May 23, 2018
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May 17, 2018
This month has been tough. I set some pretty serious goals for myself despite my husband’s surgery and other big events in my personal life. I’m feeling a little frustrated at my lack of progress. I’m not generally one to sulk so I’ll tell you about the plan moving forward rather than the things holding me back.
I love podcasts. I listen to them almost every time I’m in the car. The only exception is when I’m riding with someone or need a few minutes of singing to brighten my mood. (If you’re having a “bad” day, singing for as little as ten minutes can give you a positive boost. I read it in a Facebook meme but it works great for me.) The one I’ve been binging on lately is Being Boss with Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thomson. I love this one because they don’t just talk about doing the work, though that is a big part of their chats, they also talk about the life side of being an entrepreneur.
The thing that they talked about that was a lightbulb moment for me was how important it is to do the work and take breaks. I spend every waking moment trying to get writing or marketing or get new coaching clients and I never take a moment to myself. The thing that really caught my attention was when Emily said it makes her work better to take vacations and workaholics are not cute. I definitely have workaholic tendencies. I seem to be at 0 or 110. There isn’t really an in between so I’m going to work on setting my boundaries and finding a working schedule that will allow me to get more done when I am working and stop worrying about work while I’m not.
Salem Witch is coming along though finding time to actually write it has been a struggle post surgery but I’m determined to get this book going. My husband is home and I’m tired but ready to get to work!
Until next time!
April 9, 2018
This month I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off as I try to finish my Associates Degree in Marketing (two weeks left!).
I have received an amazing opportunity to learn from a book marketing guru (my word not his)! Tim Grahl, sent out an email looking for people who would like to be Certified Book Launch Coaches and I decide what the hell? I’ll go for it. I mean he’s only accepting 20 people. I filled out the application. And a couple days later I got an acceptance email. You can imagine my shock. Which was immediately followed by crippling fear and self-doubt. As soon as the fear crept in I knew I needed to do this. Nothing like fear to help you figure out what you need in life. for the anthology. I’m also preparing to write
After a long chat with Sara (V.S. Holmes) I’ve decided to work on a Starsboro spin-off for the anthology. False Hope was getting to be too long and I was kinda sad that it didn’t have more aliens in it (because Beamed Up). So instead I get to write Zurik again. This is super exciting because honestly, I miss him.
I’m also preparing to write Salem Witch in May. I’m itching to start writing again. I’ve been focusing on Accounting and Economics and it’s KILLING ME!
To help pay for my certification program with Tim, I’m going to be doing structural edits for other authors. I’ve been doing it for years I just didn’t know what it was called. My first project is V.S. Holmes new fantasy novel, Madness and Gods. I love that I can read stories and help authors as my job. I love writing though and I’ve been pushing it into the back seat. Once I graduate, I intend to rectify the issue. These next two weeks can’t come fast enough!
Until next month, happy reading! Be sure to check out the Amphibian Press Podcast where Sara and I interview authors!
March 5, 2018 Updates
I’m currently in my final term of college! I can’t wait to put this behind me. I’m also working hard to create a vlog, a podcast, and keep up with our blog.
On the writing front, I’ve put Salem Witch to the side so I can finish False Hope, a short science fiction story for the Amphibian Press anthology Beamed Up, which is due out in the next couple of months. I’m almost done with the story so it’ll also help me pay attention to my school work.
My husband is getting ready for surgery so I’m trying to keep my plate clear since I won’t have help around the house or with the kids while he recovers. Not that I’m complaining, we’ve been waiting 8 years for this surgery. Hopefully, it will provide the relief he needs. Anyone with chronic pain understands how awful it is to live with. I had a brief stint during my pregnancy where I had pain in my leg from a blood clot, and after a few days of being unable to sleep because of the pain, I was ready to cut the leg off. I have massive respect for people living with that kind of pain.
So that’s all for now!