Happy Thanksgiving!

I think the Turkey coma kicked in early this year, folks. I thought Thanksgiving was last week when I put that post up. haha I guess it gives you a glimpse of where my brain has been. Well, whenever you celebrate and with whomever you celebrate, I hope you all have a blessed and safe holiday with the ones you love. I know there’s a lot of social distancing going on this year, but even if your time spent with loved ones is through Zoom, I hope it’s a day of laughter and joy with memories that will last a lifetime.

There are a great many things I’m thankful for this year, my family’s health being a huge part of that, especially after my Dad’s stroke. We are all healthy and whole, and I pray the same is true for each of you. If it’s not, and you’ll have an empty chair at the table this year, I’m so sorry. I know this blog reaches a lot of people and I post the highlights of my life often, especially with work, but please know you aren’t alone. If you’re feeling like the world is too much, or the sadness is too great in the insanity the world is facing right now, please don’t hesitate to reach out to someone you love and let them in. Whatever your circumstance, the world, and their world is brighter with you in it.

Wishing you a happy and safe Thanksgiving,

Justina

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Books: Thinking of getting one of my books for someone you love, but not sure which one you want? I can help you out with that.

Hey, everyone! As we head into the Christmas season, I know gift shopping is something toward the top of a lot of people’s to do list, and it can be stressful with a capital S. If you have a book lover in your life, or even want to stick a little something under the tree for yourself, I’ve got a book for that. If you’re not sure which book might be for you, there’s a new page on my author website that may be of some assistance. I’ve compiled a quick access list where you can find the Goodreads reviews for all of my books in one simple place!

Wishing you all a safe and healthy Thanksgiving,

Justina

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Behind The Curtain: How to keep going when the “real world” tips the balance.

Water leaks, smoking driers, and curling floorboards, oh my! Life can be crazy sometimes, in more ways than one. So, how do you manage a heavy workload and pitching in to keep the house from falling apart?


This has been something I’ve been working with for the last couple of weeks. You may have noticed I was conspicuously absent. ha Sometimes, you have to pick and choose your battles, and a big battle for me began two weeks ago when I went into the basement and saw a wet spot in the dropped ceiling…then another…and water streaks down the drywall…and mold.

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Behind the Curtain: How One Author Found Work/Life Balance

Hey, everyone! Things have been crazy lately. Between new marketing ventures, website upkeep, marketing on Facebook, and writing, my days have been full! So full, in fact, that I was finding myself getting overwhelmed and spiraling.


Being an indie author, even one signed to a small publishing house, is somewhat like being a small business owner yourself. You’re responsible for creating the way people see you, how often your backstock gets marketed, marketing new work, social media presence, maintaining daily interactions with readers, oh and then there’s writing too!


Now, I love what I do. For anyone who’s been here for a while, y’all know this is what I’ve wanted to do all my life. I adore being able to share my work with readers and having a publisher who believes in me is something I take seriously. As such, my perfectionist streak was taking over in a big way and pulling me down a rabbit hole of 14-hour (often more) workdays, 7 days a week. Let me tell you, 14 hours of staring at a laptop is not fabulous for the eyes. No one told me I needed to do this, I just did it. I became a serious workaholic. It got to the point where my brain was staying so wired that I wasn’t falling asleep until 3 in the morning, sometimes 4. Then I’d roll out of bed and do it all over.


So, how did I fix it, you might ask?

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