"Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with." – Thomas Carlyle
This is one of my favorite quotes ever – and it rings so very true. It resonates so deeply with me. Don’t you just love it?!
Hi, y’all! How have you been? Are you still writing the cyber highway?
Did you think I fell off the face of the planet? Well, I didn’t!
I have been on sabbatical, I suppose. It was much-needed and I have enjoyed it so very much.
As most of you may know, I made a big move from my home state of Missouri to the big state of Texas. It was a big, scary decision and a ginormous move but I’m so happy I just went for it.
How I ended up in another dead-end relationship is beyond me, really. We live and learn, though, right?
Divorce number two. I choose that door, yes.
I am determined not to ever let that happen again. I have risen above many various forms of adversity throughout my life and this time is no different!
You will be seeing a lot more of me around here. I will be working to clean up the sidebars and update everything so I hope you are okay with giving me some time to dust all the cobwebs down.
I also updated my freelance writing website:
I am still polishing it to make it the best it can be as well.
My soul has felt quiet for a season (or two) but this girl is ready for some serious writing action!
One lesson I have learned over the years is that when I first started out, I was so determined to get published in different venues and make money writing that I failed to take time to enjoy life that was happening all around me.
And then I found myself wrapped up in all of life’s beauty (and sometimes chaos) and I drifted away from blogging here regularly.
But with time and age comes wisdom, huh?
Now I’m at the place of perfect balance. My Muse is on fire. My soul is overflowing with inspiration, hope, joy, love, and so much more.
I have finally found that balance of life and writing that I always wanted to achieve but couldn’t quite seem to grasp. Yes, I have found it. And it is a most beautiful experience.
Some of my writing goals at this point are:
- Stop talking about writing a book – and just DO it already.
- Take on clients to bring in income. (check)
- Query magazines and submit essays and/or articles. (check)
- Blog here and at www.healingwithjuices.com at least twice a week.
I realized recently that my work was first published almost eight years ago. Wow. Where in the world has the time gone, folks?
Eight years… Really?
When I was a kid, I would make to-do lists for my chores and put them on the fridge. My dad told me one day: “Why don’t you stop writing about it and just start doing it.”
Isn’t that so true?
I have made lists of goals for years. And while I have accomplished a lot of what I wrote down, I didn’t always push myself to stop dreaming and get up and just DO.
What about you? Do you make lists of goals that have gathered dust for years? Let’s change that this very moment. What do you say? Are you with me?
Like Emeril says: “Time to kick it up a notch. BAM!”
And what have you been up to? Are you still writing? Did you take an outside-the-home job to pay the bills while writing on the side? That’s what I decided to do. I am now the Office Manager for an awesome company by day, four days a week. Early mornings, evenings, Fridays, and the weekend are designated for writing and taking care of my freelance business.
I love my manager job and my bosses are amazing. They support my writing endeavors! What a blessed gal I am…
Get comfy and let’s catch up. Oh, how I have missed y’all!!!!
Tags: hope, Inspiration, reflection, Writing
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Hi, y’all! How have you been?
Me? Oh, goodness… lots and lots of ups and downs in my life – everything from a marriage (What was I thinking?????!!!!) to an up-and-coming divorce to a ginormous move from Missouri to Texas to my new job at the Post Office (I am SO excited!) to my very own home that I have been blessed with and am in the midst of remodeling to teaming up with the fantabulous Author Mysti Reutlinger to write a series of books and SO much more!
I have continued to blog off and on at Healing With Juices, including sharing a bit about my journey from Missouri to Texas.
Y’all, I am soooooooooooo glad to be blogging here again!!!
Let me tell you: I am beyond ecstatic that Writing the Cyber Highway is back up and running! If you’ve been missing me (maybe just *thismuch*? – ‘cause I certainly have missed you!!!!) it is because a while back, I accidentally deleted this blog. I was so afraid that it was forever gone – but thanks to Rebecca Laffar-Smith (Tech Support), this blog is alive and well. Phew!
I actually cried when I deleted this blog. I thought I was deleting something else (an old site I didn’t want anymore) but this was attached to it somehow and it just vanished.
My heart has been broken because this was my first blog ever. I didn’t write a lot on here for the past few years – but it was always here waiting for me, just my cozy little corner of the web where I can plop down, kick off my shoes, and just pour out my heart.
Over the years, I have met some of the most amazing people via this very blog – including Rebecca!
Although I am a writer, I simply cannot even find the words to express how I feel about this pit stop along the cyber highway. I have shared my heart, my fears, my dreams, my goals, and so much more.
Over the years, the comments and emails you all have sent me have touched my heart SO deeply and always, always made me smile. It would never, ever fail… that just as I was ready to throw up my hands and call it quits and give up writing, I would come to my computer and sit down in tears and lo and behold, I would find an encouraging comment and/or email from one – or several – of you! It is my passion and love for writing and all of the love and encouragement that each of you have give me, that has truly kept me coming back to the
drawing writing board every time.
A HUGE thank you to each and every one of you for being a part of this community over the years – and to (genius!) Rebecca for saving my sentimental home here on the web!!! I am forever grateful!!!
I highly recommend Rebecca’s services – I promise you won’t be disappointed!
So… how have you all been? Are you still writing the cyber highway? Are you writing from another part of the world than when our paths last crossed? Come on, let’s talk!
Tags: dreams, goals, Inspiration, move, Texas
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Today was an exciting day: I left the comfort and solitude of Amish country and went into the city for a fun time at the Missouri Literary Festival, in Springfield.
There were quite a few author’s booths (even though this was the last day of the festival) and look who I found right away….
A 13-year-old Author!
Views of HAMMONS FIELD
Look What I Found!!!
Books, Books, Books!
I met new people, passed out business cards, and had a fun time. It’s always nice to step away from the computer and interact with other writers in person. I know it’s something a lot of us simply detest (’cause we want to be at home, writing!) but it truly is an amazing experience and can bring so much inspiration – and new friends. Also, it was pretty chilly out there but it was a good day!
More of Yours Truly!
Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing
I talked to several authors. The most of ‘em are self-published. Their books seemed like they were written well, had nice cover designs, etc., and appeared very professional!
I also went and listened to an author (who just happens to be published by a traditional publisher) and their opinion was very low of self-published books. I actually thought this person was a poor speaker. It was really, really boring and nothing was learned! Nothing. Seriously. I always try to find the positive and share it, but this was not an uplifting, encouraging speaker who had instruction for the audience. I was disappointed. Thank goodness that speech was free – I’d have been upset if I would have had to pay for it!
Anyway, I feel like books can be self-published in a respectable, polished manner. Just because it’s self-published doesn’t mean it has to be bad. It doesn’t mean you can’t hire an editor, ya know? Do you disagree? Agree? What’s your opinion of self-published vs. traditional?
In case you’re just tuning in, all 3 parts of the interview are posted over at WRA (Rebecca Laffar-Smith picked my brain).
Also, my latest article is live at WRA: Writers Are Superheroes
Is this your first time to visit Writing the Cyber Highway? Be sure to subscribe to my Feed or by e-mail. In the next couple of posts, I’ll be sharing photos and details about my visit to an old-fashioned festival where I dressed up as a pioneer woman (bonnet and all!) and also had the amazing opportunity to meet an Editor and an Editor-In-Chief. Eeek! (It’s coming, I promise!)
Tags: authors, Missouri Literary Festival, Springfield, teen author
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