Hiatus #writing #hiatus #hygge

Yes, I’ll be taking a little hiatus / hygge  and will be back on March 19, 2018.

Going forward, there will be a few changes to this blog (format and content) that I’ll be mulling over during my time away from this space.

What I do know is that:

  • after this year’s April 2018 A to Z Challenge, my fiction will be limited to either my Facebook Page , the Facebook Group I’m creating or the email list subscribers. Only novella-related teasers will be found on this blog;
  • the “Living To Die” draft is being taken down from the blog; and
  • non-fiction and non-writing related topics will find a new home at “Spilling Lemonade“, which may be of interest to those who comment on my posts about being a woman, a person of color and or being 40-something.

If you are already on my emailing list, you will be the first to know what’s up (and you will receive free copy of “Living To Die” once it’s done). You’ll also get advanced teaser sneak peeks of my 2018 A to Z Challenge story.

In the meantime, I would LOVE for you to do the following for me:

  1. “Like” my Facebook Page that appears on this page;
  2. Sign up for my email list if you are interested in keeping up with my fiction.
  3. Check out “Spilling Lemonade” if you are interested.

Thanks again for your support and see you on March 19th for the A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal!

M xoxo


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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Graphic found at and credit to: domesticviolence.org/violence-wheel/
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How To Be A Bad Writer #writerwednesday #reading

Credit to/graphic taken from: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jenniferschaffer/literature-is-freedom#.ck4xm2kG3

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.

Credit to/graphic taken from: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jenniferschaffer/literature-is-freedom#.ck4xm2kG3

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

©2018 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.

Updated from the originally posted March 17, 2016 version







What I “Like” About You #writerwednesday #ww

Wordpress Schwag

Photo credit: Peregrino Will Reign / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

More than likely, we met through a WordPress challenge way back when.

Or maybe I stumbled onto your blog through a blogger that I follow or we met on Twitter because I am so versed in Twitter (yes, that was sarcasm).

It’s been three years on WP and I’m still amazed at how much we all have in common when it comes to our thoughts, feelings, struggles and lives as writers.

At times, I feel like you’re writing exactly what I’m thinking.

Though “life” happens and we can’t always keep up with each other’s posts, sometimes instead of a full-fledged comment, a “Like” is still a way to say we appreciate each other and that we are still around.

I would love to comment on all the posts I read but I can’t right now. Like I mentioned in this post, I’m focusing on some non-writing projects but I’ll be keeping up with your wonderful posts when I can.

Just remember that if I “Liked” your posts, it’s because I read and enjoyed it!

©2018 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.

When I’m In the Mood… #selfFULL #tuesdaythoughts #mood


I’m reposting this for you lovelies who would like to get to know me a little better.


Marquessa xoxo


I don’t know about you but when it’s snowing outside and I’m chilling in my pj’s with nowhere to go fast, I’m usually in the mood for one thing.

Well, maybe more than one thing but mostly about one.


Yeah, I’m thinking about how good it would be to sit with my writing notebook, a podcast on as background noise and a huge bowl of piping hot “soupe tonkinoise” carefully balanced in my lap.

Noodles with grilled chicken over top, ginger, cilantro, faint whispers of star anise, green onions, a heaping side dish of Thai basil, bean sprouts and lime wedges and a dash of sriracha or hoisin for good measure…

There is just something soothing about the journey to the bottom of a big, deep bowl of deliciousness while jotting down new writing ideas.

Go ahead, curl up on the couch with me and share about what comforts you on a chilly/rainy day.

I know you want to… 😊

©2018 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.

How Addicted Are You To Blogging? #writerwednesday

addicted to blogging

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Dear New Friends and Old Blogging Friends,

Like I mentioned in a previous post, the “pull” of blogging and networking is addictive. Making new friends, reading each others’ posts, the instant gratification of feedback…yes, it’s all very addictive.

How addicted are you to blogging? And if you’ve been blogging for years, do you fear that you will eventually run out of words?

Share with me in the comments section.

©2018 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved. (Updated from 2015)

My “Pet Peeves” #selfFULL #tuesdaythoughts

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It’s a New Year and I’m reposting this for you lovelies who would like to get to know me a little better.


Marquessa xoxo

Okay…so in no specific order, here are random things that peeve me.

You can judge me silently as silently as you want…

  • People who use their speakerphones or have Facetime conversations in waiting rooms (especially at the hospital) to pass the time. Have they forgotten that they are NOT within the four walls of their home and that no one else is interested in being part of their conversation? Just leave the waiting area and go outside!

  • Do not call and tell me that you have “something really important to tell me but I’ll you later“. How about you say NOTHING until you can really tell me later? If your intention is to freak me out until you do tell me, you will have succeeded. And the next time I see you in person, you will be cruisin’ for a brusin’ if it turns out to not be serious.

  • Being the only one in a washroom with a bunch of empty stalls and someone decides to occupy the one right next to mine. Really? Are you kidding me?

  • A waiter, chef or anyone else handling my food with a beard long enough to require a rubber band or its own postal code (zipcode for the Americans out there). BTW, I have no clue who this guy is…he just has the perfect rubber band for my example;

  • Hair in the bathtub, sink or on the soap…GROSS. Wash it down the drain, pick it off the soap, I don’t care what you do – just get rid of it please!

  • Why is it that the “pants on the ground” style is still around? I don’t need to see your knock off brand-named underwear and though I may have a slight aversion to “skinny” pants, I’ll take that over stupid pants any day.

  • Being on hold for FOREVER with your doctor’s office/airline company/service provider/etc only to get cut off as soon as an agent picks up;

  • A “man bun” if you don’t have the swagger to pull it off or the additional “accessories” to distract me away from the said bun because my eyes are glued somewhere else. I may give you a pass if you’re an older surfer dude like my Galen character in “Living To Die”.

There are plenty of others but those are just a few of the pet peeves that came to me.

What are some of yours?

I promise not to judge…well, at least not out loud. 🙂

All Rights Reserved ©2018 Marquessa Matthews (updated from 2017)

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.