New Adventure

This year has gone by so fast! It’s hard to believe that today is December 29th already, (which is also my mother’s birthday) when it seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating the holidays.

I may not be posting for a while. I’ve always wanted to work in real estate, but not as an agent, and am now learning about real estate investing. I’m starting my own business, hoping to make some extra money to pay for my surgery and any additional health care procedures or costs that may occur in 2015.

One of the reasons I’m doing this (I’m the one learning and working with a mentor), is so that my husband will day be able to retire and work on both our manuscripts and our real estate business.

One blessing I’m grateful for is the practice I have from writing in both my fictional manuscripts and my blog posts for the last five years. While I was interviewing for this mentor’s program, they asked to me write down in an email what my goals were for the next year, and why I wanted to learn real estate and start a new business, in 20 – 30 minutes, so they could read my answer before our last phone call.

It suddenly seemed like I was a contestant on a reality T.V. show, and I was so nervous. But not because of the writing part. That seemed easy; I was nervous because of this new opportunity in a completely different field.

I’ve been studying, (and would be now if their website wasn’t down), and learning such clever and creative ideas on how to invest in real estate without using any of my money. My mind is able to grasp this new knowledge and seems to be sharpening my memory. I miss writing in my fictional world, and hope that my husband and I will one day work together. Side by side on the couch with our own lap tops, each writing our part of the story. I’ll try to write when I can, and post here as I settle into this new business.

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Preparing For My NaNo Novel

It’s that time of year again! I’m preparing to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November with my friend and co-author, Anthony Rando.

Our story, Crossing Over, a Y.A. paranormal tale, has thousands of earth-bound Spirits who fear the Dark One. My protagonist, Maria, flies with her family in their private plane for a weekend trip. They soon encounter a thick, mysterious green mist, and then crash into the Atlantic Ocean.

I’m enjoying interviewing my characters and look forward to November 1st!

Progress

I’m happy that my husband and I had time to work on our YA time travel novel together. I started this book 5 years ago, and work on the manuscript off and on.

This past weekend, we both felt ready to read what we wrote and refresh our memories, and the two important scenes that help move the story was what we focused on. The nice thing was, I was able  to type it instead of using the Dragon Speak. I talk faster than I type, but it was nice to work with my talented husband after more than a year past without him typing a single word!

It would be great if I spoke the rest of my scenes with Dragon Speak and finished it already, yet because of my sensory overload problem, it is much harder for me to put the headphones on and start talking for longer than five minutes. As long as we make progress on the manuscript and enjoy this fun writing journey, I’m happy.

Full of Hope

Stretching_cat Tonight as I write this post I am grateful for these three things:

My son has helped me lift a light amount of weights (on machines) for my arms, chest, and lower back at our local gym to regain some sorely needed muscles which I need in my everyday life. It’s amazing how fast our muscles will turn to fat once we hit forty. My son is a wonderful at pushing me to go when I make many excuses to stay home.

The Dragon Speak software is such a blessing as I write and edit my Young Adult manuscript that I no longer feel anxious about finishing it. Actually, the idea of opening the document gave me some anxiety, since writing for long periods of time is painful.

While my body today is a bit sore from yesterday’s workout, I am filled with a lot of much needed hope that as I faithfully continue with these workouts, my body will become strong enough for me to return to an active life where I can return to serving my friends and family instead of being the grateful one to receive their love and service.

It brings me joy to write this post tonight without my arthritic fingers begging me to stop, that I am full of hope for a brighter future, both with writing and my family life. Yet I know that my three chronic illness will last me throughout my life, and I must be diligent in keeping my body strong. My perspective and gratitude since my illness began has strengthened me to always persevere, and to never give up.

Image of stretching cat can be found here.

Would Rather Be Writing…

Sometimes I wonder if my novels will ever be published. The arthritis in my hands have become severe and it is difficult to type well. Adding to this is my numerous family responsibilities, and I can’t remember the last time I added a single word to any of my documents.

I still think about my characters and stories, but it now seems to be in a distant part of my mind. The way you file things in your head to remember in the future, instead of immediately working on of my stories.

I am in the process of training the software Dragon Speak to learn my voice patterns so that I can ‘speak’ about my characters’ lives into my tales. So far it has been a very slow process because it has trouble loading, or can’t find the registration numbers that I already used to set it up.

My husband and I are working on training it today, so hopefully my version of writing will go much smoother and faster.

Grateful

My husband is home from the hospital. It was a long five days for both him and I, and is such a good reminder of how important it is to strengthen our immune system.

A friend of mine introduced me to amazing healing oils, called Doterra Oils, to use on my husband’s infected leg and feet. I was desperate to help him, and applied four different oils two-three times a day. His leg healed at a remarkable speed along with the antibiotic.

Good health is priceless. I am now determined for my family and I to eat healthier, use essential oils, and get enough exercise to keep our bodies strong. While antibiotics are needed to get rid of tough bacteria, a strong immune system is needed to avoid getting sick, because this is NOT a cycle that we want to repeat.

Reflections

Tonight my husband is in the hospital with an aggressive infection in his leg. It started yesterday, and this morning he had a fever and a large red rash on his leg. He couldn’t walk, and I drove him to the ER. They admitted him and he is on antibiotics and pain meds, and has received many blood tests to check his white blood cell count. 

The tests this afternoon came back a bit high, most likely from fighting the infection, though they will scan for a blood clot as well. All of this served as a good reminder to me that things in life can and do change very fast in life, and I must try to always be prepared, whether I feel well or not.

I wasn’t feeling too good myself, but made the choice to serve my husband and best friend to the best of my ability. Dealing with this stress and uncertainty caused me want to write more scenes in our time travel novel, as a way for us to remember our love of this young adult story, and how it brings us closer together.

This is one of the many reasons I became a writer – to create tales that temporally help me forget about my problems and concentrate on my characters who have a life of their own.

Change

I have neglected my blog for a while due to my busy life and the pain that floods my body.  It is a bad combination that has distracted me from my love of writing both my novels and this blog. But I now have hope, that since I wake up in the middle of the night, and when I take my headache medicine that also contains caffeine and aspirin, it alleviates most of my pain.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about who I am and what I write about, and my love of our earth and the stars inspired me to change the look of this site. I am in the process of editing my Enchanted Locket manuscript with my co-author, Anthony F. Rando. These characters talk to me the most often, and we are changing the location of where these characters live.  Instead of upstate New York or Western Pennsylvania, they now live in Galveston, Texas.

And everything has fallen into place; when my family and I went to visit the day after Christmas for my mother’s birthday, I found the perfect house for my character’s setting. It felt right, and I could imagine my character Olivia living there and dealing with her encounters with ghosts.

My chronic pain seems to affect my memory recall, so I’ll be re-reading my novel writing books and posting my thoughts on my writing blog, Epic Tales.

Writing notes of inspiration on the go

I have been very busy home schooling my twelve-year-old and (still) rebuilding my damaged body. Last week was my brother’s birthday, and I bought him a Samsung tablet at Best Buy.

Then I met a Samsung employee working at Best Buy, and though we should have left the store to work on the new tablet, I spoke to the sales person about his cell phone.

Do you see where this is going? Yes, I bought a new cell phone – the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The large screen where you can write (with a stylus) pretty much had me at hello.

Now it is time for me to find my writing groove again…