How to Set up a Blog

Someone recently asked me about my web blog. Did it cost a lot? Was it hard?

It just so happens a friend set up my very first blog page years ago (blogger.com) because I had no clue how to do any of that. After learning some basics, I took it over and added more tabs containing additional content.

With that new skill in hand, I ventured out to create this website, which is in its third overhaul, now using WordPress. This is the first time I’ve added a blog to my website. I’m continually learning new skills to keep it going.

So, the only costs to me has been time and the web hosting fee because I had the inclination to learn how to do everything myself. Otherwise, I’d be paying someone else hundreds of dollars to create and update the site. It helps to have a great web host (InMotion Hosting) to help when I mess something up. Prices vary depending the plan chosen.

Basically, create an account and give it a go. Be sure to tell others about your blog via social media and include keywords so the search engines can find the page. Good luck and have fun with it!

I’m Back!

So sorry for my absence the last few months. It’s crazy how life turns sideways sometimes. I did attempt a return in May, but nothing got posted due to a site mishap. Go figure!

Anyway, despite all that’s happened, I continued writing. In fact, I entered a few contests and have already received rejections. Life of a writer! However, one of my short stories, Battle at Kitee, was published online by Small Wars Journal. This was my first attempt at writing a futuristic battle scene. Let me know what you think.

I’ve also been posting on my FaceBook Author Page and on my Twitter feed. Please check them out and follow me.

But the most fun times were the two occasions when I spoke to middle school students about writing. It was cool to see them interested in the stories I read them. More on this in follow-up blogs.

So, do come back again. I hope to post more often in the weeks ahead.

Year in Review – 2018

Read What Happened in 2018

The year started with first place in a poetry contest and finished out being voted as the South Jersey Writers’ Group ‘Writer of the Year,’ a culmination of all the accomplishments achieved throughout the year. Short story Zale’s Tale won a spot in Beach Fun. Another short story Adelle and Brandon: Friends for Life went live on August 29th. A radio interview with Abdul Ali on WSTX Radio 970 STX added excitement to the summer which closed with one my poems being put to music. I even had the opportunity and pleasure of singing Love Song to Jesus from A Love Gift at church. I’m still waiting to hear about a manuscript submission but hopeful for positive news in 2019. Thanks for your comments and kind words throughout the year. I’m grateful my writing has encouraged so many of you.

Adelle and Brandon: Friends for Life Cover Reveal

I am so exited to introduce the cover by the talented Kyle Lapinski for the upcoming release of my short story, Adelle and Brandon: Friends for Life. There’s also a bonus short for anyone who keeps reading. Pre-sale starting soon.

 

My Beach Fun Story Made the Cut

Late June, I submitted a short story to a competition with the theme Beach Fun. The setting had to be in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Since I’d never been there, I spent much time researching Rehoboth Beach’s history and boardwalk.

A few days ago, I received a phone call saying my story will be one of twenty-five included in the Beach Fun anthology. I’m excited and grateful. I look forward to the book signing later this year.

But first, edit…edit…edit.

Unexpected Review for “A Beautiful Girl”

I agreed to host the authors of All is Assuredly Well on my blog Cassandra’s Journey. I was totally surprised and grateful when one of the authors sent me the following email.

I bought Beautiful Girl yesterday and couldn’t put it down.  I read it straight through.  I gave you a five-star rating and added a comment to my rating.  I clicked the “Follow” button, too, so I’ll know when your new books come out.  I HATED the step father and LOVED the beautiful girl, beautiful inside and out.  The music parts were authentic.  Marvelous  book!

-Professor Gore, co-author of All is Assuredly Well (June 24, 2018)

 

Thank you!

Stop over to Cassandra’s Journey and read the interview. Then, check out Professor G’s review on Amazon.

Hello World!

After over six months of transferring content from my previous web pages, I’m finally ready to reveal my now mobile web site. I’ve learned so much by taking the time to learn how to maneuver around WordPress on my own. So worth it.

This is my third revamp, so I’ll let it breathe for a while before doing another overhaul. I hope you enjoy the new look. If not, perhaps you’ll like the next one.

Enjoy your day!