The Paranoid Writer

When Life Gets in the Way

Here We Go

Here We Go

Here we go. Blogging again. Yep. That means Raven’s Return is almost done, and I’m gearing up into production and marketing. I had to flip the narrator to first person, and it’s making the voice modern. I love it.

The web page is on a new server and will be designed again to fit the second book. And . . . the cover is in the design mode. Thank you, Barry Guimbellot. It’s about to become real again.

To self publish or find an agent? Marketing is the key here, so that will be the major selling point in my decision. This time around, I will not ignore the red flags.

Right now, I’m having fun with my first person narrator.

Time to get busy again. It feels good.



October 19th, 2013 Posted by | Feeling Good, Gratitude | no comments

Happy New Year 2013

Happy 2013!!

Happy 2013!!

New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite nights. No, it’s not because I get to party and ring in the new year.

I like this night because it gives me time to review the old year, some of it good and some of it not so good. It gives me time to become reflective, which always leads me to gratitude. . . . gratitude for what I accomplished no matter how small or large, gratitude for my family, and gratitude for the person that I am becoming.

I read about a New Year’s Eve ritual that I’m going to do tonight. You write down your regrets, mistakes, and failures on little strips of paper, and then you simply throw them in the fire, and say, “Good Riddance.”

Well, I was informed that if I threw them into the fireplace in our house, I would burn the house down because apparently our fireplace is only supposed to burn the gas logs that look so pretty. Well, I guess I will just throw those strips of paper in the trash or in the shredder.

But you get it. You say goodbye to your regrets, mistakes, and failures over the year. You get it out of your system, so it does not keep clogging your mind and holding you back.

Try it and see what happens. It’s way of letting go of the baggage from 2012.

I’m looking forward to 2013. Sure, it’s not going to be perfect, but if I slow down and take time to enjoy it and learn from the good and even bad times, I think it will be a very fine year.

Happy New Year!!




January 1st, 2013 Posted by | Gratitude | no comments

Change of Perspective and Sense Regained

It’s a new year, and I’m going to concentrate on gratitude this year.

Last year, I just wanted the year to come to an end very quickly. However, December brought everything into focus, and my perspective changed. It’s amazing how the universe works itself out. It just took one event to bring it into focus again and make me think again about what is going on in my life.

That one event involved getting my hearing back in my right ear. It had been fading for over two years. I was to the point that when I entered a conversation, I would have major anxiety that I could not understand the person talking, and then I would talk over them because I was so anxious.

If it wasn’t for my little girl breaking her elbow and having two surgeries and thus meeting our high deductible, then I would never had my hearing checked. I just could not believe that I could have my hearing fixed with an operation. Sometimes I wonder if the universe has a plan for us, and we have to figure out which path we want.

We do have choices, but we need the initiative to make them.

This year, I want to concentrate on gratitude and slowing down to appreciate what life has given me: good times and bad.





January 6th, 2012 Posted by | Gratitude | no comments