Thursday, February 23, 2017

Goals Post February 2017

My goal for February was to regain health. All other goals were kicked to the curb until health was regained.

I don't have cancer!!! Yay! I've been checked for two different types and the test results are good in that area! I am extremely thankful.

Thanks to multiple tests (ultrasound, CT scan, an endoscopy, biopsies, many vials of blood samples, etc), I have six other actual diagnoses that make sense with the pain - gallbladder stones, polyps, and partially blocked duct; diverticulitis; hiatal hernia; GERD; reflux; and a fibroid that's kind of huge and attached strongly to my uterus. FOUR FIBROIDS ATTACHED TO THE UTERUS (PICTURES TAKEN DURING SURGERY),

I am still hurting. Talking hurts, laughing hurts, and sometimes concentrating on anything is impossible. I get headaches as well as all the abdominal pain and I'm extremely tired some days - sleeping for three hours at a time in the middle of the day and then napping again for 20 minutes before "dinner" - although my meals have to be minute in size and soft so I can digest them. Some days, I sleep even more. (On the good news side of the meals - I've lost 20 pounds in five weeks and I needed to lose that weight.)

I prescheduled this post because this is the week of my first surgery. The doctor estimated that I'll need 10 days FOUR WEEKS for recovery. Since I've had 13 other surgeries in my lifetime, I know that I probably should double or triple that estimate. Surgeons always consider 60% recovered to be recovered. My second surgery is supposed to take 6 weeks of recovery according to the doctor - ten days of which are supposed to be absolute bed rest (really, more? how much sleep can my body take?).

However, the good news (I don't have cancer!) is very good, and I'm thankful that I'm getting a start on getting better. 

I am thankful for all the prayers and kind wishes. I'm definitely mentally and emotionally stronger because of those. 

My main other goal this month was to help with marketing for the Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life Anthology.

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My goals for March: Continue to heal, help with Hero Lost marketing, and write a bit more than I did in February. That's it. I will visit blogs as I can.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

IWSG Hero Lost Anthology Thunderclap, Reading, and a Small Update

I have the most awesome team of anthology authors to work with for the #IWSG Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life anthology release! I will be having these authors for guest posts through March, April, and May but before then, I just want to give a short introduction for each of them here.

Born and raised in the deep, dirty South, Jen Chandler cut her story-telling teeth in the old folktales of Appalachia. She grew up chasing ghosts and gods, devouring the myths and legends of Egypt, Greece, Ireland and the British Isles. Now happily ensconced beneath the moss laden oaks of Savannah, GA, Jen delights in rummaging into the dark corners of stories, re-imaging mythology and collecting ghosts, goblins, and other strange things that tap at the back door of her imagination. When not writing, Jen can be found drinking copious amounts of tea, designing and stitching fabric patterns, studying folk herbalism, and re-reading old copies of British Country Living with frightening regularity. She may or may not be addicted to gummy candy. 

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L. Nahay is an author of fantasy and an independent publisher through Midnight Tomorrow Books. She has always ever written. She is a mom to two monsters, and while she’d love to live the more wild way most of her characters do, she currently resides in 
Chicago Indiana. For reminders of life outside her stories, she enjoys reading, creating, camping, hiking, exploring, and time with those monsters of hers. To date, she has published the first book of her fantasy series entitled Red Moonglow on Snow, and an urban fantasy short story called The Dryad.  She has also recently stepped into the world of Steampunk and bought 
herself the monsters a telescope. Be forewarned.

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Olga is a writer and journalist from Vancouver, Canada. Both her children, a son and a daughter, have already flown the nest. To sustain her nurturing instincts, she now collects toy monkeys. She has over 300 monkey figurines in her collection. As a journalist, Olga writes personal profiles of the local artists, actors, and musicians. As a fiction writer, she prefers fantasy. In the past few years, her fantasy and magic realism short stories have been published in multiple internet and print magazines. Her book SQUIRREL OF MAGIC is a collection of urban fantasy short stories. Her novels EAGLE EN GARDE and ALMOST ADEPT are parts of her ongoing sword-and-sorcery fantasy series.  In 2015, EAGLE EN GARDE won EPIC eBook Award in the Fantasy category.

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Elizabeth is a multi-published author of women’s fiction and romance. The mother of four boys, five if you count their father, she needs all the fantasy girl time she can get. A graduate of Marshall University, she is a licensed social worker who spent years working with at-risk teens. She is a member of WV Writers Association and an active blogger.

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Renee uses her years of experience as a developer to write about the what-ifs of magic and technology. When she is not suspiciously peering at her computer in between her writing, she can be found roaming the streets with her family or gaming (whether it’s video games, board games or table-top RPGs) with her similar-minded friends.

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Roland Yeomans has been a teacher, counselor, and book store owner. Everything but a pirate. Oh, wait, he was even that as he once worked at a tax preparation firm. He now is a rare blood courier day and night. And instead of sleeping, he writes.

In addition to contributing short stories to anthologies, Yvonne Ventresca is the author of two young adult novels and two nonfiction books for teens. BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES was published by Sky Pony Press in October 2016. Her debut YA novel, PANDEMIC, won a 2015 Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Yvonne’s other works include the short story “Escape to Orange Blossom,” which was selected for the dystopian anthology PREP FOR DOOM, along with two nonfiction books, PUBLISHING (Careers for the 21st Century) and AVRIL LAVIGNE (People in the News). Yvonne blogs regularly about creativity and writing-related resources.
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Sarah Foster is a blogger and an aspiring novelist and poet. She lives with her stand-up comedian husband and an overweight cat in a studio apartment above a movie theater just south of Boston, Massachusetts. When she’s not obsessing over Broadway musicals or baking cupcakes, she is usually working on finishing—and hopefully someday publishing—her debut novel. You can read about her writing adventures (and the love/hate relationships with her characters) on her blog, The Faux Fountain Pen.
Ellen Jacobson writes mystery and sci-fi/fantasy stories. She is currently working on the first in a cozy mystery series about a reluctant sailor turned amateur sleuth, as well as tales set on imaginary worlds. She lives on a sailboat with her husband, exploring the world from the water. When she isn’t working on boat projects or seeking out deserted islands, she blogs about their adventures.
Writer, author, dreamer, she envisions the possibilities in life and writes to bring hope when sometimes the moment doesn’t always feel that way. Working in the field of public relations and communications for more than fifteen years, she has always been involved with writing, editing, and engaging others in public speaking. In 2013, her first short story “Stage Fright” published in One More Day anthology. Her two young children help keep her creativity alive and the feeling of play in the forefront of her mind.
Sean McLachlan is a former archaeologist who worked for many years on excavations in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Now a full-time writer, he has written numerous novels and is working on three series: Toxic World (post-apocalyptic), House Divided (Civil War horror), Trench Raiders (WWI action), plus many standalone titles. His newsletter, Sean’s Travels and Tales, comes out every two months or so and includes a travel article, a short story, and a coupon for a free or discounted book.
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As you might know, I've been sick so I've been sitting a lot or sleeping. I've been taking a bit of my mind off the pain and frustration of things by reading a bit.
The most notable trilogy I've read in the last few weeks is Brandon Sanderson's The Reckoners - a fractured superhero tale. In a not-so-distant future, some humans have been granted superpowers. Unlike the comic books, they are all evil. The Reckoners are fighting back, but not everything is as it seems. David's father was killed in front of his eyes and David wants nothing but vengeance, despite his father's belief that some of the superhumans could be good. David joins the Reckoners and begins an action-packed journey that takes him places he never expected to go. The first book, Steelheart, is extremely good. The second book, Firefight, includes a long dark night of the soul that I didn't appreciate until I read through book three, Calamity. If you're a fan of science fiction and superhuman tales, I recommend these books. 

 Small Update: I will have the first of my surgeries next week. Because of that and my health in general, I have not been commenting well - I am more likely to visit your blog and comment there after I've read your comment here and it might take me several days. My "Goals" post will be pre-scheduled and include a fuller health update, but will be much shorter than this post as a whole.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

5 Reasons to Write with Faith by William Michael Davidson #theRemnant #blogtour

Please welcome William Michael Davidson to the 
5 Reasons to Write Series!

Here are five reasons to write with faith.  And by faith, I mean faith in God and including Him in the writing process.

1. You really can't help it.  I've always had this idea about my writing.  I think that a person ultimately writes what is on the inside.  Whether you are a Christian, an atheist, or somewhere in between, you ultimately write from your worldview.  For some, I think my works are perceived as Christian Fiction, but I've never really seen them that way.  I think I am a Christian who writes books.  So it's good to acknowledge that your writing will ultimately bring forth your beliefs and world view. Why fight it?

2. It's rewarding.  I haven't always been a Christian, but I can say that the works I've written in which I've invited God into the process have been my most rewarding.  Whether or not they're published, whether or not they sell well, I at least have the experience of knowing that what I've produced is honoring to God. And that's worth a lot!

3. Unexpected Lessons.  Just as God surprises us all the time, when you write with faith it's amazing what you can learn. Sometimes, in the midst of writing a story, God can use my own characters and my own plot lines to speak into my life.  Sometimes it's better to watch a character you've created make foolish mistakes and suffer the consequences rather than to go through them yourself!

4. It's God-like.  A long time ago, I remember a friend telling me that God created creativity.  He loves creativity!  Just look at the world and nature and all of the diversity he has placed here.  So when writing a novel, I have moments in which I feel that I am tasting of God's creative spirit.  And that's just super cool!

5. It can impact someone.  Just as a great fire can begin with a single spark, sometimes a story (or just an element of a story) can get a reader thinking about life, death, and eternity.  There is great power in being an artist, and you never know how your story can impact lives and lead readers towards Truth.  Writing a good story is an amazing experience, but writing a story that can minister to others and speak into their lives is priceless.

All awesome reasons! Thanks for sharing, Michael! I feel the same way about writing with faith, whether it's overtly or subtly. 

This post is part of The Remnant blog tour!

One nation, without God...

          Colton Pierce apprehends Abberants—those who display symptoms of faith—and quarantines them on a remote island to ensure public safety.  Years prior, the government released a genetically-engineered super flu that destroyed the genes believed to be the biological source of spiritual experience in an effort to rid the world of terrorism. As an extractor with the Center for Theological Control, Colton is dedicated to the cause.
          But Colton's steadfast commitment is challenged when he learns his own son has been targeted for extraction. An underground militia, the Remnant, agrees to help Colton save his son in exchange for his assistance with their plan to free the Aberrants on the island.
          Colton is faced with the most important decision of his life. Remain faithful to the CTC? Or give up everything to save his son?

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William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California with his wife and two daughters. A believer that "good living produces good writing," Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible.

A writer of speculative fiction, he enjoys stories that deal with humanity's inherent need for redemption.

For more on Davidson and his writing, connect with him on GoodreadsTwitterFacebook, and Amazon Author’s Page.

This is a tour-wide giveaway for two (2) print copies that are available to those living in the U.S. only and one (1) eBook copy available international. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Sunday, Feb. 26. You can enter to win at each stop of the tour.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour for more chances to win. The schedule is located HERE.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Help with Twitter Graphics and #HeroLost Site post

Have you ever created twitter graphics?

I've been trying and I might need some help.

Here are three I've come up with. Votes on which one you like best and why would be very helpful in the comment section. I have a feeling that the first is two wordy and the print is the wrong color, but what are your thoughts?




Plus, I have a post up at the Hero Lost Website Here: Haunted by a Refrain
Visits would be welcome! :)

What's your vote on the graphic?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#IWSG February 2017

Hosted by Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh 

I'm really thankful for this month's optional question because I drew a big blank on what to write about this month. 

How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

I think I appreciate each book more. I know the blood, sweat, and tears that go into crafting a novel and I respect authors more for the steadfast work and the courage it takes to write and sell a story of their own creation. 

Oh, and look - look up - new cover art for my blog, twitter, and facebook! My niece Stephanie Glover made it for me!

Yes, that's all I've got this month. Currently, I'm waiting for test results that will determine the purpose of a potential upcoming surgery - will I go under the knife for one reason, two reasons, or more? So, my mind is circling on those questions, and when it isn't, I'm reading my Bible, netflix binging, and reading into different worlds.