Archive for the ‘personal’ Category

A New Year, A New Place

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

 

So.

Here we go again…

I’ve moved.

Again.

For the quintillionth time.

Which, by the way, I didn’t even know was a word until a preacher spoke about how many years it would take a tiny sparrow to carry all the grains of sand in the world to the moon. This discussion was meant to put the length and depth of eternity in perspective.

But I digress.

So, yeah.

I moved.

Most of my stuff is in a rental storage, and the rest is still in boxes stacked in a corner.

I was also sick for a period of two weeks, during which I was nearly completely bed-ridden.

I finally pushed through the end of that period, and began to feel more optimistic about my situation after having unpacked a few bags and one box.

There are still several – many actually – boxes to go, but I am determined to feel optimistic.

In any case, this move has put a stall on any editing I might have been able to accomplish.

I’m getting my bearings and hopefully will get revved up to start this process soon.

Wish me luck.

 

 

NaNoWriMo the Last Day

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

 

At least, it’s the last day for me.

Yes, that’s right. I have written the last word of The Dragon Throne.

*Massive cheering ensues*

Now, begins the long and tortuous task of editing the entire thing which is 121k+ words long. The book will have to be divided in two as it’s much too long for one YA novel. I’m not certain how long this editing process will take, but then I really hadn’t figured on completing the series before the end of this year.

So I’m definitely ahead of schedule.

Although, it did take me forever to finish the book up to this point, so there is that to consider.

However, for those of you who were wondering when or even if I was going to finish the trilogy, I am ecstatic to state that, yes, it is finished.

Now, for the editing process to begin.

Wish me luck.

RE: The Dragon Throne

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

 

I know I’ve used the above image before, but it’s so appropriate and handy ^.^

Anyways, to the business at hand!

It has been a loooong time since I have posted – culpa mia, desculpame. I do, however, have some valid reasons – please hear me out!

After returning to California after the my husband’s funeral, I stayed with my family for awhile as they helped me and my two young children work through grief and readjust to our new circumstances.

Once my children and I had been there with my family long enough (trust me there is a time limit to how long anyone can bear living with their mother) I then proceeded to move me and my children two hours away to the wonderful, and hot, capitol of California.

That move, of course, required another period of readjustment as my oldest needed to be placed in the new school system, and my youngest needed to find a daycare.

While my oldest has succeeded in adjusting to her new life very well, my youngest is experiencing some small difficulties (not really small actually) and I’m currently considering homeschooling my youngest to prepare her for kindergarten.

If I do this, this will make any small amount of time I might have had to write nearly non-existent.

So here it is:

First, the bad news: I am struggling to finish the very last section of the last part of the book that will complete The Dragon Throne series, and it will most likely take alot of time. I don’t know how long considering my current situation. After it is completed, it will then have to be vigorously edited. I don’t know how long that will take either, although, if I compare other stories I have written of comparable length, it might take anywhere from an additional 6 months to a year. And that is just the edits. Then there is the preparation for publication – which actually doesn’t take all that long in comparison to actually writing the darn thing.

Second, the good news: I am almost done. I swear I am. I just don’t know how long it will take to write the last part!

 

So, there you have it!

I want to thank those of you who have been keeping tabs on me and the story – you are my motivation to finish – and finish as quickly as possible. You really don’t know how it touches my heart (both in the warm and fuzzy way, and in the painful guilty way) when I see your messages.

You all have been so patient with me, I beg your patience awhile longer!

Wish me luck.

 

When The News Is a Detriment

Monday, March 13th, 2017

 

 

SOOOO…. After many weeks/months of drowning myself in the news, I’ve finally realized that “the News” has been strangling my ability to be creative. It strangled it to the point where I didn’t have the desire to write. I finally realized this after wondering what has been keeping me from writing lately.

I figured out a couple things:

A:
-I can’t write when I’m distracted
-I can’t write when my life situation is overwhelming or too busy
-I can’t write when I’m stressed

B:
-The News does all of these things to me

So, apparently, when I watch too much news – the desire to write goes down in comparison.

And, truthfully, the only thing in the news right now is stress, panic, and disaster. So, I’ve gotta take a break. I want to write again – I want to want to write again.

Alot of things have happened in the last four years that definitely damaged my ability to do that, but I miss the flow. I want it back. I hope it comes back.

Hopefully, this helps.

Wish me luck.

The Day After #2016

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

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Wow.

Talk about unbelievable and momentous events.

In the aftermath of the election, (or, if you didn’t vote for the President Elect, it might feel somewhat like a bloodbath,) people all across America, no matter their affiliation or lean are trying to see the way forward in a new era.

There have been some wonderful moments, moments where fellow Americans drag themselves up by their bootstraps, and pledge to remember that we are all Americans, even if we don’t like how our fellow patriots voted.

Then there are uglier moments, moments where the darkness shows through.

Moments like these:

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Needless to say that the divide in this country is deep and wide. Let’s see how the next four years play out.

Wish us all some luck.

Reviews & Stuff!

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

The Dragon's Call audiobook

 

 

I was delighted to discover that The Dragon’s Call Audiobook just received an amazingly thorough review! Check it out HERE.

 

Meanwhile, the reviewer notes that the sequel has been long delayed.

 

I have to apologize to those who have taken the time to read Cecily and Derek’s story. As the reviewer notes, I did experience a several personal tragedies while writing the sequel: my father passed, I experienced two separate miscarriages, then my husband passed during the writing of this story.

 

As a result it has taken a long time to stabilize and the word count has suffered as a result.

 

Derek and Cecily’s tale is still a work in progress though the actual writing process has been hampered.

 

The sequel to The Dragon’s Call will be named The Dragon Throne and, while the first half of the sequel is complete, the second half is still in the process of completion.

 

Nonetheless, it is always a wonderful boost when readers enjoy the story, and definitely helps boost the writing process forward.

 

I thank those who have read this story so much for their continued support along with the notes I have received from those who can’t wait to find out what happens to Derek and Cecily.

KW McCabe

Proud MaMa ^.^

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

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So I haven’t posted in awhile because I’ve been totally engrossed in encouraging my daughter in what she wants to do.

Namely, she wants to become a fashion designer.

To be honest, I didn’t pay attention for a long time other than to become frustrated when she “redesigned” her clothes.

But I finally saw the light ^.^  You can read about that happened HERE.

We started a clothing label named after my daughter called “Get Yven” and Yve has been working so hard on gift bags for the opening launch. You can check out the pictures below.

Meanwhile, I’m working like a dog on the new website, trying to make a little girl’s dreams come true. You can check that out HERE, or the facebook page HERE.

Wish us tons of luck!

 

Price and portions, people!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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Time for a foodie review!

 

So, on my birthday I went looking for a restaurant and decided on my favorite of all food: Ethiopian. Unfortunately, I got a little turned around and ended up at a place I’ve never eaten at before called Café Colucci. Oh boy, was I in for a rude surprise!

 

These people are ripping you off if you eat here! I’ve eaten at Ethiopian restaurants all my life, and I’ve never seen anything as ridiculous as the portion size vs price at this place. $15.95 for the tiniest plate ever! If you want to eat good Ethiopian food – GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.

 

That is exactly what I chose to do.

 

I drove about half a mile and ended up at a different, cosy little restaurant called Café Eritrea D’Afrique. The amount and quality of food you get for an even better price is superb! Or, if you like, try out Addis restaurant on Telegraph. Their food is just as amazing for the price.

 

Countdown!…. Not really.

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

 

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I’ve been able to get most of the site up and running except for some images that you might notice here and there that are no longer working. Oh well. The site should be completely finished by this time next week.

 

Meanwhile, I’ve been trying to come to terms with my new existence. It’s been difficult to write, but at least now the thought of writing isn’t unbearable anymore. So much of it was tied to my life with my husband – because of him I had the time to write and the ability to know that our family was taken care of.

 

Now, I’m living in the uncertainty of the unknown, and it’s difficult.

 

I wasn’t certain, at first, that I would even want to write ever again, but so much of who I am is tied up in the act of writing that I think I might have to be dead to give it up completely.

 

So.

 

Here I go.

 

Wish me luck.

 

 

 

Hello world!

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Well, I’m finally back.

That is to say that I returned only to discover that my blog had spontaneously imploded, and all my carefully created blog themes gone who-knows-where.

So.

Please, bear with me.

I’m attempting to get the site back up and running.