Thank You!

Just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who helped make Promotion #1 for Valentine Month a success! To everyone who downloaded a free copy of one of the books, I hope you enjoy reading them, and if you like, please post a review. Thank you again!

Promotion #2 starts on Monday! I’ll keep you posted!

 

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Monday Blog: Dec 24, 2018: Happy Holidays!

It’s that time of the year, folks: people are scrambling to find  perfect gifts for the special people in their lives. Trees are being decorated. Candles are being lit. Everyone is celebrating their holiday in their own special way. For those who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas to you and your family. To those who celebrate other holidays, Happy Holidays. And for anyone who has decided not to celebrate anything at all, Happy December.

This is also the time of the year, when we begin making plans for the upcoming New Year. 2019 will be here next week, so it’s time to take stock of 2018. Did you have a good year? Did you accomplish all of the things you set out to accomplish?

I managed to reach most of my goals, which is a first for me. Publish 25 books? No, but I did publish 24, and that’s good enough for me. Move out of NY? Yep, did that! Relaunch Woolaston Entertainment’s online store? Did that, too. Finally upgrade my Microsoft Word program? I didn’t blow $200 on the program, but the app for $6.99 a month is just as useful, so that one is going in the win column. Stop letting my fears hold me back? I’m slowly but surely working through that one. All in all, I’d say 2018 was a good year for me and Woolaston Entertainment. 

I hope all of my fellow writers, authors, artists, and creatives had a wonderful year, and I hope 2019 brings you everything you’re looking for. This will be my final Monday Blog. But, don’t worry: I’m not going to stop blogging. Instead of a Monday Blog, it’s just going to be a Blog. My goal is to post at least three times per week. We’ll see how that goes.

Happy Holidays, Best Wishes, and Happy New Year to all of you! 🙂

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Monday Blog: Dec 17, 2018: My B-day present to W.E.

Happy Monday, ladies and gents! Welcome to the new and improved Monday Blog! If you’re reading this, you either found it on my WordPress site, or you found the RSS Feed on the Woolaston Entertainment website. Either way, I’m happy you found it!

Using the RSS Feed has made posting so much more efficient for me. Instead of killing myself to post on two different sites, I can post on one, and it will take care of the other. I probably should have done this sooner, but everything happens in it’s own time. 

I wanted to do something nice for W.E. and for myself, in honor of W.E.’s 24th birthday. So, I got to work. I’ve been coming up with all sorts of ways to improve the website. Aside from working on the online store, I’ve made improvements to the other pages on the site. Visitors can now access the W.E. Facebook page and my Twitter account directly from the site, or at least see the posts as I post them.  I’ve replaced links (both the working and non-working ones) with buttons, which are much easier to use. Plus, if you’re shopping on the website, you can easily compare the W.E. prices, to Amazon’s prices for the books (sorry Amazon!)

These improvements must have made a difference, since the site reached 1400 views last month, and so far, close to 1100 for December. 

Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. 

This is my gift to W.E. I’m finally in a position to treat it like what it truly is: a business. More merchandise will be coming to the online store: more titles, t-shirts, book marks, stationary, etc.  I’ve managed to make a few sales since the relaunch, so things are looking up. I hope this encourages other self-published authors to take the next step in promoting and selling their work, if they’re not already doing so. All you have to do is try. Remember: nothing from nothing leaves nothing. 

Until next week. 

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Changes to the Monday Blog

I’ve spent the past few days updating my website, coming up with new quirky ways to present content, and simply adding new content. There’s going to be a change to the Monday Blog. Instead of killing myself to post it on woolastonentertainment.com and woolent.wordpress.com, I will only post on the WordPress site. However, thanks to the magic of the RSS Feed, the blog will still be accessible on the Woolaston Entertainment site, as a link. It’s a new short-cut I will need to get used to, but I’m looking forward to having more time to focus on more important things. Happy reading, everyone! 

PS: Thank you to the readers who ordered books through the Online Store on woolastonentertainment.com !!

Monday Blog: December 3, 2018: 24!!!!!

It’s December!! Woolaston Entertainment’s unofficial birthday month! I came up with it in the summer of 1994, but to make things easier, I celebrate it’s birthday on the same day as mine: December 1st. Together, we’re another year older, and a little better.

This is the first blog for the month of December, the final month of 2018. I’m going out with a BANG: the online store is up and running! All of June Parris’s titles are available for sale, and so are most of mine. I will add more over the next week or so, but for now, there are plenty of books for readers to choose from. There are also bundles available for specific series, so you can purchase the entire series and save a few coins. Who doesn’t love saving money? 

So, what took me so long to create an online store? Simple: fear of failure. This is something I’m sure many people can relate to. I finally got over my fear, and took a giant leap forward. Rise or fall, this is something I have put off long enough and it’s time to move forward. 

This month I’m celebrating 24 years of writing, drawing, painting, and creating. I will reflect on all things Woolaston Entertainment, and talk about all of the things I’m planning for 2019 as well.

On a side note: The NY Giants won their game on my birthday weekend, so HOORAY!!!! See you next week. 

To Jump or Not To Jump

I don’t know if any fans of Steve Harvey are reading this, but he wrote a very inspirational book, titled Jump: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance. This book is meant to encourage people to do the things they have been too afraid to do. To step out on faith, take chances, and hope for the best. I recently jumped: I moved from New York to Virginia, to get a fresh start and gain some new perspective. Now, you’re probably thinking: people do that sort of thing all the time. Let me tell you how I got here.

Thirteen years ago, my mother and I moved from Virginia to Georgia, to be closer to her family. Her brother (my uncle) Donald, convinced us that our lives would be better if all of us (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc) were closer together. The rest of the family had migrated to Georgia from New York and Indiana over the years, and it could be  the first time most of the family would all be living together in one state. So, we moved. I had a cat, which I was forced to give up on the very day we left, because Donald neglected to say, he didn’t want any pets in his house (BTW: we would be staying with him and his girlfriend until we found an apartment). That was one of the hardest things I have ever done, and it still haunts me to this day.

After a few days, it became clear to Mom and I, Donald hadn’t fully discussed his plans with his girlfriend, who flipped out a few times over the fact that we were living in “her” house. Donald ignored the situation, until an argument escalated one night, and he decided to put us out. At midnight one night, Mom and I found ourselves searching for a hotel to stay in, so we basically became homeless. We eventually moved to New York to stay with a great aunt, and after about a year or so, we managed to get an apartment. All of our belongings, however, were in a storage unit in GA, and it took some time (and money) to bring everything to NY. 

Fast forward a few years, to a landlord who never mentioned his house was in foreclosure, and evicted all of his tenants, including us. Another one of my uncles, Arthur, heard about our situation, and offered us a place to stay at his house in GA. He also said he had made an investment in Iraqi dinars that he was about to cash in, and he would share some of the money with us. We moved our belongings into another storage unit in NY, and returned to GA. As it turned out, Arthur hadn’t been paying his mortgage either, and was on the verge of losing his home, because he had spent all of his money on Iraqi dinars and had stopped working. If my mother and I had known any of this prior to moving, we would have stayed in NY. Once Arthur realized we knew things were falling apart for him, he put us out. Once again, we found ourselves homeless. Again, a great aunt took us in, in NY. (BTW: Arthur later lost his house and was forced out by the bank).

Here we are, in 2018. My great aunt passed away, and once again, my mother and I found ourselves having to make some tough decisions. We decided, it was time to JUMP. It was time to make some real changes. Family had put us in this position in the past. My great aunt’s son would eventually sell the house that had been left to him, and we would want us to move. So, what was the next step? Remain in overpriced NY, or live somewhere that was affordable? We were paying $600 a month for a room. We could pay that or slightly more for an entire apartment in VA. So, we jumped, and we moved back to VA, where I had spent my childhood.

Now, I’m not telling you this in order to gain sympathy. I don’t want you to feel sorry for me in any way, because I don’t feel sorry for me. I gave my family a chance (several chances, in fact) to be a part of my life, and they screwed me over every time. But hey: the universe sees all, and payback always comes around. Donald cheated on his girlfriend, put her out of the house, and married the woman he cheated with. Things aren’t going so well between them now. Arthur lied to us and his children about losing the house, and he eventually did lose it, and had to live with other relatives. I don’t think he has accepted the “Iraqi dinar scam” yet, though. So, why am I telling you all of this? 

I want everyone who reads this, to remember something: you can NEVER give up. Life is hard. The people you think should have your back, often don’t. Sometimes, you find yourself in a situation you didn’t ask for. But, it’s moments like that that define us. You learn who you are; how strong you can be. I’ve been homeless more times than I ever expected to be. I’ve had $5 left to my name, and have had to chose between eating, or putting gas in my car in order to get to work to keep my job. I’ve sold the jewelry I inherited from my grandmothers, in order to eat. I’ve lost precious things, and given up a lot of things that matter to me. I’ve even been robbed. But, through it all, I’m still here. 

By moving from NY to VA, I JUMPED. I’m literally staying in a hotel with my mother, until we find an apartment (which will be soon, hopefully). The future is very uncertain, but that isn’t a first for me. I’ve been here before. Sometimes, you have to step out on faith. Sometimes, you just have to believe that things will work themselves out. Sometimes, you just have to JUMP.