Monday, May 16, 2016

Book News


Book News! 

I've signed a publishing contract with 
Ellysian Press for my YA novel!

At first I was like...



After the initial shock wore off I was like...




But then...reality sank in.

Oh, #@$% .  This is happening.


I'm still in this phase. I probably will be until the editing notes come in. 
In the meantime, I am going to have to keep writing or risk my sanity.
Not a pretty picture. 

For the full announcement check out the Ellysian Press website here






Monday, May 2, 2016

Random Research

After doing some research for my next project, I decided to post some random facts.

Animal cuteness.  Facts provided by my first grader.

One of her favorite animals is the Cheetah.



Random facts:

  • They run 70 miles per hour.
  • They have retractable claws.
  • They are yellowish-orangish- black.
  • They are carnivores.
  • They eat Gazelles
  • They live in Africa.
  • I like that they are one of the fastest animal at 70 miles per hour.


  • The Cheetah robot is the fastest legged robot in the World, surpassing 29 mph, a new land speed record for legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, set in 1989 at MIT. Read more at Boston Dynamics.


And how was your weekend?



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

IWSG

My writing has gone into...this.



Where I scratch my head and go huh? 
I only hope the road becomes clearer with less dudes. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Art of Excuses

I haven't been here a while. I haven't really been anywhere in a long time. I've been living the art of Excuses.  I need rest, I say. I have nothing interesting to write, or say or express. I need to catch up with Arrow, Daredevil, Flash, Walking Dead.... on and on the list goes. Then there's the living thing...cleaning, cooking, helping kids with homework on and on.

I've been living on excuses, ignoring the fact that I feel incomplete, alone, maybe a bit broken. Not because of anyone else or any one thing, but because I've been avoiding what makes me...me. I need to exercise,  take a family vacation, write. I need to wake up.

I can't say that I'm ready to jump in since I'm holding myself accountable here, but I am ready to start inching back to my life. I guess it's time to reevaluate my goals and objectives. To figure out what makes me happy.

I'm actually looking forward to it.






Friday, February 26, 2016

Inspiring me today...




A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright, quoted in Reader's Digest, June 1995

 Happy Friday!

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?