Looking Back and Moving Forward in 2016

January 9th, 2016

Writer at Work

By , @Writing2Day

I must confess, I was shocked to see that my last blog post was in October of 2014. I will be the first to admit that I am not the most consistent when it comes to blogging on a regular basis. This is extreme even for me and really opened my eyes to the fact that I had several unproductive writing months during 2015. This lack of productivity has been nagging at me for quite some time. Rather than wallow in the sense of guilt that comes with that, I’m going to take a quick look at what I have accomplished (focus on the positive).

In 2014, my first book was traditionally published, “Images of America: Grand Teton National Park.” The book is focused on the history and controversy of this beautiful park. I followed this up in 2015 with a travel guide, titled “7 Days & Beyond in Grand Teton National Park.” I decided to go the self publishing route for the second book for expediency’s sake. I felt I could accomplish this much more quickly on my own and wanted to strike while the iron was hot. Self publishing was a very interesting experience and one that I am definitely looking forward to in the future. That took me into summer, baseball, camping – oops, there I go focusing on the reasons I didn’t accomplish anything else in 2015. I said I was going to stay positive and if I were speaking to someone else, I would be congratulating them on their first book and the fact that they published a second book within a year of the first. So I guess it’s pat on the back time for me!

I am going to keep the momentum going in 2016. I am not going to set a New Year’s resolution to publish another book this year. I am truly at a crossroad at the moment trying to decide which direction my writing should take. If I think about what I truly want out of my writing, I have always wanted to write a novel. I have only three chapters to go on a novel I started 30 years ago but it is dated and I have changed so much as a person in the last 30 years that I really think it’s irrelevant at this point. I do have a more recent novel in the works which is ironically titled “The Poser.” Ironic because it is posing me all sorts of problems. I participated in NaNoWriMo in 2014 not to write a complete novel but just to work on this novel for 30 days. The problem is that about seven chapters in I became thoroughly stuck and overwhelmingly frustrated. This of course led to all sorts of self-doubt about my writing abilities and has probably been the main factor in my lack of productivity.

Having published two nonfiction books, I am very confident in my abilities in the nonfiction genre. I also see a need, and was somewhat felt out, for a different historical book that would be a lot of fun to research and write. This would be the safer (and less stressful) route for my writing to take this year but the underlying desire to write a novel keeps beckoning. I know I will not feel that I have accomplished my lifetime writing goals until I have written that novel.

Will 2016 be the year that I buckle down, face my fears and accomplish that goal? I’m not sure at the moment but I will be choosing my path for 2016 during January. Once chosen, I am committed to following that path and writing on a regular basis to accomplish my goal. So now I’m off to read the pages of the dreaded novel that stopped me in frustration, review other story ideas, give indecision a much needed kick in the ass, and start typing my way towards my goal.

Wishing everyone a wonderful 2016!

Kendra

Voyageurs National Park Photo Gallery

October 1st, 2014

Voyageurs National Park is such a beautiful and peaceful destination. We took our trip there during the last week in September 2014 and almost completely had the resort to ourselves. Below is a glimpse of the beauty we enjoyed. I will be adding more photos in the coming days.

Managing the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park

August 25th, 2014

The History of Grand Teton National Park

The history of Grand Teton National Park comes alive through vintage photographs.
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As an avid visitor and author of a book on the history of Grand Teton National Park, the question of how to best manage the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park has been at the forefront of my thoughts lately. I have read through the “Moose-Wilson Corridor Preliminary Alternatives Newsletter” several times. The National Park Service is presenting these alternative proposals for public input through September 15, 2014.

As stated above, I am a visitor to Grand Teton National Park. As a tourist, my first instinct is that it would be really nice to have more access in this area. Wider, paved roads with more pullouts and a separate bicycle path sound like wonderful ideas to my tourist self. However, I have to step outside of myself and ask “What is best for the preservation of wildlife and their habitat in this tranquil forest?” The answer is not necessarily what is best for people.

One of the things that makes Grand Teton National Park so special is how under developed it really is in respect to many other national parks. One can not drive their car to Hidden Falls or Taggart Lake. No road has been constructed up into the mountains cutting back and forth on the Grand Teton or any of the other peaks in the range. If you want to experience the back country in the park, you must get out of your car and use your feet to immerse yourself in the wilderness. The vehicle is best used for magnificent views from a distance. And yes, it is also used by locals to get from Point A to Point B.  Read more…

Grand Teton National Park Book Arrived in the Mail

June 13th, 2014

The History of Grand Teton National Park

The history of Grand Teton National Park comes alive through vintage photographs.
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I was not expecting a box to arrive from my publisher this week. When I saw it in the mailbox yesterday, I nearly jumped for joy. I carefully opened the box so I would not damage the precious cargo inside. There it was. I was holding my baby in my hands – Grand Teton National Park: Images of America. Nothing can quite describe the overwhelming sense of accomplishment I felt gazing upon my first published book, a project I had put many months into researching and writing.

Being a published author has been a lifelong dream that I had put on the back burner. It is only a couple of years ago that I decided to really concentrate on this dream of doing something I love and now it has come true. In addition to other projects, I am working on a companion trip planning guide to Grand Teton National Park that I hope to have finished in the very near future.

I hope you enjoy reading about the history of this beautiful park as much as I enjoyed writing about it!

– Kendra

Day Trip to Yellowstone from Grand Teton National Park

April 10th, 2014

Lower Falls, Yellowstone

View of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River and Lower Falls from Artist Point.

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If you have never been to Yellowstone National Park, it is only about a 40 minute drive away from Grand Teton National Park and I highly recommend taking a day to hit some of the highlights there. This is definitely a day trip as you do not get anywhere fast in Yellowstone (why would you want to?) due to the traffic and the massive size of the park. As in Grand Teton National Park, spring and fall are definitely less crowded.  Read more…

Dreaming of Springtime in Grand Teton National Park

March 22nd, 2014

Taggart Creek Footbridge, Grand Teton National Park

Water rushing under the footbridge on Taggart Creek from the spring snow melt along the Taggart Lake Trail, mid-May.

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As the weather is beginning to warm here in the Midwest, my mind can not help but wander to Grand Teton National Park. I told my husband this morning, “I don’t think I can stand it if we don’t make it out to the Tetons this year.”

Springtime in Grand Teton National Park is glorious as the mountains and wildlife emerge from their winter hibernation. Mountain and valley streams and rivers are running full with the snow melt. Newborn leaves shimmer in brilliant contrast to their still exposed branches. When most of us think of spring, we think March, April, and May. Spring in Grand Teton National Park does not follow the norm. For the most part it emerges at some point in May and lasts into June. Read more…

Time Management and Social Media Marketing

February 17th, 2014

The Closet Entrepreneur by Kendra Leah Fuller

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Do you sit down at your computer to take care of your social media marketing and look up to find that an hour or two, or maybe more, has flown by? There is no question our time spent on social media, personally and professionally, is growing.

If you look at my contact page, you will see no less than six different social profiles that you can connect on with me. This list does not include LinkedIn yet, so that puts us up to seven. When I set up my Google+ profile it gave me the ability to create pages, so I added two of those. Google states that the Google+ profiles are supposed to be used for personal reasons only, thus the reason I set up the pages. From what I can see, people do not follow this rule and I am really thinking about eliminating those separate pages – just two more things to look after. Read more…

Grand Teton National Park Available for Pre-Order

February 8th, 2014

The History of Grand Teton National Park

The majestic beauty of Grand Teton National Park has moved people throughout time. Yet, the formation of Grand Teton National Park as we know it today spanned the course of nearly seventy years. More
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It has been a very exciting week. As a first time author, the journey of writing this book has been full of many different milestones and feelings of accomplishment.

The first over the top moment of excitement came when I was asked to write the manuscript for this book by Arcadia Publishing. I remember thinking to myself, “It just doesn’t happen this way.” When I decided to focus on my writing career, I anticipated sending out manuscripts and receiving rejection after rejection because that is how it works (according to everything I have heard). If I had not put up my website, this opportunity would not have landed in my lap. Many people have asked how this book came to be. The publisher was looking for a writer on this topic, they found an article on my website, and contacted me. So for all aspiring writers out there, even if you have not published yet, start working on your author platform now by going live with your website.

I have no idea how many hours I spent researching and looking for just the right photos for the book. There were definitely times when I thought I would never finish by my deadline even though I knew I would never let that happen. I can not describe to you the tremendous sense of accomplishment when the manuscript was completed and I sent it to the publisher.

As I was dinking about on the web the other day, I just happened to stumble upon an Amazon link in a Google search that had my name on it. I was like, “What? What? Could it be?” My book was live on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! I was over the moon with excitement. The only thing I can imagine which will bring this much excitement again is when I receive my physical copy of the book. Holding my baby in my hands for the first time should feel pretty surreal. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Destination Relaxation: Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

February 6th, 2014
Grand Teton National Park
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Moose, Wyoming – Located in the Northwest corner of Wyoming lies a beauty that rises majestically above the valley floor – Grand Teton National Park. If you’re looking for a place to take your summer vacation or planning a family reunion destination, Grand Teton National Park is the perfect Destination Relaxation. You’ll enjoy the peaceful tranquility of majestic mountain views, crystal clear lakes and mild summer climate. In addition to fishing, hiking, river rafting and abundant wildlife, you’ll enjoy fine dining, spa treatments and more. Read more…

Use Google Authorship to Boost Your Content in Google Search

January 30th, 2014

The Closet Entrepreneur by Kendra Leah Fuller

By , @Writing2Day

Recently, I added Google+ to my armory of social media marketing. I did have an account set up but it was linked to YouTube after Google bought them out. This would not be a problem if my son was not so into watching and commenting on Mind Craft videos on YouTube. Unfortunately, those comments were showing up on my Google+ profile which does not look good on a professional page.

I really had discounted Google+ only because I am already feeling overwhelmed trying to keep up with the many different social media platforms nowadays. While doing research, I came upon a term I had not heard before – Google Authorship. My curiosity was peaked so away I went on the web to find out what it is all about.  Read more…