quick update…

I’m still stuck on one hurdle – I was going to try to tackle it last night, but alas… My tired brain said an emphatic – NO…

I have a front cover (needs a few tweaks) and now ideas are swirling for the back of the book  –  I “saw it” and shared the idea so my friend Jeff is attacking what we think I “saw”! The header issue was tackled! And we inch a little closer…

Have a beautiful day friends,

Love, Barbara


Headers and footers, and page numbers – OH MY!!!


OK… after that lil’tantrum, I feel much better!

Oh, and don’t tell me how easy it is – IT’S NOT AS EASY AS YOU THINK – I want the author name on the LEFT side pages and the title on the RIGHT…


I do not want either to appear on the CHAPTER PAGES… so far it’s all or nothing, but I WILL NOT allow this THING to beat me! NOT GONNA HAPPEN! There is a way around it – my GPS (Get Page Solvers) – just hasn’t figured it out yet.

And the page numbers… I want 1 – 300 to BEGIN on the Chapter One page and I find that isn’t happening either…

I WILL BE A CONQURER… you’ll see…


Yesterday was AWESOME! I have a design for the cover – and NO, I’m not sharing it until the book is ready to go. Still some tweaking, but I love it. It is absolutely not what I THINK I expected. I say “I THINK” because I had no vision what I wanted – no REAL EXPECTATIONS. I know my book is NOT the kind for one of those covers where Andy looks like Fabio, or Bethy appears as a woman showing off her assets – NOT WHAT I WANTED, but I didn’t know what I DID want. I hope you will be, as I told Jeff, the designer, PLEASANTLY SURPRISED!! The more and more I look at it – because I can’t STOP looking at it – the more I LOVE IT!

Now he’s working on the back cover and I am fixing efvbjinhbgfvdcx headers and page numbers!

OK… must get to work because the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter!

Love, Barbara

So close you can almost taste it

I’ve used this in a blog before but today it feels like I need to share it again…

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins…..

If you are a FaceBook friend then you saw this on my post today, but I wanted to share it here as well…

Word of the day:
Exanxilated: defined as an anxious happy feeling!
Used in a sentence: I am exanxilated for tomorrow!!!!

Tomorrow is an important day… that’s all I’m gonna say, I will exanxilatedly tell you the outcome on Sunday! But hopefully, very soon, you will have “the next chapter in my journey” to read…

Love to you, Barbara


Have Faith, Believe…

There’s a cliff…

Yes, it’s a bit of a repeat, but there is so much power (to me) in this post that I have to share it once more….

There’s a cliff…

I’m blindfolded, standing at the edge, unknowing…
To my left I hear; “Stop! Don’t take another step, you’ll fall!”

To my right I hear; “Go for it! Take a leap of FAITH! BELIEVE! You’ll be fine!

I hesitate… I listen to the words, thinking my options through in my head, trying to reason with myself, and it comes to this…

No matter how you say it, there are only TWO outcomes:
Sink or swim
Do or die
Fail or Faith

Wow – I ‘stepped away’ a moment to regroup, because this has been heavy on my heart for a few days… While I was ‘gone’ I read a comment about Sherry Shepard’s thoughts on DWTS. Perfect timing today for my own thoughts…. “And, I wanna say, to every person out there — that thing that scares you the most, that makes you say, ‘I don’t know if I can do it, I’m scared,’ run towards it because it’s so amazing on the other side.”

I’m going to press on… I’m running down a dream, I’m gonna take a chance and free-fall into the unknown and see what happens – I’m going to run and see what’s on the other side… I hope to see you when I take the blind fold off…

Take a leap of faith today! Jump without fear – follow your heart… someone else already did…

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7/21/2012 thoughts

“It’s déjà vu all over again…” Yogi Berra

I am glad I JUMPED! And I thank you for believing in me and waiting to see what happens.

I am PROUD of what I did, and I know not everyone will love it – I DO, and that’s what matters, This has been an amazing journey, I’m gonna call it 10 years, and I love this story, I love these characters and those who I have shared it with tell me they like it – someone keeps saying she can’t wait for the movie 🙂

Who knows…

I can tell you this – I have all the changes, corrections, edits in one place and my goal is to have all of that complete when “MY GRAPHICS DESIGNER” (I swear I just love saying that!) comes next Saturday.

I took the blindfold off, and I see a light. I don’t think it’s a train, I think it’s faith. Faith in myself and the faith in ME that you have shared with me.

Have Faith, Believe..

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IsAdOXDGAU&feature=fvwrel (Skip the ad).

Love, Barbara

Hello… it’s me…


It’s been a busy time – GREAT busy, but busy! 🙂

Been away for a few days – I took a staycation from  work and Gene and I did a couple of wonderful day trips. One to St. Mary’s Georgia – just FYI, ‘There’s a chapter there!” ha ha!

Things are progressing, on Rock and Roll, but I’m not gonna rush – I wanted to. I wanted to BADLY, BUT I want this to be what it already is – BETTER than Sweet Surrender, so a little more love is in order, and I am happy to give it the love it needs. I’m excited for next Saturday (7/27) to meet with my graphics designer (I LOVE SAYING THAT! ha ha ha ha!) I’m very excited to see his vision of MY DREAM!  It is MY DREAM – I told you so! ha ha!

Some editing… some formatting…. and an afternoon with ‘the guy’ and we’ll see what we’re looking at.

I’m excited for you to finally meet Andy and Bethy…

Love, Barbara



Just checking in…

Greetings all,

It’s been busy since we last “spoke”. Been a busy week or so… Glad to have a few days for me, myself, and I (and Geno). Work today – off until Wednesday – much-needed mental vacation….

All my readers have finished – good feedback, loved the messages I received while they were helping me eyeball what they had. Compiling corrections and changes, then will be reformatting. Meeting with my graphics designer (Jeff, I love saying that!!) on the 27th and we will see where we go from there.

I just hadn’t “stopped by” in a while, so I wanted to check in.

Be well, friends!

Love, Barbara

My dream….

Thank you for helping me remember this…

I had the best day yesterday! First, any time I’m with Geno is my favorite day! But I also met with someone and now have progress and a new friend to help me along in my journey. We shared lunch and all kinds of conversation, ideas, pictures, thoughts…

I’m excited to see where this path takes me.

I don’t remember the exact words, I was too excited!   But one thought we shared was about self-publishing. And the whole thing came down to: The writers he has read that he likes the best seem to be self-published, and the reason was because the stories didn’t fit into a common/conventional box (my words). It’s a story that’s different, not the same thing that everyone else is writing. We talked about genre and when I told him that my stories don’t seem to fit into most of them, it was kind of like that was a good thing!

It IS my dream and I don’t want what I write to be just like everyone else, with different names for my characters and different descriptions of the locale. I don’t want to change it up too much, I’m not a 50 Shades of Gray writer. I couldn’t write some of that stuff I keep hearing about. I believe with each thing I do write you will see more growth from me. I see it from what I’ve already done and you (who have had a sneak peek of Rock and Roll) have told me the same thing. That’s my goal – get better with each word I write and to get those notes/txts from you that say things like ‘page 96 – I love this!’ or ‘I’m on page 176 and I didn’t see that coming!’  or ‘I read about… and I am crying.’. or my sweet husband telling me (with tears at the corners of his eyes) how proud he is of me, or that he ‘sees’ me on every page – if those things are the best I get, then they are the best! But we never know what lies around the corner…

It’s my dream…

If I don’t have an opportunity to see him again before this, we will meet again on 7/27.

What a blessing this whole journey has been…

Love to you, Barbara