Hashtags for Authors

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Do you know what a hashtag is?

I bet you’ve seen hashtags already, in social media, or even in blog post titles.

Perhaps you’ve used them. Perhaps not.

At any rate, today I’m going to help you get a clearer understanding of what hashtags are… and give you some sample hashtags you can use… if you are a writer or author.

I also want you to share this information with your friends and followers, so please share this post on social media, including on Twitter!

Now, let’s get to it…

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Boost Your Productivity by Using Future Me (and Accomplish a TON!)

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Wow. I’m a bit of a procrastinator.

I just checked all the “drafts” I have in my blogging folder, and some are from over two years ago!

Shame on me. And I call myself a writer. LOL

But that’s not why I’m writing this to you today. And, yes, it’s today, April 5, 2016.

Today, I’m going on a rant. I’m also going to talk to you about how you can follow my example to attain self-actualization, as well as all of the things I’ve accomplished since using Future Me.

However, this is not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill blog post. So please read it until the end! (Or you might miss something!)

Some Thoughts about my Future

Because I like to write, I think I’m going to bring back True Tales Tuesdays blog posts, like the kind I used to write on my very first blog, Lorraine Reguly’s Life (which no longer exists, as I’ve turned that blog into Wording Well and have since opened a business which offers 4 different freelancing services).

But I like writing, diary-style, and feel the need to document some more of my life history.

After all, one day (ask me when!), I’m going to publish a series of books about my life and all that I’ve been through… from being raped when I was a virgin, to quitting school, to becoming a single mom of a half-Spanish boy, to doing drugs, to prostituting myself, to getting two university degrees, to teaching high school, to returning to prostitution and then getting involved with crack, to turning my life around after nearly dying, to opening a freelancing business, to going on the trip of a lifetime, to… well, let’s see, that’s where I’m at right now, so I am not sure how or when the series will end!

My question to you: Would you like to see these types of posts here?

Let me know in the comments!

How I Used Future Me to Boost My Productivity

Anyway, today I wanted to share something with you that I found helpful to me a couple of years ago, and also which is helpful to me today, in keeping my goals and productivity on track.

It involves writing a letter to yourself… to your future self… using a free service called FUTURE ME.

HOW IT WORKS

Basically, you simply write a letter to your future self. You pick the day you want to receive an email from your present self, then write the letter, then send it off.

Easy-peasy, right?

I was first introduced to this site by Benny Hsu, when I took one of his courses just over two years ago.

At that time, I was still suffering (although mildly) from depression, and I wanted to Get Busy Living instead of dying (the name of the course, which is now unavailable).

Benny actually gave it to me because I wanted it. And, at the time, I had no money. And no credit card.

I am forever indebted to the mastermind who created that 30-day email course.

It changed my life.

I became motivated.

I had drive.

I wanted to reach my goals, and made plans to do so.

Then I reached them.

I used FUTURE ME to help.

I started writing letters to myself, knowing that I’d be disappointed in myself if I didn’t do what I said I was going to do.

It worked.

Almost three years ago, I wrote the following letter, which I was to receive on my mom’s 68th birthday. I got it, too!

Here is the letter I sent myself:

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Indie Promotion Sites

Ebook Cover - Risky Issues by Lorraine Reguly

There are many sites that promote books. Today I will share a couple with you, and I want YOU to tell ME which sites YOU KNOW OF that promote books. Let’s all share with one another!

Just drop a line and a link in the comments! Thanks. 🙂

Indie Promoter: Owen Thomas

I recently discovered another promotional site for indie authors: Owen Thomas Fiction. This indie helps emerging Indie fiction Authors by doing several different things, including author interviews.

He published a mention of my book on his Emerging Indie Authors page, which links to a press release for Risky Issues.

According to Owen:

Selected authors must subscribe to this site and include a reciprocal link on their author website. If your application is approved, I will post the following information: your name, the name of your book, available formats, a 100-word summary, a link to your website, and the place or places your book can be found. Postings will be made 1-3 times per week on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Indies Unlimited

Indies Unlimited is a great place to connect with other Indie authors. It’s written by Indies, for Indies. Need I say more?

Check out their FAQ page to learn more.

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Recipe for My Sweet 8-Layer Cake

8 Layer Cake

I have a sweet tooth. Many people do.

That’s one of the reasons I wanted to share this SUPER-EASY recipe for my 8-layer cake with you.

The other reason I am sharing this is because I believe that good great recipes should be shared!

This is NOT Just a Christmas Recipe!

You can make this recipe any time you want. It’s not just for Christmas!

WARNING: You will love this sweet treat!

The best part about this recipe is that it is SUPER EASY to make. Basically, all you do is simply layer your ingredients in the pan and then throw it in the oven and let the heat do the work!

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Recipe for THE BEST Cabbage Rolls EVER (Pics included!)

Cabbage rolls

My grandmother was the best cook I know. She passed along her knowledge to my mom, and my mom has passed along her knowledge to me.

By writing about the creation of one of the Christmas dishes I made after my mom broke her arm in late 2015, I’m not only sharing their secrets with my cousin (who expressed interest in this recipe in my Facebook post), but…

…I’m also passing this information along to you!

Trust me, you’ll thank me for it in the end, as this recipe for the BEST CABBAGE ROLLS EVER makes the best cabbage rolls in the world!

These cabbage rolls are very easy to make although making them takes a bit of time.

Clear Instructions

I’ve outlined everything clearly, in a step-by-step fashion, too. (I know not everyone is a cook, and I once needed all the instruction I could get!)

I know you are going to love these cabbage rolls. My entire family does, and so do my friends (those lucky enough to have tasted these cabbage rolls, that is…)!

Enjoy!

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Two Recipes for YOU + Why I’ve Been Offline (Hint: My Mom Broke Her Arm)

Mom's arm from the front

I’ve been offline for over a month, and it’s all my mom’s fault!

(Well, I have to blame someone… right?)

It’s true, in this case, though, because my mom fell and broke her arm.

My Mom Broke Her Arm

She hurt herself quite badly, and needed to go to the hospital to learn that she broke her left humerous (upper arm bone).

The image of her X-ray (below) clearly shows the broken bone. (The arrows indicate where it’s broken.)

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Writing Rhymes (Limericks)

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Today I want to entertain you with three limericks. Basically, this short post was written simply to make you smile. Of course, I’m going to challenge you to write a limerick of your own…

The following limericks follow the pattern A/A/B/B/A with the syllable count of 8/8/5/5/8.

Rules for Writing Limericks

A limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm. ~source

Limericks are also supposed to poke fun at something.

The limerick packs laughs anatomical
Into space that is quite economical.
But the good ones I’ve seen
So seldom are clean
And the clean ones so seldom are comical. ~source

In the ones I wrote for you today, I poke fun at myself. I hope you get a kick out of them!

Three Limericks for You

Limerick #1

There once was an author from Spain

who went by the name of “Lorraine.”

She thought she wrote well,

but, as you can tell,

she only self-published in vain!

(I self-published Risky Issues mainly to learn the process of self-publishing. Now I help others edit and self-publish their books! Visit my services page on Wording Well for editing. Then take a look at how easy it is to self-publish a book by visiting my author assistant services page.)

Limerick #2

There once was a woman from Wales

who could tell very tall tales.

Though her stories sucked,

and she thought she was f**ked,

she ended up making a lot of sales.

(NOTE: I wish this were true! LOL)

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After the Scars #bookreview

Kerri and I in front of the Be Happy painting at RMH

In October 2015, I had the pleasure of meeting Kerri Kijewski, a blind woman I interviewed in 2014.

Kerri is one of the contributors to After The Scars (A Second Chances Anthology)

Kerri gave me an autographed copy of this book, too! (Read about how I met her… and another writer!)

Me holding Kerri's book
Me holding Kerri’s book
Me showing Kerri's autograph
Me showing Kerri’s autograph

About After the Scars

After the Scars is a book with a message that needs sharing.

In fact, at the beginning of the book, it specifically says: “This collection of stories and poetry deal with themes of emotional and physical domestic abuse, but most importantly these stories are about hope, strength, survival and moving on.”

The message is clear: sufferers of abuse can move on with their lives.

I concur, as this is the same message I convey with Risky Issues.

After the Scars book cover
After the Scars book cover

My Book Review of After the Scars (also on Goodreads)

After the Scars, as a whole is a pretty good book.

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How Writers Can Use Blogging to Increase Reading Audience

How Writers Can Use Blogging to Increase Reading Audience

Authors nowadays are expected to maintain a blog, as there are many benefits associated with blogging, including promotional and marketing perks. Of course, there are others, too, and today a guest of mine is going to delve into them in-depth. Please welcome Linda Craig to Laying It Out There, and seriously consider what she has … Read more