Stripping Down

Stripping down my blog into more of a “writer’s platform” has been relatively easy.

If you poke around, you’ll see that lots of my fiction and posts unrelated to “writing” are gone.

Slowly but surely, more posts will vanish as I post more about my writing side and progress updates.

If you are new here or if you aren’t sure about the type of fiction I love to write, I have updated my About page to reflect my focus and still have quick stories posted under the Fiction Sampler menu.

If what I shared on my About page resonates with you or if you enjoyed the Fiction Sampler, feel free to sign up for my monthly newsletter where I share more of my “personal” side – what makes me tick as a writer, a woman, a woman of color all rolled up into one. The newsletter gives the background to my stories, the themes they speak to and which ones relate to true-to-life experiences. And as an added bonus, I’ll give sneak peeks of excerpts of WIPs.

In short, I’m all about contemporary fiction, women’s fiction and romance. I didn’t think it was in me but I’ve somehow tumbled deeper into the romance writing vortex. Maybe with all the craziness in the world these days every time I turn on any kind of media, incorporating more sweet, sexy an romance into my work is a great escape. But if you already know me, you know that my kind of romance involves twists and lots of them – I just can’t resist them.

So, if your reading preferences involve historical romance, heroes with Fabio-like hair or millionaire men with secret babies, gritty urban fiction, or 21 year old virgins being initiated into BDSM, I’m definitely not your girl.

Outside of this space, I’m working on my monthly newsletter content and making big strides in editing my first A to Z Challenge story into a novella. I FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY found a self-publishing software program that I can wrap my head around without getting a migraine.

Though more of my time will be spent outside of this blog space, I hope to continue deepening my connection with you as readers interested in my stories and as fellow writers on their own self-publishing paths.

Bisous,

M xoxo

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#31 – Knowing When To Move On

Almost the New Year…

Resolutions, solutions and evolution.

A new year is very often the catalyst to make changes in our lives and I am no different.

But long gone are the days of starting a new habit as of January 1 or attempting to do something that really isn’t “me” just because I think I should…

2019 is going to be about being more of me, with no apologies and moving on to other things.

Yes, the time has come for me to move on…

No, I’m not leaving WordPress but I will soon convert this blog space into more of a “writer’s platform”.

I’ll still post content here from time to time but I’ll be focusing most of my time on just writing and my newsletter (which I have neglected since last summer).

My newsletter is where I’ll be sharing:

  • excerpts from upcoming stories;
  • general personal updates; and
  • musings about life in general

So, if you’ve enjoyed my fiction and/or writing over the past few years, feel free to subscribe to my newsletter. And if you don’t subscribe, no worries and no hard feelings. Not everyone is interested in reading fiction.

If you are more interested in my creative non-fiction and musings related to being a woman and/or 40+, and/or a woman of color in this day and age, fell free to check out my other blog, Spilling Lemonade, where I plan to post when the spirit strikes me.

Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve, stay safe, take care of yourself and see you in 2019!

Bisous,

M

#30 – Say Thank You More Often

Saying thank you is powerful.

I say thank you often to show my appreciation.

Whether it be the waiter refilling my glass at a restaurant or the cashier checking out my purchases, I say thank you. It’s always nice to see someone smile because they may not hear it very often.

Well, today, I would like to say THANK YOU… to YOU!

I’ve made many great friends while having this blog and exchanging with YOU has always been a positive and pleasant experience. Since I started blogging, I have had two negative experiences on WP.

If it weren’t for your wonderful exchanges with me and keeping in touch on other platforms, I definitely would not have stuck around this long.

Thank you!!!

Bisous,

Marquessa

#29 – Develop Self-Care Rituals

The title says it all, right?

Here is link to a bunch of videos in Youtube if you type in “self care routines“.

The videos are just to provide a little inspiration, nothing more. Remember, some Youtubers promote certain products (etc.) because they may be financially benefiting from said promotion.  You don’t have to follow exactly what others are doing.

I’m still developing my own routine/rituals but I know that the Miracle Morning will be a big part of it and keeping Sundays as my zen day for re-energizing.

What will some of your self-care routines be?

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#28 – Replace One Habit For a Better One

We all know the bad habits of smoking, eating too much sugar, driving too fast, not drinking enough water, checking your cell too often…

In this post, I’m talking about replacing certain habits with better ones by being a little more mindful…

I’ve found success recently with a number of small habit changes like…

…picking up the phone instead of emailing ir texting. Result = less time online.

…thinking it through before accepting or refusing something second hand. Result = avoiding having to dispose of the item at a later time when I realize I really didn’t need it.

…scheduling my coffee maker the night before. Result = fresh coffee as soon as I get up and no buying it on my wy to work.

What one habit could you replace with a better one today? 

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#27 – Resuscitate A Hobby

Since having my own space, gardening and home improvements have been my hobbies for a number of years.

For me, a hobby is an activity that you look forward to doing and that when you are doing it, you don’t see the time fly by.

I found my way back to fiction writing almost 4 years ago but I’d like to resuscitate the hobby of baking and cooking I had in my teen years, inspired by the Saturday PBS cooking shows I loved to watch in the 1980s before the Food Network was a “thing”.  Jacques Pepin, The Frugal Gourmet, Julia…

A few Chrismas’ ago, someone bought me a 365 day recipe book but I have yet to dive in.

If you have a hobby that you haven’t pursued in a while, resuscitate it. And if you don’t have one, have fun trying out different things – take a painting or photography class, jewelry-making, start a blog, volunteer for an organization…anything that you think you may enjoy and that will keep you and your mind engaged.

What hobby have you been neglecting?

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