Ch…Ch…Ch…Changes #writerwednesday #writerslife

I’ve been doing lots of reading about the world of self-publishing and other related eye-opening tidbits of information.

I had heard that it was daunting but now I can see that it is also layered, multifaceted and complicated.

But I’m not deterred.

Now that I have a better understanding of what it involved, I’m realizing that not only will I need to tweak my blog but I will also need to focus on the inner workings of Amazon and building my Mailchimp email list.

In the interim, I’ll also continue re-purposing older posts when I’m busy offline finalizing my “Living to Die” project.

Happy Hump Day…meaning Wednesday, of course. 🙂

M   xoxo

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The “Realness” of Katie & Hawaii?  #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge2017

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Katie is “real”.

At least that’s what I’m getting from some of your comments. Dealing with a medical diagnosis, feeling alone in the world and slipping into a dark place with a desire to give up…

And if you don’t have an affinity to Katie, for some of you, maybe Hawaii is “real” for you.

I’ve tried to quietly weave some of my own Hawaian island experiences into the story and if you’ve been, hopefully they have got you reminiscing about your own travels.

When I started writing “Living To Die” as my A to Z Challenge project, my goal was to step away from writing the romantic stories to which I always gravitate.

I wanted to tackle a more serious story and explore questions and thoughts we have all had at one point in our lives:

  • If you had less than 24 months to live, what would you do?
  • Would you give up and wait to die or would you tackle everything on your bucket list?
  • Would you tell anyone or would you keep it to yourself?
  • What regrets would you have about the life you had led or the things you had done?
  • And if you had finally met the perfect man/woman, would you even bother to open up your “dying” heart to them?

These are all questions that Katie is thinking about…

In the coming months, I’ll be revising this story into a novelette/novella and all those who sign up for my mailing list HERE will receive a FREE COPY

I would for you to sign up since I’m trying to build my email list.

Enjoy your Easter weekend with family and friends!

Marquessa xoxo



A To Z Challenge 2017 Update #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge2017

Happy Sunday Folks!

This quick post is to update you on the A to Z Challenge that I’ve embarked on again.

With the subject matter I chose for “Living To Die“, my brain is working overtime to gather my thoughts on how to unfold the story so that it is not too depressing and a little thought-provoking all at the same time.

I’m not as advanced as I would like to be and that is mainly because I spent wayyyyy too much time revising A, B, C and D to get them to my liking.

Yeah, #writersproblems. 🙂

I already know that I’ll be spending most of my April writing trying to keep up with my own posts.

C’est la vie, n’est-ce pas?


  • To all my fellow A to Z Challenge participants whose blogs I recently followed and/or visited, I will be back when I can. I created a special WP list just for those A To Z’ers and will be dedicating the month of May to catching up on your posts if I missed any;
  • To all my fellow A to Z Challenge participants who have started following me, I realize that my posts are longer than suggested so feel free to come back and visit me when you have time;
  • To all my fellow bloggers who I regularly follow on WP, Twitter, IG, I’ll catch up with you next month.

Oh yeah…I’ll be posting my A to Z posts the evening before they are really due.

No, it’s not because I’m an eager beaver. It’s simply because I need to copy and paste a clickable link on the A to Z Challenge website and A To Z Challenge Facebook Group forum since the organizers are using a different approach this year.

Have a great week and I hope that you enjoy Kate’s story!

©2017 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.



The Things Women Go Through #truestory

In response to “Recreate A Single Day”


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When I felt his eyes on me, I immediately regretted having pushed my to-do list late into the evening hours.

With the change of seasons, it was already getting darker faster and in the badly-lit and bare parking lot, this dude was totally creeping me out. I hustled into the entrance of the hardware store as quickly as I could.

I’m usually aware of my surroundings so that’s how I noticed him almost right away. He had been staring at me as he had approached his car with one lonely bag in his hand. He had popped his trunk, thrown the bag into it and then continued staring. What creeped me out was the “something” in his eyes that I could see through the darkness. It gave me a sick ache in the pit of my stomach.

I was even more creeped out when he slammed his trunk and I realized that he was following behind me.

Strange how your brain processes information really fast when it needs to.

Why is he going back into the store when he just came from there? Is he following me? No, relax and stop being paranoid!

I joined the returns line near the main entrance and waited for what felt like an eternity before nonchalantly turning around to see where he had gone. Our eyes immediately made four. He was about 3 customers away from me in the same line.

What the f***? He’s got nothing in his hands to return…

For the first time in my life, I was glad that it was a long line. It gave me time to think.

Did I tell anyone about my errands and where I was going tonight? Should I call my brother and tell him where I am in case something were to happen? No, that might freak him out.

If I leave the line now, Weird Dude knows where I parked and could simply follow me back to my car…or even home. No, you can’t go straight back to your car.

It was my turn at the cashier. I handed her my bill and credit card and all the while, my thoughts were elsewhere. I looked back. Now, there were about four customers behind him.

As I placed my credit card back into my wallet, I played it cool and walked through the turnstile into the main part of the store. Stopping at the first aisle, I turned around to see that he was unsuccessfully trying to get himself out of the line, first from the back and then from the front. Other customers were getting annoyed with him trying to jostle past them.

I need to lose him. If I walk along the back aisles of the store, it would be easier to do it.

But as I did, I realized that with only one set of exit doors, he could be waiting there or even near my car. I immediately regretted wasting time and not going back directly to my car in the first place.

I called a friend who stayed on the line with me as we tried to decide on my next move.

And that’s when I decided to act like a creep myself.

I shadowed a man and his young son who was enjoying a lollipop headed in the same direction as my car. Fortunately, the man didn’t realize that I was invading their personal space but I was close enough for the child to eye me suspiciously as if I was about to steal the lollipop out of his hand.

Sorry kid, I’d rather be safe than sorry.

©2017 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.

Originally posted on September 24, 2015

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Harry’s Secret About His Wife – “Tainted Love” #fiction #TryPod

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I finished writing Part 6 of “Tainted Love” weeks ago and was satisfied with how I ended the story, letting Harry share the secret about his wife to Meg, the woman with whom he was cheating. It was a quick and dirty ending to close the loop.

Then recently, I was listening to one of Cheryl Strayed’s “Dear Sugar” podcasts where she read a letter from listener “Ashamed and Confused” (at the 25:40 mark) who just so happened to be in a similar situation as Harry.

Quite an interesting podcast.

Maybe as a future project I could flesh out Harry’s character and add to his part of his story! 

That podcast is from the same Cheryl Strayed who authored the bestselling memoir “Wild” and made into a movie. It is still on my Netflix TBW list.

By the way, if you would like access to the “Tainted Love” short fiction, you can also sign up for my mailing list here .

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As part of this March’s Podcast Awareness Month, why not check it “Dear Sugar or the other podcasts I listed in this Maybe You Like To Watch But I Prefer to Listen and Get Your Freak On .

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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!


M  xoxo

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