podcasting, poetry

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Find Joy in your Writing

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,

I’m coming to you today with a simple little bonus post to share a bit of encouragement with you. If you remember, last Saturday, I shared a poem on my blog entitled A Prayer for Clarity. Today, I bring you that same poem in the form of a YouTube video and a podcast episode along with a bit of encouragement.

After you either listen to the podcast or watch the video, I have a quick call to action for you. I challenge you to find joy in your writing today. When you do, write about it on your own blog and link back to this post and the poem linked above, so I can read the story of how you found joy in your writing, and I can share it on my social platforms. Happy writing and God bless you all.

Hugs,

Ann

#WritingTips, NaNoWriMo updates, podcasting

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Writing With a Purpose

Hello dear writers and readers in the Blogosphere.

Have you ever felt led to listen to a podcast episode, but weren’t quite sure why you were drawn to it, until near the very end? That’s what happened to me this morning. Let me explain.

This morning, over breakfast, I listened to Friday’s episode of the Where Did You See God Podcast entitled Sitting in Suffering: Public Transparency.

In this episode, Paul Granger speaks with Heather Carter, who was led by God to write her thoughts and share them on her website, after being diagnosed with, and treated for Leukemia. God used her blog posts and her books to glorify Him and to show people that they are not alone in their suffering.

The Holy Spirit lead me to not only share this episode with a friend, but to create my own podcast episode and YouTube video entitled Writing With a Purpose. This episode started out with my final Camp NaNoWriMo update, but I have to admit, God turned it into something bigger than I could have ever imagined. If there’s one thing, I want you to take away from this post it’s this: Your writing has a purpose. The purpose is to glorify God and to share the good news about Jesus with the world, this is why I tell listeners and viewers at the end of every podcast episode and YouTube video that your story matters, because it does matter, more than you’ll ever know. So, I challenge you to read to get inspired, write something inspiring and share your creation with the world, for when you touch one life, you’ve touched thousands. Happy writing and God bless you!

Love and Prayers,

Ann

podcasting, poetry

Original Poetry: Writing Into The Void

I have an idea

I think is very good,

I open up the gate

To face the endless void.

With no idea where I go from here

Do I have a story to share?

Is it too late to turn back now

Should I start my story over

Or muddle through somehow?

If the story doesn’t flow

When I follow my heart,

I throw it all away

To make a brand new start.

I let my characters guide me

Along their hero’s journey

When I reach the end,

I can never go back again.

My world has changed

And I’ll never be the same,

When I write the story

God lays upon my heart

Instead of writing into the void,

My story has a destination

And a point at which to start

Instead of hitting a brick wall

As I often do,

Ask God to take your hand

And let your characters guide you

As you write your story,

Your characters will grow and change

They’ll take your story to the next level

And bring you home again.

Don’t write into the void

When you think your idea is good,

Take a step back

And let the story unfold.

Travel down the road

You’ve never taken before

Let God be in control

And open His special door

To a story that matters

More than you’ll ever know.

Step onto the pathway

As you walk through the gate

Open your heart,

For there’s where your story awaits.

You can hear me read this poem and discuss this topic by listening to the Podcast episode or watching the YouTube video.

What does writing into the void mean to you? Write a story, poem, vignette or essay and share it on your blog, with a pingback to this post, so I can read your responses and share them on my social media.

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Original Poetry: My Poetry Season

The following poem is an expression of how difficult I find poetry writing to be during the winter months. When the weather warms up in the spring, you can find me taking a walk or sitting out on my porch, having a think and either coming up with new ideas for my novels, singing a song that fills my heart or writing a new poem to share with you.

My poetry comes alive

When I sit outside

In my distraction free zone.

When I must hide

Cooped up inside

Verses drift away one by one.

If you enjoyed the poem above, please subscribe to my newsletter for a chance to win a free copy of my poetry book entitled The Spirit of Creativity and receive a free short story. If you wish to purchase my poetry book, it’s available in eBook and Audiobook formats.

Please be sure to check out my latest guest appearance on the Struggling blessed but not alone podcast with my friend and fellow blogger, Teresa Guffanti.

Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to get a behind the scenes look at my author life and subscribe to my Inspirational Journeys podcast and my YouTube channel for more inspirational content. Until next time, Happy writing.

Blessings,

Ann

indie author promotions, podcasting, Uncategorized

Noteworthy News from the Writing and Podcasting world

Hello everyone in the blogosphere. Today I have some noteworthy bits of news from the writing world and the world of podcasting. Before we get started, please be sure to sign up for my newsletter to receive a free short story and for a chance to win a free audible code for my poetry book entitled The Spirit of Creativity: Inspirational Poems for the Creative at heart. Without further ado, here are today’s updates.

Struggling blessed but not alone podcast logo in a heart-shaped design with roses

In the podcasting world, my friend Teresa Guffanti, who runs the blog entitled Struggling blessed but not alone on the journey, launched her Struggling blessed but not alone podcast last week. Show Teresa some love by giving her podcast a listen and sharing it out with your friends.

The final bit of news I want to share is a bit of shameless self-promotion. My friend and sister-in-Christ Tish Bouvier featured me in her author spotlight on her website, and invited me to be a guest on her One Word Writer Podcast.

While you’re scrolling through the post and clicking the links listed here, why not connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and subscribe to my Podcast and YouTube channel, to receive notifications when I upload exciting new content.

Blessings,

Ann

author interviews, indie author promotions, podcasting, poetry, Uncategorized

Inspirational Journeys Presents The Spirit Of Creativity Audiobook Launch Party with Lillian Yves and Vincent Lee Grayson

This is the logo for my Inspirational Journeys Podcast

Please join me in celebrating my audiobook launch party with my special guests. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter for an opportunity to receive a free Audible code. Click the links below to view and hear the interview and launch party. You’re in for a special treat!

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS

Lillian Yves and Vincent Lee Grayson together in a performance

THE SPIRIT OF CREATIVITY AUDIOBOOK LAUNCH PARTY WITH LILLIAN YVES AND VINCENT LEE GRAYSON!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guests 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?

Lillian Yves and Vincent Lee Grayson

WHEN?

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

WHERE?

Narrator interview video

Book launch party video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST NARRATORS Lillian Yves and Vincent Lee Grayson…

LEEANNE ROWE/ LILLIAN YVES  Originally from Oklahoma, and a graduate of AMDA in NYC, LeeAnne eventually made her way to SoCal. She likes to say she is from the East, West, and somewhere in the middle. She is a #1 best selling narrator on Amazon, an after school Drama teacher for the LAUSD and has been performing around California for over 15 years. She is a published author, co-writing novels under the name LeeAnne Hansen and a children’s book, All Things I can do under Lilly Rowe.  

GRAYDON SCHLICHTER/VINCENT LEE GRAYSON  Graydon boldly declared at the age of five that he would “make Books on Tape” someday.  Five year old Graydon would be very pleased to see that grown up(ish) Graydon has made good on the vow.  Partnering with Lilly might be a bit more distressing to the lad since the younger version knew for a fact that “girls have cooties!” Still, a sacrifice worth making in the name of art! Although a stage actor and sound designer, for now those passions are on hold, all the better to focus on audiobooks.  

Connect with Lillian and Vincent online at the following links:

www.LillianYves.com 

https://www.facebook.com/lillianyvesvoicea/image

Promotional book cover for my poetry book

Today’s featured book is entitled:

The Spirit of Creativity: Inspirational Poems for the Creative at Heart

Written by Ann Harrison

Description:

Ann Harrison’s first book of poems delve into her creative journey, given to her by the Holy Spirit. The first section, entitled A Writers Life, covers her journey from writer to creative dreamer, until she blooms into a published author.

The second section, entitled Seaside Poems, will take you on a walk along the seashore, where the Holy Spirit and your muse awaits to fill your heart and mind with inspiration, pulling you out of your creative slump. Allow the Holy Spirit to help you fill page after page with words, pictures or fill your hands with whatever creative task you strive to undertake, as you read these verses, which come straight from the author’s heart.

The third and final section entitled Poems from the Heart, describes the journey of a lost soul as he gives his heart to Jesus and finds a new beginning. Others describe a narrator’s sorrowful tears melting into joyful music and singing. Some of these verses touch on the author’s spiritual walk with the Lord and the music God has placed within her soul. Open your heart and let your mind wander as the Holy Spirit speaks to you through each verse within these pages.

Purchase links:

https://books2read.com/TheSpiritOfCreativity

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 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 with Inspirational Journeys in the subject, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:

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https://www.youtube.com/user/annsmusic1

author interviews, podcasting

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Shawn Smucker

I had an amazing conversation with an author and a fellow podcaster. Listen or sit back and watch as we discuss his writing and how he and his wife got inspired to start his show called The Stories Between Us.
INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Shawn Smucker!
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?
Shawn Smucker
WHEN?
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Shawn Smucker…

Shawn Smucker is the award-winning author of Light from Distant Stars, the young adult novels The Day the Angels Fell and The Edge of Over There, and the memoir Once We Were Strangers. He lives with his wife and six children in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You can find him online at http://www.shawnsmucker.com.

His latest novel, which comes out today, is entitled These Nameless Things

Description:
Before Dan opened his door to find a wounded woman who had escaped from the tormentors in the mountain, his life had become rather quiet. He and the eight other people in the mostly abandoned town had become friends. They spent peaceful evenings around the campfire and even made vague plans to journey east one day and leave the ominous mountain behind.

But the woman’s arrival changes everything.
Who is she? How does she know so much about Dan’s brother, who is still held captive in the mountain? Why are long-forgotten memories rising to the surface? And why does Dan feel so compelled to keep her presence in his house a secret?
Purchase link: http://shawnsmucker.com/these-nameless-things/

Connect with Shawn online at the following links:
http://shawnsmucker.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/shawnsmucker
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shawnsmucker/

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 below.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in the comment section of the form so I can send you my featured book questionnaire for the show notes blog post associated with your interview.
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:
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You may also fill out the contact form below if you wish to subscribe to my newsletter. Please put Newsletter subscription in the comments section and I’ll be happy to add you to my email list.

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Alison Hendrix

Today’s special guest is an author in her own right, a dear friend and a fellow Writing Warrior for Jesus. Click the links below to watch and hear our conversation.
INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Alison Hendrix author photo

Alison Hendrix!
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?
Alison Hendrix
WHEN?
Thursday, June 4, 2020
WHERE?
Youtube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Alison Hendrix…

Alison Hendrix lives in North Carolina with her husband and child. Her writing is inspired by her family and her faith, and she enjoys finding magic in everyday situations. Though she’s always enjoyed writing, her career as an author actually began when her daughter was born. Alison has written and illustrated children’s books, middle grade novels, short fantasy stories and poems.

Featured book::

Book Cover

Lenny the Last Lightning Bug

Description:
Lenny the Lightning Bug plays with his human friend, Molly, all summer. He teaches her about friendship, about saying goodbye, and about being a light to others.

Purchase Link:

Excerpt:
“No matter where you go or what you do, helping people smile is a nice thing to do!”

Connect with Alison at the following links:
https://sunriseblue.wordpress.com/
https://www.amazon.com/author/alisonhendrix
https://www.facebook.com/pg/alisonhendrixwriter

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.

Follow me on Social media:
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How I visualize the world around me

Want to know how I visualize the world around me as a blind person? take a look at the video below.

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Event Invitation: 7 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Launching a Podcast (Webinar)

Have you ever thought about launching a podcast, but don’t know where to start? Do you have questions about how to plan a podcast?
Join me as I shares seven questions you should ask yourself before launching a podcast in a free webinar on May 21 at 3 PM Eastern.
To register for this event, click here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/7-questions-you-should-ask-yourself-before-launching-a-podcast-tickets-103608196906

Once you register for the webinar, a zoom invitation will be emailed to you prior to the event.

If you have any questions about the event, or suggestions for future events, connect with me at the following links:

Email:
Annwrites75@gmail.com

Social media:
https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration

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