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I know most of you will agree that the last thing I need is another blog, but this time I just couldn’t help myself. This one came out of a personal dare I put on myself and now I have to see it through. I’d like to introduce you all to my latest endeavor, Para-Mythic. This site is about everything paranormal, mythical, legendary, and everything in between. It’s about ghost stories, paranormal books and sites, television shows, aliens, gods and goddesses, and whatever else I can think up as time goes on.
One of my duties at Blog Engage is to do a weekly column called What’s Your Niche. It a little thing where I come up with various ideas on blog topics that have the possibility to make a profit, but I try to avoid the Make Money Online venue all together. In last week’s column, I came up with the idea of doing the Paranormal niche. And it really seemed to go over quite well. So well that I even got excited about it and that’s how Para-Mythic came to be.
So, my goal is to see where I can take this site from Halloween to Halloween. Even though I’ve already gotten the site set up and a couple posts up and running, I’m not going to call it official until Halloween. Then I want to see how it goes within the next year. I know it’s all going to be on me to make it or break it, but I’d really like to see this one take on a life of it’s own. I’m kind of proud of this one, and very excited too.
So please feel free to stop by and let me know what you think of the place, if you have any requests for future posts, or if you have any suggestions or advice. I’m really hoping that even though I’m starting this endeavor around Halloween, I’ll prove that this is a subject that works all year round. Time will tell.
Miss me???? I know it’s been a month and a half since my last post but I’ve been on such a whirlwind ride that I’m just now getting time to catch my breath. Between my new job at Blog Engage, trying to keep up with my other writing clients, trying to read an e-book or two in there somewhere, and still stay on top of my real world duties, I’m seriously thinking that I’ve lost at least about 87 hours. LOL
So what else has been happening? Well, I am in the process of getting ready for NaNoWriMo 2011. That’s right boys and girls, it’s almost time once again to speed write our way into the record books and pound out 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s a good thing we don’t have to have a working ready novel in that length of time, just a good first draft that could possibly be turned into a serious work of literary art. Well, into a half way descent e-book anyway. LOL I have the basis for my book ready to go and a basic outline of my characters. I can’t write any part of the story until 12:01 am on November 1st, but I can get all my ducks…er, characters in a row beforehand. I’m hoping that by being somewhat prepared that I’ll have a shot at hitting the finish line again this year. I’ve done it only once before, but I really want it this year. I’m hoping to make this one into a real book before it’s all said and done with.
Also, as of this coming Monday (October 17th), I’m on vacation. Okay, my real world bosses (husband and wife team) are taking their vacation, which means those of us who work under them will be on a forced vacation. Oh darn. It might sound like I’m throwing a pity-party (yeah I know, oh poor baby. Have to sit home and do nothing but play on the puter for 2 whole weeks), but the truth is it will kind of suck. I have to sit at home while my bosses go on their annual jaunt to Bermuda. Oh well, I hope they have a good time and enjoy their vacation. I know I will as my son who’s in the Navy is getting to come home during that exact same 2 weeks. Now that was a gift from God himself.
As I said above, I’ve been trying to squeeze in a few e-books here and there, but I do have say one thing. On one of my last posts (in August), I’d mentioned that I’d been given the chance to read and review a book by Heather Cashman called Perception. I have to admit that I have been unable to finish this book. Not because it sucks, because I cried 3 different times in the first part of this book. My problem is that once into the middle of the book, it just drags on. I’m not good with dragging on. I’m like the little kid who goes for a walk in the woods and sees a bunny half way through. I gotta follow that bunny and I’m probably going to get lost. I will say this though, if you enjoy stories that have to do with a person having the ability to see the world through the eyes and thoughts of their animal companion, then I highly recommend Heather’s book. It’s a very long book, but the characters are very realistic and there’s some killer scenes in the first half of the book.
Well, that’s all for now. Hopefully I’ll get around to getting more posts done now that I’m getting into a regular swing of things. I’ve got a few more e-books downloaded in the Kindle, so as time goes on, I’ll try and get a couple reviews posted for your amusement. Until then, happy writing and remember, when the going gets tough…get a bigger hammer!!!!! CIAO!!
It is with both sheer joy and a bit of sadness that I must announce that I will not be playing in the giveaway world as much as I have been for the past year. The reason is that I’ve been offered a position on the staff at BlogEngage.com. Though I’ve known about this bit of awesomeness for a while now, I wasn’t able to announce it until the site owner, Brian Belfitt, made it official on the site. The new Staff Announcement went live today and I am now the Chief Editing Officer and Content Manager for the site. I’m as happy as a catfish in a mud hole. LOL
But, with this being a pretty big deal, I’ll be spending a lot of time one the site. This isn’t just some site needing someone to keep up with things, this is an actual paying gig that requires me to do some actual work. I can dig it. That means no more playing around with the giveaway girls, or at least not as much. I’ll still be checking out some of my more favoritest places and of course, keeping up with the book stuff and talking about fiction. I still have a book to finish for Heather Cashman, which by the was has made me cry 3 different times and I just over half way done.
For those wh0 have never heard of Blog Engage, it’s an amazing place where bloggers come together and check out each others posts. Blog posts are submitted to the site and other members vote on them. If a post gets 11 or more votes, it becomes a published piece and that’s where everyone wants to be. It’s fun and it can bring a lot of traffic to your blog. The site also has their own blog, which is where I’ll be doing my thing. There’s a lot of valuable information on this site, all geared toward helping our fellow bloggers.
And don’t worry, I won’t be giving up on giveaways altogether. I would have a meltdown if I could enter a book giveaway or 2. I’ll keep you all up to date and I still have my own sites to run. Won’t be giving up on those either. So stick around and see what we can cook up. This is going to be a fun and bumpy ride, but that’s what makes it so interesting.