Hello!

Hello, hello, hello!!

No, I am not channeling Adele or Lionel Ritchie, LOL….

Just a quick note to apologize for the delay in updating Second Chances. My son  was out of school for Spring Break last week, keeping me rather busy. I’ve  also been dealing with a terrible toothache. Went to the dentist and discovered I have two teeth that are abscessed. I am now on antibiotics, so the infection is starting to clear up and the pain is easing off a bit. That means I am back at my desk, editing. Finally!!

Now that is out of the way, I am pleased to announce that I have been nominated in four categories for the Fanatic Fanfics Multifandom Awards. Its an honor to be included with so many fabulous writers! Voting will be open on April 11, 2016, according to their website. Please, take a moment and vote for your favorites. Writers like myself work very hard on our stories and get much encouragement when our readers/fans show their support. It means the world just to get a nomination! Below is a list of what I am nominated for.

1. Favorite Complete Fanfic – A Christmas Dream
2. Favorite Crossover Fanfic – Not Enough Time (Twilight/Vampire Diaries)
3. Favorite One-shot Fanfic – Against All Odds
4. Favorite Work -In-Progress Fanfic – Second Chances

If you would like to see a complete list of nominees, click here. Remember, voting starts on the eleventh. I would like to wish the best of luck to all the nominees!

Okay, I am back to editing – or as I like to call it, “Damonland.” 🙂 Have a happy Wednesday, folks! I’ll see you soon!

Love,

M4T

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This Is Not A Goodbye, It’s A See You Later…

It is not very often that I mention my personal life on this blog, but sometimes real life intervenes with my writing world. I have mentioned my anxiety because oftentimes it makes it difficult to focus and that’s not a good thing when you are writing.

I have also been having eating issues and difficulty swallowing food. It has been a rather difficult time for me and to add to it; I have had a visit from an old ‘friend.” His name is Mr. Depression.

He’s a ‘friend’ that has been in and out of my life since my early teens. He is definitely not someone I am too fond of, especially since he caused me to be suicidal on more than one occasion. He brings a dark cloud on my whole world, making my life very stormy. There have been times where he would disappear altogether and that dark storm would be gone and my world was brighter.

He started creeping back a few months ago and it seems that he has unpacked his bags and decided to stay awhile. It’s a daily battle to fight against him and the storms he creates, but I do know that there will be sunshine in the end.

I think some of it is creeping into my writing and it is not something I want to happen. Writing is something I started doing after I ended a five year battle with endometriosis. It was painful, it was discouraging at times and I had to make the wretched decision to have a hysterectomy at a somewhat young age. Coming to terms with the fact that I will never bear any more children weighed heavy on my heart, especially after I had a miscarriage two years prior.

I had been reading a lot of fanfiction to keep my mind off things and to help cope with Mr. Depression. As you can tell by the stories I write, there is a certain character that I just love and one day I picked up a notebook and wrote and wrote and wrote. That story still sits in the notebook and has yet to be published. But – it saved me from going off the deep end. Writing, my husband and my son were the light in my darkness.

About a year and a half ago, Kittyinaz hosted a writing contest on her site, and I decided to give it a try and entered Reflections. I never expected people to like it, or for it to even place third. It shocked me beyond belief. However, it gave me encouragement keep at it and eventually I started writing more stories that I publish on the blog I have here.

It makes me smile to see that people like my stories and warms my heart when they leave a kind review. Some of you may never know just how much your words have brightened my days. It has been a joy to see my site grow and to see my stories get longer bit by bit.

I have made many friends, thanks to the fanfiction world and it had been an honor and a privilege to know them. There are a few that have left a mark on my heart forever. I’m not going to name names. You know who you are and you know that I love you.

Unfortunately, writing is a double-edged sword at times. Honestly, I write for me, because it brings me joy. But I will be honest and say that when a story doesn’t seem to be well liked or my blog posts are ignored, it is a let down and it feeds Mr. Depression even more.

With that in mind, and after much thought, I have made the decision to put down the pen for now. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, believe me. I hate the thought of leaving those of you anxious for updates hanging and a part of me feels that it is irresponsible of me to simply walk away from my stories.

However, as I said before…I think the darkness is affecting my writing and at times I feel that I could do better, or that what I have published isn’t good enough. I do put my best foot forward when I write and I pour my whole heart into my characters and their world. The drive to write is still there, but there is a brick wall that prevents me from actually doing it, which is why I announced my hiatus before. I had hoped that the darkness would pass.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t. I have decided that putting everything on an indefinite hold would be better because I need time to take care of me and fight this battle until I see the light again. I know it will take a while because it its not my first go-round with Mr. Depression. I’ve kicked him to the curb before, and I will do it again. I’ve adopted Jared Padaleki’s motto, “Always Keep Fighting” and that’s exactly what I intend to do.

I bought a tee-shirt that says “I am here to kill demons and eat pie. I just finished my pie.” Well, Mr. Depression is my demon and I’m gonna kill him. While I am at it, I want to take care of me and focus on that and my family.

Until then, writing will have to wait. I promise you when the storm passes, and I see the light once again, I will pick up that pen and write until my wee little heart is content. I want to thank each and every one of you for every kind word you ever made when you commented on my stories or blog posts. I want to thank you for your support and your encouragement and I want to thank you for being a part of my little journey into fanfiction. I hope to meet with you  again soon.


M4T

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

I found out last night that I made it through round two of the Fanatic Fanfics Multifandom Awards. I didn’t make it through every category that I had been nominated for, but four of my nominations made it to the second round and I am so tickled pink about it!

THANK YOU to all of you that voted for me!! It made me smile and do a little happy dance in my desk chair when I found out! Nope, not embarrassed to admit that, at all!!

I am in the running for the following:

Favorite Undiscovered Author

Favorite Undiscovered Fanfic

The Devil Inside

Ties That Bond

Favorite One-Shot Fanfic

Reflections

As happy as I am to have made it through to round two, I am completely stunned at the same time! I’d probably go into shock if I make it through the final round!

Congrats to my fellow authors that made it through this round, as well! So happy for you all and I wish you luck!

Voting for the next round starts today and ends on June 22nd. Winners will be announced on the 25th. So…Please, run over and vote for your favorites. Clicky-click on the banner below to take you to it!

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A Christmas Story

No, I don’t mean the movie. Though, I have to admit I do love it!! I am announcing that I am working on a multi-fandom crossover story with a Christmas theme. It is somewhat inspired by A Christmas Carol. It will be  a gift for you, my dear readers! I have over three thousand words for it so far. It will most likely end up being a three-shot, and I have liked what I have written so far. It’s my hope that you will, too. Here is an early little present for you and I hope you enjoy it!

She sighed heavily and made her way to the kitchen to make herself a sandwich, thinking she was more “Bah Humbug” than Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Of course, it did not help matters that she was alone in the house, eating a turkey sandwich and cranberry sauce. She washed it all down with can of Coke and briefly smiled. She knew Edward would have a hissy fit if he were there to see that. God forbid should she have anything with sugar in it!

It was later in the night when she found herself settled comfortably on the couch reading Wuthering Heights when she heard the doorbell ring. She glanced at the clock and saw that it was a little past ten o’ clock. She thought it an odd hour for someone to drop by, but she set her book down nonetheless and got up and made her way to the door.

She peered through the peep hole and saw two men. One was tall with dark brown hair and brown eyes. The other was rather peculiar looking with his bleach blonde hair and black trench coat. “Who does he think he is? Billy Idol?” she wondered out loud. The blond smirked and gave a little wave.

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A New One-Shot ~ Straight From the Heart!!

Hi Everyone!! As you can see, I changed my WordPress theme. I wanted to try something new and give my blog a fresh, new look. It seems to be a bit more streamlined than my old one. I also switched out some of my widgets and re-arranged my menu. Please, let me know what you think. Tell me what you like and don’t like. I would appreciate any feedback, positive or negative!

Now on to the one-shot. my muse dropped the idea into my head a couple weeks ago, and I could not let go of it. So, I had to halt  writing on my other stories, and sat down to write this one. I do hope you enjoy it!! Click on the picture below to take you to it!

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Hi there!

As you may notice, I have a new menu section on my site called “The Fun Zone.” It’s the new home for the Distraction Gallery, or as my hubby calls it, “The Man Candy Page.”  There is also a page called “Photoshop Fun!”

I recently bought PS Elements 12 and have had a lot of fun using it. I am still new to it and learn something new with each thing I make. It was so overwhelming to figure out how to use it, and the Quick Selection Tool hated me! BUT..I got some help from the amazing Kittyinaz and she taught me the basics of Photoshop and sent me on my way. I have that Quick Selection Tool under control now (again, thanks to Kittyinaz)! I really do have a blast making my banners and whatnot!  I will be making some more things in the future for WP and etc. I’ll share them with you on the Photoshop page!

Now, I know some of you are wondering when Chapter 3 of Not Enough Time will be posted…I can tell you that I am working on it and I hope to have it up Sunday. I can’t promise that will happen, but I will aim for it. If not on Sunday, then next weekend for sure! 🙂