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My Versatile Blogger Award Nominees

The Versatile Blogger

Fellow blogger and writer Sally A. Moore has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you very much 🙂

Basically, the VBA is a game of tag. I have been tagged and now I must tag 15 other blogs/bloggers that I enjoy. I also have to list 7 things about myself.

So, in no particular order, here are my 15 nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award! These are all people (or groups of people) that inspire and inform me on my writing journey…

1. Ksenia Anske: She is a lovely/crazy Russian whom loves vodka, ballet, and socks. She also has great advice for writers and is exceptionally open about her writing adventure! She also gives away her books for free! (Remember when I said she is crazy?)

2. Katie Cross: A self-publishing powerhouse! Seriously, she blows me away with the ideas she comes up with for marketing her book series (The Network Series).

3. Raven Oak: She posts helpful tidbits about Scrivener every Saturday as well as other entertaining and informative posts!

4. Matt Price (Matt’s Tech Corner): Okay, so he is my husband… But seriously his blog is great! He even writes about me sometimes 😉

5. Lori Lesko: Honest and open about her writing journey.

6. ProBlogger: They post some really great tips and advice for running a successful blog.

7. K.M. Weiland: Gives lots of helpful tips for writers.

8. Rachel Thompson: Lots of helpful social media tips for writers and really any entrepreneur.

9. Kate Tilton: She has some great book reviews as well as give tips to writers. She also is all about connecting readers and writers.

10. ReadWriteMuse: They post a great variety of writing related information and anecdotes. Love it!

11. Quill Pen Editorial: Some good tidbits about editing now and then 🙂

12. Jason Cantrell: Entertaining and sometimes informative posts about his writing and life adventures.

13. Ann Bisky (Bisky Scribbles): She hasn’t posted much recently (hopefully she will get back on that!), but she is quite entertaining when she does!

14. Angelina Williamson: I just like her writing style. She talks openly about her writing journey.

15. D. Emery Bunn: And another blogger who blogs about writing! He also does reviews and interviews and such.

Please make sure to check out each of these bloggers!

And now my list of 7 things about me!

1. The first book I wrote was a short picture book in elementary school about a frog that was trying to get home for Christmas. I gave it to my Gramma and she always kept it in her china cabinet in the dining room. Now that she has passed away, it still sits in the same china cabinet at my parent’s house until one day when I own a house and it can sit in my Gramma’s china cabinet in my dining room.

2. I have had the same favourite band for 15 years. For those who know me, this doesn’t come as a shock. (PS, the band is Linkin Park!)

3. My favourite book series is The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. Sometimes I wish more of my friends and family had read them but then other times I am selfishly happy that I have it for myself.

4. When I was a teenager I thought I would never want kids. Then I thought I would only want boys. Then I thought one of each. Now I really just want girls. I think that’s because everyone I know that has had a baby recently has had a boy.

5. I have about 11 unfinished first drafts of novels. Seriously, I need to actually finish something…

6. I used to hate the idea of an e-reader, but now I do about half of my reading on my kindle. I still prefer paperbacks though! (I also like hardcovers but they are expensive and not very portable.)

7. Sometimes I doubt myself so badly that my fingers become completely immobilized and I cannot write a single word.

Thanks again to Sally!

Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award nominees:

  • Display the Award Certificate (go ahead and steal it from my post)
  • Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated you – that’s me!
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers
  • Inform them of their nomination via comment on their blog
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself

Scrivener! Ooooh, Wow!

scrivener logoI love Scrivener. Honestly, I do. I have had Scrivener for almost two years now (Two years in October to be exact. Well, not really exact because I don’t know the exact date. Exact.) aaaand I don’t know how I survived without it. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration. Anyway, some of you may be asking, what is Scrivener?

Scrivener is a word processor on steroids. (cliche alert!) Instead of all of your writing being in one continuous uncategorized document. Or in multiple documents that get confusing when you have more then one or two open. Scrivener has all of those separate documents in one document except they are still separate, but together. Gooood description, Leetah… Anyway, you have your main ‘draft’ or ‘manuscript’ folder and then folders within that for chapters and then text documents for scenes. You can even make a text document be a folder and hold subscenes. Subscenes? Sure why not.

And on top of all this folder craziness, there is also a folder for your research. Now you can keep it all together within one document so you don’t have to spend hours searching for that one bit of information that you cannot remember where you saved it. And you can view your research at the same time as the document you are working on with the split screen function. Freaking awesome.

There are so many functions that Scrivener offers. And I honestly don’t even use them all, but that is another great thing about it. You don’t have to use every function. You can pick and choose the ones that work for you. For example, I love the ‘Project Targets’ pop up that I keep open at all times to check out my progress toward both my total word count goal and my session word count goal. Others may haaaate seeing how many words they still have left to go. But I hate not knowing!

I even use Scrivener for my website content. I am typing in it right now! I have year/month folders and within those I have my blog posts. I also have a ‘not yet posted’ folder for posts I have gotten ahead on. Or that I have just scribbled down an idea for. I just realized that I have not taken advantage of the research folder for my website content Scrivener document. How silly of me. Note to self: USE THE RESEARCH FOLDER.

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I truly believe that Scrivener is an indispensable tool for writers.

What writing tools do you use that you couldn’t imagine writing without?

Welcome to My New Website!

Welcome!

I’ve spend the last few days being super excited to get this website up and running, and have anyone and everyone see it’s magnificence! Seriously, I love it. LOVE. IT.

WordPress is great. And so is this theme. So customizable and easy to use. Can you tell I am thrilled?

The only thing I am sad about with the switch from my old website to my new website, is that I had to manually move over all the blog posts from the old site. This means that I lost all the wonderful comments that I had accumulated on my posts. Boooooo! 🙁

But, that is minor in comparison to the all new features of the site. My progress bars are so much prettier, and I (finally) have a Mailing List sign up. And those cool little circles beside (or above on tablets and smartphones) this post are just excellent.

Okay, enough of me praising my own site. Make sure to look around and form your own opinion! 😛

Let me know in the comments what you think…

Byeeeeeeeeeee!

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