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2013: My Writing Journey


The year 2013 will soon be behind us. It’s time to reflect on how it treated us and to gather new hopes and dreams for 2014. I was fortunate as an author, 2013 was my best year since I started this venture.

March– My book, “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rainforest Adventure” was picked up by a publisher.

April– Attended a conference in Wadesboro which left me with contacts.

May– I released my short story, “Root Canal” which was my first attempt at self publishing.

September– My book was released on the market.

November– Volunteered at a writer’s conference in town. The first of its kind.

November– I received my first royalty check as an author.

November– I completed NaNoWriMo successfully for the third straight year

November– I was one of seven people in my county to win a literary grant from the local arts council.

December– The Wonder Chicks, a writing group I formed, released the anthology, “Dragons In The

Attic” which was amazing.

December– My book, “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rainforest Adventure was featured with local artists at a small theater in town. The new project for them.

My Jasper has been sold in Denmark, England, Scotland and the US. The reviews have made me feel I did good when it comes to this book. I’m not sure how I can improve on this. What I do now is I won’t be slowing down. My projects for 2014 that I know of are:

-Edit and revise the sequel to my Jasper series

-Edit and revise my NaNoWriMo book that won in 2011

-Start writing volume three to my Jasper series

-Release my true story, “Squirrel Mafia” in Feb/March

-………………(Always have writing projects)

I will be attending a conference in February and April if all goes according to plans and possibly one in November if funding comes through. I’m not sure about NaNoWriMo for I have three books that have won and are all waiting impatiently for me to edit them for submission. I will see as November comes closer.

It has been a hectic year between health issues, family, and life in general. But it has been amazing when I think of how far I have come and how fortunate I have been. Oddly it took all of this for me to say to myself. “You’re an author.” And for me to actually believe it.


happy new year images 2013

Happy Happy New Year every one. It is officially 2013. A chance for us to start fresh one more time. It is to be filled with a lot of hope, good cheer and spirits. Let’s face it 2012 was rough for all of us. Across this great country people lost loved ones, workers got laid off or lost their jobs completely to those getting very sick  If that was not bad enough all one had to do was pick up the newspaper or watch the news to see the constant tragedy that plagues our world.

Each January however, many of us fill our hearts and mind with the prospect that this will be a better year. This includes me. Without hope where would we be? I am huddled in a corner afraid to look outside the window.  So Happy New Year every one, I hope 2013 is better for your families and yourself. Make a small list of resolutions or a million. Even if you fail at completing them at least for a small moment in time when you made that list you had good vibes for the future. I personally think that counts, a lot.

2013 here I come.