#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…

FORWARD!

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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.

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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#WriterWednesday: Taking It Personally #blogging #writing

A few weeks ago, I totally ignored Don Miguel Ruiz’s second agreement:

Don’t take anything personally“.

Let me give you the Coles notes version.

Knowing my love of music, one of my readers told me about a fellow blogger’s music challenge. When I checked it out, I loved the idea so much that I asked that blogger if she would like to cross-promote and she graciously agreed.

We’ve been having great FUN ever since.

Both of our respective challenges revolve around music and are just for fun – her challenge revolves around the fun of digging through your music collection to fit the week’s theme and my challenge asks writers to create a fiction piece based on a song lyric.

We enjoy exchanging with other like-minded music lovers and fiction writers like ourselves.

I even reached out and told some fiction friends I met during the A to Z Challenge and #Barathon as well as a few others whose blogs I follow and who I know share music. They were all cool with it and happy that I had let them know.

All except for one. I’ll affectionately call this one blogger “G” (as in “Grinch”).

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From following his/her posts, I knew that G often posted music and I thought that s/he might be interested in joining in on the music fun part.

I was wrong.

The sharpness and the tone of this blogger’s response totally took me for a loop. This is an edited snippet of G’s response:

Have you encouraged that individual to visit my page? I only visit people who show interest in my blog…In the future, please refrain from unsolicited advertisements of other sites. Those will result in being marked as “spam” and being perma-blocked…”

My initial thought was “What?” followed by the contradiction in the first two sentences. How does a blogger/writer expect to build community when they are only open to showing interest in those who read their blog?

Sure, as bloggers, we are all a little narcissistic since we often talk about ourselves but only visiting blogs who show an interest in yours?

Alrighty then…

I’m not a quid pro quo blogger. I don’t follow and read others with the expectation that they will do the same. I read tons of bloggers that don’t follow me. I might enjoy what they write but if they don’t enjoy what I write, I don’t expect them to visit more than once or follow me. As readers, we can’t all have the same interests – that’s what makes the world go around.

To be quite honest, G’s response broke my heart a little bit, making me feel as if I had done something underhanded and sneaky when all I was being was friendly – the same way I’ve mentioned a new release of a fantasy sci-fi book to a blogger who I know enjoys fantasy sci-fi or forwarded a link via comment about NaNoWrimo to a writer who says that they want to write a novel in a short period of time.

Simply a friendly gesture.

But in an instant, I allowed G’s negativity to turn me into a “tit for tat” blogger.

Though I replied in a diplomatic way, I will admit that my tone was steeped deep in total annoyance. Not only did I invite that blogger to unfollow me, I told them I was unfollowing and then promptly unfollowed him/her. That’s how annoyed I was.

Should I have taken the comment personally?

Maybe not but in that moment, I chose to take it personally. There are times when you need to boomerang back what someone gives you and that’s what I did. And I don’t regret it.

But after my annoyance subsided, I actually felt a little sad for G. In hindsight, most of G’s posts were tinged with quiet undertones of negativity against society which I let slide due to the heaviness of the subject matter they usually posted about. But now I realize that G may simply have been a sour person unable to recognize what “friendly” looks like.

There is always at least one positive lesson to be learned from any negative experience and these are the takeaways from mine:

  • If your open hand is met with a closed fist when you reach out with the best of intentions, it says nothing about you but a lot about the other person;
  • Don’t be shy to say what you want to say in a diplomatic way;
  • Shake their negativity from your spirit. Who knows what they may be going through in their lives;
  • Unfriendly bloggers are very rare so focus your energy on the friendly WP folk; and
  • Remove them from your Reader. You don’t need others dulling your shine.

If I ever encounter another G, I will simply have two words for them (and no, not the two words that you are thinking of 😊).

My two words will simply be “Thank you”…as in “thank you” for helping me appreciate the other 99.9% positive WordPress folks I have encountered over the years in the community.

And I thank YOU for continuing to share, exchange, read and comment.

M xoxo

All Rights Reserved ©2017 Marquessa Matthews

#LyricalFictionFriday – “Waking Up In Vegas” #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:

“Shut up and put your money where your mouth is…”

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.

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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#LyricalFictionFriday – “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” #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:

“I’ve been all around the world and as a matter of fact, there’s only one place left I wanna go…”

You can use this 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.

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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#LyricalFictionFriday October Challenge #marquessachallenge #fictionfriday #music

Will you join in for the October 2017 Challenge?

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Participation in last month’s #FictionFriday Challenge was amazing! I truly enjoy reading everyone’s fiction, some of which has some WICKED twists and surprises. Also, partnering with Helen from This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time and her Song Lyric Sunday was fabulous too!

Most of the September song lyric prompts dealt with denying love, lover’s revenge, love at first sight, romantic love, controlling your love and untamed love…of course, that’s from my interpretation. For the October song lyric prompts, I’ll be making them a little more upbeat and less lovey dovey.

Of course, if you don’t like the lyric prompt I can post, you can simply use part of it, another lyric from the song or simply whatever strikes you. You can write flash fiction, regular fiction, poem, it’s your choice! You can even use an old fiction piece or something you are currently working on.

If you take this month’s #FictionFriday Challenge, please pingback to the Friday post or drop a link to your post in its comment box. Also, TAG another fiction writer who may be interested in participating.

I’m looking forward to seeing the creative fiction you come up with!

Below is an advance look at the lyrics for the next Fridays in October that I will repost with its’ related video:

  • October 6: “I’ve been all around the world and as a matter of fact…there’s only one place left I wanna go…”
  • October 13: “Shut up and put your money where your mouth is…”
  • October 20: “When we’re together, we never fight…we’ve got better things to do tonight…”
  • October 27: “…You better have your hair weave strapped on tight…”

Enjoy and let’s write!

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Introducing Kindle Scout Candidate – Blood Match – By Don Massenzio #share #kindlescout

Introducing Kindle Scout Candidate – Blood Match – By Don Massenzio

blood match front coverBlood Match, a new thriller by Don Massenzio is currently a candidate in the Kindle Scout Program.

What is the Kindle Scout Program?

Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. … Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, an advance, royalties and featured Amazon marketing.

A Little about the book:

Intelligence analyst Jake Balrich boards his Monday morning flight, as he has so many times, for routine field work. When the plan lands, a passenger fails to wake up. Jake soon realizes that the death was not accidental and that the murderous plot was meant for him.

The situation soon spins out of control with Balrich running for his life trying to prove his own innocence as he struggles with an unknown enemy that seems to guess his every move.

Blood Match is a terrorism thriller that examines how far someone will go to reach the height of power and ambition with little regard for human life.

Follow Jake, Balrich as he enlists the help of Commander Brad Rafferty, to take down an enemy more powerful and dangerous than the United States has ever faced.

Some of you may recognize this story. It originally appeared as a weekly serial on my blog under the name Road Kill. The story has been reworked and many extras have been added to turn it into this novel.

Why is it a Kindle Scout Candidate?

If Don’s book is selected for publication by Kindle Scout, it can help take his writing to the next level in terms of exposure and recognition.

How can you help?

First and foremost, you can vote to nominate the book. The campaign goes up on September 20th at midnight and will continue through October 20th. You can vote for it and preview the opening of the book by clicking HERE.

How can you help even more?

Spread the word. Don has made it easy for you using something called Thunderclap. Thunderclap is a social media tool that allows you to effortlessly spread the word using your social media accounts with a pre-written message. All of your followers will receive the message. You can help by signing up for the Thunderclap campaign HERE.

What’s in it for you?

Apart from Don’s eternal gratitude, if his book is selected, you will receive a free pre-launch copy from Amazon and will have the opportunity to officially review it before its launch. That is a free book for you, but it also help, yet again, by allowing the book to launch with established reviews.

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