#TGIF: Catching My Breath!

coffee-1128140_960_720Isn’t it odd how you start out to do one thing, and end up doing something completely different?

It’s the story of my life.

Apologies for fewer posts and updates recently, but I dove in head first to CampNaNoWriMo this month in an attempt to complete my upcoming debut novel, and I’m very happy with my progress!

However, at the same time, I’ve launched my author page on Facebook, tweaked my Twitter profile, read six books and written five book reviews, secured my own domain under my author name…you’ll see it in a day or two…and celebrated the Independence Day holiday with all three of my adult children making the drive to ‘mom’s’ so they could eat up their weight in ribs, hamburgers and potato salad. (Um, and they’re not ‘little’ kids!)

And that was just the first week of July! Whew!

The rest of the month will find me completing edits and getting my book in ‘publishable’ condition, scheduling a cover reveal, and posting a few more excerpts…and maybe a teaser or two.

I’ll also be adding to my online free read, “Free, A Short Story.” Remember that one? It was supposed to be a three-post short story. I posted the first two installments with no problem, and got some great feedback from readers. Then, as I’m writing the third, and ALLEGEDLY, last installment, it simply explodes in my face! Characters began taking the storyline in new directions and introducing new characters, the heroine had a meltdown, and I may be mistaken, but I’m almost sure her soon-to-be ex-husband was over in the corner chanting, “No Justice, No Peace!” Needless to say, I had to fall back, regroup and calm the masses. The story still contains the original plot, but tertiary characters have added some interesting side views. Look for installment number three next week.

My biggest stumbling block – and I mean fall-on-my-face stumbling – has been creating a mailing list. MailChimp and me are not friends. I can code an entire web page by hand, but is my MailChimp mailing list working? No. It says it is…but it lies. I’m going to need someone to send MailChimp to my house to get this list done. I have bananas.

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  1. #1 by kphoenix1 on July 8, 2016 - 5:07 pm

    Best of luck with your book and everything. I can truly understand about Mailchimp. I’m having the hardest time about it to. Most people goes for the pop up mail subscriber, yet I haven’t attempt to do so.

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    • #2 by Felicia on July 8, 2016 - 5:14 pm

      I did get the pop up to work, but I loathe them so! LOL! HOWEVER, if I don’t get this thing configured over the weekend…there will be pop ups!

      Thanks for stopping by and hope you fare better with your mailing list.

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      • #3 by kphoenix1 on July 8, 2016 - 5:18 pm

        Hopefully you will. Not so sure on my end, but I hope so. You’re welcome and thank you.

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  2. #4 by janneweb on July 8, 2016 - 5:08 pm

    Forgiven LOL, I will be patient while the story loops and loops… 🙂
    You are one busy woman! Continue with your juggling. LOL

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    • #5 by Felicia on July 8, 2016 - 5:15 pm

      YOU will be patient? Lies, all lies! We shall see! LOL!

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  3. #6 by jazzfeathers on July 8, 2016 - 10:16 pm

    It sounds like you’ve been very busy, but in a good way 😉

    Stories exploding in your face. How is it that that sound pretty familiar to me?
    I’m a 10-yer veteran of NaNoWriMo, but I’ve never been able to do Camp NaNo. I don’t know why. It feels completely different from NaNo for me and I can’t get the swing of things.
    But I’m happy it’s working for you 🙂

    Sending all my good wishings for your new release!

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  4. #7 by D.E. Haggerty on July 10, 2016 - 12:27 am

    Wow! Go you. Make sure you take time to enjoy the summer as well

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  5. #8 by Karissa Thorpe on July 11, 2016 - 1:18 am

    LOL. You’ve been a busy woman. Characters do have a knack of running away with the plot. 😉

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  6. #9 by Marquessa on July 12, 2016 - 5:08 pm

    Good luck! I am trying MailChimp but not the pop up one. I have yet to figure out how to use the lost though…:_)

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