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FRIDAY MUSINGS   Leave a comment

If you follow me on social media you know what a rough year it’s been for me and my family. We lost my step-father in March after a brief, unexpected illness and his birthday is coming up on Father’s Day, so yeah…that will be a sad day for me. My mom (now gone) married him when I was fifteen so I always called him my dad. He was a kind, generous man who loved life and football, especially the University of Michigan Wolverines! He is sorely missed. IMG_0656

Dad 1928-2016

Then, we lost our 14 year-old cat, Zeus to cancer a few weeks ago and I still miss her.

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ZEUS 2001-2016

We are struggling financially and are looking for ways to cut bills. We take the bus/Metro when we can (not always feasible in Los Angeles), have cancelled cable and eat meatless meals most of the time (pasta casseroles are our go-to meals).

YUM

We’ve had some good things too, both kids are graduating and looking for jobs. One has a part-time job and another one has a summer job but hasn’t been able to find housing (it’s 300 miles away from us) yet.

I’m still trying to make it as a full-time writer and am one step closer thanks to getting into the writing contest, Query Kombat with my historical, middle grade manuscript inspired by the British invasion of The Beatles. In the contest it’s called, THE BRITISH ARE COMING. I’ve already made friends and had a blast on the Twitter feed so it’s a win for me even if I don’t get any requests from agents.

WRITING WITH A FOUNTAIN PEN

I am trying to find editing clients (have extensive experience editing as a teacher/educator and editor) but it’s slow at the moment. I have a sale going on and will edit your manuscript for half-off, includes three passes of your query/logline too! See website and look under Editing Services tab at: http://www.kathleensallen.weebly.com

If you know any writer who is looking for a “big picture” editor, send them my way! I’d love to be able to pay bills and not get evicted this coming month. Yes, it’s a real possibility and not a joke. I wish it was.

BIG BANG NERVOUS

If you can help me and my family out by engaging my editing services, we’d appreciate it. I’d love to be able to help my kid pay for their first month’s rent too.

And if you or a friend isn’t in the market for editing, maybe you’d enjoy a new book. Check out my Amazon page. Most of my books are in eBook and print. Many of my books are listed on my website with links to the actual books.

We made it so far and I’m sure we’ll make it again. It’s just difficult right now. But I never lose hope that something good is around the corner and that’s what keeps me going.

TOOTHLESS PICTURE DAY

 

Thanks for listening.

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Best,

Kathleen

 

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Why I Write   3 comments

Today on his blog, the lovely and talented, Chuck Wendig (his blog is here: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/07/24/todays-flash-fiction-writing-challenge-is-not-about-fiction/) asked fellow writers to write a blog post about why they write. He usually does a flash fiction challenge on Fridays. Sometimes I participate, sometimes I don’t. Today I decided to weigh in on this very topic.

WHY I WRITE

Who knows? Is it because I learned to read at the early age of three and devoured books like they were potato chips? (Although I do love potato chips but I digress). I remember writing poems and stories before I went to kindergarten. Was it to make sense of my chaotic home life? (I won’t go into details but let’s say it wasn’t your typical happy childhood but then I don’t think such a beast is real, it’s more like an urban myth everyone aspires to achieve but few can. If you did, kudos to you). Writing stories for me was a way to contain my feelings. As I got older my stories became a part of me, like breathing. It was part of my identity. I wrote and wrote and wrote.

For a time when I was in a not-so-great relationship (cue violins) my SO didn’t see the point of me writing. I followed my writing down a deep, dark hole only accessible in the middle of the night. Until one day I realized, my stories needed to see the light of day again.

Armed with a new pen (or keyboard in my case) I began to write in earnest (ouch, sorry, Ernest).

I lost track of my dream of being a full-time writer and got involved with Life (yes, I meant it to be caplitalized). But now I’m back on the right path.

  • Why do I write? I think my DNA was coded with ink.
  • Why do I write? Words make me happy.
  • Why do I write? If I don’t write, I get grumpy. And no one wants to see that, believe me.
  • Why do I write? I’m a storyteller.
  • Why do I write? Maybe I’m the reincarnation of a writer who dies under mysterious circumstances. Hmm…(story idea?)
  • Why do I write? I’m always asking, what if? What if the alien landed in your backyard? (X Files reboot has me all excited), What if the neighbor who looks like a vampire really is a vampire? (Okay, now I’m channeling Fright Night). But you get my drift. writing-is-hard

And the final answer as to why I write is: I DON’T KNOW.

If you figured it out, more power to you. Meanwhile, I’ve got a story to write.

Take Care,

Kathleen

Posted July 24, 2015 by kathleea in Uncategorized

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BRENDA DRAKE HAS A NEW TITLE!   2 comments

Here is the book trailer from Entangled teen for Brenda’s new title! Check it out!

Posted July 3, 2015 by kathleea in Uncategorized

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Cover Reveal!   1 comment

COMING SOON FROM SAMHAIN PUBLISHING!

SWAY BOOK JACKET-MELANIE STANFORD

Ava Elliot never thought she’d be come a couch surfer. But with a freshly minted—and worthless—degree from Julliard, and her dad squandering the family fortune, what choice does she have?

Living with her old high school friends, though, has its own drawbacks. Especially when her ex-fiancé Eric Wentworth drops back into her life. Eight years ago, she was too young, too scared of being poor, and too scared of her dad’s disapproval. Dumping him was a big mistake.

In the most ironic of role reversals, Eric is rolling in musical success, and Ava’s starting at the bottom to build her career. Worse, every song Eric sings is an arrow aimed straight for her regrets.

One encounter, one song too many, and Ava can’t go on like this. It’s time to tell Eric the truth, and make a choice. Finally let go of the past, or risk her heart for a second chance with her first love. If he can forgive her…and she can forgive herself.

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Melanie Stanford reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives outside Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband, four kids, and ridiculous amounts of snow.Melanie Stanford AUTHOR PIX

LINKS:

 

melaniestanfordbooks.com

 

@MelMStanford

 

www.facebook.com/MelanieStanfordauthor

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25701546-sway

 

samhainpublishing.com

Posted June 18, 2015 by kathleea in books, fiction, writing

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