Welcome!

Welcome!

Welcome to my happy little corner of the Internet also known as the Maya Speight Command center. I wanted a place where I could put all of my social media content in one convenient location, so I shifted some things around and created the site where you’ve now found yourself.

Let me show you around…

Above the Maya Speight Header (pictured below), you’ll find the menu.

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Home takes you, of course, home, meaning the main page.

About Me is a little more interesting. Click on it and you’ll find out more about me and this corner of the internet. Hover over it and you’ll see a dropdown menu which will take you to my BookTube Channel and Goodreads Profile.

Contact should be self-explanatory, but in case it isn’t, click Contact for how to get in contact with me should you want to say hi, are interested in partnering on a project, etc.

To the right of the blog post feed in the right sidebar (see picture), you’ll find all my social media.

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At the very top is me and a short blurb of who I am. If you’re here, you probably already know who I am, but if not, Hi! I’m Maya.

Next (2nd from the top) is facebook. Honestly, I’m not on there that much, but I do have followers who use only facebook so I like to keep that avenue open for them.

Third from the top is the twitter feed which consists entirely of the fun stuff I found on the internet that I’ve retweeted.

Lastly is instagram. You’ll see me most there, generally once a day, sometimes a few times a week. That feed consists of pictures of books, food and my face (not necessarily in that order.)

If you’d rather cut out the middle man and just follow me on the social media site itself, my links are below. (just click the icon and you’ll be redirected to my page on the site.)

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Thanks for visiting!

❤ Maya

Things are Changing (Again)

Things are Changing (Again)

If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that I’m always changing the look and content on this blog. The topics have ranged from Short Stories to Inspirational Quotes to most recently, my BookTube Channel. I love that this blog is a living, breathing thing and it grows with me and what I need from a blog. To be honest, I am no longer interested in blog posts and I don’t feel the urge to write them anymore. I don’t want you all wait forever for them (like Spongebob below) when I don’t plan on doing them anytime soon.

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Maya will post eventually…

It would seem that what I need from a blog is no longer a place for posts, but a command center. A place that holds all of my social media sites in one convenient location. A place that I don’t need to constantly update (you can probably tell by my lack of posts how much I need a place that I don’t need to constantly update.) On this blog, which is now just my name,you’ll be able to see all of my social media and what I’ve been up to. If you hover over the About Me tab above, you can be redirected to my BookTube Channel and Goodreads profile. This will be part website-part hub and I’ll still be active on my social media, I just won’t be active here. Hopefully, doing it this way will give me the free time I need to focus on what I really want to do. Which is…

BOOKTUBE

 In the last year or so, I have been loving BookTube and the platform to talk about everything I love about books. I am much more excited about that, so I’ll be pursuing that and putting my all into it and you’ll understandably be seeing less of me here (less than you already don’t see me, that is.) You’ll still have my social media updates to on the right sidebar and if you’d like to follow me on the social media site itself, you’ll find those links below (just click the icon you want to go to):

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I hope you all have enjoyed your time here in my happy little corner of the internet. I hope you will continue to follow me on all my social media and if you’re also in love with books as much as I am, then please subscribe to my channel.

Love you all!

❤ Maya

Hello, Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon!

Hello, Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon!

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If you’ve been following me on social media (links in the sidebar), you’ll know that I decided (at the very last minute) to participate in Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon. For this read-a-thon, I’ll be trying my very best to read for 24 hours straight. Will I actually stay up for 24 hours? Probably not, but like I said, I’ll try my best.

The read-a-thon starts at 8 am this morning and if I planned this right, this post will be going up right at 8. I wanted to post this right at the beginning of the read-a-thon, so if any of you wanted to join in the reading, you still have the time.

I have a set number of books that I’d like to read. I’m probably being overly optimistic considering my history with TBR’s (or to-be-read lists,) but here it is, nonetheless.

Dewey’s Read-A-Thon TBR

A Very Easy Death by Simone de Beauvoir

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew Mysteries Book 1) by Carolyn Keene

Perry’s Killer Playlist (Perry and Gobi #2) by Joe Schreiber

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

All of these are fairly short books, most of them are less than 200 pages and Nimona is a graphic novel so I may not have been overly optimistic after all and this list might actually be doable. I’ll be posting updates all day on my twitter, so follow me @luv2rite1922 to see the progress if any that I make with my TBR. I’m hoping to finish at least one book. If I do that, I’m happy!

If you want to read more about the read-a-thon, check out their website:  http://www.24hourreadathon.com/.

You can also follow them on twitter for other updates: https://twitter.com/readathon

Let me know in the comment section if you’ll be reading along. We can cheer each other on. A big Good luck to everyone that’s joining in!!!

The best of luck to you all.
❤ Maya

 

What Should I Write About Today?

What Should I Write About Today?

That’s a great question. A question for the ages. A question that could probably change the course of humanity as we know it.

This sloth is thinking about the question and he doesn't have the answer, either.
This sloth is thinking about the question and he doesn’t have the answer, either.

If you haven’t guessed already, I have no idea what I want to write about today. I was going to update you all on what I’ve been up to, but I worried that might be boring. And then, I thought, of course, it’s not boring, it’s my life. Okay, to be honest, I’m pretty sure my life does have some boring bits, but thanks to the internet and social media, we can fast forward the boring to the highlights reel. And strangely enough, I think a lot of people forget that what you’re seeing on social media is probably not that person’s whole life and are just the highlights of their day. I know this adage has been said a lot but it’s definitely one that needs repeating. Don’t compare your blooper reel with someone else’s highlight’s reel. The you you’re seeing is the perfect version of that person, so don’t feel bad if you also didn’t get that same promotion, or car, or spouse. I swear everyone is either getting married or having children and I’m over here eating brownies out the pan. And you know there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I love brownies and when it’s time to be married/have children, I’ll love that, too, but it’ll only happen with time. I’ll just have to be patient and remember a few important things:

  1. All good things happen in due time. Just because I haven’t reached a particular milestone by now doesn’t mean I’m crazy or a loser, it just means, it’s not my time yet.
  2. Patience is hard and being reminded of your shortcomings by looking at people’s perfect lives makes it even harder. I need to take what I see on social media with a grain of salt and remember that I’m not seeing all that goes into that person’s journey. It’s probably a lot harder than it looks.
  3. It’s okay to take a break from social media every once in a while if only to spend some time with myself and be reminded how great I’m doing on my journey.
  4. Social media can be a scary place full of annoying reminders, but it doesn’t always have to be. I can use it as my motivation to do more in my life. Or even use it as a platform to  spread happiness and lift up others in a similar situation (see what I did there.) We don’t know how much our words could mean to someone and how it could really help them out by letting them know that they’re not alone.

And finally…

Don’t compare yourself to others and don’t be jealous of their lives either. Just do what makes you happy and as long as you’re happy and love your life, that’s all that should matter.

Tell me what you think in the comment section below. I’d love to hear your feedback.

❤ Maya

It’s okay not to post

It’s okay not to post

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I’m letting you know now that this post is going to be short. It might not even have a picture. I think I’m going to use this post as a reminder that it’s okay not to post. If a day or a week or even a month goes by and I haven’t posted then that’s okay. This blog isn’t my job, it isn’t a source of income, so I don’t technically have to post. If there isn’t anything I want to write about, I don’t have to post. If I’m just not feeling it, then I don’t have to post. I think I’ve gotten it in my head that I have to be consistent and I have to do this and I have to do that, but at the end of the day, this is supposed to be fun. If I force myself to do it, even when I don’t want to then it’s going to become a chore and I don’t want that. If you were hoping for a consistent schedule with engaging content all the time, then I am really sorry to disappoint you. Part of me thinks that because there are so many readers of this blog, I should be consistent and have regular content, but consistent is how I define it. Consistent is once a week, once every two weeks, once every month or even every three months. I am not stapled down a schedule (I think you all know how I feel about schedules) and I should be able to decide how often I post and if I get busy, be able to post less frequently.  If you’re wondering, I’m not saying this because of a comment I was given. I am just incredibly hard on myself when it comes to this blog, but I’m learning (and I hope all of you are okay with this) that it is okay not to post. When I post, you’ll have something funny and quirky to read and if I don’t, you have over 200 other blog posts to read and a plethora of other social media I’m on to explore. In all, I think that’s fair.

From your quirky writer friend,

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P.S. I think I’m going to change up my ending from time to time, let me know what you think.

 

Finally getting the hang of this…

Finally getting the hang of this…

As I progress in my writer journey, I am learning how much of a business it all is. I’m not sure if I’ve said this before, but the business side has not come as easy to me as the writing side has. That’s probably because I’ve been writing a lot long, but I think you understand where I’m going with this. Throughout my writing journey, I have searched the web for advice on how to sell my book and have found myself inundated with words like business plans and marketing, all of which is Greek to me. Sadly, this means I haven’t done as much marketing as I should have been doing. I stumbled upon an article a few days ago and then the light bulb when and I suddenly got it. I saw that I was looking at the wrong one. Since marketing is such a foreign term to me, I let that discourage me from doing what I needed to do.  Now, 4 months after my book’s been published, I think I have a better understanding of this marketing thing and I’m so excited.

Jeremy Renner is also very excited that I finally got the hang of this.
Jeremy Renner is also very excited that I finally got the hang of this.

Before, I saw marketing as having as many social media platforms as possible and post frequently or at least consistently on them. I see now that that is only a part of it. If I want to sell my book, I first need to know the people I’m selling my book to. I can’t just post and expect all of the work to be done. I need to interact with prospective readers and fellow writers. I need to build relationships and get my name out there. That’s what’s going to sell books. So, the plan is to be even more active on the social media site that I am on. I need to go further than just posting a lot. I need to comment on posts that interest me and strike up conversations with authors if only to pick their brain about the craft. When I look at marketing as just a fancy word for networking, that makes it significantly less daunting and a lot more doable.

For the social media that I have, I am going to spend at least 15 minutes a day commenting on posts and interacting with people. The way I see it, I’m on social media at least an hour every day anyway. At least this way, I’m being more productive and getting my name out there. The only foreseeable issue is that I spend too much time and stick with whatever time limit I choose. I need to protect my writing time and ensure that my “marketing” efforts do not not encroach on the time I need to spend on my work. It  might be a good idea to figure out a schedule and see what works best for me. I will probably share the schedule so you all can get an idea of how much time I’m spending on social media. You can also let me know if what I’m doing is effective or if I need to try something else. I appreciate any feedback you can give me.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

My

Welcome to the #iloveme project!

Welcome to the #iloveme project!

Valentine’s Day is upon us and if you’re anything like me (read: perpetually single),  then you’re not too enthused about this time of year.  Now, this is not to say I hate the holiday or I’m a Valentine’s Day basher or anything like that. It’s just that when you’re by yourself on a holiday geared towards relationships, it makes you feel kind of bad. But, not anymore! For this Valentine’s Day, I’m doing things differently.

This year, I’m embarking on the #iloveme project. What is that you may ask? It’s very simple. On Feb 14th, I’m going to forget about all of the couples on dates and focus all of that energy on myself. I’m going to devote the entire day to loving me. I think I’m going to have a movie marathon and I maybe even get myself a present of a slideshow of my favorite pictures of myself. On the 14th, I will be reliving my favorites memories, celebrating myself and showing myself how much I love me. I was thinking about it and it’s unlikely that I’ll share the slideshow on this blog. I may post it on the facebook page for a couple hours, but that’s about it. This is because I don’t want the day to be focused on social media. I want the day to be about me.

That may sound selfish and it is. I’m picking this one day out of the year to focus on me and I’m going to use it. Now, you’re probably wondering where do you all come in in all of this. I’d like you all to join me. Whether you’re alone or with someone, whoever you are, I’d like you to participate. On the 14th, take a moment to focus on yourself. Tell yourself how much you love yourself. Take pictures. Take yourself out on a date. Shower yourself in gifts. Or you can do nothing at all. On Valentine’s Day, do whatever you want.

If you can’t bear to spend a day from social media and want to share, use the hashtag #iloveme so we can all share in the love. Just make sure your entire day isn’t about social media and you spend time with your loved ones and are actually living in the moment.  Either on the 14th or sometime this week, show yourself some love. You deserve it!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Rule-breakers!!!

My

P.S. If you really need something to share, feel free to share this photo that I photographed myself. Can you tell I’m proud of it?   🙂

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