Aging Disgracefully

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I loved this take on aging disgracefully! Read what my friend Deborah has to say!

Originally posted on Notes Tied On The Sagebrush:

I detest labels, stereotypes, and being put in a box. I have always been a bit of a rebel and will fight for your and my right to be different. Oh, how I hate conformity, how people are encouraged to march along in lock step, and never question anything. I hate group think. Pop think. Fads. Everyone following along with everyone else. This all being said, I really liked a post I read by Margaret Manning on her new site Boomerlycalled  The Secret Life of Modern Grandmothers.  I am not a grandmother yet but I am getting older and refuse to climb into a box , be labeled, and be expected to be any particular way that fits a stereotype of an older person.

I have read all these article about aging gracefully and I bristle. I want to be like the little girl who got her clean, frilly dress covered…

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Where to Publish (For New Writers Who Are Looking to Self-Publish)

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There is great information here. I will use this in the near future!

Originally posted on Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors:

Below is a video Janet Syas Nitsick and I did on publishing, specifically self-publishing.  The question came in, “What places can an author publish his book?” In this video, we answer this, but I’ll include the highlights below so you can read it instead if you wish.

There are two main options you have when you self-publish.  

1.  KDP Select (which means you can only publish through Amazon).

Amazon has a program called KDP Select which is exclusive.  It means you can’t publish anywhere else.  (You can, however, publish your paperback in several places.)  This exclusivity applies to the ebook.  And you must be exclusive with Amazon for three months.  After that, you can upload your book to other sites.

When you enter Amazon Select, your book will be automatically put into Kindle Unlimited (KU), which is a subscription service that allows people who pay for it to borrow KU…

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11 Signs of a Spiritual Awakening

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Additional information here about spiritual awakenings!

Originally posted on Reiki With Friends:

Spiritual awakening is an ongoing process of becoming a Whole Person. One who is balanced in Male and Female energy, and nurturing both themselves and those around them.

spiritualawakening2It happens as one is growing through the process of discerning truth in the world around you, and continually reaching higher and higher peaks of awareness, also known sometimes as simply “getting it”. It is what Maslow calls ‘self-actualization,’ Carl Jung calls ‘individuation,’ and other psychologists call ‘a fully functioning human being’ or ‘a complete self.’

This is both an internal and external sense of transformation that takes place, making the experience one that effects and is effected by the individual as well as all of those around you through a change in character, personal expression, and kindness that is displayed.  The purpose of this article is to focus on some of the stuff that people who experience…

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Ephemeral Fairy Swamp

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Fairy Swamp is changing quickly here in Pensacola, Florida, as emerald leaves frame this image in time.  The bright green leaves of spring will soon give way to the cool darkness of the summer swamp.  The leaves and vines will soon be thick, making it near impossible to see into the murky waters, that today reflect the blue sky above.

I could hear frogs with their deep rumbling croaks welcoming me to view their world.  Mockingbirds, cardinals, and blue birds flitted about in the almost naked limbs of the trees.  The fragrance of wild flowers danced on the breeze, while swamp fairies disguised as butterflies drank dew from the vines in the trees.  Click here to see the latest adventures in Fairy Swamp.

Thanks for popping in to see my ephemeral Fairy Swamp for this week’s photo challenge with The Daily Post!  I look forward to seeing you all again!

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A Tainted Kiss


Welcome to Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge!  Every week, Ron gives us a couple of words to work with for prompts in our haiku.  I like to play with words a bit and see where it takes me.  This week, I submit for your viewing pleasure:

A Tainted Kiss

A tainted kiss stains -

the beauty of our last love,

still sweet on my lips.

Many thanks to Ron for hosting this fabulous challenge each week.  The amount of dedication he shows to our community is astounding!  Come on and check us out!

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What Lucky Looks Like

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Now this is what I call inspiration to keep writing!

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:

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Writer, actor, and rock-n-roll gypsy Tawni Waters unleashes her inner crankiness on one of those boorish men who explain things to “the ladies”:

A few weeks ago, a man approached me at a social event, congratulated me on my recent book sales, then proceeded to tell me how “lucky” I am. He pointed out that there are thousands of talented writers out there, but most of them aren’t as “lucky” as me. His tone was condescending and judgmental, as if I’d won the lottery and was being flippant about poverty.

He was about the zillionth person to say something like this since I got my first book deal. For the record, I’d like to explain what “lucky” looks like if you’re Tawni. I sold my first story when I was 18. I sold my first novel when I was 42. Between the ages…

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One Word Photo Challenge-Mauve


Jennifer Nichole Wells color for this week is mauve!  There is something about this color that speaks to me.  This pale shade of purple is one of my favorites.


This hosta is from my garden last summer.  It shows up as a delicate mauve color to start with.  Once the blooms open up they take on the palest mauve shade – almost white.

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I took this photo yesterday of some wild flowers growing alongside the road.  They are a delicate mauve color also.  Unfortunately, my photo does not do them justice.

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That is one thing about Florida, even the weeds and wild flowers are attractive!

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Thanks for checking in with me today.  As you can see above, Jennifer and I are loving spring in Florida!  Visit when you can!

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