I am a firm believer in surrounding myself with those who inspire, motivate, and uplift me. Without those three things, honestly, what is the point? I was drawn to Anthony 'AJ' Joiner from his daily 'make you go hmmm' kind of questions. He is an author, entrepreneur, radio personality, and founder and CEO of BLOOKSY.COM - the SaaS platform that uses artificial intelligence to help authors and academics write and publish faster. Wow! It's the perfect beat I needed to accompany the melody that has been playing in my head for so many years! Awarded as Entrepreneur of the Year by the Future Successors. AJ also hosts Tips & Tool every Tuesday on the #1 drive-time radio show! I could go on and on, but that would take the joy out of reading for yourself. So, sit back, relax, and get to know AJ. You will be so very happy that you did!
◆ How are you doing on this cold, yet amazing day?
Thanks for asking! I know it's cold outside, but I promised myself that I would be healthy so that I could walk my daughter down the aisle. So yes, it was cold this morning but I got my butt out and I ran. And I didn't even record it and put it on Instagram because it was too cold to take my hands out of my pockets and the little gloves were too fiery for me to tap on the screen so I just handled my business and came on back to the house.
◆ I am anxiously awaiting the moment when I finally start writing my first book. There has been a bit of procrastination due to an overwhelming feeling that I have absolutely no idea how to get started. Blooksy gives me hope that the process doesn’t have to be so difficult after all. Not only is it a modern approach to the art and fashion of writing, but it offers features such as live transcription as well as a virtual ghost writing assistant. As the founder and CEO of Blooksy, tell us why you felt this amazing platform needed to be a part of writer’s lives.
The top reason I had in mind while developing Blooksy was to really help speed the process up for writers. Aside from that, most writers have a hard time organizing their thoughts because they have so much that they want to share, that sometimes it can just come like drinking water from a firehose. Blooksy helps you to instantly organize your thoughts into chapters and structure them in a way that you can hierarchically view them.
Another reason is the process of getting your idea written out which is a challenge for most writers. But because you already know your stories, it would be so much easier if you could just speak your stories and directly have them typed out into the platform, which is why we added an Artificial Intelligence-powered voice-to-text tool, so that you can talk right into the software.
One more reason is the ability to collaborate. When writers are working on their books, they want their friends and colleagues to keep them accountable. They want to invite other people to do their work and maybe have the ability to edit it. We have a built-in collaboration in Blooksy which makes it super simple. And the biggest, biggest innovation is artificial intelligence. When you run out of ideas, you can just open the artificial intelligence and it will automatically create content based on the ideas that you want to talk about. And this works really well for nonfiction writers or experts who just got stuck and needed a kickstart for their content. Our artificial intelligence tool is named Aven – after my grandmother, Neva – who is an amazing storyteller. So, you can open up Aven and type in your idea and she will go out and write original content for you up to 12 paragraphs at a time. And this is why Blooksy was needed for all those reasons.
To the most beautiful girl in my world... Here's to you!
Here we are once again. That special day, significant, and absolutely blessed day. Your day! Life couldn't get any better if I planted this story into a fairytale with the perfect happy ending.
There are material things that a person might receive for their day of birth. Cards, flowers, jewelry, clothes, etc., but there is no gift more treasured than the gift of life. You are 81 years young on this day. Wow! I can only pray as time goes on that I am graceful, elegant, and beautiful as you are. A true gem in full living color.
I have always loved celebrating birthdays. So very important and so worthy of the praise given to the special person on their truly special day. On this day may you smile a bit longer and harder than you did the day before. May the well wishes from those near and far fill your heart and flow through your soul, and may God continue to bless you, keep you and protect you for years to come.
Happy Birthday, Mom! I love you so much! From the moon and back and then all over again for as long as I live. 🎁
I noticed on the day of Thanksgiving that my refrigerator was acting weird. The things that were supposed to remain frozen were melting, and what was supposed to remain cool was now at a nice room temperature. Of all days for this to happen! I must admit I cooked absolutely nothing so there was no worry, however, I knew I needed to fix the problem before it escalated into an even larger mess!
As I began to empty my freezer of the frozen blueberries, perfectly pink raspberries and a grocery store supply worth of frozen veggies, I was thankful that my meat was still frozen. To the chest freezer we go!
I digress, per usual, because I am not here to talk about my silly appliance! However, in hindsight, the broken appliance is the reason that brought me to the conclusion that I needed to write this post, so in short the non-working appliance is to thank for this enlightenment you are about to experience. Don't mind this run on sentence, I tend to do that when I have had more than the suggested dose of caffeine for the day.
This past Sunday I awoke hungry. It was early, around 7:30 a.m. and I decided I was going to take myself to breakfast. There is a very nice and friendly breakfast/lunch cafe a short distance from my home, so I showered, got dressed and a bit reluctantly I might add, I walked in.
Hostess: How many?
Hostess: Would you like to sit at the bar?
Me: No. In the back of my mind I am thinking 'do I look like I need a drink? Or is this the place where all singles are seated for breakfast?!'
Hostess: Follow me
As I am seated at a table that is clearly designed for four I smile and remember the times when this used to be my norm. Venturing out and eating alone that is. There is a certain peace that comes along with the delicious meal I was preparing to have. I'm a people watcher, and I enjoyed every bit of it. I enjoyed the noisy silence. The conversations from the tables before and behind me which were somehow muted out to the point where it seemed as if I was in a world all by my lonesome.
That's just it. I was far from lonely. The reluctance I initially felt when walking into the cafe was the thought that someone would wonder why it was a table for one. Where were my friends or loved ones? That feeling soon left as I cozied into my chair and enjoyed the creme brûlée latee that I knew I would have to exercise off later. Not to mention the steak, potatoes, eggs and fluffy pancakes! But hey, no one is counting calories here! The food, the energy, the service, all amazing!
Life doesn't always allow you the comfort of company or a companion, however, that doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy the simple things.
This is by far my last solo adventure. Stay tuned! I'm kinda in the mood for something spicy and delicious!
If you are in the area check out Toast and Jam Cafe! I have always had a truly exceptional experience.
"This is how you do it; you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." -Neil Gaiman