What the Hell!

We’ve reached the time of year in Colorado when I wake up, look out the window, and say, “What the hell!”

We got more snow while we slept–and all I want are clear skies and sixty degrees. It’s only an inch or two, but I’m feeling petulant. This is the time of year, every year, where I survey the US map and try to imagine a state in the warmer regions in which I could be happy all year.

I have yet to find one that doesn’t get crossed off for one reason or the other and so I continue to “What the hell!” my way through spring until we reach the end of May and I can be reasonably assured to be greeted with the weather I want. Which isn’t to say I don’t love winter when it rolls around…I’m just tired of it by the end of March.

Release Day, Once Upon a Lie

It’s finally here, release day for Once Upon a Lie. This book is a big deal for me. So much of my life has changed since I started writing this one in 2021. I will forever remember this book as my transformation novel. This is the one I created as I made significant changes, both personally and professionally, and was with me as I set out onto my current and future path. Its release is the cornerstone of the future I’m building from here. Change can be scary, but no adventure ever happened without taking that first step outside your comfort zone. Thank you for being here with me. I hope you love the new book!

Get your copy today!

I Finished Once Upon a Lie

About a week ago, I typed THE END for Once Upon a Lie. This was my book that for weeks and weeks felt like it simply didn’t want to end. I would think, I’m so close, but then realize that there were several story lines that were going to take longer to wrap up in a way that satisfied.

And so, I kept writing.

In the end, my planned 85,000 word book wound up being 103,000 words. I’ve started working on the edits…so we’ll just have to see how much gets cut before we reach the final draft.

Anyway, finishing this book is the best Christmas gift I could think to give myself.

ONCE UPON A LIE publishes on February 21st 2023. If you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, it will be free to download. It will also be available in hardback and paperback to purchase. Additionally, I thrilled to share that the talented Libby McKnight will be voicing the audiobook version! More on this development soon.

I hope you are enjoying the season. Personally, I just got my tree and Christmas decorations up about four days ago (a bit later than usual for me.) But I love waking up to get my coffee in the morning and seeing the tree and garland all lit up.

Tonight I’m heading to my first holiday party of the season (I’m getting my nails done at I write this post!) I’m so looking forward to connecting with friends and former colleagues I don’t get to see that often.

Wishing you all the best 🎄❤️

Writing Vlog: November 18th, 2022, Jacksonville Florida

Hello and welcome back. I’m on a layover in Jacksonville, Florida. I’m feeling lucky that my son was able to come on the trip with me. I try to get out to see the ocean whenever I’m near it, so we spent some time in and around the resort and then also walked along the beach for a while. And yes…writing also happened!

Giveaway! Enter to Win a $25 B&N Gift Card and a Signed Copy of The Secret Next Door

Don’t you just love a great book anniversary giveaway? Me too! Which is why I’m running one to celebrate the one-year publishing anniversary of my book The Secret Next Door!

To enter, head over to Instagram and follow the super easy entry rules.

  1. Follow my IG account
  2. Comment on my giveaway post and tag one of your book-loving friends
  3. Receive an extra entry when you share the giveaway with your IG followers

Two winners will be announced in my IG stories on Monday, November 21st, 2022. Good luck, and thank you for helping me celebrate!

Rebecca’s Writing Vlog: November 3rd, 2022

It’s Day 2 of my No NaNoWriMo writing vlogs. If you haven’t watched the first video in this series, please know–I LOVE NaNoWriMo and think it’s an amazing opportunity for writers to come together and focus and support each other. It’s just NEVER worked out for me. Still…I love when it happens every year and I always watch other writers’ progress and vlogs. These No NaNoWriMo vlogs are a way for me to participate while also letting writers know, this event doesn’t always work out for everyone–and that’s okay!

Know Thyself

I believed, with my whole self, for years and years, that what I wanted most in this world was to be a “Full-Time Writer.”

Back in the early 2000’s, right when we were all consuming blogs but before the smartphone made its life-disrupting debut, this was when the idea was planted firmly in my head. I was a mother of two young children, finishing up grad school, and embarking on a career that would lead me to educate myself on topics like: stress, cortisol, anxiety, sleep deprivation, self-medication, etc, etc.

So when I read blog posts from authors I admired about their lives as “Full-Time Writers” well, you can imagine how primed I was, absolutely desperate, to shift my life from the way I was living to my very own writing castle in the sky.

Waking up when you wanted–sign me up.

Working in your pajamas–yes please.

Peace and quiet, silence, solitude, a minute to THINK–Jesus, make it so.

These were the desires foremost in my thinking.

Next up we had things like: holding my own book in my hands, seeing my book on shelves, book signings, speaking engagements, giving interviews, and teaching at conferences–the exterior parts of the writing career that I assumed I would love. (But we should discuss how I actually feel about all this in another post!)

Writing looked to me like the PERFECT escape from life as I then knew it. Still working. Still productive. Still creative.

But all of it on my terms.

So my ideal writer’s life went up on my vision board and there it stayed, off on the horizon of my striving.

For decades.

And, as often happens when you work consistently toward a goal, many of those things I had imagined came true! And in some instances, my lived life as a writer even exceeded what my vision had originally been. I did it!

Sort of.

Because even though many of the trappings of living the writer life had come into my world, I still did not call myself a “Full-Time Writer.”

Except for that ONE year. The year that taught me I might not be meant to be a “Full-Time Writer.”

My husband and I sat down and discussed the possibility of me taking the year off from my other career and really giving the writing my all. Every day. Writing. Everything I had always dreamed of. We agreed–we could do this. So for the 2016-2017 school year, I didn’t take on any school psychologist positions and I set my sights on making the shift.

Can you guess what happened?

  1. I barely got any writing done that year.
  2. I could not, COULD NOT keep myself from taking on more. I did NOT NEED TO but I still ended up doing some part-time assessment work for another psychologist.
  3. I discovered that all that time to write left me feeling bored and uninspired. Additionally–who knew that, when given the time, I was such a PROCRASTINATOR?

Yes, I learned an ugly truth about myself. When given the freedom, I squandered it.

Now maybe if I kept at it longer, and tried harder to adjust, I’d eventually figure out a routine that led to me getting words on paper. But by the time the next summer rolled around, I was soooo ready to get back out into the hustle and bustle of the working world, I gladly signed that contract to go back to work for the next school year.

Now, obviously, that’s not the whole story. Those who know me best know for a fact that I’ve had to continue to search for the perfect combination between my writing career and other careers. Oddly enough, right now, I’m working as a flight attendant, doing very part-time school psychology work, and weirdly writing more words per week consistently than I have in years! I’m busier than EVER, but feeling more balanced in all areas of my life.

Know thyself. And apparently, this self needs some limits on the limitless.

Continuing Life Education: Alcohol and its Impact on the Brain and Body

I consider myself a lifelong learner. I’m always seeking new, preferably well-researched, information that helps me expand my worldview, make better life choices, or simply enrich my life for now knowing it.

And since I love doing that for myself anyway, I figured a nice feature of this blog moving forward could be sharing the learning I find particularly important, relevant, and sometimes life-changing.

This particular piece certainly falls under the category of potentially life-changing.

This is long…but if you’ve ever wondered EXACTLY what impact consumption of alcohol, at various levels (light, moderate, heavy) has on your brain, organs, cells, and hormones, you should spend some time getting educated by an expert. I HIGHLY recommend this one.

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