Syndication! YES!!

Thank goodness today is Friday! I’ve been holding onto this news all week…

The W.I.N. at Writing blog has been syndicated!!! I was approached last week by the Books Editor of Before It’s News, a web-based news portal that gets 10s of 1000s of visitors daily. The Books Editor asked if I would be willing to allow them to syndicate my blog and pull my feed for the Books section of their site. Well you know I said “heck yeah!” It is truly a honor and a blessing to know that my articles are found to be news worthy by my readers and that Before It’s News feels like the information found here can be beneficial to many more people. Thank you to Sebastian Clouth, Books Editor, and Before It’s News for finding the value in my blog.

Now that W.I.N. at Writing has been syndicated, I would love to start having a guest blogger once a month to write an article either on the topic of self publishing or memoir writing. However, if you’d like to submit an article on another topic related to the writing industry, I would be open to hear your suggestions as well. I am currently developing this part of my blogging life; but, if you are interested in being one of my guest bloggers in the future, please post a comment below and we will connect and get you scheduled.

On another note, the Inspired & Independent Book Club officially kicked off today! It’s not too late to join us in this month’s book reading — Chasing Superwoman: A Working Mom’s Adventure in Life and Faith by Sarah DiMickele. The Book Club has divided the book into 4 easy-to-read sections and one section is read each week. We then post our thoughts on that week’s section, with no spoilers if you read ahead, and at the end of the month we give a summary of our reading experience with the book in its entirety. Hop on over and join us. Christine and I have already posted our thoughts on the first week’s reading section.

Lastly, today is Day 1 of CampNaNoWriMo. I am doing CampNaNo this year, at least the June camp…haven’t decided if I’ll do the August camp as well. That’s 50,000 words written in a 30 day period. I am in a cabin with 5 others and we will be supporting and cheering each other on throughout the next 30 days of intensive writing. I hope to be able to finish my first draft by the end of camp, which I’m sure will be more than 50k words. That’s my goal so that I can then start the editing process and get this book published by the end of the year. If anyone is willing to read the finished first draft manuscript sometime in July of this year to give me your input, please let me know.

Whew! Lot’s of news for Friday Frivolities… More is better, so I ain’t complaining LOL!!! Have a GREAT weekend and I will “see” you all on Monday!

Guest Poet: K.A.O.T.I.K. THOUGHT, Poem: Purpose

Today I am pleased to bring you a poem by W.I.N. at Writing’s guest poet, K.A.O.T.I.K. THOUGHT. This poet is an entrepreneur as well as someone who upholds the principles of this blog — Writing to Inspire and Nurture. One of BUSS-Radio’s “BUSS Drivers”, he can be found running his artist management company (OBM Enterprises & Studios) and hosting his Internet radio show. Look for K.A.O.T.I.K. THOUGHT at the Collective Minds House Music Festival, Labor Day weekend in Druid Hill Park — Baltimore Maryland, as host of the Cultural Arts stage. For a video of K.A.O.T.I.K. THOUGHT performing another one of his spoken word pieces, The King Within, visit OBM Enterprise’s YouTube website.

PURPOSE

A twister for your brain, of course all the words will sound the same.
At the end of this poem wont you please tell me my name?
You dont know me from Adam tho you judge me as if you do.
You seem as if my very existence is a bother to you.
I go about my day, I bother no one I stay in my lane.
For the world passes me by I am numb due to my pain.
Some mistakes were made and opportunities were missed.
I had no idea things would turn out quite like this.
I speak to myself mostly dwelling on my regrets.
And because you dont see me I cant get proper respect?
Nobody is perfect who the hell are you to judge?
You don’t know how I got here maybe I should be the one with the grudge
See thats what happens when ignnorance ir present, we must brake this chain
you’re so wrapped up in you, you cant even see another’s pain.
Is it your clothes, cars or money that makes you think you’re so great?
And I’m supposed to be nobody because I don’t have your material items and cant remember the last time I ate?
Your position in life is just that, where you are.
Your zip code and income tax don’t make me a derelict and you a star.
The energy you burn being negative could have a more positive use.
My possession’s are minimal and I’m not ignorant like you so whats your excuse?
You don’t see me because you judge based upon my surface
My experiences in life could have been grand, only Allah (swt) knows their purpose.
I may have knowledge that will help you grow.
I’m talking about your spirituality, centering yourself not your portfolio.
So judge not based upon the surface
For all of Allah’s (swt) creations have purpose.
Your purpose is not greater than mine nor is mine greater than yours
Drop the negative! you blocking your blessings look at all those open windows and doors.
See we can block our blessings by the way that we live
They come in many forms and sometimes the size is determined by what you give.
I am at the end of the twister that is for your brain
So wont you please tell me my name?

K.A.O.T.I.K. THOUGHT
(Keep All OldSkool Traditions In Konscious Thought)

Blog Hopping…

Before I start today’s post, I must apologize for my absence over the last 2 days. I was at an all day seminar on Wednesday and a day off with my husband on Thursday. I meant to hang my “Vacation Day” sign on my blog for those two days so you all wouldn’t think I dropped off the planet, but I forgot. Sorry to have gone MIA on ya…

I have been blog hopping today — hopping around on the blogs I read and getting my full. One of the blogs I read is “My Name is Not Bob.” This is one of Robert Lee Brewer’s great blogs and has a wealth of information. Last month, Mr. Brewer did a 30 day Author Platform Challenge. I initially started the challenge on April 1st with everyone else, but then I fell off due to other priorities and was unable to complete the challenge in April. So I decided that I would start up again in May and do it for myself. The title of the article is How to Build (or Improve) Your Writer Platform in 30 Days.

I thought it may be more fun to do this in a group, so I have a challenge for all of my readers who are also authors:

Join me in Mr. Brewer’s excellent 30 day writer platform challenge!

It can only help you improve your writer platform, give you ideas and insights on how to be a better social media-ist, and may even be the catalyst you need to get your butt into gear and get your author platform started or in better shape if you’ve already started.

Over the next couple of days I will be adding an Author Platform Challenge page to my blog. This will be the page where those of you who want to join me in this challenge can hang out and share your achievements and advice during the 30 day challenge. I will include a link to the article on the My Name is Not Bob blog so that we will always have ready access to the daily assignments that Mr. Brewer has put together. At the end of it all, we can all share out accomplishments and then send Mr. Brewer a “thank you” for providing such a helpful challenge for us.

What say you? Will you join me in this challenge? I will be kicking it off on May 15, 2012, and it will continue for 30 days as he has outlined.

Time to share…
Please tell us why you will be participating in this challenge. We would love to know what your goal is during the 30 days.

A Cat and Dog Tale…

I have a husband, three boys, a dog and a cat. Tuxedo is my cat. He is a one and a half year old, 14 pound fur ball. Yep, I have a 14 pound cat… He’s been on a diet for over six months now and is not happy about it. Tuxedo is long haired and gentle as ever. He slinks around the house ensuring that it’s known he is King of the Castle. Then there’s Ebonie, my puppy. She is a nearly one year old Shorkie — a Shitzu and Yorkie mix designer breed dog — weighing in at maybe 4 pounds. They call them “designer” so they can charge you a decent price. They mix these two breeds to develop the Shorkie breed that takes the best of both breeds in its makeup. Shorkie’s have the utmost loyalty to their humans and want to do nothing but please them and be in their presence. Ebonie is the epitome of her breed, and as such she has become my main writing partner. What other choice does she give me?

Puppies are very playful as everyone knows. Ebonie has more energy then a child at the carnival who’s just eaten a whole bag of cotton candy. She tires me out just watching her run back and forth, and she is unrelenting in her playfulness with Tuxedo. Now remember, we all grew up learning that cats and dogs were enemies… But not these two, whoa! If Ebonie is not chasing Tuxedo and leaping on him, wrestling him to the ground before scurrying away, then Tuxedo is chasing her. Literally. I have lots of footage on my iPhone of this seemingly huge cat chasing after such a small dog. Hilarious!

YouTube has launched many a career. As such, I decided to start a new YouTube channel. I named it AnimalWrestlingFed in case you ever want to look it up and have a good laugh. I’ll share with you the first upload:

I thought this to be a good release for writer’s block. When I’m blocked, I can upload a video or two and then watch a few to get me giggling. Once relaxed, I can get back to the task at hand — writing. And who knows…maybe America’s Funniest Home Videos will find my videos and make me a winner of their $10,000 grand prize. I could use the writing advance…LOL!

Enjoy the movie. It’s only about a minute long but it’s well worth your 55 seconds when you need a good chuckle. Have a good Friday and weekend. We’ll do it all again next week.