Archive for May, 2013

This week’s edition of The Sunday Seven has been brought to you by: Procrastination. Because I should be editing my book right now, not blogging.  😉

Okay, sarcasm aside, I really should be editing right now, so it’s gonna be short and sweet. Here we go!

1. My daughter got baptized today! This was a hugely awesome thing for her (she’s 5) and she was so pumped. Got a really cute video of the whole thing. Priceless. I cherish and revel in these moments. Thank you, God for making me her mommy.

2. Went to the drive-in movies this weekend; haven’t done that in forever!! It was a double feature night, Epic and the Croods, and my daughter’s first time at a drive in. (“You mean I really get to watch the movie sitting in the car? Like, for real?”)

3. We finally cleaned up the dog pens in our backyard today. I don’t feel like we have the redneck trashy house in the neighborhood anymore! hehe!

4. I’ve worked on my book a lot this week. I’m really beginning to have a love/hate relationship with it; I just hope readers won’t. :/

5. I have cleaned my house TWICE this week. That is so huge for me! I wish I could just say I’m becoming a super homemaker extraordinaire, but unfortunately that’s just not true. We have family coming over tomorrow. Have to make it look like I do something since I’m home all day.

6. The weather has been great this week, so I have spent a lot of time outdoors. My ghostly white skin thanks me for this.

7. I have caught up on all of the Duck Dynasty episodes that I have missed and finally watched the series finale of The Office. That is all.

So, there you have it. The Sunday Seven. BAM- just like that. Back to editing now.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Hope your long weekend is awesome!

Until next time. . .

TLS

Oh, it’s one of those nights. One of those dreaded and all too frequent nights where I’m staring at my nearly complete manuscript and thinking: I can never be a writer. This is awful. I have done too much “tell” instead of “show”. My dialogue is shoddy. Too many phrases end in “she said”. There are too many adverbs. The plot doesn’t flow. Etc., etc. and so on and so forth.

Then, literally, a few minutes later (usually while I’m checking out some other author’s blog or success story) I’m like, “Hey,” <<(in my best Uncle Si voice)  “I can do this, Jack!” I could be a writer. My story is pretty good for a first timer. The characters have been in my head for so long, I know them pretty well. There are witty parts, there are intense parts, there is plenty to draw the reader in. It ends in a cliffhanger, paving the way for a sequel. You so got this. Write on you literary genius! 😉

I never would have guessed when I flipped my laptop open a few months ago that I would have been jumping on this crazy roller coaster ride of emotions. At the heart of all of this lies a passion to be an author. I want more than anything to publish a book and have reader’s (other than my immediate family and friends) actually enjoy it. Not to find deep spiritual meaning in it, or to have it win numerous awards, but to simply be enjoyed. 

You know, as I’m getting ready to self-publish my first book ever, my emotions are all over the board. That feeling of failure…though I’m not really sure what the failure would be in this case, a bad review??…grips me every single day. I am a codependent person, so I constantly worry about putting myself out there. The dumbest things have gone through my mind during this “becoming an author” process. For example, what if my husband thinks the book is stupid? What if my own mother hates it? What if someone writes a review and says it was the worst book they have ever read? What if my old classmates find it and I’m the laughing stock at my ten year reunion? 

I know, even if any of those scenarios happened, it still wouldn’t be the end of the world. I could still write, still teach, still move on with my life. So why does it often feel like those things are mountains sitting directly in my path to publication?

So, all of those insecure ramblings have led me to this revelation: I’m going to publish this puppy. I’m uploading the book for my birthday; this is a gift to ME. If people don’t like it, don’t think it’s any good, so be it.

I WROTE A BOOK! I…..TAYLOR….ME….I WROTE A BOOK!

I’m totally saying it like this, by the way:

So, I’m going to publish it, revel in it, and get a pedicure to celebrate! I accomplished something significant and regardless of one’s opinion of it, no one can ever take that away from me.

Until next time…

TLS

Oklahoma

Posted: May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized
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As I write this even now, my heart is so heavy for all of those in Oklahoma affected by the storms. Having lived in Oklahoma nearly my entire life, I am certainly no stranger to the fact that tornadoes are always a deadly possibility during storm season; yet it still doesn’t seem  to numb the pain that I know the victims must me feeling. I have watched countless news stories since yesterday recapping the horrendous events that unfolded. How awful if must have been for those parents that sent their babies off to school to never have them return. How sickening it must have been to head off to work, earning a living to pay for your home, the very home that you came back to find in ruins. I cannot even begin to process what each and every person must be going through. I have wracked my brain countless times, trying to sort out the “why’s” and “what’s” of it all. Honestly, there are no fathomable answers, so I am left with only a few thoughts:

Pray. 

Pray for every individual impacted. If there is one thing I have learned in life, it is that God can take even the most terrible situations and turn them into something great. Sometimes it may seem that there is no hope, but when you turn it over to God, he makes a way. As long as we are on Earth, we are bound to see bad things happen to undeserving and often times innocent people. Such is life. Pray.

Serve.

Find some way that you can serve these families in need. There are multiple ways to give in monetary form trending right now (think Red Cross) but also lots of local organizations coming together to provide resources to those in need. I challenge everyone to reach out to those hurting- instill some hope in them.

With those thoughts, I’m finished tonight. Heading off to bed to thank God for all of my blessings tonight. Though I often take things for granted, I know that there is so, so much I have to be thankful for. In fact, I think before I make my way to my bed in the home I am so thankful for, I think I’ll tiptoe into my little one’s room and give her one more kiss goodnight.

Until next time. . . 

 

TLS

The Sunday Seven

Posted: May 20, 2013 in Sunday Seven
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Here it is: The Sunday Seven, round 2! Go!

1. I have been battling allergies this week in a serious way. NyQuil and I have gotten to know each other pretty well the last few nights. It is absolutely miserable being sick with flu-like symptoms when it is nearly 100 degrees outside. To top it off, my little one has been allergy-ish too. Blech.

2. I went to my first writing group today with a group of local authors. It was nice talking about all things writing. There’s something about being in a room with people who totally get what you’re up doing til the wee hours of the morning that is refreshing. I’ll admit, I felt a little embarrassed talking about my writing at first, but everyone was so genuinely nice that I warmed up quickly.

3. I have gotten some great beta feedback this week on my book which is super refreshing. I’ve had serious doubts about it lately and have even considered scrapping the entire thing. Finally, I came to my senses and decided to hold on a little longer. Self-pubbing as a birthday gift sounds like a wonderful idea. (June 8 will be here before I know it!)

4.  I got a promotion at work!! Woo hoo! ‘Nuff said, right?!

5. I got to visit a local teacher’s supply store this week, which is always therapeutic for me. The downside of the store, though, is that it is partly a toy store also, so if I have to go in there with the little one, chaos ensues shortly. This time, the little one and the hubs were out on a date, so I got to leisurely stroll about. It was great, I bought an organizational calendar for our spare room/classroom and bought a standardized test prep book for my little one. Strangely enough, she was thrilled about it, (she’s 5, what can I say?) so we’re gonna start doing some workbook pages tomorrow. I so love that she is still little enough to get excited about learning new things. Note to self: cherish these moments.

6. We had a cookout at the park on Saturday with my brother and sis-in-law. Even though it was dreadfully HOT, we still managed to have a great time. So glad they are back home. 🙂 Because of this outing, we are also now the proud owner of a new pet tadpole. :/ I don’t even wanna talk about it.

7. And finally, the last random bit about my week, I think I have decided that I would like to volunteer at the church nursery. I have been trying to find a place where I can plug in and serve, and I think the nursery just may be it. I may change my mind once I get in there, but we shall see. 😉

 

So, there you have it! The Sunday Seven! It wasn’t even much of a challenge to come up with this time! Hope my consistence continues!

 

Until next time…

 

TLS

So, I started this blog with great intentions. I planned to maintain it regularly, to vent when frustrated, to reach out to other writers, and to finally push myself to put something “out there”. Yeah, well…I’m a slacker, what can I say?

In all honesty, I have actually been putting my time to use. I submitted the first draft of my debut novel TRUSTED to Createspace so I could order a proof. It’s not entirely finished, but submitting it and ordering a proof was much cheaper than buying a new ink cartridge for my printer, so I decided to order one and edit it that way. Holding a book in my hand with my name as the author is beyond amazing, even if it still needs some work. I was overjoyed when I first saw it, but immediately stashed it into secrecy so no one would ever see my unfinished work. Not my child. Not my husband. NO ONE. I should really work on that. :/

Aside from my venture into self-publishing, I am contemplating writing the follow-up to my first book, which will be titled DESTINED. I have a couple of chapters saved already, but would like to really dig in.

So, yeah. This post is pretty random and doesn’t really serve a purpose, but I know I will feel super accomplished after I hit “Publish Post”. 🙂

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to read it and follows me…I’m new to this realm of blogging but I hope you’ll join me on the start of my writing adventure.

Until next time. . .

 

TLS