#amwriting, NaNoWriMo updates

Inspirational Journeys Presents: NaNoWriMo Prep Talk

Hello Bloggers and WriMos in the blogosphere,
First of all, I’d like to welcome all my new followers over the past few months! Thanks for stopping by the blog, may my posts, podcast episodes, and YouTube videos be entertaining and valuable to you in your author/blogging journey.

There are four days until NaNoWriMo starts on Friday November 1st. If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to create an account and announce your NaNoWriMo project at:
https://www.nanowrimo.org
If you’d like to hang out with my friend Tish Bouvier and me, and talk about your writing goals for NaNoWriMo, log onto twitter and search for the #nanocafe hashtag. I’ll see you there!

Don’t forget, if you don’t reach 50,000 words by November 30, you’re still a winner, because you’ve got more words than you had when you started. However, if you surpass the 50k word goal, you’re a winner, too. To listen to my NaNoWriMo prep talk episode of Inspirational Journeys, click here:

Blessings,
Ann

author interviews, indie author promotions

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Erin Swan

Today’s guest is a fantasy author, a freelance writer and a delightful person. Click on the following links to hear today’s fun and engaging conversation
INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Special Guest Interview with Erin Swan!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
ERIN SWAN
WHEN?
Thursday, October 24, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR ERIN SWAN…

Erin Swan was born in a small farming town and grew up travelling around the country for her father’s military career. In all the change, books became her constant companions. She received a BA in English from BYU, and began a career as a copywriter and editor. After marrying her first love and having a daughter, she transitioned to freelance writing and editing.
About this time, with the help of the team at Inkitt, Erin received her contract from Tor and saw her dream of publication finally coming to life. She now resides in Utah with her husband, their daughter, and their dog. She continues running her freelance business, and when not working on her novel, she enjoys running with her daughter and dog, and playing video games with her husband.

Erin’s book is entitled Bright Star

Description:

Paerolia has been at peace for two centuries, and all is well in the land―or so it seems. Beneath the surface, a tyrant is rising to power.
A traumatic experience in Andra’s childhood has left her mute and subdued, a servant in the Chief Judge’s manor. But when an assassination team, led by the secretive and alluring Kael, infiltrates the manor and makes a quick escape, she takes her chance and flees with them.
Andra is thrust into the ranks of a secret rebellion―a group of outcasts and believers seeking to overthrow the Chief Judge and replace the corrupt government with new members, ones who will restore and preserve the land they love. Now, the girl who was once an outcast must somehow become the leader Paerolia needs. But she is stronger than she believes―and with the help of a fiercely loyal dragon, she may just be the one to lead them all to victory.

Purchase link:

Connect with Erin at the following links:
Website:
https://erinswan2014.wixsite.com/erinswan

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/authorerinswan/

Twitter:

Instagram:
http://www.instagram.com/erin.swan

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

this is the cover art for my podcast

Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:
https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson

#WritingTips, author interviews, content marketing strategies, indie author promotions, marketing tips, podcasting, publishing

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Derek Doepker

The following interview is full of tips and advice for authors at all levels. Be sure to have a notebook, journal, or digital notes ap handy. If you’re driving when you’re listening to this, Please be sure to come back to the podcast episode often so you can capture as many notes as possible.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Special guest Interview with Derek Doepker!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
DEREK DOEPKER
WHEN?
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR DEREK DOEPKER…

Derek Doepker is a former aspiring rockstar turned seven-time #1 bestselling author. He discovered a proven process that took him from struggling author to selling over 75,000 books. Now he shares this process with experts and aspiring authors to turn their knowledge into a bestselling book.
Visit Derek’s website:
BestsellerSecrets.com
To get his book entitled, Why Authors Fail, for free. While you’re there, sign up for his newsletter packed full of author tips.

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

this is the cover art for my podcast

Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:
https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson

author interviews, podcasting

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Lisa Sniderman (AKA Aoede

I was surprised that I have several commonalities with today’s special guest. Continue reading to learn more about Aoede.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Special Guest Interview with Lisa Sniderman!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
LISA SNIDERMAN
WHEN?
Monday, October 21, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR LISA SNIDERMAN…

Lisa Sniderman, aka Aoede, is an award-winning, quirky, folk-pop artist, playwright, teaching artist, author, filmmaker from San Francisco who obsessively creates to heal. She creates and records unique, original full-length fantasy musicals on audiobooks that she adapts to musical theater stage plays. She’s been honored with more than 80 awards for songwriting, audiobooks, and stage plays since 2012 all while suffering from a rare autoimmune disease: dermatomyositis, a progressive muscle weakness disease. Lisa’s mission is to be a light and a muse by inspiring, engaging, empowering, connecting with, encouraging, and supporting young adults and kids at heart of all ages, challenges, and abilities through original art and music. Her new memoir: A Light in the Darkness: Transcending Chronic Illness through the Power of Art and Attitude, chronicles her 10-year journey living with chronic illness while creating to heal. Lisa founded an online community of artists creating to heal and collaborated with more than 50 artists who are also creating to heal, culminating in an online video showcase and live multi-media performances in December 2018.

Today’s featured book is entitled A Light in the Darkness
Transcending Chronic Illness through the Power of Art and Attitude

Description:

In 2008, singer-songwriter Lisa Sniderman was living the dream in California. As Aoede, the Muse of Song, her star as a gifted recording artist was rising fast. Lisa’s quirky folk-pop performance style electrified audiences up and down the West Coast, and the albums just kept flowing. But just when her career was rocketing skyward, a health crisis brought all of her dreams crashing to the ground. Diagnosed with a rare, debilitating immune disorder called dermatomyositis (DM), Lisa struggled to maintain a normal life with a body in revolt and, eventually, to accept a new normal. Living with a chronic illness challenged Lisa to see DM as a gift in disguise that has opened the door to new dreams, new songs, and new opportunities. Lisa’s story is for you if you seek strength, new inspiration, hope, joy, healing, and if you or someone you love struggle with a chronic illness, disability, or unexpected life events. Her insights and reflections on her journey inspire hope and the courage to keep dreaming and living to the fullest no matter what life hurls at you.

Purchase link:
https://www.amazon.com/A-Light-in-the-Darkness/dp/B07VQW3M83/

Excerpt:
When life throws us curveballs; when we’ve lost our inspiration because of a significant change in health status, and if we live day in and day out with a chronic disease or disability, it’s tempting to want to give up our dreams, to play the victim. It’s easy to succumb to discouragement, self-pity, or even despair. But dreams and significant health challenges aren’t mutually exclusive. I’m a living example. We can live with hope, passion, and joy, even if the shape and substance of our dreams have changed!

Connect with Lisa at the following links:

Websites and social media:

Front Page


doyoubelieveinmagic.info
whataredreamsmadeof.com
isloveafairytale.com
aoedemuse.com
facebook.com/aoedemusemusic
twitter.com/aoedemuse

youtube.com/aoedemuse

Author Page on Crimson Cloak:
http://crimsoncloakpublishing.com/lisa-sniderman.html

Amazon Author Page:

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

this is the cover art for my podcast

Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:
https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson

#amwriting, NaNoWriMo updates, poetry

Original Poetry: The Joy of NaNoWriMo

Hello wordsmiths, Wrimos, storytellers and writing gurus,
Today I have a poem I wrote to get you geared up for NaNoWriMo, which starts in fifteen days! Enjoy my tribute to this exciting challenge for novice and expert writers alike. Happy plotting, pantsing, plantsing and writing.
Huts,
Ann

November has been set aside
for national novel writing.
Writers from around the world
Find this month exciting.

Novices and experts
Race against the clock
Words are counted every day
As time goes by, tick-tock

Will you get your 50k
Or will you fall behind
Writing your first draft
As November unwinds.

If you don’t reach the monthly goal,
Don’t worry, you’re still a winner
To celebrate your daily word count
Why not go out with friends for dinner!

Come join your fellow WriMos
A story you must tell,
Write something new, revise something old
Break the rules and rebel!.

The pressure’s on, the steaks are high
To get those precious words penned down
You’re not alone in your writing stride,
For writers hale from far and near,
You may find some in your own home town.

Will you come along with me,
My beloved writing friend
And join this challenge in November?
The furious writing doesn’t end
Until the first day of December.

podcasting, poetry

Original Poetry: The Window to My Writing World

When you open my window
What will you see?
Pages and words
Dotted with bits of me.

Ideas that flow like raindrops
upon a fresh blank page
Words that will forever
Last from age to age.

These ideas I must write down,
For I mustn’t forget,
Each story has new characters
Whom I’ve never met.

They bring about plot twists and turns
Upon my mental movie screen,
It’s hard to know which scene comes first,
My characters play them out so well,
I have to write them in short bursts.

I mold, shape and revise each scene
developing them into. a book
for when you turn each beautiful page
you have a chance to take a look
through the window of my writing world.

The poem above, was inspired by one of the following three writing prompts I talk about in today’s episode of Inspirational Journeys.
1. Do writers bleed ink?
2. What would happen if you built a world where words appeared from out of nowhere? Where would they come from and what trials would your characters face to find the source of these mysterious words?
3. What would people see if they looked through the window to your writing world.

You can listen to the podcast episode here:

Hugs,
Ann

author interviews, indie author promotions, podcasting

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Meridith Hankens Alexander

Today, I have a very special interview for you. My guest is a bestselling author, a motivational speaker and a mindset coach. The story you’re about to hear is one of her daughter’s miraculous survival after a horrendous accident. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Continue reading to learn about today’s special guest.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW WITH MERIDITH HANKENS ALEXANDER!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
Meridith Alexander
WHEN?
Thursday October 10, 2019
WHERE?

YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR MEREDITH ALEXANDER…

Meridith Alexander’s self published book “The Sky is the Limit” hit the #1 slot among Amazon’s “hot new releases” in the motivational category in November 2017 on the night that it was released.
• Critics called THE SKY IS THE LIMIT a “mandatory read if you want to become the best version of yourself.” Her captivating story has been featured in the media around the world including ABC, NBC, Fox and Prevention Magazine. She is a regular contributor to Thrive Global and the elite bossbabe.com that targets millennial female entrepreneurs.
• In just two years, Meridith has become a highly sought after self-empowerment coach, categorized as a “top Pro” for her expertise in mindset. She is a powerhouse entrepreneur who has grown her speaking/ coaching business while not only continuing to run her boutique performing arts booking agency but while serving as the 24/7 primary caregiver for her daughter.
• She is a sought after speaker/ expert on resiliency and mindset for corporate and personal development events as well as on podcasts and stages throughout the US. She has transformed the lives of thousands around the world with her GRIT Mindset Academy featuring the “B.E.S.T.” formula.
• Meridith’s speaking career evolved when her youngest daughter was randomly crushed by a boulder. Rather than give in to despair and in spite of tremendous stage fright, Meridith began sharing her uncanny belief in the tangible power of positive expectation.
• Her inspirational posts on her Facebook page Schuy is the Limit quickly gained thousands of followers around the world who watched her daughter Schuyler overcome the “impossible.”
• Today, in addition to running her two thriving businesses, Meridith is undoubtedly one of the most joyous 24/7 caregivers on the planet. Schuyler and Meridith’s positive mindset continue to inspire all who meet them.

Meridith’s book is entitled THE SKY IS THE LIMIT.

Description:
The Sky is the Limit is a compilation of the actual inspiring posts that tell the story of how the crushing blow from a random boulder taught this Mother/ Daughter team not how to face death but how to choose to fully live! A journey of inspiration and discovery like no other! On February 19, 2016, Meridith’s youngest daughter Schuyler, a recent graduate from Yale, was crushed by a boulder while traveling in Colombia, South America. The doctors weren’t sure that they could keep her alive long enough for Meridith to get down there. On that plane, Meridith realized that she had to make a decision. She could let those circumstances define her forever as “the mother of a child who was crushed by a boulder” — or she could dig deep within herself and become the reluctant hero that her daughter needed. Rather than use her posts as opportunities to spread despair, Meridith filled her updates with the encouragement for others to fulfill their dreams and evolve into the best version of themselves. It’s a testimony that we don’t succeed in spite of our boulders. It’s our boulders that inspire us to learn just how high we can soar.

Purchase link:
http://www.ilovemyimpossible.com/skypaperback

Excerpt:

Life is beyond amazing! We are meant to be here, each with our own amazing quirky gifts and unique “limitations”— the ultimate puzzle where each individual piece relies on the other crazy shapes to create the complete beautiful image. You are part of this special creation. You are strong and brilliant and vital— and you are one of the angels that are giving Schuyler and each of us in her family so many wings to rest our hearts on.

Connect with Meridith at the following links:
http://www.meridithalexander.com (speaking engagements)
http://www.gritmindsetacademy.com (mindset and career coaching)
http://www.facebook.com/schuyisthelimit

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.


Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:
https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson

content marketing strategies, marketing tips, Uncategorized

First Things First – 7 Tips to Build Your Author Platform

In the post linked below,Jen gives us some valuable tips on how to build our audience and use social media for good. As I alsays say, listen to the experts, read widely and find what works for you, when it comes to writing, publishing and marketing your books.

via First Things First – 7 Tips to Build Your Author Platform

#amwriting, #WritingTips, Uncategorized

How to Overcome Writer’s Block in 5 Simple Steps

The blog post linked below, contains five simple steps to overcome writers block. Please comment on the author’s original post and give it a like and a share or two.

via How to Overcome Writer’s Block in 5 Simple Steps

#AmReading, #WritingTips, book reviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Two Analytical Book Reviews

Hey #WritingCommunity and #BookLovers, listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Analytical review of The Perfect Wife By JP Delaney
https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/episodes/Analytical-review-of-The-Perfect-Wife-By-JP-Delaney-e6cjio #WritingTips