Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Back Pain = Productivity

So I have been in bed for 2 days. I have inflammation of ligaments in my back. I find this out after about 2 weeks of going to both the doctor and the E.R. Now I am on a heavy cocktail of pain killers and sentenced to bed rest. Tomorrow I will attempt to go to work. I have to say that I am happy for the time I got to spend in my bed with my laptop. 


Yes my brain seemed to be lagging due to all of the medication I am taking, but once I was able to push sift through the haze, I was actually able to get some work done. Wrote another article and got some much needed edits done on G.O.R. I am currently considering redirecting my time. Maybe taking a part time job instead of a full time job. It will give me more time to do write.


And I will be able to spend more time with my son. I never realized how much I miss during the day. He is a lot more of a handful than i could have imagined. This oversight may have been my subconscious trying to prevent me from feeling more guilt over having to work 40+ hours a week. I hate that I cant always be with him, a huge reason that I want to be successful at writing.


Okay, production on G.O.R. is really going well. The December publish date is a complete scratch now. I want to spend as much time as I can making this book a great one. I did some good catch up work over the last couple days, but I want to continue to grow as a writer, and that translates into spending more time making sure that I put out quality work.


Revitalized will be redone as well. I decided to do another run through along with some help from outside readers. A new version, cleaned up and thoroughly edited will be available within the upcoming months. 


Taking time to clean up my act! (all smiles)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I'm an Examiner now!!

Sooo.... in order to expand my horizons and become a better writer, I applied for a job as an Examiner for Examiner.com and wouldnt you know it, I got it. All I could say was YAY!!! My first official article was published last week. I'm writing about something I know a little about...parenting. And with my one year old,  I am sure that I will not be running out of material.

I am so excited. This is what I really want to be doing, so its just nice to know that I will be able to share my thoughts with more people. I am really trying to be better at this "self-employment" thing. Balancing it with my 9-5 day job turned out to be a lot more work than I thought and for a while I fell off track. Now I am trying to put a plan into action that will hopefully get everything back to where I can be comfortable and productive.

Still working to finish up G.O.R. production of the cover art will begin soon and editting is in progress...I am still shooting for a publish date at the end of December or Early Janurary. Crossing my fingers and hoping my mindchild is a smashing success.

Check out my first article! Hope you like it!
http://www.examiner.com/family-and-parenting-101-in-chicago/jessica-cage

Monday, October 3, 2011

Rasmiyah Almost Complete!

Just (last night) printed what I'm hoping is close to the last draft of book 2 of The High Arc. I am sure there is much editting to be done and the next 3 months will be a race to get is finished. I would love to be publishing it at the end of december (like I did last year with Revitalized.). I am really excited about this. And hoping that everyone enjoys the direction the book is going. I try not to influence my work to much. I let the book write itself for the most part. Hoping that its well received.
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Monday, August 29, 2011

always growing

I'm spending a lot of time lately working on me. I want to be successful in everything I do. Especially my writing. So I have been searching for editors to help me do what I love but do it better. And I have been signing up (soon to be attending) seminars and classes on how to accomplish that.
But its not all about honing my skill. I have been working on myself both physically and mentally. I want to be more stable. More firm. I'm losing weight which is so great. The pounds seem to falling not only off my body, but off my mind. And its easier to find that clarity that I need for my writing. Book 2 is coming along really nicely and should be done by the year end. I figure 1 book per year is a really good place for me to be in...don't want to rush the process and have regrets about not holding off (like I kinda feel about the first book). But what's done is done and I can only look to the future and the hopes of making both my work and myself so much better. Growth comes in all shapes and sizes. I growing now, and it feels great!
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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sick

This was supposed to be my weekend to catch up on everything. Instead im spending it lying in bed. A fever, chills and a very sore throat are my only companions. Called myself going to attempt to do some work and was very unsuccessful at it. Head spinning now....off to sleep i go, sorry workload you still will go undone.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Finding time

So long since I have written. Life has been busy personally and professionally. Finding time to write has been especially difficult. Being a working mom and getting ready to start school....very challenging. But I'm happy to have a challenge. For so long I was just floating. Doing only enough just to get by. But now I have a goal and a little guy to motivate me to make sure I reach every goal I set for myself. I have finished book 2 and am now in the editing and tweaking phase of the process. I'm excited to have this happening and so close to being completed. Other stories and books are in the works now. Hoping things slow down enough this weekend to get some real work done.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Balance

So im trying hard to find a balance in life. with work and writing and with my little guy. I wans make sure he is kit feeling neglected. But I don't want to fall behind on my writing either. I feel bad when I'm home and not focusing on him. I guess that's a part of out though. I want to succeed in everything I'm doing and all the things I plan on doing but it is hard not to become discouraged. trying to take it slow and really get my priorities straightened out. I have to work and I need to write its a part of me. And I love to be wit my baby its really all I want to do now...i have to find balance between what I want and need. if not I will fall apart. And that just can't happen.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New Laptop and a New Job

I am so excited. I just got my new laptop which means I can write more. I havent been able to stay on the schedule I set but now I feel it will be easier to stay more efficient now that it is here.

Big news!! I got a new job. Thanks to the great help I recieved from Jobs For Youth here in Chicago, I have landed a job that I really think I will be great at and love to do. This is something that I can easily see turning into a career for me. I have been telling everyone I know...and even a few I dont... to go to Jobs For Youth. If you apply what they teach you and the tips you get from the volunteers, it will be more than easy to be sucessful. I am so happy that I went!

So hopefully all the paper work will be through and I will be starting my new Job on Monday. Going to be challenging to keep it all together, but I am excited. I revamped my wardrobe with the help of one of my besties and now I can not only play the part, but I can look it as well.

Super Excited for weeks to come!

Monday, February 7, 2011

New Laptop coming

So i decided to get myself a new laptop. I have my desktop hooked to my tv and was using it as a monitor. Which was fine up until my son decided he jst wants to watch Cailou all day. So in order to stay on top of the little schedule i made for myself i am getting a laptop. I had one before but i missed my desktop and replaced it. Now i must return to it. Im getting something simple. Just so i can get my writing done and possibly go on Facebook every now and then. Great use of my income tax returns. That and of course baby shopping.
Working on book 2 and loving it so far. Most of it is handwritten so transferring it over will be fun. But im just happy to say that progress is being made.
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Essay about me?

I have been asked to write a short essay about myself to be shared at JFY. I agreed to do it. But i have no idea what to write. I really seem to suck at talkin about myself. Maybe its because I really dont find myself to be all that interesting. I feel like there are plenty of people with stories that are much more exciting and entertaining than mine. Life to me has been pretty much normal. But then I have to guess thats part of the reason. To reach out and connect to normal people with normal live. A few bumps in the road, but I had to learn like everyone else not to just stop there, but to keep moving forward. Find a way to overcome it and keep going. So I am gonna most likely work on it tonight. And try to make it something people actually want to read. Thats the only goal I have as a writer.
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Sunday, January 30, 2011

The aftermath...a good one

So things seemed to be looking up. I spoke at the JFY party and did so much more better than i expected to do. It took a few minutes to rein in my nerves but once i did that it was good. Im looking forward to this next week. Stayin busy and have so much to do both professionally and personally. Hoping everything turns out great!
Working now on book 2 of The High Arc series and its really amazing so far. Inspiration coming from all angles. Cant wait to see the first issue of the JFY Alumni Newsletter. I think it is gonna be really nice. Also the book has been finalized and is now available in paperback yay. On sale now at www.createspace.com and soon at www.amazon.com this is so amazing. Now it really feels real.
Loving life right now=-)
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Nerves

So I have a couple things that are coming up. And both are making me nervous. One is speaking at the JFY grad party. And I am now and have always been really bad at speaking in public. This is why I am a writer lol. I'm excited about the opportunity to share my experiences and talk about my book a little. But I am having a horrible time at writing out what to say and it is in 2 days!!! Hyperventilation begins here.
The second thing is an interview. Someone approached me about doing an interview for a blog. This is exciting. Better ways to get my name out there into the world. But I have never been interviewed (outside of job interviews) and I am just nervous about what to say. Although I am sure it wont be too tough. I guess I better get used to stuff like this. Hopefully its a sign that things will go great with my hopeful writing career.
Scratching my head and hoping for the best.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Enjoying the changes

Even though everything feels so complicated right now, I must admit that I am enjoying myself. I have had days where I wanted to give up because of the frustration, but I am proud to say that I pushed through that. Now my days are always full, with edits, writing, job hunting, baby Ameer, and all the other things I have to take care of before my nightly workout with mom.
I am working on the JFY Alumni Newsletter and that is so exciting because I get to explore the world of Journalism and really see how it feels to write in a different mode. Going from storyteller to investigative has been a real challenge, but I needed the challenge and am really trying to meet it.
Enjoying life and ready for more.
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

B&N issues

So apparently Barnes & Nobles have been having some issues reporting sales. I thought my book just wasnt selling there. But after checking the forums, I see that I am not the only one having this issues. So I checked my sales ranking there just to see if I had actually sold anything at all. Previoulsy it was non existant because I had just put it up. so my ranking on there is ...327,986...now whether thats good or bad, I have no idea, but at least it means someone is actually buying it. YAY.
So i got inspired and decided to check Amazons ranking...and my rank there is ...77,151 better but i think Amazon has fewer books available...anyhoo Im exited because it means that people are actually purchasing the book. Which is an amazing feeling.
At this point I am just going to wait and see what happens with that. It in 60 I recieve zero royalties from B& N then I will assume there is a real problem. hopefully they are just having some technical difficulties that they have quite worked through yet.
Feeling proud of me now....

Friday, January 14, 2011

2 at once

So im writing book 2 of The High Arc now and also another book which has no name as of yet but is coming along nicely. This is so cool. Now that i have really accepted trying to be a writer, the inspiration seems to be endless...hope it lasts.

Currently doin my job hunting. Book writing is definitely not gonna be paying any bills any time soon. Book sales up to a whomping 16...watch out now. Starting to worry less now, but nerves are still there. Now just to get a job to keep me afloat.

Lovin writing. Helps me stay at peace.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sold some books...yay me

So i checked my amazon account today and I sold 8 books...omg look at me.
Such a great feeling. Someone out there is reading it and hopefully loving it... its hard now beause a lot of people are apparently over the whole Vampire thing...but i can only write what i feel is good. If i try to change just to fit others the product of that will be crap.
Writing more now...and it feels good to do now that i have really opened myself up to it, new inspirations are springing up everywhere.
Thanks to all who support me... I'll try not to dissapoint.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Revisions complete

I havent posted in a few days, was busy doing revisions to Revitalized, and i am so happy i did. It is so much better now. I finished the last page at 6 AM today(Red bull does wonders). Anyhoo, I am proud of what it has turned into, and will probably do more tweaks in the future, but for now, im puttin it back out there for people to hopefully enjoy.
I started up an Authors Page on Facebook to help get the word out, and invited people to read the book for free. I needed 10 and so far I have 7, that workd out great for me. The deal is, give me your honest opinion, and I will give you a free copy of the book, people do love free things, and the concept of the book is an exciting one especially for people who are into Vampires.
Waiting for Ameers Next nap so i can join him...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

stickin to my guns

Someone asked me today why i dont just write about something more people would find interesting? He was sick to death (wink) of reading about vampires. Well...1 i think there are plenty of people who find the genre i write about to be interesting and 2 there will always be people who wont like what i write or how i write it. I write what i feel, and what i like. It would be nice if others like it too, but either way i have to stay true to me.
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Koolaid Pie

So my mother has been obssessed with makin koolaid pie. She says its the healthier choice. And it is very good. It reminds me of my childhood. It tastes like a candy i used eat but thanks to my horrible memory, i cant figure out what it is. What i am concerned with is how i have started eating a slice before sitting down to write. This is definitely not a good habit to start and will be a hard one to break if i continue....but they are oh so delicious. I told her she isnt allowed to make another one for a while. And she laughed and said she will be making another one very soon...sigh...and i most definitely will be eating it.
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Monday, January 3, 2011

Nerves

Im loving the networking, and the experienced advice I am getting on some of the forums, but i am also feeling a little discouraged. I see some of the indie writers are making huge numbers and i wonder if I will ever even sale another copy. My grand total still remains at 2 which is alos more than a little discouraging. I keep reminding myself that nothing happens over night, and that all the stuff I am doing will pay off eventually. I want people to read my stuff and just ultimately like it. Even if I never get to the level of some of the High rollers like Amanda Hocking...whom I LOVE and am in the middle of reading Hollowland now (an amazing book), I just hope my stuff just doesn't float out there on the web, never to be read.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Planning a girls night

So excited...planning a girls night. Its going to be old school sleep over theme. Looking forward to this. Its an annual thing me and friends do and its a great relief, especially now that we're all at the age where real life is kicking in. It's nice to be able to kick back and just feel like I'm in high school again.
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Getting there....

I have been doing a lot lately just trying to promote myself. And its a bit frustrating. But i keep trying to just reming myself that I am just starting out. It has only been a few days, and I am sure it doesnt help that I had to keep re-entering information for Kindle and Nook so for most of thoes day my book wasnt even on sale...boo.

I think i got it all sorted out now though.

Will be finalizing the information for the Hard copy soon and I am so excited about that. Will be nice to have something tangible to show people.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Feeling Proud of me

So I checked my Kindle account after midnight, I'm not sure why, I think it was just because it was a new year and I wanted to see where I was standing. The book literally just became available on the Kindle like at 5pm yesterday, So i wasnt expecting anything. But anyhoo, i checked it and surprise surprise, I sold some books...2 to be exact lol...its not much but its a start and its so much better because neither book was purchased by my mama. (Who does plan to purchase one lol).

I started the process of having the paperbacks made through Createspace. Which is super exciting and I cant wait to see the finished product and have to show to everyone. Its like Im actually feeling like a real writer now. And I am more confident as I work on the second book. This year is only a few hours old, but already its looking to be a great one.

All Smiles!!