Book Signing

May 23rd, 2019 A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 4 min read

When you start out with a new venture, the people who support you first are your friends and family. I think the beauty of that should be embraced and celebrated. Often, we want to laugh at best friends and moms who are overly excited about their friend’s work. Instead, I think we should take note of those getting celebrated. Fanbase When I finished my first…

it’s been awhile

May 14th, 2019 A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 1 min read

Hey friends, it’s been some time since I got a blog post up! My apologies. I was cranking it out and keeping on my schedule but as I neared the end of writing the first draft of my next novel I funneled all my energy towards that. It is my goal to get back at the blogging and back to my regular schedule for June…

Instagram

Apr 18th, 2019 A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 2 min read

I joined Insta in 2013 but didn’t use it until two years ago. It took me a minute to get used to it but as my love affair with Facebook was dwindling my love of beautiful pictures grew. The square When I published Dandelion Jane: Strawberry Jelly in 2017 I threw my Instagram posting into full gear. Something about Insta feels easy, free, light. I…

writing prompt #3

Apr 16th, 2019 A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 7 min read

I am continuing on in my writing prompt series. I hope you are having as much fun as I am! And off we go… Mama hadn’t been right for a long time. She ain’t never say nothin’ to me, but I could tell when I looked at her. Her skin looked funny and her eyes ain’t been clear in weeks. I tried my best to…

Facebook

Apr 11th, 2019 A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 3 min read

Last year I had every intention of kicking my social media posting in the butt. As my bullet journal showed at the end of the year, I failed. As I said in my earlier post, me and social media have a fraught relationship. I want to like it. When social media was growing in popularity, I enjoyed it quite a bit. As time went on,…

writing prompt #2

Apr 9th, 2019 A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 5 min read

If you missed my post last week this is my new venture on the blog. Once a week I will post a writing prompt with my work inspired by it. I would love for you to join me and share your finished pieces. And off we go… The door opens letting in a stream of light. It has felt dark for days, weeks, I’m not…

Social Media

Apr 4th, 2019 A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 3 min read

You guys… this is my legit face when I start to think about social media and promoting myself. I am an Enneagram 1w2. I am a Myers Briggs INFJ. I do not like fake. I do not like corruption. I can’t even when it comes to social media. But here we are. I’m an author and I want to sell my books. Over the years…

writing prompt #1

Apr 2nd, 2019 A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 10 min read

I have wanted to blog more and struggled with what I wanted my new content to contain. While brainstorming about the coming month the idea of writing prompts was born. As authors, we have all seen and participated in a given writing prompt and they can be a lot of fun. My goal is to publish a small work based off a prompt once a…

My Editor

Mar 28th, 2019 A.R. Stanley, A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 3 min read

My little series on influential people in my writing career wouldn’t mean nearly as much if I didn’t touch on my second biggest supporter – my editor and best friend. Who’s always in your corner cheering you on? That December that I began writing again, the first person I let see my work, was my best friend. It was bad. It was clunky and I…

Suzanne Collins

Mar 21st, 2019 A.R. Stanley, A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 3 min read

Suzanne Collins means something to me that Louisa May Alcott can’t touch. While Louisa inspired me, encouraged me, gave me the courage to write, Collins saved my life. When you read the book that changes your life there is a distinct before and after. Am I crazy saying that? Is it only me? I doubt it. I will never forget where I was, what I…