Wednesday, February 3, 2016

IWSG


I'm late! Again.

I didn't want to miss this month.

Insecurities... Well, yeah. I have them. This month it's been about health issues.

Hypertension--Maybe
Lost my voice and my kids are making fun of the way I talk--Um, yeah.
Anxiety--been there.

I guess this month has been a wake-up call for me. I really have to take care of me--Mind, Body, and Spirit.  It's the only one I got.

I really need to get myself together and have no clue where to start!

Yeah, maybe I should've missed this month.


Monday, January 11, 2016

Goal Setting

I haven't thought about goal setting since last year. As the new year slowly creeps forward, I realize it is something I must do to ground myself. Life can be overwhelming sometimes. It's nice to have a piece of the road map.


Some things to consider as you begin to set your goals.
Know thy self. We are in constant change. Our needs and wants change during our lifespan. What we need now is different than what we needed in college, in high school, etc.  I explore my strengths and weaknesses while remaining true to myself. Not an easy task!

Build upon your strengths.  Every structure needs a firm foundation.  We all have weaknesses. I hate commas. I see them everywhere. They haunt me.  Find out where your strengths lie and build upon them. Eventually your strengths will outshine your weaknesses. You may even find comfort in learning that commas are not your enemy. 

As you set your goals and objectives, be aware of what you can control and what is out of your hands. When I decided to move forward and publish, I had to set clear goals on what I wanted to achieve based on my limitations of control. My goal wasn’t to end up of on the New York Times Bestseller list. Though that would be nice!  But I knew I couldn’t control how the book would be received.  I could, however, control the quality of the output. I could write the best book I possibly could at that point in my life.  I could promote it and keep writing.

and finallyCelebrate your accomplishments no matter how small!  Enjoy the moment!

Anything else I missed?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

White Light blog tour with Anna Simpson



Thanks, Elizabeth for having me here and participating in the tour.

When I decided to take my writing seriously, I read Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft and it left me wide eyed. I saw the ocean of writers around me and knew that we all thought we were good. We all thought our work was worthy of being published.

There were and are millions of us.

Through the chatter on an online writing group I heard about publishers looking for shorts, so I submitted. I heard about open calls and got rejected. I watched while one after another of the group found their place in the publishing industry. They set examples of the right way to do things and I copied them.

So if you haven’t yet, join a writing group, get feedback, watch and learn.

Then it happened just as it happened with the others. I was offered a contract for White Light. I didn’t care that it was with a micro-publisher. It really didn’t matter to me. This was my first step into the publishing world.

And the best part was I wrote something that someone else thought others should read.

What encourages you? Small or big, I’d love to know. :-)
You can find Anna below:

Blog   Twitter   Goodreads 

About the book

Emma never dreamed of being a super-sleuth. In her mind, she’s more Scooby Doo than Nancy Drew and when her nosy neighbor, Mrs. Perkins, drags her to an anniversary party to solve a mystery, she rolls her eyes, buys a box of chocolates and hops in the car.

What’s a party without an attack on its host—or more accurately on the host’s grandson, sparking an allergic reaction and moving the party to the hospital waiting room. Suddenly, everyone is a suspect. Emma and Mrs. Perkins, along with Great Aunt Alice (a spirit with boundary issues who keeps stepping into Emma’s body like a new dress and playing matchmaker), dive into an investigation that almost gets Emma killed along with the man they are trying to protect. With so many reasons to kill him and so much to be gained if he died, Emma and Mrs. Perkins must unravel the tenuous ties that point to every member of his family as potential killers.

Even if it means going back to the psych ward, Emma will protect her friend and this innocent man. What good is freedom if it’s haunted with guilt?

Monday, December 28, 2015

Guest Post- Marilyn Almodovar


When a portal leaves Baxter trapped and powerless in an alternate world, she finds herself on the run and fighting for her life. The world’s Council wants to hand her over to Declan, and her only source of support is a broken Alternate Jack who blames her for all he’s lost. Baxter soon realizes that if she’s going to defeat Declan and get back to her world, she’ll have to reclaim her abilities and be stronger than she ever imagined.

Declan and the Absorbers’ Initiative wage war on everyone who opposes them in their hunt for Baxter. Their actions reveal what her future will be like if she doesn’t make some drastic decisions. She knows that one misstep on her part will lead to the destruction of not just this world, but her own.

In a race against Time and bitter enemies, Baxter will discover how much is at stake and just what she’ll have to sacrifice to save those she loves. Can she learn from the fate of an alternate world how to become the Time Bender she’s meant to be?
http://bit.ly/Interred

10 things you don’t know about Mara Huxtable

1.       Mara was born in London, England.
2.       After moving to New York at age six, Mara threatened to escape back to England a few times, until her mother and father forced her to make friends with some of the kids in the New York Council.
3.       Mara and Andrew Jacobs became good friends when he rescued her from being attacked by another Council Member.
4.       Mara is trilingual; she speaks fluent Spanish and French as well as English.
5.       She volunteered at the local Children’s hospital before she studied to become a nurse.
6.       Even though she loved studying to become a nurse, she was never allowed to work as one, because the Council believed she would use her ability to help humans.
7.       Mara battled with depression throughout most of her teen years, after finding out that she was a necromancer.
8.       When Dickie asked Mara out on a date, she declined on the basis that he was far too young and that he was ginger.
9.       After the Land o’ lakes house was burned to the ground, Mara became increasingly concerned about the safety of the family. She knew that the Councils were trying to coerce her into returning to the fold, and using force has always been their style. She compelled Dickie’s parents to leave the house to them and then proceeded to cast a spell over it and grounds to protect it from prying eyes. She used her own blood to seal the house, which meant that only her family members could find her and the house.
10.   Her first child was a stillborn baby named James. She and Andrew called off the wedding after the birth of James, and didn’t get married until a year before Baxter was born.


 
http://bit.ly/Fissurebook2

Connect with Marilyn:
Twitter: @LynAlmodovar

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy Holidays!


Have a great Holiday!
 
May your new year be filled with everything
that fills you with happiness!
 
Family
Chocolate
Peace
and more Arrow, The Flash, and Daredevil.
 
 
 


Monday, December 14, 2015

Monday Magic


I recently participated in a critique partner match-up  over at Write Type CP Match which was a great success. I had hoped to get at least one or two possible matches, I got eleven! I was like…holy smokes.
These writers are not only talented but are so excited, which got me excited to start writing all over again. I've been inspired to seriously plot this third book. Watch out world! Maybe, I'll be able to get this blog in order. Now that would be nice!
 
"Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open."  Stephen King
 
 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

#IWSG and an Interview

Go here for more info!

 
It's that time again. The last post of 2015!
 
How time flies.
 
I'm excited. I didn't meet my goal of publishing in 2015 but that's okay. The publishing business is slow, so I've been told. I have a rewrite I'm really excited about and started book three of the series I've been holding on to for the past two years. It's so hard to jump back into my characters' lives and know that it's going to be the end. Okay, I have attachment issues. But I'm doing it. It will be ready for 2016! I can feel it in my bones...and heart.
 
That's me in a nutshell right now.
 
I'm over with Marilyn Almodovar for an interview.
Come on over and say Hi!
 
 
Have a great Holiday.