First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I know it’s been a long while since I’ve posted. Brutal would be an understatement trying to describe how the past couple of months have been. I’m praying that the start of 2016 is not indicative of how the rest of my year will be. Trying to keep it positive though. There are a lot of days left!!

Having said that, it’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

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It’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and it has become a safe haven if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of the #IWSG family. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

The awesome co-hosts for the January 6 posting of the IWSG will be L.G. Keltner, Denise Covey, Sheri Larsen, J.Q. Rose, Chemist Ken, and Michelle Wallace!

Make sure to pay our hosts a visit and thank them for their hard work.

I’m keeping this month’s IWSG post simple because I’ll have more to say on my other blog, My Miracle Life. Enjoy these quotes, and I hope some of them offer hope, meaning and a bit of humor.








How were your holidays and New Years? Have you made any resolutions for 2016? Hit me up in the comments if you did. Any favorite quote strike you? Love and hugs always.





Hey all! I’m doing an Inspirational Quote Bloghop today like the one I recently did on my other blog – My Miracle Life. Only there it was The Three Quotes Challenge.

Thanks to fellow blogger and children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne for tagging me for this blog post where we write about inspirational quotes.  I adore Deanie because she’s been with me since I first started blogging and I’m proud to call her my friend. If you haven’t visited her blog, you should! Click on her name above and check her out! Thanks for thinking of me, Deanie!!

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who tagged you.
2. List three quotes and inspire readers over three days or all at once.
3. Tag three or more people.
I’m doing all three quotes at once, so here they are:
BQ-octaviaebutler646129I love this quote because it’s so true. Whether my writing is dramatic, funny, sordid, or sad, it takes seemingly senseless mush from deep within and creates something new, as if I found a piece of my personality I never knew existed.
I don’t know any other way to explain it to have it make sense to anyone. It’s in my brain, but I can’t formulate the expression to make you get it. I’m sorry for that. Frustrating.
BQ-swamisivananda390760I included this quote not only for myself, but for my friends who have been down on themselves lately, questioning their talents and place in this world.
Heart, mind, and soul go into everything I do now. I don’t expect perfection anymore, only the best I can give. That’s why I take the time now to Celebrate the Small Things.
 This is an awesome quote. I don’t even know how many times I’ve tried and failed at things through life, especially over the past four and a half plus years.
Recently I decided to stop calling my attempts, particularly when it comes to recovery, as failures. I refer to them as obstacles or stumbling blocks. It’s only a failure if stay down, give up, and don’t try again.
I’ll be truthful. I came close to giving up many times, especially during a deep bout of depression. I got lucky. I found wonderful support from online friends, great doctors, and a couple of tried and true life friends.
Me thinks I made it this far because I realize that my body, mind, and spirit are too stubborn for my own good. 🙂 I thank my Fellowship of the Dragon for that. They encourage me, give me a virtual ass-whooping when needed, pray for me, and allow me (well, not just me…) the forum to rant and rave when things are bad. We do this for each other and the best part is, we listen and offer our heartfelt thoughts and opinions without judgment. I want to cry as I’m typing this, so I’ll quit while I’m ahead.
The three bloggers that I’ve decided to tag for this bloghop are:  Elizabeth Seckman, Lexa Cain, and Dani Bertrand.
I hope you enjoyed today’s quotes and found inspiration in them if needed. Any uplifting, inspirational quotes or stories you’d like to share? We’re all eyes! Until next time…

A-Z Challenge – QUOTES-BRONX


A to Z Challenge

Jump Around to Make New Friends!

Hey bloggers! I’ve made it to Q in the A-Z Challenge. Woot! Don’t have much for my letter, so I’m going to list some quotes that include the Bronx in them by people you may or may not recognize.  🙂

I’m too far in to this challenge to give up now.


I don’t need bodyguards. I’m from the South Bronx. – Al Pacino


My life growing up was a twisted Bronx version of ‘The Color Purple.’ It had a much different soundtrack and no trees, but that desperation was the same. – Tracy Morgan


I’m just a simple Jewish boy from the Bronx. – Ed Koch


The Bronx is famous for two things. Hip-hop, and 26 world championships. – Kurtis Blow


People ask how can a Jewish kid from the Bronx do preppy clothes? Does it have to do with class and money? It has to do with dreams. – Ralph Lauren


I am a product of affirmative action. I am the perfect affirmative action baby. I am Puerto Rican, born and raised in the south Bronx. My test scores were not comparable to my colleagues at Princeton and Yale. Not so far off so that I wasn’t able to succeed at those institutions. – Sonia Sotomayor


Did you know the following person was born in the Bronx? Yup, only got one today.

  1. Quattrochi, James – Writer, Producer, Director

Are you still struggling with some of your letters, like I am with X? Any famous quotes about your neck of the woods? How’s your Monday going?




Insecure Writers Support Group – Aug., 2014-Quotes

Hello writers! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

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Another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG. My hero, Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this amazing group and it’s become THE PLACE to go if you are an insecure writer. Click the image if you would like to be a part of this phenomenal group. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

I’m thrilled to be co-hosting this month’s meeting again. Make sure to visit my other co-hosts:

Sarah Foster, Joylene Nowell Butler, and Rhonda Albom!

I’m keeping it short and offering some famous quotes on inspiration and motivation when it comes to writing. I hope it helps!

“The objective of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story …to make him/her forget, whenever possible, that he/she is reading a story at all.” ~ Stephen King

“It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.” ~ William Faulkner

“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“If you want to write, you can. Fear stops most people from writing, not lack of talent. Who am I? What right have I to speak? Who will listen to me? You are a human being with a unique story to tell. You have every right.” ~ Richard Rhodes

“It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.” ~ Robert Benchley

What’s inspired or motivated you this past month?



IWSG For March – Time For Spring Cleaning

Hidey-ho all my blogger buddies! Guess what. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means! It’s time for my posting for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group #IWSG which was founded by the incredible Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, our resident Sci-fi master, author extraordinaire, and all around in-house celebrity nice guy. InsecureWritersSupportGroupThe purpose of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is give all writers a safe haven where they can express their doubts, concerns and insecurities without fear of appearing weak or foolish. We can even celebrate our triumphs and successes!

Posting is the first Wednesday of every month and you post your thoughts on your own blog. It is an awesome group to be a part of and I have been a proud member since I started blogging last year. If you are interested in becoming a member of our élite group of insecure writers, please click on the image and you will be transported to the #IWSG site where you can add your name to the list. This is a blog hop, so whenever you post, make sure you visit other insecure writers and offer them support as well.

This month’s  #IWSG co-hosts are: 

I’d like to thank our co-hosts for doing an amazing job this month!

I’ve been very busy these past few weeks. I was extremely proud to share my NaNoWriMo win on my December post for the IWSG. Um, yeah. Out of those 50,091 words or so, I’ve probably chucked about a quarter so far and will probably dump more before I’m done. Kind of like the Spring cleaning I’m going to be doing shortly; packing away the winter stuff and bringing out the warm weather wear… Hey, I can dream!!

Mind you, the work is nowhere near complete, but I guess Ernest Hemingway was right, “The first draft of anything is shit.” Aside from the fact that I had a bunch of useless junk in it, I also noticed that while I was reading it, my POV has a tendency to shift every so often, which is frustrating as hell. It’s bad enough that I have to really focus on what I’m doing so I don’t wander, but every so often I go from third person to first and don’t even realize it until I’m in the middle of reading the story; makes me want to pull my hair out. I’ve really got to get a grip on POV. Sometimes I feel like a toddler trying to swim in the big kids pool.

I’ll admit that while I haven’t been able to write or blog most of December through the better part of February, I was able to get in a lot of reading; not only novels that I’d like to review, but books on the craft of writing as well. I bought another copy of Stephen King’s On Writing, the original I misplaced long ago, and The Elements of Style, which is turning out to be a priceless tool for me. I’ve also been doing some research and looking at various writers resources because I know that I have weaknesses now that were not present before my hemorrhage, mainly focus, attention and memory.

My one promise to myself this New Years was that I would self-publish something and it would be good. It may not be a novel, but I will be happy with a short story or a novella. I think I’ve put so much pressure on myself to be the person I was before, and truth be told, I will never be the person I was before. I’m not going to look at it as a bad thing though. The things I used to take for granted before, I don’t anymore. So it’ll take me longer to finish my works and that’s OK. I’ll make sure I have good people behind me reviewing and editing them so when I do finally put out my project, it will be something I can be proud of.

I’m just curious, does anyone else have a lot of trouble with POV? A little is understandable, but I seem to be all over the place at times. I do know that first drafts of anything are always bad, but if almost half your manuscript is unusable, isn’t that worse than bad? I’d appreciate the truth on this, gently, of course.  🙂

That being said, that’s all I have for this month’s post for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Please feel free to comment and if you are interested in being a part of this phenomenal group, as I stated earlier, just click on the image above to join.

Until next post, Ciao!