2015: A Look Back (Happy New Year!)

2015ReflectionWow. Just wow.

Writing-wise, 2015 was a pretty stellar year. I sold the sequel in the Royals of Solana trilogy, went to my first RT Convention and met some incredible authors/friends, attended six book signings, finished half of the 3rd novel in Royals of Solana trilogy, wrote a new short story in its entirety (with ideas for 2 more in the series), and plotted a brand new Young Adult novel. For extra kicks, I finished the first 3 chapters of it, and invested in my public relations and marketing brand with a kick-a** PR company (Y&R PR).

2016 is lined up to be just as big, if not bigger! I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to NewYear Clockstart on those lofty goals!

In the personal side of my life, intense highs balanced some vicious lows.

First and foremost, my husband and I celebrated our 10-year anniversary! I’m so blessed to have this man as my companion in life. He took me to the Bahamas, where we spent four incredible days scuba diving! Several wreck dives, huge schools of fish, even a shark sighting! Water is a major place of peace for me, and allowed me to recharge with the one I love. Boy did we both need it! (And a huge thank you to my parents, who watched our two angels, despite everyone getting sick while we were gone!)

We also moved into a new house, an seven-year-long savings effort that we finally achieved!

Our seven-year-old started first grade in a new school, and those changes don’t mesh well for someone with Autism Spectrum disorder. Adjusting and acclimating to new surroundings, teachers, and friends was a tremendous challenge for him, and many days were extremely rough. Combine with major hassles with health insurance, including a still ongoing legal fight, my stress was at an all time high in 2015.

Despite all these, there are still so many things for which I am thankful. Our youngest had his cranial helmet removed and learned to walk (actually, went straight to running!) He started part-time daycare and made new friends. A billion more things with my hubby, family, and friends, and all their tremendous support that I cannot thank enough!

2016 is going to have some significant challenges as well. Goes with the territory, but I’m well prepared.

2016 Goals:Remember WhereYouve Been

Continue “Go With the Flow

New mantra: “When you start doubting yourself, remember how far you’ve
come.”

No more soda 🙂 (already 2 days into that one!)

I wish everyone a peaceful and happy New Year. Here’s to a phenomenal 2016!NewYearChampagne

Short Story Round Robin- Ultima Storm

I’m sharing the Greater Ft Worth Writers’ blog link for this kick-ass short story Dark_stormround robin. Our group is given a genre (science fiction, this time) and the first member,  a superb writer Matthew Bryant and good friend, wrote the first two pages of the story and titled it ‘The Ultima Storm.’ Then another member writes the next 2 pages, and so on and so on. I wrote the third section. Here’s the fifth, written by my good friend and stellar author C. A. Szarek. Go back and read it from the beginning if you can.

This was a lot of fun, and the story keeps getting better and better!! I LOVE this group!

 

Jump in the Deep End

I love the water, and going back to my springboard diving roots, not only do I jump in the deep end with gusto, I do it head-first.

I realized I did the same thing with writing.

I had no clue how to write when I started. I had a story in my head and I got it down on paper. Looking back on that first manuscript (that I never finished back when I was in my teens), the style and voice was that of a middle schooler.

And my next manuscript that I started in my early 20’s wasn’t much better. You’d think I’d have a better learning curve, or I’d at least learn not to throw myself off the high dive. Go off the smaller board first with a few short stories or articles, or even a blog.

But deep-end diving is what I do. Three ‘adult’ manuscripts later, and I’m still learning. Still wading around in the deep end, but I feel I’ve improved a lot. Even met some really cool people along the way that loves the deep end like me.

I’ve written a few short stories over the last two years, and it’s a different style of writing all together, but its good practice. As is this blog. Need to get the creative juices flowing with things like this.

But I’ll always love the high dive.