Tips and more plus a great summer!

American Flag with fireworks

Happy Independence Day!

Hard to believe this year is half over! Where did 2014 go? Wow! Firstly, I want to thank my loyal followers and readers on WordPress for realizing this official author’s blog of mine is secondary to my writing and publishing (on and off line). Even though I had every intention of keeping it monthly, that has gone by the wayside due to working diligently on my next book to be published (book 2 of a book series) as well as real life stuff (My husband, sons, grandsons and Dachshund remind me they need time with me too).

February 2014, the online only bookstore’s anniversary month, I was very busy completely revamping this site plus gave it a domain name change. I did this in order to have a shorter domain name, plus it was time to have the same provider for website and domain name (found out it was more cost efficient). The new name I chose was Alicia’s Bookstore and more. I also had to change its business email address twice due to the first chosen had a symbol that caused problems (&) in being used by other email providers (Gmail, Yahoo, Comcast, etc). They would not accept it as a valid email address because of the symbol used; very odd (my opinion). All in all February gifted many online learning experiences. Note: This experience taught me it is best to refrain from changing a domain name and initially begin with the same provider for both domain name and website.

Throughout the rest of the interim (March through June), I updated much at Alicia’s Bookstore and more, wrote and published articles on Examiner and HubPages, plus diligently kept up with my entrepreneur projects (shared on Alicia’s tips and money making opportunities for people on a budget – updated June 26, 2014).

The latest for this blog is the following pages were also updated in June 2014:

a) Sharing with you things I like or recommend

b) No Charge to You (truly FREE)

The sharing with you… page is now more multi-topical. I plan to expand this page into sharing a whole lot about many diverse topics from A to Z that cannot be covered in the No Charge to You (truly FREE) page. I am looking forward to sharing much with you.

I am weekly active on my social networking pages, but I need to update my bookstore’s YouTube videos; have it on my “To Do” list. Thank goodness for being organized!

Have a wonderful holiday (July 4th – enjoy the fireworks, I love them!) and stupendous summer!

Alicia Rose

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year greeting

New Year party items.

Much gratitude and appreciation to all of my readers, whether it be for my published works (online and in book format); I thank you for visiting my official author’s blog. If you are new, welcome! If you are one of the regulars, good to see you and many thanks for checking to see what new post, content or page I have on WordPress. I am very thankful to WordPress for this venue has gifted me more readers, helped me share my works with many who might not otherwise be exposed to what I do (my online bookstore or written works). Yes, I refer others to WordPress; usually new authors or freelance writers.

This year I have many plans regarding this blog. It has become more seasonal than weekly or bi-weekly as far as my posting. This is because the more you get known, the more you have to do. At the end of 2013, I looked over my duty roster, and cut back some things that were in need of weeding out. Not everything works the way we hope for one reason or another; especially online. However, there are more positives online and off than negatives (my opinion, shared with Physicists that have proven there is more positive mass than negative mass in the universe according to articles shared in 2013 by Scientific American magazine), so as one thing is bid farewell, a new one usually presents itself during the New Year. I am looking forward to the new brought into my life this year.

There are some changes to the page titled Alicia’s Tips and Money Making Opportunities for People on a Budget. I have new content to add that in retrospect should have been added when I first wrote it. Ah, hindsight, a very beautiful thing…….. There are also some changes with some of the opportunities already listed. I am doing my best to maintain this page updated, keep up with alterations per each website as they occur in their offered program.

For those who are looking for something new for this year, I recommend Perfect Pages. This is a brand new business plus benefits directory type of thing that is preparing to officially launch March 1, 2014; already in beta for those who join. If you sign up before it is officially launched, I believe you will have the opportunity to assist with its content by sharing reviews for businesses you use in your area (like your favorite restaurants, hotels, shops, etc). You are rewarded for your participation or use of Perfect Pages. It is free to join. This will remain free even after Perfect Pages launches in March. This is a great way to do something positive in the field of online opportunity, as well as start something at the ground floor. This “business + benefits” site is a perfect starting point for beginners just cutting their teeth on Internet participation. The people and company behind Perfect Pages are wonderful: reliable and honest. You also get the Perfect APP upon joining Perfect Pages; a two for one deal.

Undermining Alex has given me quite a few snags here and there throughout the editing process. There was much to revamp since I had altered a lot in Just Alex, all content has to be uniform in a book series. This is not as easy as one might think or expect, but in the long run it will be worth my effort. I am confident to have the manuscript ready for publication sometime this year (probably end of summer, beginning of autumn). This book series is now going to be four books instead of the original three I was planning to write. This is for the better, and should gift readers a superior series reading experience.

May the rest of your winter be filled with much fun and great times with family or friends; for those returned to school, enjoy what is left of your school year. Your educational years will be sweeter as you look back on them in the years ahead. Yes, I am speaking to you from those “years ahead.” :D

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Alicia Rose

 

Autumn: A Time for Gratitude, You have mine

Milen Art

Sunny Afternoon, artwork by Milen

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I felt it was the perfect time to show my gratitude to everyone who visits, follows and reads Alicia Rose at WordPress. During summer 2013 this website’s stats soared its highest in traffic! I am ecstatic and extremely grateful for this blessing; makes it worthwhile to continue sharing with each of you.

This autumn, I deleted a few opportunities listed on Alicia’s Tips and Money Making Opportunities for People on a Budget. Often times paying websites or programs that plan to be long-term become short term opportunities on the Internet, because of this it is best not to solely rely on one opportunity to generate pay. If you want to create a sustainable income online, it is best to have multiple sources. Do not be afraid to participate in two to ten money making opportunities. It is the wise thing to do when dealing with money making paradigms on the Internet for there are thousands of start-up opportunities that remain, while others that look great at first can go south later. I have seen this happen several times; count myself lucky that the majority I have decided to stick with have not. No one can predict how a money making model will pan out, why many rely on “word of mouth” from people they know and respect before trying an opportunity.

My recommendation is not to stretch further than ten money making opportunities. I would work no more than ten at a time long-term (or for as long as each lasts). Each model accepted will take time for your participation to make money with it; some ten minutes a day while others could daily take up to an hour or more. If something looks like it will take a huge chunk of your daily or weekly time, make certain you have that amount of time to seriously commit. Treat each opportunity accepted as if it is most important.

This autumn is gorgeous! My dachshund and I are enjoying the sunny days even though it has cooled down into the 60′s and low 70′s. The leaves dancing in the wind displaying the variety of autumn colors (red, oranges, yellows, and browns) makes it worthwhile to be outdoors as nature gifts its own ballet; definitely a sight to see!

As usual, busy editing Undermining Alex as well as keeping my online bookstore updated regularly and seasonally. My bookstore’s busiest time began with All Hallows Eve (Halloween) for this is the beginning of the Holiday Season which will end next year, January 2, 2014.

Hope you like my new autumn header picture and appearance for my official author’s blog; thought a new theme was in order. All feedback is welcome – tells me someone out there online is reading what I write. For all who gift feedback, you have my heartfelt thanks and gratitude!

To all a delightful Thanksgiving and joy filled autumn!

Alicia Rose

Summer is a great season for starting something new

American Flag with fireworks

Happy Independence Day!

My sincerest apologies to all for the lapse of blogging on this website. I have no excuses. I simply did not have the time to blog monthly this year. There are many writing and business goals I have set that I am determined to accomplish in 2013.

Recently, many visitors to this blog have asked me about making money online. They wanted to know my opinion since I own an online bookstore that also shares several legitimate opportunities that myself or friends of mine are happily participating. In response to their query, I have added a new page after deleting one that had very old news; my blog site definitely needed updating.

The new page titled Alicia’s tips and money making opportunities for people on a budget seriously covers the topic of making money online. The recommendations given on this page are ones I wish someone had taught me before I blundered through the Internet at the end of 2008 in search of something that would give me a real online self-employment income. What is offered on this new page continues to produce excellent results for me.

My goal of this new page is to help others get started in a legitimate business opportunity setting where they can excel plus be rewarded by their effort. As with any money making opportunity, the more you participate the better it generates for you.

The opportunities I have listed on this new page are ones I am currently participating long-term. I have no short-term; no get rich quick type of model to present anyone. Real business and money making opportunities take time and effort to generate success. There are no shortcuts. There are no quick millionaire results; when you join an opportunity view it as a long-term commitment for the life of the business behind it. This will yield superior results for you in the long run.

Looking forward to assisting many with my new page; all feedback is very welcome. I want to know what you think.

Happy summer to all!

Alicia Rose

2013 Spring arrived early in Oklahoma

Spring basket with chocolate eggs and flowers.

Spring basket with chocolate eggs and flowers.

This year in the state I reside, spring arrived two weeks earlier than the norm. The sections of Oklahoma where I have lived usually see the very beginning of spring at or a little after the Spring Equinox; this year March 20th. Seventy degree weather before the Spring Equinox is very rare. I do not remember weather this mild in March throughout the years I have lived in Oklahoma. Many Oklahomans, who I have discussed this odd March weather, recall similarly. All of us, however, are smiling because the weather has been unusually mild for the entire winter 2012 – 2013.

Our March weather has been unpredictable because of its unusual warm pattern. March weather is usually very cold with inclement weather. As I write this, it is a beautiful warm sunny day of 75 degrees; truly amazing! I am optimistically predicting the Easter Egg Hunts on Sunday March 31st for Oklahoman Christian families will be a fantastic sunny warm day like today; none truly know what the weather will be in The Sooner State, could change by then.

March 8th I was introduced to a brand new website from a good friend of mine who I completely trust. This opportunity website is called JubiRev, “the marketing arm of JubiMax.” This site has been specifically designed for “all income levels;” open to everyone. Those behind the scenes at JubiRev want to truly help others become successful without feeling any financial strain; even if in the past burned by other multi-level marketing or online business opportunities like they have been. This is very exciting; especially from a business and economic view.

The JubiRev accounts are free. There are no sign up or start-up charges; zero hidden fees. Right now, JubiRev is in the Pre-launch phase, but once it officially launches, the expected profits will begin rolling in making JubiMax’s leading profit revenue sharing aspect worth having a JubiRev account (all JubiRev accounts will receive a share of the profit revenue sharing). There is no sponsoring requirement; granted if you sponsor others you will receive more plus bonuses. The level of participation is completely up to the participant. Much is still being added during their Pre-Launch: if you find JubiRev interesting, please click here. It is worth looking into.

I am also busy updating my bookstore and adding a new Featured Selection. I have deleted some banners and content on our Welcome page that was no longer available, current or the company involved asked for removal. More of course will be added to maintain a large diversity in Alicia Harrell’s Bookstore and more website.

Undermining Alex is scheduled to be published sometime this year. There is much involved. I will continue to give updates about this Science Fiction sequel to Just Alex.

Thank you for visiting my blog site. It is a pleasure to share my interests with others. I try to share useful, helpful, interesting and entertaining content. All feedback is welcome. I am a firm believer that we can learn from each other.

Happy March and Spring everyone!

Alicia Rose

The Maya did not predict doomsday – 2013 will happen

A beautiful blue snowflake over an ice skating rink.

A beautiful blue snowflake over an ice skating rink.

Happy Holidays! I am looking forward to 2013 which is practically right around the corner! Very exciting!

For those in fear of December 21, 2012, do not be. There is absolutely no reason to worry or stress over that date. The Maya aka Mayans did not predict any kind of doomsday. The whole doomsday thing is a farce, fallacy. According to my years of research about the Maya and readings on this subject as well as information shared by the magazine Archaeology, published from the Archaeological Institute of America, the Maya were a people who primarily lived in the present. A doomsday scenario is not something they would have wasted their precious time devising. Their culture would have laughed at anyone who had come up with a doomsday event. They would have considered it fictitious as well as from a warped mind; taken the person who thought it up to their equivalent of a psychologist for “help.”

The Maya calendar was mostly used for knowing when the season’s solstices arrived so their agriculture base knew when to plant which plants or seeds (very important for food sources), remembering birthdays, anniversaries, how long their King’s reign was, to determine one’s age (how many years lived), knowing when important religious days or their holidays were, and the like. They used their calendar in the same way we do today. There was nothing mystical or magical about their calendar. It did not have predictive properties included. It was a tool to use exactly like our calendars are today.

The Maya had important present-day issues that were paramount to them. They were primarily interested in ordinary daily issues; like whether or not they had enough to eat, a roof over their head, stuff like that. They were concerned about the needs of their cities and agricultural base. The 2012 Mayan doomsday scare is not based on a proper reading of the Maya Hieroglyphs. Due to erosion of the glyphs, the date could be December 21, 2012 or December 21, 2015 – no one knows for certain which date is correct for the end of the Maya calendar. What is known for certain is that the Maya did not see the end of their calendar as a bad thing with doomsday attached. They merely saw it like one views the seasons, when one ends another begins. Therefore the end of the calendar to the Maya meant a new beginning of a calendar count where one starts completely over in the yearly count. It would be like us going from 2012 to year 1 the next year, and resuming the count forward as the years progressed; just to give an example if our calendar ended with the year 2012.

On that more cheery note, do as I am, look forward to 2013. It will arrive just like all the years before it.  I already have much planned for January and the rest of 2013 which includes publishing Undermining Alex, the sequel to Just Alex. It looks like it will be a great year, something to look toward.

Season’s Greetings to you and your family!

Alicia Rose

"Yule Tree"

A gorgeous holiday tree for all to see!

Having a positive Internet Presence matters!

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern ideas

These are some creative jack-o-lantern ideas for this All Hallows’ Eve!
Source: Google Images/Reuse/fotopedia.com/flickr

September and October have been very fast paced months for me. Things are really rocking, rolling and cooking in my personal universe! Not a whole lot of time to catch my breath, but I am accomplishing much online and off. What a wonderful autumn!

September 2012, I learned more about Internet Presence, the pros of having one. I found out there is still a whole lot to learn. At any time, one can improve one’s Internet Presence. It is never too late to do this and best not to be lackadaisical if you already have a business, blog or official website you are becoming known through. Improving or creating an excellent Internet Presence does take effort, time management and dedication. There are numerous ways to accomplish a great Internet Presence. In this blog, I have decided to share some of the methods I chose for this purpose.

Social Networking ads through social networking sights like LinkedIn and Facebook are a quick way to gain Internet Presence. The whole idea behind Internet Presence is for people to know about you and what you do as positively as can be generated. Social Networking sites who offer ads make certain their ads are excellent for they want to look good at the same time you do as a way of convincing others to use their ads. This method has ad costs; same with Google AdWords. I do not recommend paying for online ads of any kind if one has a small or tight budget. Ads can get expensive.

Another great way to gain Internet Presence is to get involved with a Traffic Exchange program like Profit Clicking offers where one gets paid for advertising by purchasing ad packages and having one’s website listed at no additional charge in the Traffic Exchange aspect. Increasing one’s Internet Presence can further be achieved through an affordable online advertising method like the one offered by Eimimo. These two as examples have worked for me, and generated more traffic to my online bookstore’s website which of course is the goal behind using these.

A unique avenue toward gaining better Internet Presence is to join something like STIFORP that for the price of membership has excellent online business tools. STIFORP’s online business tools include fantastic customizable landing pages that one can use to professionally direct traffic to one’s websites. These landing pages are very useful for Traffic Exchanges, blogging, online advertising and Social Network sites where you wish to give an introduction about your website before directing others to it.

Generating videos on sites like YouTube and blogging on websites like WordPress are common methods to gain Internet Presence. If you have a business website, getting your site listed on key sites like Alexa.com is also highly recommend for a superior Internet Presence. If an author, creating an author’s page on Amazon, Google Books, Goodreads and like sites is a super method to increase one’s Internet Presence. Alicia Harrell’s Bookstore has available a Featured Selections page to ensure free Internet exposure for participating authors.

Many freelance writers, including myself, write for sites like HubPages, Examiner, KnowABit and Yahoo!Voices in order to increase one’s Internet Presence. The nice thing about websites like these is they have a way to pay their participants for writing articles. There are quite a few sites looking for online freelance writers that have a pay-per-view payment method. Some pay better than others. In my experience, it is best to write for only four like these to avoid negative time management issues. You want to choose sites you plan to write many quality articles; the more you write, the greater your pay-per-view payment received.

The key is to become positively noticed on numerous websites without spoiling your brand. Your official, blog or business website content and how your site looks overall matters in the Internet world. Visitors will ignore something seemingly shoddy or has questionable content. You want your online appearance on any site to be professionally outstanding – be something someone would tell others.

One’s positive Internet Presence depends upon on how one’s website initially looks the minute a person clicks onto your site (does not matter what kind) – the first seconds of viewing are crucial. Having an exceptional landing, home, profile or welcome page is extremely vital for a successful Internet Presence as well as official, blog or business website. Your online appearance can make or break the level of Internet success accomplished. There are advantages of having a strong professional positive Internet Presence.

Happy All Hallows’ Eve on October 31st and enjoy today!

Alicia Rose

Autumn is around the corner….

Milen Art

Sunny Afternoon, artwork by Milen

In August, I tried my hand at making a video with Windows Movie Maker. It was much fun; learned how to splice sections, add images plus effects and how to make the audio match the images, text and special effects. Now I truly appreciate the art of video making more for it is not as easy, yet worth the time spent. Windows Movie Maker is user friendly, more than Microsoft PowerPoint (to me). Here is my Windows Movie Maker result on YouTube, click here.  All feedback is welcome.

The end of August is ending with quite a buzz regarding the Republican Convention. Hard to believe September and the Democratic Party Convention (September 4th) will arrive soon. This US Presidential Election Year is quite extraordinary and the issues are heating up between the candidates. It will be close, from what I can tell which will give us something very exciting to witness in November. I enjoy a close campaign race. This makes the ending truly a surprise.

Autumn begins this year on September 23, 2012. Soon it will be time to get one’s autumn clothes out of storage as well as replace sandals with warmer shoes or boots. I have already begun eyeing the light sweaters in my closet. Soon even my dachshund will be wearing his light autumn sweaters. Before we know it October will be here, and many children with their parents’ assistance will be making jack-o-lanterns plus roasting fresh pumpkin seeds. 2012 is racing by very fast for me; definitely a busy year!

A very special hearty thank you from me to those who visit Alicia Rose at WordPress website; all visitors are appreciated. UnderminingAlex, the sequel to JustAlex, will be published sometime next year! That much is definite.

To those who began their school year in August or will be beginning a new school year in September, a wonderful school year is wished to each of you. May you learn much for greater growth and your wonderful future. To your success in school!

Cheery autumn!

Alicia Rose

A Happy Summer and 4th of July!

Independence Day

A Happy July 4th, Independence Day, to everyone!
Source: Google Images/Reuse/blogspot.com

Since I last posted on WordPress, my life took a turn for the busier. My organizational skills were taxed to the maximum as well as my time management ones. I actually had to re-organize my daily duties since I had taken on a few more projects. The fun thing is that these new projects turned out better than planned which is wonderful; made my May and June.

Undermining Alex will probably be published sometime in 2013 instead of as originally planned for autumn/winter 2012. Just Alex is currently generating steady sales and it is in my publisher’s best interest to wait on publishing its sequel. This is an author‘s dream come true for a first book published – steady sales!

May 2012, Aya Katz author of Vacuum County and four other books were added to Alicia Harrell’s Bookstore. The write-up about Dr. Katz is in our Featured Selections as #9. It was a great honor to include Aya Katz as a featured author.

June 2012, a new good read published in May 2012 titled Financial Revolution by Matthew A. Easterbrook was added as a Featured Selection in Alicia Harrell’s Bookstore. It was an honor to feature this author who is publishing his work through my publisher, Infinity Publishing.

May and June this year has been two months filled with helping others. I feel that these good deeds accomplished, even though they lowered my blogging/posting, were well worth all effort even though these things were not newsworthy, just important to those involved. Sometimes being there does matter; especially to those closest to you.

To share a little bit more about my helping others: I thoroughly enjoyed assisting the two authors mentioned above with promoting their books by having them as a Featured Author. I helped several friends receive their very own private perfect internet home page for “free forever.” My husband and I were there as best as we could for two close friends who lost their spouses. I helped a dear lady friend who is not computer savvy begin an opportunity online. She was grateful; was something she found very interesting.

I also took the time to visit cousins I had not seen in four months and was introduced to Chick-Fil-A. We cousins had a great time! Visiting with them reminded me how great Summer Family Reunions can be.

Some of my new projects in June took me out of my house. I actually received more organic Vitamin D from sunshine because I went outdoors more. Recently I learned that there are chronic health conditions that are caused by Vitamin D deficiency and that one’s Vitamin D levels should be checked regularly.

On Examiner, I wrote articles that are family and health related. The latest article written shares delicious recipes children would enjoy. These were fun to research and share with everyone.

Thank you for visiting and may your Independence Day on Wednesday July 4th be grand!

Alicia Rose

Enjoying Spring and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

This spring has been filled with many changes, challenges and good experiences. Looking back at the goals achieved as well as the new ones made, I can see where my visionary mindset has truly taken me into the magnificent direction that has gifted me a sense of success, happiness and a feeling of being accomplished. This spring, I noticed the beginning of reaping the benefits of delayed gratification as a self-employed entity which continues to be sweetly rewarding. I further had the honor of helping someone grow into a fellow author and delivered appreciation toward many others. This spring of 2012, has been enlightening, inspirational and fantastic!

Receiving blessings during springtime is delightful; a great way to begin the year. Spring is about rebirth and renewal. Many see spring as the time to begin something great and new. Animals usually naturally have their babies during springtime. Spring is a time to enjoy the beautiful new greenery and spring flowers. Even the spring rains grant those in agriculture a chance for a successful harvest. Spring is a time for rejoicing and seeing the year brimming with limitless possibilities.

May, being a month where spring definitely is in full force, usually has warmer weather where my dog can enjoy the great outdoors longer. This means much to him for this beloved dachshund loves being outdoors enjoying the warm sunshine, literally basking in it.  This brings me to the delicious thought of the traditional Memorial Day barbeque that many enjoy with family and friends. Where I live this particular weekend at the end of May normally has great outdoor activity weather, sunny and bright.

Honoring Memorial DayThis year Memorial Day is Monday May 28th, which makes Memorial Day Weekend 26th – 28th. I truly believe this particular Memorial Day is extremely important considering all going on in the Middle East (Israel, Pakistan, Libya, Syria and Afghanistan). Many of us know someone or have a beloved one who is either currently serving in the armed forces or who has given their life in service. Most of us have had a friend and/or family member who have been in the US military, now a veteran. On behalf of all of these brave and gallant men and women, I plan taking Memorial Day off in their remembrance with much gratitude filling my heart. I shall take time to remember their noble sacrifice for the good of our country and its citizens. Those in the US Military do great deeds! I thank each one of them.

Wishing all a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Alicia Rose