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Well folks, I’ve gone and joined another blog hop. In the spirit of trying to get my weekly blogging in this year, I thought this would keep me primed. I might not do it every week, and I’ll skip the Wednesdays of IWSG, but I thought I’d give it a shot. You might want to try it too–these questions are fun! Also, of course, I’ve missed the first week.

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge

Each Wednesday from January 9 – December 18, 2019, Long and Short Reviews is hosting a weekly blog hop.

Blogging is a fun way to meet people and get to know them. We’re offering a weekly “prompt” for authors, non-authors, bookish folks and others to share something weekly and gain new friends and visitors to the blog. There’s no pressure to write something every week (though it should be fun and a challenge), but we do ask that if you do post something, you share your link on the weekly post we’ll put up at our site (it will be the top post on the home page each Wednesday morning) — the link list will be open for new links for 48 hours. Other bloggers will also share their links and you can hop over and see what they have to share.

January 16th – What I would do with a million dollars

I guess it depends on HOW I got the million dollars. Did I win the lottery? Inherit it? Find it? Did someone just hand it to me? Let’s assume I just suddenly had it for the sake of this question, and the taxes/legal issues are taken care of.

First things first–make arrangements to quit my day job, OBVIOUSLY. I’m a pretty essential employee and like my coworkers though, so I wouldn’t leave them, or my company, high and dry. I’d work something out to help train a replacement. And then…bye bye work, hello spending my days writing!

Second, I’d work out how much I want to give to people I care about, and hire a lawyer to handle all that. Even the best people tend to get squirrely about money, so I’d make sure no one could swindle me out of more than I’m offering.

Third–buy a nice car, but I probably wouldn’t move, because I like where I live. I might instead put aside money to save and grow interest so I could buy a nice place to live in the future. Right now, I’m okay where I am. I wouldn’t be home much anyway because of the next choice.

After all that…travel and write! The dream life. I’d probably stay in Iceland for a while, then hop around the planet a bit. And take my laptop with me to capture inspiration. Pump out a few more books. Relax!

Also, I’d buy my cat one of these, because duh, obviously. 😉

What would you do with a million dollars?

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The #evernighties Thursday Weekly Author Blog Challenge is a once-a-week blogging adventure brought to you exclusively by Evernight authors. Each week, we answer a new question (listed below and borrowed from MFRW.org) and the answers will be featured on the Evernight Reader’s Group on Facebook, as well as our own blogs and social media platforms. Check out the group or follow the #evernighties tag to see how other authors answered this week’s question!

Week #2: My earliest memory

Welcome to the second week of the blog challenge!

I only remember bits and pieces of my early childhood, but I remember those bits pretty clearly. We moved around a lot when I was a kid (even from state to state) and I remember a lot of the houses/apartments we lived in. I remember traveling a lot on a bus with my mother (we lived in Nevada but her family was here, in Ohio). I remember various significant events like birthdays and Christmas and family members visiting. I also remember school–I changed those pretty often too, due to all the moving. I think the fact that things were constantly changing is the reason I can remember them so vividly. After all, when studying the way our brains make memories, it’s been found that new experiences tend to get imprinted the strongest, because our brain is more alert and paying attention to the new information/surroundings.

However, my absolute EARLIEST memory has photographic evidence to back it up so I know it’s not a false memory. There’s a picture of me around two years old, sitting on a couch with my sister in our Easter dresses, with our Easter baskets. I can remember being on the other side of that picture, sitting on the couch–I really can! That’s honestly the earliest memory I have. It’s a brief flash but it’s definitely a clear memory. I think that’s pretty cool.

How about you? What’s your earliest memory, and do you think it’s real?

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We’re into the second week of 2019 already! Can you believe it? Only a few more months of winter here in the northern hemisphere, that’s the way I look at it. 😀 Even though, we haven’t really had winter yet–no significant snowfall, and the temps right now are spring-like. I know it’s waiting just around the corner, though.

The new year means resolutions for some people. I always make some…whether I follow through is another story. Some people don’t believe in making them and I totally understand that. The concept of time keeping is made up by humans, so literally any time is a good time to start working on self-improvement. I believe that too, but I also feel like the new year is a good time to hit the reset button. I always give it a good pounding, anyway.

Some of my resolutions were sidelined a bit during the first week of 2019 as I had some health issues that blew me off course. That’s okay–I’m trying to frame it that all the bad stuff got out of the way first so the rest of 2019 will be smooth sailing. My personal resolutions (which I won’t bore you with) stayed intact, but my writing resolutions got derailed due to having to go to the hospital (twice) and being on some mind-fogging medication. I’m back up on my feet and doing much better now, but I’m trying to get back on my writing resolutions. That is, more consistent blogging, and contributing some work toward my writing every day, even if I don’t have much time and it’s just a tiny bit. Part of that is keeping myself AWAY from distractions on the internet and TV and concentrating. Using my spare time more productively. I’m really quite horrible about it and easily pulled away so I’m trying to be more mindful.

Again, some people don’t do resolutions and I get that. Just because the year started over doesn’t mean you’re mentally, physically, or emotionally ready to make big changes in your life. I tried to focus more this year on making changes that I feel I’m ready for and capable of. And if you do make resolutions and slip on them, it’s important not to beat yourself up. Persistence and trying again when you fail is far more important to success than consistent perfection. Nobody ever learned to ride a bike, drive a car, or heck, even walk, by doing it perfect forever from the very first try. However, trying again and again got you there eventually.

Besides, everyone knows January is just a trial month to figure out how you want to spend the rest of the year. 😉

How about you? Did you make resolutions? Do you believe in them? How are they coming along?

The #evernighties Thursday Weekly Author Blog Challenge is a once-a-week blogging adventure brought to you exclusively by Evernight authors. Each week, we answer a new question (listed below and borrowed from MFRW.org) and the answers will be featured on the Evernight Reader’s Group on Facebook, as well as our own blogs and social media platforms. Check out the group or follow the #evernighties tag to see how other authors answered this week’s question!

Week #1: Favorite thing I’ve written (and why)

Hello! Welcome to this new blog challenge I’ve jumped into and let’s get it started, shall we?

This is a hard first question! Of course, I love everything I’ve written, or I wouldn’t have written it in the first place. That being said, I think there’s a difference between loving your work and being in love with it. I love old things I’ve written that are finished and behind me, but I’m in love with whatever I’m currently writing, because that’s the one that’s taking up most of my current mind/heart space. So if you asked what I’m in love with, it’s my current WIP. But what work do I love best of all time? Hmm. That’s like trying to pick a favorite child.

I have a few favorites for different reasons. It Takes a Thief was one of my favorite things to write because I was absolutely brimming with inspiration for it, the writing came easily, and the whole story literally poured out of me in a week (it was written, edited, and published within a month). My Siren Song series is my favorite because they were my first publications and they made me a “published author.” The Marrying Type is my favorite cover and also got the most accolades/attention. Hidden is my favorite because it’s the first in the ambitious new series I’m currently writing and I had a few fits and starts to get it to publication.

So which is my favorite? ALL of them! But the most important question is which is YOUR favorite? Because, at the end of the day, what the reader likes best is why we write to begin with.