All posts tagged: #mninb

(Day 5) Create a Blog

Today’s challenge by Robert Lee Brewer was to create your own blog.  Since I already have one, I want to say instead… Thank you. To everybody who has been checking out my blog in the past weeks and months, and special thank you to all my new subscribers to this blog, thank you for being interested enough in my writer’s journey to walk with me for a while. God bless you! Edited on 05/12/12: For those of you following the series, Days 6 and 7 did not have blog posts. The tasks below were as follows: Day 6: Read and comment on someone’s blog Day 7: Add “share” buttons to your website The next post in this series is Day 8.

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(Day 4) Connect on Twitter

Good morning peeps! Today, Robert Lee Brewer’s challenge is to create a Twitter account. If you missed the previous days (Day 1-3), check out that link to his blog where you’ll find all of the challenges we’ve completed so far. New to the challenge? The goal for writers, like me, is to improve our platform.  What’s a platform? It’s my ability and effectiveness to communicate with you, my readers.  As busy as my days are now, that kind of challenge is something I can definitely get on board with. And speaking of busy, I’ve taken the day off to file my taxes (ugh) and I’ve got my writers’ critique group this evening to boot which means another 14-15 hour day away from home (sigh).  Somewhere in there I need to finish my #FridayReads for this week so I can review it by Friday AM.  If you’ve been following me on Twitter then you know that the book isn’t going that well. Question for you: Do you like that I announce the books that I will …

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(Day 3) Connect on Facebook

Today’s task in Robert Lee Brewer’s April Platform Challenge is to create a Facebook profile.  I joined Facebook on September 18th, 2009. If you’d asked me before then about Facebook, I would’ve told you I’m not interested.  It’s just another “MySpace”.  Uh-huh.  Look how well THAT turned out (cue tumbleweeds). Something I discovered that gets old fast is spamming your BFF with your posts on writing. So don’t. What I did instead was create a FB Fan Page to streamline my writing content in one place — for readers like YOU interested in my writing! So, connect me with on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/laurenmillerbooks Let’s talk!

(Day 2) Setting Goals

It’s 6:41 am and I’m working on this morning’s MNINB Platform Challenge, courtesy Robert Lee Brewer. Today’s challenge was about setting goals, short-term and long-term, for writing and for life. If you’re new to my blog here, welcome!!  If you’re new to the challenge, be sure to check out the link above to Robert’s website. It’s still plenty early in the game to join the fun.  The camaraderie alone is worth the adventure. Day 2 Task: Setting Goals* Short-term Goals: Plant the irises and daffodils I got yesterday — somewhere — in my garden. Pull together a short story for Wednesday night’s (monthly) Writers’ Critique Group. Complete reading and reviewing at least 4 books this month for my “Friday Reads” column. Receive, read, and review all ARC’s that arrive this month. Research short story submission guidelines for “How Coarse the Gold”, my new science-fiction piece. Attend Christina Katz’s class this month at the 2012 Missouri Writers’ Guild Conference. Try to read the Bible once a day, even if it’s only 5 minutes at a time. Complete …

(Day 1) Finding Your Identity

Hey everybody, I’m participating in Robert Lee Brewer’s April Platform Challenge (fellow writers, check it out here) and loved the idea fellow participant Elizabeth A. Saunders had of posting each day on her blog. Elizabeth, I hope you don’t mind the company — I love that we can all do this together! So, with that said, I’m sharing with you my results on this blog. Some of it will be news to you, some might be stuff you’ve heard before. I’m sure there will be growing pains in the process but stick along for the ride and cheer me on towards the May 1st deadline, won’t you? Day 1 Task: Define Who I Am Name (as used in byline): Lauren Miller Position(s): Clerk – St. Louis Public Library (SLPL); SLPL Foundation Young Literati Committee Member; Blogger; Poet;  Volunteer for St. Louis Family Church, International Crisis Aid, and Central West End Neighborhood Association. Skill(s): Creative writing (fiction, non-fiction reviews and articles, poetry, screenplays), Editing, Blogging,  HTML and Web Design, Social Media, Windows Operating System and Macintosh; Strategic Planning and …