Am I an Author?

Today marks the day I have published a book using Amazon’s KDP. Yes, I did it!! First of all, let me start by saying I absolutely love the way they guide you through the process of uploading your book and getting everything in the right place. They give you hints of what exactly to do, and make sure you have all the necessary fields filled.

Now, on to the exciting part – my book! πŸ˜€ It’s called First Kiss, and if you search for the title it should pop up after a little bit of scrolling.

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There it is!! The red one. πŸ˜€

I’ve written it under a pseudonym, Cherry Simone. Some of the characters (all of them so far actually) are based off real-life people even though the story surrounding them is pretty fictional. (Can you guess who I am?) Therefore I thought it might be best to use a pseudonym for now for this one, and on future works perhaps use my own name. Although I’m telling this to you guys, so I guess what was the point of it? haha! πŸ™‚

I have it up for $1.99 but might change it to lower it since it’s so short. I have done some research and it seems like erotic fiction short stories do pretty well which is why I chose this route. This is book one in a series of short stories that will follow the two main characters.

I must forewarn you that it is VERY erotic, and lots of in-depth sex scenes. If you aren’t into books like this I would advise against reading it. However, if you’re intrigued by that I would LOVE for you to buy and read it!! If anyone does, please give me honest input. This one was rather quickly put together, and I probably didn’t put in enough time on editing it, but I think I was more going for letting myself know I could actually do it. And I did. I’m pretty proud of myself! I thought I would share, and if you know anyone who likes erotic fiction please tell them about the book and let them know there are more to come! Jasmine and Schuylar’s story is just beginning.

Here’s the link!

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How Are You?

Hello my dear WordPress friends!! Man has it been a LOOONG time. How is everyone doing? What’s new in your life? How is 2016 treating you? I’ll give you a little update on me, since what else would I be doing on my blog? (ha!)

Our outside cat Calypso had kittens!! They’re adorable, Little Miss Jr. is a calico like her mom, Dark Tides is black and super calm, Tanner is orange and adventurous though not as much so as Dark Tides, and Whitey is white with silver tips and very whiny! They’re almost three weeks old, and doing really well. We’ll have to find them homes since we don’t have room to keep them all, but we’re definitely enjoying them while we can!

Lunar Tides is doing well; we’re working on a few new songs and have been working on our first EP! We’ve been doing it ourselves so it’s taking awhile and is a lot of work for Lucas, but he’s been doing great at it and hopefully by the end of May it’ll be finished!

Speaking of Lucas, I proposed to him!! And he said yes! We aren’t going to have a conventional wedding, just a promise and ceremony for us, but I’ll get my name legally changed at some point.

I’ve been on 100mg of Zoloft for a few months now, and have been going to therapy for the past month. It’s been helping a ton, and I feel a lot better and more like the me who I know I should be. I also haven’t been drinking still-I kept to my word!

I’ve been working hard on my Echoing Footsteps novel, and am going to mess around with writing an Erotica Fiction series. I’ll keep you posted on those. πŸ˜‰

Grooming is going fantastically, and soon I hope to move solely into the groom room and maybe even start grooming on my own every other weekend!! Very excited for that. I’ve been doing better with scissoring and have finished a few dogs all by myself.

I think that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to lately in a nutshell. I wanted to let you all know I haven’t forgotten about any of you, and I’m working hard on getting myself to a healthy mental and physical place, and hope to overcome my depression to be able to keep on enjoying being a part of your WordPress family. Please don’t take it personally if I don’t respond to a comment or post of yours in a timely fashion – I promise to try and get to it when I can. πŸ™‚ I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!!

Here’s a song I recently stumbled upon and have been thoroughly enjoying. I hope you do as well.


 

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If You Write, The Ideas Will Come

I wanted to write today. The itch was there to begin to write, to put something-anything-down on paper, virtual or real. I did write a little bit, but not really as much as I wanted to. For some reason the ideas would not flow.

Lucas and I watched Finding Neverland for the first time, and it was amazing. It’s the story of James Barrie, who wrote ‘Peter Pan’. I loved the way it showed him looking at things; he would see them in such a way that you were just like, β€œWow”. I feel like a lot of ‘great’ writers view the world differently than most of us, and I feel like I don’t necessarily see it that way, and that makes me worry I won’t be able to write anything that’s all that ‘great’. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to get my name in the history books, I just would love to be able to be that crazy person writing all day long. (Another Johnny Depp film, Secret Window, anyone?!) Except not psychotic like that, ha.

The thing to do is just to write, and that’s why I’m penning this down. And by penning I mean typing. I’m rambling away on the keyboard, trying to get my thoughts collected to write something down that could be expounded upon, or used as is. Alas, nothing is coming to mind.

Let’s take a walk, and I shall try to tell you where we are, where we’re going. We meet on a street corner, you know the one, with the lamp whose light flickers on the fall evenings, and the moths do their final jig before the winter winds blow them out. It’s chilly, and we wisely both wore our jackets. Yours looks lovely, by the way. Here, we’ll cut through the alley behind this Victorian pearl home. Watch your step! They don’t take care of alleyways the way they do the streets.

Here’s our exit! This beautiful walkway. Gorgeous maple trees line our path on either side, and we’re completely enclosed in their warm embrace. The leaves have fallen where our feet tread, and slowly more come spiraling down. We stroll, we have all the time in the world. Ah, I was going to tell you of our destination, wasn’t I?

Well it’s funny you ask now. I wanted to take you this way, to show you the beauty that is at your very fingertips. To show you that I too, can see beauty in the most natural of things. I wanted to walk with you, to watch you smile at the leaves, at the sun fighting to stay, and the moon gently pushing it onward. Because we all must be pushed onward at some point, no?

What was that? My name? Why dear, I thought you knew.

Thank you for letting me ramble, I think that just unlocked my ideas for a story that Lucas gave me artistic license to use. I shall go write some actual stuff down, so as to not give anything away here. Have a wonderful weekend my great blogging friends. πŸ™‚

Life Update ~ Need Your Feedback!

Hello, everyone! Yes, it’s that time of week again. I’m still working at the vet clinic for now; I’m going to ask my ‘supervisor’ if there’s any possible way to get more hours. I’m not thinking anything will come of it, but we shall see!

I have a doctor’s appointment on Monday just to get a wellness check and see what steps I need to take for my anxiety and depression since I haven’t done anything about it in the almost two years since I moved down here. Hopefully good comes from that! I need to make a Diabetes appointment, but first I need to get on checking my blood sugars and monitoring myself better. So much to do!

I have more material for my book! I’ve realized it’s going to take a lot more effort to self-publish than I’d previously anticipated. I still am going to have the book finished by the end of the year, (let’s hope!) but due to costs I don’t know if I’ll be able to have it out in the world by then. We’ll see what happens.

It’s probably a little early to be sharing this with you, but I’m excited to hear your feedback! This is going to be the opening paragraph for my book I think. (Subject to change) I’ll either have it as the beginning, or else in a little prologue for it. I’m still working on constructing this thing! So I’ll put that down, and please give honest feedback on it. Keep in mind I haven’t done any editing to it yet, I’ll get there once I have it assembled. This is the “I’m going to read a tiny bit of this to see if I like it”, so I have a short amount of time to draw you in! Are you drawn in?:

There seems to be such a vast void between me and the grip on myself I so wish I had. But how treacherous would that journey across be, and could it perhaps be less fearsome than I fear it is? Honestly, I don’t have the answer. I don’t have it, and there’s a chance I never will. However, what I do have, are experiences with depression and anxiety, and how that has impacted me and those around me.

For a long time I wasn’t even aware of the word depression, yet alone what it meant. There must be, at the very least, one other person on this tiny blue dot that feels or has felt the same. This book is for you. This book is for every single one of you, and my only hope is that it will have a positive impact on your life. Shall we begin?

Β© September 2015

Had a Problem – I Think I Fixed It

I was going to make a post about how I really want to get my book written by the end of the year, but I don’t know exactly how to do it. I’ve been waiting for feedback from my mom and Lucas on some questions I gave them to answer. I asked Lucas some about my behavior when I get depressed and how he deals with it, and I asked my mom some questions about my behavior when I tried to commit suicide for the first time and was depressed. (My memory is terrible, plus it’s good to get some outside perspective!)

I’ve been using these as a crutch to not write, and I’ve been waiting for someone to tell me how to format my book. I was actually in the bathroom thinking about it, and realized even if someone gave me the answer, it wouldn’t be good enough. This is MY book, so whatever suggestion they had wouldn’t work, because it wouldn’t be the way I wanted it. Solution? Make coffee. Close Internet. WRITE!

And that’s what I did. I had some short answers written down, but I embellished them and kept writing for awhile. I now have 1,287 words for my book, and that’s barely covering a percentage of it. I think I’m going to take a break for right now, but I wanted to let you all know I think I’m finally on track to get it done!

I’m feeling much better about it, and I’m getting excited about it again because I think I know the way I want it to flow and be formatted. I wrote a beginning paragraph that I was going to post and see what you all thought, but I’m thinking I might change it. If I ever get something down I’ll let you read it though. πŸ™‚ Just wanted to keep everyone in the loop; I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!

What’s Going on in My Life Today

I got my new bass today!! Lucas went to pick it up while I was at work, and one of the brothers who owns the local store where we bought it did the setup of the strings for free! Not only that, but he also threw in a new, super nice, Snark as a present for my new bass!! That was super nice and awesome of them. (A Snark is a tuner that just sits on the end of the bass so I can make sure it’s in tune at all times.) I played on it tonight, and will be playing it this weekend. It is sooo nice! I’m super excited about it. πŸ˜€

The vet clinic is and isn’t going well. I really enjoy it still; seeing the dogs and cats that come in is a lot of fun, and I love being able to take care of them and get to know the ‘regulars’. The downside is that I was told I would get 20-25 hours/week (part time jobs for now..no fun!) and in reality I’ve been lucky to get ten. That’s not cutting it for my bills, so I’m going to have to go job hunting again, unfortunately. The way the hours are set up there, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to stay on at the vet clinic too, we’ll just have to see what comes up!

Going along with jobs, I’ve been thinking about going to Cosmetology school. There’s a school about fifteen minutes away from my house, so I know it’d be easy to go. I think I might set up an appointment to do a walk-through and talk to them about setting up a payment plan. Again, we’ll see! It is kind of an odd choice for me, but then again it’s a job that’s always been there and is supposedly going to be on the rise in the next few years. Not only that, but it’s only a year of schooling and I’d finally be able to have a ‘real’ job and get guaranteed hours! Plus it being me, I would work towards owning my own salon one day. πŸ˜€

And now, I would like to announce that I am writingΒ yet another a book! Haha, see what I did there? Never A Dull Bling gave me another great idea. (I swear, if you need an idea, go ask her. She’ll have the answer!) I will still be writing my Five Days Running With No Shoes book, and my Echoing Footsteps book, but I am adding a side book to that. I am going to write a short novel, book, whatever you’d like to call it, about depression and suicide. About my own experiences, and things I think the friends and family members of those suffering from depression might find helpful. I don’t know how long it’ll be, seeing as I haven’t written it quite yet, but I am guessing it won’t be too long. I am making a goal for myself to get it completed by the end of the year. Or sooner! Lucas keeps telling me I just need to publish something, anything, and that’ll help me open the barriers in my mind from writing and thinking that I can’t publish. He makes some great points. πŸ˜‰

I’ll be letting you all know how it’s going, and tentatively I’m planning on publishing it for the Kindle, and possibly paperback purchases for those who want one. (I think I’d like a tangible copy; there’s just something about having the pages in your hands!) Like I said the book isn’t even written, so we’ll see how the plan unfolds and changes as it does. Now I’m letting you all know that I’m planning to get it done by the end of the year, so please feel free to hold me accountable! If it’s been awhile and you haven’t seen a post about how it’s going, feel free to leave me a comment like, “Hey, Lydia! Write your book! You only have x amount of days left!” I’ll appreciate the kick in the butt. πŸ™‚

Happy beginning to the weekend, everyone!!

Show Your Fellow Bloggers Some Love!

As you may know, or are about to know, I’m taking a Blogging 101 course, and it has been amazing so far! I’ve come in contact with a ton of awesome fellow bloggers which is always great. I’ve really enjoyed reading about why people have started blogging and what they wish to blog about. Today is for sharing a blog we found that we want everyone else to find! I found a really neat blog that you can check out right here. It was awesome to read that I wasn’t the only one who had trouble thinking of what to make their blog about, and finally I chose the obvious for me–everything–which is what seems to be the best fit for a lot of people. Plus I love “Stochastic”, the name of her blog. You can read the meaning right here. I love coming across new words I’ve never heard, but would like to incorporate into my daily life and writing. There are so many words just waiting for us to stumble across them!! I like checking out m-w online to see their word of the day. What’s your favorite word, and what’s a blog you really love? (Or just share yours!) πŸ™‚