Thursday, March 19, 2015

Back to Work!

Hello my lovely followers. I feel like I've been away from blogging forever! And I must admit, I am literally forcing myself to write this week but I know it's important that I get back to it.

As some of you know, we lost our wonderful father, Robert W. Swope on February 17th. This has been devastating to my family because dad was so special to all of us. He'd been struggling with Alzheimer's for awhile so we knew that we might not have much longer with him but we had no idea he would go so quickly. In the end, he was diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer on 1/23/15 and passed away less then a month later. However, he didn't seem as though he was suffering until maybe the last day or so. Even though it's so hard to realize he's gone from us, we all feel blessed that he went quickly and without much suffering. If he'd lingered on, it could've gotten much, much worse for him.

One thing I do know is that he's looking down from heaven shouting, "get off your butt and get back to writing!"


Dad was so proud of me, my mom and my sister for working so hard to get published. His eyes sparkled and his heart always burst with pride when he attended one of my brothers music concerts. And boy was he filled with joy and pride when his oldest daughter gave him two wonderful grandchildren and as he watched her become the fantastic mother she is. He had a lot of pride with all his kids and always made us feel special in our own little ways.

It's hard to get back to writing though since all I feel is sadness. How do I go from feeling heart broken and empty to writing a fluffy happy children's book? Well I have to remember why I started writing for kids in the first place. Because I love them that's why! And nothing makes me happier (besides going to the dog park and watching all the dogs run wild and play) than watching a child giggle, play, and just be a kid. Children have such an innocent light inside them that makes us realize what life is all about.

Enjoying every minute that we have on this earth is so important. Sometimes, in fact a lot of the times, it's hard to remember this but all of us need to try harder. We only have one life to live so we must make the best of it!

And to me, writing children's stories is one of the best experiences in my life so I simply must get back to it! There's a kid out there just waiting for one of my books to be read to them.
I can't let them down.

But soon, they will have my next book The Color of  Love in their hands. I'm self-publishing this one because I just wanted to experience it and be able to work with a local illustrator (Deborah Forbes) that's in my writing group. All the illustrations are complete and it's in the hands of Mascot Publishing right now. It should be available in 30-45 days. Yippee!

So that's it for me right now. Does anyone else have some good book news to share?






14 comments:

  1. Again, I am very sorry for your loss. However, I am happy to see you back up and writing and blogging and even better, PUBLISHING! I'm excited to hear about your journey through self publishing!

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    1. Thanks, Courtney. And don't worry, you'll hear all about it!

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  2. So sorry about your father. Getting your head back in the game is really good for you. And I love the kitty with the tie! You should do everything he says.

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    1. Thanks, Anne. And I'll try to do what kitty says!

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  3. I'm so sorry for your loss, Al; that's a hard thing to get through. But writing helps, doesn't it? I'm glad you're back.

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    1. Yes, Kate, writing does help and I thanks God for it!

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  4. Sorry again for your loss, Allyn.

    I'm happy to hear you are journeying into the world of being a hybrid author. Welcome! I love both traditionally and self publishing.

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  5. I'm so sorry for your loss! But I'm happy that you're getting back to writing.

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  6. Very sorry for your loss, Allyn. Glad you're back at work and I imagine your father must be, too.

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    1. Thanks, Claudine. And yes, I'm positive my dad is glad we are all trying to get back to work.

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  7. I am so very sorry for your loss, Allyn. This is the first I've read about it. My son died on January 28th, after a 3 year devastating brain disease, so I can relate to the grief you are feeling. My blog has been empty since July of last year, as my son's illness had consumed all of us. But, I also know that he would be saying, Get out there and get back to work, Mom, so I'm trying hard, like you. Good luck with your next book!

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    1. Oh Mikki, I am so sorry about your son. I know this doesnt really help much, but he truly is in a better place now with no pain or worries. Stay strong and keep trying to get back to your writing. It really does help a lot because at least for those few moments that you're concentrating on your story, your mind is off your sorrow and sadness. Goodluck to you as well and get back to your writing when you feel ready.

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