Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Keeping a Positive Mind: an IWSG post



It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time to talk about insecurities. Before I do that, I’d like to thank Alex Cavanaugh for hosting this wonderful meme. If you'd like to learn more about it, just click on his name.


I’ve decided that my motto this year is going to be you can’t live a positive life with a negative mind. This goes right along with the goal I set for myself in January to try to put a positive spin on my insecurities.  So far, it’s working.

January turned out to be a great month when it came to my writing. First, I’d like to share some good news. Omnific Publishing has picked up the sequel to my young adult paranormal romance/thriller Embrace. I’m very excited to be working with them on book two and can’t wait to receive my first round of edits. More updates coming on that.

I’m a keynote speaker at the SPC Literary Conference in April. Plus, I’ll be judging the short fiction category and hosting a breakout session on plot. I can’t wait to read their entries and to be a part of this event.

My newest young adult novel is now out on submissions, as is my middle grade ghost story. My agent and I are patiently (cough cough, anxiously) waiting to hear updates on both.

Plus I’ve made great strides on my current work-in-progress. I had finished the first draft to this one in December and set it aside for a month. Now, with fresh eyes and a clear mind, I’ve rewritten the first chapters and have gone through over 130-pages. My goal is to have it ready for a beta read by March. I’m sure I’ll be revising again, but with new focus.

As far as insecurities, they’re there, but I’m not letting them get the best of me. 

As a thank you to my Followers, I'm giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card in the Followers Love Giveaway Hop. There are lots of blogs participating, which means lots of chances to win. Click here or page down to my previous post to enter.

Hope you have a wonderful and productive February.

23 comments:

  1. Yay! for you latest sale!! Congratulations. It's wonderful to hear some good news.

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  2. Congratulations on your acceptance! I often find myself able to be positive simply by looking at people who are much worse off than me and realising how lucky I am.

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    1. That's so true. Sometimes we forget to remember that, too.

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  3. You've already had an amazing 2013. :) As you know, I'm excited about your sequel and also congrats on the Keynote Speaker gig! So cool.

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    1. 2013 has started with a bang. And I'm very excited to be speaking at the event. :)

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  4. Oh wow! Best of luck on both of your submissions!! And loving that motto up there. :)

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  5. Wow. You've got a lot of wonderful things going on. Congratulations!

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  6. You are super busy and killing it, congrats! Your motto is a great one that will give a lot of inspiration around. Best of luck!

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  7. Lots of wonderful things in this post to be proud of Cheri. Congratulations. Love your motto.

    .......dhole

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  8. Congratulations on all your successes! Love your positivity motto. :)

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  9. If you look for good things, they generally find you. So happy for you!

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  10. I'm popping in from IWSG.
    I love that motto! Great attitude!

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  11. Congratulations! I loved Embrace, so I'm sure a sequel will be two-times as good. :)

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  12. You are really cranking on your writing, Cherie! It's so exciting to anticipate that first round of edits. By the way, how long did it take Omni to get back to you for your submission? I expect it will be a while before I hear (I submitted my novel about 3 weeks ago) but just curious.

    Keep up the good work!

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  13. Thanks everyone.

    Jen, it took a couple of months before I heard back from the AE after sending the full.

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  14. Yay, Cherie- I'm hitching a ride on your positive-mindset wagon. Hope not to fall off too many times… Oops, there I go again. Onwards!

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  15. Sounds as if your positive thinking is already pay off! :)

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  16. ...it's the waiting that tends to grip the jugular and fail to release. The waiting, and the waiting ;)

    El

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  17. Mirka, you can do it (and we all fall off the wagon from time to time.)

    Elliot, I agree. The waiting drives me nuts, and as writers we are always waiting for something

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