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Back to School

The 2019-2020 school year has officially begun for me at least. Tomorrow starts the 2nd week back and I am already overwhelmed and tired. Two different preps, but a lot of wonderful students who make my day enjoyable and manageable. But when is Christmas break again? My writing sadly has been pushed to the wayside as I have too many irons in the fire at this moment. After I submitted my YA to my publisher, I took a much needed break to catch up on myself. Two big projects will come out before the years end and I am scrambling to handle them and teach and family.

Next Monday will come the first bit of big news….when to expect to see Jean Stone Crime Series Volume II. She had to be delayed due to creative differences, but I am very excited to have her come back before the years out. The dates for the cover reveal as well as the book trailer will come shortly afterwards.

Jean Stone will find herself knee deep in dead bodies and trouble again, but this time she finds herself lost in the fury. Can she handle it or will it be too much?

As for the next bit of news, it is a work in progress, but as soon as I can, you all will know.

Currently I am working on my next series. Yes, this makes the 3rd one, but something completely different from what I started on. This is a romance, actually a naval romance. It is fun, flirty, sweet, and hopeful. Drawing on my experience of being a navy wife for 13 years, I find it therapeutic after writing about dead people and mystery. Not sure if it will have a companion at this point. I will have to wait and see.

AND I have another book that is slowly coming to light, only in the first moments of the outline, but something I feel compelled to write. It is a love story, a tragic love story inspired by true life events with in my family. Last year, some news came to light that threw our family into a tailspin. A secret harbored for many years only brought to light by sheer coincidence. Not only was it inspiration for this story, but also for this big project I am currently working on.

Life changes within an incident and what you thought you knew, maybe something completely different. At this point in my life, I am learning to ride the waves.

Sometimes I wonder what this life has in store for me, but then I lean back, settle in, and enjoy the ride.

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When life throws you lemons, you make a cocktail.

Or better yet for us writers, we can say plot twist and move on or at least try to in the moment. In 9 days my summer will be over and I will be heading back to the classroom for the 2019-2020 school year. Crazy, seems like just yesterday I was closing the door to my old classroom and heading out to enjoy my time off. Fast forward 8 weeks later and here I am. It will be nice to get back in the classroom teaching the kiddos how photosynthesis occurs.

I really was able to relax this summer and enjoy it unlike before. The kiddo and I got to go swimming, hit up the local library, enjoy snow cones, and do whatever we wanted. I did write some, started some news ideas, and played around with a new series that is completely different genre, but mostly worked on editing JS and my other mystery series. No schedules, no routines, no worries.

Then two weeks ago, I got some crappy news while I was visiting my dad whose health was struggling due to his Parkinson’s. The old me would have made that thing into a dress and sported around my woe as me tales. This sorta ties into the news that I got last year around this time which currently I am not ready to discuss yet, just know it was a BIG PLOT TWIST that is the big inspiration for Books 3 and 4 of Jean Stone. I have grown and learned a lot since then including with my breakdown last year. I am not ashamed to admit that and if anything I hope it helps others to see that it is OK to ask for help. I have come to terms with my mental health and work everyday on it. All these flashbacks came flooding into me which use to spawn the negative voices to rear their ugly head along with you are a failure series.

But this new me saw it as an opportunity. That night the crappy news came, I immediately went to town on a game plan. Messaged a few people for advice, set out a list of things to do, and ideas to run by my legal team AKA my family. The next couple of days brought a shift in the news to some good and bad which was more manageable, but I had to make some tough decisions on the future of my writing which I am happy to say is working out better than I could hoped for honestly.

For starters, I am NOT going ANYWHERE. There will be some changes, but it is all for the best for everyone involved. I am hopeful I can start making some announces in the next few weeks, but only time will tell. Just know that what I thought wasn’t possible last year, is slowly starting to fall into place. A dream I had mentioned a few times could soon be a reality for me.

Stay tuned…….

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Mid-Summer

The summer is flying by too quickly for me. On one hand I have loved getting to spend a lot of time with Lily. We have gone to the library, played games and gone to the pool escaping the Texas heat. Even took a mini vacation to San Antonio for a few days which was awesome. On the other hand, I am ready to get back to teaching. Remind me of that when I have just finished spring break and my kids are crazy! I have many cool ideas this year that I can’t wait to implement. Changing my room up just a little for some fun and adventure.

I also have been back to my writing. Now I refuse to set any schedule for myself and when I feel the desire, I go to paper. I had to redo my unnamed series to send back to my publisher for consideration. At first, I wasn’t going to do it, but then I decided to give it another look over. To my amazement, the story is writing itself all over again, bigger and better than I could have hoped for. There is no pressure, no competition, it is just me and pencil developing a story that would be great for all ages since Jean Stone is very adult oriented. I already have some beta readers ready to read.

Today I uploaded pictures from the book party to my social media. It was nice to look back and relive that night all over again. Friends and family were there to support me and watch as I got some surprising news that I will reveal late this year, early next year.

A year ago I started this crazy unconventional journey. I have discovered a lot about myself along the way. I have grown, changed for the better, and learned a lot about the writing world which can be brutal and unforgiving. But here is the thing, I am me. I write because I enjoy the outlet to escape to an unknown world for a while. I write to show my daughter that anything is possible regardless of age or gender. I write because I enjoy it.

Now head on over to my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/jeanstoneseries to check out the photos.

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More Money More Problems

Enough is enough!

At some point you have to stop and realize what is important in life, what works for your family dynamic, and ultimately what makes you happy. Today was my breaking point. Another bad review, another problem with my book. Today, I threw my hands up in the air! Really, it seems that since the book has come out, it is one problem after another and I am over it! My stress has gone through the roof and for what? I trusted and had faith in the process of the people who were my team to handle things and now I feel like I didn’t do my due diligence. As of today, I am contemplating leaving the publishing world for a break to live and not worry.

Being a published writer was not my ultimate dream, it was suppose to be a fun side project to do and I find myself with more gray hairs and less money. Yes I am grateful for the experience, yes I am grateful for the privilege to meet new people, but I am not happy to spend every moment outside of my career as a teacher fixing other things. I do that all day here. My blog will remain as I enjoy this, will keep up with my team work on a life coaching magazine, and create short stories to read for fun. For me I am contemplating a move, I think self-publishing is the way to go at least for the time being and for my lifestyle. Here I can create my own timeline and work how I please. Getting back to the basics where writing is fun again and not such a chore. As always, I will go to God with my concerns, but self love has to start with me. My family needs me and I need them.

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This may just be another adventure that I have in life that I can reflect on. A few weeks ago, it was laid on my heart to self publisher like my grandfather did in the 90’s, a pioneer before his time. Now that voice is stronger and I believe I am where I need to be. Even though it isn’t the easiest decision, I am at peace and am surrounded my friends and family who support me and a daughter who is excited to be apart of the process.

As always stay tuned….

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Questions????????

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.

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5 days left

In five days, my life will change at least a little. In five days, my book baby will be available for the whole world to see. To say I am nervous is an understatement.

10 months ago, an idea was born from a random conversation with a fellow teacher. Never would I have imagined all my hard work would see the light of day and now in five days, she will be ready.

As I writer, allowing my work to be published for all the world to see is allowing myself to be vulnerable to the world. While no writing is ever perfect, I put my heart and soul in these pages. Inspired by my life and family, the adventure draws you in and makes you apart of the experience allowing your imagination to perceive as it wants to the words of Jean Stone.

I expect the next few days to be a roller coaster between more press and preparation for Friday. To all who have followed along in my journey, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Stay tuned…..