This post is the last blog birthday post for this year. I’ve had fun revisiting some of the highest viewed posts and sharing again some of my personal journey with you. This one from last year on God’s Special Effects. @donnalhsmith @a3writers #GodsSpecialEffects2018 #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears
I introduced this series last year to discuss something else I’m growing in—and it’s a process—my prophetic gift. It’s not the same as being a psychic. I hear things from God, not in my mind, but in my spirit. Last year Philadelphia Eagles fans were treated to their one and only Super Bowl. In that series, I discuss how God actually, sorta, “told” me they’d win. Or did He?
Here’s the link to Part 2 of God’s Special Effects from February of last year.
Have a blessed day! @donnalhsmith @#GodsSpecialEffects2018 #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears
Today, I’m going to post from my series two years ago on APD. It stands for Avoidance Personality Disorder, and although I was never formally diagnosed, I exhibited or felt most of the signs. Otherwise known as Root of Rejection or Rejection Syndrome, I had this from before birth—having the personality type more affected by being adopted. @donnalhsmith @a3writers #APD #RejectionIssues #HealedandAcceptedNow #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears
I could have chosen a couple others dealing with my APD—much of the worst hurt was when I was a girl. The “fickle” friend and I have reconnected on Facebook, and it’s been fun. As children, we do things to hurt others, albeit UN-intentionally. Which I know was the case for her.
You may not enjoy reading about my emotional pain, but just because I remember it, doesn’t mean I’m not healed from it—because I am. Soon, I’m going to start sharing HOW to get healed. It’s a process—it will fit in well with the purpose of this blog.
So here’s the link to an APD post from two years ago—the first time I started writing about rejection and actually having the courage (anyone with rejection issues will know why courage means so much) to publish those posts.
Have a blessed day! @donnalhsmith @a3writers #APD #RejectionIssues #HealedandAcceptedNow #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears
The all-time highest views of any post is part of the series I did on Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript. I took Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers’ Guild, and I’d purchased so many wonderful writing resources, that when I started this blog, I wanted to share them. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers
This post is from February 12, 2015. The title is: Writing Resource: Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, and it gives you basic guidelines. Here’s the link.
Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers
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
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.
On February 17, 2014, I started this blog with a very short post about a novel process. Since then, we’ve grown some. This blog has readers from around the world, well over 40 countries. I get the statistics, and I know what you read, and what you don’t. I think, and correct me if I’m wrong, but those of you from other countries like my stuff on writing. Many of you from the U.S. like my other stuff. So that’s why I’m doing two things with this blog, writing and faith/life.
I’m in the mood to give away some things. If you are a NEW follower this week, you may have already won a $10 Amazon gift card. Leave a comment and let me know that you’re new. 🙂
If you’ve followed me from the beginning, and are a writer, with a blog or a novel in process, I’m going to give you your choice of writing resources from my library – IF you don’t already have it. What you’ll get is one sent to you identical to mine. Write a comment that you’re interested. It’s a gift from me to you!
Here’s what I’m making available:
The Emotional Thesaurus – Ackerman & Puglisi
Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook – Maas
The Dance of Character and Plot – Mills
AND – if you love Christian fiction, I have a few giveaways here. Some are newer than others. But they’re all good. Max Lucado’s book is an uncorrected advance copy given to me last September. I’m not charging for it.
Hearts Awakening – Delia Parr
Somewhere to Belong – Judith Miller
Between Us Girls – Sally John
Beyond All Dreams – Elizabeth Camden
Sixteen Brides – Stephanie Grace Whitson
Miracle of the Higher Grounds Café – Max Lucado
Special Non-fiction – The Voice New Testament – Thomas Nelson publishers
For your chance to win any of these, leave a comment. Tell me what book you’re interested in and why you want it.
The fiction books are open to anyone who reads this blog and enjoys it. The New Testament is also for anyone who wants it.
I want everyone to be a winner! Unclaimed prizes will be carried over to next week – until they are all gone – or I take them out of circulation.
I like to give, and pass along what I have. Leave a comment and let me know what you’d like!
I’m looking back this week. This blog celebrates it’s one-year anniversary today. It seems unbelievable to me. I appreciate every one of you who read and follow this on a regular basis. On the anniversary tomorrow, I’ll spell out details of some giveaways I’ve got planned. I’ve never done that before, but there will be something for both new followers and the faithful.
In 2014, you liked these posts the best. Writing Emotional Pain – without bleeding too much on your readers. You can review it here. The next best thing you liked was Let’s Face It – What About Brick Walls? You can refresh your memory here. And you continue to like my Self-Publishing Tips, Part 2, where I recommend several places to publish. I’m taking myself up on one of them. You can find that link here.
This year so far, you’ve liked, and gave me the highest views in a day yet for Please – Get Your Facts Straight. You can find that link here. You also really seem to enjoy my story of Rochelle from just a couple of weeks ago called Eternal Moments of the Day. You can access that post here.
We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; let your light shine through your cracked pot. Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, That's how the light gets in and comes out.