May 22, 2013

Relax

Buffalo Mountain  Frisco, CO

Buffalo Mountain
Frisco, CO

Relax.

Huh, what? Relax. But I got deadlines, kids need to be fed, bills paid, lawn mowed… The list goes on and on. But sometimes you do need to take the time and relax. Smell the roses, walk in the rain, chill.

Chilling always you to refuel and not racing full force into a heart attack. I had a hard day today. Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork. I wasn’t the only one buried with mounds of paper and fighting with an uncooperative computer program. My fellow teachers clenched their teeth and threatened to have a burning party on unwanted paperwork. But we didn’t.

One teacher plans to run in the Boulder, Boulder and another one is going on a lake vacation. Me, I’m looking forward to buying summer flowers and taking Sadie for walks. Might not be exciting but it’s down time.

But the day is over. On the drive home, I listened to music, thought about dinner and a movie. Jaws, yup. And a cold one.

I know I should be editing, behind on edits, but I need to rest for a minute. Calm down. Chill. Finish my book and rejuvenate.

What about you? What do you do to relax?

May 19, 2013

Guilt: Should Have Been There

Picture by ambernwest

Picture by ambernwest

Yesterday, I had some sad news about a friend and I felt guilty I wasn’t there for her. I should have been there for her. Finances kept me from going on a trip and although she was there with friends, she got sick and had to go to the hospital. I’m not sure if she went alone or not, but I know I would have gone with her.

She’s doing okay, but the happy glint in her eyes is missing. I gave her hug when I saw her and offered support. We’re meeting next week. She’s changed her life and I know she’ll make it. Sometimes life is hard and we don’t have answers to the question why. I know I ask this a lot when I see my friends, family or even strangers hurting.

My church says God only gives you what you can handle. Is this true? When I look at my friends who have had cancer, lost a child, were raped, I sit back and look at this question. Yes, they have survived. Yes, they did handle it. But at what cost?
They’ve changed. How could you not? But I know they’re stronger, tougher. I want to be there for them. My friends amaze me. They tough it out through the jungle and survive. I know my friend will too. She’s special. She’s a trooper. She’s a woman.

April 30, 2013

Ryker’s Revenge

Ryker’s Revenge should be released this week. It’s the sequel to the Healer.

I’m excited this week for two reasons. First, Ryker’s Revenge the sequel to Healer is being released. This is Gunnar’s story and like Armond, he’s on a path of self-discovery. He doesn’t always make the right choices and digs himself a mess that only he can climb out of. My editor told me the story made her cry three times. Yes, I’ve got some tear jerky scenes in this one along with some action fighting. Of course, Rusty would say I’m being a wuss. Yes, Rusty’s back too.

My second excitement is that I’m finally done with my master’s program from Regis University and will be graduating this weekend. This is actually the fourth time I’ve walked in a graduating line: once with high school, then undergraduate school and then graduate (My Master of Social Work). It’s been three and half years. Yes, I took my time. I wasn’t going to walk, but my family and friends told me I had to because it’s a great accomplishment. It is a great accomplishment and now that its settling in that I’m finished, I’m glad I listened to them.

I feel like Regis gave me the foundations to writing, but I’m not done, not by a long shot. Writing like social work is always changing and I still have alot to learn.

Any big news with you?

April 1, 2013

Ryker’s Revenge

Ryker's Revenge

This is the sequel to Healer and will be released within the next couple of weeks.

I’m very excited to announce Ryker’s Revenge will be released soon. This is the sequel to Healer and this is Gunnar’s story. I’ve introduced some new characters, including Gunnar’s sister, Karah. I’d love to hear from what you think of this book.

January 6, 2013

Holidays Are Gone

I took the Christmas Tree down today, put away the ornaments and fought putting the tree back into the bag. Holidays seem to come and go so quickly. Now, the house looks bare, except for a little wooden bear that I have. The bear hangs on the wall and his decorations change for each major event. Instead of Christmas, he is wearing his cold winter clothes, not that Colorado has had much winter.

I’m hoping that Colorado will get some snow. We need it so desperately, especially the ski areas. Besides, I look forward to the snow when schools close and I get to hole up in my house with my little dog and write.

What about you? Have you put away all your holiday decorations?

January 2, 2013

New Year’s Resolutions

I know every year we make promises to make resolutions which are hard to keep. Every year, I make smart goals, not resolutions. Smart goals are concrete, measurable and time limited. In January, I re-evaluate what I accomplished last year and what I did not achieve. I’m happy to say that this year, I did reach some of my writing goals and am determined to reach more goals this year.
Anyone can write smart goals which help you be accountable. I challenge you to take any of your goals and write them into a smart goal. One of my smart goals for this year is that I will outline the third book of the Healer series by May 30, 2013. I have both a deadline and a reachable goal. I could become more specific and describe the method I plan to use to write the outline. When I write an outline, I use the Working W which is a plot process to outline the goals, motivations and conflicts of my characters. My smart goal would now be: I will use the Working W to write an outline for the third book of the Healer series by May 30,2013. This is concrete, time limited and measurable. What goals would you like to achieve this year? Can you put them into a smart goal?

November 3, 2012

November – National Novel Writing Month

November is one of my favorite times of the year due to National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo urges writers to write 50,000 words and I have achieved this twice, one of the those books, was the Healer. I look forward to this challenge every year and hope to achieve it this year.

November is also the month of giving thanks. Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and this year, I have a lot to give thanks for. Featherweight Press published my first book, Healer and has contracted to publish the sequel, Ryker’s Revenge. I have a wonderful family and friends. What are you thankful for? Would love to know.

September 16, 2012

Online Blog Tour Begins

I am participating in an online blog tour for the next fourteen days. This includes free giveaways. So, check each site, each day to see if you can win a free copy of my release, Healer, and other items. I hope to hear from you!

9/18/2012, Tuesday, The Bunny’s Review
http://bunnysreview.com/

9/19/2012, Wednesday, Debbie McMullen Review
http://www.debbie-jean.com/

9/19/2012, Wednesday, The Insane Writings of a Crazed Writer
http://www.jessekimmelfreeman.com/blog.html

9/20/2012, Thursday, Night Owl Reviews
http://www.nightowlreads.org/

9/21/2012, Friday, I Just Want to Sit Here and Read
http://www.sithereandread.com/

9/24/2012, Monday, The Avid Reader
http://www.jessekimmelfreeman.com/blog.html

9/25/2012, Tuesday, Rea’s Reading and Reviews
http://reasreadingandreviews.blogspot.com/

9/27/2012, Thursday, Miraculous!
http://thestephanieloves.blogspot.com/

9/27/0212, Thursday, Sharing Links and Wisdom
http://sharinglinksandwisdom.blogspot.com/

9/28/2012, Dana Square
http://www.danasquare.blogspot.com/

September 12, 2012

Ryker’s Revenge

I’m very excited. My publisher, Featheweight Press, has bought the sequel to Healer, Ryker’s Revenge, and plans on releasing it sometime next year. Ryker is the leader of the Dark Demons, and creates a weapon, a Catalan dragon tattoo, that can destroy a Golden Demon. Once painted on a Golden Demon, the dragon comes alive and its poison seeps into the Golden Demon. Once bitten, a dead demon blood soaks into the victim who experiences a slow painful death. Armond, the Golden Demon Healer, is powerless to stop it. Only, Gunnar, the Dark Demon Healer, has the capability to stop the poison and the ability to kill the dragon. But if he choses to do this and save the Golden Demons, who he now loves, he turns against his father and risks never gaining his father’s love and endure a life of a torture.

I will keep you posted on the progress of Ryker’s Revenge.

June 10, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman is a dark paranormal story. I had hoped for a romance, but this is about justice and healing. The tale eludes Snow White may have a suitor with Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman and Sam Clafin’s William and leaves you, wondering who will emerge as the man who wakes Snow White.
Kristen Stewart’s Snow White wants to escape from the evil queen, Charlize Theron, and restore the dying kingdom’s beauty. She is locked in a tower ever since the Queen kills her father. Theron is a convincing queen with her lust to remain young at any cost. The movie reveals why the Queen is evil and creates some sympathy from the audience.
Stewart pales in comparison until the end of the story and shows some spunk to reclaim her crown. She is not able display emotion like Theron. Between Snow White and the Queen, the Queen is by far a more interesting character.
Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman is a more complex character. He does not always choose the right path and drowns in alcohol, but he shows more of a character arc than Stewart and Theron. Throughout the movie, Hemsworth reminds me of a young Brad Pitt, but he leaves his own mark.
The story sometimes drags, but there is enough action and twists – the dwarves, the mirror and the apple – to warrant a ticket to watch this movie.