Saturday, August 31, 2013

One Year Anniversary

Today marks my 1 year anniversary of leaving my travel agent job after 20 years to become a full-time writer. 

Woo hoo ~ bring on the cake! 



What? I have to bake it myself? *sigh* I guess I'll make do with the snack-sized Snickers on my desk (Thank you, Patti!) and get back to work finishing AUTUMN WISH, a Romancing Wisconsin story (#4). That's what writers do. We write.

This past year was exactly what I'd dreamed it could be and surpassed my wildest expectations in SO many ways. I made the USA Today Bestseller list back in February, and just this August hit it for the 4th time with a collaboration of wonderful authors and our Loving the CEO boxed set of 5 full-length novels (includes More Than A Kiss).

Not only have we hit that list 4 consecutive weeks, but...

3 weeks in a row!

Newly edited FB timeline photo.

Every day I am fully aware of how absolutely lucky and blessed I am to be 'working' at something I LOVE so very much and earning a living from it.

I work just about every day, and the Labor Day holiday weekend is no exception. Today, I will be writing a sex scene. Or as us Romance Writers like to call it, the love scene.

Nikki and Sam from AUTUMN WISH

Ah, you're smiling now, aren't you. You're thinking, no wonder she enjoys her job so much! But seriously, these scenes are hard--and I'm not talking about Sam's sexy abs, biceps, and, um, other parts. Balancing the physical action with deep character emotion so it doesn't read like a how-to manual takes time and many rewrites. Then I'm still hoping my editor finishes reading it with a grin, not a cringe.

Anyway, if all goes as it should today, I'll be finished with the book in a few more days and then I'll be shooting for a publication date sometime end of October. Gotta get the writing done and ship this baby off to my editor before my tomatoes ripen and I'm spending days in the kitchen canning diced tomatoes, salsa, sloppy Joe sauce and spaghetti.

 
Some of last year's bounty.

Please wish me a satisfying day of writing (*grin*), and I hope you all have a wonderful day as well!

Stacey

13 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Stacey. From all observations, it seems that your year has been just what you deserve.

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    1. Thank you, Dale! And as you well know, getting what you deserve can be very hard work.

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  2. Congrats on all your success. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Sue B

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    1. Thank you so much, Sue B!! Enjoy your weekend as well. :)

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  3. Happy anniversary and congrats on your success. I'm sure I'll be seeing your name on bestsellers lists in the future.

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    1. Thanks, Val! Wishing you and all my writer friends equal happiness! :) I hope Nick's new cover does awesome.

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  4. Congrats, OLD friend. *insert loving snicker.

    I am proud of you on so many levels. Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Hey, who you calling OLD?? :)

      Thank you very much!

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  5. Happy anniversary and congrats on your success! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. Stacey,

    You know I'm so proud of you. I can say I knew you when...

    I'd celebrate with Snickers also. And I wrote my sex scene two days ago. Today was a very sad scene. I just finished it now. Think I'll read a bit. It's been a loooong night.

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    1. Thanks Mary Jo! You'll ALWAYS know me. XO My scene went well and I hope yours did, too. Bummer about the sad scene next. At least I've got a wedding scene coming up.

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    2. Stella Fuller October 14,2013 Why don't you write a sequel to More Than A Kiss? I loved that book.

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