SO YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER?

The Truth About Vashtai CoverIt has been almost 9 years since I published THE TRUTH ABOUT VASHTAI and I have learned quite a bit about writing, publishing and making money. The one lesson I have learned: I have to keep my day job!

People often come to me for advice about writing. I used to tell them to just write and when you are finished writing decide if you can do it forever; most people never write the first word. I have adjusted my response to: “If you want to write then write but make sure you have a job that will pay your bills.” They still may not write but at least they haven’t quit their day job to pursue a dream.

Technically, writing is my day job but it does not take care of my personal living expenses. I have been an Independent Tax Preparer longer than an author but, that is not enough income. (LOL! Lately, there has no “in” coming!)

If all I did was tax returns and suggest ways for a person or business to invest their money I could have a very good income. But, I have to write, which takes away from what could be a 80 plus hours a week job.

I have learned that I write all day every day, I use up a lot of words on Facebook. As I have gotten to know my writing habits I have determined that I should write at least two thousand words a day. I have also discovered, if I am not in the middle of writing or editing by 10:30AM I cannot write. If I don’t waste my words on Facebook, I can easily write three thousand words which includes a 250 to 1,000 word blog post.

Life is my muse- one of the reasons I love Social Media so much. There is a meme I have seen in various forms that writers post that reads something like this: ‘Don’t make me mad or I may kill you on page 336’. That is because, like me, most writers are inspired by something they have seen or heard. I cannot meet every personality type in my four corners of the earth but YouTube and Facebook allow me to see character traits in real time.

I am not just about words and numbers. I also sew, knit, crochet and garden. I sell: the soy candles that I make, the soap that I make and even the laundry detergent that I make. Recently I entered the world of quilting. Even these activities serve as inspiration as I write.

When a person comes to me and says; “I want to write.” I may say: “If you want to write then write but make sure you have a job that will pay your bills”, this is not what I am thinking. For the most part these people don’t really want to write they just want people to hear their opinion and they want to make a lot of money. When I decided I was going to be a writer I just did it. Looking back I realize I had been writing long before I pursued a career in writing.

Writers write, they talk like they are writing. Writers see and speak in their genre: historical, faith based, romance, action. I am a practical, do it yourself, faith based person and I see and write life application principles from a biblical perspective.
– written by Marsha L F Randolph
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LOOK INTO MY EYES

NETTIE-OLOGY: Look me in the eyes!  

The ability to properly communicate is an endangered behavior. In recent times I began receiving an increasing number of text messages that warranted telephone calls and, though not as many, telephone calls that should have been face to face conversation.

Think about this, when communicating via text message or social media, CAPITAL LETTERS IS YELLING. Not everyone who text knows that some people just use all caps because they are not typist and do not like looking for the cap key for one letter. I have also had communications via text message that were so long it required my receiving multiple text to complete the one transmission.

Very few people want eye to eye contact with others. I often joke “my eyes don’t lie” but it is very true, if you look in my eyes the perceptive person can see how I really feel. Liars control how they look but the rest of their body reveal the truth. Eye contact is dangerous to the liar but it is good for the individual who wants to share a truth with all sincerity.

The art of communicating is the ability to diffuse a situation with words. I have to commit to listening to you, paying attention to your feelings and respond with honesty and empathy. You may not like what is said but if spoken correctly you will be able to deal with it. Text messages, social media post / messages are forms of communicating but can easily taken out of context; telephone calls can end abruptly. Let’s bring back talking face to face, eye to eye over a cup of tea.                     written by MARSHA L F Randolph

 
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NETTIE-OLOGY: THE HEART OF NETTIE

NETTIE-OLOGY: : THE HEART OF NETTIE- I WRITE

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I have allowed people to dictate my time and influence my thinking that ends today. I am not the entertainment committee- don’t just drop by. My kitchen is not self-serve; when you do stop by uninvited don’t expect me to offer you anything. If I want your opinion I will ask for it; I have not in all these years so…!

Yes, I make candles and soap; I crochet, knit and sew; I also garden. I do things that I enjoy that help me relax enough to forget about the cares of this world and focus on what I am writing; ironically I write about the cares of this world. Many times I force myself to interact with others rarely do I want to be with people.

I have to physically see and talk to loved ones to make sure they are OK and then I am ready to retreat. I don’t like unpaid bills because then I have to worry about if something is going to be turned off or canceled. I have no problem with me spontaneously doing a fun activity but I do have problems with other people want me to participate in their activities; people always want me to do things when I want to do nothing.

Am I selfish? Many people would say no but I am self-centered to the extent that I become really irritated when things are out of sort. I have to pray, prayer is part of the process. I am self-centered enough that if I don’t spend time alone with YHWH I am unbearable.

In 2018 my faith journey took a turn, I went deeper into the word of GOD. Because I was in unknown territory, receiving information that I had not heard before I trusted others to tell me what I was reading. The good news is, there was conflict in the information I was receiving and so I had to pray and do my own research. It is not that I disagreed with the people talking to me I just did not accept their truths; apparently I was right on January 1, 2018, I just have better understanding now.

In 2018 my relationships with my family was challenged;. I slowed down my activities to check myself. I gave away things I made that I could have sold to people who did not appreciate my efforts. I supported the decisions of people who were struggling and had made the decision to change only to later see them repeating what they had done to become discouraged. I canceled my plans to do what someone else wanted to do. By December of 2018 I realized: It wasn’t me; I was not the problem.

In 2018 I screwed up technically when it comes to my writing. Just before I published BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME I realized there were some format mistakes but I don’t have a copy of it, the only copy I have is at the copyright office. As I was editing FAMILY LEGACY my computer went down fortunately it was fixed and I continued writing. I started another manuscript TITUS WOMAN then my computer went down again with both manuscripts not saved and not completed. Nothing is on a flash or external hard-drive because I don’t have one. I am tired of starting over because I did not back up on an external hard-drive my writings THIS LESSON WAS LEARNED THE HARD WAY.

In 2018 I was my own worst supporter. I fully understand that I have very little support from friends and family, Vicki, my sister-friend, is the only one who not only encourages my writing but will redirect my attention when towards writing when I stop. In 2019 BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME will get published; the two manuscripts I am working on will get published. I learned a lot in 2018 but now it is time to stop sacrificing my gift from GOD to accommodate people who don’t understand what it means to be a writer.

written by Marsha L F Randolph
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LEGACY

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NETTIE-ISM: It is not what you leave your daughters but what you are giving them while you are living that is important.

 

Every time I eat a sweet potato pie I remember when my grandmother made them, I also remember when my mother realized her mind had gone and could not make them anymore. At some point my grandmother’s pie recipe became lost in the abyss of Alzheimer’s.

The past few holidays my daughters have taken over doing all the cooking. I don’t have Alzheimer’s and I am able but I know it is important to allow them the opportunity to prepare a grand meal.

TITUS 2:3
the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—

This verse is the motivator factor for the book I am working on. This Titus woman is a teacher of good things far to many women today are not. What are we teaching our girls?

My grandmother was 100% woman and she expected a man to be 100% male. My grandmother was queen of her household. My grandmother demonstrated to her daughters the art of being female and they passed it on to their daughters. Unfortunately,unlike my grandmother my mother and my aunt, her daughters, worked outside the home so they knew how to cook just not her recipes.

Often when we, the grandchildren, gather those of us who were old enough to partake of her delicious pies will talk about granny’s pies. Now that is not to be confused with grandmother’s, my father’s mother, cakes; those recipes are gone too.

Those recipes are just a part of what made those grand ladies so wonderful. We were taught to respect them and we did, there were a lot of “as long as you are in my house” rules that we had to obey.

I went to church and liked it, when I visited granny. I watched grandmother cook, listened to her stories of back in the day. I watched granny date and not let him do more than kiss her on the cheek, I also saw her get married in church to a man who could provide for her. I saw grandmother serve granddaddy a hot meal when he got home from work. I saw granny crochet and serve as an usher in church. I saw grandmother gently counsel her children and grandchildren. Granny and grandmother were Titus women, they were strong, intelligent and beautiful women of GOD; what a legacy.

written by Marsha L F Randolph

NETTIE-ISM reflects the opinions of Marsha L F Randolph and is the soul property of the author MARSHA L F RANDOLPH. All rights reserved- do not use without permission. Disagreeing with what is written is not offensive to the author a disagreeable comment will be deleted.

A WRITERS’ JOURNEY

This has been an unbelievably stressful year! I began it editing FAMILY LEGACY (working title), blogging on my site NETTIE-OLOGY and making YOUTUBE VIDEOS consistently and then my computer crashed. After a few months of woe is me I got my computer fixed and continued editing, blogging and making YouTube videos. AND THEN I got an idea for another book, actually I had the idea for a while but the pages started formulating in my mind and so I was ready to start writing.

Did I mention that I screwed up the publication of BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME???? After getting the manuscript copyrighted and the book cover design created I was doing a final review, fixing some obvious technical errors and then the computer crashed. I HAVE NO BACK UP!

I don’t trust the “cloud” and I keep meaning to get an external hard drive but I keep forgetting and I have flash drives but apparently I did not use it. No problem- I thought. I will simply get a copy from the copyright place; it cost! Did I mention I am a cash flow challenged writer?

Nevertheless, I fixed my computer and started doing my thing. Long story short it is down again. Still no back up BUT I HAVE A PLAN!

This is how you know you are a writer, when you have to write even if it is using paper and pen. If you wake up thinking of plots, ways to edit to make the message flow, have abstract sentences flow through your mind at weird times of the day or know the computer repair man’s complete schedule and he has access to your computer 24 hours a day. I am a writer.

My computer is down, it is Christmas time and I don’t have credit cards. My family is more important to me than my computer so as much as I don’t like it I am using my husbands computer until such time as my computer is repaired. (My computer guy says I have one of the best computers out there and it is better to fix it than buy a new one.)

What is important is that I am writing and I have mentally done the edits for FAMILY LEGACY and written the first draft of the new manuscript, I am blogging regularly and I am thinking about the next book!

This is the life of me, Marsha L F Randolph, my normal!

FOOTNOTE: I am getting a second computer for my tax business and my crafting business as my computer guy keeps telling me I need. AND I AM GETTING AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE!    written by Marsha L F Randolph