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Embrace Your Journey

My, oh, my…  has 2015 been full of unexpected twists and turns.

First, I rang in the new year with the excitement of working with a publisher.

Second, the hard decision of postponing my publish date.

Third, another hard decision of leaving my publisher. I haven’t written about this or made a huge announcement about it. It was a very personal decision on how I want to go about writing, editing, and publishing my book. I may share more later, but as of right now, I’ll just say I’m looking at my options. No matter what, my goal is a Fall 2016 release.

Fourth, the choice my husband and I made to sell our house in South Carolina and permanently move to Vermont. That moved along faster than we ever thought. Our house sold two weeks after putting it on the market, and as of October, 6th, we’ll be headed to Vermont to start a new chapter in our life.

Fifth, I reached out to my free lance editor, and we’ve made an agreement to move forward as a team. My deadline to have The Christmas Key to her is at the end of October. I’m so happy to be working with her again. I see many wonderful things happening in the future and my plans for this book have been taken to a new level.

Sixth, I’ve made a rough sketch for my NaNoWriMo story and I plan on making a few more so I’ll have a choice of which story I want to write. I’d like to go outside my comfort zone and NaNo is always a perfect time to try something new. It seems that’s what 2015 is all about, so why not embrace it in a new story?

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last eight months, it’s to not fight what life is trying to send my way. The best way to grow, learn, and enjoy life is to seize it in its entirety– the smooth parts, the rough spots, the twists, and turns. The mixture and blending of life experiences is what it’s all about.

Don’t forget to look out the window while on your journey. There might be a fun side street you’d like to explore.  

Until next time…

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A Return to Words

Writing and editing– they’ve been somewhat absent from my life lately. Honestly, they haven’t been a priority. Life has been full of other pressing matters and I’m not one who’s good at being creative when my mind is swarming with large life issues. I wish I was better at that, but there are times when fiction has to take a back seat to real life. I’d hate to sacrifice the quality of my story because I forced the words and/or edited while my mind was a million miles away.

Now that the big decisions have been made (reference my last post), I’m beginning to feel the pull of my characters and they’re demanding I pay them attention. I’ve sporadically been working on The Christmas Key and I’ve been tinkering with a new story– taking notes, jotting down characters, and scenarios– which feels good. I can see the new story growing legs and I think it’ll be my NaNoWriMo project this November.

I’ve had people ask me about the status of The Christmas Key. I’m still shooting for a fall 2016 publish date. As of right now, I don’t see that changing, and I’m dedicated to make it happen. So, stay tuned.

I have a feeling this next week will be full of words and ideas, and I have to say, nothing pleases me more than to feel the need of a pen in my hand.

I’ll keep you posted.

Until next time…

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Filed under July 2015