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  • My trunk is broken!

    My trunk is broken!

    I own a Jeep that I love dearly. I keep it clean inside and out, service it regularly, and usually refrain from driving like a maniac. All because I love it so much.

    Every week, I order my groceries online and pick them up from the store.

    This week, my regular store did not offer a couple of items that I needed, so I physically went into another grocery store to purchase those items. 

    Are you curious as to what those items were? I figured you might be…starter logs and wood for the fireplace. There, now you know.

    I clicked the trunk up button on my key fob as I walked to the Jeep and noticed it wasn’t going up.

    Frustrated, I said a few choice words under my breath.

    When I got to the vehicle, I pressed the button again and saw the problem. 

    My husband left his bike rack in the hitch, and the trunk would open, hit it, and close.

    Now, my choice words were geared toward my husband, not my perfect Jeep. 

  • Do movies about writers and authors inspire you?

    Do movies about writers and authors inspire you?

    I do enjoy watching movies about authors, journalists, and writers.

    I find myself drawn to them just as much as I am drawn to movies that revolve around baking or bakeries. 

    I have a few favorites… Funny Farm, The Christmas Edition, and Julie and Julia, to rattle off a few.

    They have all provided me with inspiration, the desire to not give up, and an open mind.

    Sometimes the universe has a different plan than we have, and it’s important to be open to those plans.

    I highly recommend watching all three movies. 

    I know they are all available to rent or buy on Amazon prime. 

    So, when you need a little encouragement, just hit play. 

  • Would you rather?

    Would you rather?
    Carpool

    My daughter is eight years old. Most mornings in carpool we usually play the game, would you rather…initiated by her, of course. 

    If you’re not familiar with this game, one person is asked a question along the lines of, “Would you rather be able to make yourself invisible or be able to read people’s minds”. 

    As we sat in carpool patiently awaiting morning drop of, my daughter presented me with this doozy, “Would you rather only be able to bake or write for the rest of your life?”

    I paused for a moment before answering. 

    Side note… I own a cottage bakery and am a published author and freelance food writer. So, both tasks are extremely important to me.

    After a quick pause, I responded with, “Writing!”

    As much as I love to bake, I learned that morning that my true love is, you guessed it, writing. 

    It took an innocent eight-year-old to help me realize what is truly important to me in my life.

  • Do authors love autumn?

    Do authors love autumn?
    Cozy autumn writing

    I truly do not know the answer to the question proposed in the title of this post. I hope I haven’t bursted your bubble. 

    I’m sure a quick Google search or survey on social media would yield results, but my purpose is to brag about how wonderful the season is and the question opens up the door for me to talk about it. (That was a bit sneaky on my part.)

    Autumn makes this author happy. I love the weather, changing leaves, wardrobe, pumpkins and everything the season has to share.

    I enjoy firing up the oven and baking delicious treats and slipping into a pair of fuzzy socks while sipping on hot drinks. 

    Curling up on the coach with a blanket and good book are high on my list of things that I enjoy as well.

    But, as an author, nothing beats sitting in bed with my laptop, notebook and pink pen, reading glasses, and a cup of piping hot herbal tea! 

    You guessed it, this is my favorite writing spot. 

    Over the last year, I have landed a column for Writer’s Digest and Pastry Arts magazines. I’ve been revamping and writing again for all of my blogs. 

    You may be wondering…Deanna, how many blogs do you have?

    Three. Deanna has three, because she’s crazy and keeps adding to her overflowing plate. 

    The bottom line is, I love to write! And autumn brings out the cozy writing in me. 

  • Are You a Multi-Tasker?

    Are You a Multi-Tasker?
    Multi-tasking at its finest

    Are you a multitasker? Do you like to “kill two birds with one stone” as they say? Here is a big YES from me on both!

    When you sit an watch television in the evenings, do you give it your full attention or are you doing other things while you watch?

    If I am watching a good movie, I will give it my full attention. If I am not interested, I grab my phone and do things to accelerate my business online.

    Allow me to explain:

    1. TikTok

    I will grow my TT account while I watch TV by following accounts in my genre.

    1. Create Videos

    I have video apps downloaded to my phone. In 15 minutes I can make several videos to use on social media to use later.

    1. Creating Memes

    I have apps downloaded to my phone that allow me to create memes. I can create several memes in 10 to 15 minutes.

    1. Follow My Favorites on Instagram and Twitter

    I like to follow my favorite authors on both channels. After you follow them, be sure to go through their account and like several of their posts.

    1. Facebook

    It only takes a couple of minutes to post a picture of your book with a quick message and link to purchase on Facebook.

    These are all easy tasks that can get you ahead of the gameā€¦and all while you watch television.

  • The Writers Circle

    The Writers Circle
    Me

    Welcome to my new blog!

    You may be a reader of my old blog on Blogger: www.authordeanna.com. If so, thank you for your support over the years and for visiting me here on WordPress!

    For those who are not familiar with me, my name is Deanna Martinez-Bey and I am an author and food writer.

    You can check out my books here: Amazon Author Page

    And my freelance writing here: Writing Portfolio

    My writing blog helps me stay sane. I get to write about all things writing and book related as well as life and all that entails.

    I recently started a dessert blog (www.deannasrecipebox.com) through WordPress and found it to be more successful on the platform than it was on Blogger. It was a learning curve to say the least! But, since finding success, I decided to switch my writers blog over as well.

    So, here we are…my introductory post. You may recognize some of the posts to follow, as I am going to share the most popular and recognized posts from my other blog.

    Sit back, relax, prepare yourself a hot beverage, and enjoy! This is my life…

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