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

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.