As you can see, we’re trying a new look around here. Please bear with us as we work out the kinks and zip up the new dress!
So, yeah, I’ve been missing for a while. Let’s just say life got… interesting. 😉
In a nutshell, 2014 wasn’t a year I ever want to repeat. Over the last several years my daughter began having severe anxiety issues that came to a head in 2014, my father passed away, the list is long and fairly bleak and endless. But in it’s own way 2014 was the best year, too. Why? Because every trial and bad thing that happened brought me ever closer to God. I found myself seeking the Bible more and more, needing comfort and solace and help for everything being thrown my way. And you know what? God is good.
All. The. Time.
Is everything perfect now? Far from it. But it IS better and I’ve been able let go of my own anxiety and worry because I know God is in control. He’s answered some prayers, proven His grace and mercy again and again. And He’s reminded me of the path I’m on.
I’m not sure who said this, but it’s said that:
YOUR TALEN IS GOD’S GIFT TO YOU.
WHAT YOU DO WITH IT IS YOUR GIFT BACK TO GOD.
It’s a quote I’ve taken to heart and in May I’ll have a new release titled NOT BY SIGHT. If the storyline seems familiar it’s because I’ve rewritten Blind Man’s Bluff for the Christian romance market and it will be followed by the rest of the series, also rewritten.
After that, my romance will showcase the trials and hardships facing today’s single Christians. Romance? Dating? Marriage? I plan on tackling it all.
Here’s to a brighter, better 2015 and beyond!
To celebrate the release of Secret Santa, I’ve put together a very special Christmas surprise package. One lucky reader will receive a gift-wrapped Pandora bracelet with a Pandora Christmas-themed stocking charm, and more! All in time for Christmas gift giving–even if you decide to keep this gift all for yourself. 😉
So what do you have to do for your chance to win? You’re all ready getting my newsletter (signing up is step #1), so simply #2) share my news on social media (@KayStockham #SecretSantaLaunch or Kay Stockham Fan Page) and #3) tag me in the post. Those who share the release of Secret Santa will be entered to win the prize package and a random name will be drawn December 12, 2014, and mailed as soon as shipping confirmation is received. The more times you share and tag, the more chances you have to win! All I ask is that you spread the word. Easy peasy? *No purchase necessary. *Void where prohibited.
Today’s the day! I’m THRILLED to inform you that Blind Man’s Bluff is part of a fabulous story bundle with some of my favorite authors. Love military romance? Have a soft spot for historical heroes? Love you some paranormal? This is your chance to have it all with a single purchase. Just click on the covers above or go to here and follow the steps. Easy-peasy.
Sometimes I wonder why I bother. Every year I fight the same battle, and it seems as though every year I lose–because I do.
What battle, you ask?
The battle of the weeds. I’m not the best gardener but when it comes to growing weeds I can grow them like nobody’s business. The proof is in my flower beds. I’ve spent the last two days cleaning out the landscaping around our house but I haven’t even scratched the surface. *sigh*
HOW DO YOU GET RID OF THEM?
Kay – off to collapse
I’m on a mission this year to dejunk and declutter our house. As in–drastic decluttering. Why? Because after 23 years of marriage we’ve managed to accumulate more than we need/use and it’s time to simplify.
On a positive note, all of the snow days has given us some time to get the process started. We recently combed through the contents of our attic and I took a day to sort and organize. It felt amazing! Now, to get rid of the stuff we want to get rid of. LOL For the moment, because once again we were hit by a massive snow storm and our driveway could double as an ice skating rink, the mess is piled by the back door, but it will be going to the Salvation Army as soon as I’m able to take it there.
In the meantime I hope to go through closets and drawers and gather up more to donate. It feels good to see things getting “lighter” and to have less mess to deal with.
What is your “mission” for the next couple months? Anyone doing any pre-Spring cleaning?
I’ve discovered the fun of painting. A while back I won an oil painting class. As the winner, I got to pick the project for the class. I picked a seascape. Not exactly an “easy” first painting, but I had SO. MUCH. FUN. And it didn’t turn out too badly if I say so myself.
Since then, I’ve attempted a few other projects. Now, don’t get me wrong, I suck at it. I didn’t have art in school so when I say I draw stick people–I mean, I DRAW STICK PEOPLE. LOL But I’ve discovered it doesn’t matter what I draw so long as I have fun and enjoy the process. And you know what? I do.
Some days I don’t have time to drag out the oil paints and prep so I picked up a blank journal not long ago and I’ve been experimenting with different things like chalk, sharpies, watercolor pencils etc. Good? Not me. But again, it’s all about the FUN. Writing is a creative process and sometimes I find myself stumped over what comes next. The words just aren’t there. But if I do something else, like play in my paints, it frees my mind and allows the words and images to appear.
Do you do anything for fun? A hobby or creative process you enjoy?
I have to say it– I am SICK of snow. Here in Ohio we’ve been hit by two Polar Vortexes and it’s so cold. The last few days have warmed up (You know it’s been cold when teens and twenties seem WARM.) but not enough to melt anything. My driveway is a sheet of ice covered with snow then more ice with snow on top of that. Basically–it’s just a big frozen mess here.
The good news in that is that it’s giving me writing time and “down” time. The problem is that too often I find myself eyeing sunny pics on Pinterest while I dream of lying on a beach somewhere.
What’s the weather like in your area? Are you as sick of winter as I am?
So for the first time in YEARS, I took December off (for the most part) and didn’t do much writing. The problem now? Getting back in the groove after being off for so long. Yup, it’s hard to find my writing mojo after a break that long. The good news is I think I’ve finally managed to get into the swing of things once more and finally made the word count for the writing challenge I’m involved in.
Not bad since January in Ohio has been MISERABLE with the whole Polar Vortex thing. I’m perfectly content to stay home and huddle beneath a blanket-or blankets-as the case may be.
How is your January shaping up? With the end in sight, it’s time to find that groove!
My wonderful, fabulous web gal has been a busy, busy girl. What do you think of the updates? Pretty cool, huh? I’m still getting to know the site myself but I look forward to checking things out.
In the meantime, curl up with a good book and a thick blanket. If you’re like me, you’re sick of winter and more than ready for it to be over.