Do I Have An Inner Extrovert Screaming To Get Out?

This video is cute but I have to say it’s pretty much the same in Michigan.

I’ve always considered myself an introvert. I need quiet time – and lots of it. I avoid phones like the plague. Too much noise, too much chaos, too much ‘people time’ and stress starts to build like pressure in an active volcano.

I can be sociable for a while. It’s more comfortable when it’s with a small group of people, preferably one-on-one, and with those I know fairly well. But when I’m done socializing, I’m done. I don’t want to talk anymore. I don’t want to be wherever I am. I just want to go home for some of that calm, restorative quiet I mentioned above.

That said, I find myself having the most interesting conversations with people I don’t know. My daughter once noted how weird that is. Once, referring to a very quiet cashier she said, “I’ve never seen him talk to anyone but you. And there’s that woman at the other store too. You’re the only one she talks to.”

And then there are days like today…

We went to a local store to pick up some things we needed. And some things we didn’t need but hey, my daughter loves to shop and while I’m following her around, I tend to find things I wouldn’t otherwise see – like the Ozark Trail 20 oz stainless steel tumbler that promises to keep drinks cold. With summer fast approaching, you know I had to have them. And they were on clearance for $5.00 each. Win for me! (By the way, that was an affiliate link. If you click on it and buy something at Amazon, I will make a small commission but your price won’t change. Read about it in my Terms of Service)

So anyway, we finally made it back to the van. While my daughter buckled Aria in the car seat, I got in the passenger seat and rolled the window down. After more than an hour of shopping, my feet hurt.

While sitting there, an ornery looking woman stood next to the car beside us, waiting for her elderly mother who was pushing their cart to the corral (she refused to let her daughter do it). As the woman stood there she said, “It’s too hot.”

Me being me, I said, “I know. I’m already missing snow and windchills.”

We then had a very nice conversation about how we’re in the minority and can’t talk about how much we hate hot weather because the summer loving majority don’t care for those who prefer cooler weather. By the time we pulled out, not only was the ornery expression gone but she’d even smiled and laughed a few times – especially when I told her I have an aunt who seems to blame me for winter.

Sometimes, I think there really is an extrovert hiding somewhere inside me, fighting to get out. Other times, I wonder if something in my brain takes it as a challenge of some kind. “Not going to talk to me? We’ll see about that!” And then I think maybe it’s just that I don’t like to see people unhappy so I try to cheer them up.

Honestly, I don’t know. It depends on the day. It’s probably the second thing. I always have enjoyed a good challenge. 🙂

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Where Did April Go?!

I started the month out with some lofty goals, and I honestly intended to work hard at meeting them. But two things got in the way. First, the writer’s block I’ve been battling for the past couple of years reared its ugly head again. And second, there’s been some nail-biting things going on behind the scenes for many authors lately.

As I mentioned last week, I’ve spent a good portion of the month updating files and getting about half of my books into other online bookstores. Google was the final frontier for me and now they’re up there too. You can find them here.

I’ve been getting better sleep thanks to the Trim Healy Mama diet (affiliate link), when I’m not having to get up early for various appointments for my daughter and Aria. It was crazy this week and I’m hoping things slow down a bit for the next few weeks. I’m also hoping to kick the lingering burnout and writer’s block to the curb – once and for all.

I may wind up taking a page out of fellow author, Ruth Ann Nordin‘s book. She realized writing had become a chore because she was trying to ‘write to market,’ and putting stories out on an insane publishing schedule. Sometimes, that can work. Other times, it sucks all of the joy of creating stories out of an author. That’s where I’m at right now. Trying to find the joy again.

Throw in life and the fact that I chose to spend most of my time enjoying Aria the past couple of years (because time just passes way too fast with babies and toddlers). I’m not even going to mention the fact that my kids seem to think all I have to do is sit down at the computer and start typing and boom! The story writes itself.

Umm…

Yeah.

So anyway, I’m going through everything I’ve got partially written, along with the list of stuff I want to write, and I’m going to see what resonates deep down in my writer’s heart. The things that feel like a chore right now will be going on a back burner. Once my brain is back in writer mode, I’ll revisit them. Until then, I’ll only be focusing on stories that get my pulse racing and my mind going in a million directions with one idea after another.

A quick update on the diet? Well… I turned twenty-nine again on Tuesday so things have been kind of hit and miss. Birthday weeks only roll around once a year and when the new Avengers movie is coming out five days later – and you know you’re going to be enjoying a bag of popcorn and some Raisinets, and (while you’re at it) you might as well make a pan of lasagna with noodles between now and then, there isn’t much point in fighting it. Right?

I’m still loving the plan though. It’s not hard to stick to. But there’s no hot fudge ice cream cake on it. And popcorn is just an occasional treat. And, well, I’m just not going to the theater without getting popcorn.

Yeah. Sometimes I’m worse than a toddler. 😀

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Another Update for April


Available now at the sites listed below. I believe The Daddy Pact (old cover above) is missing from a couple sites but I’ll take care of that in the next few days.

Sadly, I’ve done very poorly with Camp NaNoWriMo this month. Hopefully, starting Monday, I can play some quick catch up. Nowhere near what I’d planned, but better than where it stands now – which is less than 5,000 words. On a brighter note, I now have eleven more books ‘wide.’ That means they are at iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo,  Google Books, Google Play, and Smashwords, in addition to Amazon.  When I figure out how to find myself on Google Books and Google Play, I’ll share those links here too.

By mid-May, Enza, Josh, The Secret Admirer, The Ripple, and Storytime Shorts will be joining them.

If this works out, I’ll be making the rest of my books available to the other stores again. I’ll be doing some advertising and praying, and hoping for the best that it does because I have never liked the thought of being exclusive to one online bookstore.

This post may contain affiliate links (see my Terms of Service). What that means is if you click on one of the links and purchase a qualifying product from Amazon, I will make a small percentage. Your price will not change.

But enough of that. Now for a quick update on my Trim Healthy Mama (THM) journey…

Except for one small cheat early last week, I’ve been on plan for eight days in a row. I do realize I’m more of an emotional eater than I though since the cheat followed hot on the heels of several hours of frustration while trying to upload the books to Google. I finally got to the bottom of that problem early this evening.

One of the most exciting things I’ve noticed is that in separating fats and carbs (mostly), and limiting carbs to – at most – 45 grams per meal, I’m sleeping SOOOOOOOO much better. I didn’t need my Fitbit to tell me I was waking up all of the time – up to a dozen or more times for every seven or eight hours sleep I was getting. Now I’m sleeping four to seven hours at a time and only waking up in between for the “Mom’s Taxi Service” runs.

Part of the time, those waking periods were to make a quick run to the bathroom. TMI, I’m sure, but I’m sharing in case anyone else has this issue. I was starting to worry that I might be getting – or already have – diabetes. But after a week on this diet, those trips to the bathroom … they’re over. Unless I chug a whole lot of water right before bed and then that’s my fault. Something about carbs, or sugar  … or both … combined with fats just isn’t conducive for a good night’s sleep 

So I’m feeling better and losing a few pounds – and the food is really pretty good. Tonight (technically, yesterday) I had two tacos, each on a quarter of a Lavash flatbread. I fried them in a little bit of refined coconut oil very briefly. They crisp up so maybe five seconds on each side, then I blotted them off with a paper towel. Then I fried the other half a little longer, until almost crisp (they continue to crisp up as they cool down), broke it into pieces, and had it with a little Tostino’s Salsa Con Queso. They worked very nicely as chips.

About a half an hour ago, after finally figuring out how to get my books up on Google Books and Google Play – and spending several hours doing it, I was kind of hungry. I didn’t want another taco, and I didn’t want anymore chips and cheese. I wanted something sweet. But I wanted it to be quick.

Necessity is the mother of invention, right? So here is what I did…

1 Mission Carb Balance tortilla
2 oz. cream cheese (cold)
1 heaping tablespoon Swerve granular sweetener
2 tablespoons no sugar added strawberry preserves
1-2 tablespoons refined coconut oil

Mix the cold cream cheese with the sweetener and preserves. Heat about a quarter of an inch of coconut oil in small pan. Dump cream cheese mixture in the center of the tortilla and make four quick folds. Place the ‘taco’ top down and turn as soon as it begins to brown – or the filling will leak out – fast. fry the bottom for a bit longer, until it’s golden.

The only thing I might do differently the next time is to freeze the dessert taco until the center is pretty solid. Because lit does start leaking out of the tortilla fairly quickly and I’d have loved to have had the folded edges a little crispier. But I was hungry then  and in too much of a hurry to bother. The most important thing is that my experiment was a huge success. I’ll definitely be enjoying more of these – until I’m more established with the THM plan and work the gluten back out of my diet again.

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It’s That Time of Year Again – and a Recipe

While perusing Pixabay in search of a photo to represent what I’ll be doing this month, I came across the one to the right. I was just going to find one with a woman typing but this one jumped out at me and made me laugh so I thought I’d share it with all of you. It’s just hilarious how monitors keep getting bigger and bigger but keyboards keep getting smaller and smaller. For a writer like me, one who actually took typing classes in school (mostly because one of the two teachers was a cute guy in his twenties that a lot of us girls were half in love with), smaller keyboards are a scary thing.

Scary? Yup. When words are flowing nicely, I can type about 60 wpm, on average. But the closer my fingers are squeezed together on a keyboard, the harder it is to get that kind of speed. The little thing that came with my tablet – which is now Aria’s tablet – is more like texting on a big phone. Kind of like the one in this picture. I’m thinking maybe I should go guy about fifty full sized ones so I’ll never run out! 🙂

Okay. Back to business…

You might have noticed the four progress bars to the right of this post. Those are for the four books I plan to finish during Camp NaNoWriMo this month. During the main event, simply NaNoWriMo (short for the worldwide challenge, National Novel Writing Month), the goal is to write a 50,000 word book in 30 days. During the middle of the holiday season. That’s one of the great things about Camp. It’s not quite as hectic because there’s only one holiday and it doesn’t require a lot of shopping or baking.

The other thing I love about it is … there’s no common goal. During Camp, we can all set whatever goals we want. For me, it’s almost always to finish partially written manuscripts. Hopefully, my goals this year aren’t too lofty but even if they are, I’m still going to do my best to meet them.

Now for a quick update on the new lifestyle I’m trying to make mine – Trim Healthy Mama (THM).

It seems like anytime I make a big dietary change, I tend to fall off the wagon quite a bit at first. This has been no different. Except even as often as I’ve cheated – and it’s been frequent, I’ve noticed something very encouraging. A symptom I’ve had that made me think ”pre-diabetes’ has disappeared. Whew! I can’t begin to say how glad that makes me.

I’m also getting more restful sleep. Instead of waking up ten or fifteen times a night, it’s gotten as low as twice. Twice. That’s an especially nice change of pace.  And it’s pretty cool that even with all of the cheating, I’ve still lost six pounds. Definitely liking the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle. When I’m sticking to it, lol.

Next time, I’ll probably share more about some of the products and foods I especially like but I have to say here and now, powdered Swerve is the best alternative to sugar I’ve ever used.  By the way, that was an affiliate link. If you click on it and buy it, I’ll make a few pennies but your price won’t change.

Now for the recipe. It’s a variation of one I found at one of the many blogs that share Trim Healthy Mama recipes (that was another affiliate link). The stuff I came up with is SO good, I was almost tempted to drink the chocolate, which is why it wound up with peanuts and coconut. It’s hard to drink peanuts and coconut. 😀

Kristy’s Chocolate

1 cup melted (but not hot) LouAna coconut oil
1/2 cup cocoa powder
4 heaping soup spoons of powdered Swerve
2 handfuls peanuts
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Mix all ingredients well. Pour in pan sprayed with a little cooking spray, or in silicone candy molds and chill. Store in the refrigerator and try to limit yourself to a couple of pieces a day. Reasonable size pieces.

Photo Credit: Pixabay

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Movin’ and a Shakin’

As I work toward getting my writing life back to normal, I’ve also had to make a hard decision. After about two and a half years, it’s time for a change. While the ladies who designed my website did a spectacular job, I’m just not tech savvy enough to work with this ‘theme.’ So I thought I’d give you all a heads up and let you know that after I educate myself with a few tutorials, I’ll be packing things up and installing a new theme. One that’s sort of similar to this one, but one I feel sure I can actually use.

Because in the same way I get tired of the way I have my house set up and have to rearrange things, it’s the same way with my website. I need something fresh. Something different. Something I can do myself because I truly love doing things like this – as long as it’s free of html and other code I never want to figure out.

So hopefully, it’ll be a smooth transition. First, the tutorials. Second, figuring out exactly what I want. And third – press the button. That’s not so bad. Just gonna roll with the changes, right? Yeah, I know. Another shameless plug for another favorite song. 🙂

But in case things don’t go as planned, I thought I’d let you know that should the website disappear, it won’t be forever. In the words of the terminator (my son’s favorite movie), “I’ll be back.” Just as soon as I watch the tutorials again and figure out what I did wrong.

I’m going to think positively though. It’s all going to go without a hitch.

It will. (hitting knees to pray)

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Excuses, Excuses

I’d like to say I have a good reason – or better than the ones I’ve already given – to explain my absence from my blog and Facebook page. But I don’t. It all boils down to my old friends burnout and writer’s block. 

I’ve basically been running on empty for a couple of years now. (Please note how I managed to work in the title of one of my very favorite songs so I can use it as an excuse to add the video in a few minutes. 🙂 )

There have been too many obligations and too much stress. Some, I wouldn’t trade for the world – my kids and Aria, for starters. But the rest just got to be too much resulting in not much sleep, writing, or blogging. Then there’s my Facebook page. I don’t even want to talk about how badly I’ve been neglecting all of you over there.

In a nutshell, everything came to a head a couple of months ago. Or started to. I finally managed to make my kids understand that I can’t just sit down, start typing, and produce a book. I need time. I need enough rest. And I need to start delegating some of the responsibilities that somehow wound up being all mine.

Things started to change at the beginning of this month. I’ve been wearing my Fitbit again and since March sixth, I’ve met my goal of seven and a half hours sleep on all but four days. Now I’m working on rearranging my schedule so I can try and get those hours all in a row rather than in two or three longish naps. Between all of this and making the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle work for me, things are looking up. Finally.

I’ve also joined a ‘cabin’ for next month’s Camp NaNoWriMo. Along with a small group of other authors, I’ll be working on finishing up a few projects – Steven (book 2 in the Double M series), the as yet untitled first book in the Weko Harbor series, the Enza prequel, and book 4 in the Haunted Depot series. It sounds like a lot but two of the projects are more than half finished and the other two are partially written novellas.

And I have some big news. For the first time in I don’t know how long, I’m going to dip my toe in the ‘wide’ pond again. Hopefully, by the end of the week, I’ll have the newly recovered and re-titled time travel romances up at Kobo, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and maybe a few other stores (in addition to Amazon). Over the next few weeks, the Casteloria Royals and Haunted Depot series’ will join them.

Whether I keep them there or not, and whether my other books join them in all of the stores will depend entirely on how well they sell. So if you’d like to see my books everywhere again, you might consider helping to spread the word. I’ll share book covers and links as I get them. 🙂

In the meantime, here’s hoping that I’ll be on top of my game again before too much longer. It feels really good to be getting more sleep and to feel more in control of my life and career for the first time in two years.

*Photo Credit: Pixabay 

 

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Super .99 Cent Sale! (& An Update)

Yes, you read that right! Now you can get 23 (twenty-three!) of my books for .99 cents! Am I using too many exclamation points?

Why? Call me a romantic at heart. It’s not like most of my books aren’t romances, right? Fourteen are flat out romances – including 2 book bundles (yes, those are .99 cents too!). Then there’s Enza and a few others. You can check them all out on my Amazon.com author page.

And now for the update…

I’ve been doing pretty good on the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan. There was a speed bump eight days ago when I got too busy and let myself get too hungry – and I consumed too many sugary foods. I paid for it the next couple of days by being achy and tired.

Then yesterday, I was meeting with my mother, sister, brother-in-law, and an aunt and uncle I’d barely seen since my dad’s funeral so I wasn’t going to worry about what I was eating. I was just going to have a nice visit. And a slice of coconut cream pie (oh yum!!!).

Today, I’m dragging again. Not as bad but then I didn’t do like I had the week before. When I went on the sugar cheat, I snacked from mid-afternoon until bedtime. Yesterday, I was back on plan immediately with supper.

One thing stands out to me – I know I feel worse today. And I wouldn’t know that if I hadn’t been starting to feel better. I’ve actually noticed that all week. I’ve had a little more energy, sleeping a little better, and waking up a little more alert than I have in quite some time.

One thing that’s been a huge help to me is (affiliate link >>>) Joseph’s Lavish Bread. They taste great! I’ve used them for ham wraps and pizzas. Broiled until just crisp, they make super chips for salsa.

They also make great crackers that can be used when eating chili, or for making homemade lunches with little squares of meat and cheese – or pizza sauce, pepperoni, and mozzarella.

So I’m really having no problem with changing my eating habits. The only time it’s a challenge is if I forget to eat when I should, or I get too busy and can’t. So I’m trying to make sure neither thing happens again.

And that’s the end of this update. Again, if anyone wants to give this a try – or any other getting healthy/getting in shape/losing weight plan – share your triumphs, struggles, advice, results, and thoughts in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you!

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Wesley From Weko

Hey, everyone. I’m Wesley. Wesley Cooper. 

I guess that introduction only works well if your last name is Bond but a guy’s got to try it sometimes.

So Kristy’s turning the blog over to me this week and while I can be long winded in a face-to-face converWekosation, this is a whole new ballgame for me. Hopefully, you won’t be falling asleep or wanting to beat your head against a wall by the time you’ve finished reading it.

Let’s see. I’m an identical twin and while we were both kind of dorky when we were kids – and even into our mid-teens, I suppose – people say we look kind of like a young Gerard Butler these days. And I’m okay with that. In fact, I play it up as much as I can with the whole five-o’clock shadow thing he’s got going on.

And why not? Most people think I’m shallow anyway, so why the heck shouldn’t I take advantage of my assets? Am I right or am I right?

So…

Let’s see. You probably want to know my life’s history. Or not. But that’s what you’re going to get. The condensed version anyway because I don’t really know what else to write here.

Chase – my twin – and I were dumped in Aunt Jessie’s lap before we even started school. I haven’t seen my mother since and since she only listed him as TBH on our birth certificates, we don’t even know who our father is. And I’m okay with that. Why would I want to know a guy who didn’t stick around long enough to meet me?  Same with dear, sweet Mom.

I know there are some who think she’s the reason why I’ve never stayed in any relationship long. Commitment-phobe seems to be the favored label they’ve pinned on me. Maybe they’re right. After all, I learned at a young age that the people who should love you the most leave. I’m not going to take a chance on something like that happening again.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Aunt Jessie is a great substitute mother. Well, except for making Chase and I dress exactly alike for way too long. She busted her butt to take care of us and raise us right. She’s the one who got us involved in the church youth group, which is where I met my best friends. Nick, John, and Willa. Willa likes to call us the Four Musketeers, even now after we’re all grown up. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for any of them – especially Aunt Jessie.

Next… Hmm. I’m an accountant. Kind of a solitary profession for a life of the party guy like me – and let me tell you, I can party with the best of them. But I save that for weekends now because I’ve got a good job and I’m not about to screw it up by oversleeping because I stayed out too late the night before.

I’m pretty competitive and I love to swim. And read. Don’t tell anyone but I’m a sucker for Nicholas Sparks books. An ex got me hooked when I still cared enough to try and impress her. I can relate to some of his characters. Life doesn’t always give you a happily-ever-after. 

Okay. I’m sure I’ve bored you long enough so I’m going to cut out of here. Kristy says to tell you she’s doing really good on the Trim Healthy Mama plan – except for one thing she’ll mention in her next blog. She says if you’ve never tried (affiliate link >>>Swerve sweetener, you might want to buy stock in the company because she’s probably going to be buying truckloads of it.

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More Changes

This post may contain affiliate links (see here for my disclosure). In a nutshell, it means if you click on a link for a product – and you buy it or any of many other products – I’ll earn a small commission. Your price won’t change at all though. 🙂

Those of you who have been following the blog for any length of time might remember my reaction to going gluten-free. I was back and forth, agonizing over giving up favorite foods forever. Some days, I felt like I could do it, other days, I was more than a little resentful. But I finally got to the place where I gave in and gave it up. For three solid years. Until the day I got glutened … one too many times … by a supplement of all things. Unfortunately, wheat (and gluten) are hidden in all sorts of foods it shouldn’t – and doesn’t need to be in. 

Tired of suffering because of a minute amount of wheat in something I didn’t even get to enjoy, I went on a gluten tantrum that’s never quite ended.

With a baby – now a toddler – in the house, I was getting glutened all the time and didn’t see much point in trying anymore. I’m not going to say no to sweet baby, gluten-filled kisses, and I have no intention of making her eat gluten free snacks just because I can’t have it. Not when she doesn’t need to give it up.

Fast forward a couple of years and I’m getting ready to make another dietary change. I’ve been experiencing symptoms of another health issue and decided enough is enough. I’m still not ready to give up gluten again but it did finally convince me to listen to what a friend – fellow author Diana Layne – has been trying to tell me for over a year.

I’d ignored everything she told me about the Trim Healthy Mama (aka THM) plan. With my hypothyroidism, nothing worked for losing a few pounds. Nothing worked to really make me feel better. So why bother giving up foods I love if it’s all going to be a colossal failure anyway?

With these new symptoms (pre-diabetes), I knew I had to nip them in the bud. I was ready to listen. I had an aunt lose part of her leg because of complications from diabetes. I know other people who struggle with their health because of it. So after reading that dietary changes could reverse that, I was ready to listen.

Of course, this was the gluten-free thing all over again. I did spend less time getting my mind wrapped around it, but I spent a couple weeks gathering dozens and dozens of recipes, and learning as much as I could about this new eating plan.

I know it’s gotten kind of old to hear that a new eating plan isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. But I can honestly it’s probably true with the Trim Healthy Mama plan.

In less than 72 hours, I’d started to feel better. On day four, I knew it wasn’t a fluke. I did feel better.

I also had my day get totally out of control, ran too many errands on too light of a lunch, too many hours after a pretty light breakfast. And I scarfed down some candy, a handful of Doritos, and and a half liter bottle of Vernor’s (The. Best. Ginger. Ale. EVER!).

And now I’m dragging. With all of the great recipes I found, I caved. Because I found the one candy – Zachary’s Bridge Mix – that could tempt me when I was down. Nothing else could have gotten me off track because I was just too excited about having a little energy again.

But I let myself get too hungry. I won’t make that mistake again.

And to help ensure that I do not, I’m going to share my progress reports here. Results I expect to see include some weight loss, much more energy, and a reduction in some residual pain left from my car accident in 2008. Oh yeah. And getting rid of the pre-diabetes symptoms.

I’d love to have some of you join me in my 2018 quest to get healthier and in better shape. If you’d like to try Trim Healthy Mama (and lots of guys do it too!), I’ll be posting links to some of my favorite websites.

To start off, check out Briana Thomas’s website. Diana Layne shared it with me a couple of months ago because Briana is getting married soon (two or three weeks now) and she thought I’d be interested in reading a real-life love story (I was!).

I’m going to make her overnight chocolate oatmeal before I go to bed. And if I can remember to get some ice, I’m definitely Frosted Lemonade making her copycat version of the frosty lemon drink from Chick-Fil-A.  She calls it . and I’m excited to be able to have one again. Actually, the ingredients mean I could have one every day! 🙂

Since this is getting long though, here’s the link to her Starting Trim Healthy Mama page. And I’d like to say up front, I don’t know her. I don’t believe I’ve ever made a comment on any post on her website. I have, however, saved tons of links for recipes from her site.

Let me know in the comments if you’ll be joining me – and if you do, how you’re doing (and feeling)!

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com

 

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Secrets

Remember when you were a kid and you and your siblings, or you and your friend(s), had this huge secret you didn’t want anyone to know about? You’d do the pinky swear thing, or a special handshake, or some other ritual that meant certain doom for the person who broke the promise and shared the secret they’d just sworn to carry to their grave?

What I have to say today isn’t quite that dramatic.

It’s not good though either.

Facebook has rolled out more changes today. In addition to forcing authors to pay to boost posts if they want more than just a handful of followers to see them – and even then, they just show them to a small fraction of people who have liked a page – now they have bots policing our posts.

If we ask for an opinion from readers, if we ask for advice that isn’t something like a police emergency or regarding travel, if we do much of anything that encourages you to comment or like a post … Facebook will start limiting our visibility even more than they’ve already done.

So my post last month that said something as simple as “white lights or multi-color lights” (or something like that) would have me flagged as a spammer. If I did something similar another time or two, they would consider it ‘engagement bait’ and my page would be ‘demoted.’ Meaning even fewer people will see my posts.

A quote from an article letting authors know about this new change pretty much says it all.

“All of this means that Pages that post promotional creative should expect their organic distribution to fall significantly over time.”

It goes on to say that if I post about a new book release, possibly even new blog post notices (my interpretation of the article), only a fraction of friends and followers will see it.

Because, apparently, it’s considered engagement bait – and engagement bait is only acceptable if we pay Facebook to boost those posts. 

So I’m going to try to do better with my blog and ask that those of you who enjoy talking with me check in here regularly because we can chat in the comments section here just as easily as we can on Facebook – and no one will be policing my post with bots that might misconstrue everything I say as spam or engagement bait.

So anyway, there you have it. The reason behind my weird Facebook post. I just felt like I needed to fill you all in on what’s going on and why I haven’t been posting as much as I used to. Most of you haven’t been able to see them and we’ve (authors) known this newest change was coming for a couple of months now.

Don’t forget to talk to me in the comments section below please. 🙂

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