When a Story Is More Than a Story

I’m currently working on a few writing projects and one of them is really tugging at me. Why? Because it’s personal and that’s all I’ll say. I already have a title for this particular story and an idea for the book cover design, but I don’t know if I’ll ever publish it.

I don’t know if I’m ready to share such a story and I’m being serious when I say that. One things for sure: Putting it all down on paper brought me a measure of peace. In other words, writing it all down made me feel better.

Imagine that. Pen strokes and some raggedy pieces of paper was all I needed to relieve years of…

Yeah, I’ll just end it right there.

Until next time…

An Advanced ‘Thank You’

This is the year for great things to take place and I wanted to take this time before the Fall comes to thank all of my readers, subscribers and supporters. I’m sharing this on all of my blogs ahead of time.

Some of you have been with my blog since the beginning of time when it was just the few of us. Soon, you will be able to witness how far this indie author has come. Who can remember my first profile photo for this blog?

None of us can really pinpoint what the future may hold for our writing, but the most important thing is to keep on writing because you never know where your writing will take you.

Once you reach that level and most writers know what I’m referring to, don’t be afraid to look back on all the obstacles you have overcome. Think about the hard times, think about the bumps you may have encountered along the way and if you experienced heartache or pain along the way, keep that in mind too. Why? Because such reminders will keep you humble.

My heart is full knowing what is to come. I know I’ve said that a few times before, but it’s really full. There are not enough words to explain. πŸ™πŸΎβ€οΈπŸ™πŸΎ

Until next time…

Writing in Style

It’s funny how all writers have certain writing quirks about themselves. We all have little things we do that makes us unique. For the most part, when it comes down to penning our stories, it seems like the more relaxed we are, the better.

I’m just going to tell you, I can’t write when I’m dressed up. The creativity will not flow. πŸ‘ŽπŸΎ

I know of one writer who always wears her furry little hat whenever she writes. Another writer I know writes with a quilted blanket wrapped around her no matter the season or the time of the day. I know of several writers who like to write in their night gowns or pajamas.

Now that’s what I call writing in style. 😏

For me, the only thing I’ve noticed about myself whenever I write is that I have to wear my animal house shoes. They give me such a cozy feeling when I write and I love how they fit so snuggly on my feet. My feet are naturally cold to the touch and these babies keep my feet nice and warm. I’ve had these for almost five years now and they are still holding up pretty good.

It’s funny how whenever I’m about to write, I’ll automatically put them on. It comes with the territory I guess. I don’t know what I’m going to do when these tear up on me. I think I can get two more years out of them. Whatchu think? πŸ§πŸ€”πŸ§

Go on and get you a pair. You know you want to. They are as awesome as they look! πŸ‘€πŸ‘ŒπŸΎπŸ€—

Until next time…

Summer 2019 It Is!

Since The Chronicles of Neffie was published this past February of 2018, I’ve received many direct messages from Kindle and iBook readers inquiring when the second novel series will be available. I had initially planned on releasing it the late Fall of 2019, but I have now changed it to the Summer of 2019.

Why? Because I’ve received a number of messages from readers expressing that’s too long of a wait. The sales have been really good since it’s release and that’s the least I can do to show my appreciation.

Some readers didn’t like The Chronicles of Neffie and I can respect that, but an overwhelming majority loved it! The only thing I wish, as I’ve expressed before, is that most of you who send me direct messages, would also leave a review too. I love it when I see a large amount of downloads, but what I would love even more is also a large amount of reviews too.

I got my work cut out for me and I’m going to have to get started on the second novel series soon. Because of your support, word of mouth and a few other things, you’ve allowed this indie writer to be able to be a part of some exciting opportunities for the year 2019.

Since so many of you want to see what happens to Neffie next, you’ll be able to find out August 2019. I owe it to you for being such awesome loyal readers and supporters.

Wait until I share the title of the second novel series and the book cover. You are going to like it! πŸ‘ŒπŸΎ

Until next time…

My Heart Isn’t In It

As December draws closer and closer, I find myself becoming more and more nonchalant or unconcerned about a lot of things. I’m trying my best to prepare myself mentally, physically and emotionally for the one year anniversary of my father’s passing.

I was due to do a few literary magazine interviews this month, but I couldn’t. My heart wasn’t in it. Thankfully, the editors were willing to wait until the first of next year. I know I can’t push it back any more after that. This makes the second time. πŸ™πŸΎ

There are times where everything around me is silent and there are times where mentally, my mind goes off into something else. Thoughts on how I’m going to deal with that day, a day that marks a year when my father passed away peacefully in his sleep. πŸ’” To say I’m feeling numb would be an understatement.

The wonderful men in my life (who I know mean well) think that giving me expensive gifts will ease my pain. Those gifts do nothing for me because they won’t bring my father back. I am however appreciative of the thought and grateful because that’s their way of showing me that they care for me and love me. πŸ™πŸΎβ€οΈπŸ™πŸΎ

The only thing that keeps me going as that day gets closer is my belief in the Resurrection. Until then, I just have to keep going because that is what my father would want me to do. I WON’T break, although there are times where I want to…

My dear Ni’nah (father) this one is hard…πŸ˜”

Until next time…

Never Gave It a Thought

I was reading a post by a fellow blogger who discussed how she’s very careful about the things she posts. Why? Because she doesn’t want her employer or colleagues to see or read the things she posts. As I was reading her blog post, it hit me that I never gave any thought as to what my employer would think about my blog and here’s why…

For starters, I never post anything that is inappropriate. Second to that, this is not my only blog. Third, BookingAnita and A.L. Gibson is not my only pen name. And last but not least, what I post outside of business hours is of no concern to them. My blogs are another source of income and adding to that, very few people I work with know I’m a writer. Those that know I write don’t know the extent of me and my writing. They only know of BookingAnita and A.L. Gibson and that’s enough. πŸ€—

It’s OK for your employer and colleagues to know some things about you, but not everything about you. Not even half. I can tell you more about my past and present colleagues than what they can tell you about me. That’s because I share very little and they share too much with too many people. I’ve had some tell me that I’m very secretive and they hardly know anything about me. Good, I have it that way for a reason. 😌

My blog BookingAnita is a space for me to encourage and inspire others while pursuing one of my main passions, writing. I share stories here, music, poetry and I sometimes rant. That’s what made BookingAnita the blog that it currently is and there is nothing inappropriate about that. πŸ‘ŒπŸΎ

Until next time, be safe everyone!

Negative Reader Reviews

In the world of writing, you have to have thick skin. Readers can be brutally honest and to me, I would think every writer / author would want it that way. I’m not a sugar coater and I don’t want readers of my books to be sugar coaters either. I’ve seen some writers / authors get upset about a reader leaving a less than positive review. Why? It’s their opinion. πŸ€”

If you have more positive reviews and more positive feedback from readers, why are you getting bent out of shape over a few negative reviews? Readers DON’T have to like your book or my book. In the world of writing, if a bad review isn’t sprinkled here or there, it’s highly suspicious anyway. Read any literary journal. Books with nothing but glowing reviews are “suspect” because that’s a tell-tell sign that an author is paying readers to leave positive reviews. I’ve seen my fair share exposed. πŸ‘€πŸ˜―

Yes, it sucks when a reader leaves a bad review, but it’s not the end of the world. At the end of the day, they have a right to their opinion so don’t take it too personal. Some of the most award winning books have one and two star reviews. It’s OKAY if you receive a few bad reviews. You’ll survive. I promise. πŸ‘ŒπŸΎ

Until next time…