Things are changing!

If you’ve noticed a lot has changed in the last few days here at http://www.wendiknape.com. Let’s call it an experiment. I’ve combined both parts of my life that I love. Writing and WjK ARTiSAN DESiGNS.

I’m still writing romance, but I’ve now added my new business to the site. And with that said I wanted to showcase both. So, if you’d like to take a tour you’ll find some different drop-down menus and a lot more of my art under the WjK ARTiSAN DESiGN title on the menu. A side note, there’s a sale for Valentine’s Day on http://www.wjkartisandesigns.com through the 11th. 

My plan is to change up the blogging from time to time. Romance versus my inspiration for my art so you can see where my ideas come from on both spectrums. I’m excited to bring those to you all. And maybe you’ll see an inspirational quote here and there that keeps me going when I’m in a creative stupor.

I hope you’ll join me.

Wendi

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Starbucks picThis past year has been full of change. I’m still writing or course, but since October, Starbucks is my new employer.

I love it! Different than my retail interior architecture job–I was laid off in 2003–that was typical of the 9-5 grind, being a Barista is less stressful, but satisfying. To have a customer ask my name because I’ve taken the initiative to get to know them and what they like to drink makes me smile. Working flexible hours also allows me to contribute to my families income, which I take pride in, and allows me to be a parent. Leaving my two girls to fend for themselves when they’re still tweens doesn’t set a good example of how to maintain a balance between family, writing, and work.

Looking to the future, I’ve been encouraged to self-publish my paranormal romance, A New Life. I’ve sent out several query letters in the last year, have not received any offers, but am encouraged by the non-standard replies from agents, telling me it’s not what they’re looking for but keep searching because they found the premise interesting. So, I’m on a path to get my book into digital form. I don’t know when, but I think I’ll send out a few more query letters before I set a release date for my book.

On another avenue, I continue to have fun writing a serial romance that is on the www.deadwoodwriters.org website titled Hot Blacktop. Chapter 8 was released today. Be prepared, we had to rate it for mature audiences. It’s one steamy encounter. It was fun to write, and I hope you like it too because I loved writing Sienna and Saint between the sheets, or should I say, on top of the sheets and against the wall, and…well you get the picture.

Have a great day!

 

 

Can you see your future?

IMG_1554As we come to the end of another year I can’t believe how the wind has carried the days away.

As a writer I always wish for just another minute or a little more quiet, but I have to work with what I’m given. That’s two boisterous pre-teens, a husband who I couldn’t live without, and a house that I have to pay attention to sometimes. I wouldn’t want any of them falling to ruin.

Looking forward into 2015, I’ve set some aggressive goals. I’m not looking to the concept of resolutions because they can be broken. Instead, I’m making a change in the way I balance my work, focusing on my writing in a way I never have and pushing hard to finish and submit my romance novel to agents. Fitting my passion to draw and paint into my life through art journaling and getting paint on canvas, which I plan to do properly this time around, is another area I’ll be focusing.

I’m excited!

I’m nervous. How can I not be? Publishing one of the romances swirling around in my imagination is something I want to happen. I’m not going to let the fear of failure get in the way. It’s not the rejection letter I fear. My fear is the insecurity in my ability to write well. Not story, but grammar. Ah, yes. The dreaded comma, semi-colon, or the past participle, are my nemesis. There are mistakes lurking in the pages of my manuscripts, but I can’t let my insecurity that I won’t find them land me in front of an impassable stop sign. So, I keep moving forward, do the best I can and get query letters ready to send.

In the coming days I’m setting fear aside, writing the romance stories I want to share and taking my art to new heights. I hope you’ll keep watch with me and see where I land as I let myself fly.

Happy Writing!