Ronda Bowen

Author, Editor, Blogger, Consultant, Scholar, Volunteer, Maker, Photographer

What I’ve Been Working On: June 2017

I didn’t update in June because I was mostly away from my computer. I have a very good reason, though. We welcomed baby four, Miss Ladybug, to our family. You can read about her arrival on Wining Wife, here. Here she is:

That said, I haven’t done a lot in the past six weeks since her arrival. I’ve taken care of outstanding client projects, but mostly, I’ve taken things easy and enjoyed my time bonding with her and getting our family’s new routine down pat. This post, instead of being a retrospective, will be a post that is looking forward.

2017 is almost halfway done. Can you believe it? I can’t. I’m thinking about my goals for the next six months, and I’ve got a lot of good stuff on the horizon.


I’m looking forward to picking back up with Wining Wife and bringing more wine reviews to my readers now that I can enjoy wine tasting again. I’m still looking for some people to collaborate with on Activism My Way. I’m looking forward to launching Just a Sec(ular) Homeschooler soon.


I have an article coming out in Equanimity soon, and I’ve interviewed another great individual for the magazine. I’m looking forward to nailing down a second interview for the next issue of the magazine as well.

Non-Profit Work

I’m finding out more about a local organizing opportunity. I’m also working on pulling together a list of possible donors for J.B. Dondolo.


I’ve been working with a client on his public relations email project for the last couple of months and I plan to continue doing that. I’m also working with the recovery center and EVG on providing blog posts. I’m looking for a few more clients for this summer to round out my list.

Independent Scholar

I have a few projects I want to work on in this area. This means I need to carve out some time to put together some abstracts.

Fiction and Poetry

I’m waiting to hear back from the Missouri Review about my poetry submission to them.


I’m hoping to *finally* finish getting the new edition of the book on success I co-authored edited and back in publication.

Ronda B. Handmade

I have some new fabrics and I’m looking forward to stocking my store. I sent this outfit out in May to a customer.

I think that’s about it for now. I’ll have a lot more in the coming weeks, and i’m looking forward to sharing more productivity tips with you.

What have you been doing lately?

What I’m Working On: April 2017

April showers bring May flowers, and it’s raining outside right now. Things have picked up a bunch – and accordingly, I was taken out by a nasty viral infection for a week. I’m playing catch-up a little bit after that, but I’m still on track. Thank goodness for good project management and productivity systems. (Speaking of, I need to talk about Todoist soon). It’s also tax time, so I have that going on in addition to everything else I’m working on.

Consulting Work

I’ve still been writing for the recovery center, and this month I’m finishing up some articles about families in recovery. Those will go out this week. I’m working on another blog post for the EVG Campfire blog. I have three guest blogging posts lined up for the next few weeks, I’ll be reviewing some software. I’m also doing some work for a repeat client; I’ll be customizing emails for his email list to help spread awareness about a new service his company has in development. I also have two more contract relationships in development right now.

Freelance Work

The latest issue of Equanimity Magazine is out and available. You’ll be able to find my interview with Noah McArthur (cover model) inside. We talk about his businesses, his outlook on life, and the inspiring message he has to bring to others. You don’t want to miss it.

I also interviewed musical artist, Frankee Razor for this issue. Read an inspirational story of how a quick climb to the top on American Idol followed by hitting rock bottom helped Frankee to find himself and realize his passion for helping others.


Independent Scholar

I finished the articles for the forthcoming Environmental Health in the 21st Century: From Air Pollution to Zoonotic Diseases. So those are in and percolating. I’m finishing up work on an abstract for an “And Philosophy” volume, and I’m contemplating a co-editing opportunity that I will follow up on this week. Be on the lookout for the volume X-Files and PhilosophyI did not contribute an essay to this work, but I did provide a quote for the back of the book. These are always fun volumes to read through and have – especially for fans. (I did previously contribute to Psych and Philosophy, What Philosophy Can Tell You About Your Lover, and  The Philosophy of Ang Lee.) I also have a couple of chapter proposals and abstracts I’m working on for other projects

Ronda B. Handmade

I’ve been plugging away at my handmade business. If you haven’t already, please stop by and take the poll on my website here. I am working on starting to stock my store with physical clothing items for the Smashed Metatoes™ line. Posts on the Ronda B. Handmade site include:

Creative Work

I submitted a short story, “Fireflies and Mice” to a publication last month. In addition, I made my first photography submission to another arts journal. I’m going to be submitting poetry to a third publication this week. I have other creative things in the works, but those are my focus right now.

Nonprofit Work

J.B. Dondolo just had a board meeting, unfortunately, I had no voice with which to participate in the meeting. However, we are preparing for the 2017 Gala. We have painted and replaced the windows and doors at the hospital in Igusi. We’re still working on getting clean water. I’ll have more information about how to participate in the Gala soon.

Non-Fiction Work

The volume on success is getting close to being ready for re-release. I am really looking forward to the republication of this work. More information will be available about this, soon.



The WiningWife® blog is picking up some steam. I have discontinued the use of unsolicited guest posts on the blog. I found that allowing them created too much stress on my end with the amount of editing, fact-checking, plagiarism monitoring, and ensuring that I am not sharing spam with my readers. Going forward, I will post guest posts from time-to-time, but the posters will be vetted ahead of time. Recent posts on WiningWife® include:

Upcoming posts include a review of a new kitchen gadget, more book reviews, and a couple posts about beer. I’m looking forward to it!

Activism My Way

I had one post go up on Activism My Way: Get Involved on International Women’s Day. I’m still looking for guest bloggers/regular writers for Activism My Way.

Just a Sec(ular) Homeschooler

This new blog is on schedule to launch this month. Look for the official announcement about its launch soon.

I think that’s it for right now. There is always stuff I’m working on, as usual.

What are you working on? Please share in the comments !







Writers Needed: Activism My Way

I’m in need of some people who would like to make regular contributions (or one-time guest posts) to my community involvement blog. While I am not in the position to offer monetary compensation, that will change once we get more traffic to the blog and boost our readership so I can begin to monetize this blog.

Activism My Way is a blog dedicated to social activism, organization profiles, activist profiles, and information about how individuals can become more involved in their communities.

I’d love to have those who are passionate about various causes write about different facets of that cause – animal rights, women’s rights, civil rights, racial justice, economic justice, child health, education, disability rights, etc. If you’re involved in an organization – Habitat for Humanity, CARE, ACLU, BLM, etc. I would love to have you write about opportunities for people to get involved with your organization. If you are an activist, I’d really love to have you share your story. If you want to raise awareness about something going on in your community, please get in touch with me!

I’m passionate about getting people involved in their communities. I think it’s an important part of being a good citizen. I’ve worked with Stonewall Alliance of Chico, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Walk for Water, JB Dondolo, and many other organizations as a volunteer. I’m a firm believer that no matter who our leadership in the United States is, what makes the big difference in our lives is the people we come into contact with who are working hard to make the world a better place and to fight for social justice.

If you are interested in writing with me, please check out Activism My Way, and then shoot me an email at submit @ activismmyway (dot) com. Please tell me about your background, what you’d like to write about, and how often you would like to write about it.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

What I’ve Been Working On – March 2017

What I'm Working On March 2017February went by fast, didn’t it? Between Kansas weather trying to decide what it wants to do and the seeming death of my laptop (time for it to go into the shop), February was a very strange month. But, I did still manage to get some things accomplished.

Consulting Work

I continued work on the blog posts for the drug and alcohol recovery center this month. I also finished a new post for the EVG Campfire blog. One of my pieces was recently published in the Content Marketing Association’s newsletter, and another piece was recently published on the EVG Campfire Blog:

I also finished the redesign and rebranding of my consulting website: Writing, Research, and Editing by Ronda Bowen. Go check it out!

Freelance Work

I spoke with Noah McArthur a few days ago, so look to read about the talk we had in the upcoming special edition of Equanimity Magazine.

Independent Scholar Work

I will be contributing some encyclopedia entries to the forthcoming Environmental Health in the 21st Century: From Air Pollution to Zoonotic Diseases. I’m also wrapping up work on a couple of abstracts to submit to some philosophical essay collections.

Ronda B. Handmade

I’ve been busy working on my handmade business. I shipped out a custom infant bodysuit, made more quote notebooks, created a couple outfits for a blog tour, and finished a couple of pattern tests. This month, I have two blog tours I’m participating in, and I’m hoping to list more products in my group as well as on Etsy.


On Wining Wife®, I published a book review and a guest post. I’m hoping to get more up there very soon, including a backlog of guest posts, and a lot of fun things I want to share with my audience there.

I had one post go up on Activism My Way. I’m still needing people who would like to contribute posts about their favorite causes, organizations, and activists.

I also finished building the website for Just a Sec(ular) Homeschooler. I’m looking forward to rolling out the launch for that blog soon. Look for more updates on that soon.

As always, I have a bunch going on at all times! I’m looking forward to updating more soon.

What have you been working on? Please post your recent “wins” in the comments section!

What I’ve Been Working On – January

what-ive-been-working-on-1January has been an interesting month, full of your usual “getting started for the year”-type tasks. We had some freezing rain earlier this month, and I’ve been settling into the new routine for the year. It’s a fresh year, and there’s good stuff on the horizon!

Consulting Work

In the past few months, I’ve done some consulting and freelance work. I have edited academic abstracts; written for an alternative health website; created blog posts for an addiction and recovery center; and provided posts, including this one on nostalgia and marketing, for the EVG content marketing blog, Campfire. If you have a need for a writer or editor, please get in contact with me at rbowen (at)

Independent Scholar Work

I provided a blurb for the back of a pop culture and philosophy book. I have an essay I’m working on for a literary arts magazine, and I’m putting together abstracts for a couple of volumes. I’m also waiting to hear back about possible involvement with a couple of forthcoming encyclopedias.

Nonfiction Work

I’m continuing to edit the book on personal success to prepare it for publication. I’m hoping it will be ready next month to submit.

Fiction and Poetry

I submitted a short story I’ve been working on to the Nelson Algren Short Story Award. I’m hoping to finish another short story and get it “submission ready” in the coming weeks. I also want to prepare a self-published volume of poetry for release in October’s Domestic Violence Awareness month. I’ve planned it for some time, I just need to get it formatted.


There are new posts up over at Wining Wife®, including this review of Killing It, a helpful guide for entrepreneurs who are looking for tips on how to achieve more balance in their lives and this post highlighting some of the challenges I’ve overcome in my life.

Over at Activism My Way, I’m hoping to find some guest bloggers who would like to write about causes or organizations they are passionate about. If you or someone you know would like to promote a cause or organization, please send your information to info (at)

My third blog is almost ready to launch. Watch this space for more information. This blog will be aimed at home educators who are looking for secular homeschooling ideas.


A interview I did with Donny Brown and Amy Vanderoef was published in the Fall 2016 issue of Equanimity Magazine. I have a few more interviews in the works for upcoming issues.

I’m looking for a graphic designer interested in possible collaboration (and profit sharing) for a startup magazine. If interested, please send an email to snarkmag (at) gmail. Information about the magazine can be found here: SNARK! Magazine.

Ronda B. Handmade

I redesigned the Ronda B. Handmade website, you can find it here. All sales will be done (for the time being) through my Facebook group, which you can find here. Please join! I have new stuff to add to the group all the time. I’m working on a pattern test for little boys, and I just finished up a pattern test for a really cute girls’ vintage style dress. I also have some upcoming blog tours I will be participating in through the blog on the site.

Nonprofit Work

We recently had a board meeting for J.B. Dondolo. The gala date for this year has been set, and we’re looking forward to a good year. We’re really hitting the clean water project hard this year. Every day without a clean water system at Igusi hospital is a day that the children there go without water. I’m also working on getting a Google grant to help with getting the word out about this great organization.

This week my “date night” with my husband involves bagging food for a local organization that distributes backpacks filled with food to children to take home for the weekends. I’m really looking forward to that.

I think that about covers what’s been going on! It’s a lot. I’m really looking forward to sharing more news about new projects soon.

Happy New Year!

recitalsHappy New Year! Things have been quite busy here, and I’ll update soon with the various projects I’ve been working on. I have some more productivity tips to share in the new year, and I’m hoping to share some fun news with you as the year goes on.

Meanwhile, what do you have planned for this year? Share your resolutions and plans in the comments section.


What I’ve Been Working On – October Edition

what-ive-been-working-onSo…I came down with the creeping crud. Fever, headache, sore throat, joint aches…yuckiness. It’s particularly yucky since I have a lot to do, and being in bed resting really isn’t part of that plan. Plus, October kicks off the start of my favorite time of year. I have decorating to do! All of that said, my “hey this is what I’ve been doing” post and other posts got delayed.


I worked on some edits for a teen book, and I’m waiting for more of that book to be sent to me so I can edit some more of it. I’m excited about where the author is going with it. I’m also getting started on a project writing descriptions of photos for a photographer. Finally, I’m putting the finishing touches on a blog post for a client. Continue reading “What I’ve Been Working On – October Edition”

Equanimity and J.B. Dondolo’s Upcoming Gala Tickets On Sale Now!

917a60c0-6be8-11e6-922a-bc764e20f203It’s almost time for the 2nd annual Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala. This event, being held in Addison, Texas on October 14, 2016 will be the place to be if you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Hosts Donnie Brown and Amy Vanderoef will be taking the stage to help raise money to build a new water system. From the event’s website: Continue reading “Equanimity and J.B. Dondolo’s Upcoming Gala Tickets On Sale Now!”

How I Get Things Done Part III: Completing Tasks


It’s time to talk about how I go about accomplishing all of those goals and completing all the projects on my list. In the introduction of this series, I discussed my needs when it comes to a system for productivity. In the first part of this series, I talked about the different productivity theories that have influenced my system. In the second part of the series, I talked about my system itself. Now, it’s time to talk about how all of that information works together in order to advise me on what I should be working on each day. Continue reading “How I Get Things Done Part III: Completing Tasks”

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