February Ketchup

28 Feb

ShannonAThompson.com hit 14,000 followers!

Thank you. Bogart and I really appreciate your support. We often sit in front of the lap top together, gazing at the screen as if something magical might happen. When we hit 14,000 followers, something magical did happen, and it was exciting for both of us. (I, for one, was glad Bogart was able to refrain from sitting on my keyboard during this time.)


The Journey of Two also reviewed Seconds Before Sunrise, stating, “When the battle finally comes it won’t be anything like you think…I finished the book in three days and I’m certain it could be devoured in even less. The pace is handled perfectly, the action and flow move forward seamlessly. The climax is satisfying and yet not completely whole, leaving readers primed and anxious for the next installment.”

I gave in. I had to call this new segment “Ketchup” instead of “Catch-up.” Oh, word play. How I love you.

But, yes, today is a new day that I will post at the end of every month. It basically outlines every post of that month so you can see if you missed anything you’re interested in. I will also show the most popular posts according to my viewing stats at the top. So enjoy!

Top Three Posts: 

1. You Have Committed Copyright Infringement: content from my novel was copy and pasted into other writers’ stories. This is what I did about it – it also outlines what writers and authors can do to prevent this from happening.

2. Readers Hating Other Readers: too many people are getting picked on for what they read. We need to stop this by encouraging positive reading environments.

3. My Insecurities and How I Overcame Them: Everybody has insecurities. This is how I overcame mine, especially those that I cannot change.

Writing Tips:

Dual Perspectives: Should Characters Have Equal Time to Speak? Both of my published novels are told from two perspectives. This is how I decided who got to speak more.

For the First Time in a Long Time, I Struggled with Writing and This is What I Did About It: When I was invited to submit to an event by The New York Times, I was ecstatic. Then I saw the topic, and I dropped out. Find out why.

Help: I’ve Returned to an Old Piece of Writing and I Can See Influences From My Past: I am already working on my next novel to get published, but I saw influences that I hadn’t seen before. This post helps you overcome these instances.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Helping Authors: 

How Readers Surprise Me: Favorite Quotes: In an interview, I was asked how readers surprise me. This was the number one topic I have dealt with and how I’ve embraced it with excitement.

Why I Love My Facebook Author Page: Facebook is getting a bad reputation with businesses recently. This is why I still love it.

My Author Life:

Author Announcements (1): I received my diploma, hit 100 ratings on Goodreads, and my novel was voted for on NovelUnity.

Author Announcements (2): my 30-Day countdown began, the first review of Seconds Before Sunrise, and website changes.

Book Trailer Tuesday: Minutes Before Sunset now has a book trailer.


February’s Entertainment Reviews: I reviewed 7 movies, 5 novels, 3 playlists, 1 cooking recipe, and a dancing cat toy.

This photo reminded me of “shades” in The Timely Death Trilogy. Photo by ddictator.

This photo reminded me of “shades” in The Timely Death Trilogy. Photo by ddictator.

14 Responses to “February Ketchup”

  1. heatherbcosta February 28, 2014 at 2:57 am #

    I am giddy with glee that you decided to go with ‘ketchup’ for the title! 🙂

    • Shannon A Thompson February 28, 2014 at 4:57 am #

      Me, too! I really wanted to, and your encouragement helped me make the final decision to 🙂 thank you!

      • heatherbcosta March 1, 2014 at 7:58 am #

        I am always happy to be of service! 🙂

  2. kbeck13 February 28, 2014 at 4:48 am #

    YAY Ketchup! I like this post. There are a couple posts I missed even though I thought I was diligent. I will go forward and read them now! 🙂

    • Shannon A Thompson February 28, 2014 at 4:58 am #

      Between you and Heather, I decided to go for ketchup! Thanks for helping me make the final decision. I hope you like the posts you missed. 🙂

  3. Harliqueen February 28, 2014 at 5:29 am #

    Congrats on so many followers! Great post, though I can’t believe it’s end of February already.

    • Shannon A Thompson February 28, 2014 at 5:40 am #

      Thank you! I recently started following you, too. 😀 February is such a short month. It’s crazy how fast 2014 has gone. I hope it gets warmer soon, but it’s supposed to snow like crazy here in Kansas tomorrow.

  4. elizjamison February 28, 2014 at 5:42 am #

    You are such an inspiration! And I LOVE wordplay.

    • Shannon A Thompson February 28, 2014 at 5:43 am #

      Thank you, Elizabeth Jamison! You are very kind. Word play is too much fun.

      • elizjamison February 28, 2014 at 5:47 am #

        Well, I love the other aspects of your post as well. One thing I appreciate about your posts and your blog is that it is always, always very professional. For someone so young, you know what you’re doing — you’re already an expert in your field and your incredible ethos shows in every post.

      • Shannon A Thompson February 28, 2014 at 5:51 am #

        I really appreciate your wonderful feedback. Thank you. I promise to continue to work very hard for my passion of reading and writing in order to help others succeed, too.

  5. coldhandboyack February 28, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    Congratulations on your number of followers. I look forward to many more posts.

  6. kateywrites February 28, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    Inspiring. Congrats! I was doing a little dance when I hit 500 today. I can only imagine how big a dance is required for 14,000. Did you have pyrotechnics?

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