I wanted to talk s about why I started the Go Fund Me campaign. I mention on the page it’s for expenses related to a job offer in San Francisco but it’s more than that.
My family and I moved to Los Angeles three years ago from Ann Arbor, Michigan so my kids could go to college out here. We fully expected to stay until they were done then move on. We found a great apartment online and moved in. Little did we know this apartment would suck us dry, money-wise and it’s been a struggle every month to make rent plus the other bills.
Our two beloved cats that made the move across country with us, Zeus (age 14) and Bast (age 12) died while we were here. Zeus from colon cancer and Bast from mammary gland cancer.
I miss them both.
We got a new kitten, named Toffee who is entertaining and loving.
My step-dad also died this past March and I’ve known him since I was fifteen. He had a brief illness and was a die-hard University of Michigan football fan. I miss him so much.
As graduation loomed, one of the graduates got an internship 300 miles away and the other one closer to Los Angeles. We struggled through the summer getting behind on bills, and rent and since I wasn’t working, it’s been rough. The kitten developed a recurrent urinary tract infection we’ve been battling all summer. She’s on the road to recovery now, we hope. But again, vet expenses left us with very little to use on our other expenses.
I debated about setting up the Go Fund Me for weeks. The feeling of not having enough money for the basics like groceries feels like I failed my family. I’ve been trying to make it as a writer and there is always hope on my part I will snag that agent and get that book deal but it’s feeling more and more like a pipe dream. I’m like the rock in the picture below being beaten by waves that keep coming no matter what I do!
A job offer in San Francisco comes with its own set of expenses, finding a place to live in SF, getting the right credentials in order to actually do the job and going there. It’s a Catch 22 situation, I need money to take the job and I need the job to get money. At this point I don’t know if it’s going to work out or not.
I truly believe in having hope, even in my darkest hour and I still hold on to the fact that I will end up where I need to be. But for now, it feels like I’m in a dark tunnel and although I can see daylight in front of me, it’s so far away I don’t know if I’ll ever reach it.
But I keep on going and maybe, just maybe I’ll be able to stand in the light and declare victory.
If you would like to contribute to my Go Fund Me campaign, go here: gofund.me/22rtnf2s
No pressure, if you’d prefer to hire me to do an edit of your manuscript, I can do that too. Look under EDITING SERVICES tab on my website. Again, thanks to everyone who’s been so kind and generous with the outpouring of support I’ve gotten.
I know it’s always darkest before the dawn (one of my mom’s favorite cliches) and that every cloud has a silver lining (mom’s second favorite) and I just have to hang in there a while longer.
I keep hanging on.
And I always have hope.
Pitchwars is a writing contest put on by @brenda-drake for unagented writers to get their completed manuscripts in the hands of agented mentors who help them polish it before participating in the agent round in November.
This is my fourth year entering. I wrote a new manuscript this time and sent it in with the names of six mentors I might like to work with. Now the waiting begins. The mentors have three weeks to decide who they want to mentor and will announce on August 25th.
This is one of the mentors reading. Okay, it’s not but can I dream a little?
And this is most of the mentee hopefuls:
Some of the mentors are giving us teasers at the hashtag #PWTeaser. Of course they are vague and general but that doesn’t stop the mentees from thinking:THAT’S MY NOVEL THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT!
So for the next three weeks the mentee hopefuls will be waiting…
So what do we do while we wait?
Some suggest tackling your TBR pile of unread books.
Or binge watching your favorite TV shows.
Or better yet, starting a new novel!
But whatever you do to pass the time away, know this: YOU DID IT! You wrote a novel and submitted it and that’s a really big deal. Let me put that in big letters: THAT’S A REALLY BIG DEAL!
So be proud of what you’ve accomplished and maybe on August 25th you can announce you got a mentor. BUT even if you don’t get a mentor, you can get eyes on your manuscript by finding beta readers or critique partners who will help guide your book to be the best it can be.
MAY YOU SPILL THE INK! (my version of Break a Leg)
Looking for an editor for your manuscript?
I can edit your young adult, middle grade or adult manuscript (no erotica) with a quick turnaround!
Does your manuscript feature a character with a mental illness? Hire me to make sure it’s accurate. I was a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for five years (and a therapist).
I worked with clients who:
- were suicidal
- were diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder
- had depression
- had anxiety and stress
- had PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
- had been sexually assaulted
- were schizophrenic
- were psychotic and had hallucinatons
- were delusional
- had phobias
I am most familiar with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) but have also used Exposure Therapy for phobias on the therapy side. I am familiar with treatments for depression since that was my specialty.
Questions? Email me at: email@example.com
Please see the EDITING SERVICES tab on my website for more details! I look forward to editing your work!
Of course I can edit manuscripts that don’t feature a character with mental illness too!
In case you don’t know, PITCHWARS is a writing contest run by the fabulous Brenda Drake! Writers and mentors are paired up in order to revise a manuscript before the agent round.
I debated whether or not to enter Pitchwars this year. I’ve entered the past three years with no success in snagging (or is that snogging???) a mentor. Despite my best efforts. LOL.
I’ve been in the query trenches a long time.
The novel I’m entering is not the one I originally thought I was entering. I figured I enter the same one I did last year since it’s been revised and rewritten. But…but…I have a new one I’ve been working on and I think it’ll be ready by August. It’s a young adult contemporary. It’s different than any other book I’ve written and I’m so excited about it. It was a challenge to write because it’s written in a non-linear style. Back to front and sideways and…well, that’s all I’m going to say about it at this point.
SECOND UPDATE: Okay, yes, the dark YA will be done! I’m blazing away on it so this is the one I’m entering!!! I so appreciate the beta readers who helped me with feedback!!!
I’ve done independent publishing and published with two small presses, Gypsy Shadow Publishing and Muse It Up Publishing. I do freelance editing and have worked as a college instructor teaching English Composition and Literature courses. I have a Master’s in Children’s Literature with an emphasis in creative writing for young adults.
I have a kitten who vexes me every morning to get up and feed her. Usually at six. I love her too much to be annoyed. She’s the sweetest cat I’ve ever had.
I drink both coffee and tea and wish I lived in the UK.
Feel free to look around my posts to learn more about me. I am a hard worker and I love to edit and revise until my manuscripts are polished.
I love to read and read a novel in an hour or two (depending on the length) so I read a lot! I’m an eclectic reader but YA is my fave to read. I don’t tend to read (or write) romance but I don’t mind a bit of it as long as it’s not the main plot.
I live in sunny Los Angeles (expat from Michigan, LOL) and have for the past three years.
I’m a huge pop culture fan. Harry Potter. Sherlock. Buffy. Wonderfalls. Firefly. Doctor Who. Supernatural. Gilmore Girls. Star Wars. Star Trek. Avengers. X-Men.I love Jane Austen and the Bronte sister’s books, old black and white Bogie and Bacall movies and anything Bette Davis did. I love the old horror movies Vincent Price did (The Tingler!). I also love to listen to pop music, Taylor Swift (unless she’s still dating Tom H. then no), classic rock and roll, smooth jazz and blues. Nina Simone is a favorite and Billie Holiday.
There’s more layers to me but that’ll do for now!
And that’s me!
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FAITHFUL COVER REVEAL
Today Michelle Hauck and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for FAITHFUL, book two in the Birth of Saints series which releases November 15, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win a SIGNED copy of book 1 GRUDGING!
On to the reveal!
Title: FAITHFUL (Birth of Saints #2)
Author: Michelle Hauck
Pub. Date: November 15, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
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Following Grudging–and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall–religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints series!
A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.
Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?
On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.
What they find instead is an old woman.
But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.
A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.
Not for the first time, Claire reconsidered her decision to stay when Ramiro had asked her. She’d lingered out of curiosity—and truthfully because it felt good to be needed—but they didn’t need her now with the Northern army defeated. She could return to the swamp and away from so many people. Despite her hopes of friends and community, she felt awkward here. Reason said she’d get used to their ways, but being around so many folk made her want to hide. Everything pressed down. The walls of the tent shrunk, pinning her in, and smothering her. It became hard to breathe.
She reached for a fresh strip of cloth, only to have her hand shake. She snatched the material and began to roll it, trying to shut out everything else, including her own doubts.
Before she could find a semblance of peace, though, someone shouted. Ladies screamed. Claire looked over her shoulder at the noise. A brown-bearded man in a poncho and a floppy hat ran in her direction. “My family is dead, because of the evacuations. Because of you.”
Claire gasped. He seemed to be talking to Beatriz, then his gaze found Claire.
“Witch!” His outstretched hand suddenly held a long butcher knife. “Witch! Stay away from us! Murderer! Abomination! Die!”
Fronilde dropped to the ground, but Claire couldn’t move. Surprise robbed her brain of a Song to stop him. Even the words of the Hornet Tune, which she knew as well as her name, deserted her. The man closed as everyone scrambled out of his way. Then Beatriz sprang from her chair to stand over Claire, holding up her hand. The tall, black-lace mantilla atop her head waved like a flag. “Stop.”
Something about the authority in the First Wife’s voice—or maybe her simple resistance instead of cringing or scrambling away—brought the man up short, making him pause for a moment. Just the moment the bodyguard needed to crush the lunatic to the floor and overpower him, wrestling free the knife. More guards came running from outside.
Breath rushed back in Claire’s lungs. Beatriz sniffed and touched a spot on her chest over her heart and then her forehead and stomach areas. “Imbecile. He didn’t know who he was dealing with.”
Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Two papillons help balance out the teenage drama. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.
She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat and Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow.
Her epic fantasy, Kindar’s Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, is published by The Elephant’s Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer’s Double Edge. She’s repped by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary.
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Yesterday a family member was involved in the campus lockdown at UCLA because of an active shooter on campus. Three harrowing hours later the lockdown was lifted and the campus declared safe. Two people died in an apparent murder/suicide (authorities found a gun and note) between a professor and graduate student in the Engineering IV building. Of course at 10AM when the lockdown happened, no one knew what was going on. I shook with fear for my family member who was in class. We texted one another several times to keep spirits up on both our sides. My hands shook each time I asked, “Are you okay? Safe?” And when a few minutes went by with no answer, I panicked.
I ended up having to text family and friends to let them know what was going on. Everyone asked the same questions, what was going on? East coast friends heard about it on the news. They wanted to know the same things: Is everyone safe? What happened?
The helpless feeling continued until at 12:30PM the lockdown was lifted and the All-Clear was sounded. “Headed home” was a text I’d been waiting for and we breathed a sigh of relief. When the family member came in the door I burst into happy tears and hugged the stuffing out of them. Other family members left work early to come home. I let my family member talk about the ordeal, how scared the classmates were, the not knowing if the shooter was nearby. All of this happened on the last day of class for the spring quarter. Finals and classes were cancelled for the remainder of the day.
Even later that night, my family member couldn’t focus and was still feeling the effects of what happened that morning.
I am saddened by the death of the professor and student and how their families weren’t able to hug their loved ones or feel the relief I felt when seeing my family member walk through the door.
This could’ve been so much worse and I’m sure everyone expected it to be. I’m glad it wasn’t.
Today, the campus is back to its regular routine but the students, faculty and staff can’t go back to life like it was on campus before yesterday happened. The safety of the campus has been jeopardized and it will take time to feel safe again. I hope that everyone involved will read out to professionals if they need to talk about what happened. Talking does help.
I am grateful to the UCLA campus police, the LA police and First-Responders who did their jobs with efficiency. I am thankful there weren’t more people injured or shot.
I just wish this scenario wasn’t repeated ever again but I know it’s likely to be and that makes me sad.