Now what? (Or, Could April Blogging bring May Jogging?)

This is it – the end of April and The Ultimate Blog Challenge. It has been fun and I’ve “met” some new and interesting people. Thanks for coming along for the ride. Remember, if you haven’t already, you can follow my blog and have it delivered right into your email. Look on the right column -it’s easy.

Now you may be asking – “What will May look like for you, Bonnie?”

Or you may be begging me to keep on posting daily as I have become habit-forming.

You’re too kind!

My plan is to resume posting once a week, but there is the possibility that I won’t be able to restrict myself to that. We’ll see. So, I’ll be around weekly, at least.

I also have other writing projects which are getting dusty inside of my computer. (Can that happen?)

My grandson liked it better than Wonder. I’m taking that as an unbiased critique.

Last year I published my first book. It is a middle-grade novel (aimed at 9-13 year-olds), but it has appeal to multiple generations. ALWAYS LOOK FOR THE MAGIC is based on my father’s life as he grew up in Baltimore during The Great Depression. Eleven-year-old Artie and his brother have to adapt to the changes that The Depression brings to their family. Will he be able to pursue his dream of being a magician? The book could be considered a coming-of-age story – it has heart and humor. You can order it from Amazon. There’s a link on the right column.

I have begun working on my next novel, which is for adults (not to be confused with an adult novel). I have a good start on it, but I need to dedicate some time to working on it before the next influx of family comes in July.

I published my first book through Prevail Press. You can check out their website here. I tried the traditional publishing route, but could not secure either an agent or a publisher. It is very difficult to publish traditionally in today’s world, especially if you don’t already have a platform. I believed that my book was worth publishing, and Prevail Press provided exactly what I needed to get it done. If you are in need of a great publisher, Prevail Press might fill the bill for you as well.

For the last 15 years, I have benefitted greatly from being in a writers’ group. The leader of our group, Rob Swanson, began Prevail Press. He also writes a wonderful blog on writing. Check it out here.

This blogging challenge has made me realize that I have a greater capacity to write than I had given myself credit for. I’m hoping to use that as motivation to not only blog but finish my next book.

Below you’ll find a YouTube from an interview of me talking about ALWAYS LOOK FOR THE MAGIC. You can tell I’m a little uncomfortable with that medium, but you can look at it to find out more about my book, which is available on Amazon.

So now that April is over, I think I need to get off my computer, go outside and walk a little, maybe even go for a jog. Just kidding. In case you don’t know it, that jogging comment was a joke. I only run if something is chasing me.

This is it! Post #30 in the Ultimate Blog Challenge to post every day in April.

Mission accomplished! Woo-Hoo!

 

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  1. Jeanine Byers

     /  April 30, 2019

    I also only run if something is chasing me! Congratulations on your book!! I have loved reading your posts this month and am glad you’ll still be posting. I will, as well, though I am not sure how often. Weekly sounds good so we both can rest from this extravaganza. Hope you’ll come back for July’s challenge.

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    • Well, there you go. Another thing we have in common! Thanks for the sweet comment. Rest is needed, though I had a blast. I won’t be back for the July challenge. We will have family staying with us for three of the four weeks, including our farthest away grandchildren, so I won’t even attempt it. I’ll keep up with you though.

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  2. regina wiley

     /  April 30, 2019

    congrats on making it through all 30 days.

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  3. May you prevail with your endeavor 🙂

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  4. Yay Bonnie, you did it! I enjoyed following you while I was in Brazil, home in Portland, and now in Ocean Park at the beach. You are inspirational and I’m happy to hear about your new “adult novel.”

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  5. I knew the jogging part was a joke. But you made me laugh! Congrats on making it through the month. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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  6. Martha DeMeo

     /  April 30, 2019

    Congratulations on your book, what a great accomplishment and on the completion of the UBC! I have enjoyed yet another UBC and it gets me (or keeps me) ready to write at least once a week. Hope to see you back in July!

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    • Thank you, Martha. I have been enjoying your blog as well. I won’t be doing the July challenge, too much going on that month. I look forward to keeping up with you though.

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