Wednesday, January 8, 2020


Happy New Year and welcome to the second Wednesday of the month for my IWSG posting. This is one of those rare times when it isn't the first Wednesday so no, things are not out of whack...just a little different.

While this month's question is a good one, it actually made me think of something else that I'd like to share about.

Question: What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story or series? Was it a teacher/spouse/coach/friend/parent? Did you just "know" suddenly you wanted to write?

This question prompted another topic in my mind: My decision to undergo vertical sleeve gastrectomy, or VSG.

The procedure is a gastric surgery to help with losing weight.

I've struggled with my weight for most of my life. The early years were, unfortunately, due to not realizing that I didn't have to look like what society's beauty standard's insisted I should look like. After gaining weight with my pregnancy fifteen years ago, my struggle worsened as I dealt with divorce and a relocation from Texas to San Diego, CA (quite the culture shock!) in the Fall of 2007. I eventually got to a place of being good with me, myself and I so my struggle turned into this seesaw of diets and walk regimens I just didn't commit to.
This is me in 2013 at a book signing for Neverlove.
That didn't change when I returned to Texas in the Fall of 2009. I eventually reached my heaviest weight in the last year, hitting 330 at one point, with blood pressure already a steady havoc and diabetes trying to become a close friend. After trying on my own with a few programs, counting calories, journaling my food, and more, I gave myself a chance to consider surgery. I held off, waiting to enjoy my cruise to Cozumel.

After that cruise, I knew it was time when I realized I didn't take a single picture of myself from the cruise. Not like me at all. Definitely not the phone hog, but nope, not one of me enjoying Cozumel.

No more trying. I began the process. This isn't something where I got to pick a surgery date. I jumped through hoops from the time I first consulted with my surgeon in August 2019 until I finally had the surgery on December 23, 2019.
Me, October 2019, posing lol!
VSG has been my "Do it" moment. There's no question of my commitment. This is for my health, to live a healthier, more quality life to spend with my daughter and any family she builds. 

I'm not sure how far down the scale I will go. Pounds aren't my focus. Fitness? That's got to happen or this surgery will have been for nothing.

Not happening.

So, that's it for now. I'll sprinkle more of my experience as this journey continues.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Will We See Things Clearly in 2020?

Credit to Pixabay
Happy New Year!

Thank you for stopping by today for a Year in Review for 2019 and Where I'm Headed for 2020.

Goals for 2019?

For 2019, I had a goal related to my paying gig. I worked very hard, put in lots of unpaid overtime since I'm salaried, and really wanted to "prove my worth" for a promotion. I was thrilled when I found out I got it, but that turned a little bittersweet when I realized how much of a gap my pay is compared to others in the same position. I definitely understand education and experience will impact that...just didn't realize that for me to eventually reach 10% less than a fellow colleague, I would have to get another promotion and be her manager. I'm being prayerful on what my next steps should be.

As for writing, I didn't set any goals. I just DID things that I'm very proud of (or "of which I am very proud" to be grammatically correct lol!)

Do or Do Not, There Is No Try - Yoda

Finished the Fable Ranger duology by publishing Return on Valentine's day ❤
Summons and Return both available
Masquerade: Oddly Suited, an IWSG Anthology, was released a couple of months later. My short story, A Diver's Ball, was chosen as one of 11 YA shorts for this masquerade-themed anthology.
Fan art for by Elizabeth Mueller

And...published my first BookJaunt, Peel, a sweet romance novella with a bit of romcom and a hint of spice in the summer.
I started on a nonfiction that I'm still working on how to flesh out presenting since I don't have a masters or PhD. It has to do with leadership from the "managed" perspective where I do have nearly 30 years of knowledge. I hope to share this soon.

I also started a contemporary YA. It is a story that feels I need to get it out of me. Will have to figure what to do after I finish the first draft.

Goals for 2020?

For 2020, I want to -

  • Publish 2 more BookJaunts
  • Publish my non-fiction, or at least the first of three in my non fiction, which are all slated as short reads.
  • Finish my YA contemporary and decide - before the end of 2020 - if I want to publish it myself or seek representation.
  • Work with management at my paying gig regarding pay gaps. Not sure if this will get completed by the end of 2020, but will pray and do my best.

What about you? How was your 2019? Do you think we'll see things clearly in 2020?

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Holiday Break

Hey to all my blogger buds and new visitors!

I'm taking a blogging break for the holiday, but also to recuperate.

I intend to undergo a medical procedure that will require I rest and recover for a couple of weeks.

Everyone stay safe, enjoy the holidays, and I'll see you in 2020 😎

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

IWSG and How Did Your NaNoWriMo Go?

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here on the first Wednesday of the month to get through this thing we call Writer Life.

Yeah, I gave Prince's familiar song beginning a bit of a twist. If you want to hear the real deal - and why wouldn't you - here's the video.
Okay, now that you've jammed for a bit, let's get to the other fun thing about today.

Because it is the first Wednesday of the month, IWSGers around the blogosphere are sharing, caring, hoping, and making known about their insecurities. If you prefer, you can also discuss the Question of the Month:

Let's play a game. Imagine. Role-play. How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? Tell the rest of us. What would you change or improve?

So...I'm interested in what others have to say. I'm actually still floating high on NaNoWriMo. I didn't win, capturing 22,200 in word count. But the thing I really wanted, I did it! WOOT!

That's right, I wrote daily for 14 days straight. I haven't done that in a very, very long time. I've written for a few days then paused for a few days...written for a week then paused over the weekend. But 14 straight days of dedicated writing...this is big for me. And it has inspired me to make a new challenge to myself. I'll share more about it soon.

What about you? What are your thoughts on today's IWSG question? Or how did things go for you if you NaNoWriMo'd?

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