Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My First Writing Workshop

I attended my first writing workshop on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the Reading Frenzy Bookshop in Zimmerman. It was phenomenal!

The presenters were Heather Savage, known as writer H.K. Savage, and owner of Staccato Publishing and C.S. Yelle, a published writer with Staccato Publishing.

Both of them gave a great presentation and answered a lot of questions about writing for the Young Adult/New Adult market and how to get published.

The price for the workshop was $10. That's right, ten bucks!

I felt I got ten times the value of the information presented there and it has sparked a fire in me to continue writing and get published this year.

I know in the past I've been fired up about getting my writing published in one way or another and I've actually seen my name in print in my local newspaper, Zimmerman Today.

But after not writing for most of 2012, I came to the realization I can't give this up.

It's who I am.

Writing for myself is not enough anymore. I need to publish and share what I have written with the world, whether I publish myself or go through an established publisher, like Staccato Publishing or Filbert Publishing.

I do have more than one area or genre I am interested in writing for and it's not I want to get rich and famous (although, my ego is currently imagining my interview with Oprah right now).

I want some credit, validation, some way of showing the world, "Here. I created this. This is for you." If it touches just one person, that will be enough for me. If I make a little money from doing what I love, it's just a bonus.

So, I will be working on my manuscripts (yes, I do have more than one), and will keep you updated with my progress here on my blog.

And if you have a chance to meet Craig (C.S. Yelle), or Heather, or want to find out more about them, check out their Facebook pages, purchase their books, read them and let them know what you think.

If you have a chance to take part in one of their book signings or another workshop they're a part of, I can promise you, you will not be disappointed!

Have a great Wednesday! I'm off to write.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

For My Mother

Today is my mother's birthday. I stopped over to her house after work to give her a card and some of her favorite danish (yes, I cheated a bit on the diet, but it was her birthday, after all).

We had coffee, talked, got caught up on the recent stuff and then had a bit of fried steak with her and my Dad and then left.

I wanted to share this because I am learning to feel grateful about all the people I have in my life that I care about. One of them, is of course my mother.

There are times when I love her so much it hurts. There are times she drives me nuts, and I'm sure I drive her nuts, too. Tree to Apple, I am my mother's daughter, some ways I don't want to admit, but I am.

I am grateful I still have my mother in my life. Always, even on the days when she and push the buttons on each other and get so frustrated at each other we could pull out our own hair in utter exasperation. But I am able to visit my Mom at her home, she is still in great health. She beat breast cancer and so far so good, it has not dared to come back. She raised me, my sister and my brother. She is a fabulous grandmother and she has aged beautifully through all the good times, the bad times and the sad times.

My birthday wish for my mother is for her to be happy. I want her to laugh more, to do more things for her own good as well as the good of the family. She needs to start living HER life, not living her life for everyone else. I want her to not ever have any regrets about what could have been instead of what was.

Happy Birthday, Mavis. I love you to the moon and back.


Friday, January 04, 2013

Happy New Year 2013!

It's been a year since I last posted.

Hard to believe but I have been really busy. Too busy to do much of anything except work 2 jobs and sleep. Just ask my honey. He doesn't see much of me anymore. I feel a lot like a passing ship when it comes to him. I am hoping to change that in 2013 by getting a job that will allow me to have more time, more freedom and make more money to make all of those things possible.

I was happy to let 2012 go. It was a really tough year. I lost a lot of people I cared and loved in 2012.

My grandmother, Ellen Crawford, passed in the spring after being in hospital.

Then my cousin Bobby Alcorn was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24 in June.

A few months later, my Uncle Keith Ashford died after being in the hospital for complications of a stroke. I miss them all.

Work consisted of me going from one job to the other with no time in between and barely any time off. I did take a week's vacation in September and went camping with my honey. Fishing wasn't the greatest but the weather was awesome and we both needed the time off.

We were blessed with another grandbaby in 2012. Easton Michael Milless was born on November 20, 2012. He is a handsome little boy and his sisters, Ava and Lilly are doing well. 

Right now, I am writing this on my first day off of 2013. My last full day off was the day after Christmas. My best present (other than the new tires I needed for my car I got from my honey) was my son, Alex, and his girlfriend, Ali, coming home to surprise us. Andy came home from Iowa and was able to spend Christmas with us, too, which was great.

The book we published in my last post sold a few copies, but we didn't make a fortune off of it. I did learn a lot from the experience of publishing it and plan to have a few other books added to the list to sell this year. I did get a new Kindle from my son for Christmas, which is awesome. I love being able to just read and have all those books on one little device. It's like holding a library in your hands.

I do love old fashioned books because I don't have to recharge them and can take them anywhere.

I know a lot of people are making resolutions. I have decided to embrace the idea of making commitments for 2013. I have listed them here:

Commitments for 2013

1. Give more time, love, energy, and prosperity to my honey in 2013. (Spoil him rotten!)

2. Be grateful and appreciative of each and every day I'm above ground.

3. Take my honey to Alaska to go fishing.

4. Publish my writing.

5. Lose 50 pounds or more.

6.  Make $25 an hour or more at one job.

7. Spend more quality time with my family, especially the kids and the grandkids.

I hope everyone has a fabulous 2013. I will be posting again very soon, well before 2014. :)