Monday, November 23, 2015

A Special Message From Me

When life gets away from you ... Be Thankful.

I've been a horrible blogger lately, and for that I'm terribly sorry. Personal confessions such as this are not ones I often use this platform for, but I wanted you to know that out of sight is not out of mind. 

I think about you often. I do. Each and everyone of you. I wonder where you are, how you're doing, and how your writing is going. For friends and readers, I wonder how life is treating you, what you're reading, and how you're getting along with both. And for the younger crowd, I wonder how you're doing in school or your studies. And if things are kind of blah for you, I hope and pray it turns around.

We all wait for that point, the one where things finally go our way. At the onset of this year, I'd stopped writing. The break up with my agent had left me frigid and without much writing motivation. But, as it usually does for those who write, the creative gene within me stirred for attention again. Long story short, soon after this things took a 360 degree turn.

I sold my YA story and a few short months later I sold my MG. As you probably have already guessed, that's why I'm so busy right now. I haven't even begun working with my editors yet, but I've been learning about marketing and promotion, been joining author co-opts and groups for debuts releasing in 2016, and reading nonstop about sequels and series because that's what I'm working on now - book II in my MG series' story. I've also been designing a professional website - which I can't wait to show you - plus creating a newsletter and offering up free material as a gift for all of you. I would never have stuck with writing if it wasn't for you.

Thus I want to thank you for being my cyber friends, beta readers & CPs (for those it applies), loyal supporters, encourage mongers, writing group buddies, snark buddies (for those of us who joke a bit too often - you know how you are), and truth tellers, who say it like it is when I need it. 

Whether you celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving or not, I am immensely grateful for you. Each one of you have helped me get to this place. Right here, right now. Thank you.

Warmest wishes today and always,

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15 comments:

  1. That's awesome you will have two books coming out next year! Congratulations. Be happy to help you promote them.
    I appreciate you and all of my blogger buddies.
    Have a great Thanksgiving.

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  2. This is really sweet, and congratulations on the books! I often wonder when it's time for an author to move beyond the regular blogging into other pursuits related to being published. I think sometimes we outgrow our blogs but after keeping them up for many years, we continue posting due to habit rather than real need or desire. I'm kind of at that stage with my blog right now. And I'm really not sure what the answer is.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I totally hear where you're coming from. Now that I am at a place in my writing career where I'm producing my own books, I know I need a solid website, showing myself as an author and providing a place to showcase my books. That leaves my 'blog' to be a place where I offer useful and helpful information to writers as I come across and/or experience it, to parents as I hit more milestones (& roadblocks) with my kids, and for readers as a place they can visit to learn about books they might want to read from other authors. I think that's what I'll be utilizing my blog for.

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  3. Hi Sheri - that's wonderful that you've overcome that break - uplifting to read this. You too have a great break and enjoy Thanksgiving if you can - while being so grateful for all you've achieved this year.

    Friends here are just amazing .. it's wonderful to be a part of this world ... take care and enjoy the journey - cheers Hilary

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    1. With everything that's going on in our world right now, it's so wonderful to hear the cheerfulness in your words. Thank you for your comment and for visiting.

      Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

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  4. Awesome about your two books coming out. Don't forget to contact me if you want to get on my schedule. I'm already setting my 2016 schedule. We all go through those challenging times when we just can't blog as we'd like. As we get back to it at some point, our true blogger friends understand. So totally understand what you're going through. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Sheri. And no worries about not blogging often. I have to take breaks from it myself. Life is more important than social media, and you have the greatest excuse for not blogging much. So happy for you that you have two books in the works.

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  6. YAY!! So HAPPY for you!! SUPER CONGRATS!! You are on roll <3 And I just love your new profile pics!! YOU GO GIRL!! XO XO HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

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  7. I feel ya about being busy--too busy to blog. Congrats though. Those are good reasons.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. ‘philanthropic + epiphany’ (=so much to give + vision):
    ~let these two words be the start of our journey~

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    I looove giving'm new opportunities
    for thots/ideas/structural integrity,
    taking'm in a completely-new-direction:

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    Don’t let His extravagant Brilliance be extinguished.
    You’re creative, yes?
    Then, fly-away with U.S. to the antidote…

    Whether you obtain moralityB4mortality to wiseabove
    or just glean tantalizing specimens for thy next best seller,
    you shall find in our blogs a lotta (subliminal) moxie
    which has taken this sinfull mortal yeeeeers to compile!
    I lay it ALL out for you, dear, with All-Star-Oxygems:

    Wouldn’t ya love an endless eternity
    of aplomBombs falling on thy indelible cranium?
    An XtraXcitinXpose with no zooillogical-expiration-date?
    An IQ much higher than K2 all-go-rhythm?
    An anti-establishment, savvy victory +
    avant-guarde-humility =
    you’re promptly astonished, ain’tcha?
    withe extraordinarily explosion of maelstrom mellowdramatic??
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    (with a most-excellent-detector of bull§ht):

    “Faith, hope, and love,
    the greatest of these is love –
    jump into faith…
    and you’ll VitSee with love”
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    from a super-passionate, lucrative iconoclasm where you’ll find
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    of deluxe-HTTP [<- pi] opportunities for excitement BTW.

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    -our Lord Jesus to Saint Gertrude

    ...think about it, girl:
    1-outta-1 perishes in 88ish years;
    1-outta-1 shall be Divinely Judged;
    1-outta-1 travels on either on the Up
    or the downstairs escalator,
    how WE sinfull mortals have lived
    is where we go for eternity:
    Seventh-Heaven or the Abyss o'Misery.
    Yes, dear, life’s extremely tough now
    (I'm proof)…
    yet, life’s extremely short now:
    we have the length and breadth of eternity
    to consider where our decisions have placed U.S.
    And Satan’s working overtime
    to take over your indestructible soul.
    Don’t let him.
    I Choose Heaven.
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  9. ‘philanthropic + epiphany’ (=so much to give + vision):
    ~let these two words be the start of our journey~

    I looove RITErs;
    I looove giving'm new opportunities
    for thots/ideas/structural integrity,
    taking'm in a completely-new-direction:

    Why else does a moth fly FROM the night
    than to a bold, attractive candle Light??
    Don’t let His extravagant Brilliance be extinguished.
    You’re creative, yes?
    Then, fly-away with U.S. to the antidote…

    Whether you obtain moralityB4mortality to wiseabove
    or just glean tantalizing specimens for thy next best seller,
    you shall find in our blogs a lotta (subliminal) moxie
    which has taken this sinfull mortal yeeeeers to compile!
    I lay it ALL out for you, dear, with All-Star-Oxygems:

    Wouldn’t ya love an endless eternity
    of aplomBombs falling on thy indelible cranium?
    An XtraXcitinXpose with no zooillogical-expiration-date?
    An IQ much higher than K2 all-go-rhythm?
    An anti-establishment, savvy victory +
    avant-guarde-humility =
    you’re promptly astonished, ain’tcha?
    withe extraordinarily explosion of maelstrom mellowdramatic??
    Here’s what the exquisite, prolific GODy sed
    (with a most-excellent-detector of bull§ht):

    “Faith, hope, and love,
    the greatest of these is love –
    jump into faith…
    and you’ll VitSee with love”
    Doesn’t matter if you don’t believe (what I write);
    God believes in you.

    Meet me Upstairs, girl, where the Son never goes down
    from a super-passionate, lucrative iconoclasm where you’ll find
    nonillionsXnonillionsXnonillionsXnonillionsXnonillionsX…
    of deluxe-HTTP [<- pi] opportunities for excitement BTW.

    Do it. Do the deed, dude. Sign into the Big-Zaftig-House.

    PS “It is impossible that anyone should NOT receive all that they have believed and hoped to obtain; it gives Me great pleasure when they hope great things from Me and I will always give them more than they expect”
    -our Lord Jesus to Saint Gertrude

    ...think about it, girl:
    1-outta-1 perishes in 88ish years;
    1-outta-1 shall be Divinely Judged;
    1-outta-1 travels on either on the Up
    or the downstairs escalator,
    how WE sinfull mortals have lived
    is where we go for eternity:
    Seventh-Heaven or the Abyss o'Misery.
    Yes, dear, life’s extremely tough now
    (I'm proof)…
    yet, life’s extremely short now:
    we have the length and breadth of eternity
    to consider where our decisions have placed U.S.
    And Satan’s working overtime
    to take over your indestructible soul.
    Don’t let him.
    I Choose Heaven.
    Choose.

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  10. Huge congrats on your recent sales... That's fantastic news.

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  11. So happy to hear that things are turning around for you in the writing world. That's all great news! I'm glad you're back in the blog world. I always enjoy reading your posts. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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  12. You are a PEACH!!! And I love you for it. Congrats on your crazy good success. ((Big boob hugs))

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