Continuing from yesterday:
So, we’ve had a lot of upheaval on the website as we switched over to a complete WordPress site, and I know it’s been frustrating for readers. It was such a huge task, that it took us longer than we expected. Thank you for hanging in there, things are almost back to normal and we’ve got everything except past blog posts back. Those will take quite a while, but I’ll be writing new posts in the meantime. One of the reasons I wanted to switch was because now it is fully mobile, and I have come to realize just how many of my readers access my website on their phone or tablet. This makes it much more user-friendly for them.
I’ve been doing a lot of work on myself as well. As you know, I’ve been working with a book called A YEAR TO CLEAR. It focuses on clearing away internal clutter, which is what I need. My house is relatively uncluttered, in fact there’s a place for just about everything and I try to keep everything in its place. But inside my mind? So many doubts and fears and worries lurk, along with stress and concern over things that will really aren’t my business to be concerned over, and my focus on the negative instead of the positive has built up to create a massive amount of static.
Now I’m clearing it out, bit by bit, piece by piece, emerging from a chrysalis. I’m facing my fears and working through them. And I’ve discovered in the past 140 some days that I’ve been using the book that I’m becoming happier. I’m less afraid. I’m embracing change instead of fearing it. In fact I directly credit the exercises I’ve been doing with helping me make the changeover to being an indie author, without having too many major meltdowns.
I ran across a quote today that spoke to me. I want to share it with you. Actually two quotes. The first: “Why give up our power and energy to feed someone else’s belief or wore when it doesn’t feel good to us?” And the second: “You get what you think about whether you want it or not.” Both of these are extremely accurate.
Over the past five months, I come to realize just how quickly negativity breeds more negativity. When all you see are the negative things, that’s all you get.
I’ve tried to divorce myself from saying things like, “I don’t know what else I expected.” Or, “that’s just my luck,” when something goes bad. And when someone tries to get me to join their misery party — as I put it — I no longer play. I either walk away if I know they’re mired and don’t want to look for anything positive (some people are happiest when they’re miserable), or I say something to counter it and to acknowledge that I choose not to look at life in that way.
Are there a lot of bad things that happen in this life? Of course there are. No one will dispute that. But so often, people look at the bad and forget to acknowledge good. And one thing I have learned over the years is that when you stop acknowledging the good in your life, the universe stops giving you good things.
Outlook makes all the difference on what you discover coming into your life. Again—I don’t refute that bad things happen, or that people exist who are just out there to hurt others. But I no longer feed that energy by focusing on it. If someone becomes toxic in my life, I walk away. I have the choice to allow that energy in my life, and I choose not to.
I follow a very helpful blog. The writer is a paranormal romance writer and she’s a good friend of mine. She’s made a success of her life in general, and of her career. She’s gone indie after being with the big pubs for years, and she does quite well. I admire her fortitude, and her blog has been a great inspiration to me over the past few months. So I recommend Maggie Shayne’s Bliss blog if you are a creative type, and want to be entrepreneur, or just someone who need some inspiration.
So I guess that’s it for the updates for now. We’re getting back to normal, or rather — our new normal — and I hope to be blogging more regularly. And now, I’m going to get back to work on FURY’S MAGIC, the second Fury Unbound book. And I’m so happy for those of you who have enjoyed FURY RISING.
10 thoughts on “Updates-Part 2”
Ahh… Maggie’s Bliss Blog is indeed awesome. I give her lots of credit for helping me to think and believe positive everyday. Thanks for the book recommendation, I’ll have to check it out!
Congrats on going Indie, by the way. I’m so glad you’ve decided to keep the Otherworld series going on your own. Looking forward to reading Fury Rising this weekend!
Cuddos to you and your team. You are a trail blazer for others to make changes. Weather it be writing, career, or just having the courage to do anything outside of their comfort zone. You are already a successful writer you will be just as great and successful as an Indy author too. You keep writing and I will keep reading
After reading this, I realize that what you are saying is very true. I have had so many bad things happen to me that I am at a point where I don’t really recognize the good things anymore. That might explain why I get so lost in the books I read or the shows I watch, because that is the only way my mind will calm and I feel somewhat happy. I need to start acknowledging the good things, no matter how little. It is very hard to see past all the negative clutter clogging up the brain but this is something I need to do. Thank you!
Yasmine, congratulations on going indie and on the review for your book! I’m an avid reader and started listening to audiobooks on my commute (2 hours total) as well and my mother shared her audible account with me where I listened to your first OW novel, and subsequently listened to all the rest , purchasing them myself of course.
Will Cassandra Campbell still be your narrator in the future? Since I started listening to audiobooks I’ve gone out of my way to find other books she narrates. I can’t wait until the final books come out and in the meantime I’m going to start reading your other series.
I know you will succeed, you are too amazing to do otherwise.
I honestly don’t know when/if I’ll be able to put out audio copies, and I’m very iffy on whether I could afford her services. If we do manage audio, though, it won’t be for quite awhile.
Thank you for your response. And I do understand with Samwise’ new job and time in general it is no guarantee . As long as you continue to write I will read, your worlds are my favorite to get lost in.
So pleased for you and Samwise now employed! Carry on! All will be well. BTW, we don’t mind POD prices!
I know with your switching to indie publishing, e format will be your primary go to. But like with Fury Rising will the ability to have your future publications printed as well at the $15.99 pricing. I am more of a print girl than ebook., though I own your ebook novellas on my kindle. There is nothing like holding a print copy in my hand. I love your books. I have read them over and over my covers are worn and tattered. I would happily convert though if print will not be an option for future publications.
We’re going to try to have them in print, but they’ll all be around the $15-18 price, or possibly a little more for longer books. But so much depends on Sam being able to format them while he’s also working at his job. It’s not an easy task and I hope that we’ll be able to do so, but I can’t guarantee it.
I am trying to declutter both my house and my mind. So much has happened and I just need to let go of so much. It is good to know that someone else has that going on. I’m with you. And I love Fury Rising. I’m almost finished with it! and WOW!!!!!!