What’s Been Going On March 2019

December was the last time I posted to this blog, but that does not mean that I haven’t been writing. Life in a Few Words is still my baby, but I have been nurturing some other ventures in recent months and quite frankly, just haven’t been in the right space emotionally to publish much of my poetry on here recently. A lot of what I write is personal, but for the past year, nearly everything I’ve written has come from extremely personal feelings and experiences. I guess that’s why I haven’t been as inclined to share much recently.

So, what’s been going on? I’ve been exploring my love for fitness. Yes, I’m plus-sized. I probably always will be. That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a good spin class or yoga. Actually, I’ve been studying to obtain a personal trainer certification and I started a fitness group online. I’m hoping to start a group in person soon. Along with that, I started a blog all about fitness and what I’ve learned about health and nutrition.

It’s funny. What started as me becoming more fit because I couldn’t breathe very well resulted in my losing approximately 30lbs and gaining so much perspective about myself, life, and relationships. I got a lot of great poetry out of it and I think I have a few stories I can write about it, too.

I’ll be sharing some new pieces once a week, for at least the next few weeks anyway. I still have it on my heart to publish another book, which has been titled Sunlight, Coffee, and Roses for the past three years. Hopefully, this year will be the year.

In the meantime, if you are interested in fitness stuff, check out my other blog fit2bemyself.com and subscribe!

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November Updates: New Beginnings

As always, I’m occupied by a million things, but I always try to find time to squeeze in a few pages. Coming up this week will be my review of Give in to the Feeling by Sarah Zama. Also, I recently moved Life In A Few Words to a new host. What does that mean? I won’t be updating letarawrites.wordpress.com (And I just updated the design, too. I had to do what I would be satisfied with, though.) anymore for the foreseeable future. Instead, you can find me at my new location letarawrites.com. Simpler address for you to remember and more creative control for myself. The book review blog letarawritesbookreviews.wordpress.com will remain the same for the time being, however, I’ll be looking to move this one at the beginning of 2018. I’ve been making some moves that’ll, hopefully, pay off in the near future. So, stick with me, sign up for my mailing list, bookmark my site, connect with me on social media and read some good books! See you at the new place.

Facelift!

How does it look? It is growing on me, but I like it. My blog had the same look for a very, very long time and it was past time for a new look. I’ve also done some tinkering with my book covers and have officially changed the one for Reflection in the Music. I’m trying to build a signature look and I feel like I am well on my way. Still, I am very proud of my original cover, but it wasn’t all that I needed for it to be. The creative juices are flowing and I can’t wait until I finally release my next project for you guys. In the meantime, check out the new cover!

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What’s Going On…October/November 2017

I’ve been working. That pretty much sums up the past several months. I’ve been working a lot and my body and quality time with my daughter and my blog have been paying the price of me getting a bigger paycheck. A bigger paycheck is nice, but there are some things you can’t put a price on. Now, just because the number of blog posts has been reduced doesn’t mean that the amount of my writing has been suffering. I have so many notes and prose saved, just waiting to be published. I have another project that I’m working on, which is extremely near and dear to my heart, even more than Sunlight, Coffee and Roses, though I am not ready to reveal it yet. I still have a ways to go in completing it, but that day is coming. It has a lot of me in it, so I have to make sure to take my time in making it just right and saying what I want to say. Wonderful things will manifest before the year is over.

Also, just a couple of weeks ago I was a guest on a radio talk show. Check it out below!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lets_chat/2017/10/05/lets-chat-w-mz-toni-and-lissha-second-chances

 

What Lies Ahead Summer/Fall 2017

As this weekend comes to a close, I have to reflect on it and say that it was absolutely awesome. Why? This year I attended the Atlanta Kick Back, a book expo. I had intended to go to last year’s event, but changed my mind. I told myself that there was no way that I would miss it this year. I wasn’t totally sure that I’d actually make it until the night before despite all of my hopes and plans, but I did.Read More »

What Lies Ahead in Spring-Summer 2017

So many ideas, so little time. I can’t even begin to predict how the next several months will go, but I have high hopes and several things I’d like to accomplish. For starters, my second book, Sunlight, Coffee & Roses (SC&R for short), has turned into something totally different from what I had initially thought it’d be. Instead of a collection of short stories, it is blossoming more into a novel. I went through a serious period of writer’s block, especially after I finished Reflection in the Music. Then again, I’m not sure I’d call it writer’s block. I was just tired. The experience of writing and self-publishing was more emotionally and mentally and physically draining than I had anticipated. Add to that my everyday responsibilities and I had to take a step back from working on my second book and even updating this blog as frequently—I never stopped writing, though. What’s funny is I’ve had ideas for all types of poems, short stories and other books, but couldn’t seem to sort out my thoughts for SC&R. I had a deadline that I set for myself to finish this book last November, but as it is April, I’ll just take my precious time and aim for mid-summer. That seems like an appropriate time for a title such as Sunlight.

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