Surgery, Success, and Rest

Sooner than anticipated here I am! The tonsillectomy went well, got a bonus adenoidectomy, and I’m home recovering with the help of my loving parents.

I’m feeling Far better than expected, though the pain generally spikes around 3-5, or 4-7 days after surgery. I dare say I’m still doing better than others I had heard😳.

However, this does mean I cam coherently write 😏, so I will make myself busy during this recovery time!

I pray that everyone has had a blessed and happy Christmas, and that it carries on through the New Year!❤️

The Inspiration

I am ready. I am fully prepared to have my surgery done-mentally. Physically, however, my body is still recovering from this vicious cold. Though I am, I would say, about 80% better the requirement is 100%, and I’m six days away from the surgery. Plenty of time!

My Beta Readers have been truly amazing! The feedback has been incredibly helpful, and I am slowly beginning to work on incorporating the necessary changes. Simple things I have missed they are catching, I wonder how in the world I even published Snow without any Beta Readers! I have one more that I’m waiting on feedback from, and then I’ll be set. My editor has me on her books and my proofreader’s books, and I will be getting on my formatter’s calendar, as well! Discussions and details have been exchanged with my cover designer, and I’m eager to see what the product is, as I believe she is Magnificent! Definitely can’t wait to share the results with everyone here and everywhere else :D!

Something that I have found is that several reviewers (and in particular one of my Beta Readers) have their own written works published. As such, I have made efforts to ensure I read and review their works (unbiased, I don’t expect positive reviews for my work in return for the reviews I give-I just love seeing their ability), and it has been such an eye-opening experience. The varying levels of ability and storylines are inspiring. Writing any length of work takes time and dedication, but I always found it worth the efforts. I wonder how there are people in the world who do not enjoy reading, who do not see the heart and soul of a person poured into their written works! To know I have such talented individuals reading, reviewing, being my Beta Readers is equally inspiring as it helps me to continue to grow. To top it off, I accomplished a milestone-one that I will keep the details around to myself-that made me recognize I can, and will, continue to produce my written works. It must be one of the main goals, I believe, for any writer. Now the question, how many more milestones will I hit over the next year? I hope to finish up the Black Ice Trilogy before the end of next year, truthfully. That’s a big one! Have the final book published possibly before Halloween again, or maybe by Christmas. I’m uncertain on when, but that it is one of my other milestones to meet.

After I complete the Black Ice Trilogy I will take up a series of books I had been planning, and begin my work on those. The series I’m speaking of will quite large in volume per book, though I don’t know if I will end up with as many as originally planned. It’s also still fantasy, but not vampires. Time will tell, and I will continue working for my success!

I don’t think I will ever be able to thank those who have helped me enough, but I’m going to try :). Merry Christmas, everyone, and have a Happy New Year! This may be my last blog post for the year! I hope I made this one count <3!

The Merry and Bright

How blessed can one person be, I wonder? I consider myself incredibly blessed. While life, family, everything can be an absolute crazy nightmare, there is still much to be thankful for.

Today, I am truly thankful for the Beta Reader’s I have had volunteer and responded. Three Beta Reader’s I have were ones I had wanted to be my Beta Reader’s, so now the waiting game has ensued. Here it is again, that nervous anticipation I wrote about before when I first published Snow, waiting with bated breath for those first reviews to come back. There are those thoughts and concerns: will this disappoint my readers? Will it be a good shocking? Or…will I find tomatoes on my front door?! Hahaha, well, maybe not that last part, but metaphorical could be true enough. Considering every book any author writes is a possible step into quicksand is a reality that permeates the senses.

But, hey, my book is still a work in progress. No less than I! This thought keeps me in check, and while I know as with any other review there could be that proverbial tomato(s), there’s also the chance it could be good. The honesty will set me free? 🙂

I have to thank those individuals, you know who you are, for taking on such a task. The honest truth is that I look forward to the feedback, and of course hope it doesn’t disappoint, but appreciate the time and effort these individuals are putting into reviewing the first half of Blizzard.

In other news, I’m semi-on the books for my editor (she’s wonderful, saved the time slot for me <3!), on my way to getting on the proofreader’s calendar, and then can get in talks with my formatter. Spoke with my cover designer, as well! So excited, such a Wonderful group to be working with!

Complete Progress, Instagram, Number Count

This has been a crazy adventure! Writing Blizzard has been eye-opening and exciting, so many thing I want to ensure I incorporate and my book having reached 70K words, and I still have to complete the second half of the book! My first Beta Reader will receiver their copy this evening to begin, and while I know I am breaking a few rules on how to do this, I know there is also some wiggle room. All dependent upon the desired result!

Now, to try and help with the marketing/advertising angle I have taken a page from a fellow author, C. E. Clayton, and opened up an Instagram account. What makes me nervous is that…I will eventually/soon be posting a picture of myself. Part of the reason I had avoided it thus far was for personal reasons, but I figure it won’t hurt at this point to do just that. This means even this site will be updated with a photo of myself, which in turn means I may end up getting some “professional” photo’s done. Something I hate, but it has been pointed out that people like putting a face to a name. Especially an author. I have made, what I feel is, exceptional progress considering how long I was unable to write during November.

Time to start reaching out and requesting saved slots with my editor, proofreader, formatter, and cover designer! ❤ I pray they are all available, because I find them to be spectacular :).