2018: The Outlook, The Plan, The Movement

2018 Vision Party
Myself with Clarissa Joi

It’s been quite a while since I’ve checked in here. 2017 proved to be quite a challenge and the year quickly got away from me.  While I managed to get a few projects up and running, I didn’t accomplish nearly as much as I had planned to under my author brand.  Knowing I didn’t want another slow year like 2017, I proceeded to list out my goals for the year, like I do every year.  But this year, I knew I needed to do something different to ensure I attacked my goals with fire, passion, and determination.

Then, out the blue, I received an invite to the 2018 Vision Party hosted by speaker, coach, & vision strategist Clarisa Joi. Talk about receiving confirmation on your decided direction!  At the recommendation of someone, Clarissa reach out and asked me to attend her 2018 Vision Party and cover it as a blogger.  I immediately said yes, not only would this event help me get better motivated about my goals, but it would also allow to get a jump my goal of covering more events in 2018 in an official capacity.

I’ve attended vision board parties in the past, but I must say, I was very impressed with Clarissa’s program.  Not only did we produce vision boards, but she had 4 awesome speakers lined up to pour into us to get us, everyone lift the event motivated and fired up about their upcoming 2018 successes.

I won’t give away too much inspiration shared because this was not a free event, but will share a few kernels of knowledge I gleaned from each speaker:

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  • Oginga Carr, one of the nation’s top coaches, challenged us to change the way we think by giving us 4 tips to win our day.
  • Lisa Moore of Dancing Water and Girls Inc of Memphis, challenged us to always be authentic to ourselves in everything that we do and pursue.  Also, our goals must be specific, as well as, the plans to achieve them.
  • Alexandria Matlock, CEO of ContingoCreative, told us to STOP the bad and negative energy from blossoming, there is power in positive thinking and clear energy,
  • Felix Anderson, CEO of The Executive Concierges, charged us to wake our successful selves up!

2018 Vision Party

After receiving such awesome words of inspiration, Clarissa led us in a vision casting exercise designed to help us get color, clarity, and deeper detail surrounding our 2018 goals.  Even though I came prepared with my goals written down for each of my 3 main focuses for the year, I found this exercise enlightening and it definitely helped me prepare my vision board in a concise, multi-leveled fashion.

By “concise” I mean it only took me about 20 minutes to locate all of the images and words I felt I needed for my board.  In the past, I’ve spent the greater part of an hour or 2 combing through magazines looking for inspiration.  My energy and focus was not properly channeled so I cut out way more pictures than I needed, as well as having duplication. By “multi-leveled” I mean each and every thing I placed on my board has once than a singular meaning or inspiration for me.  And I am fully confident that as I look at my board daily for the rest of the year, I will continue to discover more meanings for the items I chose to highlight.

If you get the chance, I highly recommend you attend one of Clarissa’s events and be on the lookout for her 2019 Vision Party.  I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next year.  I also can’t wait to share my 2018 progress.

Have any of you ever attended a vision board party? If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comment section.

2018 Vision Party
My 2018 Vision board!

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Muse Music: Sex & Candy–Maroon 5

So, after much pussyfooting around, I have FINALLY dived in my new wip.

(YES, the one that is due in to my editor in another month.  NO, I don’t need your judgement 🙂

So, as things tend to go, I pulled out my trusty playlist to me channel my characters and bring some soul to the plot.  First song that rolled up what Maroon 5’s take on Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy”.

Something about the slow, soulful sexiness Adam brings to the table makes this the PERFECT fit for my hero.  So much so this is now his personal theme song.


Chudney Thomas: Full Force, More of the Central Florida Pack

So, when I found out Full Force was ready for public consumption, I wasted absolutely ZERO minutes in reaching out to my good friend, and author, Chudney Thomas for some juicy detail and inside hints. If you didn’t catch her debut, Full Circle, you missed a treat. Check out Chudney’s feature below to find out how you can win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Author Chudney ThomasThanks for having me LaTessa. I’m glad to be here and excited that my new paranormal has been released.

Full Force is the Sequel to the first book in my Central Florida Pack series, Full Circle. We pick up where Full Circle left off. Drake and Ria are called to an Emergency Circle by the ruling werewolf Council. Drake’s Second in command, James Olsen, doesn’t expect to end up with a Guard Soldier.

Selena Burrows is a member of the Guard, the Council’s long arm of the Law. When Selena is embedded with the Central Florida Pack, their one night stand turns into something more. But permanence is the last thing Selena is permitted to have. If she doesn’t walk away, she risks both their lives.


The inspiration for this book came from the question of what happens when two of a trio of friends pair off and one is left feeling like the odd man out. James was odd man out and his wolf wasn’t pleased with the status quo. I immediately knew he wouldn’t automatically end up with someone like Ria. So when I wrote the his first scene and he notices a redhead I knew she was the one and that she’d be complicated.


I like complicated characters and my favorite character in this book is James’s grandmother. She isn’t what Selena expects and you see how close James is to his family. That’s all I can tell you for now… but, I will tell you that coming up next is Thomas Warren’s (Full Throttle) story. You get a better look at the enigmatic Director of the Guard in Full Force, and in Full Throttle we get his story.

~Sigh~ Thank you Chudney for stopping by and teasing me even more about the book. And yes, I’m her friend and still she won’t tell me anymore than this!  Oh well, I know what’s next on my reading list. 🙂 And just because she is such a nice person, Chudney is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to a random commenter on this feature! 🙂  Drop a line below introducing yourself, just saying hi, or telling Chudney anything you like about her books.  This giveaway will close on Monday the 16th at 5:00 pm (cst)

You can find Full Force:

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NaNo 2016: Week 3 Update

This update is full of heartbreak and angst.  Ok, mostly angst and anger.  As I was working yesterday on building my characters out–actually adding words y’all, my ENTIRE FILE CRASHED AND I CANNOT OPEN THE RESTORED FILE 🙁

So my total week 3 update is zero, zip, nada.

I am not happy about it.

But I refuse to wallow any longer. I have an older version of that file on my backup drive– I CANNOT stress how important it is to back up your files on an external drive people.  I shall see what I can salvage from that and I shall move on.

Onward and upward people.  I remain in the NaNo hunt (I think this is the longest I’ve stayed in so far 🙂 ) But know, I am not happy about this still.

NaNo 2016: Week 2ish Update

So… it’s more like NaNo week 3.5, but here is my week 2 update.  Week 2 found me still plugging away at brainstorming the world this story is set in.  Now, I have a little issue with plotting my stories… I can brainstorm, and brainstorm, and brainstorm until I have 50-11 possibilities about every single thing.  It’s very overwhelming and I end up usually walking away from the project.  Only to start another one and doing the same thing….lol.

It’s really not funny.  🙂

2016 NaNo update week 2So, week 2 finds me, somehow, 653 words lower than last week.  Not sure where in the heck I deleted words, but apparently I did.  ~sigh~

My goals for this week were:

  1. Finished working outline for book 1
  2. Do template work in workshop
  3. Completed initial sketches for main characters (4)
  4. More tangible words on my story- 7,000
  5. Additional world building and brainstorming as I see fit

Let’s see…. I think I successfully accomplished goal 5 and that’s about all during week 2 :-).  So, it’s week 3 and I’ve been working more on the actual story execution vs brainstorming the possibilities.  So my week 3 goals are largely the same as my week 2 with some tweaks, but I need to list them so I can be held accountable:

  1. Finished working outline for 3 book series
  2. Finish detail outline for book 1
  3. Do template work in workshop
  4. Completed initial sketches for main characters (4)
  5. More tangible words on my story- 10,000
  6. Additional world building and brainstorming as I see fit–but limited as not to spend all my time on it