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This isn’t Good-Bye

Art by Cikada

Art by Cikada

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here.

For years I’ve been posting about my writing and other creative pursuits on multiple blogs. Having so many pieces of me in so many different places and keeping track of them got exhausting. So I began to drop the ball on posting, which made me feel guilty. Then I’d try to write all the posts I needed to write then feel overwhelmed, thus the cycle continued.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to break this cycle and do what I enjoy, being creative and helping people. It has taken time but I have come up with a solution. I have created a comprehensive blog of all my interests. The total me, not a piece here and a piece there.

Come visit me at beinglaurakmarshall.wordpress.com

I’m leaving this blog active so you can still visit and read archived information.

I thank all of you for the support over the years and I’m looking forward to the journey that is to come.

Derailed

There are many things in life that can derail your writing. I hit one of those things in November and my writing has been a train wreak ever since. In the last six month I haven’t post here or on Facebook. I’ve only written about 2500 words and I had to force every one of those words onto the paper.
In the last few months in an attempt to get the writing train back on track I’ve discontinued my website. So, all the information that was on the site will be appearing here on the blog. I’ve also refocused my writing and have set reasonable goals. I am hoping to get some projects restarted and to continue helping writers reach their goals.
This has been a long and hard six months and I am hoping it will strengthen my writing and resolve. I’m looking forward to what my writing journey has in store.
Happy Writing.

Tips for Cutting Your Writing Business Expenses

Reevaluating your writing expenses at least yearly will help you bring more money to your bottom line. Look at everything you spend money on and see what you can cut to boost your bottom line. You will be amazed.

  1. Think like a student – Stock up on all your supplies during the back to school season. Paper, pens, envelops, folders are a lot less expensive during that time of year.
  2. Look at your phone cost – Do you have multiple lines? (phone and fax) How much do you really use your fax line? Getting rid of a line can save you lots of money every month.
  3. Send more e-mail queries – This saves paper, envelops and stamps.
  4. Stop printing everything – You’ll save paper, ink and the environment.
  5. Ask for a discount – When you travel to teach workshops, cover a conference or an interview, ask the organization if they have a discount with an airline or the hotel.
  6. Use your library card – The library subscribes to tons on magazines so you don’t have to. Do your research at the library or get articles on-line for free.
  7. Use coupons – Before you go out and buy anything go on-line and see if there is a coupon or on-line code for the product you need.
  8. Make the most out of your cell phone – Look at how you use your phone. Could you get rid of your land line? Do you have a lot of unused minutes or could you switch to a less expensive plan?
  9. Stay at home – Save money on travel and make more per hour by doing interviews by phone.
  10. Recycle printer cartridges – Take your used cartridges back to your office supply of choice and recycle it. Most will give you several dollars for the used one to use toward the price of the new one.

I’m sure this list of items has gotten you thinking about all the places you can cut costs and put more of your writing money in your pocket.

Calling All Indie Authors

Calling all Indie Authors, The Starving Writer wants you. As part of our purpose to help writers realize their dreams, we’ve launched The Starving Writers Bookstore. The bookstore is featuring Indie writers in all categories.

If you’re an Indie author and you’d like to be included in our bookstore, please send us an e-mail at thestarvingwriter@comcast.net. Include in the subject line, Indie Author Call. In the body of the e-mail tell us about yourself, your work and where your work is available on-line. Don’t forget to give us your contact information.

Once we’ve received your information, we’ll send you an e-mail with interview questions because we’ll feature you on our blog as well.

We can’t wait to hear from you.

Want to check out the book store? Visit http://astore.amazon.com/thestawri-20 to see what the buzz is about.

Poem a Day Challenge Day 23

Good Morning. We’re starting on the downward slid of this challenge, only seven more days. So let’s make these last days count and get to writing.

Today’s Prompt – Tell me the truth

My attempt

True

I’ll tell you something true

As true as true can be

A true love is true if

Only they are true to you

But sometimes true love

Isn’t true to you but true to someone else

If you have a true love be true to them

If true love isn’t true to you

Then dump them

And find someone who will be true to you

Truly

 

Well there you have it. My attempt at Tell me the truth.

Have a great Tuesday and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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Poem a Day Challenge Prompt Day 22

Hello Monday. It’s time to start a brand new week and what a better way to do it than with writing a poem. So grab a pen and your note book and let’s get writing.

Today’s Prompt – Spending Time with Someone

Here is my attempt.

Sitting in the Shade

Come and sit with me here in the shade

Come and have a glass of ice cold lemonade

Come and sit and chat for a while

Your chores can wait

Would you like another glass of lemonade?

Don’t worry about the time

Time is all we have

So stay and sit with me in the shade a bit longer

Drinking ice cold lemonade together

 

Well there you have it. My attempt at Spending Time with Someone. May this Monday bring you happiness and amazing poetry.

Have a great Monday and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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Poem a Day Challenge Prompt Day 21

Good Morning. I hope the weekend is treating everyone well. Let’s get to today’s prompt.

Today’s Prompt – Relaxing

Here’s my attempt.

In a Field

In the fresh mowed grass I lie

The birds darting about to grab their meal

The bees lazily buzz from clover to clover

The warmth of the sun caresses my face

While a cool spring breeze cools my cheeks

I close my eyes

I relax my muscles

My arms next to my side, palms up

A deep breathe in and let it out slow

I clear my mind

I think of nothing but by breathe

Inhale deep the smells of the field

Slowly release the tension and worry of the week

Slowly my muscles relax and release their stress

The world melts away with each cleansing exhale

Nothing else matters now but me in a field

Relaxing

 

Well there you have it. My attempt at Relaxing. I do this deep relaxing breathing exercise in my yoga class. It is awesome. Have fun with your poem today and I hope to see it posted here.

Have a great Sunday and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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