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2019 Year-End Reflection — New Year, New Decade.

Good-bye 2019! Hello 2020. New Year, New Decade.

Na Na Na Na Hey, Hey-ey Goodbye!

Da fuq! It’s really almost 2020? Zoinks! Jinkies! (If and when you have children and they are Scooby Doo lovers, you will understand).

Here’s the family:

Our Family 2019

Hubby, Moi, and Our Darling Three Sons.ย 

A few days ago I enjoyed getting my hair done at a beauty salon almost 30 miles from my home. Why 30 miles away? Because this place is the best that I know of. I rarely pamper myself, but when your husband tells you to leave him with the tiny tots, you don’t say no — you simply go, go, go!

And go I did. While chilling and relaxing under the dryer as I read a book, I overheard one of the other hair salon clients gushing about this upcoming New Year. “Can you believe it? In in just a few days, it’ll be January! And it’s going to be a new year and a new decade.” I mumbled to myself, “Well, uh yes. It goes without saying, doesn’t it?”

At the time, I didn’t think much of it. Perhaps it’s because age and life experience has eroded away my childlike innocence, wonder, and the ability to look at everything as shiny and new. Call me jaded? Ha, ha, ha.ย  Thank you. Dame Disillusioned is one of my many nicknames.

But now that I’ve had time to sit back and reflect on the fullness of what she said, I’m inclined to believe that this is kind of a big deal. When I was a kid, I didn’t completely grasp the reality of me reaching and eventually surpassing 40. I didn’t realize the idea or the substantial weight of raising children, marriage, sending my firstborn kiddo to college, teaching full-time for almost twenty years, traveling abroad, writing my stories, and daring to swallow that giant lump of fear and trepidation, by FINALLY submitting my literary darlings and subjecting them to a stranger’s scrutiny. . . then actually selling something.

Even though I didn’t sell as much as I would’ve liked this year, I’m proud of myself that I submitted a lot of content to various markets.

I also sold a decent amount of paperback copies of Moonstruck to schools in the county where I live. ๐Ÿ™‚ That was sweet!

Moonstruck Cover

The sales motivated me to start drafting a Literacy Circle or Curriculum Guide for sale. I’m thinking about posting it on Teachers Pay Teachers and other such venues. I hope that more classrooms will buy more copies. #SupportLocalAuthors #SupportHybridAuthors

Here are some things I’d like to rectify for the year 2020:

  1. I’d like to write more.
  2. I’d like to add more content on this blog. Currently, I have 20 draft blog posts that I have yet to finish. ๐Ÿ˜
  3. I’d like to actually create and/or revamp my YouTube channel.

These aren’t necessarily New Year’s Resolutions. They’re just some of the things I’d like to be more consistent with. I do have some resolutions, but I’ll keep them to Me, Myself, and I. Well, for now at least.

Here are some other things I joyfully glance back at before gazing forward to 2020:

  1. I sold “Bondye Bon” to Dimension Uchronie 3.
    Kyaaaa!

    Kyaaaaa!ย 

    It was first sold to Fiyah Literary Magazine in 2017.

  2. I had created a binder tabbed with each month so I could keep OCD-over-9000 level track of what I did, when I did it, and the who, whats, and hows of the outcomes. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be creating another binder for 2020.Binder 2019
  3. I attended a lot of conventions, book signings, and participated on author panels. Here are some photos of moi in all of my short-statured glory!

Spooky Empire Women in Horror 2019 PanelSpooky Empire2019_Panel

Weird Tales_Autographed Jonathan Maberry

Like John Wick, “Weird Tales” is back and better than ever! I won an autographed copy from Jonathan Maberry, V-Wars creator. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Looking back at it, I think 2019 was pretty darn decent! I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of new people, reconnecting with old writer friends, and I’m looking forward to maintaining and experiencing more adventures in 2020! ๐Ÿ˜€

CHEERS!

Cheers-That's Right

Quotes to Write By – Day 25

Last night, I stayed up until 1:30 in the morning. A picture book idea came to me and I simply had to write it! I completed the first draft within four hours at 1275 words. I’ve always loved picture books and adore the time I share with my two youngest sons reading them and reveling in the characters and stories. I’ve never had a picture book published and would love for that to happen.

Picture books aren’t easy to write though. I think they’re much harder than chapter books and novels. Why? Well, the word count can only be so much. Also, you must be able to engage your young audience from the first to the very last page all the while focusing on theme without being too preachy. It’s a tightrope act of balancing just the right use of precise words that keeps readers reading and wanting to re-read the book until the pages are tattered and the book’s spine is worn down from lovable handling.

So, take Shakespeare’s advice because “brevity is the soul of wit”. Use great thought when choosing your words whether or not it’s a picture book and your writing will improve.

Quote #25

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Quotes to Write By – Day 5

The following review is from one of my readers. It’s a fabulous feeling when someone other than your family has read and reviewed one of your books — especially if you’re an Indie author.

Amazon Review

I love reading and lately I’ve come across of books that aren’t traditionally published. Some are of the highest quality. Some of them are your average read-and-donate-to-public-library. And some are disappointments that I’ll discuss in the near future on my author page.

Now, back to that 5-star review. The reader loved how the ending was not only complete, but that I left a “world of possibilities” for the main character, Alexander to explore in the next book. I gave no unfair and teasing cliffhangers here, folks.ย My love is that real. ๐Ÿ™‚

And at last, the quote for today:

Quote #5

“The ending has to fit. The ending has to matter, and make sense. I could care less about whether it’s happy or sad or atomic. The ending is the place where you go, “Aha. Of course. That’s right.”

Carrie Jones