Community

Sep 11th, 2018 muses, social media, writing arstanley 2 min read

 I joined an author webinar last evening hoping to get some wisdom, tips, learn from people who are in the industry. I can’t say I came away with anything earth-shattering. Honestly, I was disappointed and disgruntled when all was said and done. That’s not really the point I’m trying to make with this blog though. One of the great tips they did give was that…

Fans

Sep 2nd, 2018 muses, writing arstanley 1 min read

I am not a famous writer. I am simply an amateur writer who self-published a novel on Amazon. I’m not dissing myself. I started writing on a consistent basis in 2013. (A funny side note, I can always remember what year it was because it was after I saw the movie ‘Catching Fire’ and finished reading the ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy. For another blog… ) I…

Bumps

Aug 31st, 2018 publishing, social media, writing arstanley 1 min read

I thought writing a novel was hard work. Then I decided to self-publish. And run social media. And promote. And have my husband design and lay things out. And it suddenly overwhelmed me, and some amateur attempts came out of it all. I tell myself I am not the first to experience this nor will I be the last.  Each step and setback can teach…

I Wrote a Book About Addiction

Feb 20th, 2018 writing arstanley 3 min read

I wrote a book about addiction. When the idea of Dandelion came to me I did not intend to set out to write a book about addiction. I really did not. It even surprises me that Dandelion turned into what she did. I hope that is not disappointing to anyone. That’s how writing can be, though. You get a half-formulated plot, sit down, and start…

Music

Feb 7th, 2018 muses arstanley 3 min read

I am a lover of music. Since I was a little girl if music played, I sang. When I was young I remember wishing, praying, that my voice would change into a beautiful singing voice. It never happened but I never stopped singing. In the car, shower, anytime I am at home I have Spotify going and I’m singing along. I learned how to play…

Plan

Feb 3rd, 2018 publishing arstanley 4 min read

I get overwhelmed, easily. Too many changes, too many ‘what if’s’, too many ideas, and my mind shuts down. When I was younger I thought something was wrong with me. Everyone around me seemed to fire off ideas, keep pace with the conversation, generate ideas and thoughts in a flash. I could follow the conversation fine, the lecture, the idea, but I couldn’t come up…

That Little Girl is Me

Jan 23rd, 2018 muses, writing arstanley 5 min read

That little girl is me. I am sure you’ve figured that out. Yesterday was kind of a rough day for me, a lot of those dark voices some of us fight came to haunt me. They sort of unpacked for the day. Sat with me on the couch and just kept talking. Have you ever experienced that? I have fought the inner turmoil all my…