Saturday, August 25, 2018

August Wrap-Up: Work, Write, Maybe Sleep.

I don't know about y'all, but August was one blur of working and writing, with me dreaming of when I might find a little time to sleep.

I am so looking forward to the end of September when this cycle will break. I'll be going to ACFW, a writer's conference. And afterward I'll get to spend a week with two of my best friends! Meantime I'm laboring summer away trying to get my novels in spic-span shape while cleaning eight-nine houses a week. 

August has been a smoky month in Montana — a week ago we had a fire just a mountain behind our place. Thankfully, between the local people and volunteer firefighters the fire didn't hurt anyone. 

August Posts: 

Shawn Robinson has been over the blog sharing about what it means to self-publish and just how one might do that! So far we have two parts to share :) 

In this post, Shawn outlines some of the things that will cost writers when they consider self-publishing.

An Overview of Self-Publishing, Part II 

In this post, Shawn gives an overview of the platforms that a self-publisher can use to publish their work.

Our First Blogoversary: Featuring the Rebellious Writing Team was this month, too! Now that was a blast, seeing how far this blog has come in the last year. 

Social Media And Stats:
93 followers, 28,332 all-time views. 
56 likes, 62 followers.
319 followers, 496 tweets, 676 likes.
19 posts,127 followers 
123 followers (and says we are getting 89.9k monthly viewers).
65 members, 16 topics
47 subscribers

Around The Blogosphere:

Despite being too busy I stumbled over many great posts this month! 

Abi's post. How I Remain Productive Amidst Chaos really struck a chord with me as she talked about her goals and what she actually accomplished and sometimes productivity is just a matter of perception and not so much about stressing over the time we don't have but using the time we do have well. 

Belle Anne talked about Arranged Marriages over at her blog, a concept many of us writer's might not think important until we start delving into the why love works the way it does. 

Gray shared a fun post  talking about finished her first POV in her current WIP. 

Tada! in her fun, quirky way, Jack shared about her newest release along with a cover reveal; a fun retelling of Beauty And The Beast set during WWII. 

Gray talked about The Problem with Christian YA Books, honestly a sad conundrum as you'd hope Christian fiction would be the first to promote clean reads. 

Abi introduced something she and her friend started in 5 Reasons to Have a RAP (Reading Accountability Partner)

I haven't read the rest of Josiah's series, but part three of a digital pulse, A Happy Ending, was just so raw and beautiful as he told of his time of not being able to write for along time after a close friendship ended abruptly. 

Alexa encourages other bloggers all throughout the month in her Posts of the Week. So go show her some love y'all! 

Our dear Ivie won a Micro Fiction Contest and her entry is just beyond beautiful! With lines like I let my heart lead the way. I knew better than that. and The heart doesn’t play fair, something I learned long ago.

One of my best friends, Lauren, just joined the blogging community with a blog for artists of all sorts! She plans to host contests and challenges open to any avenue of art. It's called For Your Inspiration and I may have won the first contest with a sad poem ;D  

Final Thoughts:

August has been busy month, and I'm sure many of you have been with me in wishing it could have been longer. But if we stop to think about it, I hope you find, like me, it's been a fantastic month and time can go write itself a permission slip to enjoy what we were able to give it: our full selves, laughter and all.


  1. KETURAH, YOU ARE SO SWEET!!! I really wasn't thinking my entry was going to leave much of an impact on anyone, but I'm so glad you liked it. It warms my heart. :D

    Keep fighting, Rebels. I know there are great things to come. <3

    1. Hey, words always leave an impact! ;) And yours left a positive one ;D

  2. Glad this website seems to be doing well and growing fast. Keep up the good work! ;)

  3. Wow, you linked to two of my posts XDD thanks!
    I always enjoy reading RW recaps ^-^

    1. *I shared two???* It took me forever to realize that you were the one that guest posted at Abi's blog. Sometimes my mind is so . . . out of it ;p

      You're welcome!

  4. Thanks for linking to my posts!! <33

    Honestly, the "maybe sleep" part of the title of this post is too real.

    Here's to another amazing month!

    1. ;D
      Haha, it's so real. But I'm sorry that you have to relate ;/ ;p

  5. Great job, Keturah! Even though it was thrown at you, you did it! This title is to true.

    1. Haha, I am actually glad it was last week because I had been stressing about how I was going to manage writing the post this next weekend as I'd planned a girls' hike ;p So everything has worked out perfectly ;) Thanks for reminding me and bearing with me ;)

  6. Like, where did August go??? It's been crazy busy, but a good busy, I think. I've really been enjoying the series on Self-Publishing. It's something I would like to try someday.

    1. So glad you agree with me on August (and busy!). And yes! Though I wish to traditional publish, self-publishing does look like a fun thing to try someday :)

  7. Whoa, I didn't expect to be featured in the Around the Blogosphere list! Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it enough to share it with others. ^_^

  8. Thanks for the shoutout!! :D Several of these look interesting, especially that productivity one... I'll have to check them out! :)


    1. Hey, I think it's so awesome how you do the shoutouts, so just sharing the love a bit ;) And yes . . . that post REALLY influenced how I lived August. So worth checking out :)