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

 

 

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I'm Barbara and I read. I'm Barbara and I write! :) I'm still learning and I believe each word I read, and each that I write show that I am learning my craft.

One thought on “Thoughts on the year passed…

  1. Barbara says:

    I changed my mind about the link for the Author Night at the winery because its on my Facebook and I didn’t know if it would work, but I forgot to change my post 🙂
    So watch for the invitation/announcement soon!

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