Monday, December 30, 2013

I Did It!

I would like to take this moment to say: I AM A PUBLISHED AUTHOR!!
I have just published my first book, and I couldn't be more excited to share it with you all. This has been a dream several years in the running, and we FINALLY have lift off!

The Rooftops of London is about two women who have to overcome personal differences in order to move on to a promising future.
Joss has been alone for as long as she can remember. Surviving on the streets can be tough, but she's always been able to climb out of harms way. This was the life she expected to live, until she climbed in Lenora Worth's window.
Lenora has been looking for justice for a long time, and Joss might be the key to success.

Go download my book from to find out more!


Monday, December 9, 2013

Focus, Focus…

You know the hard part about being part of a community? Not losing your focus.

I’m a firm believer in doing what you can, where you can. I believe that people are more important than organizations and systems, and that doing what you can as an individual can make a more lasting impact than any organization.

However, like many people, I fall into the trap of being part of something greater than myself. I get lost in fixing “the system”, because “the system” stands for something greater, something bigger. and If we can just make “the system” work, the world will be a better place for everyone.

The simple fact is no system will ever be perfect. It is impossible to get a group of people to work completely in sync and toward the same goal, because everyone understands the goal differently. So fixing the system is completely impossible.

I’ve gotten caught up in systems, in details. So much so that I have neglected my people, and the needs I could provide for. This makes me a little sad with myself.

I am not promoting anarchy. Getting rid of the systems won’t help any more than getting caught up in them. The point is to focus on people.

No matter what, people have to come first.

Monday, December 2, 2013

November Recap:

Oh. My Heavens! November was C-razy.

Bad news first:

I did not, sadly, win NaNoWriMo this year (Sad face). I got to 26,000 the day before Thanksgiving, and wasn’t able to visit it again until Dec. 1st.
I did respectable though. I worked steadily every day, All month long. And what I have written has potential to be a full novel. Fingers crossed!

Regarding my first book, The Rooftops of London: I’ve gotten back almost all edits from my beta readers (Thank you ladies!) and am still on track for a New Years release!

In other news:

I spent a lovely holiday in my hometown. I got to snuggle on my grandparents, and my newest nephew. I saw a small handful of old friends, including the man who sparked my interest in the violin, AND the lovely lady who first taught me to play one!

I also found out that my hand-eye coordination is not as bad as first thought; I beat my cousin at bowling (three games out of four!) and I hit the target in shooting practice more often than I thought I would. I was quite impressed with myself.

I hunted through the old family library, hoping for our collection of L.Frank Baum books (Wizard of Oz) and was only able to locate ONE(Another sad face). BUT, I did find a small collection of Ellis Peters (The Cadfael mysteries) and Elizabeth Peters (The Amelia Peabody mysteries. Both series are exceptional, and I highly recommend them.

And last, but certainly not least: My brother reclaimed the record player we had growing up, and picked up a handful of records today, So I am currently getting serenaded by amazing, classic recordings of nursery rhymes! (Hey diddle, diddle is probably my favorite)

All in all, this month has been running me ragged. School kicking up for the kiddos, colds and flus abounding, and all around life sliding along the proverbial rollercoaster. But, we ended on a high note!
I would regal you with more high notes, but this blog is already long, and dinner is simmering.

Stay tuned for more news on my soon-to-be released FIRST novella, The Rooftops of London!