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Finally back on track…

Published April 6, 2015 by S. E. Myers

Seriously, it has been a while. Moving to Lexington took a lot longer to settle than I initially believed.

Today is the first day that I am back to writing. It feels good. I am currently compiling my writing playlist. As the music plays the images run rampant through my mind. They unfold the story and I can see Andie react to her surroundings and other characters that she has a relationship with.

I’ll write more about that another time. I’m just glad to actually publish a blog piece considering that the last one I posted was forever ago. Luckily, I still have readers that follow my blog and follow my facebook page. Thank you for being so dang patient!

Lexington is beautiful! The air is clean, the grass is green and the people are so friendly. I love my new home and my neighborhood. We were very blessed for this opportunity to pop up in our life at the exact moment it was needed. It has been quite and adjustment. Staying home full-time is a lot more difficult than I remember. I was a stay-at-home mom years ago when my children were little. I assumed that since our children were older I would have more time on my hands to write full-time, boy was I mistaken. There are so many  more things that I have to accomplish and get done throughout the day. But, I am making it work. There are still several projects that need to be completed around the house, however, I am going to put those on the back burner until I have my first draft completed. Most of my day is dedicated to writing this first draft.

It feels good and I can’t wait to share it with you!

This is short and sweet, but I wanted to take the time to let people know that I am still here and still alive and working!

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There’s a lot of dust…

Published November 8, 2013 by S. E. Myers

It’s been a while since I have written anything in this blog.  But, I have my excuses – my reasons.  Life has interrupted life.  This has been a crazy year and it isn’t even over yet.

I haven’t made too much more progress on “Dark Inhibition,” but I will be…soon.  Want my explanation?  Well, here it is:

After I graduated school, I had BIG plans.  I was going to finish my second novel and have my third published before the end of the year.  I was going to start school again in October to continue on for my bachelor’s degree.. oh there were SO many things I was going to do and accomplish.

And then…  May 5th, I was involved in a car accident. I am not sure if I blogged about it or not, but, it totaled my car. The plus side, I now have an awesome crossover.  It is a Dodge Journey.  I love it.  I miss my Chevy Cavalier, but this is the car I need.   My son, Gavin, came to visit in June for a few days, I missed him terribly and just having him back in my life and around was enough to make my year.  On June 17th, my amazing grandson, Marshall Allen White, was born.  He was 7 lbs. 2 oz. and 21 inches long.  He came out with a head full of hair and it was the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed. I haven’t been on that side of things before.  My daughter, Illeana, did such an amazing job.

Shortly after Marshall’s birth, my almost son-in-law lost his job. This has made a huge impact financially as he was the one helping with my car payment. 

The most amazing thing that has happened to me is Scot. I never in a million years thought I would find the kind of love I saw in the movies.  The kind of love that kisses you breathless and makes you weak in the knees.  The kind of love that crashes over you like the waves of the ocean.  I mean.. he kisses me quiet.  Do you know how hard it is to shut me up?

Yes.

This has happened to me.

When someone says they have never “felt” a way before, I can empathize. I’ve never felt this before. I don’t think I’ve experienced true love in my lifetime. Not even with my ex-husband. Maybe it was lust or infatuation, but it wasn’t this.  I am actually happy.  Happy.  I never knew what it was like to have someone care about me and my feelings. Usually, relationships begin to show the ugly dark side after about a month or so… there isn’t an ugly dark side.  I think that is because we have been completely honest with each other. I haven’t held anything back.

I am actually amazed that he even wants to be with me, as broken as I am.  I’d been getting sick a lot and finally went to the doctor.  Turns out I am now diabetic. It’s not fun. I get to jab and poke myself more times a day than I care to count. I have to inject insulin – it is a drag. My doctor says my pancreas is still producing insulin so I am a Type 2 diabetic. I’ve modified what I have been eating and how I’ve been eating.  Which leads me to another issue this year – my vision.

I couldn’t see once my sugars came down. I tested at 450 when I had my blood drawn and was diagnosed. Within a week I had them in normal range but my eyes were still adjusting.  I had my new Rx for only when I was diagnosed. Needless to say, I had to have a redo…not just on one pair of glasses but TWO! I am waiting for the second pair to come back.

It certainly feels as if life has thrown me for a loop this time around.  There are other family things happening.  My grandmother is ill and doesn’t have long left on this earth.  I am sad about it, watching her mind deteriorate, but there are moments of clarity and she knows that I love her.  That makes me smile and sad at the same time.  I will miss her but I know that I will see her again.

I do have a deadline for Dark Inhibition… December 15th.  That is when the rough draft is due to my publisher.  So kiddos, get excited.  I can see, I can type, and I can think.  Ryleigh is coming and she is like vengeance on the wind.

Not enough time…

Published March 6, 2013 by S. E. Myers

Because I still work a real job, I seem to not have enough time.  This happened January 7th when my shift at worked changed from Monday through Friday, to some odd askew days and hours. 

A large chunk of my life has changed.  A large chunk of my day has disappeared.  I miss my kids and my life. 

Look at the last time I had a blog post… When was that?  A few months ago?  I’m practically sneezing throughout this post with the dust and cobwebs flitting around my shoulders.  My brain is crying out for creativity.  I feel as if I’ve been locked in an iron maide with the spikes pressing into my flesh forbidding me to do anything I enjoy.  And yet…  A dear friend of mine told me of he doubts recently.  He was thinking about moving to the East Coast but wasn’t sure it was the right idea.  He is young and he has so much life ahead of him. 

I told him to go for it.  What does he have to lose?  He is young and full of life and ambition.  I told him that he only lives once and he should make every single moment count.  And then I realized that is the advice I should be giving myself.

I need to find a way to give myself more time to finish this next book and get it out there. 

I had a major let down today though. I think it set me back a few more paces than I wanted it to.  It put me in this funk and I need some deoderant to render it gone.  I need adventure.  I need excitement.  I need more of the life that I want to live than what I have been living.

But then, that’s what my stories are aren’t they?  The adventure I want to live?  Maybe?

I hope this finds you well.  I keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

 

The holidays are upon us and what you can expect from me…

Published November 24, 2012 by S. E. Myers

Why hello there!

I had a fantastic Thanksgiving with my family and friends.  I hope that you had one with yours as well!

With the Holidays fastly approaching, I encourage you to reach out to those in need and help where you can.  There are a lot of families who will not be able to provide what they desire for their family.  Please help your neighbor’s, friends, and be kind to those you don’t know.  A kind word, hug, or smile may be just the extra touch someone might need.  Adopting a family for the holidays is a rich and rewarding experience, I encourage you to do it if you have the means to do so. 

I have been blessed.  Richly blessed by my friends and family.  I want you all to know how much I love you.  To my new fans I want to say how excited I am to have you reading Ryleigh’s journey.

I have been fervently working on Dark Inhibition, Book 2 in The Revelation Series.  I’ve written then ending and I have never felt so emotional toward anything else that I have written.  This second book does lead into the third, in case you were wondering.  My cover artist Nikki Fortugno and myself have been talking about the design of the next book and let me tell you, she has some amazing concepts.  I am so excited to see them!  I hope you will be too!

For the book drawing/raffle (remember that in October!), the winner was Amy Stuhr Summe.  She won a signed copy of my book “Dark Revelation”, a signed copy of “Zomblog: Snoe” by T.W. Brown, “Through the Gloaming” by Donna Dillon, and two books from the Master Koda Select Publishing library.  She is excited to read new authors!

I will ask that you try reading from an independent author this holiday season.  Support the arts, support local artists, and support your own creativity by venturing out of your comfort zone and do something you have always wanted to do.

I am enjoying every minute of this writing gig even though there are moments I am exhausted, stressed from work, and just dying for one more minute in the day.  I can’t wait for the road ahead and I look forward to this encroaching New Year!

❤ Steph

The crash of 2012….

Published September 12, 2012 by S. E. Myers

Tuesday I took my laptop with me to work in order to complete an assignment for my professional development class.  At about 2 PM PST, my laptop went black.  This was not a covert operation, this was my laptop, dead, telling me it needed to be restored.

My heart fell on the floor, my stomach lodged in my throat, and my eyes welled with tears.  I went to school that evening, explained the situation, and my Professor was okay with my assignment being late.

Then came the arduous task if formatting my laptop.  I am so grateful that HP has a utility that allowed me to backup my data.  I have all of my pictures and documents, including Dark Inhibition, It took me from 10:15 PM to 3:00 AM to get the computer to where I could leave it overnight.  When I woke up the next morning, only 3 hours later, I could login to the windows screen and begin the restoration process.

Initially, I thought my backup didn’t save because it gave me an error message, but luckily, I looked in the C:/System Restore folder and found my backed up folder.  Last week I had a niggling sensation that I should back up my data, however, I didn’t listen to it.  I will be listening to my inner intuition for sure.

The awesome thing is I did not lose my WIP’s.  What a relief.

Also, I got another great review — but I will be posting that later.

Bang…bang…kill my bangs

Published August 28, 2012 by S. E. Myers

I hate my bangs.

I loved them initially when I got my hair cut, but now — they look like this:

Terrible aren’t they :/

I hate them.  They are growing out and when I put my hair up – they don’t know what to do or where to go.  I am a fan of hair products, however, I can use very limited amounts.  They dry out my scalp.  I should be the new “Head and Shoulders” gal – for serious.  I use it religiously.  I also use an extreme and obscene amount of hair conditioning.  That shampoo, while it makes your scalp nice, is not great for your hair.

Here is a Vlog I was going to post but then got distracted by my dog – it’s a minute – and I found it hilarious.

Tata for now!

 

 

P.S.  Here is a picture of Nissa that my daughter Katie drew.  In case you didn’t know, Nissa is an imp in my book, “Dark Revelation.”

 

Book Promotions and tiredness…

Published August 19, 2012 by S. E. Myers

Wow!  It has been ex-haus-ting this last week…  When you are an indie author and you have other commitments (like being a mom) because you are not yet bringing in enough income to support a writing career (notice keyword: yet) – you have additional obligations.  Which I do.  School.  Work. Kids. Church. Writing.

Speaking of writing, or writing of writing – have you noticed the amount of writing advice that is out there?  Honestly, there are only a few I listen to.  I can count them on my hands.  Or, hand.  Definitely not the toes.  Grammar advice, personal advice, criticism for writing differently and employing different tactics… Really?  Really? Who died and made you a grammar king/queen/person/placeorthing. Where is your degree in English? Media? Publishing? Marketing? Where are your years of experience?

I am most definitely appreciative of all the feedback I have received from those I trust and also respect.  Should I name them?  No. Sorry. They are mine all mine! BWAHAHAHAHAHA-a! Maybe one day, in a list of credits from the movie they make about my bizarre and enriching life. I’ll get to the bizarre part soon. In a future episode. Not that I actually think my life is worth making a movie out of…

I’ve written very little lately, but I am writing. I was writing The Body Thief but with the holidays quickly approaching, Dark Inhibition has to be ready. All my extra (man, do I need some more extra) energy goes into writing a few hundred words a day. Which is nothing NEAR what I am capable of when I have the time.

I’m trying to post a blog post at least once a week. I started this at 9am – and only wrote almost 300 words.  Now, imagine this in my forthcoming book.  300 words per day equals a few thousand, but I definitely need to step up my game.

Seriously.

*edit* I never did mention – promoting my book has become difficult also. I am trying hard! I have it in a local store, The Almost Perfect Bookstore, in Roseville, CA.  🙂  That is pretty awesome. The place is amazing itself. You walk in and can spend hours and hours perusing the shelves. I found a hardback edition of the complete Lord of the Rings excluding The Hobbit. I’m pretty stoked about that.

Also, Dark Revelation is $0.99 currently *other edit* Doing an experiment with pricing this week.  Clicky the book link and purchase it.  (By the book link, I am referring to the “books” link at the top of my page)  Tell your friends, family, neighbor, stranger… You get the point.