Good News!

I would Love to have an apple tree in my future backyard someday!Have you heard the saying the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree?

Well, in this case it’s true! My boy-o was entered in a poetry contest (he claims he didn’t know) and according to the letter we received his poem was selected by The American Library of Poetry to be published in this year’s book of poetry, Eloquence.

Yup, this proud mama is cheesing hard. Of course, the kid doesn’t even remember the poem (I do, he asked me to read it before he turned it in.) It was for extra credit in history class. Amazing, he’ll be published at fourteen and he’s acting as if he doesn’t care. Maybe he’ll feel different when he actually holds the book in his hands and sees his name in print. It’s an awesome feeling. We’re very proud of our boy.

Dance like nobody’s watching. | Community Post: 17 Things We Learned From "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

I also got some good news of my own. My first chapter for Innocent Sacrifice (the latest novel I’m working on) got accepted for the HD California Writers Club Anthology. Plus I’m working with a fellow author on her book launch.

So much stuff in going on…and yet I want more. Does that seem greedy?

I can’t help it. I got a taste of the good stuff and I want to bathe in it, baby!

¡Pon una Beer Bath en tu boda! | Sweet Bodas

 

Where did my words go?

Have you ever had those days where the words are whispering in the back of your mind, but no matter how much you try you can’t figure out how to get them on paper?

I’m talking about when the scene won’t work no matter how much you bang your head against your keyboard. I came across this pin on my Pinterest:

write write write

 

Right….

How about when you can’t connect the words together to make a sentence that make sense? Or better yet writing dialogue that doesn’t sound forced or stilted?

Ugh, I’m not in my happy place. Can you tell?

Damn, muse…she can be such a capricious bitch.

Surreal Illustrations by NekoKirara

Let’s go to the Library

Is my book really going to be in a library? It sure is!

LibrariesApparently, one of the libraries in my area supports local authors and my writing club reached out to everyone to let us know, “Hey, stop by the library and donate your book so it can be placed on the shelf.”

Well, this got me thinking what if the other libraries accepted donated books and it was just a matter of review and approval to be placed on the shelves?

Next week, the plan of action is to hit up another library and my son’s school.

I know as an entrepreneur I want to sell books, but as a writer I just want people to read my story and have it make a difference.

It’s a fine line between being an artist and trying to pay some bills. Black Widow and Whisper... I like this I could do this one! lol I have the exact outfit? Just not sure how to make it look realistic cause I cant do it do it lol

He’s not going to be nice and I love it

Was August really the last time I blogged? Holy crap, I’m a writing hot mess. The key term being hot mess. We recently sold and purchased a new home. So during the move and unpacking, I took a break from writing.

I know. It was the worst thing I could have done.

I’ve already been struggling with this book and my antagonist…oi.

Well, let’s just say since I’ve started writing this story he’s been an allusive bastard. But I’m slowly getting him figured out.

He’s a cross between Dominic Purcell and Georges St. Pierre.Dominic Purcell Georges St Pierre

Oh yeah, he’ll be sexy, but don’t get excited because as of right now, he’s not going to be a good guy.

Is it wrong I’m excited about some of the shady crap this guy is going to do? Or the stuff my protagonist, Elena is going to do to him?

I’m thinking she might need to beat him with a bat before it’s all over. Don’t worry though, he’s going to deserve everything he gets because he started it.

There’s blood in the water and the sharks are circling

199 Fun And Effective Fundraising Events For Nonprofit Organizations  by Justina Walford

School Fundraising Events

What is one of the biggest clues that a new school year has begun? For me, it’s the barrage of requests to support school fundraisers.

Oh yes, my friends. The catalogs of overpriced Christmas wrapping, knick knacks, chocolates, and recipe books have arrived.

The truth is I’m a sucker for those darn catalogs. I adore the canned caramel popcorn and gift bag packages. I can’t help it. Chocolate, gift ideas, and recipes books I probably won’t ever use; it’s all conveniently in one place for ridiculously inflated prices. But it’s for a good cause…well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Remember when riding bikes was all the entertainment kids needed?... and we were thrilled to have a bike!

Vintage: kids going for a bike ride

Last week, one of the neighborhood boys asked if I would buy something from him. Now, I have a soft spot for this boy. He’s funny, rambunctious, and last year he kept coming around to ask if I would go bike riding with him. Not my son, me.

How could I say no when he handed over a catalog?

No more than fifteen minutes later my doorbell rings again. A group of kids armed with catalogs, order forms, and smiles stood on my porch.

“Sorry, guys. He already got me,” I said.

by artist, Arian Armstrong...

Take Courage By Arian Armstrong

As one, their heads turned toward the grinning imp astride his bicycle at the curb. Lifting his hand, he waved and a peal of laughter floated in the air as he rode away. Groans and cries of “aw man” filled the air as they gave chase, barely pausing to toss their goodbyes and thanks over their shoulders.

Yup, the new school year has officially begun.

If only worrying burned calories…

Worrywart

Worrywart

Let me start by saying, I’m a big worrywart. My last entry was about freaking out over stuff I probably shouldn’t have. I was worried about my book launch. I stressed about having enough drinks, would people show up, and more importantly, I prayed I wouldn’t say anything inappropriate.

I gave myself a few gray hairs over nothing.

The book launch was amazing! Friends, family, and supporters showed up in droves to the bookstore. The best part is I didn’t even have to send anyone outside to twirl a sign to advertise. (I told my kid if we didn’t have a good crowd I’d give him twenty bucks to do it, he was all about it.)

Currently, I’m in the midst of a book blog tour and a social media blast. The feedback has been positive and I’ve received some great reviews from readers.

Literary Addicts End of Summer Event – Parenting | Life Style | Reviews

My head hasn’t stopped spinning. I keep pinching myself to make sure it’s real. But I’m staying grounded and focused. In addition to marketing Innocent Labor, I’m working on the sequel.

Now that I’ve released my first book, I determined to publish another.

Of course, I’m not saying I don’t log onto Amazon, read the reviews over and over, and start grinning like a mad fool.

I’m not saying that at all…Don’t judge me.

New Event

Conquer your mind and win the war. It is just you against you. Make yourself proud in the morning. No regrets.

The Toughest Opponent

My stomach is queasy and I’m battling for every breath I take. I’ve been up for a couple of hours, but can’t seem to bring myself to speak or leave my room yet. The cold, clammy fingers of an anxiety attack have been caressing the back of my neck for the last couple of days.

Today is my book launch/signing event.

And I’m freaking the hell out.

The response and show of support has been overwhelmingly positive. The e-book release was relatively easy. Printing wasn’t filled with problems or cries of “Oh no, they have to redo it!”

I even had my first professional interview with a reporter for the VV Daily Press. He released the podcast a couple days ago and the news article -complete with a picture of me and my precious- was published today. http://www.vvdailypress.com/article/20140718/NEWS/140719785

So why am I nervous? The hard part is over, right?

Wrong.

Every step and each event is a new challenge. Especially when I don’t know what to expect and I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing.

Anxiety....this is me-  I hate living with this disorder!

99 Problems…

This is a whole new set of nerves, anxiety, and made-up problems.

Oh God, I hope I don’t throw a cookie at anyone today…