ALICIA JONES -"AJ"
- GUEST BLOGGER,
WRITER & DREAMER -
Today, I'm happy to introduce a blogger from Georgia, U.S.A.
Welcome, AJ ...
• TELL US A
LITTLE ABOUT YOUR BLOG’S JOURNEY.
I had a conversation with a great friend and told her I always wanted
to write on a different level and share that with others. I started thinking of ways to make that
happen and decided to start my blog site in 2018. It was important for my site to be genuine
and reflect my true personality, from the colors of the pages, down to the way
my website flows. It's been almost two
years and my blog is finally finding her voice and I couldn't be happier with
the progress and what's to come.
• WHAT IS THE
AIM OF YOUR BLOG?
When you visit my page I hope that you receive a good vibe and feel my
energy. What you see is what you get,
and it's all me.
• WHAT DO YOU
ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
The ability to put my thoughts into a great story and share that with
my readers. As a writer I find myself
consumed at times with multiple ideas, but it's also what I love about the
process. I love the late-night
thoughts, the feeling that I am creating something great and the excitement
each and every time I publish a new story.
• WHAT IS THE
HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
I am very critical of myself.
Over analyzing what I want to say and quieting the voices long enough to
make it all come together.
• WHAT WERE YOU
IN A PAST LIFE, BEFORE YOUR BLOG?
Boring. I now feel that my true
calling is being put to the test. I have
enjoyed my life even before my blog, however, I now have a purpose, and the
desire to fulfill that purpose drives me to keep pushing.
• WHAT ARE YOU
WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
I'm always working on my next blog post, but the real piece de
resistance is my first book. I started
my book at the beginning of the year and quite honestly the format changes
about once a month. I hope to have it
completed by the end of this year. Stay
tuned and wish me luck!
• WHAT INSPIRES
Anything under the sun, the moon, and the stars. I am inspired by a butterfly I see stopping
by to sit on my roses for a few seconds.
A stranger walking with her family who all seem so happy with not a care
in the world. I'm greatly inspired by
life's lessons, both happy and sad as they have helped to shape me into who I
am today. My inspiration comes from so
many different directions but most importantly it comes from all of the writers
before me. I am in awe of what so many
before me have created.
• ARE YOU A
Yeah I am. The first time I
said that I smiled the entire day. I'm
smiling right now as I type this.
• DO YOU HAVE
ANY TIPS FOR NEW WRITERS?
Just go for it. Don't allow
others who can't see your vision stop you from making your dreams come
true. Save every story you have ever
written, and from time to time go back and read your very first story. You will see your growth in so many ways and
it will put a smile on your face. Don't
compare yourself to what someone else has done, you are unique, so own that.
• DO YOU SUFFER
FROM WRITER’S BLOCK?
Most definitely. The best way
to unblock myself is to take a moment, walk away and come back to it.
• DO YOU HAVE A
FAVOURITE WRITING PLACE?
In my den. I created a wall of
pictures, lots of happy moments, family and friends. The room is perfectly cozy and my serene
space to create.
• WHO IS YOUR
FAVOURITE AUTHOR AND WHY?
Maeve Binchy. Her writing took
me to a special place. I have read
several of her novels (Light A Penny Candle, Tara Road, Circle of Friends,
etc.) and each time I felt the characters as if they were my friends and my
life. When I reached the last page I
felt a great sense of sadness as I did not want the story to end. Her writing was very touching and all around
• WHAT’S THE
GREATEST COMPLIMENT YOU EVER RECEIVED FROM A READER OF YOUR BLOG?
That my writing is inspiring, profound and I am gifted and
• WHAT WAS THE
WORST COMMENT FROM A READER?
No comment. As a writer, I
would be lying if I said I didn't want to know what my readers think. I write for the love of it, but comments to a
writer is like the icing on a cake. It's
great without it, but so much better when it's there.
• OTHER THAN
WRITING, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE?
I love to garden. I get the
desire from my mother and sister who have an amazing green thumb and a stunning
garden. Playing in the dirt is very
relaxing and it is quite fun to see what you are able to grow with a little sun
• IF YOU HAD AN
OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THE ENTIRE WORLD, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
How much time do we have? I
think we can all agree that the world is in so much turmoil and in dire need of
an enormous dose of love, an everlasting hug, and constant prayer. Given the opportunity I would say we must
find peace, our sanity and lives depend on it.
Let go of preconceived notions of how things should be and give in to the
hope of how things can be if we all come together as one.
• DESCRIBE YOUR
It would start with an early morning writing session, followed by a
nice breakfast of coffee, fruit, and perfectly fluffy pancakes. Give my mom a call before I take a morning
walk by the small creek. Snap a few
pictures of the flowers and anything else that catches my eye. Spend a little time looking over my garden,
and then write my list for a few light errands.
Once I'm done with shopping, it would be a perfect opportunity to call a
few friends to meet for lunch and mimosas.
• WHAT ARE YOUR
GREATEST ASSETS AS A WRITER?
Simply put, my authenticity.
• IF YOU WERE
STUCK ON A DESERT ISLAND WITH ONE PERSON, WHO WOULD YOU LIKE IT TO BE? WHY?
My mother. We talk daily, if I
didn't have that I would go completely mad.
And she is very smart, we would have a tent built from tree bark by
• WHAT FIVE
BOOKS WOULD YOU TAKE TO HEAVEN?
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Thief Of Always by Clive Barker
The Catcher In the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Tara Road by Maeve Binchy
• ANYTHING YOU’D
LIKE TO ADD?
I'm happiest when I write and I am in love with creating more and
more. It allows me to be completely free
and get even deeper into my crazy busy mind.
Follow me and see what I'm up to next.
Clancy's comment: Go, AJ! Keep writing and blogging. Hey, love your photography.