General Updates

On Vacation — Well Recovery

I just wanted to write and let everyone know that tomorrow I will be having surgery on my left wrist for carpal tunnel issues and so may not be posting anything for a while.  I didn’t want anyone to think I just disappeared or forgotten my readers. Nope! Still here, just will be in recovery phase for a few weeks and then back to writing which will be great. Maybe I’ll actually be able to feel the pen in my hand and the keys of the keyboard under my fingers a little better. lol.

Well, off to get a snack and then do what I can today because after surgery tomorrow morning, I won’t be able to do much for the next few weeks. Good time to get some reading done!

God bless!

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A Daughter's Reflection

A Daughter’s Reflection – New Changes

After praying, and getting feedback from other writers I have decided to scrap A Daughter’s Reflection as it stands as a memoir and turn it into a fictional piece albeit based on true events. I feel by telling my story this way, I can better fill in any gaps of my story as it is now, as well as delve deeper into some areas I could not do with the nonfiction area. Going fiction will also remove any concerns of family members getting upset with me or taking offense to anything I have to say. So in a way, I still get to tell my story even if God and I are the only ones who know what is truth from fiction.

The title of the book will probably be changing. I am hoping by the time I post again I will have a new title for you as well as introduce you to the main characters.

Today I plan on working on the character sheets and story arc. I have several ideas so I best get going before I lose them!

Chat at ya again soon!

Have a great day! 🙂

A Daughter's Reflection

A Daughter’s Reflection – Book Changes & In Question of Ever Publishing

In my last post I talked about reading the book The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story before finishing my book, A Daughter’s Reflection, for release on Amazon.

Well, today I have gone through the book and it has confirmed several points I had roaming in the back of my mind such as:

1) How would my family and friends feel if they discovered I used their real names? Would they be upset? (I really don’t want to upset anyone nor do I want to live in anxiety and fear of the possibility that someone “could” get upset.)

2) Would they be upset that I published my story of caring for our mother, feeling that it was personal and no one else should know about it.

3) I was also concerned about gaps in my journal entries. The journal entries work well in telling my story, but there were times when I had not written anything in days so there were large gaps from one incident to another. I fear these gaps may leave my story lacking.

So I guess, two conclusions result of this:

1) I change the story to a more fictional account of what happened…

or

2) I never publish my story….

but am I content with never sharing my story? And I am asking myself, why do I feel it is so important? Do I really need to do this? Do I think anyone would really be interested in this story of a teenage girl who suddenly ends up her mother’s caretaker until her mother’s death four months later? Would be people be interested in how a teenager handled and sought to recover from such loss? Or are people more interested in reading fiction and reading things that take them away from the harsh realities of this world? Would I rather write fiction, myself, and not delve into my past of truths to share my story because it might still be painful?

I cannot honestly answer these questions without thinking further about them. And I cannot answer some of the questions because I do not know what other people think or prefer for reading material.

Some things I must think about…

I am open to any thoughts and suggestions anyone might have.

Thanks for reading!

A Daughter's Reflection

A DAUGHTER’S REFLECTION – RELEASE DELAY

A couple of days ago I had just about finished writing A Daughter’s Reflection and was going to re-release it on Amazon. However, I started reading The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story and it has some great advice on how to write your own memoir and what you should and should not include.

Since when I write, I like to make sure I produce a good quality piece of work, I thought I would finish reading this book and take any advice from it that I see might be helpful to my my book. I don’t like doing anything half way, or if I think I can improve on something then I will, but I am going to take my time to make sure I do it right. I may not do it right the first time (who in this non-perfect life can?) but I will work at it until I think I have done as well as I can. This goes for anything I write, whether it be a nonfiction novel, article, poetry, short story, or fiction book.

Please bear with me as I go through this process. A Daughter’s Reflection WILL BE released this year (2013), just not within a few days as I was expecting with my last post.

I will keep you all updated with any further developments.

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“To craft a memoir means wrestling with the nature of truth and the muscles of story structure. It means that you travel back in time come back with treasures of memory that must be strung together like beads on a string.” ~ Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D – The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story.

Publishing News

Anne R. Allens Blog: Indie Publishing in 2013: Why We Cant Party Like Its 2009

Anne R. Allens Blog: Indie Publishing in 2013: Why We Cant Party Like Its 2009.

 

After reading the above blog, my head is left spinning. Part of me wants to dump Amazon all together for what they are doing. I thought it was great what they were doing for the Indie Authors and now, they have put so much restrictions on us it is making it hard for us. And not only that, they are going to other companies they pay and putting restrictions on them, or they will not pay them. What are we Indie authors supposed to do? What is left out there for us? Especially now that some of the big publishing houses are buying each other out or changing their publishing formats.

I don’t know about anyone else, but this leaves me scared. I was going to release an updated version of one of my books and put for sale again on Amazon but now I am not so sure I want to do that. At least, maybe not Amazon exclusively. This will take some great thinking and praying.

What are your thoughts about the above blog? Does this change your perspective of Amazon and where you will be publishing and/or buying your books in the future?

A Daughter's Reflection

A Daughter’s Reflection – Updated Publication Time Frame

This past week and especially this morning I have been hard at work with this re-write and last night I had hit a block. I was so confused where to go, so what did I do. I literally just dropped my papers and pen on my desk and prayed for guidance. God has answered my prayer and more quickly than I had expected. I not only know what to do next, I am almost finished with this re-write and this will be the last re-write because I finally, the first time since 2007, feel comfortable and happy with how my story turned out.

So I am going to finish working on the last chapter of this book and then it will just be making the corrections on the manuscript on my computer and then I will be releasing the book for publication. I am looking to have this posted to Amazon by tonight and it should be available in Kindle form by tomorrow. The paperback should be available by the weekend. I will keep you posted the closer I get to publishing the Kindle version and then the paperback.

Keep your eyes open for the updated release!!! Free Kindle promo will be coming soon.

A Daughter's Reflection

A DAUGHTER’S REFLECTION – REWRITE

Today is a good day for writing, I think. I am working on a memoir I started in my late teens but never fully developed because I wasn’t sure where exactly I wanted to go with it.

A Daughter’s Reflection is my account, as a teenager, of having a mother who was ill with cancer, and having to take care of her for several months both day and night. The book consists of several journal entries. I don’t think I had ever kept a journal until that year. I know, I know. A teenage girl without a journal. Strange, right? I just had never thought of writing until that year when so much was happening and becoming overwhelming I needed a someone to talk to when no one else was around and a place to vet everything. A notebook became that place and God was that person I talked to.

This book will serve to relate my story as a teenager going through grief, depression, anxiety, and a sense of loss, not just in losing a loved one, but not knowing where I stood in the world, you know, where I belonged. In my story you will see changes of the teenager I was while caring for my mother, then through depression, anxiety and loss of self, and then through finding myself in Christ.

I have written a new preface and reorganized the chapters. I have to go through them for some editing. After that, I will need to determine the last chapter or two of the book. I am hoping to have this book out by summer time. I am aiming before that. I will keep everyone updated as I go along. God bless.

General Updates

Organizing Writing Projects: What Is Your Favorite Software?

So the past couple of days I have been sifting through files some paper, some digital, and trying to figure out how to categorized and put together all my writing ideas. Some of these ideas have generated beginnings of stories, while others are still ideas. I am trying to decided how I want to organize everything and I am thinking of using Microsoft OneNote. I love the program, but I am hesitant to use it because it doesn’t syn up with the Microsoft OneNote app on my iPad. Now if I use EverNote, I can sync from my computer to my iPad no problem. The only with that is if there is no Internet, you can’t get your files. Ugh! The frustration.

In light of this, I have created the following poll. Let me know what your favorite software is to use when organizing your writing projects. Thanks for your votes!

 

Book News

Free Kindle Book

Yep! You read the title of this post correctly. You’re not seeing things! The History of Sackets Harbor, New York is free until February 6th 2013. If you like history and learning about places you have never been to, then I urge you to read this book. You may just find yourself packing your bags and heading to this historic village. Take it from one of my reviewers:

 

5.0 out of 5 stars
A fantastic read for a history buff & on my wish list for places to visit!, January 25, 2013
Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

This author from Watertown, has really done her homework on the History of Sackets Harbor, New York. This is the best researched and most well-written book on the history of a mid Atlantic state that I have had the pleasure to read. It is worthy of textbook material for high school and college students because the history lessons are rich, including highly detailed accounts of the Sackets Harbor regions and shipyards, and its national importance during the War of 1812. Lots of important and notable people are covered within the history accounts of this famous village, founded by Augustus Sackett over 200 years ago. The author brings the history up to date, with descriptions of the area sites, museums and shops that are tourist attractions today. With the beautiful lake views and railroad, I’m ready to take a trip to this historical place myself and I have placed it on my wish list of places to visit. What a great learning tool this book is, that gives new nuggets of info with each re-read of it — lots of information that can be studied and enjoyed. It’s a five-star hit for me!

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This book was written not just for those who love history, but also for younger generations, or teachers who might use this for educational purposes. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did researching and writing it. 🙂 Have a great weekend!