5 Ways to Find Your Passion

5 Ways to Find Your Passion

5 Ways to Find Your Passion

Rethink the definitions of passion, purpose and calling. The first person to make me rethink this is the author and entrepreneur Jeff Goins. He talks about what calling is in his book, The Art of Work. I’ve recommended it before in my review here if you want to read it. For now, I’ll go over it briefly. According to Jeff, a calling is a portfolio of your entire life-not just your job or occupation like many people think. Instead, that portfolio includes what you do for your family and your church in addition to your job. I agree with Jeff’s definition

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5 Love Lessons

5 Love Lessons

What is love? It is that feeling created by hormones and heartbeats? Or is it something more? In the Bible, God is love. Most people quote from 1 Corinthians 13 when they try to define love. But love isn’t a set of attributes, and it’s certainly not feelings. Love is a commitment and a covenant. Love is a decision. It’s an everyday, every moment decision to continue to show love with actions, even when your heart doesn’t care. This sounds impossible, and I would say it is-without God in the middle of it. The truth is that people will do something that

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5 Lessons from God

5 Lessons from God

This past weekend was crazy. I moved into my apartment, which was not clean, and then had to clean it/organize it. I still have tons of boxes to unpack and I couldn’t find my tablet until Wednesday. But through it all, God brought me closer than ever to him and to understanding what he would like me to do in my life. These next five points are the ones that stood out to me.   The Holy Spirit is a real and active person of the Trinity So often, Christians ignore the Holy Spirit because of the “strange” ways the

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5 Updates from Marie

5 Updates from Marie

At the end of each month, I like to do a short update of what I have been up to so that my followers can know how long it will be until I finish the next book, why I might not be responding to emails, and overall fun facts. So, what five things is it this time? My husband and I applied and were accepted into an apartment. After searching and wondering and praying, we finally are able to move out of my parent’s house and into our own place! We are so excited to start establishing a place to

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5 Ways to Research for a Book

5 Ways to Research for a Book

Researching for a book isn’t an easy process, but it’s not an impossible task either. Many writers state they don’t need to research, but can write their stories by the seat of their pants. I beg to differ, for even pantsers will eventually start researching how long it takes for someone to die of poison (I promise we aren’t serial killers!). Usually the first place writers turn to is the internet. However, that’s only one way to research while writing because there’s at least four other ways to research: books, experts, logical reasoning, and trial and error. The World Wide

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My 5 Favorite African American Authors

My 5 Favorite African American Authors

While contemplating who my favorite African American authors are, I realized that all of them are no longer alive: Frederick Douglass, Phillis Wheatley, Harriet Jacobs, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Maya Angelou. But at the same time, I realized why I love these authors in the first place. Frederick Douglass If you haven’t read the Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, you need to read it. I first read it in high school but would continue to read passages from it occasionally. Douglass’ narrative style make a compelling argument against slavery. He also makes an argument of empowerment for his brethren

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5 Resolutions for 2017

5 Resolutions for 2017

One of the tips I’ve read for keeping New Year’s resolutions is to make them public so that others can help keep you accountable. I took their advice and have made five resolutions for 2017.   Self publish my own book My first step in accomplishing this task is having beta readers for my book who will give me feedback on what needs to be improved. Then I will have to edit the manuscript by adding, subtracting and rewriting. After that, I have to find an illustrator and cover designer for my book. Finally, I have to find a formatter to make

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5 Things I Learned from 2016 Resolutions

5 Things I Learned from 2016 Resolutions

At the beginning of 2016, I made a few New Year’s Resolutions. One of those was to finish my novel, which I accomplished. I also accomplished more emotional and spiritual goals, like growing closer to my husband and reading my Bible daily. But I didn’t get 100 new followers or post a blog every week. I certainly didn’t lose weight. You might feel the same about your resolutions-some accomplished, some not. But why did we fail to complete them all? Well, as I thought about what made some goals accomplished and some not, five qualities stood out to me.   I

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Star Wars: Rogue One is better than Star Wars: Force Awakens and Here’s Why

Star Wars: Rogue One is better than Star Wars: Force Awakens and Here’s Why

The following analysis is based solely on my own opinion. I am an avid fan of the Star Wars series and am merely doing an analysis of both movies. The following does contain spoilers. Star Wars: Rogue One is better than Star Wars: Force Awakens. Before any one lights their torches and gets out the pitchforks, hear me out. Star Wars: Force Awakens is not as good as Star Wars: Rogue One because of story structure and character development. Concepts from K.M. Weiland’s story structure and character arc writings were used to form this opinion, but they don’t reflect K.M.

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Plans for 2017

Plans for 2017

Not only am I planning on self-publishing Etania, I am thinking that I am going to change how the blog will work, as well as my email list. I will be publishing one post a week called “Five Minute Friday” which will focus on news about my writing and reading. Then, if I have time, I hope to publish at least one review a month about either a book, movie or travel spot that relates to the genre of fantasy or inspired me in my writing.

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