just thinking “out loud”

Just read this, searched on google because someone pointed it out to me and I thought I’d share this tidbit!

Nora Roberts publishes 5 books a year, and estimates each takes about 45 days to write…

In 1983 Barbara Cartland wrote 23 novels, and holds the Guinness World Record for the most novels written in a single year.

WHAT??????????????

I got 3 in this year and I can’t imagine 5, much less 23!!!!!

 

Thoughts on the year passed…

Blessed…
Unbelievable…
Hopeful…
Joyous…
Scared…
Unknown…
Intimidated…
Proud…

Oh, I could go on, but the reality is, I have to get ready to go to work at some point. 🙂

I never could have imagined what the past twelve months would bring, but I guess we never do, do we? I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone so many times that I feel like I’m dancing! (you really don’t want to see that, so quick… THINK OF SOMETHING ELSE! ha!)

Sweet Surrender – the first published – is sitting right where it should be, an average rating of 3 stars. It was a TREMENDOUS learning experience, and I will always be proud of myself for taking a chance.

Rock and Roll Never Forgets is still an UNKNOWN to me at this point, and I’m not thrilled about that, but I took a chance and will chalk it up to lessons learned, and maybe in the very near future I will have other news on that. The chance I took was going to an expanded distribution through a different distributor than I used with SS – the problem is – I can’t see what is happening until too far out. on January 4th I will get information for October. With Amazon/Kindle I could see real-time. I am still VERY proud of this book, because it’s the one that brought me to this point in so many ways. I learned it was “GOOD ENOUGH”, something I struggled with for almost 4 years. We’ll see what the rest of “you” think as time goes by.

And on the advise of my good friend and “artistic mentor”, Jeff, I did a quick read to throw out in time for Christmas. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under is doing well, and I am hearing (HAPPY FACE AND MORE DANCING!) that this is the “best so far”. BLESSED…

I participated in NaNoWriMo again this year and was a WINNER with over 50,000 words in 30 days (25 actually!) and someday soon I hope you will read The Face In The Mirror, (Thank you Mom) but for now…

I am in the final stages of Book Two in the Rock and Roll Trilogy – When I Look to the Sky, and my chance-drawing winner from the Oakleaf Relay For Life “Dinner with the Author” night – Jennifer Johannes will get to read through it to take me to the next step! Hoping for a spring 2013 publish date – will keep you posted. The story for the third book is KNOWN, but I have to fill in all the middle!

Lastly, to celebrate my adventure, I am posting a link for an event that I am participating in on January 23rd – Meet The Author Night (kinda like Open Mic, only with books! ha ha ha!) at the Black Horse Winery in Orange Park. This event is sponsored by the Clay County Writer’s Group and the Black Horse Winery. There will be three featured authors (I THINK) and I will be one of them. (WAY OUTTA MY COMFORT ZONE, but I have to start somewhere!) If you would like information please email me and I will get it to you – I will have something on the website in the near future.

I love and appreciate EACH OF YOU who have supported me this past year, walked with me, sometimes holding my hand – gently, sometimes dragging me as I dug my heels in because I was scared (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!) I wouldn’t trade 2012 in my life for anything and I hope the journey (you knew I had to get that in there SOMEWHERE!) continues into 2013.

Happy New Year, with blessings for happy trails and journeys of your own!

Love, Barbara

 

 

Happier thoughts…..

I wanted to tell you that I’ve left Logan, Brian, and Mitchell (you don’t know him yet!) behind. Too many men in my life right now! And because Andy woke me early this morning and said “It’s time you come back to me…”

I guess he’s missed me as much as I’ve missed him – and Gene is OK with this….

Off to WRITE…. Off to DREAM… Off to work on When I Look to the Sky…

Love, Barbara

Maybe…

Such mixed emotions this evening…. So sad for the devastation in Newtown CT – unfathomable grief….

“What kind of person takes the lives of 20 little children…?” Brian Williams

So, so, so sad….

Maybe that is the sadness I feel…

And elation over another success in my journey. I published and am doing a FREE WEEKEND DOWNLOAD on my latest book – Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under! See the page on my blog for more info.

And maybe I’m feeling sad because I can’t wrap my head around the holidays this year… I keep making an attempt, but all I feel is sad. Maybe it’s because Christmas was my mom’s birthday and some years it hurts more, and I miss her more than others… She would have been 72 this year and I miss being able to share that with her.

Maybe it’s because I’m not done Christmas shopping and I am having a hard time thinking about any of it…

Maybe it’s the moon….  maybe I just don’t know, but I feel like I’m on a roller coaster this week and I’m not feeling the WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

And maybe… it will pass…. soon….

Maybe I’ll write more later 🙂

See the changes to other pages in the blog….

 

Love, Barbara

 

 

 

well………….

I am back! What a month November was! over 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo! (and someday a story about ‘the face in the mirror’). December is always jam-packed! Just wanted to stop in to give a few updates….

Rock and Roll Never Forgets is moving, but not as much as I would like to see. Exploring taking it to Kindle Select and by-passing the other eReader outlets because I got way more “traffic” on Kindle exclusively – different ways to promote it… We’ll see, but I am getting things in place so that when I make my decision it will be quick.
I keep learning!

Still seeing LOTS of movement on Sweet Surrender and every bad review is balanced by a good one! That’s what life is all about – right??? BALANCE! My word for the day, along with HOPE and BELIEVE!

I submitted and am waiting the final OK  to proceed with Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? (Thank you Dawn Zattau and Jeff Manalo for your help – I NEVER WOULD HAVE MADE IT WITHOUT YOU!!!). I don’t know if I will make it in time for Christmas on Kindle but I am TRYING! I will keep you posted! Here’s the blurb:

A reunion after twenty years and you realize that people change, in many ways… but do they really?  
Amanda Pierson is a forty-something independent woman. She’s attractive, strong-willed, and smart; a business woman who is good at what she does, and gets what she needs. She’s on a path that works, content to follow where it leads…  
A trip back to her hometown to visit a friend changes her direction, when out of the blue a ‘cowboy’ named Brian causes chaos in the life she thought she wanted. She travels down memory-lane remembering the good, the bad, and the ugly, to see where her heart leads, and finds that a dirt road leads her home.

I appreciate every one of you who take the time to read this and believe in me. I appreciate all of you who TAKE A CHANCE and give a new writer a try, and I hope, if you read Sweet Surrender, that you see improvement and growth with Rock and Roll and then, even MORE with Boots!

I think that’s enough for now! I will be READING for a while – I have a backlog! ha ha!

Love, Barbara