Beautiful and terrible, overcast mountain overlook

Last week was a bad week for my family. There was weird extended family drama, based on miscommunication and unclear expectations in one quarter. There was my son needing urgent medical care (he’s okay now). There were a number of other requirements and obligations on several family members that further complicated the week by laying claim to large swaths of time.

This led to bad feelings – anger, frustration, sadness, and hopelessness.

In the midst of this, my commitment to my new mindset was tested. That said, I think I did pretty well. I felt good about how I approached everything – forgiving that which needed forgiveness (in myself and others) as well as affirming my personal choices. I cleared out places and removed some things that were no longer serving me. I practiced using positive framing.

It was definitely a testing period, and I think I did pretty well.

I took 3 video courses, and read 5 books about blogging, book promotion, and publishing (in addition to my 1-2 hour daily dose of articles and posts I read).

I worked a bit more on Chapter 2: Masked of the serial STAKES. I like the direction it’s going, and I hope to finish it this week.

I revamped my book descriptions and categories, as well as changing some prices around ($0.99 ebook deal, anyone?). I changed tags. I added sections in the back of several books asking directly for reviews and sharing my work, as well as asking readers to subscribe to my newsletter. 

Also I started a Zazzle store, with some really cool products using graphics from my books – that I think have mass appeal. Check it out here if you’re interested (I’ll add more products throughout the week.).

So even though a lot of drama/testing was going on, I had a really productive week.

This week, it’s more of the same. Chapter 2 should be done and available – hopefully – by Friday. I’ll finalize descriptions, additional sections, and tagging for a few more books. As mentioned above, I’ll continue to design more products related to my purpose, books, etc.

ALSO…this is for Ventura/SB/SLO County residents (or spitting distance) – I will sign paperbacks and write a personal message on any books purchased. If you’re planning on giving a gift, please contact me so I can help you take it to the next level! Contact me through social media, or via email: alexisdonkin (dot) author (at) gmail (dot) com.

I look forward to another productive week and wish you the same!

With indie love,


Passing The Test
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