Camp NaNoWriMo, General Updates, highly sensitive person

The Clicking of Keys

The light shines down on me and my husband, both working at our laptops. I’m writing while he is programming an android garden app.

I realized tonight that the last post I had written for this blog was saved in the drafts folder instead of being published. I apologize for that. I’m not sure what happened.

I am still holding down editing jobs and reading, though, a few books may have to be put down for now (and possibly re-read later) because there are some books I need to read for research for one of my books. A couple of my books I’m at various stages of writing are in the creative nonfiction genre, which I have found enjoyable to write. One book is going to be about living as a highly sensitive person, and the other, about my experience as a teenager, caring for my terminally ill mother. I want this second book to be one of, not only sharing my experience, but also be a book that can be encouraging to teens who have lost, or are losing a parent, or parent figure.

I have signed up for Camp NaNo but have not decided which of these books I would like to write yet. I think it may be the second book since that is the one most ready to begin writing. The book about being an HSP (highly sensitive person), still requires a lot of reading, notes, etc. This one will be a while in the making. The first book I will be reading will The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D.

I have also been listening to The Creative Penn podcast hosted by author Joanna Penn (J.F. Penn). I love this podcast. You learn so much about the creative and business side of being an Indie Author. Highly recommend if you are looking for a podcast dealing with writing.

I think that is all for now. Off to read and then to bed. Morning comes quickly!

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Book Reviews, General Updates

Editing, Reading, Poetry, And Book Reviews

I am amazed how busy one can become without realizing it. Somehow I have attained three editing jobs, reading, writing book reviews, and I have started writing poetry again. As you can imagine this, and being a mom and housewife, take s a great  deal of my time. I wanted to write a blog post to update you, my readers, to let you know things are okay, just that I have been  so busy I am not able to write the amount of blog posts I would like to.

The books I have been reading are Outlaw Salvation by, William Tasch, which is a Christian fiction novel, Bringing up Girls, by Dr. James C. Dobson, Mastering Creative Anxiety, by Eric Maisel, and The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  Sourcebook, by Glenn R. Schirraldi, Ph.D. A lot to read at once and normally I read a nonfiction book in the morning and a fiction at night and that is all I will allow myself to read. It’s hard when there is so much you want to read about all at once, and hence, I know have four books all started and all being read at various intervals. I am thinking I will have to pick Outlaw Salvation as my fiction book and then choose a nonfiction book for the morning read. Bringing up girls may be the one I finish first. We shall see!

You can follow me on Goodreads for any updates and reviews on these books. Reviews will also be posted on Amazon.com.

A kindle book I just finished reading to my daughter last night was Tyrannosaurus T-Rex: Amazing Photos & Fun Facts Book for Kids About T-Rex (Kids Knowledge Series), by Deutsche Don Juan. I am in the process of writing a review and will be posting it soon.

That is all I have for now, but hope to be back soon and have more regular updates for you. Have a great day! 🙂

General Updates

Snow And Sunshine

I’m sitting here at the dining room table with KLOVE playing on my iPad, my daughter bouncing a balloon around the house enjoying her winter break from school, my two dogs lying in the bright warm sun shining through the sliding glass doors. Several more inches of snow fell last night, upon which the warm sun shines and threatens to melt over the next couple of days. The snow is pretty and I don’t mind it all that much, but I must say I am itching to get outside in the warm Spring sun and feeling the warm sun and light winds on my skin while listening to the birds chirping and the dogs playing in the yard.

I have been quite busy lately. Still working on updating my poetry and Sackets Harbor books. I am checking to make sure the covers, book descriptions and manuscripts are all up to date and satisfactory. I am working on one book at a time and then will be adding them to Smashwords.

I am also updating the books information and covers on Goodreads.

I am still also working on my novel writing course through Winghill Writing School, and I am planning on writing a review on this as well.

Then recently I was contacted to do a book edit for a woman in the medical field. I have agreed to do a one chapter evaluation to see if we will be a good match for each other and if my editing skills will what she needs.

Then I have a couple of book reviews I am thinking of and will post them in the next couple of weeks.

So busy, but I’m taking my time and enjoying the creative process. Of course, the creative process doesn’t just apply to writing. I’ve been in my kitchen as well and posting pictures and recipes on another one of my blogs Happy Bellyz Cafe

I’m off for now. Have a great day and God bless!

~Janis

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Stepping Back A Bit

Lately, I have had to make the tough decision to step back from writing a bit. I won’t be going as hardcore as I was trying to write, but not getting much done because of stress and not balancing social media very well. Health conditions are also butting in and I am exhausted.

So I am going to step back a bit from social media and blogging, but I will continue to write a little bit of something every day if I feel up to it. Right now, until my health is figured out, I must do this.

I hate to, because I love to write and would love to full time, but it comes a point when something you used to love so much, is now nothing but a stressor. Just means a break for a while and to attack other areas that need attention and the down time will also give me time reevaluate things.

In the mean time, if I do post on this blog. It will be maybe once a month just to update everyone or if I have found something  of interest on writing or a good book. I guess we will see what happens.

God bless!

 

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A Lurking Annoyance

I have been praying for a few years now, for guidance in my life, especially in my writing. Seems I sit either at my computer, my ipad, or with a pen and paper and try to work on a story, but my mind drifts back to a story that I have a full rough draft on but needs a rewrite. So I just go to that wanting to do the rewrite and finish the story. Yet when I work on that story, I think of the new one I’d rather be writing. Ugh!!! I get tired of this go around and it is getting quite annoying. I have ideas galore and I’ll look over them, but I sit and ponder, “Do I really want to write these?” And I find I cannot answer the question because I am feeling overwhelmed and really just don’t know.

However, when I sit down and watch Star Trek (any of the Original Series or TTNG – I haven’t seen any other series), Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, the TV show Merlin (I love the story of Arthur…well I love that time period too.), and Battlestar Galactica, I can feel the excitement in my body and story ideas just fling left and right out of nowhere it seems, and I want to begin writing in the sci fi and fantasy genres. Several of my story ideas don’t jive with this and I am wondering if that is the reason I can’t bring myself to sit and turn those ideas into stories. Now that’s not to say those ideas will never be used. Perhaps somewhere down the road I may want to use them so I’ll keep them tucked away.

But right now, I think I am understanding more of what I am interested in and must let my creative side take hold of these interests and what excites me and gets my creative energy revved. Otherwise I’ll still sit here, writing nothing, publishing nothing, sharing nothing with the world. That is something I just cannot accept.

I have decided, with God’s guidance, I am going to go through all of my ideas and stories I have started, and put them away if they don’t currently fit in with interests and save these for later, when I know my tastes will either change, or I will want a break from a genre for a while.

So here goes, folks! Off to do some sorting out which I am praying, will lead to writing. Ohhh! And perhaps I will have a story idea ready to flourish by the time NaNoWriMo hits! That’s motivation!

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

God bless!

 

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Update

My blog has been quiet for a while and the reason for that…my family and I have moved. It is taking time to set up our “new” house with our belongings aside from painting a couple of rooms. One room is finished and another is almost finished. I haven’t had much time for writing or school work, but things are slowly starting to settle down and I am looking forward to getting back into the writing. One story, Facade, keeps playing in my head when I go about settling the house. The creative inside screams..”Must write! Must write!!!”

Looking forward to writing time tomorrow! Can’t wait!

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Free Audiobooks!!!

It looks like I may have to take a different tact with these quiz questions. All of the answers can be found on the internet. It looks like I may have to give everyone a few days to answer the first set of questions. I can’t list the next ones until the first set are answered.

The History of Sackets Harbor, NY and Day & Night: A Collection of Nature Poetry are the audiobooks up for grabs!!!

Come folks! Try your hand at these quizzes and win a free audiobook!

 

 

 

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I’m Baaaack!

Okay, so I have been on hiatus here for far too long. This summer has turned out to be far busier than I had expected. My family and I will be moving shortly and I have been tending to matters regarding home buying and packing.

I have been writing on and off, in my spare moments. When things calm down a bit (after the move, unpacking, and settling in), I know writing will become more a part of my life. At least that is what I foresee right now. God has a funny way of changing things, just when you think you’ve got things figured out. One way to keep life interesting!

It is late now, so I’ll make this post short. Just wanted to let everyone know I am here, just busy with matters outside of writing at the moment. I’ll try to be back tomorrow with more of an update.

God bless!

 

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Voice4Society Article & General Update

It has been a while since I have posted any updates. It is hard keeping up with blog posts and getting to write due to the chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. But today is one of my “wired-but-tired” days. Funny how your body can feel so revved up, but yet still feel so exhausted.

Anyway, I have finished an article earlier this week “The Story of Esther” for the Voice4Society blog. It has not been posted yet but when it is I will be sharing the link with you.

I have several articles I am planning to write but I am struggling to decide whether to publish them through the Yahoo Contributor Network, or go through magazines instead. My husband says I keep putting “the cart before the horse” , or worrying about where I am going to publish before I even have an article done. He says I should write first and then think about where I am going to publish and I know he says that because he is looking out for me. I am often so exhausted that thinking about publishing zaps what energy I have and then I am unable to write.

I am learning that with CFS/Fibromyalgia, I must think of things and do things a little differently if I am going to accomplish anything, let alone writing. There are many days I wish I had someone to manage the whole marketing and publicity thing for me. Just let me write and “here, you mange the rest”. But, I have no extra money to pay anyone so, I must spread things out do some writing here, and marketing/social networking there. It’s a lot to take for an Indie Author and you don’t have to have CFS/Fibro or a medical condition to feel how overwhelming it can be.

I am not giving up, however. I am not the kind of person to give in or give up. Life itself is full of challenges and facing them with God by my side is how I manage. Learning my limitations and sticking with them has been tough, but I am getting there and finding that when I work within the limitations I can do efficient work on my “good” days. I am learning it is not all about the quantity of what you can get done in a day, but the quality of what you finish and that you feel good about it.

Funny how you go on and talking about something you hadn’t intended to. Guess I felt, for some reason, I should. I know I am not the only author out there who has CFS and/or Fibromyalgia. Laura Hillenbrand has CFS too. (She is the author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken.) She has inspired me to keep on trying, and perhaps, as I started writing and all this CFS/Fibro stuff came out, I felt I could inspire someone too.

So now I am off to venture in some writing. Where the path may lead, we shall see!

 

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What’s Your Favorite Email Client/Host?

Okay so I have tried AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, Excite, and Hotmail and out of them all I like Gmail the best and then Yahoo. But if are an Indie author, musician, artist, etc. which email client do you choose out of those listed above, or do you use something completely different, for your professional email?

If you use a client listed above, what do you like best and least about the ones you’ve tried?

I am currently using a hotmail address for my professional email, but to be honest I really don’t care for it too much. I am thinking of maybe going back to Gmail, which I tend to like best anyway.

Now another question… when creating your professional email, do you prefer your name@email.com, or do you use something other than your name? If you use something other than your name, does it make you feel less professional, or just more creative? I like to use my name, but then sometimes wonder if it really matters.

I am really curious to hear what you think, so please feel free to share your thoughts with me on this!

I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂 Have a great day!