Hey fellow Wordsmiths,
I know it's been a minute since I've put up something fresh but life has decided to give me a new path to trod.. It's been quite a walk so far but I've been itching to get back into reading and writing, The slump has been the worst part about this "journey" but I know it will be worth it once I get to my destination.
I've been doing my best to get back into reading by hitting up some of my old favourites. I mean I clocked two books in one week . I still got the bug . It's true books are friends.
To all those who have sent me requests for reviews, I am doing my best to go through all of them and respond to you . It's gonna take a little time but I'm gonna try my best to get to all of them .
I'll fill you guys in on this new path once I get a handle on things. Until then thank you for the continued support. I may not know you by name but thank you !
PS Just writing this little note gave me familiar a zing . That tends to happen when you write from the heart and let your fingers follow.
Honesty is the best policy.
Simple yet profound.
If you lie to your best friend to spare their feelings, you aren't doing them any favours. When they hear the truth from someone who is more callous than caring, the hurt is ten times more than if you told them in the first place. In this world of literature, we all appreciate well crafted sentences and creative use of words.
When we are asked to give a review, it's like someone asking their best friend for an honest opinion on something. Don't lie to them; don't lie to the readers. Believe it or not we are entrusted with something someone has worked on. Being honest in your review means a lot to a writer especially when given in a constructive manner. It builds them as writers and helps to expand their artistic reach. I've learned the value of evaluation through being both a blogger and a Toastmaster. From the perspective of a blogger, I have to do it for the author and the reader. Has this book reached its potential? Can it improve? I am one other perspective and most of the time we are the sample which represents the masses. Not to mention I love to stir discussion about a good book. All these work out in favour of the author and the readers.
In the end we should aim to hail great works of art as well as help others to reach those heights of greatness. I became a better speaker and presenter because after every speech I presented, I was evaluated. I got someone else's views on my strengths and weaknesses.
As bloggers, we have an awesome responsibility to play a role in recognizing literary art and giving an honest review of them. Be true to what we are about, be true to yourself.
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It has been quite the summer. Book tours, books and life. I celebrated the blogiversary on August 8, 2016 for These Words. I've read books and did a few reviews. Admittedly less than I would have liked but I'm happy all the same.
I had so many plans but with a change in jobs and homes, I didn't get to devote as much time to my blog. I tried my best to keep my social media pages active with updates and such. Not to mention my quest to becoming a better speaker in Toastmasters. I was a bit stretched.
At least it wasn't all for naught. Just to give you an update. I now have my first apartment, a new job which could open up to a new career path (writing will always be my first love) and I've done quite well in Toastmasters. I am the new Vice President of Education of my club and I earned my Competent Communicator designation (it's a big deal like getting your black belt in speaking).
But it was also a summer of writer's block. I've gotten bit busy and a tad overwhelmed with the changes and new responsibilities that I just can't seem to get the words out. When they do come out there is a typo or they just don't sound right. Ugh! It's such a pain when you have so much to say and you want to let the world know about an awesome book but it just isn't working out. I mean really.This has been a tough one to write. But that's the beauty about writing. If you just write something about anything you can get your flow back.
So, I'll write about my summer and all the things that came with it. That way, at least someone can know they are not alone and it's ok.
Until next time.... keep those pens moving.
I coined this phrase when I realized that I believed in words in every form that it takes. I was presenting my first Toastmaster speech to my club when I coined the phrase. It was an introductory speech to tell my club a little bit about myself. It was entitled, "Alice in Wonderland". Needless to say I got Best Speaker for that speech.Whether it’s reading written words, saying profound words or writing beautiful words. I’ve always been an expressive person. Ever since I was a child I took part in speech club and debating. I loved reading. I remember the first book I read on my own, Hansel and Gretel. I can even go as far to say that reading is in my blood. I can sit and spend hours talking to my father about books. Our favourites are Shakespare’s Macbeth and Rage of Angels by Sydney Sheldon. My Dad is a lover of books by Mario Puzo and Sydney Sheldon. As I said, it’s in my blood.
I wrote my first novella at 12 years old but I wasn’t brave enough to have it published. I continued writing and reading well throughout my teen years. I knew I wanted to be an author one day. I just didn’t have the courage to put myself out there. I learned that lesson over the last two years. When I was 21, Cosmopolitan put out on open call for contributors. Of course, I had enough material to choose from. Swallowing the nerves and exhaling the doubt, I submitted an article. Only to never hear anything about it again. That was my first major rejection. I kept quiet and posted a few things on Facebook. All the while questioning my ability as a writer. After, delving into a world a books deeper than I had before, I found more solace in words than anywhere else.
I wanted to try my hand at writing again but I wasn’t sure how. So, I came up with the idea of a blog. Of course, I knew it would be tough. I knew it would be a lot of work. I just wasn't sure if I was ready. Then I realized you would never be ready until you made the first step. So I did. I wanted to do something that I loved. I wanted to find a way to put both my loves together. Reviews for books. Perfect. I now live in a world where words make up everything and I'm quite comfortable in it. Thus my belief that "Words are the epitome of expression."
When I realized I wanted to be a writer, I always thought of magazine editor in the corner office or an author in a home office. I never thought of being a blogger, sitting up early on the weekend or late nights on weeknights. I'm a blogger with a regular full time job. A book review blogger who is always armed with a book and pen. I'm actually
sitting in a hotel lobby before a meeting writing this. I have a 9 - 5 job in the corporate sector. By the end of a day of crunching figures, putting together reports and doing the business tango, I'm tired. However, I'm vibrating with excitement to get on to my blog at night. I go from business to book blog and I simply love it. I keep up with the social media end of things during the day as I just can't resist being who I am, a book lover blogging about books.
It truly adds colour, flavour and texture to my life. When people ask me what I do in my spare time, I grin and tell them, "I'm Editor in Chief of my book review blog." Not the answer expected by most. It's been such an exciting and satisfying journey and I've met so many interesting, unique and talented authors, bloggers and readers among other things.
I may have a full time job but I also have a full time dream of one day being a writer.
Don't let anyone stop you, it's not impossible to go from business to book blogger.
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Sometimes, there is simply too much going on. All the while there is a good book beckoning me. That's when I reach for my headphones. I have a special playlist just for reading. It helps me to zone completely into my book (sighs and sinks into cushions) and get lost in the story . It's almost like the soundtrack of a movie. I listen to contemporary instrumentals especially when I'm reading a thiller or romance. Pieces by my favourite musicians, Nathan Lanier and Lindsey Sterling, populate my playlist, aptly named ' Reading Rhythm '.
Reading Rhythm playlist :
Torn - Nathan Lanier
• Sand - Nathan Lanier
• Axios - Nathan Lanier
• Crystallize - Lindsey Sterling
Simple and on loop. I believe music and reading can go hand in hand to soothe the raw edges of a bad day.
I'm in a really good mood because, of course, it's Saturday; one of my favourite days of the week. You can get up early or late, lay in bed and smile at the ceiling. It's also when you get to stay in your pajamas all day, eat cereal for lunch and read a good book.
What do I do on a Saturday? Well, since I work a regular 9-5 job Monday to Friday, I take my time on a Saturday morning unless, I feel like getting in an early work out at the gym. I'll talk about that in a moment. I like to watch sunlight creep in through my bedroom windows. Yes, I'm guilty of grabbing my phone and checking messages, emails and social media. It just seems that once I'm awake, I'm doing something. Once I've decided my quiet moment has been sufficiently spent, I get up to join the real world. I get breaksfast, clean up if, I didn't the night before and do laundry before turning to my lappy (laptop), to do some work on my blog.
I like to check in on my regular haunts like, Bossedup.org, LeanIn.org and Youtube. Judging by the sites, you must know I'm all about empowerment of women. I may turn to pen and paper to smash out a review or a speech. I am a Toastamster, I do speeches.
Aside from my blog, stay busy in the gym. I'm totally into health and fitness. Currently, I can bicep curl 40lbs and leg press 220 lbs. No, I don't look like a body builder. Acutally, I'm 4'10.5" and 117 lbs. I just believe a strong mind and strong body contributes to a strong person.
So, now that you know a little bit about my saturday, tell me about yours. What is your Saturday vibe? You can comment below or tweet me @TheseWordBlog or leave a comment on my facebook page: These Words: A Blog.
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