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Second edit done. Getting closer to finishing my new fiction book!

The Game Blocks of Life. Copyright 2021 Beth M. Jones Book Cover Design Copyright 2021 Leah Merae Jones

The Game Blocks of Life Copyright 2021 Beth M. Jones
Book Cover Design Copyright 2021 Leah Merae Jones

Last night I finished the second edit on my new fiction book, The Game Blocks of Life.

Our talented daughter Leah, who is a graphic designer, designed the front cover for me. (Pictured above) I bought the image of the colored blocks on iStock, where I always find the perfect image for my book covers.

My goal now is to get the third edit done by this Friday (October 22) , and then print out the manuscript for a more thorough edit. There’s something about printing out a manuscript that helps you to find content, spelling, and grammar mistakes easier. Then I’ll do the final proofreading before publishing it at Amazon.

This is my 22nd book that I will publish.

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Grab your dream & a taco event!

Me with my chips and salsa fix

Me with my chips and salsa fix

My family and my friends know that I LOVE chips and salsa ~ it’s an addiction! I also love Mexican food, encouraging people to fulfill their purpose and to dream big dreams!

I have a quote that I often say, “Dream big because we serve a big God!”

Never stop dreaming

What is your big dream? You and I are in good company as dreamers with Joseph the Dreamer in the Bible. It’s one of my favorite stories, and I relate a lot to Joseph! 

You have probably heard of the story of Joseph, but if you haven’t, it’s found in Genesis Chapters 37 – 50.

I’m going to speak about Joseph and why you haven’t seen your dream come to pass yet (and the #1 ingredient for seeing it come true!) at my upcoming live and virtual event, Mex and Chillaxing: Grab your dream & a taco!

Mex and Chiillaxing: Grab your dream & a taco event

Mex and Chiillaxing: Grab your dream & a taco event

This exciting, fun event is Thursday, October 14, 2021, from 1 p.m. CST to 4 p.m. CST at Jose Pepper Mexican restaurant in Belton, Missouri. This event is to encourage you to keep dreaming big dreams and to achieve them this year!

Faith. Food. Fellowship. Fun. Free Gifts!

gifts

gifts

 

event decorations & gifts

event decorations & gifts

It’s going to be FUN!!!

People have been so generous and have been giving me AMAZING gifts to give away at this event! What a blessing! I’m so thankful for this. YOU may be one of the winners!

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Facebook outage: Can we live without social media?

Yesterday when Facebook and its family of apps had an outrage that lasted for five hours, I didn’t know about it until it was around the time that Facebook and the other apps were restored. Why? Because I was busy living my life. The situation made me think back to the time of my life before Facebook was a thing.

What did I do before I joined Facebook? While I’ve had several part-time jobs during my marriage to Ray, I’ve mostly been a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. Below is a funny pic of Leah, Ray, and Heather when we went to Dunn’s Cider Mill for cider doughtnuts and for Heather to take Leah’s homeschooling senior pics with a good camera. That was fun!

At the cider mill with Leah, Ray, and Heather

At the cider mill with Leah, Ray, and Heather

Most of my days pre-Facebookwere spent teaching my daughters, cleaning the house (I used to be quite obsessive about this and Ray would complain that I bought more cleaning supplies than food), running errands, grocery shopping, reading, and journaling. 

Ray and I with our 3 beautiful daughters, Heather, Leah, & Eden

Ray and I with our 3 beautiful daughters, Heather, Leah, & Eden

The reason I even got online on the internet was because Ray encouraged me to get a website to sell my books and to promote myself as a speaker to get paid speaking gigs. In fact, most of my book sales and my bookings as a speaker have come by word of mouth and from Facebook. 

Beth Jones speaking

Beth Jones speaking

Later, I wanted to join Facebook to keep tabs on our 3 grown daughters and see what they’re up to! Now they’re hardly on there at all. Why? Because they are busy living THEIR lives! (I now resort to texting or calling them to see what they’re doing and have lunch or coffee with them, at least once every couple of weeks.)

Our granddaughters Violet & Annabelle at the Louisburg Cider Mill eating cider doughnuts and drinking apple cider

Our granddaughters Violet & Annabelle at the Louisburg Cider Mill eating cider doughnuts and drinking apple cider

Some younger people aren’t using Facebook at all. Millenials and Gen Zers are getting off Facebook and they’re going other places like Instagram and Snapchat. They’re doing this because of an influx of older people on there, competition from more mobile and visual-friendly platforms like Instagram, and Facebook’s privacy scandals. I know that our granddaughters Annabelle and Violet use Snapchat instead of Facebook. 

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