Blogging, Encouragement, Inspirational, Writing

Happy BLOG Birthday—Part 2

It’s funny. I couldn’t think of a thing to blog about, but a little thought crossed my mind. How long have I been doing this blog? I remembered starting it toward the beginning of 2014. And I wanted to talk about the process of writing a novel and getting it published. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

I can hardly believe that next week will be the fifth anniversary of this blog! For the rest of the month of February, I’ll be sharing about the blog, plus some of the highest viewed posts and my thoughts about them.

Here’s the second post I published on this blog. It’s entitled “A Rose by any Other Name.”

I’ve come a L-O-N-G way, baby! #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

Blogging, Encouragement, Inspirational, Writing

Happy BLOG Birthday—Part 1

Nearly five years ago, and next week we’ll celebrate more, I started this blog. I’d been blogging on another platform with other emphases. But I started this one after I closed my homemade organic chocolate truffle business in 2014. I’d been making chocolates for seven years. I was getting older and wanted a change. I decided to give writing one last push. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

2014 was a pivotal year for me. I was gonna turn sixty, yes, sixty. Let’s put it this way, I wasn’t looking forward to it. My husband has always looked forward to milestone birthdays because that puts him in another runner’s category—being the youngest age in an age group, rather than the oldest.

For this week and next, I’ll be recounting and re-posting some of my earliest posts from this blog. Originally, I wanted to talk about “process.” How life is a process. That becoming a writer is a process, just as becoming published is.

Click here to see that first post.

You’ve seen my sorrows and my rejoicings on this blog—all about the process of getting my first novel published. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

Emotion, Encouragement, Inspirational, Soapbox, Spiritual Growth

Do I Deserve to be Here? Part 2

Throwback to childhood

Yesterday, I said if abortion had been legal 25 years earlier, I might not be here. But what about young women/girls who are raped? Should they be forced to carry their child? Not forced. They choose life, not death. Do I deserve to be here? #WhatWasISupposedToBe @donnalhsmith #RayBoltz #prolifeissues TWEETABLE

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Emotion, Encouragement, Inspirational, Soapbox, Spiritual Growth

Do I Deserve to be Here? Part 1

The song “What Was I Supposed to Be?” was brought back to my mind a couple weeks ago after some states voted to allow late-term abortions up until birth. I used to sing this song, and I got to hear a recording of it on Sunday I didn’t know I had. Ray Boltz wrote this well over 25 years ago. If abortion had been legal in the 1950s, I would probably not be here. For those who might even think that abortion should be available for those who have been victimized by rape or incest, again, I would probably not be here. Do I deserve to be here? #WhatWasISupposedToBe @donnalhsmith #RayBoltz #prolifeissues TWEETABLE

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NEWS, SPECIAL EVENTS

Rose’s Redemption Launch Party

If any of you live close enough, let’s say, central Pennsylvania, Delaware, or northern Maryland—we’re officially launching our second novel, Rose’s Redemption this Saturday, February 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Javateas-Donecker’s, located at 333 North State Street in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. #RosesRedemptionLaunchParty #BookSigning #JavateasDonecker’s @a3writers @donnalhsmith TWEETABLE

A year ago, we had a lovely book signing of Meghan’s Choice at the same location. We had a wonderful time.

Expect a live shot from the party, but I can’t tell you exactly when just yet.

I’ll be having a drawing to give away two great prizes: two different King Arthur Flour mixes: one for cheesecake, the other for coffee cake.

We’ll have copies of Rose’s Redemption available for sale, as well as Meghan’s Choice, if you don’t have that one.

Javateas-Donecker’s serves breakfast and lunch. Here’s more information about them: http://javateas.com/wp/ Their website has a menu to help you plan your visit. We encourage you to come hungry and thirsty. Support Javateas and come on in and get yourself a book!

So—come on out and see us! We’ll be waitin’ for ya! 2-2-19 10-1 333 N. State St., Ephrata, PA #BookSigning #RosesRedemptionLaunchParty #JavateasDoneckers @a3writers @donnalhsmith

Encouragement, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth

Happy New Year 2019! See the Possibilities—Part 5

Almost a month of this year GONE—already! It goes so fast! I’m starting to make plans for later this year, and I’m also seeing what unfolds. I sent off an email this morning about teaching at a small writers’ retreat in October. I’m researching a destination for a weekend away. What one step will you take to reach your goal or your dream this year? @donnalhsmith @a3writers #HappyNewYear2019 #Lookforward #SeethePossibilities TWEETABLE

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Encouragement, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth

Super Blood Moon OR The Wonder in the Night Sky

Within the past five years or so, there have been at least six blood moons. I missed every one of them—until Sunday night. I thought sure I’d missed this one, too. What do blood moons represent? Is it prophecy? Is it even spiritual? Or is it a totally natural event? @donnalhsmith @a3writers #2019lunareclipse #BloodMoon #SuperMoon TWEETABLE

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