Saturday, January 3, 2015

Starting the New Year Off With a New Me #LifeChanges

I haven't posted in a very long time, I know. Life has a funny way of changing...sometimes those changes come without our say-so, but in my case, I made some choices that altered my own path. Writing has had to take a back-burner for the past few months, so that's why I haven't posted any new blogs or been around. My sincerest apologies to any who have been following along on my writing journey here on my blog.

I don't want to get into the nitty gritty of my personal life, but I will say that, my alter ego had to make decisions for herself to find her way and that meant I had to take a step back and let her do what needed to be done. It doesn't mean that I don't bug the hell out of her about why we're not writing though, or editing, or revising, or publishing. I'm pretty sure she thinks about it every single day, how little time she has to concentrate on that thing we love- the words, the stories, the happily ever afters.

Last summer I moved back to my hometown with my daughter. It's been a rough road, indeed, seeking work outside the home after nearly 13 years of being a stay at home mom and writer. Seeking a home for myself and my daughter and striking out on my own has offered me a lot of things: a redefined view of who I am as a woman, a mother, a person. I think I got lost somewhere along the way, but as that little quote up top states, sometimes a different path, doesn't mean you're lost. It means you are finding your own way, your own destination, even if that means the road is more difficult, challenging, complicated. And it has been, but sometimes life needs to be shook up. Unhappiness can make us the sickest we've ever been and stagnation kills.

So no bowl of cherries by any means. There has been battles of wills with my daughter, the loss of friendships, the difficulty of finding balance in a time of great changes, but at the same time, I wouldn't go back and alter my decision. I am happier, even with the amount of differences I now face, I don't feel stagnant anymore... I feel alive and useful, for the most part. There are plenty of days that I'm so dog-dead tired that I don't know if I have the strength to keep going, but I do. I somehow manage these things and I feel productive again.

And having said that, I also feel myself finding my place, finding my ability to balance and finding my way back to a place where I can also fit my dream back into my reality. Life changes, but sometimes that is for the best, for we find out who we truly are and how to dig our strength up from deep inside and use it toward making our lives more fulfilling and happy. I am coming back to my writing, so I hope if you happen to see this post, please keep a lookout for me, keep me in your thoughts and prayers that I find that balance, that joy, and that I find enough hours in the day to make all my dreams a reality.

Happy New Year friends! I hope to see a lot more of you all in this coming year!


Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday Freebits LOVE BY DESIGN If Music Be the Food of Love #PlayOn #frifreebits #excerpt

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Music is a great ice breaker and often times when you find you have similar musical tastes as new friends or acquaintances, it makes opening up that much easier! Have you ever made a new friend simply because of a shared musical interest?

“I’ve never seen so much older music in one place before.” Jasmine gasped and let go of his hand. She hurried over to thumb through the old vinyl records as if he had dropped her on a treasure island.

She made her way around to the CDs and scanned through the titles, pulling one or two from the rack but then depositing them again in their slots.

“Finding anything you’d like?” he asked over her shoulder, inhaling the sweet fragrance of her perfume. His heart thudded against his chest. She was most beautiful when she relaxed and enjoyed herself.

“Not yet.”

Soon enough, she found five marked down CDs and took them to the counter. Derrek stood nearby and pulled out his wallet.

“Put that away. You’re not paying for my purchases.”
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I still maintain- A party's not a party, till the gang's all here!
(And even better if we can rock it out all weekend long!)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday Freebits LOVE BY DESIGN Hobbies & Interests #frifreebits #excerpt

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Derrek drags Jasmine along for a trip to the fleamarket- He loves model cars. He's figured out her interest in music- What are some of your hobbies & interests?


Derrek led her to one of his favorite sellers. The tables, covered with model car kits, as well as planes, trains and ships were overflowing.

“Now I know why you like coming here.” Jasmine ran her finger across the top of a model that sat on the main table. A ‘57 Chevy, cherry red. “This one’s gorgeous.”

He found the owner of the booth and inquired as to whether he had more model kits in that style of car. While he chose a few other kits, Jasmine wandered around inside the man’s booth.

Derrek paid for his purchases and found her waiting outside.

“I see you found some new toys.” Her laughter shone in her eyes as well as her smile.

“Yep.” He took her hand again, without her flinching this time. “There’s another place I thought you might like. The radio station made me think of it.
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I still maintain- A party's not a party, till the gang's all here!
(And even better if we can rock it out all weekend long!)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Freebits LOVE BY DESIGN "...I won't let you get lost." #frifreebits #excerpt

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Get nervous in big crowds? I do sometimes, just like Jasmine. Thank goodness she's got Derrek!


Derrek found a parking spot nearest the huge flea market.

“So are you here to find something in particular?” Jasmine asked as she slipped out of the vehicle.

“No, just thought an outing would be nice. For both of us after the week we’ve had.” He crossed in front of the Grand Cherokee and strolled beside her, taking her hand in his. “If I do find something that catches my eye for the house, I might get it though.”

Derrek led her over to one of the buildings and they entered. The regulars inside had opened their booths and music came from various radios along the way.

“Wow. This place is amazing. There’s so much stuff.” She gripped his hand. “I feel like I might get lost in here.”

“As long as you’re with me, I won’t let you get lost.”
And note to our fellow authors- prepubbed or currently published-go find out how you, too, can hop on this party train by sending Miz Ging your permalink for your scheduled FridayFreebits excerpt blogpost early in the week so she can include your link in her post. 

I still maintain- A party's not a party, till the gang's all here!
(And even better if we can rock it out all weekend long!
)