Tell Me Why – #writerwednesday #reblogs #amblogging

A part of me has a HUGE pet peeve with certain blogs that I just can’t overcome…

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I love it when some of you reblog my posts.

If I didn’t want you to, I wouldn’t enable the “reblog” function on my posts. And if YOU have the “reblog” function enabled, I assume that you are of the same thinking.

But I’ll be very honest.

A part of me has a HUGE pet peeve when my work is reblogged on blogs/sites that do not have original content created by the owner of the blogger himself/herself.

When I say “no original content”, I truly mean “absolutely no original content” by the owner of the blog:

  • No poetry or fiction that took the owner of the blog hours to ponder, draft and finally post;
  • No essays or commentary on current events that took energy to present the pros, cons and their personal opinions by the blog owner;
  • No book or movie reviews that involved hours of reading and watching of movies by blog owner; and
  • No vlogs that took time to make, edit and post…

The blogs to which I’m referring oftentimes don’t even have a common thread that links any of the reblogs together so it’s basically a collection of other people’s hard work!

It bothers me because I pour a lot of time, energy and love into my blog posts and it feels as though someone is simply scooping them up to fill in gaps on their blogs or increase the number of followers to their site.

It bothers me because they don’t even offer an introductory statement stating why they are reblogging someone else’s post.

If I reblog someone’s post, I redirect readers back to the blogger’s original post to comment – that it is the right thing to do.

I may be wrong to feel this way but I can’t help it. It’s simply the truth.

And while I’m at it, below are three blogs I enjoy that encourage networking, they often reblog quality content from others and they have great original content of their own:

An Opinionated Man

Dream Big, Dream Often

The Story Reading Ape

Enjoy!

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52 Things In 52 Weeks On Steroids #52things52weeks #simplymarquessa

I didn’t ditch my 52 Things in 52 Weeks.

Well…not completely.

I’ve been tackling them on and off, in a haphazard way and after this post, I’ll be tackling the rest “offline” or as “photos” on Instagram.

I’m no longer finding them “blog-worthy” since many are more “to do”, which is kind of boring, than doing things that are an “experience”.

You know what they say about best laid plans. And since I’m a woman, I’m free to change my mind, right?

Anyhoot, here are a few visuals just to close the loop on a few of the items I had listed and because some of you asked me questions.

My quest for “cleaner” products

The first tiny batch of homemade non-toxic toothpaste I made earlier in the year lasted over two months and made my teeth feel clean – all day. I’m no mathematician but with only three ingredients to make it myself, that two month batch could only have cost me pennies. Yup, pennies!

This is one habit that I will NOT be giving up.

Making my own toothpaste also led me back to my old habit of making my own facial moisturizer with a coconut oil base.

My personal “facial concoctions” keep my face hydrated all day long as opposed to the expensively branded stuff at the beauty counters whose contents I can’t pronounce and that make my face “dry” up hours later.

And while I’m on the topic of coconut oil, I’ve completely switched to cooking with this good fat.

Back to basics…

My desire to purge my baking past

I used to enjoy baking, mainly from scratch and in a time crunch, even the not-as-tasty commercial stuff.

But when I realized that my homemade cheesecakes (I loved “customizing flavors” for personal requests) was costing me the same to make as buying one already done from the fancy pastry store, I stopped.

So those baking days are long gone and these items below were way, way, way past their expiration dates and needed to be tossed.

Resisting the temptation

I also gave away and/or threw out all the not-so-good-for-me crap in my fridge. Then, I scrubbed it down, shelf by shelf. I haven’t seen my fridge this sparkly clean and empty since the day it was bought.

Basically all I have left are containers of protein powder, supergreens and coffee cream. And now that I’m back for a while, the plan is to only buy what I need for the week – nothing more. Prepping and cooking on Sunday for the week is also part of the plan.

Declutter the free and mini-cosmetic clutter

I have a slight addiction to small, tiny things…at least when it comes to cosmetics.

On my first trip to London at the age of four, I fell in love with the mini sized cottled creams, butters and jams as part of the meal served on the plane and I’ve a “thing” ever since. I even remember a few of the mini-soaps “falling into my pocket” back when there was “real” soap in plane bathrooms. 🙂

So you know that’s why, as an adult, I can’t resist or turn down free sample sizes of anything.

But it was time to reduce the amounts I had accumulated. I stopped buying hair and bath products, have been using the samples I have and will buy nothing new until they are used.

Recycle from bits and pieces

I use a small television as a second screen for my laptop but did not feel like spending money on a gadget to prop it up to the higher level. I scrounged around in my garage, found left over pieces of pine from last year’s renovations and voilà! It’s not the prettiest hack but it fits the bill.

When I have time, a few dabs of contractor’s glue and a little spray paint will do the trick!

I’ve surprised myself over the years at how I can recycle and re-purpose stuff I already have or was about to throw out. And no, I can assure you that my place does not look like a second-hand garage sale.

Books, books and more books – research and rereads

I’ve been reading more varied books (short stories, health-related and more non-fiction) for personal knowledge and research for future writing projects. Here are a few visuals:

And below are the books I would like to reread over the short term. There are so many more boxes these are a start!

And as you already know, part of my 52/52 list was to pen a novella and that is what I did thanks to the 2017 A to Z Challenge! Revisions of it are in the works!

If you are interested, I’ll be continuing the others on my Instagram!

Cheers!

 

M xoxo

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Pretending To Be A Tourist In Montreal #52things52weeks #montreal #travel

During the summer, there is a different festival every week, Downtown Montreal feels like New York and Old Montreal feels like Paris…

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I LOVE my city.

Let me rephrase that…I love my city in the spring, fall and especially in the SUMMER.

During the summer, there is a different festival every week, Downtown Montreal feels like New York and Old Montreal feels like Paris. The city has an energy to it and everyone enjoys the season to its fullest after a long cold winter.

For the longest time, I’ve said that one day I would pretend to be tourist in my own city and that’s what I did to cross it off of my 52/52 list.

But I should have waited for summer….

As luck would have it, I needed to spend some loyalty points before I lost them all, so I bought a guided sightseeing tour of Montreal.  My intention was to take lots of pretty pictures and post them here but unfortunately, the day was completely fogged over and pictures were useless.

Aboard a coach bus, a professional guide provided live commentary as they took us through 200 of the top Montreal attractions and landmarks, including Old Montreal, Olympia Park, Chinatown, Notre-Dame Basilica, Mount Royal Park and St Joseph’s Oratory, whose dome reaches 320 feet and is second in height only to St Peter’s basilica in Rome.

Though we could barely see anything through the fog, the real tourists seemed quite charmed by the unique French character of the city. Not the greatest of pictures below but I’ve posted them below anyways.

If you’ve ever wanted to visit Montreal, you should consider doing it this year.

Montreal is coming alive for its 375th birthday with  375 events during 2017!

You can check out more details on the city’s official “birthday” site: 375mtl.com as well as the tourism site:  tourisme-montreal.org .

And because you can’t be in tourist in Montreal without having a smoked meat sandwich….

Images and/or content ©2017 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.

Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

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Lip Service #carkaraoke #52things52weeks

The older I get, the less I care.

Maybe you feel the same way.

Like singing along to one of my favorite songs in the car (windows closed of course), head bopping to the music, giving full lip service to the lyrics and throwing in a few hand gestures to the beat for good measure…

Then looking over to see the passengers in the next car staring because they’ve caught me in the middle of my own personal James Corden episode and laughing because they think I’m going to be embarrassed.

But instead, I don’t miss a beat, continue singing AT them and watch their smirks quickly transform into confusion. 

Sometimes getting the last laugh is just simply a laugh!

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Building An Email List #writerslife

I need to build an email list.

That’s the consistent message I’m hearing loud and clear from all the books and blogs I’ve been reading about self-publishing. From what they all say, it’s essential for future marketing, book promotions and giveaways.

And regardless of whether it’s in print or on your own, since it takes a long time to build those kinds of lists, aspiring authors should start long before they think about publishing.

I’ve also been reading how agents want to see aspiring authors with a certain level of followers on different social media platforms.

Like I said at the beginning of my WordPress journey, I wasn’t interested in the number of followers I had. But I guess that if I want to increase my chances for success as a writer, I have no choice to get more interested in “numbers”.

So I’m starting now.

You may have noticed a few changes:

  • the Mailchimp pop-ups to sign up for my mailing list and
  • that I’m signing off on my fiction posts with a “click here to sign up” , “If you liked this piece and want to see more like it, please click on “Like” and/or “Comment” and share with others who would also enjoy it” or
  • a combination of the two.

If you’d like to sign up, please do. I promise not to bombard you with a deluge of emails.

And over the next few months, I’ll be posting a variety of “Tell A Friend”, “Please Like My Facebook Page“, “Follow Me On Twitter” posts.

When you see these, I’m hoping that you will sign up for my different “calls to action” to help me on my journey to being an author!

Cheers!

M  xoxo

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Book Review: “In The Best Interest of the Child” | Felicia Denise #52things52weeks @MSFelicia

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Debut novelist Felicia Denise definitely knows how to capture her readers’ attention with the depths of the characters she presents along with the layers of subplots that support the main storyline very well.

Without giving away too many Easter eggs, Olivia Chandler, lawyer and child advocate, is a complicated and tough woman who has no time for games. But the reader soon discovers the “why” behind Olivia’s approach to life and those around her.

It’s not until Olivia’s own childhood is reflected back to herself in the eyes of the child she is fighting for that she begins her journey to coming to terms with the residual issues that still lurk deep inside of her. Dealing with past trauma, loss and love interest with Bellamy gives the story a number of complex dimensions that keeps the reader interested to the very end of the book.

From the details throughout the novel, it is obvious that Ms. Denise is well-versed in the area of child protective services, details which added a level of authenticity to the book and Olivia as a character.

I have been following this writer for a while and expected no less than a great novel and that is what I got. It’s a worthwhile read and I thoroughly enjoyed the introduction of a number of characters who could easily be developed into future stand-alone novels.

If you are looking for a great new author to follow now and for future books to come, I would highly recommend that you buy this book.

M xoxo

Review also posted on Goodreads.com, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca

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What Now Wattpad? #52things52weeks #simplymarquessa #wattpad

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I tackled 2 easy items on my 52 Things In 52 Weeks list before I start a number of mini 7, 14, 21 and 30 day challenges…

I uploaded “Two Can Play That Game” and the first installment of “We Can’t Be Friends” to Wattpad.wattpad_cover

I had no clue that I had to develop a cover for each of these but I’m happy that I learned something new.

But now that the stories are up, I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do…

Am I simply waiting to see how many Wattpad readers stumble across it?

Do you have anything posted on Wattpad?  If so, do you have any tips to provide? 

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