And The Reblogging Begins… #reblogs #amreading #share

Hey Lovelies!

 If you are following me on Instagram (I’m playing around with the “Stories” option) you already know that I am away doing…uh…

Uh, let’s just say it’s “RESEARCH” for another story.

In the interim, I’m doing a little REBLOGGING of posts from my fellow blogger-writer friends.

Enjoy the great reading!

Bisous,

M xoxo

 

 

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A Big Virtual Hug For A Wonderful Friend…Sandra @whatsandrathnks

 

Cyranny over at Cyranny’s Cove had a wonderful idea and I just couldn’t refuse, especially when it comes to this wonderful blogger …

Sandra at What Sandra Thinks

Cyranny’s awesome idea of interviewing Sandra’s friends and mutual admirers was just too much for her to handle…You see, we all had soooo much to say about Sandra that we decided to each post on our respective blogs! :

So this is the interview that Cyranny did with me a while back.

Please enjoy and I hope that you take the time to drop by Sandra’s place and say hello.

How did you discover Sandra’s blog?

I was lucky enough to stumble across Sandra’s blog during a WordPress Writing 101 course. If memory serves me (and sometimes it doesn’t  LOL), we were both in the course at the same time together. I was enticed by her fictional work and I quickly followed her blog. It’s one blog that I continue and will continue to follow as long as Sandra is posting.

How long have you been following Sandra?

Oh, like I said – it’s been a long, long time! Soon after I joined WordPress, probably around 2015.

What do you enjoy the most about “What Sandra Thinks”?

She is a talented fiction writer but I also enjoy her day-to-day posts about the good and not-always-so-good things of every day life. She is open and honest about what’s going on in her life – she is “authentic”. Some blogs are all roses and perfume which is nice and all BUT life is not always oh-so-freaking-amazing.  Sometimes you just want writers to speak the truth about their lives and maybe even say what you are maybe thinking. I know I do.

What do you like the most about Sandra herself?

She is truthful and reveals a lot about herself, something I find refreshing. I like how she will just put it out there and say things like “I don’t want that optimistic crap” (which I would love to say every now and then… 🙂 ). Like i said, Sandra shares difficult parts of her life and that is not easy to do. Did I mention that she is always willing to lend a friendly ear to those around her? If I didn’t, I’m saying it now.

What would be one of your favorite posts from Sandra?

Oh, oh, oh…I have told Sandra a MILLION times that my one of my favorite posts from her was her “The Massage” series. I have asked her more than once to rewrite that piece from the male perspective. Hint, hint!

What would you tell Sandra, if you two were talking over a cup of coffee?

I would tell Sandra that she is a wonderful writer, fiction and non-fiction and that she wouldn’t have such a readership if it weren’t the case. I would remind Sandra that though negative and disagreeable comments can bring you down, it should not dissuade her from writing. The writing “muse” can be fickle – just because you may or may not be writing what you love doesn’t mean that you are not a writer. A writer will always be a writer. You don’t need to have aspirations to publish to be a writer. You have to write for yourself first and foremost and not think that you may be disappointing others if you don’t. And last but not least, I would tell Sandra that she has a strong support system beyond this blogging community and just because it is virtual does not make that support “less real”.

What do you wish for Sandra, in the future?

I wish that Sandra continues to find joy and comfort in her writing, her art and in telling her stories, whether it be fiction or the daily events of her life. We all need an outlet to our creativity and blogging it out is a wonderful way.

And oh yeah, I wish for Sandra to bump into this guy totally by accident…well, maybe after I’ve bumped into his first!

Hugs to you Sandra,

M xoxo

 

In The Meantime…#amwriting #writerslife

Time for a break!

While I’m away from this space doing stuff and catching up on your posts, I will…

  • repost an old fiction mini-series starting this Friday (which will be new for new followers). Delaney and Tyler are the next characters I’ll be delving into after my edits to “Breaking The Mirror” and “Living To Die“;
  • be scarce on Twitter and Facebook (but that’s really no different than usually);
  • more active on Instagram with random photos of what boring things I’m getting into;
  • reblogging YOUR posts here and there.

You can also find me on “Spilling Lemonade, my non-fiction space where I write about random things related to “leveling up”, being 40-something, single, a woman, Black and the intersectionality it all.

I’m liking the real and casual randomness of that space and if you’ve been following my fiction for a while, you’ll see that it’s the “real and random” that fuels my fiction ideas.

And best of all about taking a break, I’m looking forward to preparing for some weekend warrior gardening!

Bisous,

M  xoxo

A Promise Is A Debt…Here Is The Bonus For Email Subscribers! @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge #fiction

Hey Lovelies,

For those who enjoyed my A to Z Challenge and already signed up for my email list, the BONUS installment I promised is sitting in your inbox as you read this (or it’s in your junk folder)!

For those of you who sign up after this post for my email list but before my next newsletter, I will email you the password to access the “Just Desserts For Dex” link on the “Breaking the Mirror” Page. in the menu.

I hope that you find the ending satisfying. But I’m leaving it “open” to one additional installment, that is, if Cara feels like posting one more time.

Enjoy!

Bisous,

M  xoxo

Reflections on the 2018 A to Z Challenge #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge2018

As part of the 2018 A to Z Challenge, participants are asked to provide their “Reflections” on their experience.

This is my reflection.

My “A to Z” Theme

My “Power and Control” theme was dark but that’s what abusive relationships are, right? I was looking forward to shedding light on some of the red flags but though I started pre-writing back in March 2018, I got stuck deep in “H”.

And not just stuck…REALLY stuck because I wanted a balance between realistic, not being “too real”, not to depressing and with a little revenge in the end.

I think that I was successful with the realism…a few readers/commenters who joined in mid-story said they were “concerned” by what they were reading and were forced to go back to “A” because they thought it was “real”. Well, I’ll take that as compliment.

Just like last year, in order to keep up, I was writing nightly with only the idea that #Dexmustdie (as one reader said!) in the end. And because of that, I couldn’t keep up with your posts. But at least I’ll have great reading waiting for me – I will enjoy slowly catching up on all that I missed.

All in all, I’m generally happy with my story but I’m not sure that I would tackle something this serious again in 26 posts.

I was smiling from ear to ear at your reactions at the end of “Z”…

Don’t worry that bonus installment by email newsletter is in your email inbox right now! And I won’t make the same mistake I made last year – I will start editing this A to Z asap and convert it into a lost leader/freebie!

Technical Side of the A to Z Challenge

Kudos to the A to Z Challenge organizers on the improvements that were made this year. So many improvements since las year… a master list that could be filtered (it was easy for me to look for other fiction writers), the Daily List where we could drop our links if we were writing serial posts. And best of all, this lists will remain posted so that we can access them throughout the year!

Great thinking!

And though I’m tired right now, by the time December rolls around, I’ll be looking forward to April!

Bisous,

M xoxo

My A to Z Challenge “Word” Reveal #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z #IfMyWoundsWereVisible

Hey lovelies!

As promised, below is a sneak peek of all the A to Z Challengewords” that I’ll be using during the challenge.

A” is for “Afflicted will post tomorrow evening March 31 at 19h00 to synchronize with the time zones involved. No promises but I’ll also try posting the graphics on Instagram if I can keep up! 🙂

If you like my A to Z Challenge posts, please share with a friend who may need to “think” about some of the messages I plan on addressing under that “Power and Control” theme.

I will also be using the #IfMyWoundsWereVisible hashtag I discovered during my research about the subject matter.

I hope that you enjoy it and that you will provide your feedback. Like I said before, I will likely convert these posts into a larger fiction project or incorporate the character into another fiction piece.

Bisous,

M xoxo

 

I Missed You #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z

I missed you!

But it’s been a good hiatus.

Taking time away and not posting so much is a great way to refocus and reposition. I’ve been in and out of your blogs, your A to Z Challenge Theme reveals and I’ve been enjoying “reading” and “commenting” instead of “posting”.

So…

I’ll be staying on hiatus from daily posting for quite a while longer, except for my upcoming A to Z Challenge.

I had wanted to write my 26 posts ahead of time but I got “stuck” at “G” for a while and it wasn’t due to writer’s block. I didn’t think that tackling my Power & Control theme would take me back to a darker frame of mind that I had long packed away.

But it did and that’s when I realized that I’ll need to do a future rewrite these 26 posts into a much larger piece to illustrate more of the red flags of this subject matter, maybe for Domestic Abuse awareness month.

I’ll do my best to stay on schedule.

Moving on…here are a few things about my A to Z Challenge.

On Friday March 30, I’ll be posting a sneak peek of all the “A to Z” words I’ll be using for the challenge.

On Saturday March 31 and to keep up with the time zones involved and other logistics, my “A” will posted around 19h00 EST as will be all my other alphabet posts.

By the way, if you like my A to Z posts, please feel free to share on your social media, especially if you have a friend who may need to “think” about that “Power and Control” theme I’m tackling.

That’s it for now folks!

See you Friday March 30th for my A to Z Challenge “word” reveal.

Bisous,

M xoxo