My Writing Genre

Jun 13th, 2019 A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 3 min read

When I was little, we had this kid record player and one of the records we had was The Hobbit. I remember listening to it a lot. I loved fantasy and adventures and mythical creatures. Finding My Voice In the ’90s a TV mini-series of Merlin aired with Sam Neill playing Merlin. I’m embarrassed to admit how often I watched that mini-series. When I was…

My Writing Space

Jun 11th, 2019 A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 4 min read

Do you have a designated area that’s for writing or doing art? This is my desk in my studio. I had to face the window. Had to. I love looking out at my backyard all year long. It isn’t really about the space I’ve moved around the house with my writing and creativity. I started out in our sunroom. Later, I had a writing cabinet…

Favorite Motivational Quote

Jun 6th, 2019 A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 1 min read

I am not sure if this is my favorite motivational quote of all time, but it is for sure a favorite, perhaps even a mantra of this year. This year I started a Pinterest board for my word of the year, Process, and a board for the year in a more general sense. When I have ideas, my mind tends to have a feel, a…

The Reason I Write

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

It keeps me sane. That feels like the easy answer. Maybe it isn’t the ‘easy’ answer but the answer a lot of people might say. Why is that? What about writing draws the writer back time and time again? Keeping my sanity while I bleed on the page Have you heard the quote from Red Smith the sportswriter from 1949? Red Smith was asked if…

Business Mind

May 30th, 2019 A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 4 min read

I talked a little in my last post about how self-promotion took me about a year to figure out. I am not saying I am perfect at it either, I am always learning from the experience. The other piece of this self-publishing writing journey I am learning about this year is business. Selling books When I published my first book, I did not have a…

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…

spring

Apr 29th, 2019 A Year on The Porch arstanley 2 min read

It’s the time of year for new possibilities. . I saw a friend this past weekend I had not seen in something like 18 years. It was so good to get a hug from her, meet her kids, hear a little about her life now. . I overheard two conversations this past weekend that I wanted to jump into and offer my opinion. Share how…

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…