My Guest Blog with Hopeful Hearts Ministry

I had the honor of writing up a guest blog that was posted on the Hopeful Hearts Ministry website!!! Here’s a link if you wanna check it out 🙂

http://www.shannonmdeitz.com/the-road-to-becoming-a-survivor-guest-post

Still looking for people to review my blog and spread the word! I may be able to get a blogger copy of my book to share for posting and such from my publisher. Just waiting for the word from him.

Who all has purchased a copy?? Do you like it?? 😀

Advertisements

The Road to Becoming a Survivor

My book has FINALLY been published!!!  Officially released 9/23/15! It’s available for purchase here:

http://www.amazon.com/Road-Becoming-Survivor-R-Hayden-ebook/dp/B015RR25GW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443128258&sr=8-1&keywords=the+road+to+becoming+a+survivor

I’m still looking for reviewers so if you’re interested PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know 🙂

I love you all! Thank you for putting up with me and supporting me through this. I’M SO EXCITED!!!

Still not released…

My autobiography STILL hasn’t been released yet even though I’ve been told it was going to be officially released yesterday…They have continuously pushed off the release date and now they failed to meet it yet again without telling me or giving me a reason why. If you tell a client a date for something, you should stick to it not let the date pass by without giving any heads-up to the person WAITING for it to happen.

I don’t think they realize how bad my anxiety and OCD is. Ugh.

So I’m super mad – if you couldn’t already tell. I’ve been waiting to post a blog so I could post the link and the good news but since my publisher won’t respond to my emails, I figured I should stop putting off my blog. Hopefully none of you have been waiting for the announcement (I know that Nadia is <3). I already feel really bad for waiting this long to write a post. Sigh.

Anyway. Hopefully soon. If not, I’ll be posting again about how angry my publisher makes me. Until then – ta ta!

Saturday!!!

Received news from my publisher…they are planning on releasing the book for purchasing THIS SATURDAY!!! [Insert internal screaming here]

I don’t have the cover yet, but I’m told I’ll get it before the book is released. I’ll share that as soon as I get it. I am so giddy and impatient though. I WANT IT NOW!!! I feel like Veruca in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory lol. Hopefully I don’t turn into a giant blueberry!!! >.>

I’m thinking of looking for individuals to write reviews for my book, so if you are interested please let me know! I won’t be able to give out free copies, so you’ll have to buy the book to read and review it, but I PROMISE it’s worth it 🙂 It’s a great book, if I do say so myself lol.

That’s all I have for now. Have a wonderful Thursday my lovely blogily!!! ❤

Finally? Maybe?

I was emailing my publisher over the weekend asking about the cover for my book, The Road to Becoming a Survivor, and of course he didn’t respond. Which is hilarious because he normally responds within 12 hours if I’m asking for a simple update.

Anyhoo! When he did respond, it was to let me know they finally found the issue with the formatting that was messing it all up. They’re going to test the formatting on Amazon and, as long as everything goes well, it’ll be released this week!!! I’M SO EXCITED!!!

I’ve been waiting for this so I’m anxious to get this show on the road! Stay tuned for more updates later this week!!! 🙂

#NeverForget

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
-John 1-5, KJV

I was getting ready this morning and wasn’t aware of what day it was until I was driving to work and heard on the radio about all the tributes going on today for those that died. This wasn’t until after I dropped the kids off at school that I realized this. I find it interesting because the oldest girl was memorizing the above verses for her bible quiz today and I thought it was fitting when I realized it’s the anniversary of the terrorist attack that brought down the Twin Towers. I may not understand the words as I’ve never read or studied the bible, but it felt right hearing these words on such a day. I’ll probably be saying them to myself all day long and into the evening.

I remember where I was the day it happened. I was only 12 years old but I know exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard what happened. I remember as if it were yesterday. I don’t think I could forget even if I tried. The memory is burned into my brain for the rest of my life.

I was sitting in the middle of the room in my Tech Ed class where I was the only girl. We had finished everything for the day and our teacher always let us watch a little tv while we waited for the bell to ring. Well, the news was showing the Twin Towers plane crashes. The plane crash with the Pentagon and the crash in Pennsylvania hadn’t  happened yet. I remember watching in awe, staring at the tv screen wondering what was going on and why the planes had crashed into these buildings.

I don’t remember the bell ringing, leaving the room, or even going home that day. Sitting in that seat watching the footage on the news with my backpack on and leaning over my desk is all I can remember of that day. I remember being grateful that I didn’t know anyone involved and mourning those that were lost and those who lost someone because of this moment in history. It’s strange knowing that future generations will only hear about it in text books when we lived it. I can already see myself in a position when my grandkids are asking me, “Grandma, tell us about the Twin Towers! Was it scary??” in the same manor I would ask my grandmother about the Great Depression or WWII.

When you read and learn about history in school you don’t realize you might be witness to history yourself and how there will be a time when there is few left who were there to remember it. In school, you focus on learning so you can pass tests, forgetting that these were once significant times and how those who were alive to see it may have felt. I suddenly feel old knowing this one moment in history is something I’ll be telling my grandchildren about. You don’t think about how it made others feel when they recall something from history that they were there for. I never realized how important it was to recognize those feelings until I had a time of my own to recall.

This is my way of paying tribute. Not only to those who were lost and are still mourning the loss of loved ones from 14 years ago, but for those who had to be a witness to tragic events throughout history. I recognize the pain and awe you felt seeing these tragedies. I see your anguish knowing future generations will never understand what it was like. I know your despair over the lives that were wrongly affected by the misgivings. I understand your fear. I will never forget.

Medication Progress – Feeling good!

I’ve been on Prozac for almost a month now so I had my progress appointment with my doctor today. Turns out I’ve lost 2 pounds since my last appointment!!! I’m relieved that I’ve lost 2 pounds since my last appointment. It means I’m not crazy and it was the medication making me gain weight. Plus I received antibiotics for this sinus infection that’s made me have an annoying cough for almost 3 weeks now. I’m happy today.

How I’m handling Life currently.

Hi friends.

Sorry I haven’t been posting a whole lot lately. Work has been super stressful. I’m a records clerk at a local college and there are normally three of us. Well, I’ve been the only one here the past couple days so I was trying to get everyone’s work done so they didn’t have a whole lot of work to come back to and get stuff done so the rest of the floor wasn’t frustrated with the lateness. I’m glad one of them is back though! So I don’t have to worry so much about that.

Unfortunately, I still have stuff to worry about on my plate. My boyfriend and I are trying to move but since we essentially live paycheck to paycheck, we can never seem to gather enough money for first month’s rent AND a security deposit. Most places don’t allow you to pay the deposit in installments around here so we’re stuck in a rut in this cramped place in a bad neighborhood. We both have bad credit so we can’t even try to get a mortgage to buy a house. We couldn’t afford it anyway. I’m hoping we can find something soon. This place is taking all of our money and it isn’t worth it.

The other thing bothering me is my book. It was supposed to be released last month but it’s been delayed because they can’t see the fact there are at least 4 paragraphs in each chapter that are not indented. The last 4 chapters have none of the paragraphs indented. I had to send them screenshots because they couldn’t see the problem yet I could on three different devices and two different eReader apps…They originally had problems with the formatting so that pushed back the release date and now this. I’m just completely frustrated. If I think about it too much I get overwhelmed. I just hope they are able to finally see what I do from the screenshots so we can finally get it out there and start helping people. I want this “waiting to be published chapter” of my life to be over and get on with it. I want to see the results of what this is going to do for others out there.

With school starting soon, I’m going to be driving a lot. I drive half an hour just to get to work every day. Now I have to drive the kids to and from school and go to work while my boyfriend works and does his school thing. I’m not looking forward to it. I like driving but I can see myself becoming overwhelmed with it all and being anxious about being late and getting all 40 hours in every week. I’m trying to stay positive though. The kids have to get to school. Someone has to do it. Might as well be me!

Besides all the stress, I’ve started another new novel. I’m trying to write something dystopian ish. It’s similar to Divergent but different also. My issue is creating names. I have the world all planned out and what I want to happen, but thinking up new names is difficult. It makes me feel like I’m a terrible writer and have absolutely no creativity in me. I’m stuck on trying to come up with a city name. I’m the type of writer that can’t keep on writing until I’ve figured out something I like, even if it’s just a placeholder for now. So I’m sitting her trying to think of something and failing. Any ideas would be more than welcome. I’m getting to frustrated with myself over it to think clearly anymore lol.

That’s all I have for now. That’s enough complaining lol. I hope your day-to-day isn’t as busy as mine so you can enjoy it and relax! Thanks for reading, friends! 🙂