My First Audio/video newsletter

Hello everyone in the blogosphere, Today I have a special treat for you! My first audio/video newsletter. You can watch the video or listen to the podcast version of this newsletter at the links below.

YouTube:

Podcast:

If you’d like to see more content like this, please let me know in the comments below. Be sure to subscribe to my mailing list and receive a free short story by filling out the contact form at the bottom of this page
To read the books I mention in my newsletter, you can purchase them at the following links:


Mrs. Morris and the Ghost by Traci Wilton:

If I run Kindle Box set by Terri Blackstock:

If you’d like to purchase my poetry book entitled: The Spirit of Creativity: Inspirational Poems for the Creative at Heart, click here:
https://books2read.com/TheSpiritOfCreativity

Until next time, Happy reading!
Blessings,
Ann

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Book Review of Mrs. Morris and the Ghost by Traci Wilton

Hello to all you book lovers in the Blogosphere. Today I’m coming to you with a brief review of the book entitled Mrs. Morris and the Ghost by Traci Wilton.

If you love Paranormal or supernatural cozy mysteries, you’ll love this one. Charlene Morris moves into a three-story house, which she plans to turn into a bed and breakfast. What she didn’t bargain for was seeing the ghost of Jack, the previous owner, who supposedly had a stroke. However, he believes he was murdered. He needs Charlene to find his killer, so he can cross over into heaven. Charlene is the only person who’s darkened the door of the hose, who can see Jack.

Although this mystery isn’t categorized in as part of the Christian Fiction genre, I found it intriguing. I read this book as research, so I could get a feel for how a character would react if she saw a ghost or an angelic figure. There’s an unusual bit of romance in this book that I was not prepared for, which drew me to the storyline as well.

If you love reading books in this genre, you’ll want to check this one out for yourself. You can purchase Mrs. Morris and the ghost at:

Until next time, happy reading!
Blessings,
Ann

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: The Four Ps of Writing: Positive Mistakes, Protected time: Platform and Process

Hello everyone in the blogosphere:
Last night, I had a fabulous conversation with Tish Bouvier on her Write Coffee Repeat podcast about the three Ps of writing. In my short summary episode, I discussed these aspects of the writing life and added a bonus aspect, which we didn’t mention, yet is the most part of the writing life, in my opinion. I’ll briefly describe the 4 Ps of writing below, follow by links to both podcast episodes for your listening pleasure.

Positive mistakes

Positive mistakes are the flubs that lead to better creative opportunities or enhancements in your writing and marketing efforts. What improvements have you made from your positive mistakes and what have you learned from these mishaps?

Protected time

The time you spend writing, on social media, with your family, and creating a work/life balance is an important part of the creative lifestyle. What strategies do you use to create a balance between your writing and your everyday life?

Platform

Creating your author platform is essential if you want to get your book(s) into the hands of readers. Your platform is where you connect with like-minded people and build a strong writing community. What are your favorite platforms and what strategies do you use to make them work for you?

Process

The heart of the writing life is your creative process. Everyone’s process is different. Learn from the experts and writers in your community, but create your own process and do what works for you.

Click the link below to hear my solo episode, where I discuss these aspects of the writing life:

Click the link below to hear my conversation with Tish Bouvier on Write Coffee Repeat:

Visit Tish’s website:
https://www.tishbouvier.com

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Original random poem about COVID19

eThise random poem came to me while I sat out on my front porch.

Inclines go up and down
Wheels spin round and round
Trees grow tall
We surpass our brick walls
As COVID19 turns the world upside down
Hugs: Ann

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Amelia Griggs

Today’s guest is an eLearning designer, specializing in Microsoft Office. She’s also an author who loves to help new and aspiring authors find success in their writing journeys. Click the link below to listen in as she shares her story.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Amelia Griggs!

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?
Amelia Griggs
WHEN?
Thursday, May 7, 2020
WHERE?

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Amelia Griggs…

Amelia Griggs is a Learning Design and Development specialist, Instructional Designer, Writer and Authorpeneuer. She enjoys researching, designing and developing all kinds of educational materials, writing instructional articles, blogging, and composing fictional short stories. She has a technology book series called “Easy Learning Microsoft Office How-To Books”, as well as a children’s book series. She is currently working on more books, as well as educational and instructional videos. Amelia has always loved writing for as long as she could remember, including writing short stories, rhymes and poems. There’s even a historical fiction novel in her future. She has a Bachelors of Business Administration with a Major in Computer Science, and a Masters of Science in Instructional Design and Technology.

Amelia’s book is entitled:
Silly Willy Apple Cake

Description:
This book is the first book in the Bella and Mia Adventure Series. I love rhyming so I decided to use the play on words phrase “silly willy” to introduce the idea of fun activities using rhyming words. In the first book in the series, the story begins as Mia and her daughter Bella go apple picking at a farm. Bella loves to be silly. She laughs as she balances an apple on her arm, and asks ‘What can we make? What can we make?” Mama says “an apple cake”! So home they go, to mix and bake, and soon they are eating apple cake!
This children’s series is designed to foster love within families by promoting fun activities with parent and child. It also introduces rhyming to children. Rhyming helps children with memory and promotes learning. Reciting rhyming is also an excellent bonding activity for parents and children, or in a group setting with children. Each story is inspired by warm childhood memories of me watching my mother cook all kinds of scrumptious foods and the fun times we had in the kitchen.
The recipe is included in the back of the book.
There are 2 more books in this series, including “Squishy Wishy Meatballs”, and “Snowflakes With Sugar”. Coloring and activity books are also being created as companion activity books for the series.

Purchase link:

Excerpt:
Today for fun, we went to a farm, and I balanced an apple on my arm.
I filled ten baskets high to the sky. I jumped up and said, “Can we make a pie?”
“What else can we do, what else can we make?” Mama shouted out, an apple cake!
So off we went, Mama and me, with all the apples we picked from the tree.

Connect with Amelia at the following links:
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/ameliagriggs
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ameliagwrites
Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/ameliagriggsauthor
Author News, Self-Publishing and Marketing Tips: https://ameliaswritingcorner.com
YouTube Channel for Kids: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnE8Q_ZNwVS1G8iXVo6qOCQ (Amelia’s Creative Learning Corner for Kids)
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/easylearningweb
Computer learning website: http://easylearningweb.com
YouTube Channel for Technology: http://www.youtube.com/user/easylearningweb
Online articles: http://easylearningweb.hubpages.com
e-Learning blog at http://easylearningweb.blogspot.com
Facebook for Technology Book Series: http://www.facebook.com/easylearningweb

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.

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Original Poem: Becca’s Song of Hope

Imprisoned in my fear and doubt,
My emotions claw their way out
I’m breaking free from the prison of my past
The chains that bind me, God’s plan will outlast

My will to survive and push forward
In my quest for the hidden truth
I will lean on God’s word
He shall free me from the pain of my youth.

With Granny Mary as my angelic Guide
My curiosity I cannot hide
I long to solve this mystery
And connect once more with my family

Surrounded by God’s love
Receiving his precious gifts from above
The truth shall set me free
for His grace is sufficient for me
As I embark upon my journey
To find the truth behind this mystery

Until I receive healing
for which I long
I’ll sing His praises
In the words of this song

And break the chains of my past
And shout to the mountaintop:
“I’m free at last!”

Connect with me at the following links:
Email: annwrites75@gmail.com
Website:
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Have you 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

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Hugs,
Ann

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Original Poem: Creative Solitude

This afternoon, I sat out on my front porch, also known as my thinking spot. As I sat listening to my chimes and singing from my heart, I thought about the joy of sitting outside in creative solitude, thus the poem below was born.

Solitude,
The quiet of a mid-Spring/early summer afternoon
The chimes sing,
A melody rings
in my heart.

Though the air is filled with sound,
The gentle breeze surrounds me
With sweet,
Soul energizing peace

my creative juices flow
and I follow the words
As they take me where they long to go
From my heart,
Through my fingers
Onto the blank page

my creative dreams find sweet release
out into the world at large,
God sends them where they need to go.

Where is your favorite place to brainstorm? Why do you love it so much?

Be sure to leave a comment or tag me on social media, so I can share your response to this post.

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Email:
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Have you 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 share 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

Hey authors, are you looking for an editing tool to help you polish your book manuscripts, essays, short stories and more? Look no further than ProWritingAid. ProWritingAid is an editing tool that checks your grammar, style, dialogue, sticky sentences and much more. Visit the link below to save 20% on your ProWritingAid subscription.
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Hugs,
Ann

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Alexa Bigwarfe

In today’s episode, I’m speaking with the host of the Women in Publishing summit, which was held March 2-8 2020. Listen as she shares her inspirational Journey with us.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

ALEXA BIGWARFE!
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?
Alexa Bigwarfe
WHEN?
Tuesday March 24, 2020
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR ALEXA BIGWARFE…

Alexa Bigwarfe is a wife, mother, proud veteran, a USA Today Best-Selling author, speaker, author coach, and publisher. Her writing career
began when she turned to writing for healing after her infant daughter passed away at 2 days old. She began to support others who wanted to do the same
and now guides other authors through the publishing and marketing process in her company Write|Publish|Sell and her publishing houses: Kat Biggie Press,
Purple Butterfly Press, and Chrysalis Press. Alexa enjoys hosting the annual Women in Publishing Summit, an online conference for women writers. Passionate
about serving mothers who have lost children, she founded a nonprofit, Sunshine After the Storm. A spirited activist, Alexa enjoys bringing light to topics
surrounding marginalized voices, particularly as they pertain to women and children. She lives in Columbia, SC with her husband, three living children
destined to be activists too, and her dog.

Alexa’s book is entitled Ditch the Fear and Just Write It

Description:
You KNOW you have a book in you, you KNOW you want to write and publish a book. But as soon as you start thinking about it, your palms get
all sweaty, you start to breathe faster, you come up with a MILLION reasons why no one would read or buy your book. So, you put it off. Again.
Stop doing that!
Yes, writing a book is overwhelming! Yes, there are a lot of excuses that may stop you from moving forward.
Yes, there are a TON of things you have to do beyond JUST WRITING to get your book published.
But at the end of the day, if you don’t JUST WRITE IT! you will spend the rest of your life wondering WHAT IF?
Hiring a coach to help you through the process and get your book published is expensive. So why not let me “coach” you through this workbook, at a minuscule
of the coaching cost!
Don’t be that person who watches book launch after book launch and thinks -that should have been me.
Ditch the Fear and Just Write It! The No Excuses Power Plan to Start Your First Book is the answer to your problem.
In this 12-week workbook (if a timeframe scares the pants off of you, don’t let it -this is just a suggested timeline to get you moving forward) you will
find simple, action-oriented format with:
Tips for getting started
Daily and weekly activities to ensure you don’t push it off… again How to write and plan your outline Tools, strategies, advice from other female entrepreneurs
who took the plunge and wrote their book to grow their business Mindset work to get you past your limiting beliefs The motivation to get moving Inspirational
tips Time management strategies Space to journal your thoughts, if that’s your thing. and so much more!
If you’re committed to writing your book and you know you need help to get it done but don’t have the funds to invest in an author coach to get you through
the process, this is the BOOK FOR YOU.
Featuring insight and tips from:
Dana Malstaff -Boss-Moms Stacy Tuschl -She’s Building Her Empire Laura Jack -Laura Jack Coaching Jennifer Blanchard -Dream Life or Bust Kelsey Humphreys
-Pursuit Media And more!

Purchase link:

Connect with Alexa at the following links:
http://writepublishsell.co/

https://www.facebook.com/WomenInPublishing/

https://www.facebook.com/WritePubSell/
https://www.instagram.com/writepublishsell/

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

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Writing about Writing

Ali Likes to Write

I don’t know this for sure, but I believe that no one really knows how to be a writer. For sure there is the age old sentiment that you must write a lot, then a lot more, and you must read a lot. Just write, that’s how you’re a writer. These things are for sure true, but I’m finding there’s so much more to being a writer than merely putting your thoughts down on the page. There’s blogging, networking, social media, meetings, conferences, stretching that comfort zone. There’s finding your voice, where you fit, you niche.  Also there’s breaking that ideal that you must craft a perfect piece, kneed it, mould it, sculpt it, sand it, then present it. How, though, can you ever just get those words out when you’re so concerned about perfection? The answer, I’ve found, is simply, don’t think so hard, just pour out the words…

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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

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel and my podcast at the following links:
https://www.youtube.com/user/annsmusic1

Hey authors, are you looking for an editing tool to help you polish your book manuscripts, essays, short stories and more? Look no further than ProWritingAid. ProWritingAid is an editing tool that checks your grammar, style, dialogue, sticky sentences and much more. Visit the link below to save 20% on your ProWritingAid subscription.
https://prowritingaid.com?afid=8740

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