First of all … I am so proud of my photo-shopping skills. Like, seriously, y’all. Me and my jeep commander and my chocolate Dairy Queen milkshake can go ANYWHERE*.
Also, to those of you who are concerned that I’ll drive off the road because I’m not looking + driving one-handed (who needs two hands to drive a car?? Seriously!?!) + I was going 70 when this picture was taken … y’all can not be my friend anymore.
I’m a daredevil. And I already have a Mommy who’s doing a perfectly good job, thank you very much. So let’s start the post and stop mothering me!
*If you didn’t notice (like my dumb friends), look in the background of the graphic.**
**No, I didn’t go to England. Y’all will hear about that if it ever happens!
So obviously in the two months* since I’ve been gone, some things have happened in my life (off and on the internet). So really quickly I’m going to just talk about what those are and whatnot. (A lot of other things were brought up in this post if you haven’t seen already.)
So without further ado, I present … Kell in the last two months!
*WHAT?!? It’s been that long?!?!
Emotional Breakdowns??? Okay, not that extreme, but …
I’ve been having some difficult times with my emotions and whatnot. And especially with my relationship with God. It’s been a bit of a tough year.
My grandpa, who I love very much, will die soon, which is hard to wrap my head around. (He’s “Toastie” from the IvIn dedication for people who saw that.) I’m also stressed about my dad’s job situation/health and other family issues.
I’m having a tough time seeing my friends, AWANAs is over so I don’t have that great “serving kids” thing that I adore, and of course school gives me more time. #timeisbad #exceptineedmore #help We might not have band next year – which would not be good. #identitycrisis
There are other things, but this blog is public. So let’s stop.
So yeahhhh … I’ve been hating myself and feeling sorry for myself and annoyed at myself and hating others and feeling sorry for others and annoyed at others. None of these six moods have helped a ton. 😉
I’m not asking you to pray exactly, but … if you happen to think of me when you’re praying sometime, I could use it.
On a lighter note …
Esther Ashton’s New Dress is FREE!
That’s right … you can get EAND (???) free on Amazon, Apple, Nook, Kobo, and other major ebook sales channels! Get yourself a copy, read it, and leave me a quick review! It will take you less than an hour to do all three. 😉
Christmas in July, right?
Wait … why should I sign up for your newsletter then?
You’re right … Esther Ashton’s New Dress was my incentive for folks to join! Since it’s no longer exclusive to the newsletter, there’s no longer a reason to want it.
Well, I’m coming up with something fantastic! If you’ve already joined, you’ll receive it before anyone else – so be sure to subscribe now for a first peek! 😉
Hint: It will include an exclusive novella (that I haven’t even written yet … oops!) and a quick guide to something (not revealing yet!) for writers!
I’ve got some fan clubs!
Okay, not exactly. More accurately, I went through Facebook and Goodreads and created a street team/fan club/meeting place for people who’d like to read my books!
You’re welcome to join either or both! By joining, you are by no means obligated to promote me in any way. All you’re obligated to do is have fun!
I’m still trying to come up with a fantastical witty name. But don’t worry – it’ll come to me! We’ll be voting in the groups shortly – even though I have next to no ideas!
That’s exciting, right?! Right!?!?!!!! It means I’m done with high school for good. *does a little jig* And y’all know how much I hate school. (Answer: greatly.)
Camp NaNoWriMo Snuck Up On Me!
… like it does every year!
This month I’m working on a combination of Once a Stratton (editing), Before a Fall (first draft), a short story I’m not talking about yet that I wrote while I was away (shhh, revisions), Alice Unanswered (first draft), and Beyond Her Calling (revisions).
I’m busy. But fine. Really.
I’ve been messing around with design a lot.
Made these two covers:
I’m actually kinda proud???
Also, messed around with my friends …
Sent those three to my friends with the caption “Road trip!!!” and one of my friends was like, “Oh fun! Where’d ya go?” *facepalm*
Also, this one, in which I pull back the heavens to reveal the stars …
They were professionally done by Kathy Pothier Photography. Definitely recommended for those in the northern Oregon area. 😉
Another New Business
I already talked about my blog tour hosting venture (you can help me by signing up for Allison Tebo’s blog tour for The Reluctant Godfather, by the way!), but now I’m starting a Mentorship Program!
Now here’s the rub … right now this isn’t a “business,” exactly, though I’ve called it that.
It’s 100% free of charge. Three beginning writers or bloggers (absolutely no one who knows what they’re doing *coughs*) will receive a one-month one-on-one mentoring by me!
Having blogged since 2015 and written since I was seven (more seriously for the last six years), I have some wisdom to impart to young writers and bloggers. *strikes a pose* 😉
You can read more about it on this page. There’s a survey you can fill out there which will give you a chance at being one of the new writers/bloggers for August. Every month, three more writers will selected. You will be notified as to whether or not you were selected for that month.
And … I think that’s it!
I obviously did a lot of work in the writing area – completed a 9,000-word short story, went through Once a Stratton five times and majorly rewrote the middle section (don’t ask), added a bit to Before a Fall, outlined Water Against the Rocks – but nothing major has happened.
To end on a happy note … I’ve got a new kitten! His name is Sinatra, and he’s an absolute angel. <3
He’s even cuter in person. 😛
What’s going on in your life? Do you think you’ll be relieved to graduate/were you relieved to graduate? Do you have a cat or a dog or a horse or a frog? I love frogs. Have you ever been to Dairy Queen? (It’s my second home.)
(Suddenly my health problems make sense.) Did you like the book covers I made?