To My Email Subscribers, I Know That I’ve Been A Bad Girl… #email #listbuilding #marquessamatthews

Yes, I apologize to my email subscribers for not been keeping up with them over the past few months.

When life takes over, certain things have to be put aside, right?

On that note, I’ll keep it brief.

I sent out a newsletter to my email subscribers today so be sure to check your email inbox. There is an update on what I have been up to and what I’m planning for the next few months. In the newsletter, I also included a little “tease” to the first installment of my “A” in the upcoming A to Z Challenge that I have started working on.

Though the official A to Z Challenge reveal is not until March 19th, I will say that what I’m challenging myself to write fiction revolving around the wheel further below.

If you are intrigued and interested in some advance “teasers” through my newsletter, you can sign up for my email list here.

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How To Be A Bad Writer #writerwednesday #reading

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Everywhere I turn, I see articles, blog posts, memes and quotes saying things like “Good writers read”.

Well, I guess that makes me a bad writer.

As a child and a teenager, I could easily devour several novels a week. I would read at every single opportunity – waiting for the bus or subway and then reading during the commute. If I’d had a choice between reading a book or hanging out with a friend, the decision would have been easy.

My love for reading was strong and unflinching.

A true love story.

I remember the good old days of holding back my laughter at a funny part in a book (to avoid the “Is she crazy?” look from strangers) or reading something a little risqué and foolishly looking over my shoulder as if the stranger next to me somehow knew what I was reading.

Then I went to law school.

With my head constantly stuck in hundreds of unrelenting, dry and boring law-related daily reading, my desire for reading for pleasure quickly died. Even after graduating, I would have preferred to watch paint dry than pick up a novel by one of my favorite authors. It took me years to pick up a book for pure enjoyment but even then, the feeling wasn’t the same.

These days, most of my novel reading is done on vacation and when I am away from home. If I’m in a lounge chair on the beach or next to a pool for 7 days, I can easily slay 5 decent sized-novels. But in my day to day life, I just can’t read consistently.

I totally agree that reading another writer’s words provides inspiration and that exploring other genres expands the mind. It’s only logical that “writing” and “being a reader” go hand in hand.

I just need to find a way to bring those “reading vacation reading flings” back home with me post-vacations.

I’m on a quest to fall back in love with being an avid reader.

I long for that blissful feeling in my life again.

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What about you? Are you an avid reader? What’s on your To Be Read (TBR) list for 2018?

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Updated from the originally posted March 17, 2016 version







“Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My!” #writerwednesday #ww

Two days into the New Year and I was already drowning in temptation…

After reading all of your blog posts about starting fun blog challenges, I was feeling a little scared like Dorothy in the forest.

I even found myself singing “Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my! Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!” under my breath yesterday as a reminder to keep myself focused (and no, I can’t sing to save my life).

I love a good WP challenge but I decided pre-2018 to not embark on anything new until I eliminate a few things from my “writing to-do” list.

So there will be no Color Your World, #52weeks52stories, Photo Challenges and Daily Prompts for me – not for a long while. I was even toying with seeing how some of what I am already doing could “link up” with them but no, even that will take time away from what I need to do.

I can’t let myself get gobbled up by the wonderfully enticing lions and tigers and bears…


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Make 2018 YOUR Year! #happynewyear2018

It’s almost the beginning of a spanking brand new year! Are you excited?

Like many of you, I’ve started making tiny changes to my blog, like updating headers (yeah, that’s me on the beach you see up there), taking down posts I no longer like, making changes to categories, tags…It will be an off/on ongoing work in progress but that’s okay – cleaning up my blog space is giving me ideas on how to streamline even more.

As the new year progresses, you will notice other changes to my blog, mainly the fact that I will be repurposing some previous posts by updating its’ content this January (and more often). For now, most new content will be limited to the One Minute Fiction on Mondays, a few #WriterWednesdays and, Song Lyric Sundays.


I’ll be busy with a few “secret”/personal projects during the first few months of 2018 so I need to take a step back and make those a priority. I apologize in advance if you end up reading a post that sounds vaguely familiar!

Because of those personal projects, I’ve been forced to get back onto Facebook (yes, I said “forced” because I’m not that keen/savvy on social media in general) so if you would like to connect with me on FB feel free to send me a “Friend Request” here. Of course, I will still respond to comments on the blog but not as quickly as I usually do. I’m also on Twitter and Instagram under the same handle: @simplymarquessa. I’m already connected with lots of you there too.

I hope that this new year brings you all that your little heart desires and that the next 365 days are filled with good health (most important), wealth, prosperity and abundant happiness!

I no longer make resolutions since they are usually a recipe for disappointment. But my arms are open to whatever this new year has to offer me and what I have to offer to it.

Right now, my objective is to remember “get started” and “to keep going”:

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into smaller manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

–Mark Twain

What about you? How will you make this year YOUR year?


M xoxo


The Fun Of A Threesome #weekendcoffeeshare #amwriting #lyricalfictionfriday

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Now that I’ve got your attention about threesomes (which I will get to in a minute), I wanted to say THANK YOU to all those that have participating in and sharing my #LyricalFictionFriday Challenge . I truly appreciate your participation and totally enjoy reading YOUR fiction.

In addition to the “loose rules” listed on the #LyricalFictionFriday Challenge Page, please remember that:

  • Your participation can include creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, prose;
  • Your piece can be as long, short, paranormal, romantic, anything else that you want;
  • There are no word limits so no need to apologize for longer works;
  • Participate when the mood strikes you. Don’t stress yourself if you can’t participate every week;
  • If you don’t like the week’s lyric, you can choose an older one (just pingback to the correct post);
  • Feel free to “re-purpose” previous works of fiction if you can’t create a new piece – that is what I will continue doing for the next while; and
  • the upcoming lyrics are posted on the Page if you would like an advance peek; and that

I’m also continuing my partnership with two other lovely writers-bloggers to promote my challenge Lyrical Fiction Friday Reveal on Thursdays as I cross-promote their respective challenges on Mondays and Saturdays.

  • Nortina’s One Minute Fiction Challenge on Mondays at Lovely Curses where Nortina posts a prompt (word, phrase, photo) and your challenge is to write a piece a piece of fiction in one minute. I will admit to cheating over the past weeks by using the “minute” to find endings to some unfinished pieces but I promise to be good in 2018!
  • Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge Reveal on Saturdays at This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time where Helen posts a “theme” on Saturdays and your job is to dig through your music collection and post your take on theme on your blog on Sundays.

Like I said, there is fun in a threesome because Nortina, Helen and I are providing you with three opportunities to participate and make new friends!

If you participate when I reblog Nortina and Helen’s posts on Mondays and Saturdays, please be sure to participate directly on their respective blogs so that other participants can see your post and comment!

Take moment now to check out their blogs and prepare to have some fun!

Cheers and enjoy the holiday weekend!

M xoxo


#WriterWednesday: All Blogged Up and One Place To Go

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The good thing about my novella editing go off-track is that instead of getting all huffy, puffy and frustrated about it this time, I made a conscious choice to not get all huffy, puffy and frustrated.

Instead, I’ve been reminding myself that I’ve made strides doing other things:

  • After rolling around ideas for this November’s Nanowrimo, I’m settling on either following-up on the Living To Die” story or writin two short stories to serve as “introductions” to Delaney and Ella since you like those character (that’s code for “I need to make up my mind”);
  • I accomplished a few more items from my 52/52 list (offline) and will be jumping into #TribeTuesdayWPChallenge;
  • I’ve tackled some postponed and boring household tasks to clear a better path to creativity during November;
  • My featured posts are set up until end of December 2017;
  • I’m cross-promoting with Helen with her #SongLyricSunday at This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time and will likely have another cross-promotion with a talented writer very soon (Nortina from Lovely Curses); and
  • I’ve written 12 new short fiction pieces due to my #MarquessaChallenge!

So instead of looking at my editing delays as a “problem”, I’m shifting my view to see them as “OPPORTUNITIES”.

Being all blogged up leaves me with one place to go…


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#LyricalFictionFriday – “She Wants To Dance With Me” #fictionfriday #marquessachallenge

Are you up for the #MarquessaChallenge?

This week, please TAG ONE fellow fiction writer to join in!

You can find out more about this challenge in this post.

Today’s lyric prompt is:

“When we’re together, we never fight, we’ve got better things to do tonight…”

You can use the entire lyric, part of the lyric or another lyric from the song.

Don’t forget to pingback to this post or to post your link in the comment box.

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Partnering with This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time