Events of 2017 Recap

Hey everyone!

It has been forever, since I had a blog post. Sorry, about that. It has been a crazy few months.

If you didn’t know I recently in June of 2017 graduated magna cum laude with my bachelors in developmental psychology. It was demanding and tiresome, but I got through it.

My fibro has also been acting up and I am still working out how to deal with that in my daily routine and with my writing.

So if you have been following me on social media, you would know that the last month in the half I had some events that I attended and I wanted to give you readers, a brief recap of my time at theses events.

Event 1: Brooklyn Book Festival (Sunday, September 10, 2017)

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Because of the awesome efforts of Michael  from RWA NYC, several members of RWA NYC was able to be a part of one of the biggest book festivals in the country. We were in a corner of the festival, but we had plenty of traffic. We pimped romance hard and I actually gained some readers from it. It was nice to be able to talk to people, talk to my fellow authors, and be surrounded by readers in NYC.

Event 2: Tempted and Tantalizing (Saturday, September 30, 2017)

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I was super fortunate to meet Janine Infante Bosco at Indies in NY in 2016. We connected over social media, and she invited me to be one of the signing authors for TNT 2017.  This was my first big romance only signing. While I was quiet, as that is my normal demeanor, I also did make some awesome connections. I met some super nice people, authors, and my table mate Elena was a doll. My friend Harper was my assistant for the day, and she rocked it for me.

I will be back in 2018, and I feel I will be more prepared for 2018.

 

Event 3: Indie Author Day (Saturday, October 14, 2017)

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I did Indie Author day last year at my library. This year we had a great setup, and I did get to network with other indies such as myself. While it was a pretty quiet day, I did get my name out there, and it also allowed me to bond some more with my boy cub as he was my assistant for that day.

My big events are pretty much over for 2017, so I’m buckling down as I had a release, last month, one in a week and another in December. For what it is worth, one of the big things, I can take away is that the indie world, and the romance world is pretty damn supportive. I am honored to be a part of it. Honored about meeting the people I have met, and making the friends I have.

As for any big events, I will see you in 2018.

Until next time,

Kay

xoxo

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2017 Goals!

Happy New Year Everyone!

We are 8 days in to 2017. New year! New goals! New Aspirations.

I decided to participate in an #Instagram challenge (#igauthorlifejan) and one of the days requested that all those who participated share what their resolutions or goals were.

So here are my goals for 2017

Publish 3 Works

I’m currently working on my newest novellete which will be called Breathe You. This story is dedicated to a friend of mine, so it has some meaning for me. The next one will be my try at a rock star story. I wanted to do one just to see if I could, so I hope it comes out the way I envision it. The last is Book 2 of The Kim Brother’s Series. I just realized Book 1 on December 30, 2016. Book 2 deals with the middle brother David. And he is very different from Jae, so I’m excited about these for the year.

Take Better Care Of Myself

I know I haven’t taken the best of care of myself. I have fibromyalgia (chronic pain) long with a host of other things, and I know my body is paying for it. Yes, I do what I can, but sometimes I lay awake in pain hoping I can finally get a decent amount of sleep. I’m thinking of putting yoga as something to help during the week. Maybe two times a week.

Self Discovery

I think you are never too old for discovering things about yourself. Your likes. Dislikes. Favorite things to do. What you want to do with your life? It’s so many things. The next day isn’t promised to any of us. So, this year it is a goal of mine to make sure I learn as much as I can about myself.

Graduate with my bachelor’s degree

At the end of the month I will start my last semester of college. I should have gotten my degree in 2009. My bachelors. Life happened. Some of it because of choices I made, and others because of other situations. Anyway I went back to school in 2007 to get my associates, and I finished it in a year. I told myself  one day I will get my bachelor’s so after two and a half years (5 semesters), I will graduate in June and I’m so happy about it.

Know my WORTH

I think this is the most important goal for me. I have a habit of not realizing what I am and what I’m capable of. What I give off into the world doesn’t necessarily register with others because I’m giving. Now this is not to toot my own horn, I know I give so much sometimes that I’m empty. This year my focus is to appreciate me. Appreciate my flaws, Appreciate all the things that makes me “Kay” and know that if someone can’t handle me at my worst. If someone can’t see my worth, than they no longer need to be in my life, my space or in my aura. I refuse to waste time on people who doesn’t give a damn about me no matter the relationship. So definitely knowing my worth is quite important.

Write horror story via Wattpad

If you know me well enough then you will know that horror is my first love. I love reading horror books and watching horror movies. I love horror so much that I even listen to audio horror on YouTube. Anyway while I do write romance, I do want to dabble in horror. Stephen King is my favorite author of all time. I feel I should do many shorts on Wattpad as a horror collection to see if I can do it. If it goes the way I want to, I will publish a horror story as I would my romance stuff.

Make Awesome Memories

2016 I was fortunate to be at a book signing, speak on a panel and meet many other authors who I have made friendships with. I have hung out with people and tried new things. 2017 is no different. I want to make the memories for the days when I feel like crap, I have something to look back on like man, this was a great day.

I hope that if any of you have any goals, that you try your best. I wish you all the luck and light.

Until next time!!

Kay 🙂

My Childhood and Holiday Shorts

As  a child growing up, I was fortunate to enjoy many of the things that made my childhood pretty awesome. Being born at the end of the 80’s and growing up in the 90’s, I had great music, television and things that sometimes makes me wish I could relive my childhood.

One of my favorite shows to watch in the 90’s, was the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Now this may seem strange, and maybe even nerdy to some people, but to me it was everything.

Everyday after school and homework, my twin brother and I would rush home to watch our daily dose of shows. MMPR was one of them. Being a little girl who eventually had tons of celebrity husbands, I had my very first crush. I was five years old and boy did I swoon over the actor Austin St John. Austin played Jason Lee, the very first red ranger and the first leader of the power rangers. I had it bad. I was glued to the tv not only to see him, but to pretend that I was the pink ranger and saving the world.

I am not ashamed to admit that my crush on Austin, became the beginning of all the celebrity husbands that I had, and there have been many. 🙂

I was fortunate to attend a VIP event in NYC last Friday (12/4/2015) and I was able to meet him. After I blushed and gave him a hug. Me and a small group of fans were able to speak with him for about two hours. He was very interesting, humble and down to earth. Even better many of his beliefs like family, faith and becoming a better person everyday were the same as mine.  I was even more ecstatic that I was able to get a picture with him.

Now why does this matter, you may ask? Well, Austin was the inspiration behind my short story Winter’s Gift. A year ago my writing group and I were a part of a fantastic holiday anthology. As many writers that I know, we have various sources of where inspiration come from. When I was thinking about my hero, my mind automatically went to Austin. What better way then to incorporate my very first celeb crush into my first anthology. And my hero Scott was born.

Now this may even seem silly to some, but to me it was everything. Not only did I meet a person I have been wanting to meet since childhood, but I was able to share one of the things that I love (writing) with him .

Until next time

Kay 🙂

Here’s Austin and Me

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When being strong is too much…

“You don’t know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.”

I have been told that I was the strongest person that people knew. At first it didn’t bother me because of all the situations that required that of me, didn’t leave me with much of a choice.

In my twenty something years old life I have had so far, I have some pretty crazy cards dealt my way. There are some situations that I thank God every day for helping me through them and keeping me sane.

However, the most recent time that sentiment was shared with me, I was a bit peeved. I didn’t know why at first. It has been said to me tons of times. “You’re strong, you’ll get through this” or “you are the strongest person I know”. The thing is sometimes I don’t want to be so strong that my problems or issues get brushed off.

Sometimes I want to throw something, cry, scream and someone say for once it is okay to not be strong. That just this one time, you don’t have to be. Let me clarify and say that I do have a group of people around me who are always there if I needed and I am a lucky woman for having that, but even in that group I am called the strong one. The one who can get through anything.

I don’t think having strength is a bad thing, but sometimes I believe that it makes people see your problems or issues not warranting for too much concern because you are a strong person and can “handle anything.”

So now I ask, am I the only person who sometimes feel that being too strong of a person is sometimes a bad thing?

What are your thoughts on that issue? I would love to hear it.