Monday, December 30, 2013

So, do you want to know what Absolved is about?


I realize I should have probably shared this a while ago, but here is a little more about Absolved and how it came to be.

Those that know me well know I’ve written since I was young.  I started writing stories shortly after I learned how to write.  I have some handwritten stories from when I was a little girl.  I have a picture of one on a previous blog post.  In high school I became interested in journalism, and was the editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper my senior year.  It was called the Haltom Image.  I have a scrapbook in my closet with clippings of every article, column, and editorial I wrote for that paper.  It was a lot of fun for me.

During my time in the Navy I didn’t write much other than journal entries.  I did start what I thought might be my first book while I was living in the barracks, but it never amounted to anything.  I wasn’t sure I would ever finish anything I started when it came to writing.

After being married and having my first child I really started to have the itch to write something again, and finish the project this time instead of just let it go.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write though.  The honest truth is that I sat on my couch one night while my husband was working and my little girl was sleeping, opened my laptop, and prayed.  I simply asked God to have me write something for His will and not mine.  And I started to write what became Absolved that night.

It’s short.  Technically a novella because it’s under 40,000 words.  And it’s ultimately about forgiveness.  My main character is a woman whose father abandoned her to start a new family in a new place, and this devastated her. She was only 12 when he left, and he had been her whole world.  Her heartbreak caused her to become a teenaged girl that sought the attention from the wrong kind of boys, and she wound up a pregnant 17-year-old.  The father of the baby told her she needed an abortion, and she listened to him.  She immediately regretted that decision but kept her feelings about it hidden for years.  So, she becomes an adult that carries the heavy weight of hating her father for leaving, and hating herself for aborting the unborn child that she dreams about at night.  The only way she can possibly be freed is both to forgive her Dad, and forgive herself.  Absolved tells the story of her process through this.

My manuscript has been read only by my publisher.  As excited as I am to be having a book published, I’m terrified at the same time.  I have a hard time even sharing this blog and soon many will read my first finished book.  It’s honestly scaring the heck out of me.

But it is happening, as surreal as it is.  And having someone say yes to Absolved has made me feel more confident that I can do this again, so I’m happily working on The Consequence.  I also have plans for a third book that I cannot wait to begin.

So there it is.  You know what’s interesting about this particular blog post?  It has taken me over an hour and a half to finish.  I’ve had a few interruptions from children.  This is just how I write, in very short increments.  It’s kind of funny actually.  Until next time…

 

 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

My new facebook account, and why my dog is a hero today.


You know what feels strange?  Setting up a facebook author page.  At the request of my publisher I did this recently.  It’s very bare right now, but it exists.  I understand this is an important marketing tool.  I am just not that skilled when it comes to social media, so it isn’t at all an easy process for me.  As of right now I have a total of zero likes.  Will you help me change that?  I promise it won’t always be such a boring page.  As my release date gets closer I’m sure I will have more to fill it with.  You can find this at www.facebook.com/christydecker83. 

And yes, I also set up a twitter account after I signed my publishing contract.  If you happen to be there, follow me! @christydecker83

My latest writing news is that my second book is nearly at 13,000 words.  I had a rough couple of weeks that included my husband, children, and I getting the flu, or that word count would be higher.  This is the first year in probably a decade that I didn’t get my flu shot.  Lesson learned.  

In very random news, some type of unknown predator tried to kill my chickens this morning, but was unsuccessful.  I have our dog Achilles to thank for this.  We had a massacre that involved a raccoon in the past.  This had to be a cat that got into our yard…or perhaps a hawk swooped down and tried to hurt a chicken?  As I said, I can’t be sure.  All I know is that around 8 am it sounded like a chicken was dying. (You will just have to trust that this is a very distinctive sound.)  I immediately let Achilles out and it quieted down.  I went outside, saw a bunch of feathers, and thought for sure at least one chicken was dead.  I couldn’t find them all.  The chicken that lost a few feathers is fine, the other chickens had hidden but are also okay, and whatever was in our yard was scared off by Achilles.  He was given some extra bacon treats today.  Thanks, Achilles.

Now I must take advantage of the quiet in my home and get to working on The Consequence.  I’ll be around for another blog post before too long.

 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Update on book #2, and what I'm reading now.

I really am trying to update this blog more now.  Obviously it isn't easy to find the time.  I also still really need to write the acknowledgements for Absolved, and send it to my publisher.  I've just been so anxious to work on my second book that when I find the time to write, it is all that I work on.

"The Consequence" is now over 10,000 words.  Oh, it made me smile to hit this mark.  At this rate I will definitely have it finished before a year...maybe even half that time if I can keep this up!  It has still been fun to write, so I think I can. 

Tonight I was able to sneak in a little over 200 words while my husband and kids watched a Disney movie.  It's nice to get work done before they sleep, this way, I can get some rest too!  As I've written in a previous blog, the majority of my writing is done at night while they sleep.

Alright.  I wanted to start sharing the books I read with you all.  I recently finished "Edna in the Desert", by Maddy Lederman.  It was released by my publisher, eLectio Publishing.  I recommend it, it's light-hearted, and made me laugh.  It is a story of a 13-year-old girl with an attitude problem that is sent to live in the desert with her Grandparents to help straighten her out.  If you're interested, check it out!  http://www.amazon.com/Edna-Desert-Maddy-Lederman/dp/0615884733/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387076974&sr=1-1&keywords=edna+in+the+desert


Now I've just begun "To Sense Worth" by .EF Clark.  I bought this from The Book Spot in Round Rock, it is a signed copy.  (By the way, The Book Spot is also going to be selling my book, so you should check them out if you're close by!)  This book is really interesting.  It is a story told from the perspective of a penny minted in 1909.  Check this one out too!  http://www.amazon.com/Sense-Worth-EF-Clark/dp/1460995546/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387077059&sr=1-1&keywords=to+sense+worth+.ef+clark

You know what I am going to do now?  Watch some television with my husband.  So....this is it for now.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

6,000 words in a month: pathetic?

Working on my second book and another couple of sentences will put me at 6,000 words.  I started it about a month ago.  To some, this might not seem like much.  However I am the full time mother of four kids aged four and under....so for me, this number isn't too bad.

People have asked when I have time to write.  Ha!  I don't.  I stay up late to write.  I miss out on sweet, precious sleep to do it.  Even then I'm often interrupted by a waking child.  All I can say is THANK GOODNESS FOR COFFEE IN THE MORNING.  And in the afternoon.  Coffee is my survival.

So, a little about the new book.  Surprisingly this one already has a title.  It's had a title for about a year and a half now, when I thought of the idea for the story.  It's called "The Consequence", and it involves a couple whose lives are turned upside down by infidelity.  Originally I was going to make the male the cheater, but right before I began writing, I thought it would be more interesting to have the female be the unfaithful character.  This project is so very different from my first!  However I am seriously enjoying writing it and am excited to see where it will go.  I set a goal for myself of finishing within a year.  It would be amazing if I could finish in even less time, so I'm truly hoping for that to happen.  Time will tell.

Not shocking, but I have to tend to the nine-month-old now who is crying in his crib.  I'll be back again soon.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sick kids, and the new book.

Literally, as I type right now, a 22 month old is asleep on me.  It has been a rough few days for our family.  Diarrhea, vomiting, fevers.  This little one had diarrhea eleven times today.  Eleven.  So we are checking her throughout the night to be sure she isn't doing it in her sleep...and of course the last time I checked her, she woke up.  She wanted to be held and I can't blame her so I just brought her in the living room with me. 

Before that, I was working on my second book.  I'm just over 3500 words.  It's called The Consequence, and it is about a relationship that gets turned upside down by infidelity.  I'm really enjoying writing it.  I do still hope I can finish this one in under a year, but days like today, I doubt my timeline.  I am, afterall, taking care of my four children full time.

I do hope with all my heart I am able to one day call writing a source of income for my family.  To be paid for what I enjoy, that is the dream, right?  I just also have to say at the same time, however, that being a mother is enough. 

Even on these days when I'm cleaning up after sick kids, I am grateful for them.  I understand how great a privilege it is to be a parent.  I do not take it lightly, and they will never take a back seat to anything I do, and this includes writing. 

So.  If I have to stay up late to write, and it takes another three years to write a short book, so be it.

My sick baby is awake.  I will blog again later.




Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Save the date of April 8th!

I've officially signed a contract with eLectio Publishing.  The tentative release date for my book is April 8th, 2014. 

The website for eLectio Publishing is http://www.electiopublishing.com/.

The title of my book is Absolved.  Can you guess by that title that it has a major theme of forgiveness?  Well, it does.  I believe my book will appeal to anyone who has ever struggled with the concept of forgiving and moving on from past grief and hurt. 

I do hope you'll check it out.  It will be available to purchase in paperback from my publisher's site after the release, but I believe the easiest way to purchase will be on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or iTunes. 

I do want to write more right now.  However, an almost two year old is currently screaming.  Of course.  I will be back again soon. 



Saturday, November 16, 2013

Update, and just some current thoughts I want to share.

No, I haven't signed yet.  Still waiting on an attorney.  I really should sign by the end of next week.  I am looking forward to getting the ball rolling on my book!

I wanted to share something.  This picture is of a story I wrote in 1992.  I was nine.  For whatever reason, I still have it.  It's just three pieces of paper stapled together.


I actually tell a variation of this story to my kids now.  They love it! 

Looking at this story, thinking of the series of events that have happened recently, I almost wish I would have been a little more confident about my writing before.  I've been so secretive about it. Family and friends have been wondering why they had no clue I was even writing a book.  I doubted myself even though the truth is I really enjoy writing.  A little part of me has known I will never stop writing.... and of course a big part of me hoped I would do what I've done, finish a book. 

So.  I hope I haven't offended those closest to me that haven't known I was working on a book.  It was something that was easier to keep to myself than to let on.  As excited as I am about getting published, there is still a part of me that is terrified.  Now I'll be opening myself up to a LOT of criticism!  I realize this is an inevitable, necessary part of the process.  And I'm ready for it.  I think.

I'm motivated to do more now.  I've started my second book, it's not anything like my first, but I'm really excited about it.  My goal is to finish this one in less than a year.  Then I want to have it published as well.  I want to write and publish books until I'm too old to do so. 

Now it's out there.  I want to do this.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Contract is here. Not signed yet, but here.

I have a contract from eLectio Publishing.  I am almost certain I am going to sign!  I just want to be safe and still haven't had it looked over by an attorney so I am waiting for that. 

Also, I have started a new book that I am really excited about!  I am going to try and get this one finished in less time than my first.  I have a little more confidence now that I may have a publishing deal now and I just want to write and write and write and get my work out there. 

This is an exciting time, but a scary one as well.  I have no idea what I'm doing and I am going to actually have to market my work if I want it to sell.  They say the real work begins when your book is finished, and I believe that. 

So.  Here is what it looks like when I try to write around here.  My three year old happens to be napping near me. 


Yes, my laptop is missing keys. This is what happens when you live in a house with four kids aged four and under. They tend to try and destroy things.  It still works though, so we're good.

I'll update again soon, hopefully next time with a picture of me signing a publishing contract!!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

I think I'm actually going to have to share this blog now.

My absence from this blog is mostly due to the fact that my kids tend to consume my days and nights.  I am not complaining, I want these little distractions.  I love them.  :)  I do, however, have to find more time to get back to this blog, and to even possibly put myself out there now...because...
I MAY BE GETTING A BOOK DEAL.  Whew.  Can't believe it's true.  Here is a brief update on my life of writing right now....
As you know from the last blog post that was written FOREVER ago, I finished my book.  I did start querying agents.  I had a lot of rejection.  Something kept me going though...
Over a month ago I decided to write to some small publishing companies that were accepting unsolicited manuscripts from authors.  Last week, an email came to me from one of the publishers.  It wasn't a rejection.  It was a request for a phone conversation.  Next day, spoke on the phone with someone from this company for almost an hour.  The result of the phone call?  THEY ARE SENDING ME A CONTRACT THIS UPCOMING WEEK.  I'll be having a lawyer look over everything...and if all is well, I will sign!!
I want to give more details, but I also want to wait until the contract is here.  I promise this time not to take as long to update. 
I have to get back to a messy house and four kids that need me.  I just want to say this last thing today....
I do not think it is a coincidence that I was enrolled in the brown scapular recently, have been praying a daily rosary and now I may possibly have the dream I've dreamed since I was a little girl come true.  Thank you Jesus and Mary, I hope to glorify you in every thing that I do.