Let me tell you something about myself that only those close to me know… I am a published local romance novelist. Yes, I write romantic stories. And I’d like to think that I may not be as good as the others, but I am getting there.
Can you imagine getting something in your inbox like this…
Katie from www.orlajames.com said “Being a wedding fanatic, this was a must read for me and it certainly didn’t disappoint!”
I was in awe!
I remember writing romantic stories back in high school. I would write one chapter, get it read by my friends and those classmates close to me, then I’d get their feedback. I’d base the next chapter on what they wanted to happen so I write the next one and get them to read again. It became a daily occurrence in our classmate where the girls would gather around me, sharing the notebook where I wrote the chapters, passing it one after the other, and then I’d shyly talk to them about the next one. It felt too good especially when the feedback about my writing was a positive one. I remember my best friend offering to talk to their family friend who was a publisher for my chapters to be converted into a book. I was thrilled but I was not really too keen on the idea of getting my story out there.
Fast forward more than two decades later, after five whole stories written, I took a risk, left my comfort zone, and got one story published! When I got the call from the local editor, I didn’t know where to jump for joy or run inside my bedroom to silently scream for pride that I finally got one story approved and ready for the world to read.
It took three years before the first story got published but it was okay. I was still so happy because my goal is not to be the next romance writer queen but to just be published and see my pen name on the cover of a small romance novel.
You know, it’s never too late to take a risk and leave your comfort zone. It’s out there where you can reach your goal. Trust me, it’s scary but it’s all worth it!
I am wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous new year!!!
I am praying really hard that 2017 will be a very good year to me. I need more boost this coming year. I also need the creative juices flowing really well so I can churn out more novels and get to write many more.
I can’t wait for the year to unfold!
Thank you and goodbye, 2016!
Hello and welcome 2017!!!
2016 was a mix of ups and downs for me. The year started out tough. Really tough, in fact. I had very little income coming in from blogging. No other source of income but that. I struggled and I became so frustrated I ended up taking it all out on other people. I stopped speaking to some people I was close to. I resented the fact that they were earning more than I do when I was the one who introduced them to this lifestyle. I resented the fact that I couldn’t do what they were doing, couldn’t give my 100% because my mind was all over the place. I was thinking of so many things and my emotions went haywire. It was one of the toughest periods of my life.
But through perseverance, hard work, lots of support from my immediate family, and faith in the Lord, I was able to bounce back by middle of the year.
First off, I swallowed my pride and went back to the corporate world. I left it 9 years ago to become a full-time blogger and I told myself that I wouldn’t go back anymore. The stress was just not worth it, I said to myself. But here I am now, back in the rat race, back in the world I thought I left behind. No worries, though, as I am enjoying every bit of my “comeback”. I am lucky enough to find a company that gave me the salary I was asked for. Plus, I was blessed enough to find a job where the workload is tolerable unlike the previous ones I handled.
Since I am busy with work, I stopped with blogging for a while. I continued with the blogs I have left but was not able to get back all those I lost when I didn’t have the money to renew the domains. It’s okay because I know I really can’t focus on blogging the way I used to. I have a couple of blogs left but Sasha-says.com is still, and will always be, my baby.
I am grateful that there are still companies who trust my blog and are putting their business here. Thank you! I will try and post regularly. I will make sure that this blog of mine and all the others I have left will improve come 2017.
I am just glad that the year is about to end and on a good note at that (fingers crossed).
Goodbye 2016! Thank you!
2017, please be a great, great year for me!