I have been going through a lot lately, much of which that I am not going to talk about at this moment, but trust me it has been a trying time of late. I have been filled with anxiety, which has led to a almost crippling depression. I still have to go to the day job and smile and be nice to people, even when cranky and rude people are yelling at me when I can't change anything and when they know I am not the manager. Last week one man came to yell at me no less than 5 times even after talking to the actual manager. Apparently it made him feel better to yell at someone over and over again, but it took everything inside of me not to crack right then and there. He was yelling about a movie. I am dealing with life and death in my personal life and I had to smile at a jerk like that. Yeah, that day at work made everything worse. Now I have spiraled into a feeling a despair. Writing and editing need to be done, but my mind doesn't want to focus. I don't want to get out of bed and pretend to be normal and happy. I just want to cry and never see anyone again. That is the reality behind depression. But I am good at pretending and no one really knows how I feel most of the time.
Why am I writing this? I don't know. Maybe I need a release. Maybe I want to help show others feeling the same way that they are not alone. I don't know, but this is a theme that I think that I will be writing about more this year. Let's see if it helps. As I feel right now I don't think that it can make me feel any worse.
The end of 2016 was not kind to me when it came to writing. Too much stress, too much ill health, too much of everything made it hard for me to write. Not being able to write as I wished only worsed my moods and my depression. Thankfully 2016 is behind us and it is the start of a new year, a new beginning, a new chance to get back into the writing groove.
Right now I am finishing up edits on the fifth book in the Gods Behaving Badly series. Love and Wisdom willhopefully be out in February. I am about to start edits on book six as well. I am also finally back to working on the sequel of Quest for Redemption, it is tenatively titled Quest for Self. I am over 11K in and I have the next couple days off and hope to reach 20K by the weekend! My goal is to have the rough draft finished by the end of January, revise and edit in February and get it to the editor by March. I am thinking an early summer release! Fingers crossed I can get that done! I am also about to start a novella for part of a summer sizzle box set, so I really do need to get back into the writing groove.
This year there will be no excuses, no matter what life throws at me I will keep writing. Even if I only manage a couple hundred words a night after work, I will keep moving forward and reach my writing goals!
I am continuing my theme of getting my goals for next year out into the universe. Today I am going to talk about my writing goals for 2017! I may not be writing quite as much due to the day job, but I will certainly be writing! Three novels to write, and at least six shorts. I will probably write some short stories as well for anthologies and magazines when I see calls that speak to me. I may not have a release a month in 2017, but I will still be pretty busy!
I hope that everyone had a great holiday weekend! Can you believe that there is only a week left in 2016? This has not been a good year for myself and my husband, so I say good riddance to this year and am working hard already to make sure that 2017 is even better!
This week I will be setting some goals for the new year and sharing them with all of you so that I get my intentions out into the universe and so that I have some accountability as well!
So let's start with some goals for this blog. This blog is a new start for me, so I intend to grow it to the level of the blog that I left behind for this new start.
1) With work and writing, I don't think that I will be positing every day, but look for me 4-5 time a week!
2) I am still catching up on giving book reviews, so I hope to have a review for you are least once a week, if not then at least every other week. I love to give well known and indie authors some more exposure.
3) Updates on my own writing and books for sale. Hey, a girl has to make a living too.
4) This year I would also like to talk about and share some causes that I support and am passionate about. I have this platform and I want to use it for some good.
5) I am also going to be blogging about my art and cooking this year. Get to know all my passions!
I think thats a pretty good set of goals for this blog, don't you?
I just wanted to take a moment to wish all my readers and fans a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope that you have a great weekend with your family and friends!
I will be starting my new job this weekend, but on Christmas night after work I get to spend some time with the family and give presents to my little nieces! And I get to spend the nights with my hubby! Yay!
Ebooks make great gifts and you don't have to leave your house to shop or send them!
Can magic and true love overcome evil? Find out in Quest for Redemption, my very first romantic fantasy novel! Only $3.99 on both Kindle and Nook!
Zanna is an elven warrior princess, who seems to have it all, yet really has nothing. Her fate is not in her own hands. Instead, it is bound to an ancient magic she has no control over. She wants to rule the elves, yet must prove herself worthy before she is accepted. She also wants to find her mate, but after two thousand years, didn't hold much hope. Her existence has become mundane, and she craves something new. A routine assignment suddenly turns into something bigger that could ruin all of them. Is she strong enough to save the world and find her own happiness too? Can she change and help change the fate of the world with her?
Will is an orphan who has always been confused by his strangeness. He keeps himself apart, separate from those around him. A chance meeting with a remarkable woman changes everything. He not only learns about himself, but about a whole other world that he is a part of by birthright. However the father that abandoned him as an infant stands to ruin his future and the future of the world unless he can be stopped.
Will and Zanna must face loved ones who work against them and their past as well as find the strength to fight a bigger enemy and save the realms from evil. Can love, friendship, family, and acceptance defeat evil before it brings the realms crashing down? Can Zanna prove herself worthy to rule the kingdom?
It's time for another throwback from my Wedding Countdown comic for the Wednesday Webcomic. I am working on ideas for new comics come the new year!
Christmas is almost here and I have a steamy shifter short full of magic and more to help heat up a winter's night! Not So Silent Night is only .99 cents and free on Kindle Unlimited!
Anna is a lonely woman, running her dead grandmother's flower shop. She hates Christmas and could not feel more lost when a handsome and mysterious Russian, Alexander, walks into her shop and her life. Each has secrets that they are harboring. Just as their passion erupts, the good old boys in town threaten to ruin everything. Getting to know each other is tough for most couples, adding in magic does not make it any easier. Now with a pack of werewolves out to destroy them, things become intense. They find themselves in a fight for their lives. Can their newfound love give them the strength to win against this threat and trust in the future?
I am so honored that someone out there has the few horror shorts that I have out there and nominated me as a best of the best horror author in the Spunky and Sassy Best of the Best 2016 Awards! I do plan to write more horror and I am thrilled someone out there loves my writing! And just look, I am listed right above the horror master himself Stephen King! I don't even think that I can vote for myself with Stephen King there! Still, I am so honored to just be nominated! Click the link above if you would like to vote! Many categories to vote in!
Here is another throwback webcomic based on my actual wedding planning last year. I am hoping to start a new webcomic in the coming year, so be on the look out. In the meantime, enjoy!
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