks. ~Silver Threading

Originally posted on Rebirth of Lisa:


Hi Guys,

This marketing thing is a strange undertaking for me. At the wonderful suggestion of Colleen from Silver Threading I started a campaign with an organization called Thunderclap.

Simply put, Thunderclap is an organization similar to crowd funding, except there is no money involved for the basic package.

Supporters need to:meme12

  • Click a button to support my campaign.
  • Choose a Social Media Forum to help spread the word
  • Share news about my campaign on your social media

That’s it! No fuss, no money exchanged, simple and easy.

The point of it all:meme 7

  • If I secure 100 people to share my campaign
  • Thunderclap will share my book throughout their members and reach thousands of people I could never reach
  • Hopefully these members will purchase my book or tell a friend who will

What I need:meme17

  • CLICK HERE and support my campaign! It takes less than a minute and can…

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The “Intricate” Sands of Time

Such intricate thoughts tangled in my head,

all wild and complicated –

not making sense,

except to cause exceptional dread.

This complexity of ideas

revolves around


That elaborate and obscure, yet

difficult measurement of what

still needs to be done,

before my


plan flows

like sand,

in the

intricate and



of my


This poem and photo were inspired by The Daily Post: Intricate. Thanks for stopping by. Until the next time,