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

March is the month that welcomes Spring

Healthy Irish Shamrocks

A planter full of healthy Irish Shamrocks. Credits: Google Images/reuse-commercial/geograph.org.uk.

Spring is right around the corner. The Spring Solstice is March 20th this year (2012). Another all time favorite for many is the Irish St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. This year it luckily falls on a Saturday; more traditional merriment and revelry to be had by many good Irish folk and their descendents.

March is also the month many begin considering the fun-filled task of Spring Cleaning. March is National Nutrition Month. 2012’s theme is Get Your Plate in Shape. The best way to celebrate National Nutrition Month is to eat well-balanced colorful meals throughout the month of March. Since March further means warmer weather, family picnics and barbeques are right around the corner!

March is definitely more than the month most spring one hour forward with the clock. Even my dachshund is enjoying the early Spring we are experiencing with the Redbuds already in bloom.

May March and your Spring be filled with good times.

Enjoy!

Alicia Rose

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Alicia Rose discusses editing and tax preparation

That time of the year, taxation! This photo was found via Google Images/brightstarsolar.net

 

This year has continued at a gallop pace through February; just the way I like it. In the beginning of February, I updated quite a bit on my home page for Alicia Harrell’s Bookstore. I was able to add some positive content that I believe our visitors will enjoy. I love sharing things and my bookstore’s website is another great vehicle for doing this. February was also my online bookstore‘s first anniversary! Making it through its first year is definitely a huge landmark; especially when this was opened during a recession. Seeing my bookstore mature into a success was truly inspiring and felt great!

My book manuscript titled Undermining Alex is still going through the lengthy editing process. This is where the women and men authors find out how resilient and perseverant they truly are. Editing can be very taxing and stressful. I view editing as a great method for transforming one’s work (with the assistance of an excellent Editor) into something greater.

Editing enables an author to shine with their best written work out in the world for others to read and enjoy. This author highly recommends that if you are new to the writing field and wish to be an author, the minute your book manuscript is completed to your satisfaction, hire an excellent Editor to review your work. You will be delighted you did. It is a very eye-opening experience and helps you see how another person will view your book’s content.

February is also the month where this author begins preparing for income tax preparation. For those who are self-employed it is best to find an accountant, certified tax preparer or qualified tax preparation service to fill out the Federal and State Income Tax Forms.

I recommend reviewing the IRS official website to make certain you are prepared with gathering together all the correct receipts. Doing this is a great method for becoming aware of any deduction or taxation changes implemented by the Federal and your State’s government. This is a huge help for having what your tax preparer will require for filling out the 2011 income tax forms when you visit.

If you prefer to complete the taxation paperwork on your own, you can ask the IRS to send the income tax booklets and forms to you via their website. Post Offices and Libraries often carry Federal and State Income Tax booklets and forms too. It is wonderful to have choice, on and offline.

For those who find visiting a tax preparer daunting, TurboTax is a great alternative. It is like having a personal tax preparer in your home. It fills out the State and Federal Income Tax forms for you while answering specific questions by typing in your answers. TurboTax takes a while to go through for it is very thorough, but the luxury of doing one’s taxes accurately in one’s home is truly a benefit.

H & R Block and the IRS have online tax preparation services too. TurboTax, H & R Block and the IRS websites are safe and secure. Feel free to browse for price comparison on their websites. You have the right to choose which tax preparation method and website is right for you. Doing your taxes online via H & R Block, TurboTax or the IRS website is a great way to save money during the taxation season. These assistive websites are an excellent income tax resource.

Happy February and thank you for visiting!

Alicia Rose

May this New Year bring all joy!

New Year fireworks for all to enjoy! Compliments of Google Images.

 

This New Year has already begun at an exciting pace. I have many goals that are planned to be met which mean new ones to create; very exciting for me! I can hardly wait for 2012 to unfold into the expected wonderful year.

One of the goals I have already accomplished is setting my Daily Duties in the order I wish to accomplish them. I even have added which hours in the day I wish to accomplish these tasks in order to organize myself better. This helps me stay on-track throughout my work day.

Along with creating my Daily Duties roster, I have my monthly tasks listed on a wall calendar as a reminder so these do not become neglected. I also use a planner. This way I do not forget to telephone or miss an appointment. I find the more organized I am the better my day, month and year is.

For 2012, I will be monitoring, updating and blogging on Alicia Rose at WordPress on a monthly basis. There is much I have planned to share. Please check monthly to keep abreast of the added content. Thank you.

Looking forward to another delightful year blogging and sharing things with you! Hope your holiday season went well. May this bright New Year bring you and your family much joy!

Happy January!

Alicia Rose

Holiday Shopping and Time Savings Tips

"Yule Tree"

A gorgeous holiday tree for all to see!

This year some companies online are giving 5 to 25% (or more) off website purchases during the Holiday Season. Harry & David, L.L. Bean and Wine Country Gift Baskets are companies doing exactly this. L.L. Bean is including free shipping with no minimum order for their patrons. Wine Country Gift Baskets has shipping specials too. These businesses are reliable and their websites are easy to use.

Amazon, My Habit, Hallmark, Macy’s, JC Penny, Kohl’s, Target, Zappos are also offering some money saving holiday gift and shipping specials. I have found for my family long distance family members that it is cheaper in shipping/handling costs to purchase their holiday gifts online. Some businesses like Amazon, JC Penny and Target have a gift wrapping service plus holiday cards for one’s purchased gifts. This feature usually is given at an extra charge. This service is well worth the added price if one does not have a lot of time to spend wrapping gifts and standing in the long line at the Post Office. Highly recommend shopping this method for those who are extremely busy and already stretched in time management.

Hallmark has a great website where you can pick, create and mail all of your holiday cards through their site. They have many different holiday cards to choose from and you can pick a different card per person you are mailing a card to via this helpful website. Hallmark is currently offering holiday card specials. This is a huge time saver!

May these helpful money and time saving ideas brighten your Holiday Season!

Season’s Greetings to you and your family,

Alicia Rose