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!
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.
Isn’t that what life is all about? What makes me happy? That is the question that I ask myself every morning when I wake up. How can I make sure I have a great day? How can I make sure I am not a grumpy butt toward my kids? I know that we choose our own perceptions. Agree with me or not, it’s true. I have a choice to yell at the driver who cut me off (this morning), or I can continue singing along to the Swedish Mafia song pounding against my speakers.
I haven’t always had this idea – I haven’t had it long – but it works. It sometimes takes a few (more than a few) deep breaths to push back the overwhelming feeling to yell at people, but I feel better afterward. I have to apply this to my career also.
I am a mother. I am an indie author signed with an indie publisher. I work for a corporation. I am an accounting student close to receiving my degree.
I am all of those things and more. They all (almost all) make me happy.
I am proud of my children and the love I have for them is beyond expression. I love to write and cannot believe I published a book. It has been an amazing feat and well received! And, I have more coming! Signing with Master Koda has been a blessing. Because of the many hats I wear I need the extra eyes, push, help and support they they are giving me. School has been an amazing experience and gives me the degree I need to move forward in my corporate career. I hope to not have to work a corporate career for many more years, however, I am a realist and currently, I need that extra income.
I am a single mom. I have been single for many years. For the past 7 1/2 years I have focused on raising my children. Yes, I’ve been single that long. Am I looking for companionship? Sure, I would love to have someone in my life, but where would I put them? Ha!
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!
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.
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.
*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.
Life has been so busy lately. I feel as if there is just not enough time in the world to complete all the tasks I need to complete. I am working, going to school, taking care of my children, and working on another book. I almost need to eliminate sleep.
I have become a clock watcher. Big time. I count how many minutes it takes me to put mascara on in the morning. If it delays me from my dealings with traffic (traffic is terrible depending on the time I leave in the morning), I will not put make-up on in the morning. I watch the clock when I am on the computer and have noticed that I am not on Facebook or twitter or even my blog as much anymore. Needless to say, my sales have decreased as well. (insert sad face here)
I will start using my tweet deck more to help out my #Tweet4Authors group. I must. They help get the word out about “Dark Revelation” and soon to also be “Dark Inhibition.”
Speaking of the next book…
I was working on Camp NaNoWriMo and to be honest, I just can’t squeeze in 2000 words a day to catch up. Besides, while I am working on “The Body Thief”, Inhibition scenes start coming through. So, I am redirecting my thoughts and brain toward the next book. Besides, I want it out by Christmas.
Things are getting a little darker at the moment for Ryleigh. I am liking where things are going and I am sure that those who liked Revelation will enjoy this new path. There is a set up for the third book in the series. I am sure it will stop with three but we’ll see what happens. I don’t want this to dredge on and on and on. I want there to be much more quality than quantity.
Also, this second one is going to be a lot larger and contain a lot more information about the Fae and Ryleigh’s purpose. I am so excited!