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Resolved to The Year of the Squirrel

Resolved to The Year of the Squirrel

 

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Artwork by Gary Medley (FIL)

 

It’s that time of year again where I think big thoughts, make new plans and the year ahead is filled with possibilities. I blame the eleven days of Christmas break for all that.  Being off work somehow makes me dream unrealistic dreams and think I can accomplish far more than is actually humanly possible.

I’ll realize that by January 4.

But until then, here’s my plan for 2017: The Year of the Squirrel.

More on that later.

Last year ended on a down note, with my mom passing away Nov. 10, and my book sales are all but nonexistent. Seriously, I’m making around $150 a month on seven books. It all seems like way too much work for very little reward. I made half the total income last year that I did the year before (which was the all-time high at a whopping $7K).

I’ve been trying to psych myself back up and get back into the groove. I ran some ads (spent $100) to try to respark interest and revenue, but all it really accomplished was brief stint at Amazon #1 FREE and then four new reviews. I even wrote a couple thousand words, but it’s just not happening. The motivation is gone.

I’m not saying I’m quitting writing completely. I am saying I’m going to let it slide and pick it up as I feel like it. I’m sure at least a dozen people in the world will be sad about that, but it is what it is. Ultimately, I’m the only one putting pressure on myself to make it happen. I’ve given it a good go. I’ve pushed hard for the past five and a half years but gained very little financial traction. I’ve proven I’m not a one-book-wonder and now…I’m moving on.

The beginning of a new year seems like a good time to do that. A clean break.

It’s harder than you’d think to wind down, however. Trust me. I’ve tried quitting before. Ideas don’t stop coming and characters don’t stop talking. Once Pandora’s box is opened, it won’t be closed again. I’m going to keep collecting those ideas and conversations and one day–in the future–I’ll give them the attention they deserve. I also have a few events to attend. Fun events like VisionCon in February and Ozarks Indie Book Fest next October.

Until then, I’m going to participate in the Year of the Squirrel. No, the Year of the Squirrel is not one of the Chinese Zodiac signs (I checked). Nor is it an actual thing. It’s my thing. The Year of the Squirrel will be my chance to follow all the little interests and passions that speak to me this year along with the things I must/need to do. Believe me, there are plenty of need-to-do things. Cleaning out Mom’s house is one of the biggest ones right now.

The things I’m passionate about at the moment include: crocheting, FitBit walking, reading and watching the Gilmore Girls. I think that’s a pretty good start.

There is however, actually a Squirrel Appreciation Day if you’re so inclined to participate. For real, it’s Saturday, January 21 this year. Plan accordingly.

One big goal this year is to get back into shape. Last November, I was in a good place and ten pounds from my goal weight. Right now I’m two pounds above my highest weight ever. I have some work to do.

The biggest fun thing on the horizon for 2017 as far as personal entertainment that I’m looking forward to is the Supernatural Convention in Chicago in July. Bryon and Grace gave me that AMAZING gift for Christmas. I still can’t believe it! Front row, baby! And I get to ride the Amtrack there. Bryon and Grace are going to meet me there after the con is over, and then we’ll have a family vacation in the Windy City.

It’s going to be a looooong time until July.

The good news is I have plenty of time to catch up on my review of the eleven seasons of Supernatural before I go. I’ll have a Masters in Supernatural by that time.

As is my way, I’ve started my Year of the Squirrel List so I can store a few of theses nuggets away for later. It will definintely be a work in progress this year.

Year of the Squirrel List

  1. Crochet all the things
  2. Read all the books
  3. Walk 10k+ steps every day
  4. Finish all seasons of The Gilmore Girls (I’m on S3)
  5. Rewatch all 11 seasons of Supernatural
  6. Reacquaint myself with our garden, wait…which way is it?
  7. Read my magazines the day they arrive
  8. Reorganize my recipe boxes
  9. Clean out and reorganize the bath/medicine cabinets
  10. Donate more clothes out of my closet
  11. Empty Mom’s house of contents and sell them
  12. Read, file or delete all the SAVED articles on Facebook I’ve collected
  13. Surf way too much Pinerest
  14. Can and preserve the garden bounty
  15. Make good food
  16. Eat good food

That’s a good beginning, I think.

I’m sure there will be much more to add during the year because…SQUIRREL!

What does your 2017 look like from here? Do you make resolutions?

 

 

 

 

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Writing Update: A year of publishing

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Authors at Art Walk in Downtown Springfield with Rosalie Stanton

 

So much happened this year in my writing career I can’t even begin to put it all here. That’s why I have an entire website devoted to it. You can see all the gory details of my journey over here at Lisa-Medley.com

Here’s the Reader’s Digest version:

March 2014Reap & Repent published in a box set

May 2014 – Attended Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in New Orleans

June 2014Reap & Repent published as a single-title

July 2014Reap & Redeem published in a box set

September 2014 – Attended Ozarks Romance Authors Conference

October 2014 Reap & Redeem published as a single-title

November 2014 – Attended Authors at Artwalk

August 2014 – Finished Haunt My Heart Manuscript and sent it off to the editor

January 2015Haunt My Heart publishes on Amazon in e-book and print.

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My table at the Ozarks Romance Authors convention.

 

There’s so much more on the horizon and some really big news regarding the Reaping Series I’ll share just as soon as things are finally firmed up. I’ve been sitting on that news since Sept. 29.

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My first PRINT copies!

 

 

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I was pretty excited 😀

 

Yeah, I’m not really that patient but I can’t share it yet.

Trust me though. It will be good news.

If you’d like to keep up with my writing you can visit and/or subscribe to my writing blog posts over here on my site. Just look at the top right corner there.

Or if you’re only interested in new releases, you can sign up for my New Release Newsletter. You won’t get more than 5-7 emails a year from that one. I’ll only send when there’s actual new release news 😀

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2014 in writing

 

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A brush with the King. Stephen that is.

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Photo from Rainy Day Books’ FB page http://www.rainydaybooks.com/

I almost missed the boat on my chance to see Stephen King in the flesh. Thankfully, my author friend, Beth Carter, saved my bacon and produced a ticket for me at the last minute.

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Beth Carter and Lisa Medley on the Plaza in Kansas City, MO.

 

I had seen a post on Facebook that Stephen King was going to be in Kansas City. The appearance was sponsored by an independent bookstore called Rainy Day Books. I wanted to go. For whatever reason though I hesitated.

IMG_7972 (1024x768)The next morning, after I had decided I wanted to go, I checked the site again and they were already sold out.

Gah!

Folks, carpe diem. Every time. Because if you don’t seize the day, you’ll miss the day.

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I’d given up until Beth said a few of the friends and family she’d thought would want to go bailed out on her.

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Photo from Rainy Day Books’ FB page http://www.rainydaybooks.com/

 

Saved!

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Photo from Rainy Day Books’ FB page http://www.rainydaybooks.com/

 

I said yes, immediately. Even though it was three hours away. And after dark in KC. On a weeknight.

Getting to eat at the Cheesecake Factory was an incentive as well.

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The man is a writing legend. And not getting any younger.

It was so worth the trip.

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Stephen King is such an inspiring guy, both as a writer and as a human being. His book On Writing is one of the pivotal books that pushed me to make the plunge into writing.

Talk about a guy who’s spent a lifetime seizing the day.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2014 in writing

 

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Front Page News

 

In May I made the front page of my hometown newspaper.

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You can read the entire thing here if you want bhfp_a1-1web and page two here bhfp_a2-2web .

There could be worse reasons to make the front page 😀

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in writing

 

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My Harlequin E Urban Fantasy Romance is PUBLISHED!

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Welcome to the world, Reap & Repent.

This was a big week for me. Three years after I wrote the first words, Reap & Repent is now out in the world, I thought I’d share some of the rules of my reaper world. If you’d like to read more, visit my author blog at Lisa-Medley.com . Reap & Repent released Monday in a Harlequin E Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance box set with three other authors at a great value. It will release as a single title in June. Enjoy!

Reaper Rules: The Basics

How will you know if you meet a reaper? Two ways. One you’re dead already and it will become obvious rather quickly or two…you’ll never know. Reapers blend into the background. You may have already crossed paths with one. If you did, and you’re reading this now (which means you are NOT dead), you’ll never remember him.

You’ve probably heard the stories of the “mysterious angel” who showed up at the scene of an accident and lifted the car off a child, pulled a driver to safety, saved a drowning person, _____________ (fill in the blank), and then disappeared. No one got a description. No one took a photo. No one remembers clearly what the helpful stranger actually looked like.

There’s a good chance they met a reaper on his way to or from collecting a soul.

There are two rules of survival as a reaper:

  1. Keep your energy.
  2. Keep your head.

Everything else is survivable, but it also means that even reapers aren’t immortal. They can live for a long time but usually flame out after a couple of centuries. Ferrying the dead is a soul-sucking job (pun intended).

Reaping is a full-time proposition with a human population over seven billion. And that doesn’t even count all of the other creatures with souls that need reapers. Yeah, there are reapers for every creature with a soul. And they all meet in one place. Purgatory.

While they might not all get along topside, Purgatory is supernatural Switzerland. Forced détente. Conflict will get you smited lickedy-split.

And no one enjoys a smiting.

Want to read more? Reap & Repent, from Harlequin E, now available at all e-book retailers.

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Thank you for your support. I hope you enjoy my world and reapers.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2014 in writing

 

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Catch Up Excuses

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As July comes to an end, I suddenly realized, HEY, I MISSED JUNE TOO!

My blogging updates are tardy for two main reasons. One, I post lots of this stuff on Facebook and somehow it seems to lose its importance to me after it has already seen some light, had some feedback and gotten some likes. The problem is it stays in Facebook and dies there. Everything I blog gets printed into a book each year and becomes a journal.

Like this:

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That’s actually five years of blogging. The far right book is the first one I ever had printed through Blog2Print and it contains the first two years of Life in the Big Cedars.

It usually costs me between $50-$100 to have my posts printed into this cool hardback format depending on how many posts/pages I have each year. It’s a cool site and easy to use. It’s compatible with Blogger, WordPress, Typepad and is a great way to journal your family.

All of this to say… get ready for the catch up because here it comes.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Meanwhile, Back In The Writing Cave…

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So here is some good news you may have missed if you don’t subscribe to my author blog…

I am going to be PUBLISHED by HARLEQUIN DIGITAL FIRST!!!!

Go here to check it out http://lisamedley.wordpress.com/

You can also like me on Facebook and Twitter for updates on that same page.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in writing

 

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