Sunday, November 22, 2009

Writing Through Cancer

Balancing writing with everything else going on in my life right now is quite a challenge. I hate to use the symbol of a juggler, but that is exactly how I'm feeling. With so many doctor visits and with everything that accompanies breast cancer treatment, my writing life has slowed so much I can barely find the time to sit down at my computer.

But here I am, lying in bed, writing to you on my laptop getting ready to share with you what I have been doing lately.

I resurrected two poems I wrote in the 1970s, but I'm waiting until after surgery (which, if the MRI came out well, will occur this Tuesday) to post them. When I do, I will link them in a future blog.

I am also scouring my blogs to find appropriate ones to place as Xomblurbs on Xomba. If the language sounds a little bizarre, let me explain: Xomblurbs are little "blurbs" that link your blogs or articles from their original sites to Xomba. Xombytes, on the other hand, are articles you write specifically for Xomba.

Before I go any further – if, after you read this blog, you want to write for Xomba or you want to post your articles and blogs there, go to my profile page on Xomba and sign up. Please use my referral number – 777d7f91. You won't be sorry. You can draw more traffic to your previously written articles and blogs by posting them on Xomba. It's a win-win-win (win for Xomba, win for the site you write for, and win for you).

Another benefit (I think I mentioned this in a previous blog) is that they share ad revenue with their writers, so if somebody clicks on an adsense ad on a page where your Xombyte or Xomblurb appears, you get 50% of the revenue from the ad!

So that's what I've been doing, looking through all of my old blogs and posting ones that I think other people might want to read. The process is time consuming but also rewarding when I see the number of readers increase in all three areas of my writing (blogs, Associated Content, and Xomba).

Through a friend at Associated Content I have discovered another site that I will explore after my surgery. It, like Xomba, offers writers a place to post their blogs and articles and encourages them to bookmark articles written by others. I'll check it out after surgery and let you know if I think it's worth pursuing.

So far I'm very happy with Xomba and Associated Content. The reason I like Associated Content is because I am not committed to writing a certain number of articles there. With my health as it is right now, I'm grateful that I don't have to apologize for being unable to meet deadlines. The only deadline I have to meet is for Xomba, but only in its paranormal category. As one of two featured authors in that category, I had to commit to one article every two weeks.

After I'm in remission (yes, I fully expect that to happen within the year), I will try writing for other sites that expect a contractual agreement. For now, I'm happy with blogging and article writing.

Don't forget to visit Xomba. Click their Help Section and you'll easily maneuver your way around the site. After you sign up (don't forget to use my referral number 777d7f91), let me know which name you've chosen for yourself and I'll invite you to be one of my friends. I'm known as BlogWriter there.

More to come...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

UPDATE on Newest Posts

If you read my previous post, you already know I have breast cancer. It has slowed me down considerably, but I have been able to post some articles and blogs. If you have time to read them or comment on them, I would love to hear from you. I list them below:

I've had many prophetic dreams in my lifetime and I list some of them in this article. If you have had some dreams that have foretold your own future, I invite you to share yours with me.

Two women decide to help out at a homeless shelter and are surprised by the way it turns out.

At this time of year, many people rely on nasal sprays to help them through colds and flu. Not many people know, however, that they can become addicted to nasal sprays. This article serves as a warning and offers some advice for getting rid of a nasal spray addiction.

I started writing for Xomba a couple of months ago and wondered how the whole idea started. So I decided to interview Nick Veneris. He agreed to the interview. Nick came up with an idea to help writers promote their previously written articles and Xomba allows them to post new articles. Xomba also offers amazing contests where writers can win hundreds of dollars. This winning combination invited me and I haven't looked back. I invite you to read the interview.

We all know somebody who is living through emotional torment at the hands of a spouse. We may even be the spouse. This article offers advice to men and women who are suffering at the hands of an abuser.

Years ago nobody paid much attention to Attention Deficit Disorder, and when they did, they paid attention to children who suffered from it. When ADD became more well known, some adults started paying attention (well, except maybe for those with ADD), and learned that maybe the malady belonged not only to children, but to adults as well. This blog discusses one adult's possible ADD problem. (I just realized that the blog I just referred you to is old, but since I already wrote it, and since I obviously wasn't paying attention, I'm leaving it in :)

Well, as they say at the end of every Bugs Bunny cartoon, That's All Folks! More will come in the days ahead. Thank you for reading.

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