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Monday, January 10, 2022

52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner by Mariëlle S. Smith - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Mariëlle S. Smith and her new book, “52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Mariëlle and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

52 Weeks of Writing

Author Journal and Planner

by Mariëlle S. Smith


GENRE:  Non-Fiction / Self-Help Creativity



‘A brilliant, supportive, challenging workbook, highly recommend.’

~ Jamie Sands

You, too, can become the writer you’ve always wanted to be!

The 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner:

makes you plan, track, reflect on, and improve your progress and goals for an entire year long;

invites you to dig deep through thought-provoking prompts and exercises; and

helps you unravel the truth about why you aren’t where you want to be.

Two years after publishing the first volume of 52 Weeks of Writing, writing coach and writer Mariëlle S. Smith brings you the updated third volume. Similar in style but reflecting the tweaks made to her coaching practice during the pandemic, 52 Weeks of Writing Vol. III is even better equipped to help you get out of your own way and on to the path towards success.

Ready to start living your writing dream? Order your copy now.




Did you expect too little of yourself, too much, or was your goal just right?

If you didn't reach your goal(s), what could you do next week to make sure you do?

If you did, what helped you achieve your aim?

What have you learned about yourself and/or your writing over the past week?



My Office Favourites

As a writer, editor, and writing coach, I tend to be working on different projects in the space of one day. It means I need quite a few items within reach at all times. Of these things, these are my absolute office favourites, those items I wouldn’t know how to live without.

Paperblanks Business Planner

Surprise! One of my office favourites is a planner… Who would have thought? I discovered the Paperblanks business planner last year, and I’ve been in love since. It works perfectly with my…

…52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner

Which is another office favourite. I use 52 Weeks of Writing to track and plan my writing goals for the week, and I use my Paperblanks planner to keep track of deadlines, appointments, and non-writing related projects, such as the editing or translating work I’m doing for clients.

‘Quote’ Book

This little notebook contains all my clients, the work I did or am doing for them, the estimates I’ve quoted, the deadlines we’ve agreed to, how often we will be meeting per week or per month, and so on.

Desk Calendar

This calendar was made by CopsCats, the Trap-Neuter-Return charity I volunteer for here in Cyprus. It contains pictures of our colony cats, the cats we feed and look after medically once they’re neutered and released.

The cat on the picture is Alexis, who was dumped at one of our feeding stations when she was barely weaned. A colleague and I tried to socialise her, to see if we could turn her into a housecat because she was so young, but she was still feral after two months and we had to release her again. This picture was taken eight months after.

Hand Cream

I have rather dry skin and I can’t stand typing with dry hands. I’m still looking for the perfect vegan hand cream, one that absorbs instantly, so if anyone knows just the brand…


When I moved to Cyprus, the thing I missed most about my old office was my Deskbike. It took me ages to get one shipped to Cyprus, but it finally arrived last August!

It’s made in the Netherlands—we love our bicycles—and it’s basically a home trainer without the front, which allows you to cycle while sitting behind your desk.

Ergonomic Mouse and Keyboard

Aside the standing desk and the Deskbike, which I got for my health, I also use an ergonomic mouse in combination with a mini keyboard. Before I started working with this combination, I suffered badly and often from RSI, but those days are gone!

Laptop Stand

A laptop stand is one of the essential items if you want to create a more ergonomic office set-up, but I love mine in particular because it also allows me to work from the couch without entirely ruining my posture and inviting neck and shoulder pain. It cost me about €30, and it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made.

My Pen, Sticky Note, and Marker Collection

Which writer doesn’t have a ton of different pens and pencils, sticky notes, and markers to make them feel much more organised than they actually are?

I do. Anything to feel in control and on top of things.

My Citrine Stone

According to crystal lore, it’s financially beneficial to keep a piece of citrine in the left corner of the room where you do business. Citrine is one of my favourite gemstones so I have citrine all over the house, and I often wear it around my neck or wrist as well. The biggest piece I have is just under seven kilograms, and that’s the one I keep in the left corner of my office.

Before I moved to Cyprus, it was the pride and joy of my then office. So when I left the Netherlands, I wrapped it up in scarfs and sweaters, stuffed it in my suitcase, and took it with me. Everyone thought I had lost my mind, but I’m so happy I did.


If I don’t have tea and water within reach, I dehydrate. I easily get absorbed in my work, so I have to make sure I have enough fluids nearby. It’s why I favour giant mugs. This is the biggest one I own and it holds 550 ml. And no, I don’t mind drinking my tea cold. There’s always the microwave…



Mariëlle S. Smith is a writer, writing coach, and editor. She lives in Cyprus, where she organises private writer's retreats, is inspired 24/7, and feeds more stray cats than she can count.















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  1. Mariëlle ~ Good morning!! Welcome to FAB!! It is so great to have you here!! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour :)

    1. Good morning, Ally! Thank you so much for hosting me and making me clean up my desk ;'-) It was such a good exercise to really look at what I use one a daily basis and what makes my working life that much better. So thank you!

  2. Sounds good, thank you for sharing.

  3. The book sounds very motivational. Thanks!

  4. What a interesting way to Journal I like it.