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“Cold Turkey”the Sugar

I’ve been four days without any added sugar. The first three days, I had a terrible headache, and although I know a cupcake is tempting for most. Sweets are not so much my temptation.



For me, my temptation, is bread and pasta


and terrible soft drinks. I have to say on day four I feel much better.  The only side effect I have today is coughing and my sinuses are acting up (I’ve cut out most dairy products too). I’ve been thinking a lot about my health and turning 42 this year. So, I’ve decided to eat better.

I haven’t got my boys on the no sugar band wagon yet, which makes it ten times harder when there are all kinds of sugar-induced snacks lingering in my kitchen cabinets.

Have any of you cut sugar cold turkey? And if so, I’d love to hear your experience in the comments!

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Amanda Tero: The Secret Slipper- A Blog Tour and Interview with the Author

I met Amanda Tero almost a year ago at a Writer’s Guild meeting, and it has been a joy getting to know her through social media. So, when she was looking for blogs to be added to her blog tour, I was glad to help her out.  The following is about her newest release The Secret Slipper.  I know that you will find her as much of a joy as I have. Be sure to enter the giveway close to the end of the post!


About the Book

Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?


Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?


As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?


An Interview with the Author

I didn’t know if I would have time to read the book before this blog post, so I agreed to interview Amanda via email. The following is the transcript of the interview. I’m glad I did the interview. You can really see her heart, and see a little of her personality shine through.

How did you get started as a writer?

I started as a kid just scratching down little stories. I think the first one I wrote was written stage-play style. From there, I realized that it was something I not only enjoyed, I just couldn’t silence.


Who is your biggest influence?

I would have to say my mom. There are many authors that I look up to and that have shaped who I am as a writer, but my mom has put hours into editing my writing from highschool and up. She has been there to encourage me and point me into the right direction. So even though she’s not a writer herself, she has definitely been my biggest influencer.


What is your goal as a writer?

In short, my goal is to glorify God and provide well-crafted books.


What’s the one thing people might be surprised to know about you?

Hmm…most people assume that I’m primarily an author, but that is actually one of my lesser businesses/hobbies. Primarily, I’m a music teacher (at the time of writing this I have about 30 piano/violin students), music arranger and publisher (, and our family sings together. So…I guess you’d say music is more of my life than writing. 😉

If you could pick one lesson that you have learned as a writer, what would that lesson be?

Work is hard, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. Even on the hardest days, God is still there to help and sustain me, and especially during the hard times, He has some lessons for me to learn.

What else would you like the readers to know about you or your writing?

The main thing I want readers to know about my writing is that it is clean, Christian, and safe. With so much out there that makes a Christian reader cringe, my goal is to not push the limits on “what is acceptable” but to provide that which will edify the reader and, Lord willing, draw them closer to God.

If you could only pick one food to eat for the rest of your life what would it be?

Chocolate! That is a food, right????



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A little more about Amanda Tero here-

Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels. If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!


“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)


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Believe in Yourself

So, this happened today! The Paperback of Marvin is Hungry  went live on Amazon! Super excited!

I’m already thinking about my next book. I have learned a lot creating this children’s book!

And to all those that have dreamed of writing a book and didn’t know if they could, I’m here to tell you, you can!!! Follow your dreams! You can make them come true. Believe in Yourself!!!

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Cats, Hunting Dogs, and Chasing Flies

This is Duke. AdobePhotoshopExpress_2017-03-27_21-29-57-0500

We rescued him from a hunting dog named Red ( I couldn’t make that up if I tried). And yes, I am from the southern United States.

Red thought he was a toy or maybe a squirrel to be played with, and the boys and I just happened to come across the two of them while it was all going down.  I didn’t intend on being a cat owner, but here I am eight months later, and Duke has a pretty cushy life in our home.

He likes to sleep as you can see from the picture below. AdobePhotoshopExpress_2017-03-27_21-31-14-0500

He likes to chase flies hence the intense stare toward the ceiling in this picture.AdobePhotoshopExpress_2017-03-27_21-31-46-0500

And he loves to aggravate our little Morkie, Zack. And sometimes he just crawls in Zack’s kennel (which Zack never sleeps in), while Zack sleeps on the floor beside him.AdobePhotoshopExpress_2017-03-27_21-33-14-0500

I just want to go on record saying that  life hasn’t been the same since Duke entered our lives, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.  Well, Zack might if he was given the choice.

Until Next Time,

Judith W. Nicholson

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This sweet little bird, and his hungry preschool self is now an Amazon ebook in the Amazon bookstore. Hopefully the hard copy will be on sale in a week or so.Artboard 1-100

I wrote about my hate relationship with marketing on my other blog The Windy Writer, so I won’t bore you with the details, but needless to say I don’t like the marketing that comes with self-publishing.

I like illustrating and writing books. I’m not crazy about the technical stuff either, but I like it better than the marketing.


In other news, we had Easter festivities, and said goodbye to my Mamaw and Papaw’s place. It was very sad.

I lived here for a good portion of my life (a story for another time). IMG_4539

On Sunday my youngest hunted Easter eggs, and we went fishing. And now it’s back to working on books and blogs and marketing(yuck).

Until Next Time,

J. W. Nicholson

Below are the links to my books on Amazon. Let me know what you think.

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Who are your biggest encouragers?

Who do you have in your life that tells you how great your writing is? Who tells you how beautiful you look or handsome (I’m not trying to leave anyone out)?

For me it’s these guys!


And this guy ( I will hear about it if I don’t put him ) Doesn’t he look so sweet.IMG_5035

These men have encouraged me to write my books. They have encouraged me to start back blogging. They have encouraged me to keep moving.  When I can be my own worst enemy, these guys continually cheer me on.

I am GRATEFUL for them.

I don’t know if I would have believed in myself enough to venture into writing all of these different variety of books. Or, if I would have written any books at all.  I have had a lifetime of insecurities to overcome.

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Yet, here I am. If I can do it, Anyone can. And at this moment, on this night I am very grateful for how blessed I am. Amen!

Until Next Time,

Judith W Nicholson

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Three Things On My Mind

I have more than three things, but I’ll just go with three for the sake of keeping it short.

Our rescue cat is the first thing on my mind. When I wake up in the morning( as I get older that wake up time gets earlier and earlier), I let him out of his kennel. He then proceeds to love on me, eat, and take care of business. I didn’t plan on being a cat owner. But in August we rescued this cutie, who goes by the name Duke, from a hunting dog that thought he needed to toss two week kittens around in the air. I didn’t plan on keeping him, but eight months later he’s still here and an integrated part of our family.


The second thing on my mind is writing more on my blogs. I really had no idea when I began what I wanted to do with them, and I’m still unsure. I know I want to share about my writing and my life, but that’s about as much as I’ve got.

And then the third thing is my writing, which I am all over the place with. My interest ranges from novels and writing prompts to children’s books and coloring books. And for now, I’m just going to share it all.

I just published this little writing prompt book.  It’s the first book I’ve ever published. I decided I had to start somewhere. And so, this was my starting point. Yay! And now I’m working on a children’s book and a coloring book. I’m learning to accept that my interest vary and that’s okay.


Did I mention that I draw too. Below is a drawing of my grandparent’s place which has just sold (I may have shed a few tears over that one).


And below is the picture I drew it from.IMG_4539

And now you see what I mean about my interests varying.  But I’m glad you got to see a picture of my cute cat.

Until next time.

J. W. Nicholson

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Jumping All In

The last month has been crazy. When I’m not teaching and answering questions, I am on my computer. In the last month, I have watched videos on how to use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Indesign. I decided I was going to quit putting off my desire to create and publish books. And so I have jumped into the deep water.  I needed something to be my own. My boys are getting older. They don’t need me as much for the little things (I may need to go cry now).  And since they are more independent, I’ve decided that there is no time like the present to get started with some of my dreams.  So, I’ve been working on a book. A children’s book to be more specific (I’ve been working on a novel for at least five years)  and a journal and a writing prompt book and a coloring book. The ideas keep coming. But I thought I might share some snippets of my children’s bookMarvin2

Meet Marvin. He is a hungry little bird. My inspiration was a bearded reedling. I’ve never seen one in person, but they are beautiful in the pictures.Marvin8

And all he can think about is food.Marvin 16

My inspiration was my boys.IMG_3539

They are hungry alot. So is the dog, Zack. He likes treats and human food (He also knows how to pose for a picture).Marvin20

This was my middle child’s idea. I think it turned out cute. I see a few places I need to go in and fix, but I think it’s a super cute idea.

This has definitely been a learning curve, but a fun one. There’s a lot to creating your own books.  I’m going to try to share my experiences on here. I’ve always done the blog in spurts. I guess we will see how it goes. But for now, I’ve got to get back to helping the boys with their work and working on the books.

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American Idol



Congratulations to Trent Harmon! La’Porsha Renae, we are expecting great things from you too! Mississippi has always had great artist flow from it and this year on American Idol was no different. I will be waiting in anticipation for your music with the rest of the world! Mississippi was represented well!