My book has finally released today!!!
Paperback copies are available at Amazon now!!
My book has finally released today!!!
Paperback copies are available at Amazon now!!
Hey Morgan, how do you do it all writing and teaching? Aren’t you excited? Do you have it all figured out now? How many books are you writing?
Well, I don’t.
Yes I am.
Not even close.
As many as the good Lord allows me to write.
As I go through this process of publication, I have to admit I had no idea all that was involved in getting my book to the world. I know a little bit more, but I am no where near being a professional at this endeavor. All I know is that I enjoy writing and blessed to be published. My goal is to publish two books a year, one from Jean Stone and one from the YA series I work on as well. Currently, my first job is to be a teacher which I love and enjoy at least most of the time. While we all have dreams to be famous, to know I am leaving a legacy for my daughter to show to her children one day is enough for me, although I won’t say no to a movie deal.
So far, publication has exceeded my expectations. Here I am an unknown working from the ground up to build a series that I am proud of and hope to be on book shelves across the world. I have met some AMAZING people along this journey and made a few mistakes, but all in all I am happy with the way things are going the first time around. Now Book 2, I won’t be so scared about the unknown and be confident in my skills as a writer and an author.
“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” Since the first day I ever watched Shawshank Redemption, that quote has play a key role in my life. Coupled with my faith, I have a good feeling about the future. Although there will be bumps, breakdowns , twists, and turns, I am excited for the future in publication. Jean Stone will someday be a household name seen in the pages of a book and maybe the pictures of the silver screen. For now, I bask in the glow of my first release on Friday knowing the wheels are turning and God only knows where I will be lead.
A LOT has happened in the last few days, so much that today as I reflect on everything, I am a little overwhelmed.
First off I WON a Freewrite. I reblogged the post from Tory Hunter Books https://toryhunterbooks.com/2019/02/08/the-big-10k-giveaway-winner-and-other-news/ if you are interested in taking a look.
Second, today I ran my first 5K and finished! This was a last minute decision by my friend and I. I was already training for one in March for my school district, but was definitely not where I should be, but it was a good cause and from this I would be able to judge where I stood. All I wanted to do was finish and run the whole thing and I DID! With my fastest time to date. Now to work up to March.
Last but certainly not least, my book baby arrived. For me to physcially hold my novel in my hand was a moment that I won’t forget. The best part was I got to share it with my daughter. She has been waiting to finally see the finished book and immediately sat down to read the first chapter.
If nothing more, I hope I show my daughter than even at 35, you can achieve your dreams. She is my inspiration, my muse. The reason I work so hard. Thank you to everybody that has made all this possible especially my publisher, JSmith Publishing. Without them, this dream would not be a reality. Check out the video below to see the book reveal.
What an amazing day!!!
I can’t believe the time is finally here. I am not screaming this, it’s coming out in a calm elation, a wave of unexpected, joyous peace. Something you may not know about me – I love gift giving. I remember the first time I got a one hundred dollar bill, I think I was twelve, I went to the mall to spend all of it on Christmas gifts. I LOVE seeing people smile.
When I initially announced I would do this giveaway, it was a crazy aspiration to me at the time. I didn’t know if I would ever actually make it to ten thousand followers, so I say this to you with true sincerity: thank you.
Thank you for being a part of this crazy journey with me, thank you for bringing me into your journey, thank you for sharing your stories, your dreams, your fears, your…
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Today I find myself home sick with sinus issues. Weird Texas weather can not make up its mind if it wants to be winter or spring. Doesn’t help I teach either. My kids love to bring me a host of viruses just waiting for their opportunity to battle my immune system.
Last Sunday I wrote a post about plans. We all know the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but I have been doing my best to pray and listen to God about what HIS plans are for me.
Being a teacher isn’t the easiest gig in the world. Yes we get off holidays and summers, but with all the testing that is required by the states, constant funding worries, and the collapse of the education system as a whole, has most of us teachers stressed to the max. Constant training, mounds of paperwork, and worrying about our students has many teachers leaving the profession in large numbers since teaching the students is no longer the main concern, it is how to we get these kids to pass the test! But it can not be that simple, well it is sadly. All students in the state of Texas must pass 5 STAAR test to graduate, 2 English, 1 Math, 1 Science, and 1 History. Every child takes the same test REGARDLESS of their needs although we are told that we must differentiate our instruction. This year for me has been especially difficult as I teach ESL. My poor students basically set up to fail, it breaks my heart. I am only in my 2nd year of teaching and my heart wonders if I am in the right place. For that I continue to pray, as I need to have a good home life and work balance. Like the saying goes, if momma ain’t happy, nobody happy.
Back to the plans. I have prayed everyday and asked others to pray for me that I would hear God and know what to do. Well wouldn’t you know it, while in church Sunday listening to the Youth Pastor talk about needing volunteers to teach the students, he spoke to me. That is where you need to be Morgan. At first I questioned it, like really?? Me?? This isn’t my forte, I barely remember any of the stories…. Ok God, I hear ya. So after church, I gave the youth minister my phone number and said I am here to help. I may not know what I am doing, but I know God won’t leave me behind.
As for my writing, well it is at a stale mate for now. With the book release in a few weeks and needing to storyboard edit Book 2, I have too much on my plate and on my mind to write well.
For now I continue to listen and follow HIS plans.
I should be storyboard editing my second book, but I found myself coming to my blog to write some thoughts down.
I realize today I haven’t written much of my 3rd book in a few weeks. Honestly other than writng in my journal or on here, I haven’t really put pencil to paper. Why? Who knows? Writing isn’t my first job, it is Teaching. Then I also have a family. For now I have been focusing more on #selflove and my family than writing. My daughter and husband need me to be present and well hell I am a work in progress. Those two are my biggest supporters through it all and when they need me, then everything else can wait.
Even though this is a hobby, with my book coming out in 20 days there is a lot of behind the scenes work going on for the launch to be successful. To be truthful, I didn’t realize how much work went into AFTER the writing. This has been a learning process for sure. Even through the hard times and stress, I am grateful for this opportunity to publish my book. It still doesn’t seem real to me that this is all finally happening. My daughter is now writing her 1st book at 8. I am so proud of her and if nothing else, I hope that I have inspired her to live out her dreams no matter how long it takes.
I love writing and when the motivation strikes again, I will reach for the paper and pencil and continue to work on the harrowing adventures of Jean Stone. But for now, an 8 year old needs me to read her story and for that I have all the time in the world.
As a little girl, I looked forward to having my name in the paper or mentioned on the radio. I thought I was cool with my mother cutting out my name for the AB honor roll or being in a local community play.
Today, I was in the local paper for my book party. Like a kid at Christmas, I tore through the paper locating it and grinning from ear to ear. There before me was an article about Jean Stone. This book means more to me that anyone will ever know. It is me, it is my life, it is my story wrapped up in mystery.
So I ran out and bought 3 copies and I will frame one on the wall next to my two other proud achievements, my Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi & my precious family.