Wednesday, January 1, 2014

So, haha, God has other plans.

Wrote my last post October 4th, 2013.

October 14th I was hired as an assistant in a pre-school class for special ed kiddos, a 70 minute commute both ways.  LOVE my job and I'm working out how to take classes so I can teach special ed. preschool.

That takes up my days 6AM-5PM.  8PM-1AM I'm luvin' it at McDonald's.  Really am.  Been working for McD's for 16 months now.  Between the two jobs and family, writing has seemed like a ghost from the past.

I bought a little journal to write poems in just for me.  I "see" poems in my head these days, about the only writing I "see" at this time except for lists of things to do/catch up on.  :)  January, I am kicking off the year writing in my poem journal and tackling my lists.

So all my other kinds of writing (and publishing) are on hold, are over, I don't know.  Big question mark.  Is it over?  Is it time to say this is where I move on and go on with life and writing is all past tense?  It has been for awhile.  Have I accepted that yet?

It is what it is.  Right now it is me working two jobs I love, looking for a third or something to replace the night job or whatever God has planned.

Loving my kids up.  That's important.

Trying to be a good friend.

This fills my life right now.

I keep in touch with my faraway friends via email these days.  Don't have a life that accommodates message boards, haven't figured out Google+, don't use FaceBook except to keep in touch with family now and then.  Kind of old-fashioned, I guess.  Like 1980s old fashioned, haha.

My life is still in a state of flux, but I seem to be coming through it now okay.  The girls are half-way through college now.  Boy-o has a year and a half of high school left.  Aiden, my man, starts middle school in the fall.  Getting used to having older kiddos.  They rock!

I was invited to walk/run a 5K in March.  I plan to do it and wheeze and gasp my way through it.  I can do this.

Best thing about 2014...a new companion?  With four legs and a wagging tail?  We shall see.  :)

Friday, October 4, 2013

I would do it again in a heartbeat

Got to go to an awards assembly today for #5.  He won two medals for doing so well on testing and scoring high in reading/language arts and math at the end of last year.  Big smiles all around.

So glad that even now I am free during the day to go to events like this.  It means so much to the kids and I was thinking back to all the events I've been to for the kiddos through my nearly two decades as a mom at home.  I treasure each moment.

Now I start my 'career.' at 44.  That's kind of daunting at 44.

But, looking back, I'd do it all over again - just the same - in a heart beat.  :)

Monday, September 30, 2013

A good verse for a devotional short story.

God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
~ Matthew 5:7, NLT

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My girls and a friend made this!

Their first stop motion film.  :)

To be released this year

Before I Had Kids I Was a Size 9
Jelly Mom series, Book 3

Released in 2008 in print edition, I am hoping to get this one released this year as an ebook on Smashwords.  The cover may change as I no longer have a large enough copy of the original cover.

Losing My Narmals: Tales of The Boy & The Other Boy

Jelly Mom series, Book 4

This one was intended to be printed in 2009/2010, but, as you may recall, this was Becca Boo's last year with us and I retired the column so I could better care for her and the rest of the family.  I just discovered the whole book practically ready to go for publishing.  I hope to get the ebook edition published on Smashwords this year and the print edition published in early 2015.  It depends on funds.

And...I have a fifth book in the Jelly Mom series to be released this year before the I am really motivated to get books 3 & 4 published.  The fifth book will be an ebook only (as is the first) and will feature about 10,000 words worth of favorite holiday columns.  Working title:  Let The Candy Season Begin!

I would like to write more humor in 2014 and I am thinking along the lines of a memoir verses a collection of columns.  I need to play around with some ideas format-wise.  It may be that I can only be funny in 500 word bursts rather than longer chapters.  Maybe I will come up with a style that makes use of both lengths.  The writing would be first person.  Possible topics: my boys (again), teens, going back to work at my age....  Don't know if I am ready to touch on anything regarding Boo's death or the struggle it has been for the family.  Maybe I was only meant to grieve those things and move on to laugh about other things.  However God plans to heal me, I will go with that.  He knows best.  The fact that I am publishing at all right now and having fun writing is a big step.

New release: Jelly Mom series on Smashwords

The Kids Are Driving Me Crazy! 

Series: Jelly Mom, Book 1

Six 10 minute laughter breaks to get parents through the week. A small sampling of Lisa Barker's humor based on the once popular online parenting humor column, Jelly Mom(TM). If you like this sample, you'll love her books: Just Because Your Kids Drive You Insane...Doesn't Mean You Are A Bad Parent! and Before I Had Kids I Was a Size 9.  Free on Smashwords

Just Because Your Kids Drive You Insane...Doesn't Mean You Are A Bad Parent!

Series: Jelly Mom, Book 2 

It's time to duck the flying mashed potatoes and get real about parenting and the modern domestic life with Lisa Barker. Laugh, cry, laugh some more, it's all about preserving sanity.

 A collection from the award-winning parenting humor column Jelly Mom™ (2004-2009).

"The appealing thing about Lisa Barker's sense of humor is that the joke is on her. She is the willing foil in this madcap menagerie and that's what makes it work." - Wendel Potter, humor writer for Jay Leno, Phyllis Diller, Joan Rivers and the Yakov Smirnoff Show, in a review of Lisa's first book "Just Because Your Kids Drive You Insane...Doesn't Mean You Are A Bad Parent!". 

$0.99 on Smashwords


Sunday, September 22, 2013

This is true...

If all things have been otherwise healthy in a relationship and an event happens, this is sage.
“If someone can handle you at your worst, they'll stick around for your best.”
Ruth Ann Nordin, The Earl's Inconvenient Wife

This is inspiring.  I feel some short stories coming on.

Updated photo of me...sort of.

Not the most recent.  Will have to put that on my to-do list.  (Thanks for the kind nudge, Helen & Qaj!)

My kind of woman

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
~ Proverbs 31:25, NLT

Needed to read this today.  This is the kind of person I try to be the kind of heroines I try to create.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Cookie Wisdom

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

This is what I know about Sara and Zach

Zach Brighton and Sara Pendleton meet.  She is a homeless single mother with a two-year old son, Brandon, who is often very ill.  Zach’s mother, who volunteers at the hospital where Brandon often stays, hires Sara as a live-in aid/companion for Zach while the entire family (nine children and sixteen grandchildren) travel to Tuscany for the holidays, all fed up with Zach’s attitude.

Zach, a double leg amputee due to a car accident while driving under the influence, has caused a series of aids to quit in tears proving immune to his mother’s plans to woo him out of his misery and self-created hell.  He views Sara as just another aid he will scare off until Sara stands up to him and doesn’t take his garbage.  For the first time in months he’s met someone who doesn’t crumble and feel sorry for him and he’s attracted to her.  She makes him forget he’s in a wheelchair.

But Zach is determined to deal with Sara as little as possible and Sara, having been jilted by Brandon’s father as soon as she conceived, is determined to not get involved with any man, least of all sexy, smoldering Zach Brighton.

Thank you, readers at Smashwords

Total downloads for my short story, Madison Glory's Day of Reckoning, in the week since I posted it:  271

Total downloads for The Kids Are Driving Me Crazy!: 56

These are not small numbers to me, especially as an unknown with zero marketing and promotion, and I am really encouraged and pleased to have the potential for so many to be reading my writing.  A very big thank you!  :)