Time

12 Months is a Long Time

And I’m already losing my mind about it.

For those of you who don’t know, my husband has been attending college for the last two years after releasing from the military. These last two years have been a struggle, both financially and emotionally for a variety of reasons.

Finally, it appears as though there is light at the end of the tunnel! On August 1st he starts a job with a really good company as a work experience student! Provided he passes the placement (which he should) and gets hired on in November, the company offers really good benefits, competitive wages and a whole host of other awesomeness.

Ah, now Sarah, where’s the catch? You all know me so well.

Of course, things can’t be that smooth. The major catch is that this amazing job is in another city approximately 2.5 hours away from where we currently live. This isn’t a commuting kind of deal.

He’s found a room to rent, sadly with strangers because we just couldn’t find someone through a mutual friend, and he’ll try to come home on weekends. We will not be able to relocate to this place for at least a year due to educational commitments on my end and with our son attending programs to help with his behavioural issues.

So this means, for the next 12 months (at least), I will be carrying the emotional burden of a single parent. Yes, I will be receiving his income, but all of the day-to-day duties will fall upon my shoulders.

Needless to say, my friends, I am going to be stressed to shit for the next year. I’ve already been less than sympathetic and understanding to others lately and people really shouldn’t expect that to change. Simply put: I have too much shit going on to care.

At this point, all I can do is hope that my boys are able to cope with their missing father as best as they can. That the fights, the yelling and the taunting each other diminishes at least a bit. I’ve got a lot of shows queued up on Netflix, I’ve got some video games to play and I’ve got the desk ready for my homework. I’ve got some workout exercises ready to go because I’m going to have far too much time.

Unless you’re my wife or my sister, don’t expect me to have too much time for you. The only real exception is my son’s former JK teacher.

I haven’t even been able to write on here as frequently as I wanted, although that’s a whole new ball of wax.

Who knows? Perhaps I will have more time to write on here because I’m just so goddamn efficient at getting everything else done.

I can be pretty amazing.

Just sit back, world, and watch me rock this show.

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Mindful MusingsThe time was made for you. Could the time be made for me?

Mindful Musings #1
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Demands of the Trade

Since I started freelancing I’ve been writing more and more….interesting things. I have done product reviews, I have done articles on tech support and skin tags. I have a job coming up where I need to write 8 individual articles about Home Renovations to fit the style of the 8 destination websites. And they’re due in 25 hours.

I know I can’t pick what I write about, which is kind of sad. I’m not established enough to do something like that and I don’t even know how I would go about doing that. I have applied to do an intern-ship writing for a site that I actually use and enjoy. They won’t review the application until the deadline is up, which is in December and it’s not a paid position. But that’s okay. The more experience the better.

I guess today I’m just feeling overwhelmed when it comes to writing. I have personal writing I want to do, freelance writing I need to do and writing for work that I need to start thinking about.

There’s nothing wrong with taking a bit of a break and the articles aren’t due for quite some time. It’s the occupational hazard of the craft. I’m sure many people would agree with me on this as it can be crazy.

I submitted a draft blog-style post to my co-workers for them to pick apart and suggest changes for. I know they would only be giving suggestions from an unbiased and constructive viewpoint but it still makes me nervous. I wonder how much they are expecting and I worry about not meeting those expectations.

It will get better and I will get more confident. I suppose it’s just been a long time since my writing skills were desired and potentially respected.

I will brave the storm and see where this takes me!

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Getting Back on Track

I was working hard today!

I was working hard today!

You’ll be pleased to see that I was working on some story-related brainstorming today during my lunch hour. Don’t try to read too closely as some,  if not most, of what I wrote can be changed. There may be some spoilers so don’t ruin your read if you don’t want to!

On the plus side, I believe I’ve mapped out what I want to happen. I’ve been overly stuck on the middle-ish part of the book as I’ve passed 100 pages but can’t seem to keep the story going. This session really helped and allowed me to change a couple ideas I had and flesh out some finer points on what I’ve already written. I think I’ll start working on my book during my lunch time too. If my tablet is charged I will bring it tomorrow. I’ll need to remember to bring my outline notebook and transfer what I’ve written in this one to that one.

It’s coming along my dears! I am beginning to look out for an artist for the cover. The first one I asked my husband to do and it was quite easy to that on my own. It’ll be in an ebook format again but this time I’ll just go with Kindle Direct Publishing and forego Smashwords. I also need to work on getting Black & Red  available in print. I should have quite a bit of spare time as my husband started school today and starts part-time work after school tomorrow. I’ll have to plan my evenings carefully for all of you.

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This is actually a test

I noticed I was having some issues with my Facebook plugin so I’m hoping I fixed them. This post is really just to check that.

In other news, I am hoping to get a Microsoft Surface! With the keyboard/case thing! That will really allow me to get back on track with writing TAK. In the meantime, if you need a fix, go here and check out my short stories.

Bear with me while I work out these kinks in life. Thanks for sticking with me! Enjoy!

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Close One Door

So the “Another World” contest with Inkitt has ended and sadly, my stories didn’t quite get up there.

HOWEVER.

Inkitt is having a new contest! I’ve updated my sidebar Contest menu to reflect that.

The links are the same, and if you voted at all last time you can use the same account. I’m hoping that since I jumped on this quicker my stories will have a fighting chance!

When I get home tomorrow after work I plan on selecting a great excerpt from TAK and uploading that.

You can vote for more than one story, so if you want to vote for both, you can. Or if you want to vote for one of mine to show support and then vote for another story, that’s okay too!

If you vote on my stories and you have stories of your own posted, leave the link in the comments section and I’ll check it out to return the favour!

We should all help each other when we can.

Sorry in advance for the irritating posts that are going to NAG YOU TO VOTE in the coming weeks.

Well, maybe I’m not that sorry 😛

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VOTE FOR MY STORIES!

Please? Could you please vote? I want to thank all of those who have! It means a lot to have people outside family and friends believe in my work.

If you want to vote, you can do so here:  &

I haven’t won anything in terms of writing contests since high school so it would be so cool and a huge boost of my self-esteem if I were to even get into the top 10! Right now I’m sitting at 52 and 62 I think.

Please, find it in your hearts to boost this poor little fledgling writer 😀

On the flip side, I’ve applied for a couple freelancing jobs. Mainly just data entry but it’s still extra money. One of the jobs seems to be ongoing which would be nice. It would bring in an extra 100-200 a month. But I have to win it first!

I also submitted my first article for the Parent Life Network blog. I’m waiting to hear about that. This one is a volunteer job but I thought it would help me build my portfolio 🙂

Hopefully something works out!

While I’m working on TAK I’m going to see the effort involved in getting Black & Red published in paperback form. I might be able to reach more readers that way.

This, of course, is when I think I have time. I teach tonight and I have kickboxing again tomorrow (I’m gonna die, I swear).

I’ll find time…..somewhere….I could always sleep when I’m dead, right?

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Spring Break Freedom

This year Spring Break has a special meaning for me.

Not only does it mean I have an entire week off from teaching, but it also coincides with the long Easter Weekend we have here in Canada.

Starting next Monday I only have one full time job I need to worry about. No lesson planning, no marking papers, no developing assessments or reviewing projects. This means when my work is done at 5 pm I get to go home.

This means I can spend more time with my children. My eldest, who is almost 5, has been acting out a LOT lately. It’s getting really stressful and tiring dealing with him. He’s not happy, I’m not happy, and that just means bad things all around. I tried to stem off some grumpy behaviour last night. We made some cookies but I screwed up the recipe since I wasn’t paying attention. I made SO MANY COOKIES with this recipe and he ate one of them. I’m not sure if he liked it at all. I had my husband eat one to see if it was really that terrible. He had one bite, said it was “okay” then threw the rest of the cookie out.

Bye-bye self-esteem. Hello Parent Guilt at feeding my child a subpar cookie. I have more dough in the fridge and now I don’t know if I’ll make them. I’ll see if he eats another one today and what his reaction is.

The other good news about this Spring Break is that I can devote some time to my book. I will probably need to reread everything I’ve written (again) since it’s been so long. I have another idea for a short but I can’t remember some key details (sooooo bad) so I need to reread it anyway.

Anyway, I am going to get back to work. Need to do my job! But thank god for 15 minute breaks!

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Time Keeps on Keeping On

In my quest to craft my new work I have, admittedly, forgotten about Black & Red. It has been a very long time since I sold any units and most of that is because a) It’s not my best work and I know that plus b) I haven’t been promoting it as much as I probably should.

I’ve been so wrapped up in writing my shorts for TAK as well as my everyday life of being a full-time working mum Black & Red has fallen by the wayside.

I woke up this morning to something interesting, however.

Apparently, in January, I sold 2 units! This caused me to log in to my dashboard with KDP and I realized something.

Black & Red has been out for nearly two years now! Isn’t that amazing? It’s amazing for me!

I have a friend who is anxiously awaiting the release of TAK. In fact, she is probably the only one who looks at my Facebook page and every now and then she will post that she wants the book. She doesn’t come and read the shorts because they are not enough for her, as she’s said.

I can’t stop writing the shorts, however. I am finding myself spread very very thin and I don’t have the time I want to devote to writing the chapters. I am trying to save myself from forgetting about my characters and their lives completely by writing the shorts. I find it is a good way for me to flesh out the characters and their personalities in ways that would maybe take too long to do in the actual story.

Today I will be writing one of the shorts while I am at work during my breaks. I brought my outline so I can look at the maps and remember what my characters look like (because I can forget these things I have descriptions and such written down).

Stay tuned. This short I’m working on is about Aldric, one of the main characters in TAK. I believe it’s the first time I’ve written a short that includes one of my leads; who are surprisingly both male.

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