Friday, October 4, 2013
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. :)
Posted by Lisa Barker at 6:39 PM
Monday, September 30, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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 holidays...so 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.
Posted by Lisa Barker at 8:49 PM
The Kids Are Driving Me Crazy!
Series: Jelly Mom, Book 1Six 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
Posted by Lisa Barker at 9:20 AM
Sunday, September 22, 2013
If all things have been otherwise healthy in a relationship and an event happens, this is sage.
This is inspiring. I feel some short stories coming on.
“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.
Posted by Lisa Barker at 7:10 PM
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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.
Posted by Lisa Barker at 8:07 AM
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! :)
Posted by Lisa Barker at 6:25 AM
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Here are some stories I am working on, the working titles and current word counts. All romance. I will update as I go. The stats are in the side bar.
Working title: Broken Roads
Keira ♥ Matthew
Working title: One Summer Knight
Casey ♥ Kane
Working title: ???
I got the idea to work on more than one story at a time and to track word counts from Ruth Ann Nordin, my new favorite author. Instead of abandoning a story when I get stuck, or taking forever to finish it, I can work on another while I brain storm the one giving me trouble. I really like that and it's working for me. I am more productive now than I've been in four years, since the year before Boo passed when I retired Jelly Mom. The words counts, for me, aren't so much about accountability as they are encouragement in seeing my progress, and it lets readers know what I'm up to. A fun thing to do will be creating working covers. Ruth Ann has given me a lot of inspiration and fired up my creativity. Check out her stories.
Posted by Lisa Barker at 1:34 PM