The Holiday Is Upon Us but I Experienced A Week of Hell

Hard Work Big Changes

So much went wrong this week…

I’m surprised I’m still alive. Normally I would have exploded in unrighteous anger before running away crying, tucking myself away in a corner someplace. This time, I dealt with everything head on- my wallet in hand. 

Something happened every day to me, beginning with Saturday morning. Without going into details, know I had to shell out $248 to Roto-Rooter. The worst part was Thursday night/Friday morning, when my iMac decided to freeze up and not let go. It would have me sign in and begin loading, but never open up. I tried over and over. Nothing.  I did the Command + Option + P + R and D and Command +R — so many ways, using the alphabet, to get it back up and all futile. THEN I called Apple Support and did it all over again… just to come up with just one solution: Wipe my hard drive.

So I did.

I lost progress, but not all of my work. It hurt all the same and it left me devastated. The only thing that’s truly mine and I lost a chunk of it all. Thankfully, I managed to keep two versions of it all on my iPad Pro and one manuscript in an email I sent to myself. I still have a bit of work, but it wasn’t all lost. 

I managed to stay the tears and stand firm too. I spent a day remembering passwords and logging back in to all my accounts. I spent hours downloading Microsoft, Vellum and Affinity software and I rejoined the world of social media. Frustrated, exhausted and a serous case of carpal tunnel- I cheered for Prince Harry and his engagement while getting my book BACK from ground zero!

I wanted to be mad. I wanted to cry and I wanted to chuck my iMac out the window. I didn’t and I’m happy I resisted my antics. There’s always a silver lining in there somewhere. Mine was finding the unedited files I needed. I can’t dwell on the past and the negatives anymore. I’m already editing again. I plan on changing my behavior and ditching the negative attitude. No resolutions- just life adjustments. I’m working hard to make some Big Changes in me and with my book life.

I experienced a week of hell, and I’m still standing. Just a little bit broke…

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I’ve Been Busy…

Cashier-BlankI’ve been pushing things too hard. Yesterday I found myself in the worst state ever; I hadn’t felt that low and frustrated since diagnosed with a thyroid illness. Nothing seemed to go right and I really just wanted to be a girl and cry. Don’t ask me what the focal point/issue was because I don’t believe I can tell you. It simply was.

Today, it’s different. I’m still covered in responsibilities and my plate is overly full, but I don’t feel so crap. I’m also happy to say, my plans for http://www.areneehunt.com 2018 is coming along nicely. As you see, I shared my illustration for my  “The Books” tab. She came out pretty darned good. What do you think? I think she’s rather adorable.

And speaking of “The Books”, I have teamed up for my first-ever collaboration with another author- my freaking daughter! Yes! It’ll be a short story, to release Halloween 2018. I’ve already created an illustration for the book’s cover- it’s fab! I don’t know how it’ll go with her though. I mean, I love my daughter but she’s a major procrastinator. We shall see…

Also, The Wishers Orb is in progress. My editor has what will become the second draft and my cover designer is reworking what I originally made. His version, from the info I gave him, is stunning! I can’t wait to share it. I’ll post it here before sharing with even my Betas.

Outside of that, I’m just getting prepared for the new year. I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this month and it’s stressful. I really want this novel to be my best work yet, but it’s so friggin hard! I’ve never written anything like this before.

Am I whining? I feel like I’m whining today. Side FX from yesterday’s yuck, maybe? I guess I’ll stop here. I would if I were reading this. LOL

Cheers!

Editing Accomplishments and Website

 

So I’ve Made A Move or Two…

Tea Time2A move that takes me into the first few stages of going 100% independent. I’m terrified. Really, I was sick to my stomach as I paid and began the journey. I think it scares me so much because I’m trying to step out on a dream I’ve carried with me for more than thirty years! I’m older… I’m still inexperienced and I despise technicalities. But I must endure. I must also be ready to spend a bit more money before it all kicks off.

I believe it also frightens me because I’m not doing this for a career, but for the sake of my dream. I wanted to go worldwide with my titles back in the beginning, but it’s too much hassle. I lost control and I barely made much on the dollar. I refuse to remain with KDP any longer. The titles I’ve published with them will remain(short stories), but nothing else. And since CreateSpace.com will soon be no more, I have nothing to lose.

I have joined a new publishing company. They will be my POD for hard copies and paperback of my up-coming, as well as future novels.  All ebooks will be distributed from my website alone. I will be sole vendor- and that’s freaking me out! It also moves me into my second accomplishment of the month: I will have store up and running as of 2018! I don’t know jack squat about running an online store, but I am working on it.

I even have inventory of my first book, Puddle, all set. I sure hope I’ve done it right. Before I make it all live on my site, I’ll check with my awesome website crew’s support. They’ve helped and explained things to me, dumbing it down, so to speak. It’s greatly appreciated.

So that’s all for now. I am a true novice, so if you’ve got any advice for a fool and her folly, I truly welcome it.

Cheers!

Alyssa

Good with the Bad – First WP Blog Post

Hello! So today’s the say I attempt to run with a WordPress.com blog. It’s for nothing more than rambling. I don’t share much, face to face, unless it’s with my hubby, but I find that another author’s issues don’t always compare to mine. I end up feeling lost and rather frustrated.

Usually, it’s my own fault.

But here’s where I’ll be haring those frustrations, thoughts, rambles and so much more. My normal blog, on my website, will be here I give away the good stuff that’s truth but more on the positive side. This blog is the nitty gritty, that I’ll also share via my newsletter.

Please get to know me. I’m very honest and truthful. I also take feedback and constructive criticisms very well. If I cry, I’ll just blog about it later! LOL The thing is, I needed a place to vent. I’m so tired of keeping the background in the… well, the background.

I hope you enjoy and don’t find me too whiny.

You can learn about me from my author website. Please visit; see what I review, share and enjoy most. That’s where those tidbits will reside. If you have any questions for me, I’m more than open to answer; I welcome it. I just want you to know me and what I’m attempting to accomplish. This way, I can grow.

Cheers

Alyssa