Are You Ready for No Rules, Just Words 2015?

Are You Ready for No Rules, Just Words 2015?

I have big plans for this blog next year. Big, big plans.

I have plans as big as this Great Dane. Big!
I have plans as big as this Great Dane. Big!

And this time they’ll be a lot more realistic, so I’ll actually want to stick to them. So, let’s start with the most obvious part, the actual blog posts.

  • My goal is to get 2 to 4 posts done a month which on average is a post a week or one every two weeks. I want to do a range, so I’m not tied down to a schedule.These posts can be updates on my ongoing publishing journey, Book 2 of the Last Look Back series, and what’s going on in my life or in the world.
  • I want to have more of a social media presence, so I’m going to do follow-up tweets or Facebook statuses after blog posts. Right now the only time I tweet or have a Facebook status on my blog’s Facebook page is when there’s a post and nothing more. Having follow-up tweets or statuses will be something for you all to look out forward to between blog posts and they’re a lot quicker and easier to create which means a lot less pressure for me. Expect between 5 to 10 tweets or statuses around every post. Maybe less, maybe more and the topic could be anything. Anything! Click the Meet the writer tab in the menu above to get all of my social media info and we can stay connected throughout the new year.
  • Like I said before, I’ll be posting (or tweeting) updates of my writing journey as I tackle the edits for book 2 of the Last Look Back. I’m writing this down right now for all to read and I can’t deny later. I, My, your best blogger friend, the #1 Rule-breaker, is committing to working between 3-5 hrs a day on the LLB2 edits which I’m starting at the beginning of the year. That’s barely a 40 hour week and I usually work longer than that when I get started, but I felt the need to write it down so I’ll be sure to stick to it.

*Pause*

You’ve probably noticed my goals include a range of numbers that I’m shooting for. I figured this would make it easier for me to stick to. The low end is easily achievable and I won’t feel bad if I don’t reach the high end and I’ll stay motivated because I’ll keep it up with it and will actually be achieving it. It’s like I’m tricking my brain into continuing to work. That’s a little trick for you to consider in the new year. Trick your brain into working for you and before you know it, you’re already be done.

*Now back to the previously scheduled program*

  • I really want to change the look of the blog. I’m not a fan of the header text. It’s really boring to me. I’m also not in favor changing the theme again because I know it’ll probably mess up the sidebar and menu which I’ve worked very hard on (even if it doesn’t look it.) I’m not the most technologically gifted, so the easiest fix the better. I’m going to put my designer cap on, reconfigure some things and hopefully I’ll make this blog brand spanking new. Emphasis on hopefully. 🙂
  • And now the part that I am most excited about. I’ve been trying to think of a way to make this site more interactive. I also enjoyed doing the Google hangout on air for the Last Look Back virtual release party, so in 2015, I’m going to do more Google Hangouts.  If you want to know exactly what I’ll be doing you’ll have to read my next post. Here’s a hint: books. I can hear the gears turning already. Next post will be up at 5 pm EST. Maybe sooner.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,
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Call Me My Wednesday: “Life in the Moment”

Call Me My Wednesday: “Life in the Moment”

social media

The social media age has messed up all up. We’re so concerned about tweeting, taking pictures on Instagram and choosing the right filter, and posting on facebook that we forget about living in the moment. It’s insane to be sitting in a group of people and everyone is on their phone.  It’s alright to want to remember something for later, but it really just looks like you want others to know what “fun” things you’re doing. I wish we’d go back to the days when we talked to each other. When we didn’t care about the number of followers we had and how many likes our photos got. I wish I knew what happened to all of us. I’m not excluding myself. I am getting better though. Not everyone needs to know what I’m doing. I also know that time is precious and that I won’t get that moment that I was tweeting instead living again. I appreciate the time that I have and I’d rather not waste it. I’d love it if we’d all just put our phones down and talk to our friends. Ask them about themselves and what they want to do with their lives. Do you know what your friend’s favorite color is? Do you know what your parents wanted to be when they grew up? Go ask them and pay attention to what they have to say. Don’t worry about what your next social media update should be and just live. You may be surprised by what  you learn. I know I was when I started talking to my parents about themselves. It was great getting to really know my parents and some of the things that they did. You never really know a person until you sit down face to face and talk with them.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

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My Stats: 7 months and counting

My Stats: 7 months and counting

I have over 50 followers!!!

I wanted to do a stat post when I hit the 50 follower milestone and the moment has arrived.

Usually, you’d probably expect a post like this at the year mark, but seriously, why not celebrate the small victories. It is important to celebrate the little victories or we end up making the big ones meaningless. So, here we go:

My stats as of December 19th 2013:

From beginning date June 20th, 2013 to December 19, 2013: Approximately 7 months

Original Blog title: Standing Among Stories: Short Stories from a Tall Girl

Original theme: I’m pretty sure it was the Twenty Ten theme

Current title: No Rules, Just Words: Ramblings from a Tall Girl

Current theme: Book Lite theme (I’m glad I chose this one. I think it fits me a lot better.)

Followers: 51 (Woah!)

Facebook page likes: 26
Check out the page here: https://www.facebook.com/StandingAmongStars and feel free to like it before you go 🙂

views in totals: 752 views in all

number of posts: 109 (not counting this post)

And the most popular post (the post with the most likes): My very first post, An Introduction to Standing Among Stars, which to date has 7 likes.

I can’t believe I have been able to keep up with this blog for this long and I love the progress I’ve made. It’s wonderful to see how far I’ve come and how much I’ve accomplished in less than a year. I’m so happy at what I’ve been able to do. So much has happened and has changed in these months. I have changed with my blog and I believe we have both matured together. It’s been a wonderful 7 months and I can’t wait for what happens next.

From the #1 Rule-Breaker,

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Writing past the insanity

Writing past the insanity

It occurred to me after reading yesterday’s post that I probably should hold off on posting when my brain is in disarray. I mean brain implosion is a valid excuse to skip a day. That being said, I just can’t not post. (double negative, I know, but you get what I mean.) Not every day is going to be a good day and if I hold off for a good day, I may never write again. It is even with the crazy posts that I grow as a writer and learn what I need to do. I can’t expect all of what I write to make sense or even be comprehensible. The important thing is to write. To write even when my brain has imploded. To write even when I have nothing to say. To write even when life sucks and everything bad that could happen, does happen. I have to write. Writing is what I do. I’m a writer and writers write. No matter what.

If you’re a writer, even if only in your mind, you should just write.Write whenever and for whatever reason because sooner or later (and it’s happened to me on numerous occasions), you’ll trip over that golden idea, the plot that will set ships in motion, your novel.But you won’t find it or trip over it in this case, if you just sit there. (You have to be moving to trip over something. Believe me, I know.) That is why I have chosen to write a regular basis. Whether it’s good or bad, I will write and if you feel like it, you’ll read it.

From the #1 rule-breaker,

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P.S. In a moment of insanity or whatever you want to call it, I went on an invitation spree inviting basically all of my facebook friends to like my blog’s facebook page. After a while, I started getting tired (I have more friends than I thought), but I am very proud of myself for taking the steps to promote my writing and putting myself out there.