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Making Plans

Once the redesign/reboot is finished, I’m hoping to blog more regularly. I can’t make any promises due to the nature of depression, but I will try.

I want to post at least twice a week, and preferably three or more times per week. I’m not yet sure what I will post about, and whether the posts will be more personal or business in nature. As an author blog, I’d like to have a mix of both, but have the focus be towards the business end. I may have to take a poll to learn what people want to see from me.

In addition to the normal posts, I am also hoping to post at least one story per month. Most of these will be flash fiction (500 words or less). Some may be longer, depending, of course, on inspiration and ideas.

Oh, and just as a warning: politics is likely to come up at some point. Which should come as no surprise given the state of things in my country, the United States. Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook already know where I stand as I am not remotely silent on the issues there (especially Twitter).

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Rebooting in 3… 2…

It’s been so long since I posted anything here that I’ve decided to do a reboot of this blog. Within the next week, I will be redesigning and reformatting this blog. I will be designing a header image, though that may take me longer than a week as my digital art talents leave much to be desired. I may also design some other graphics for the blog, but I haven’t decided yet. I’ll have to see how long it takes me to make a header I like.

Sorry for my extended absence. Depression has been kicking my butt big time. And when depression wasn’t kicking my butt, anxiety and fear were. I’ve told many people about my depression, including on Facebook, but I tend to not talk about it too much. Sharing it with a new audience always makes me nervous and afraid. How will people react? Will they shun me? Will they think I’m crazy? Or will they understand? It’s nerve-wracking.

Long Time, No Blog

Wow, has it been a while! The past few months – okay, nearly six months – have been… interesting. I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life, not the least of which is my having become an aunt again. My newest niece was born just before Christmas. She’s had some health issues, but seems to be improving as of late. (Fingers crossed this continues!) That’s my biggest and best news. As for the rest, well, read on…

I am clinically depressed, have been for many years. And once or twice a year – at least for the past few years – it likes to jump up and bite me on the bum. That happened a bit less than a week after my last post. I’m just now pulling myself back out of that pit fully. It’s a long, hard climb. I’ve had more than a few false starts since last fall. Some days, I’ve felt almost normal. Others… It’s been a chore to even wake up. But! I’m putting all that behind me now. I am determined not to let depression win. I will come out on top. I will!

 

And now, on to some news…

  • I have been published! My short story, “Soul Call”, is in the anthology, Romancing the Story, which released on December 23rd. Currently, it is only available for kindle. I don’t yet know if there are plans to release it in other formats. I will let you all know when I know.
  • As a part of my effort to defeat depression, I am doing more writing. I want to start writing one short story a week. (Okay, more than one. One that I plan to post here.) I’m going to attempt to use the Flash Fiction Challenges that Chuck Wendig (warning: strong language – and lots of it) posts on his blog every Friday. I won’t use these every week, but I will do at least two a month. This week’s challenge is to write a story using 100 words or less. Wish me luck.
  • I am going to start a regular blogging schedule. I will post every week on Tuesday and Friday. My plan is to post a story every Friday. The Tuesday posts will be varied, and may be random gibberish. Hopefully not, but there is that chance. If I have nothing to talk about that week, well, random gibberish it is!

Final Cover Reveal

I’ve been sitting on this for a while now, not too sure why… But here goes:

The final cover for the Romancing the Story anthology has been revealed. The names of the seventeen authors are arranged around the outside edge now. I think it looks pretty cool.

Final cover for Romancing the Story anthology

Did you notice where my name is on the cover? Right at the top, in the middle! Seeing that made my day. Oh, who am I  trying to kid? It made my week!

Still no news on a release date. I’ll let you know once I do.

I’m Going to Be Published!

I’ve been meaning to start a professional blog for some time now, but never had the motivation. Then something awesome happened. Just over a week ago (on Friday, 25 July), I received an email from the sponsors of a romance short story contest I entered earlier in the month. My story is one of twenty that will be published in the upcoming anthology, Romancing the Story.

I’ve been telling everyone I know for the past week! It would be an understatement to say I am merely excited – I’m ecstatic! I’m actually going to have a story published! (Also, I like exclamation marks. And smileys, though I’ll try and keep both to a minimum.)

My story, “Soul Call”, is a fantasy romance with a paranormal twist. My specialty.