I know it has been a long time since I’ve added any thoughts here – my head was full of too many other things that I couldn’t think about what to share with you. Lots of changes in my work life in the past few months and I am prayerful about more to come. If you follow along on Facebook, you know that we have had some (too many) trials with Gene’s health lately as well.
I’m hoping that with a new year the opportunities for me to have ME TIME will be greater. I am ready for some peace and calm.
I can tell you that I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like, but…
I have a final story from Andy that I am working on. He came to me and said “this isn’t finished,” and shared some thoughts with me 🙂 I love when he does that! We are a ways off, but TIMELESS is coming.
And… There is another story that needs some major tweaks and love that I hope to get out this year – the title is AFTER THE FALL, and I hope that you will fall in love with Josh and Chellie’s story.
I will be better about stopping in and sharing updates and maybe teases with you.
I hope 2017 is filled with love and good things, and that the challenges you face are manageable – that’s what I’m shooting for… managing my challenges.
Andy – yes THAT Andy – Andy Stevens has shared a story with me. He’s told me all kinds of things that hadn’t been part of Bethy or Carlee’s journey. He’s coming to terms with a slew of emotions, memories, thoughts, and mistakes…
We aren’t quite ready to share more than this, YET.
I just wanted to let you know that I’ve embarked on another journey (see how I keep slipping that in!) with him. Gene approves! 🙂
Be well and remember, if you are reading this… I love you!
I have a working title for my next book – After the Fall. I love this story (I LOVE THEM ALL!) but this one has a personal story attached. It’s out of my hands for now. I’ve sent it to the next two sets of eyes – one a reader who has lived with me through each story and one is the first CRITICAL SET OF EYES… so it’s all I can do for now.
For those of you who didn’t like that I went a “little further” in the last book – for those who wanted more than I gave – these are my stories. I’ve reigned it back in JUST A TAD. Going further didn’t do anything for me – personally – and it didn’t get me anywhere outside my comfort zone… STICK WITH WHAT YOU KNOW… I know milder love stories and if that keeps my circle smaller, than that’s where I’m supposed to be.
I answered a post that someone else posted the other day about too much or too little and the bottom line is that we’re never going to please everyone – find your niche and stick to it. WRITE WHAT YOU LOVE, not what you hope someone else will.
I’ll be an anxious mess for the next few days – while the first eyes do their thing…
I’m going to end this with Happy Easter – He is Risen. If you don’t believe that, than happy whatever….
Here’s hoping that you are(have) celebrating a wonderful time with your family – if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you are doing something with someone you love.
We had some cheer yesterday and then woke up to some more this morning. As I saw all the packages I thought about GIFTS.
Each of you who support me, follow me, read my stories, and have become my friend are one of the best gifts I can imagine. I pray ever day that I am able to meet some of you who are friends I haven’t met yet. Thank you for giving some of yourself to me…
Also when I think of the gifts I received I am most thrilled with the things that were chosen because the giver KNOWS me. I got a cargo net for my car because the groceries roll all around the trunk 🙂 and I got a wooden star – just a simple gray star but it has the most important word on it – my favorite word… HOPE. Where would we be without hope?
One of my friends had her last chemo treatment this week – I HOPE for a more calm journey going forward… I hope every day for more days. I hope that someone reads my words and likes the story I shared. I hope that Gene and I, and those we love stay healthy.
And I hope for PEACE ON EARTH…
God bless you richly – not with money, although I reckon we all HOPE for that 🙂 But richly in kind – I hope you get what you give and that you give with your heart…
I woke up and decided that they lie! They all lie!!!!
They say – “fall back an hour and you will get an extra hour’s sleep…” LIES I TELL YOU!
So here I am… getting ready to hit send on the document called Lulu’s Loves. The anxious nerves. The “Oh, this isn’t anything you’ve read from me before nerves. The “Ok, the BETA readers like it (most said LOVE) and they say – “GO WITH IT – YOU’RE READY FOR THIS” nerves…
So as I sit here bouncing my legs anxiously thinking about Lulu I want to add full disclosure…
This one won’t be suggestive.
This one isn’t PG 18 as the others have been – this one will be more edgy and I want YOU to know that. I’ve thought about it and gone back and forth and back and forth again.
The bottom line is that this is Lulu’s story. It’s what came to me and I’m sending it on like it is. My hesitation is that some of my readers are my mom’s age, so I thought about my mom. Would she read it and be ok with where Lulu’s journey takes her. And my heart said yes. She might cringe a time or two but she’d realize that it’s part of the story – Lulu’s story.
Gene’s read some of it and he says send it. “You have to step out of your safe zone. You have to reach all romance readers in order to grow.”
Get ready for Lulu’s Loves – The next novel from Barbara S. Stewart A PG 29ish romance…
Lulu makes me happy – I’ll have a release date and a cover to share soon.
I’m continuing with the “joy theme” from the other day. We have made a lot of progress going through things and DOWN SIZING our “stuff!” Sometimes, it’s a struggle. I’m going through books. CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW HARD THAT IS?! 🙂
I found several books that my sweet Mama thought I’d enjoy. Holistic and plant medicine for one. I looked inside the cover and she’d written how much she thought I’d enjoy it. I put it down. I picked it up. I put it down… You get the picture… DOES IT BRING ME JOY? The REAL, HONEST ANSWER… Only her words, the hand writing and the “Love, Mom” gave me that joy. Someone else may pick it up and be so excited to read about that… I put it in the box… And then I felt guilty. But in the end, I knew I’d never go any further than her words. She gave it to me in 2000 and that’s as far as I’ve ever gotten…
I read an article on joyful downsizing – that wasn’t the title and I can’t find it again, but that’s the gist of it… It said you can’t do a room at a time. You take “like items” and pile them up and go through the pile. OMG – WTH has time to do that? I decided that we will tackle the most DAUNTING first! (Do it your way). We’ll continue with the office and move to another room when we’re done in there! We may need a new shredder after this! ha ha! #Enronshreddinginprocess! ha ha ha!
I was a Jeweler with Premier Designs for several years and “COUNT IT ALL JOY” was something that stuck with me, so That’s how I’m looking at this process!
On another note – things that bring me joy…
Lulu is telling me that she has some things to tell me for her story… I’m off to edit!