How To Use Prompts

It’s been quite some time since I have shared an update, but I know I am not the only one to say life gets carried away sometimes. We traveled and saw all sorts of places and met people along the way, but today’s post is about prompts.

How to use prompts and when should they be used?

As 2021 was coming to a close, I knew I wanted to head into 2022 with more of a consistent YouTube upload schedule. I had attempted to create a schedule of videos and even wrote topics to talk about on more than one occasion, but the ideas rarely held my attention. Enter the holy grail of prompts!

The Evergreen Author Platform Bundle from Marisa Mohi saved me from coming up with a long list of interesting topics to share. In the bundle, there are several files included, one of which is a long list of related hashtags depending on the topic you want. There is also a list of 365 prompts and this is the prompt list I have fallen in love with and am currently using. I used the prompts on the list from The Evergreen Author Platform Bundle for video ideas and if you check out my channel, there are, as of today, four videos that are short 5-10 minutes based on the prompts.

Prompts are useful because they can help with writing ideas, video ideas, and blog posts. These prompts are author-specific, but I am sure there are prompts for any situation in which you may need inspiration.

Thousand Trails Review: Bend Sunriver Location

Our family hasn’t stayed at a Thousand Trails Campground before and this location wasn’t far from our home base we were leaving behind. I want to start this review about this rv park with a reminder several of the amenities were not available because of closures, but the majority was because of the other reasons.

Let us start by going over a quick rundown of what is typically available and go from there. Bend Sunriver Thousand Trails has close to 200 RV sites which all have water and electric, plus a BBQ pit and a picnic table. There are no asphalt roads, but there are roads with packed gravel. This park does not have sewer hook-ups at any of the sites, but there are two rv dump sites at the park. There is one near the front of Bend Sunriver Thousand Trails and another near the back of the park. The park has six bathrooms with showers throughout the park which makes the no sewer hook up thing much more manageable.

The park has four sets of horseshoes next to a shady gazebo, and the fun and games do not stop there. Bend Sunriver also has a basketball court with two hoops, a mini golf course and tennis courts. Next to the basketball court is a playground area which is composed of a swing set and a climbing apparatus. There are two other playground areas throughout the park, too. This park also has two swimming pools and a hot tub which is located outside.

Now, let’s turn our attention to some minor problems we encountered while at Bend Sunriver Thousand Trails. First, even though the outdoor facilities were open and able to be used, we were told upon check-in their equipment had gone missing and so we would need to provide our own. My husband was even told all the balls for pool had gone missing. I think these were minor because it didn’t deter most of our kids from enjoying the stay. The park has a lending library and a lodge, but they were closed because of the pandemic. But again I don’t feel like these things affected our stay.

The park had bunny rabbits all over the place, and some of them allowed us to feed them. We even saw a variety of birds and a small family of deer. Overall, I feel like this was an enjoyable experience for our first Thousand Trails and we look forward to coming back once things open up again and things are back to normal.

Taking a Break and Exploring the Land

I have written and released three books since October 26th, 2020, and tomorrow will be June 2021. I have realized it is unreasonable of me to keep up the schedule of a new book every three months. If I had kept up with that pace, there would be a new book close to being released next month, but I have needed to take a bit of a break in my writing schedule.

I know what I will call my next book and I know it will hopefully tie up any loose ends and end the series. I also know I cannot end the series with no kind of outline, so I have been outlining this last book in the series and I aim to work on the first draft during the month of June 2021. I have also learned to work with a pre-order isn’t for me. I always seem to find at least to typos after release and I feel it is perhaps the stress of getting the book done before the pre-order release date besides life which makes the entire process very stressful. I am going to release the next book and at this point I would say it will be before Halloween, but as for an exact date, there isn’t one yet. I will announce here on my website and on my other social media accounts when I have a better idea of a date for the next book.

I have other news to share with you all other than my update on my next book. Starting June 1, 2021 my family and I will be adopting the full-time rv lifestyle. We will travel throughout the continental U.S. Living in an RV isn’t new to us as we have been living in one for a while, but starting tomorrow we will travel full-time, coming back to our hometown twice a year as I have specialists here as well as my husband.

What does that mean for me and my writing?

It means I will see different parts of the country and perhaps these areas will play a setting in my writing. It also means I will write about my travels here as well as sharing videos on my travel YouTube channel: Five Find Freedom. It also means I will soak in the sun, breathe in the fresh air and ocean breeze, plus there is always the chance there will be a funny or comical story of what went wrong because no road trip in our family ever goes right.

I won’t be sugar coating the experience and there will be the bad and the ugly alongside the good and the beautiful.

Stay tuned for how our first Thousand Trails RV park experience goes this week.

My daily planner

I could go on for days about planners and planning because I am a pen and paper girl. I have used planners from a variety of planner companies and even different layouts. I have tried having everything in one planner, to having separate planners for different things.

I have a daily planner which has space for different categories, and it is a quarterly planner. It is from Erin Condren and it is their new petite planner. I recently switched to this set-up and once I have used it for a while longer I will do a detailed review. I use it for my to do list each day and tasks I want to accomplish for social media and writing. I also have a space for health and wellness things.

I also homeschool three children and will use a teacher planner, also from Erin Condren, for the upcoming school year. My oldest will do 9th grade work, so I will have her own little planner to keep track of things. The other two will do 6th grade and 3rd grade work and I will spend the next month organizing things and getting ready for the new school year.

What do you use for a daily planner? Do you use more than one? And if you use more than one, what do you use each for? Let me know.