Category: Life Updates

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6 Ways I’m Keeping My Head Screwed On in August

Happy First Monday of August, friends! When I settled in my writing nook to compose this post, I had Anne Shirley’s quote, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” running through my head…except I mentally replaced “Octobers” with “Augusts.” Not that August is my favorite month. It’s actually my least favorite, haha. But I’m trying–I’m really trying, y’all–to keep my upper … Read More 6 Ways I’m Keeping My Head Screwed On in August

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Hey-Howdy-Hey, I’m Back!!!

(*waves enthusiastically*) Hi, guys!!! How’s everybody doing? We survived the first half of a year that feels like looking both ways before crossing the street and then getting hit by an airplane! WE ARE CHAMPIONS! As much as I love blogging, I have to say: I really needed that break. The first few weeks of June were a bit touch-and-go as far as Real Life was … Read More Hey-Howdy-Hey, I’m Back!!!

Week #1 As A 28-Year-Old Lady

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links, meaning I receive a small commission if you make any purchase through links marked clearly with an asterisk, at no cost to you. Please read my full disclosure for more info. Well, dudes and dudettes…I am officially a 28-year-old lady 😉 My birthday rolled around last Tuesday, and since my dad’s birthday also falls the day before mine, … Read More Week #1 As A 28-Year-Old Lady

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2019: A Year in Review

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links, meaning that I receive a small commission if you make any purchase through my links marked clearly with an asterisk, at no cost to you. Please read my full disclosure for more info. It’s that time of year again when I look back on the past twelve months before ringing in the new year! And this time … Read More 2019: A Year in Review

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“God Bless Us, Everyone”

Before I say anything else, let me extend a huge thank-you to everyone who subscribed to my newsletter! Y’all have blessed and encouraged me more than you will know. The next newsletter will come out on New Year’s Day, and every four weeks after that. By the way, if you had trouble signing up on your phones, that problem has been resolved. Three cheers … Read More “God Bless Us, Everyone”

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ANNOUNCING: My very own newsletter!

I’ve been teasing this on my blog and my Twitter account for several weeks now, but at last, after lots of preparation, nervous jitters, and prayer, I can finally reveal the Big Thing… The Wordsmithery, a monthly newsletter from A Writer’s Tale! If you had asked me a year ago if I’d ever start a newsletter, I would’ve been quite taken aback. It’s not … Read More ANNOUNCING: My very own newsletter!

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Behold, a New Blog Name!

Dear Friends, never fear! In spite of a new blog name, it is I, Maribeth, a humble Hobbit at your service and your family’s. And if you’re reading this on my actual website as opposed to your inbox, you’re also noticing another Really Big Change. Scratch that–you’re probably noticing LOTS of changes. Disclosure: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links, meaning that I receive a … Read More Behold, a New Blog Name!

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Exciting News, Adventures, and (side)Steps!

First, the News! As my readers know, I’ve been preparing my book proposal for Operation Lionhearted (the title I finally decided upon!), and it’s about 80% complete. When I got to the section about marketing and promotion, however, I stalled. Me? Marketing myself and my book?! How is one supposed to even do that without coming off as a snake-oil salesman?! Clearly, I needed … Read More Exciting News, Adventures, and (side)Steps!

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A Lesson in Perseverance and Delayed Gratification

I really, really, really wanted chips in my soup. I had been looking forward to that meal all day long: Chicken Fajita Soup–an “E” meal on the Trim Healthy Mama plan–and the one excuse I’d have all week to eat tortilla chips without guilt! I was so ready, especially after a long, tiring day in town. And then my mom put a can of … Read More A Lesson in Perseverance and Delayed Gratification

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Reflections on a Month-Long Social Media Hiatus

July 20th isn’t just the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing (although that is a very momentous occasion!). For me, it also marks the end of a self-imposed, month-long break from social media. Now, I say this with a caveat: I did get on Twitter a week or so ago when Tropical Storm/Hurricane Barry advanced on my state. Why? Because I needed some very helpful … Read More Reflections on a Month-Long Social Media Hiatus

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Currently Speaking…

Greetings, everyone! I’m back after my two-week-long break from blogging. During those two weeks, I taught a Vacation Bible School class (the 3- and 4-year-olds) and then allowed myself some much-needed recovery time. The past six months have been a whirlwind for our whole family, but hopefully we’ll be able to enjoy our quiet little hobbit hole for at least the first part of … Read More Currently Speaking…

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The Five Things Tag

I’ve been keeping this tag for one of those weeks where I’m too busy to blog, soooooooo…after a week of Camp NaNoWriMo, shopping, visits from friends, and a nasty cold, here ya go 😉 Five things you’ll find in my bag: ONE: A notebook (a writer must never be without her notebook, which is precisely why I only buy purses that are big enough … Read More The Five Things Tag