Giving a little thanks…

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Since today is Thanksgiving and I figure many people (at least those in the US) are gathered around the table giving thanks and eating good food, I thought I would take a moment as an author and blogger to give thanks too.



Thank you…

to those who have read my stories…I hope you enjoyed them as much as I have loved writing them.

Thank you…

to those who follow or read my blog. I hope you have found some interesting or helpful information here.

Thank you…

to my family for their support as I try to balance writing and being a mom. It seems lately writing has taken a back seat to other life activites but hopefully I can change that this coming year.

Now get back to your Thanksgiving Day activities….

Celebrating seven years of blogging

Seven years ago, on July 30, 2012, I began this blog. And now 1,678 posts later, I am still here blogging away.

Oh yes, things have changed. I use to try and blog Monday thru Friday. I used to host authors every week. As I’ve gotten busier, the number of posts per week/month have dropped, but I still try to blog three days a week.

I began this blog to discuss a few things that are important to me – parenting, writing and publishing. And those things are still important to me. If you are new here, please feel free to click on the topics on the left and scroll through some of the posts. I hope you find something of interest.

For those of you who want to know why my blog is called “Into Another World,” click here to read my very first post.

Image result for champagne toastHere is to many more years of blogging. If you have a suggestion for topics related to writing fiction, publishing or marketing a novel, please suggest away in the comments below.

And now a quick recap of the types of posts, I have written in the past seven years…

General posts – 100

Parenting posts – 365

Quotes of the Week – 361

Recipes on the Months- 83

Writing posts – 262

Publishing/Marketing posts – 144

Number of Authors Hosted – 325

This post count doesn’t include my promotional post for my own books, recaps, holiday messages or calls for authors to be on my featured author spot.


#AtoZChallenge 2019 recap

This April, I participated in the A to Z challenge where each day (except Sundays) you post on a new topic following the letters of the alphabet. So April 1 the topic started with A, on April 2 the topic began with B and so on.

This was my sixth year doing the challenge. The organizers of the challenge suggest you pick a theme for your writing. The first year I didn’t do a theme. The next year it was TV shows, followed by characters, antagonists and then songs about magic. This year I chose Character Flaws as my theme.

Part of the challenge is also to visit other blogs. You never know when you will find a new favorite blogger. In past years, I have done better at this but this really has been a busy month. I did make it to some blogs and even some that were very interesting.

As always, I enjoyed the challenge and look forward to doing it again next year.

For any of you who have missed out on my blogs from the A to Z challenge, here is a recap of what I covered.

Character Flaws A to Z Challenge Posts

A is for Argumentative 

B is for Bossy

C is for Callous 

D is for Disorganized

E is for Envious

F is for Frivolous 

G is for Gullible 

H is for Humorless 

I is for Impulsive

J is for Judgmental

K is for Klutz 

L is for Lazy

M is for Materialistic

N is for Needy

O is for Obsessive

P is for Paranoid 

Q is for Questioning

R is for Reckless 

S is for Stubborn 

T is for Temperamental 

U is for Uncouth 

V is for Vindictive 

W is for Worrywart 

X is for Xenophobic 

Y is for Yelling

Z is for Zealous

D is for Disorganized #AtoZChallenge

For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of character flaws – something all characters need. If you are here looking for my typical writing/publishing/marketing topic, it isn’t here today. Instead this month you get twenty six posts that can help you develop your characters.  

D could be for defensive, devious, dishonest or even disrespectful. Oh so many character flaws begin with the letter D, but I have picked Disorganized. Someone who is not organized may not be as serious as yesterday’s flaw of callous, but it can certainly be annoying.

A disorganized person may just be lazy or perhaps they just live in the moment. Or perhaps they are extremely smart, and their mind jumps from thought to thought, leaving their surroundings in disarray.

While some disorganized people may be flustered by the clutter or their scatterbrain actions, others exhibit a freedom as they don’t take the world serious. This is definitely one flaw that you can make work as a positive as well as a negative.

Previous A to Z Challenge Posts

A is for Argumentative 

B is for Bossy

C is for Callous 

My #AtoZChallenge topic for this year

This year is the 10th anniversary of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, and my sixth year doing the challenge.

For those of you, who haven’t heard about it, the A to Z challenge is a challenge for bloggers to post every day in April (except Sundays). Every day (Monday through Saturday) is matched with a letter of the alphabet. On the first day, you write about a topic that begins with A, the next day B and so on.

Now the organizers suggest you come up with a theme to help you get through the challenge. The first year, I didn’t pick a theme. The next year, I did a theme of TV shows followed by characters in 2016, antagonists in 2017 and last year it was songs about magic.

The key is to pick something that you will be able to find something for each letter. There are some hard letters – Q, X and Z in particular.

As a fantasy author, I like to connect my topics to something related to writing (characters/antagonists) or fantasy (magic). This year, I have chosen to write about character flaws. It doesn’t matter if you are writing about your hero or the villain – every character needs a flaw or two (or three or more). So, from being bossy to greedy to vain, I will cover flaws your character might have.

Those of you who want to know more about the challenge or to sign up, click here. And you can look for my A to Z challenge posts about Character Flaws beginning April 1st.