Category: Beginning. Karen the Writer?

May 20, 2013 Hey everyone, it’s been awhile since I have written a blog post and a lot has gone on in the last year and some months.

First off, I went with self-publishing on book 2. I know that I said that I was going to go the traditional way, but the Lord had other ideas for me. I self-published, Epidemic in the Dark Lands, with the help of my friend, Ellen C. Maze. It has been on Amazon since April of 2012. My son graduated from high school in May of 2012. This was huge for us, I guess because I’m a homeschool mom. We belong to a homeschool group called, TEACH, and have been since he was four years old. He graduated with four other students and it was probably the best graduation I have ever been to. There was live music for them to march into to, three montages: one of the group of graduates, their life montage and then one dedicated to the parents. The speaker was Judge Sterling Lacy, a very prominent figure in our area and my son gave the speech for the graduates. He spoke in front of over 200 people, which is a pretty big deal, especially for a kid. I couldn’t have been prouder. Two weeks after graduation was over, he left to go on his mission trip and was gone all summer long.

Summer of 2012 was a time of relaxation. I wanted to write on my books, but found that I just didn’t have any energy. Caleb’s senior year took it out of me. But when school started again, I began working diligently and now I almost have a completed manuscript for book three of my Prince Andy and the Misfits series, called Loombria. I only have about 10,000 more words to write. Simultaneously, I have been writing a Adult Young  novel called, Phoenix, and I have it half done. I am very excited about this novel and am planning on finding an agent. My writing has come a long way, since I wrote Shadow Man and I’m pretty confident that Phoenix will do well.

Fall came and went, so did the winter of 2012. Christmas was very quiet and so was the New Year. January of this year though, I lost my dad to a horrible disease. It was a bittersweet time. I hated to see him go, but at the same time, knew that it was for the best. He was in so much pain. I got to spend his last day alone with him. I read to him from the Bible and from one of my books. I talked to him and prayed for him. My husband, Troy, came and stayed with him for a time as well and also had prayer with my dad. We had no sooner got home, that mom called and said that he had passed away. I miss talking to my dad. He was one of the smartest men I knew. He graduated high school when he was only fifteen years old. Went to college on a full scholarship. But, he found out that he could make more money being a bulldozer operator, than being an English teacher and left school after his first year. He made a very good living for his family and taught me a lot about fixing things. One of the most important things he taught me was, never rely on others, always be self-sufficient.  He was an incredible individual and I haven’t met a person that knew my dad, that didn’t admire him. I can only hope that when my time comes, folks will think as highly of me as they did of my dad.

That brings us to the start of this summer. Caleb has finished his first year of college. He was on the Dean’s list both semesters. I am very proud of him. He worked a job, while he went to school and managed to get very good grades. He leaves in a two weeks to go on another mission trip for the summer and won’t be back until August. Randi and Haylee are finishing up their school year. I can’t believe that Randi will be a senior next year. We have already begun planning graduation, her pictures, senior trip, and what she will wear for graduation. That will just leave me with Haylee. I still have a lot of time with my youngest, (since she is only thirteen) and I’m going to make the best of our time. Life seems to be going so fast in the Gammons household. I will blink, and it will be time for Haylee to graduate and go off to college.

Well, it’s time to wrap this up and start writing on books. I hope this post finds all of my readers well and having a great day. Cheers!

ME!

Sept. 25, 2011

I have put on weight. It’s a fact. I’m not the same girl I was at twenty. That girl is gone and I am now 45 years old. I have noticed that when I walk into a room, that people stare at me. The first thing I think of when this happens is they are thinking of how much weight I have gained. There are reasons why I have gained weight and I will list them.

1. I have had five children–With each child I have gained weight. With some of my children I gained a lot of weight and I didn’t get back to the weight I was before, and then I would find myself pregnant again. God didn’t allow me to keep two of my children as most of you know. I lost my first child, Austin, to a brain aneurysm and I lost the last child when I was six months along. When I lost the last child, I did a lot of emotional eating to make myself feel better.

2. I had to have a hysterectomy at age 38–You would think that having a hysterectomy wouldn’t make you gain weight, but it does. I found that just a few short months after my surgery that I had gained a significant amount of weight. My hormones were all over the place and I was doing a lot of emotional eating.

3. I admit it, I’m a yo-yo dieter— Up to this last year, I was constantly trying to find some way of getting rid of this weight, which in turn was making me fatter. I have since learned that dieting is not the solution.

4. I am going through the change–It was inevitable that I would go through the change early, with the loss of my innards. lol. I am on an emotional roller coaster that I don’t think will end. I totally understand what my mother is going through. Believe me when I say that, I have been doing A LOT of emotional eating.

5. It’s in the genes–my birth mother’s side of the family is large. I had an aunt that was as wide as she was tall. Those are her words, not mine.  My grandmother was very plump and so on and so on… You can’t fight genes. Thank God I at least have my dad’s height and not my birth mother’s. She was very short. Five foot, I believe.

6. Age–at birth we start our journey of dying. Some of us live long lives and some of us, not so long. As we get older everything slows down. My metabolism has slowed significantly. I home school my three kids, so I’m sitting down for that time. I am writing on another book, and I’m sitting down for that time. The rest of the day is tied up in household chores and running errands. I don’t exercise like I used to and to tell the truth, I don’t want to.

So there it is. I have problems. I am an emotional eater, with a little laziness going on, going through the change. Others out there have the same or different problems that they can’t help. We will NEVER be those skinny little people that others think we should be. Please do me the favor after you read this and look at overweight people through their eyes. There is something going on that they have NO control over that is making them overweight. We as a society view people on Hollywood’s standards and that must stop!

I have come to a conclusion over the past few months, that I wish I would have thought of this years ago. This is who I am now and I’m proud of me. I am a wife, mother and an author. God has blessed me so abundantly and I have wasted so much of my life trying to be who I am not. So I go forward now as a new person. ME! So glad I finally figured it out. I am much happier.

To all my readers, see people as you would want to be seen. Don’t judge your fellow man unkindly, that might be you one day. :0)

A Whole Lotta Stuff Goin’ On

Sept. 12, 2011
Happy Monday!

Wow! Where do I start? I have been extremely busy since I last posted. I finally finished my second novel, Epidemic in the Dark Lands, I turned another year older, my husband and I celebrated our 18 year anniversary, I made myself a new website, you can find it at KarenGammons.com. I had quite a few book signings, I signed up for NaNoWriMo, I started on book 3, (which I’m calling Loombria) and we have started another school year. Whew! That is a lot of stuff in just a few months.

First, I will talk about book 2, Epidemic in the Dark Lands. My proofreader, Mrs. Lenda, read and corrected the manuscript and handed it back to me with her blessings and saying, it was an awesome read. I have been rolling it around in my head as what to do with book 2. I could use Tate, but they want too much money. I talked with several of my writer friends (Patty Wiseman, Lynn Hobbs, Jeannie Faulkner Barber and Amanda Stephens) and they gave me a lot of options to think about. Self publishing or I could go with a traditional publisher. I decided to take a leap of faith and go with a traditional publisher. My manuscript now rests in the hands of someone at TreasureLine Publishing. I am very nervous, hopeful and prayerful that she will like my book.

Book 3, Loombria is coming along nicely. I have had so many ideas for this book, that it keeps me up nights writing in my notebook. I can’t say a lot about it, or I will give away too many details. Just know this, the Misfits go on the adventure of a life time and meet some pretty dark creatures that will test their courage and their friendships.

Next, I signed up for NaNoWriMo month. For those that don’t know, this is an event that takes a lot of time, courage and heart to do. In the month of November, writers from all over the world, will write 50,000 words in one month. Basically you’re writing a novel. I have decided to participate. I just hope my family can do without me for a month, since I will be at the computer a lot. I will have to write 1,667 words a day in order to complete the 50,000 words. I have been practicing on book 3 and I have been FAILING with a capital F. I have only been writing 1,000 words a day. I have decided to try my hand at a murder mystery. To get in the mood, I have been watching shows like Murder, She Wrote, Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes… and so on. I have been having weird dreams about this though. Maybe, I’m getting too much murder and mayhem. lol. If you could send me any prayers or luck, I would appreciate it.

And lastly, we started school. This is Caleb’s last year. It feels like yesterday I started homeschooling him. He was 4 1/2 years old. I don’t know what I will do without him next year when he goes off to college. I will certainly miss him. I still have my beautiful girls, Randi and Haylee. They brighten my day and that will help a lot next year. Randi is in the 10th grade this year and Haylee is in the 6th.

Well, to all of you that read my blog, I hope you are having good week so far and no murder and mayhem.

Author Interview

April 26, 2011

Hey to everyone, hope you are having a great day. I am in the best mood today and acting extremely silly. I have been going around saying different words like: dire and noodle and bomb. lol. Say those words with me, “Dire, noodle and bomb.” Don’t you just love it when a word rolls off your tongue. Of course the people around you look at you as if you have lost your mind. Anyway…

While I was at my book signing in Longview, Texas, on the 16th of this month, I met an awesome lady. Her name is Patty Wiseman. I had previously talked with her, through messages on Goodreads. It was great to finally meet her in person. We talked for quite a while at the book signing and she asked me if she could interview me. That was so cool! I had been asked before, and even answered questions for another interview. But, being new at this, I didn’t like my answers. So I told the gentleman that I would try again later. I have been thinking more on my answers lately, and I think I did better the second time around. Below is the link to the interview. Hope you enjoy it.

To all my readers, I hope all of you are having a silly day, saying silly words. It will put you in the best of moods.

Since I don’t know how to embed, (I think that is what you call it) you will have to copy and paste the url. Sorry. http://pattywiseman.blogspot.com/

Spring Is Almost Here

Feb. 22, 2011

Hey to everyone. I have been very busy lately and I haven’t been able to post. I finally finished my second book, Epidemic in the Dark Lands. Yea!!! Also, my family celebrated Caleb’s seventeenth birthday. I can’t believe my child is seventeen. He is just a year and a half away from going off to college. (This said with tears in my eyes.) Another thing we have been enjoying is the weather. It has been wonderful here in Texas. It’s hard to believe that just two weeks ago we had snow on the ground for the third time this year. I can’t remember us having so many snow falls. It was nice the first time around, but by the third time, I was ready to see it go. That is one of the reasons I live in the south, I don’t like cold weather.

Yesterday, I was looking at my flower beds and I have so many bulbs coming up. It’s also time to start thinking about a garden. I’m very excited about that. I do square foot gardening in boxes that are already prepared, so all I have to do is pull out some leaves, add a little dirt, stick in the seeds, water and let nature take it’s course.

Back to my second book. I have been doing research online about self publishing. A friend of mine, Ellen C. Maze, who writes the Rabbit trilogy books, told me about CreateSpace on Amazon.com. She highly recommended it. It’s cheap to publish and the return is quite a lot. The only thing would be to make my book cover. This is where it get tricky. I have been looking into making my own and I don’t know if I can do it and it come out as beautiful as my first book cover. I have found templates, but my problem would be trying to figure out what size I would need. Also, page layout. That looks complicated as well. If anyone has suggestions, I would love to have some.

Well, to all my readers, I hope you are enjoying this beautiful spring weather and that you have an awesome day.

 

My Life is Funny

Jan. 28, 2011

I discovered something this morning. I was nominated for a Shorty Award. I’m not quite sure what that is, (it has something to do with Twitter) but I’m happy to know  that someone took the time and thought I was worthy of a vote. I actually received two votes. Out of the 55 pages, of the 1,096 nominees, I was at the top of the page of 48, in the 122nd place. I thought this was a little funny. In general, I think my life is funny. Something weird, funny or strange is always happening to our family. Just look at the last month. Troy broke his leg, I was in a car wreck, killer dogs killed a horse in the pasture behind my house, Troy got our car stuck in the mud and we popped the tire pulling it out. There are other things, but I would get arthritis trying to write them all down.

For the most part, I have laughed at every situation, because that is how I am. I look at life as I would at the glass being half full. I have so many blessings, that they outweigh the bad.

I’m going to look at this award nomination as a promise for this new year. I’m very hopeful that my book will do well and that I will be able to send in my new manuscript. I have been trying to do for God, all of the things I have asked him to do for me. I think I’m getting in his way. So, I’m going to take my hands off the wheel and rely on him more. I have asked him to let my book do well. I believe he heard me and will answer my prayer. I spend way too much time on the computer: tweeting, blogging, and looking at all of my websites. I’m going to start rectifying this situation, here and now, and spend more time with God, my family and working on my health.

To all my readers, I hope the Lord is in your life, pouring his blessings down on you. God is so good, faithful and wonderful.

Killer Dogs and Speeches

Jan. 18, 2011

Hey, everyone, hope all is well. Yesterday was a very interesting day. Caleb woke me up to tell me that a pack of dogs were killing a horse in the pasture behind our house. I ran outside, jammies and all, to see for myself. It was hard to say for sure if it was a horse or a deer. I didn’t have my glasses on and couldn’t see that far, but Troy said that it was still moving. When I saw it kick it’s leg, I knew it was one of the horses. Troy and Caleb went down the road to get the owner and I got dressed to see if I what I could do for the horse. When I got back outside, one of the dogs (a pittbull) was there pulling on the horses leg. I yelled at the dog and it ran off. When I got to the horse, I knew it would have to be put down. It’s poor head was so mangled and it had so many wounds, that I knew it wouldn’t survive long. The owner didn’t even have to kill the horse, it died not long after. Such a sad start to my day. I love watching the horses in the pasture behind my house. Last week when it was snowing, the horses were running and kicking up their heels, having a great time.

Here is where I tell you about the leader of the pack of dogs and his owner. The leader of the pack of dogs is a German Shepherd mix. He looks like a wolf. Very black and shaggy. We call him “Demon Dog”. He has killed quite a bit of livestock in our little neighborhood. The owner of the dog told a friend of ours, that when his dog hurt one of his kids, that is when he needed to come and talk to him about his dog. (Isn’t he a wonderful person? NOT!) The dog had killed two of our friends goats and his little dog that he had chained up. Our friend and the owner of “Demon Dog”, have had quite a few fights over the menace of the neighborhood. The police were called, but they said they couldn’t do anything since we live in the country and have no laws for dogs.

I don’t know what the owner of the horse will do, but I can guarantee that the “Menace of the Neighborhood” won’t be living long if he has anything to do with it.

And that is how my day started. Then I had to write a speech, because I was speaking to the Friends of the Library, in New Boston, Texas last night. I think I did very well. I spoke for about twenty minutes. I told them all about how the idea of becoming a writer came to be and then went on to writing Prince Andy and the Misfits and the whole publishing process. I ended with telling them all about the book. There was a book signing afterward and I did really well. I got to talk to several of my high school teachers. Talk about pressure. One of them was my old English teacher. They were very proud of me though. I don’t know if I will ever get used to speaking in public. All those eyes staring at you, like you have a wart on your face or something. (I was going to put booger, but I thought that was a little gross. lol.)

To all my readers, I hope you have a great day, with no killer dogs making it interesting.