Good Times & A Giveaway

I’m so grateful. So many good things have happened. Doing well in school, I’m now being represented by Laura Bradford, and most dear to my heart, Storm is doing much better. Two emergency vet trips in one week is not fun. Especially when they’re talking about potential back surgery. It scared the hell of me. I cried more than once. It’s a 70% success rate, but it’s also $5000. I’d have gotten the money somehow, but I was more worried because we had the conversation of how much do we put her through before it is too much.

Thankfully, between her laser therapy treatments and medicine regiment, Storm has been getting better. Her back doesn’t spasm, she can walk, and she is basically back to her old self. The rest of her blood work came back fine, which made me happy. Well her calcium level is one point high, so we have to watch out for that, but hey ten years old and she’s basically good.

So, now we just have to watch out for her back, and keep her from doing anything spunky, cause she seems to think she’s a young whippersnapper again. Love the enthusiasm. I just don’t want her to get hurt again. It scared the hell out of me. The poor girl couldn’t walk at all. Now she tries to run and I’m like, “No!” She doesn’t like it very much, but I want to give it at least another week of rest to be on the safe side.

Now, Spring Break has arrived, which means no school, but we’re heading up to my parents for the week. I already forewarned my mom that I’d be editing most of the time, so she was going to have to deal with it. Days will be for editing, night will be for socializing. Spring Break from school, but from writing–which is perfectly fine by me. There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.

I’m actually going to take summer off. Three years straight of school is enough. It’s time for a break. I’ll be able to focus on my writing more without the added stress of school. I’ll figure things out from there. Fall I’m definitely going back, but whether full or part time has yet to be determined.

One step at a time. Right now, I’m focusing on this week.


I’ve hit over 1000 followers on twitter. I’m seriously starting to think I’m in the Twilight Zone. Anyway, in honor of that milestone, as well as hitting 200 likes on Facebook, I’ve decided to do a query and first chapter (or first 5k words) critique for two lucky winners.

Why, because you guys are awesome!

PB, MG, and High/Epic Fantasy Excluded, not because I don’t like you, but because I SUCK at those and would be absolutely no help.

So here’s the deal. Leave a reply telling me something awesome (writing related or not) that’s happened to you recently. It doesn’t have to be major, just something positive.

I’ll pick two winners on Friday, March 6th and we’ll go from there.

You guys are all awesome!


17 thoughts on “Good Times & A Giveaway

  1. sherryhoward says:

    First, I’m glad your pup is better and that you didn’t have to make the really hard decisions that sometimes happen. And my good news is that the book I have two pieces published in is, according to UPS, in transit. Can’t wait to show my family my name in a book’s credits. These are the pieces that began my journey to write in my old age!

    Some day I’ll tell you my jagged journey of getting almost to my Doctorate as a not-at-all-traditional student. You’ll be grateful for the journey some day. Keep plugging!

  2. Kayla says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Storm (I had a kitty named Storm- my mom stole her from me 🙂 ). My hubby and I just lost our kitty, Spanky, this morning. It’s so hard when your fur babies are sick. I’m praying for you. But here’s some positive things happening: I am making a difference for my students. I have one in particular, who was recently suspended for drug use/behavior issues, who has come back and, despite the odds, excelled in my class. Sometimes, I think that what I do makes no difference. But every once in a while, I get a kid who seems beyond hope, and somehow (with a little fairy dust) they do something great… Even if it is just to pass a class. I had another student tell me that he was kicked out, and though he isn’t passing, he stops by my class to check in. I think he is just looking for encouragement. You never know how simple smiles and a listening ear can impact someone’s day. These are the kind of kids that naked my job (teaching) nit feel like work.

  3. DakotaSByrd says:

    Something awesome that happened to me recently? Hm… Well I wrote three chapters this week which was AWESOME! I’m not up to 3,000 words, which isn’t much but is a fun and great start to my latest project. Spring Break is next week for me so I’ll write the whole first draft then and edit my other manuscript on paper. Hopefully I’ll get halfway through the digital edits.

  4. Lauren says:

    I was able to be in the Launch of Just trying to get my query out there now to hopefully find an agent for my completed novel.

  5. Sidney T. Blake says:

    Great news about Storm. I’ve got a kitty who turns 18 yo this month. Yes! And he’s awesome. His name is Tigrou, the French name for Winnie’s friend, Tigger.

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