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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

How To Use Twitter

Are you new to Twitter and wondering how you should use it?  I'm not new to it but really hadn't used Twitter in a while.  I suddenly found myself going back to Twitter last week and I started posting.  I think you just want to gain your presence there.

I was posting my links to my books.  I had read how a lot of people post their links about four times a day and was thinking maybe it would work for me.  I was starting to do that earlier last week.  There was one day where I went through posting the links to all my books.  I've got sixteen books roughly on Amazon so it took a little while.

And then when I was done, I went back and did it again because by the time I got back to the first book I put a link to, Twitter let me tweet it again.  Then, later in the day I did this some more.

But, after talking with some other writer friends in Facebook Writer's Group, I have decided not to do that too much.  Maybe I will post them once a day.  A few of these friends told me that could annoy my followers and I could lose followers.

I read up on Twitter a little bit and it says you want to make your presence in the site by retweeting other peoples tweets and commenting.  And you want to post tweets linking to content.

It seems that so many people are using Twitter for marketing and trying to gain sales.  Is Twitter really all about self promoting?  It really seems that way.

I'm going there on a more regular basis now to gain my followers and kind of hope it brings me some sales to my books.

It has gained me a feature of my novel, Lolita Lob it Off (vampire trilogy) as an app on Penned.  I'm hoping it's going to be free.  But one of my Twitter followers contacted me about it.

Just from starting to go onto Twitter last week, I went from 464 followers to about 494 followers.  That was kind of cool to see.

I retweet what I like.  And some of it seems like garbage so I just scroll past that.  I don't want to be retweeting about sex junk.

I will however retweet good quality tweets that have meaning to them and retweet the links that I think seem interesting.

I've been getting more notifications and some messages.

I think with Twitter and Facebook, the important thing is to just dedicate a part of your day to this and then get back to more important things.


Today, I've written three posts here.  I hadn't written here in a while and now I think I should get back to writing here at least once a day if I can.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted January 2016

Twitter:  jfay1995
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Facebook page:  Jennifer Jo Fay Author

I have 16 books on Amazon and an author page

Currently working on new novels, the sequel to Lolita Lob it Off, sequel to The Glorious Money Tree and a new novel, America's Favorite Lottery Winner.

Funny How Life Keeps Rolling along

It's so hard to believe we're in 2016.  Last year seemed to be a busy knitting one for me with writing spurts added in there too.

My new years resolution is to not buy anymore yarn, maybe to cut back on the coffee(probably won't follow through with this one) and to write a lot more.  I think this should be my year for writing!!!!

I've just got to make myself do it.  I'm living off my alimony right now and know in about five years or a little less I should qualify for disability.  So far, my plan is to move to Maine in about three and a half years to live with my dad as I wouldn't be able to afford my apartment.  By then my kids will be older.

I got rid of my old car this last summer, gave it to Good News Garage.  I had forked over tons of money last year on repairs and it still needed many more.  Wasn't worth it to keep investing in it.  Now I take the buses to get to my kids three days a week.  It was perfect in the summer and their vacations as I am able to get a good amount of time with them then.

However, it kind of sucks when they are in school.  They come home at about three and then I have to leave their house at three thirty to go catch my bus.  But, I'll do it.  It's better than no time at all and I've told my kids that it's the fact that I'll come to see them even if it's only ten to twenty minutes that shows them how much I love them.  And I always call them days I don't see them.

Once in a while my girls get on Facebook and message me or video chat.  The video chat was really neat.

My girls are in 8th grade now and next year will be in High School.  Jake is 18.  He is going to a different school this year for kids with disabilities.  They thought he would like the atmosphere better.

Sean is in his second year of college and is finally getting into some of the archaeology classes he wanted to do.  He's been dating college girl for about a year.  She's getting to go to Greece for a week later this year to study abroad.

Ah, the Powerball!!!  Couldn't believe it got into the billions.  I actually got my first ticket for that.  I had never played before.  And I got a ticket for Sat.  Both tickets were a wash.  Nothing.  I almost didn't get a ticket for this Wednesday but I broke down and spent a little of my extra bus money on one.  Although I'm sure I will have much better luck writing the novel about it.

Sean actually got tickets and I suddenly realized he's old enough to play.  Ha ha.

Well, I'm going to get going now.  I need to get writing those novels.  It would be cool if I could get to publish one next month.

I looked at my files and found old writing documents I have never written to lately.  One of these days I should get to those too.  I was surprised to see them and kind of forgot about them.

Isn't that the way, having all these projects and your bucket list can't seem to get them all done.

I should probably make myself pull some late nights.  I've been pulling late nights lately.  I treated myself to basic cable and internet back in September and am loving it.

I've got my therapist visiting my apt soon.  She makes house calls!!!  I'm either writing before she comes or getting myself in gear right after that.  I've got the Today Show on.

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I'm also on Pinterest but don't check that as much.  I've got a Facebook Page:  Jennifer Jo Fay Author

Jennifer Jo Fay

January 2016

Jennifer Jo Fay books on

Well, I haven't written here in a while and maybe I should get back to writing.  I keep thinking this would be a way to advertise my books.  I can't complain about not selling books as I have at least sold a few books each month.  But of course I would love to sell more of my books.

I've decided to bite the bullet and pay a little bit of money to do some promoting of some of my favorite books I've published.  I'm going to promote Knitted Coffee Cozies, The Glorious Money Tree Trilogy (fantasy), Lolita Lob it off (vampire), and Memories of Mom, Family Recipes and Stories from a Beautiful Life with the ad campaign on Amazon.  I'm doing the cheapest budget.

I'd like to see a little nudge in the right direction with these books.  I chose the knitting book and the recipe book as I have off and on sold a few copies of those two.  I've sold some of the poetry books and my other cookbook too.  Not the novels yet.

I have gotten readers to all the books when I do free book promotions.  Check out my author page as I do have them for free book promotions when Amazon lets me create a promotion.

I'm also going to promote Lolita Lob it off with Ebook Planet and The Glorious Money Tree with Booksgosocial.  They will promote these for a year.  The fee wasn't a lot so I'm forking over a little money to see if I can gain it back in sales.  It would be really cool if I could suddenly see a lot more sales.

And a really cool thing is I'm gaining followers on Twitter and one person for Penned asked me to be featured.  They're going to put Lolita Lob it Off novel link on an app.  It's free as far as I know.  That is really cool.

I'm really active lately on Facebook with the writer's groups and there is a wealth of information.  The trouble is getting me off Facebook and starting to write.  Good lord.  One writer said the best way to market yourself is to come out with another book.  If your readers like the new one, they're guaranteed to go buy your other ones.

So, I've got to kick start myself into some more writing.  I wasn't writing for a while last year.  In May I decided to put my writing down for a while and was knitting.  My other passion.  Over the summer I learned how to make socks and now have about 12-17 pairs.  Half are for me.  I was loving this Naked Sock yarn I was working with.  I made a bunch of shawls too and gave one to my sister and my sister-n-law.  The simple triangle pattern, stockinette stitch.

I was knitting all summer, no writing and in late September, I put the needles down and decided I needed to get writing again.  I've got the sequel to Lolita Lob it Off.  I was writing diligently for a good week or so.  Got the novel to 110 pages roughly.  Then, I went on a trip to Maine to visit my family and came back in October knitting again.

I'm not going to buy anymore yarn.  I've got more than enough!!!!  I was also making a bunch of fingerless mitts.  I might do our local Farmer's Market this spring season to October.  The fee is only $75 for the whole season.  I would have to do it rain or shine every Saturday.  I've got lots of knitting for it and nine copies of my books.

Last Monday, I decided once again to put the needles down and I'm going to try not to knit for a bit.  Maybe I will make myself knit for a few hours out of the week on a pair of fingerless mitts.  I've got one done and need to finish the second one.

Right now, I've got the sequel to Lolita Lob it off up to 130 pages and need to push that one to at least 200.

I'm starting a new novel as well called America's Favorite Lottery Winner.  My FMC is going to fall in love with her bodyguard.  I've got to think of some good conflict.  So far it is about 41 pages so it's got a long way to go.

But, I'm thinking if I can make myself write for about four to five hours a day, maybe things will get done.  It would be cool to see if I could get a novel done and ready to publish every three months.  That would be a realistic goal this year if I can get my butt in gear.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted January 2016

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Beginnings

Don't you love it when there are new beginnings?  For me, that new beginning is a new job that I am starting tomorrow.  I'm going to be working at a Simon's convenience store in their deli section.  I'm a little nervous but come tomorrow morning, I am going to wake up and go.

I've got my alarm set for 6:45am and will probably sleep a few extra minutes.  Then, will get up and have my ritual of eggs and orange juice.  I tend to lately have eggs every morning.  My doctor said she's got no problem with me eating eggs.  It's probably the chips that have to go!!!  Ha ha.  Too bad I'm addicted to kettle chips.  Salt and vinegar are too damn addicting.

Then, I will head down towards the new job.  I will be commuting to it as it's closer to where my kids live.  Which is now that I am thinking of also moving closer to my kids and the new job.  Even if the new job doesn't end up working out, it would be nice to be closer to my kids.  Ease up on the gas to get there.  Seems like I'm going twenty four miles each way to get down to them.  And will be the same for the job..  But it will be a full time job so I don't care.

A few weeks ago, I created an author page on FB and already I'm up to over seven hundred likes.  Pretty cool.  Of course, you have to update your page often in order for them all to see you.  And then, does it gain more sales?  I don't know.  But it's fun to do.

Now that I have a new job, I will be cutting back the hours spent at the local library.  I think it will just be Mondays when I am there before heading over to see my kids.  Which means today, I have a lovely Subway sandwich.  Yum.

My oldest is camping in the North Cascades a little near Seattle, Washington.  He comes back on Wednesday and so far has been out of range with his phone.

By the time I text him, I will have worked two days at the new job.

I can hardly wait to start.  It's been the waiting not knowing what to expect that's been killing me.  I just want to know what I'm supposed to be doing.  I guess I will find out soon enough.  I've got today to kill time and then tomorrow it will start.  I will be working Tuesday through Sat nine to five.  I'm very excited and plan to do the best that I can and hope that they will keep me.  If not, I cannot help that if I've done my best.  Given it my all.

The girls and I went to see Cinderella yesterday.  We were going to see Insurgent and the girls changed their minds.  I'm telling you, that popcorn is expensive.  Couldn't believe for a small it was over five dollars.  My sister asked me if I had to take a loan out on the popcorn. ha ha.

It was a cute movie and I thought Cate Blanchett did a good job of being the wicked step-mother.  And it did follow Cinderella to a tee.  Helena Bonham Carter played a good fairy godmother.

After the movie, I brought the girls to McDonald's to get french fries for Jake seeing as he didn't go to the movie.  I got him a medium and was almost disappointed when my ex's girlfriend was going to make Jake not eat all the fries at once.  Thank god he got to have them all.  Kind of made me mad as it was his treat from me.

There's some strict food rules at the Fay household.  The kids kind of have to obey his girlfriend and follow the rules.  Very strict.  Some of it is good of course, gives them structure.

I'm up to 180 pages in my vampire novel.  If I feel like it, I will type up the next chapter later today.  I'm thinking that on my break, I will either have a book to read a few pages or some paper to write a page to a chapter.  I know I will have some extra time to kill after eating my tunafish sandwich.

And, I bet I will be eating some of their grinders or pizza too.  I'm probably not going to want tunafish every day.  I got some potted ham yesterday to make some ham sandwiches too.  I like to add a little bit of hot dog relish to it.  Yum.  And I just got thinking, I shall bring some kale.  My Dad has been saying we should change my middle name to Kale.  Funny.

At least that should boost my iron.  Plus I've heard it's very good for your eyesight.  Queen of greens.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted March 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fresh Post

I made myself come back to write.  It's been a while since I have posted on my blog.  Sorry.  I guess life and other things tend to get in the way.  Not to mention a damn webroot popup that keeps popping up on my screen.  It's expired and keeps popping up as a reminder to renew.  Pain in the neck as it constantly pops up and creates an annoying problem for me.

I was scrolling down Facebook the other day and found this advertisement for BoostInsider.  Bloggers to earn money.  Was going to try it out.  I signed up and today scrolled down through the four campaigns I was given to potentially earn some money at.  Wasn't thrilled with the choices and I don't think I can find myself able to write about them on my blog.  Like some sort of video games?  What could I possibly write about video games I know nothing about?  Just don't know if I will like the site.  I may try one if it seems like it's going to fit.  But none of them seemed to jump out at me.

Oh well.  I've been writing a lot.  I published The Dolls on Amazon about three weeks ago and sold a few copies.  I also had it available for a free book promotion.  Right now I have a few of my poetry books available for free book promotion.  It goes on for about five days.

I also published Lustful Evangelean, my first romance novel I wrote.  It was available for free for a limited time and got close to seventy people getting it.  My knitting book got over 300 people getting it on the free book promotion.  That's a good way to build an audience.

I'm currently working on my vampire novel, Lolita Lob it Off.  I'm 111 pages into it and kind of got stuck for a little bit.  I'm working towards getting out of the writer's block rut.  While this happens, I tend to end up reading other people's books for the weekend.  And I write during the week.

It was maddening yesterday.  I couldn't get into my Kindle.  It's either broken or it has too many books in it and it won't let me in.  Luckily I've got all my books available on my PC as well and will read them that way.  It will be a little bulkier than the kindle which is a little bit of a nuisance but it will be okay.  At least I can still read the books I paid for and the freebie ones.

That's probably what happened.  I was downloading a whole lot of the freebie kindle books and I bet it took up a lot of my memory.  Oh well.  Maddening.

It's going to be a plus though as I will have my pc on hand more often and if I feel the urge, I can exit the book I'm reading and go do some writing on the book.

It took me three days last week to write a smut scene.  Just wasn't into writing.  I guess it happens to everyone.  Nobody is immune from writer's block.

I've been visiting my kids a lot.  They have a new rule they can't eat or drink in the living room.  Made me sort of mad and I will still drink my coffee in there.  There's something about curling up on their couch with my warm coffee that's comforting.  But we make sure we don't eat anything in there.  Although there is the occasional slip up.  Julia likes to bring something in to eat once in a while and I'm not one to force her into another room.  I know she is careful.

They also have to have time away from their laptops which is a good thing.  We have a certain time when we set down the laptops and we play a board game.  So far it's different versions of Monopoly.  Julia won this last time.  She got the expensive properties, put four houses on them and I landed on her two times.  $1700 ouch!!!

Still without a job.  I'm looking and I was able to have two to three interviews but nothing yet.  Thank god for my alimony.

I've got a plan to move to Maine in five years to be with my dad and save on rent.  I should be able to collect disability at that time when the alimony is up.  And my kids will all be in college at that time.  I have got to come up with a back up plan in case my dad is not alive at that point.  But the way I see it is I would be able to help him stay in his home longer.  And may become his caregiver at that point.  The hardest part would not being able to see my kids as much, but then they would be older and on their own so I may not see them as much anyway.  I worry too much about things.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted February 25, 2015

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  It's here in just a few days.  I'm going to spend the day with my kids.  It should be fun.  It is a fun time of year.  My kids had an early Christmas with their grandparents yesterday.  So today Jake has been eating mashed potato and ham leftovers.  And he breaked for eating some cookies with the chocolate kisses.  He ate them all and was going to go for the raspberry ones that aren't gluten free.

Devil.  I enjoyed a morning visiting with a friend I hadn't seen in a while.  It was fun to sit and talk with her over a cup of coffee.

I've been excited this month to see an increase in my book sales.  I've sold six books this month which is the most I've ever sold in a month.  It's not a ton of money of course but still it's exciting to see my books selling a little bit.  I've sold several of my poetry books, a cookbook and was excited to see the first sale of The Glorious Money Tree Trilogy.

By which I should get back to writing more to the second book.  I had pumped the second book up to 140 pages roughly over the summer and stopped.  Over the last few months I've been pumping out the poetry books to publish.  Seems like I can publish them quicker.

I only go to about 70 pages a poem a page with a photograph and then when it's ready, I publish.  I've got about 7 poetry books published now.  Thirteen books total published with Kindle Direct Publishing.

It's the one thing I have control over.  I can publish as much as I want.  I can't control it if I can't find a new job.  There's just not much out there.  I've been trying to figure out what I'm going to do in six years when my alimony stops and if I don't have a job by then.  I at that point can qualify for disability benefits and am thinking I may move to Maine to live with my Dad and help him as he gets older.

I'm a worrier.  The worst thing that could happen is I become homeless, but my family say that's not an option.  I feel comforted that I could stay with my Dad and help out.  I've been weeding out things I don't need which feels great.

I hated to part with some of my kids baby toys and their children's books but it was time to let go of that stuff.  A neighbor took it and it's going to kids who don't have much.  I kept a few of their favorite toys like a wooden rattle and a musical clock and a pair of baby booties.

I took pictures of the baby booties with some silk flowers and a stuffed animal bear in a shadow box.  It's going to go into my poetry book along with one of the poems.  I've been taking lots of photographs to go with the poems.

I also parted with some of my barbies I had collected.  I've kept my favorites in case I ever draw them.  I have a few reproductions of the fifties barbies, a Tammy doll (after Sandra Dee), Princess Leia, Rose from Titanic, and of course one of Bella Swan.  I will never part with the Bella Swan doll.

And I love my Ellowyne Wilde doll I have left.  Even if I was ever to become homeless I would carry those two dolls with me and BunBun.  I don't think I will have to worry about that though.

I wrote a few poems about that.  One night a week ago I couldn't sleep and was thinking of my options in six years.  I had forgotten to take my medicine and couldn't sleep.  Some of it is supposed to help me sleep.  So I was up and got writing.  I got writing one as I was looking at my picture of Christina.  The one that Andrew Wyeth painted of her out in the field looking at the home.

And I got myself some lemon zinger tea.  So at 2am or 3am I was writing some poems.

I wrote a few yesterday, but also made myself knit.  I hadn't knitted in a while.  I've been writing the poems.  I've had some days when I've written about 35 or more poems and then I get a day where I don't write much.

I hand write them first in a notebook and then type them out.  I got putting some flowers on my handwriting for some pictures.  I've been treating myself to roses this month and last month.  Now they are all dried.  They make awesome covers for the poetry books.

I was taking some pictures of the flowers in the grocery store but got reprimanded for taking pictures so can't do that anymore.  Darn it, I'm forced to buy them.  The girl wanted me to delete them but I didn't.  Told a lie and said I would delete them.  I'm sure she knew I wouldn't.

My feeling was hey, I'm buying something in the grocery store but they didn't want me taking pictures.  Oh well.

I treated myself to go see Mockingjay and The Hobbit this weekend.  Both were good movies.  I still think I liked Lord of the Rings better and I didn't like this Hunger Games as much as the first two.  I will go see the last one next year.

I know I will be seeing the new Star Wars movie next Christmas!  And I've been hearing rumors there is to be Midnight Sun next year, the new Twilight movie.

That will remain to be seen.  I've heard they've been filming it.  It's supposed to be more about Jacob and Renesmee.  Although, there still is no Midnight Sun book from Stephanie Meyer.  Last I knew she had been writing it a few years ago and her first draft leaked out and she stopped writing it.  I'm still waiting to see what new book she comes out with.

I recently paid to read some Twilight stories from other writers.  They must give Stephanie some of the proceeds from those sales.  Seeing as they are based on her books.  One of the books is a parody and the other is Nessie's story.  I've been reading it and it's okay.

I purchased the Twilight books on my Kindle for PC as I want to read them again.  And last night I treated myself to watching the first Twilight movie again.  Tonight's movie?  New Moon!!!!!

Yesterday, I found myself knitting up a few doll clothes.  I made a skirt for one doll and a shawl or two for another one.  Seeing as I don't have many kid toys left, at least I will have some barbies, dolls and doll clothing.  Someday I will have grandchildren.  It's just in the far off distance for now.

I should dig up my baby books of the kids with their footprints in it.  They could go in some photos for the poems.  Maybe that would call for some more store bought roses.

I think I am done weeding out my apt for a while.  Someone got a lovely wooden bench and a nice comforter.  Seeing as the baby toys were out of it, I decided to lug it outside my apt and I knew it would be gone when I got back from the kids house.

Someone's going to love my vanity someday.  It will go to my kids first and if they don't want it, someone in my building will take it.  It's a gorgeous antique and I know I won't be bringing furniture with me to my Dad's.  Just my clothing and the things I use.  He would probably get a kick out of my mannequins.  Ha ha.  I will make sure I bring the things I photograph.  I've written some poems about the mannequins.

Well, I will part for now.  I've got some poems to type up into the next poetry book.  I think I left it at 27 pages so it's got a little way to go before I can get it ready to publish.  Maybe within a week I can have this one ready to publish.  Of course I haven't even put my photos in yet.  That takes a little time to figure out where to put them.

I should photograph all my drawings sometime soon too so I can start adding them to some of the poetry books.

Another thing I should be thinking of is finishing my other books, the second book to the trilogy and some of the other novels I started.  I should just make myself.  I hate it though when I get a little bit of writer's block.  I start to think I've got nothing to write about.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted December 22, 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone had a happy thanksgiving yesterday.  I did but it ended up not very fun.  I had been dating someone for roughly a month, he moved in and I kicked him out then I gave him one more chance.  He lost that chance last night and I kicked him out this morning.  He had decided to go out drinking and I told him if he started drinking again, I would kick him out.  Very short lived and he started drinking immediately.

I couldn't deal with an alcoholic and someone questioning the relationship all the time so for both reasons, he got kicked out for good today.  I got sick and tired of him.  Got sick and tired of him reading me all wrong.  Very poor perception.

And he started lying to me.  I had discovered a missing wine glass and asked him about it.  At first he didn't know anything about it.  Then he admitted he broke it and then later on he said he left it in the snow.  Very unpredictable.

Anyway, today is better that he's out of my life.

I was excited recently that I sold three to four of my books with Kindle.  That was cool to see.  I've got some Countdown promotions going for all the books and was able to sell two of the cookbooks.

I've been writing lots of poetry and pumping out the poetry books.  I sold two of my poetry books shortly after publishing them.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted November 28, 2014