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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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author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Denise Brixey

If you love all things cats and writing, today’s episode will not disappoint you! Click the link below to hear my conversation with my special guest, who is a cat lover and a cozy mystery author with a bit of paranormal and fantasy thrown in the mix

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Special Guest Interview with Denise Brixey!

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! Please write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
Denise Brixey
WHEN?
Friday, April 24, 2020
WHERE?

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR DENISE BRIXEY…

Denise Brixey grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, where she studied writing. During her many years of living in a big city from birth into adulthood, she had more than her share of challenges. When she left the big city life to move up to a small town in the Gold Country, Denise volunteered at a cat rescue. She soon discovered that, while she was working to save them, it was she who was magically being rescued by the cats!

Felines have been a meaningful part of Denise’s world ever since: starring in blogs, social media pages, and currently, her new book series. Although he’s been physically absent for years, the original Harry, a.k.a. Monkeyface, continues to magically impact her life through his teleportation that continues to fuel Denise’s passion for writing and love for her cats. Harry will live forever, so Denise started her series, Harry, the Wonder Cat, to share all his antics and spread meaning and joy to the lives of readers.

Book Title:

Harry the Wonder Cat: The Jamaican Mission

Description:

In Harry the Wonder Cat: The Jamaican Mission, Harry is back in action after receiving another special assignment from the Cat King. He has been tasked with finding out who killed Marianne Johnson in 1929. At that time, Marianne had just gotten married in Jamaica to Nikki’s Great Uncle Frank, Harry’s then charge in the line of the Johnson family.
Following Marianne’s death on their honeymoon, Frank spent the rest of his life trying to solve the mystery as to who killed her. Now he is unable to be at rest and needs Harry’s help, since he has the limitations brought on by being a ghost. To accomplish this mission, Harry needs to go back to the Hailey House B&B where Marianne died.
Using his powers, and the cunning of his cat gang, he convinces Nikki, and her friend and housemate Heather, to vacation in Jamaica. Once there, Harry rounds up some Jamaican cats–and even a dog gets involved–to help him solve the mystery. The leader of the beach cat gang is a beautiful petite cat named Luna, who may be the solution to more than one mystery.

Purchase link:

Connect with Denise at the following links:
http://www.harrythewondercat.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2803554816547919/

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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poetry

Original Poetry: Warning Sign

The following poem was written as a warning to the reader of things to come, by the shadowy figure following my protagonist in the revised version of A Journey of Faith.

I leave a note on the pillow
As a warning,
My charge must heed
In the morning.
A detour she must take
For her safety’s sake
With Omar she must talk
Before continuing her walk
For rough terrain lies ahead
As a new day is dawning.

Blessings,
Ann

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: 3 Recommended Twitter Chats for Writers

In today’s podcast episode I recommend three Twitter chats for writers. Log onto Twitter and search for the following hashtags, before the chats take place to learn more about them:

WHAT?
#MCChat
WHEN?
Tuesdays at 9 PM Eastern

#MCChat is a Twitter chat where writers answer questions posed by the host in the voice of the mmain character of their WIP as a comment in the retweeted question. This is a lot of fun and you may learn a few things about your character that you didn’t discover in the development process.

WHAT?
#WritersLifeChat
WHEN?
Wednesdays at 8 PM Eastern

In this chat, the host or guest host asks five questions about a specific topic centered around the writing life and chat participants will answer them, including the host.

WHAT?
#PubChat
WHEN?
Wednesdays at 9 PM Eastern, directly following #WritersLifeChat

In this chat the host talks about writing and publishing, but topics are focused more on the writing process, than the craft itself.

To hear a more in depth explanation of these chats and the story of how I found them, Listen to today’s episode at the following link:

If you know of any other writing related Twitter chats you’d like to share with me, be sure to tag me on Twitter with the appropriate hashtags and I’ll check them out.
Hugs,
Ann

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Claire O’Sullivan

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Aspiring Author Claire O’Sullivan!
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?
Claire O’Sullivan
WHEN?
Friday, May 24, 2019
WHERE?
Youtube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST ASPIRING AUTHOR CLAIRE O’SULLIVAN

Claire O’Sullivan is a retired nurse practitioner, mom, grandmother, and aspiring Christian romantic thriller author. She lives with her husband in Southern Oregon, where she loves to play in her flower garden and help her husband with tasks around the house, when she’s not writing. Her latest book entitled How to Steal a Romance, has been submitted to the Steve Laube Christian agency for publication.

Follow Claire’s blog at:
https://cindy212.wordpress.com
Like her on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/authorclaire1
and follow her on twitter:

Writing resources:
https://www.scribophile.com/
https://prowritingaid.com/
https://fictionary.co/

If you’re trying to get traditionally published and you need help pitching your book(s) to agents and editors, visit the following link:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/pitchtopublished/

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

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Plot Holes are like Wounds, They Both can be Stitched up

Yes, you read that title right. It was so profound when I heard it in a dream yesterday morning, that I will have to say it again. Plot holes are like wounds, they both can be stitched up. Even though this little truth about writing and revisions caught me off guard when I heard it, the real meaning of this metaphore helped me to stitch up my own plot hole and flesh out a chapter, before I went to church this morning. Let me explain how it came to me. Friday afternoon, I was revising Chapter three of Journey to the Mountaintop, the second book in my Stepping Stones mystery series. When I reached the end of the chapter, I felt as though something was missing. I spoke to my friend Jen Lowry from the Jen Lowry Writes podcast about it through texts. She asked me some questions to get me brainstorming about my plot and why I wasn’t satisfied with it. I racked my brain, while catching up on a few podcasts from earlier this past week. Although nothing jumped out at me at the time, I had a dream that stuck with me all day yesterday.

 

In this dream, I was relaxing in a recliner at a medical facility. I don’t know what hospital or clinic I was in, but that part isn’t as important as what took place before I woke up. A nurse gave me a pillow to put under my knees. As I got comfortable in preparation for a proceedure, she made the statement that I wrote in the title of this post and in the first paragraph. The only part of this statement that registered, the first time she said it, was “plot holes” and “stitches”. I asked her if she could run it by me one more time, and she did. That was the moment I woke up thinking “What!”

 

The dream setting stayed with me during the ride to pick up my daughter for her Spring break, and nearly drove me to distraction last night. I told Jen about the dream and I even tweeted the quote. In response to my texts, Jen told me something that has stayed with me all day. She said that Jesus is the great physician, and the medical center setting worked out for the dream as well as that profound quote.

 

This morning, I discovered the second reason for the medical center being the setting for the dream. Chapter three started with my protagonist leaving the hospital after seeing her father, who’d been hurt in an accident. Therefore, I needed to take that ending scene I wasn’t satisfied with and move it to Chapter four. Now, I need to switch a couple of scenes around and flesh that chapter out, to finish stitching up this wound in my story.

 

The takeaway from the dream and the puzzle pieces falling into place in my novel is this: Gaping wounds must be stitched up to save a person’s life, By the same token, plot holes must be stiched up and fleshed out to give your readers an enjoyable experience.

 

What profound truths have you discovered about your writing? How have these truths enhanced your craft? Please share  your story in the comments below.

 

Until next time, may God richly bless you in your writing journey, to help you tell a better story.