A Return to My Dream

This is a photo of the camera kit I purchased in 2015 with my income tax refund. I had a huge interest in photography, having captured some stunning photos of local nature on my phone; but a cell phone camera can only do so much. I wanted to take photos of distant wildlife and be able to see every feather, every marking, and the expression on each bird, mammal, or reptile’s face. I wanted to freeze spectacular views, master nocturnal lightning strikes, bring the full moon so close you could see its topography.

So I purchased this camera kit, which came with everything in this photo and so much more. I did take some kickass wildlife photos – a great blue heron, a beaver wrestling with a lily leaf as it swam through a swamp, woodpeckers, deer, turtles. I chased hawks for months, trying to get a good photograph of one, but I didn’t get any. Nor have I learned how to properly use my Nikon.

Not yet.

See, somewhere along the line, I made a wrong turn. I took a path I hadn’t planned on, and I lost time: nearly three years. I may as well have blacked out.

However, with the turn of the year, I have gradually found my way back, and along with this blog, my Goodreads listing, and Draft2Digital (I had even forgotten to upload my second book there), I’ve rediscovered myself, my goals, and my dreams.

My focal point of 2019 is on learning. I am reading an in-depth manual on how to use my Nikon so that I can create those stunning images. I am learning different steps to take to market my books. I will be studying how to build my own books using free tools I have been introduced to from helpers like Bookworks, Authors Publish Magazine, and Jane Friedman’s Electric Speed, who offer free e-book downloads and different resources to help indie authors like myself forge their own way. The sheer number of free online resources can be daunting; so I when I come across an resource that offers me something of value, I save it and use it.

My focal point of 2019 is on learning. I am reading an in-depth manual on how to use my Nikon so that I can create those stunning images. I am learning different steps to take to market my books. I will be studying how to build my own books using free tools I have been introduced to from helpers like Bookworks, Authors Publish Magazine, and Jane Friedman’s Electric Speed, who offer free e-book downloads and different resources to help indie authors like myself forge their own way. The sheer number of free online resources can be daunting; so I when I come across an resource that offers me something of value, I save it and use it.

I am absorbing everything I can on how to do things myself, sell my books from my own website, maximize my writing, photography, and other marketable skills so that I can eventually live my dream: To be my own employer, to do what I love for a living.

It’s good to be back.

Shannon

 

 

The UNEASY Series

There is so much exciting stuff going on in my horror writing world!

Yesterday I re-launched my debut horror fiction collection, Blood And Bone; A Smattering of Unease, as Volume I of the Uneasy series! Three volumes will complete this collection. Volume II is called The Shady Side; A Shortcut to Uneasy Street and it is already half-finished. I will be working with my graphic designer on cover development, and hopefully will be able to reveal the cover in the near future. I’m already thinking about Volume III and its content and title. I’m not entirely sure yet what I want to do with it, but it will definitely be uneasy.

Volume I should be available for print in early March. In fact, all three books will eventually be offered in print and as a set. Product development for goody giveaways are also in the works. In addition, I am still working on updating my website, so my “subscriber” link will soon be appearing.

I am currently reading some new material, so you can look forward to some more reviews on my Horror Review page in the upcoming weeks.

If anyone would like to check out Volume I of the Uneasy series, it is available as a free Valentine’s Day gift until midnight today! I encourage any readers to leave reviews. Happy Valentine’s Day and uneasy reading to you!

-Shannon