Today I am thankful for my work as an author. It was a lifelong dream of mine to write books. I started writing when I was 16, but I was writing short stories and poetry long before then. I submitted my first manuscript at 19, but was rejected. I continued writing, but threw most of those typewritten manuscripts away. In 2012 I published my first draft of The Fine Line. It was terrible. However, when I was picked up by a publisher, it was worth it. Winning my independence as an author was even more rewarding. I still love writing. I have many books in my head as well as on my flash drive. I will get to those eventually. Writing has helped me deal with disappointment, but it also allowed me to put my education into practice. I may not be a best seller, and I may never be, but it’s important to pat yourself on the back when you reach personal milestones. So, today I am thankful for this accomplished dream.
Hello to my loyal readers. Some of you follow the YouTube re-runs. Others enjoy the Teaser Tuesdays and Guest Posts. No matter what your preference, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my blog. Sounds like a farewell doesn’t it? Rest assured, it’s an “Until we meet again.”
I have been managing this blog since December 2012. I have met some pretty fantastic folks through this medium. The next chapter of my life is beginning, however, and with that comes self-reflection and prioritizing.
I enrolled in a Ph.D. program and will begin classes on April 10th. From what I understand, most of my time will be spent reading, writing, and studying. In fact, I’m told that this will take about 20 hours a week out of my time. It’s basically a part-time job. My grand plan was to finish Between Worlds book 4 and then 5. I think that’s going to have to wait.
I will be finished with my Ph.D. in September 2020, maybe sooner depending on how much work I’ve already completed on my dissertation by that time. After that I will be a “doctor.” My specialization will be in education (e.g., an educational psychologist) with an emphasis in teaching and instruction. My dream and sincere hope is that I am then able to climb in academia and grab a full-time, tenure track professor’s position.
Here’s how I look at the situation. If I lived through all of the turmoil and hardship of 2014, I can accomplish anything. This path I’m about to take will take time and patience. It will take determination. It will take battling against burn out and taking a few hours of time each day to devote to studying and composition. When it’s all said and done, I will be able to check another thing off of my bucket list: becoming a doctor with pretty little letters after my name: Tracy Wilson, Ph.D. (or Tracee Ford as you know me). When someone says, “Hey Doc,” they will actually be talking to me. I can publish research AND fiction.
I do plan to publish a memoir in October, nonetheless. It’s done and simply waiting for me to hit the “publish” button. It’s going to cover a lot of my personal paranormal experiences, but I have much more to add to that. Still, if I still don’t have peace about this project, it may be placed on the back burner as well, seeing publication at a much later date.
I am also anticipating going back to teaching at the local university part-time in August. Spring semester is wrapping up, which is why I scheduled doctoral classes through the summer. So, when Fall rolls around, I will be not only instructing, but I will be a student as well as a mom and a wife. I’m not sure I will have the time I need to be a blogger and a YouTube creator until I get through this journey.
With that being said, below you’ll find the remaining Guest Posts and YouTube schedule below. If after reading this, you decide to get together and send me a boat-load of guest posts, that’s okay. I’ll keep scheduling folks as long as the submissions keep coming in. If not, that’s okay, too.
3/28: B. Ferrante, guest post
4/4: Mary Edwards, guest post
4/7: Freaky Friday YouTube, Spiritus Walking: Scary Movies
4/11: I. Monique, guest post
4/18: Mary Edwards, guest post
4/21: Freaky Friday YouTube, Spiritus Walking: Spirit Guides
4/25: C. Zielinski, guest post
5/5: Freaky Friday YouTube, Spiritus Walking: Orbs
5/9: Mary Edwards, guest post
5/16: W. Luthman, guest post
5/19: Freaky Friday YouTube, Spiritus Walking: Soulmates
5/23: Mary Edwards, guest post (final Teaser Tuesday post)
6/2: Freaky Friday YouTube, Spiritus Walking: Divine Intervention
6/16: Freaky Friday YouTube, Spiritus Walking: Healers
7/7: Freaky Friday YouTube, Spiritus Walking: Seers
7/21: Freaky Friday YouTube, Spiritus Walking: Faith (final Freaky Friday post)
Again, thank you for always reading my rants and my posts. I won’t disappear completely, I promise. I have too much to give. This might end up being a great place to post my research findings, so those of you who are geeks like me might enjoy my publications.
Today, I’m thankful for goals. I’ve set many goals in my life. Some I’ve been unable to harness. Others, I’ve roped and have been able to check off. One of those goals was becoming a published author. My books are my life. They are a piece of me that I’ve decided to share with the world. Although my ability to give time to writing has become limited, my love for the written word hasn’t changed.
When I embarked on this adventure before I could even write. I was telling stories when I was little. I was creating worlds as a child. When I was 16, I finished my first novel. It has yet to be published. In 2012, I published THE FINE LINE. A publisher picked it up in February 2013. Another book followed and another, and another. I don’t have anything on the books for early 2017, but in the fall of 2017, my memoir is coming out. I decided to wait for various reasons, but it’s coming.
My motto used to be DREAM BIG, but something change inside of me in 2014 and this year I decided to change my trademark to THE SMART MOUTH WRITER. It suits me. I can be sort of brash if pushed. I don’t do politically correct. I don’t care what someone thinks about my novels. If you like them, that’s wonderful. If you don’t that’s okay, too. I don’t write them for anyone. I write them for me.
When I left the traditional publishing world, I started Ozwind Publishing. Without my husband, I couldn’t have accomplished this goal. Since its birth, I’ve learned how to format, create book covers, and publish without the help of others. That type of independence isn’t something you can buy. It’s the very definition of self discovery and reaching for the stars.
I’m working on several novels right now, but I’m not entirely committed to them. It’ll come. It always does. It is who I am and I am grateful to have been given such a beautiful gift.
Hi everyone. I am open to this all of the time, but I wanted to invite authors and creators to share their work on my blog. If you have someone you want people to see, please let me know. There’s a direct link on my blog to submit an article. My blog isn’t just reserved for me, but it’s reserved to my friends.
I hope to hear from each and every one of you!
Hello folks. I am asking for your support. THROUGH GLASS DARKLY has been nominated for a Reviewer’s Choice Award. This happened once before and I came in 2nd place. I didn’t think I would be nominated again. If you could please go show your support, the website is http://www.paranormalromanceguild.com/prgawards2015.htm. Find my name and the book. Vote and click submit. Thanks in advance. The Between Worlds Series has also been nominated for Best Series of 2015.
Thanks in advance!!!!
Hi folks. I know that this will probably get lost in feeds, but I am posting it anyway. I am trying to clear out my inventory of paperbacks. I’ve attached my ebay site for your review. If you are interested in received paperbacks, please let me know. You can purchase them directly and they will be signed 🙂
“I’m sorry Mr. Fenton. Truly I am. I believe that you didn’t mean to do this.”
He shook his head. “I didn’t. I never wanted this to happen.”
Gene left the room and entered the interrogation room. He cuffed him, then took him out of the room.
Lauren continued sitting at the table staring at the corner. Nick walked in and sat down across from her.
“We’ve been at him for hours. You come in here and in less than fifteen minutes you get a full confession. What the hell is that about?”
“Are you angry with me?” she asked.
“Not at all, I just want to know how you do it.”
“I don’t yell at anyone, first off.”
“I didn’t yell.”
“Yes, you did. I know you and you yelled at that man.”
“He killed his wife!” he shouted.
“See, you’re yelling at me!” Lauren said as she stood up.
Nick shrugged. “I don’t yell…”
“Nick, you have to be able to relate to the accused. This man accidentally killed his wife. He didn’t premeditate anything.”
“Killing is killing.”
“No it isn’t. When you’ve got someone like this man and compare him to The Phantom, well there really is no comparison.”
Nick paced. “I just keep thinking of these three kids. They’re never going to see their mother again.”
“I understand how they feel. You can’t let that cloud your vision though.”
“I know you understand,” he said with a nod. “We still on for tonight?”
“Of course we are. It’s New Year’s Eve. I wouldn’t want to spend it any other way than with you.”
As he looked at Lauren, he realized just how much he cared about her. He wanted to kiss her, but knew that it wasn’t the time or the place. So, he touched her hand gently and promised to pick her up at eight.
If you keep up with my blog, you’ll notice a couple of new pages. My blog will serve as my main website. My domain name will be expiring soon and I’ve decided not to renew it. So, my wordpress blog will serve as my website. I added information about my book, my fan club, and my PA. This will be my go-to address for future endeavors.
I am relaying this information to all of my blog followers. Andrew Joyce’s novel, MOLLY LEE will be on sale for $0.99 until September 27th. Molly is about to set off on the adventure of a lifetime . . . of two lifetimes.
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There are a vast array of tools and they even have featured blogs. They showcase authors and books as well. Additionally, they have a cover contest which I’ve been involved with two years in a row.
The other great thing is the customer service! I encountered some problems last night on the site and was responded to immediately. It was shocked, to be honest, at the quick response. It was also a little comforting knowing that they are attentive to their authors and members.
So, if you haven’t checked them out, take a moment and do so. It is a great place to find your friends and to see what’s new.
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