Thinking Out Loud

I looked at the calendar today and realized it is the last day of the month.  This made me think about the goals I set at the beginning of the year.  Some people call them resolutions.  Which word you use is not as important as facing the truth – your progress.

Did you plan to join a gym and lose weight?  Maybe you decided to stop smoking, drinking, etc.  Well, how’s it going?  Did you get off to a good start and stop? Did you make it beyond January?  If you stopped, now is a good time to discover what caused you to stop and get back in the race.  We still have a little over half a year left!  That’s right – We.  Teamwork makes the dream work!

One of my goals is to write more.  It is challenging at times because life gets in the way.  That’s ok.  It’s just not ok to give up.  Okay?

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Be Encouraged

For those of you who feel as if things are not happening as quickly as you would like, be encouraged.  I was wondering why my book was not selling.  I asked readers to write a review, tell a friend, you name it.  They agreed to do it, but did not.  Instead of getting frustrated or depressed, I just continued my efforts.  Don’t get me wrong, if I had my way, I would get my book in everybody’s hands.  However, that is not realistic.  Would I love to sell a million copies? Absolutely.  Is that why I write?  Absolutely not.  You must love and respect the craft to do it.  I want you to know that your efforts will pay off if you don’t give up.  I sold two books yesterday.  Each individual came up to me and told me that they heard I wrote a book and wanted to buy it.  One of them sent a message to me on Facebook, which I am happy to share with you.  It made my day.  I really hope this inspires you.  If you’re interested in the book, the link is in my bio.  Be encouraged!

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Why Do They Leave? Part Two

In my last post, I talked about my friend’s concern about losing followers on social media.  She also told me that she would unfollow anyone who is not following her.  I had never heard of this rule, so I asked questions in my last post, but did not receive any responses.  Thanks a lot.  It made me wonder if this is an unspoken rule.  I presented the question to my hairstylist and she gave the same answer!  When I asked what would make her unfollow someone who IS following her, she said, “their content.” What this tells me is, you must be consistent and you must know your audience.  What are your thoughts?

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Why Do They Leave?

I was having a conversation with a friend about Instagram.  Occasionally, I post things about my book as well as positive quotes on Instagram.  She told me that the number of her followers had decreased.  She was really concerned about it and said she didn’t know what to do to make them stay.  She once told me that she expects someone to follow her if she follows them.  If they don’t follow her, then she will unfollow them.

What do you guys think?  Are there certain rules when it comes to following others on social media?

What would make you unfollow someone?  Is the decision made after a period of time or is it related to content?

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Positive Review

Creative writing is my first love.  It’s fun, exciting and rewarding.   However, it is also challenging, frustrating and exhausting.  This is why I’m so happy to share this story with you.  A young lady who read my book, Deadly Secrets, contacted me.  She said that she couldn’t wait to tell me what she thought about it.  She told me that there were so many twists and turns, that she actually dreamt about the characters and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next!  THIS is why I can’t quit.  Well, that and the fact that several people have demanded a sequel.  It’s a wonderful feeling to make such an impact with your writing. I really hope you will consider buying my book.  The link is on my account.  If you don’t see it, just send me a message.  Good night for now.

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If I Could

Most have heard about the billionaire investor, Robert F. Smith, who vowed to pay off the student loan debt of every person in the 2019 graduating class at Morehouse college.  His only requirement is for them to pay it forward.  How awesome is that?  With all the negativity going on in today’s world, it’s great to see there are still people out there who believe in hope, kindness and giving back.  What a powerful example!  I strongly believe in random acts of kindness.  While this is something I often practice, I prefer to do it anonymously.  I wish I had the funds to do something on a larger scale, like this investor.  If my book, Deadly Secrets, go viral with tons of sales, I will make it happen!  Readers, help me out!

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True Story

I was at the grocery store and I saw a guy who recently purchased my book (he works there).  Anyway, I asked if he was enjoying the book.  His eyes lit up and he said, “Yes.  You are really good.”  As we discussed the book, we were laughing about some of the scenes.  He asked to buy another book for one of the cashiers, so I took the money and asked him to watch my basket while I run out to my car for the book.  When I returned, he was gone and so was my cart! I stood there dumbfounded when a woman walked up to me.  She said,  “That was my husband you were flirting with.  If you’re looking for your basket, it’s over there” and walked away.  Needless to say, I was shocked because I was just talking about my book.  I walked 3 aisles over to where she had pushed my cart and finished shopping.  I saw her husband before I left and gave the book to him.  As I left the store, I was thinking about the wife’s outrageous behavior.  My annoyance turned to pity for this woman.  Can you imagine being so insecure that you would behave in such a manner?  While I have no information about their marriage,  I know that I wouldn’t be happy with someone I couldn’t trust.  It’s also safe to say I plan to avoid that guy the next time I’m in the store.  What are your thoughts?

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