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Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

2018 came in with a flourish. At least I think it did.  I have to admit to sleeping through it. lol To be fair though, for some reason I was woke up at 3:00 that morning, so by 10:30 pm a nap was due. 🙂

There were so many good things that happened in 2017, and yet there were a lot of challenges that dimmed the shine on those golden moments. A friend of mine did a “Good Thing Box” for the last year. The object was, whenever a good thing happened, and it didn’t have to be a huge thing, you write it down and put in the box or jar. At the end of the year, you take them out and read through them. I think I may do that for this year. It’s good to remind yourself of all the good in your life when it seems the bad is hanging over your head like a dark cloud.

New Year’s traditions usually call for making some kind of resolution. I kind of think that’s almost setting yourself up for failure. Kudos to those who stick with their resolutions. I have found, however, I’m not usually one of those people. I did resolve, however,  to believe in myself a little more and to eat a little more healthily. Do you make resolutions? Do you stick with them?

Until next week….Happy Reading!




There is a certain pressure in writing the sequel to a published book. A lot of it is internal. Some of it is doubt of your ability to create the same magic you did with your first book. And some of it, is the desire to live up to the readers’ expectations. All of it in a nutshell add up to fear. The kind of fear that can shackle you. Tethering you to a place where you can neither go backwards, but you cannot go forward either. It throws you smack dab in the middle of limbo. Those who know me, know that limbo and I are never a good combination.

I have found myself fighting my story. Not because it wants to go one way and I want it to go another, but because I have been trying to edit as I write. It’s tedious and it stifles the creative flow of words. No first draft is going to be perfect by any stretch of the imagination. I can do this. I need to remind myself of that.

Sometimes, you have to remind yourself of your gift. Whether that gift is acting, writing, singing, dancing, drawing, or sports. YOU are your biggest cheerleader, and your worst critic. If you do not believe in yourself, you can hardly expect anyone else to either. So take a breath, lift your chin, spread your wings, and FLY!

Until next week…..Happy Reading!


Chase Your Dreams

Your dreams belong to you. Whether that dream is to be a doctor, a mother, a teacher, dancer, artist, actor, or writer….it’s YOUR dream. The choice of whether or not you chase after them is yours.

I can say, without a doubt, that I would not be here right now writing this blog post, if Savannah Aedan, and Abyrne had not come together to form Eclectic Bard Books. Without the encouragement and the kick in the pants from Sav, the dream of being a writer, would have remained a dream.

I had the story. I had even started the story, but it remained a distant dream. Never did I think it would be publishable. What changed? Sav asked one of her famous questions….Why not? I didn’t have a good answer.

The fact of the matter is, self doubt was a HUGE stumbling block. Let us not forget good o’l fear of failing. In fearing to fail, however, one can be frozen in a spot where you not only don’t fail, you don’t succeed because you didn’t try.

My book, Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams, (www.amazon.com/BEYOND-VEIL-WHISPERED-DREAMS-BOOK-ebook/dp/B015NP04Q6) is now a little two months old. How cool is it that as my book is celebrating it’s two month mark, Eclectic Bard Books is celebrating its two year anniversary?!

Whatever your  dreams may be….Chase them. You’ll never catch them if  you don’t.

Please join the authors of Eclectic Bard Books as we celebrate it’s 2 year mark and look forward to exciting things to come in its 3rd year. You can join the online event on Saturday, December 19th and Sunday, December 20th. Just click on this  link: www.facebook.com/events/1048846768479961/

Until next week…..Happy Reading!

Top 10 things I know

10454296_361006674073419_7970775334814670469_nSo, Eclectic Bard Books has two new authors coming out of the debut shoot this year. Exciting stuff! Every time a new author makes the leap to public consumption I cannot help but take a moment to remember my own.  It’s not been so long ago even though it isn’t all that recent either.

As I look back I try to make a point to remember what I have learned and what I can un-learn. Sounds weird, right? Does to me and I’m the one who’s doing it. Basically, because with each new author to the label, I’m having the same conversation at some point, here’s the top ten things I know to be true (and reminding myself is a good thing):

1. There are some universal truths out there but mostly, what works and doesn’t work for different people may not be from the same ball park nevermind inning. Focus on your own play; not the fielder, the pitcher, the catcher or the ones screaming “Hey batter” from the dugout. Play to win no matter where you are in the lineup.

2. Just as fast as it came together in your head it call all disappear, take notes. Life happens and will kill ideas before you can get to them.

3. Have a To Be Written pile as big as your To Be Read pile. Take ideas and let them percolate instead of vaporize. Create your opportunities.

4. After all the tweets, facebook posts, newsletters, emails, and photographs there is you. Are you worth knowing? As writers, we ask readers to come inside our minds and take a stroll through our story, if you aren’t someone they want to meet, why would they want to step inside your head to read?

5. Remember that The Lord didn’t do it all in one day…you can’t either. Allow yourself to be human. Have goals, have faith, have a plan…but have permission to need a break.

6. Success is a personal definition. Don’t let anyone else tell you how good you are or aren’t. Define it, find the path and go get it…BUT be prepared to bust your ass for it and don’t give up.

7. Everyone has an opinion. Accept that not all will be the’ happy-happy I love your work’ kind and move on. Writing isn’t about that.

8. Ask for help. Know your resources and be willing to let someone be the expert you aren’t. Reciprocity is a beautiful thing.

9. Pay it forward. NO ONE gets to the top of the Best Seller lists or to a contract without someone else there. There is no my best friend the author will make me a best seller…they can be helpful, but they can’t do it for you. When you get where you want to go, be aware of others who need your ear, your insight, your advice and share it. Just like someone gave you a hand up – keep it going.

10. Believe in the dream. It can come true.