Archive

Monthly Archives: February 2016


me_on_the_laptop

My blog post on Tuesdays is usually about productive writing related to my books. I usually talk about what I do to produce better quality books. However, recently, my writing production has been more focused on writing online content and less on book writing.

Writing Online Content

For an author, especially Indie Authors, writing the book isn’t the end of the writing process. An author also develops his/her online platform and does PR work. That means writing lots of online content in addition to writing the books.
One of the ways that I do this is by writing this blog. I write it faithfully week in and week out whether it gets read by one hundred people or by only two. This is content that I write faithfully. The content here is mine so I don’t have to worry about losing it because a specific site closed down..

Hubpages

Another place that I have been writing is in Hubpages. I have recently updated my content there so that everything is featured. It wasn’t hard to do, it just took time to improve hub SEO and do a little other editing.
There is a petition of numerous Squidoo writers who are suing Hubpages because they bought out Squidoo and changed the rules on payments. I don’t know what that will mean for the rest of us who have been working with Hubpages for years, but I am keeping my eye on the situation. I don’t want what happened to my content on Bubblews to happen on Hubpages as well. (before payment, Bubblews closed its page down.)
I am trying to get away from this kind of article writing. I have found that it doesn’t pay that much for all the work involved. I do want to do a little more of it, though. There are some articles that I want to write that don’t fit elsewhere and this gives me a venue. Last year I wrote hub and this year I have already written one and started another. I will keep copies of my hubs though, just in case.

Rewriting Book Descriptions

The other day, a friend of mine on one of the groups I am in said that he had not sold any books on Amazon Kindle for several months, but then a few days ago he decided to do some changes on the description and discovered that he got two new sales from that book. It got me to thinking that perhaps that is what I needed to do, so this week I intend to make that one of my writing projects over the next few weeks.
Another one of the writers on the site suggested that we post our descriptions on the site so that others could help give ideas for changes to the descriptions. This is something that I may consider.

My Newsletter

Today marks the day that my newsletter comes out. (Drum roll please). I have spent the past week working on starting my email list and writing the newsletter which will be coming out every Monday. I would love to hear from anyone who is coming to this blog from my newsletter. Please comment below. I would love to hear from you.
If you have not yet joined my newsletter, please do so now. http://eepurl.com/bPpzXX Not only will you see what I have on this blog and other online content, but also you will have access to special promotions, free articles, and even free books that you may miss elsewhere. Also I will be sharing the itinerary of events that I will be attending so that perhaps I could meet you in person! Plus right now I am having a newsletter contest where I am giving away autographed copies of the first four books in the Locket Saga. Don’t miss out. Sign up today http://eepurl.com/bPpzXX

IMG_8330 final copy

Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback.

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


Yeah! Friday is here!  Today’s video is about editing your book. Yes, I told you what I want I do on Fridays is a Youtube video. Today’s is by Ellen Brook telling how she recommends editing a novel.

 

Have you written a novel? Do you do make a hard copy of your story for your final edit? I would love to hear how you handle the editing process overall!

IMG_8330 final copy

 

Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback.

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


Hands_of_God_and_Adam

Romans 15:33-“May the God of Peace be with you all.”

When we realize God’s love for us, we know that he wants the best for us. In this realization, we understand that he has our back so we have peace when we know him. It s is like a baby who knows that when he or she cries out, the baby’s mother will come running to comfort the child. This baby is secure in the knowledge that the baby’s mother will come. This baby is content and grows into a happy childhood. A baby that does not feel this security, that has had his or her mother not there when the child needed her is less likely to feel secure and will fuss a whole lot more. This is not to say that every child whose mother comforts the child will always feel security however. The mother may be there and yet for some reason the child does not feel that security. There is something else going on in that child’s life.. God is always there for us, but even though he is always there, we do not always feel it for some reason.It is only in the realization that we know we can trust him that we are confident in that peace.

If we do not recognize God’s role in our lives, we however cannot have any real peace. There is a peace that is deceptive. Like the peace of someone on a river but is getting ready to go over the falls. The only way we can obtain lasting peace is through our acceptance of Christ’s love gift on the cross.

 

The Author of Peace

Paul says in I Corinthians 14:33 “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”

Confusion about Women Speaking in the Church

God is the author of peace, not the author of confusion. Our creator wants peace in all churches and between the people who claim him as their Father. In the verse following this one it says:

“Let your women keep silent in the churches for it is not permitted unto them to speak, but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law and if they will learn anything, ask their husbands at home. For this it is a shame for women to speak in church.”

Some people and even denominations take this to mean that women are not to be teachers, preachers, prophets and go so far as to say that women should not even pray aloud in church. However, this is not what Paul is talking about here. What he is doing is giving an example where the churches had allowed confusion to enter their churches. Women were speaking (the word speak here means randomly, not as in oration) out in church asking their husbands questions and disrupting the service.

The verses immediately after this also confirm that it relates to the idea that this is not speaking of women having speaking positions in the church, but are still addressing the idea of confusion in the church.
In verse 37, the word translated man includes not only men, but women as well. The word used there should have been anyone rather than man. Therefore the verse should read,

“If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let that person acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of God.”

Verse 40 then says,

“Let all things be done decently and in order.” In other words, do things honestly and with knowledge and in the proper sequence.”

The problem wasn’t that the women of Corinth were female, the problem was that they were disruptive and most of the time they didn’t know what they were talking about.

Spewing Utter Nonsense

We see that all the time on the internet. We see people who just post random things that if you really look into it, are posting nonsense. Same thing can happen with male pastors of a church (yes, female too.) I cannot tell you how many times I have heard pastors preach on verses out of context simply so he could create a sermon.
How do we know if what is being said is of God or not? We know that something is of God if we sense God’s peace about it and are not confused by it. If it confuses us, we need to investigate further into why it confuses us. It could simply be that this is an area that we do not understand or that it is an area that we thought we knew something when in truth we didn’t know half of what we thought we knew. It may simply be nonsense that we should ignore.

God is Never Wrong

I think the most important thing to realize God is always right and is that we as people could be wrong. When what we believe lines up with God’s truth and order, we have his peace. When it doesn’t, then we are out of alignment with God’s Word.

IMG_8330 final copy

Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback.

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

 

 


A productive Writer has to find a balance between focus and diversity in order to be as productive as possible.

A Writer has to find a balance between focus and diversity in order to be as productive as possible.

I know that this soounds like an odd combination, but hear is what I am referring to as the place that i want to take this. I have found that in order to be more productive as a writer I need focus, but I also need diversity in my day to day writing so that I don’t get bored. I don’t want too much focus so that I end up getting bored and I don’t want to get too diversified so that I lose my focus.

I recently read some place that you should never have more than five projects going at once. In the same token, I don’t think that we should have fewer than three going at a time. In December, I took myself down to three projects and finished two of them. Unfortunately, that third project I had slowed way down in doing because I had a number of other projects that I wanted to write as well. Not that I didn’t work on it, I did. The project, was Book IV in the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag. It is now in the hands of my first beta reader.

IMG_8330 final copy

Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback.

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


It’s Video Friday again. The day that I share a writing  video that someone else has created.

 

So what was the best take away you got from this video? What do you already do? What will you include in your writing now that you have watched this video?

IMG_8330 final copy

Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback.

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


Hubpages

me_on_the_laptop

I have been on a number of article writing sites and the one that I have been on the longest is hubpages. The sad part is that last year I wrote only one hub on hubpages. I put most of my efforts last year on Bubblews which has now closed its doors.

Hubpages pays according to how many clicks you get per hub and how many ads get on a site. In addition, if you include specific amazon and ebay ads on the site, you get a commission from those also if someone buys from that specific ad.
On Hubpages about gardening, I included amazon links to my book Simply Vegetable Gardening. I have had them on their for over a year. Because the link is directly related to the subject of the article, no one has questioned the link.

EZine

Another article writing site that I just recently started participating in is Article EZine . This site doesn’t pay anything, but the articles written here are picked up by others and are put all over the internet. The idea is that the content is found and you become established as an expert regarding your topic.

Better Use of This Blog

A third and final way that I can get the word out there on the internet is to make better use of this blog. I have been thinking about different ways that I can work to get more traffic to this blog. in addition, I need to get more traffic going to my website. That is why I intend over the next several weeks to work on this aspect of getting seen online more as an expert in gardening, writing, marketing, and American History. I am going to make better connections between this blog and social media with my website. In addition, I want to connect a email marketing service. Although I would love to use AWeber, I have decided instead to use the free service of Mailchimp.

Offline Expert-Public Speaking

Having a book is indicative of an expert in a subject and so is public speaking. Speaking in public is part of what I do as a pastor, but is something I have neglected as an author. Getting out as an author of gardening books is easy. Last weekend, I participated as the Pastor of Faith in God Church, President of the Oregon County Writers’ Group (OCWG), as well as Author Cygnet Brown during the Ozark Sustainable Living University where I spoke about Simply Vegetable Gardening and my booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard. I sold several books at the back of the room, and I made several connections including an heirloom seed company owner. All these are my initial open door to prepper and sustainable living events.\
Another place I am becoming a local expert is in the fact that people come to me for advice about various writing subjects, primarily publishing as an Indie Author. I am, after all, the President of a local writer’s group so I must know something about writing, right? Maybe I can take this experience online. . .eventually as a writing coach.
Finally there is all the historical research I have done for the books I have written. I need to find a way to incorporate that into public speaking. I haven’t thought of how to make that work yet. Perhaps I can share the stories that I learn from my research.

IMG_8330 final copy

Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback.

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


children-playing

Do you have joy in your life? What is joy?  Joy is different from happiness. Happiness is often a result of something that happens outside of us. We often say “that makes me happy” or “you make me so happy”. Happiness usually comes with the reason why you feel happy. Joy is different. Joy begins inside and radiates to include the outside. “You bring me joy.” Joy is often a result of who someone is rather than what someone does.

Most people who read the Bible see Joy as a fruit of The Spirit and it is. Galatians 5:22 oy is listed as a fruit of The Spirit. However, it is also a gift. , In Luke 2:10,  the angels brought tidings of great joy! Their presence took the shepherds to their knees in worship. The Angels brought joy and the shepherds received it.  When we receive the Holy Spirit into our lives. In other words, when we receive Our Creator’s Spirit into our lives, the gift of joy is part of what we receive.

 

Joy is often associated with innocence. Children experience joy more often than adults do. They abandon the cares of this world and allow themselves to just enjoy the world around them. In the case of children, they cast their cares on their parents. Children don’t (and shouldn’t) worry about where their next meal is coming from, where they will get their clothes, whether the utilities get paid, or whether or not they have a roof over their heads. They trust their parents to deal with those things. This leaves them to live in the present and experience that gift of joy.

Be As Little Children

How do we receive joy in our lives. The word says that we are to become as little children. In I Peter 5:7 it says that we are to cast our cares on him for he cares for us. Jesus said that we are to take no thought about tomorrow. He tells us that we are to give thanks for everything. Joy is an attitude that belongs to all of us and we are to cultivate it.

Joy-No Matter What Your Circumstances

Joy begins with gratitude for what God has given you. No matter what your circumstances, you can choose to receive joy. Less than two years ago, I lost three family members within six months of one another. Then my husband told me that he loved a thirteen year old girl (not our daughter)  and put his hands around my neck and threatened to kill me. I was put out of my house, forced to leave my daughter behind because I didn’t have anywhere to take her. I didn’t let any of this steal my joy. I cast my cares on the Lord. I got a job, had it for a year, then lost it because of an accusation of something that I didn’t do. By this time I quit worrying and focused instead on the “Joy of the Lord”.

The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength

Psalm 30:5 King David Wrote “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” King David was a man “after God’s own heart”. He knew the joy of the Lord and (to such abandon that it embarrassed his wife Michel) danced before the Ark of the Covenant. He also understood however what it was like to be in the depths of despair. He knew that the problems he had in life would not last, but that even though he did not always see it, like the sun behind the clouds, joy was always there. “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Psalm 126:5.
The Meek Shall Inherit God’s Joy
Isaiah 29:19 says “the meek shall increase their joy in the Lord.”
In Nehemiah 8:9-12, the children of Israel had just spent 70 years in captivity. They had finally been allowed to return to Jerusalem to rebuild it. A day of celebration had been declared where mourning and weeping were no longer allowed.
There is coming a day when our life’s journey here on earth will have been completed. On that day the Lord will mandate a day of celebration for those of us who joined to him. On that day, there will be no sadness, no mourning, only joy.

IMG_8330 final copy

Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback.

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

%d bloggers like this: