Cabin Fever

Week two of officially being settled into the house and now the cabin fever is setting in. I’ve unpacked all the boxes, even went through several boxes that I’ve had stored away for years, and got rid of a bunch of stuff. (Have I mentioned I maybe a borderline hoarder. Yeah. Anyways.)

But now I’ve run out of things to do.

To top it off, my husband’s vacation started over the weekend, so we’re on day 3 of no where to be together.

I could write but I don’t really have too much inspiration. When I do the kids are right behind me wanting something and I lose my train of thought. Needless to say I’ve started wandering around the house looking for other things to do.

The gist, the kids room is clean and tomorrow I may or may not tackle that pile of clean clothes I’ve been meaning to put up. (Yes, I’m one of those people.)

Yep, you read that right, I managed to kick the kids out of their room for a whole hour to get their room clean and now they’re back in there and lord knows how long that’s going to last.

We even sat on the porch this morning, snacked on some popsicles, and played I Spy after going for a short walk around the neighborhood. Not to bad for a Wednesday morning.

With all that being said. I’m still looking for some other things to do. I might wind up doing some videos for Youtube. Something fun and exciting to get out of this bored rut that I’m in at the moment.

The past week though I’ve been listening to quite a bit of music. Not surprising considering all the unpacking and cleaning I’ve been up to. I’ve got to keep my mind occupied some how and came across a few songs that I thought would be fun to share with you guys.

Most all of it is upbeat and keeps me moving as I focus on other tasks.

I also want it noted that I usually listen to alternative and rock but here lately I’ve been in a country mood and so most of this is country music…..

Joe Diffie’s – Third Rock From The Sun ( This is just for fun plus R.I.P to this great artist that we’ve recently lost.)

Patty Loveless – I Try To Think About Elvis ( I know this is some kind of love song, but still relevant to current conditions.)

Mary Chapin Carpenter – I Feel Lucky (How most must feel just running to the corner store now and days.) or how about we listen to  Down At The Twist and Shout for some inspiration for what to do when we’re allowed to go dancing again.

Matchbox Twenty – Unwell (Because I know we’re all going a little crazy trapped inside and it can be kind of depressing if we don’t keep busy.) There’s also their song How Far We’ve Come if you are looking for something a little more upbeat!

Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure (Cause times are rough right now and we need to support each other.)

That’s it. That’s my list for the week! I hope you enjoyed it (maybe even gone off and found some old favorites through the list) and I hope everyone is taking care of themselves and their family and staying safe during these odd times.

One small announcement I’ve got my short story Janet Price’s coming out in the Blood and Beetles Anthology next week on April 18th. You can pre-order it here!

Until next time!!!

Authors That Inspire -Courtney A.K.A Lyra Parish

Authors that Inspire

Courtney

A.K.A Lyra Parish

So this round of Authors that Inspire is going to be a bit closer to home. As in focusing on an Authortuber that I discovered last year and have since kept a close eye on.

Courtney goes by two pen names. Lyra Parish is the name she uses for her long list of romance novels and then she also goes by Kennedy Fox for the novels she writes with her co-author Brooke Cumberland. Brooke and she have received the title of USA Today Best Selling Authors and her own books have been on the top 100 Amazon lists.

To say she’s achieved quite a lot is an understatement, but what makes her an inspiration is she shares all of the knowledge she’s gained from her years of self-publishing on her Youtube channel, TheCourtneyProject. Everything from the ups and downs of self-publishing to marketing and writing advice. In the past year, she’s showed us how she manages a full-time job, writing career and family.

Steadily cataloging her journey to show others that it can be done with just a bit of persistence.

What made me focus on her this month is she’s recently reached that coveted title of “Full-Time Author.”

Sometime last year she mentioned all of her plans for making this happen in a video. From ensuring she still had health care to some kind of saving back up. So it’s not like it was a spur of a moment decision.

She’s worked and planned for this.

Kudos to her.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of videos she puts out now that she’s gone to the full-time author and now that writing is her full-time job. Perhaps a shift in content but either way it’ll be an interesting transition and I wish her all the luck in the world on this new endeavor.

I know some of us have that dream of living off of our writing and I’ve seen some publish one or two books and decide that that’s all they need to succeed without a full-time job. Reality bites in that it takes a lot more effort than this.

To see someone work up to it and prepare for it is refreshing in that you get that feeling that it’s not a “whatever happens, happens” type of feeling. This is something that you can see succeeding and therefore far more hyped for it.

Not that spur of the moment decisions is a bad thing.
Hell, my whole life is just one spur of the moment decision after another that’s so far going really well for me, but that’s beside the point.

But when you’re thinking of a future in a career field that has a long list of one and done’s, it’s nice to see someone work for the long haul and succeed at their dreams.

So, with all that said, if you wish to learn more about Courtney and her writing projects, or just want to check out her advice videos head on over to her Youtube channel, TheCourtneyProject. Shes also got a website under the same name and you can find all of her books on amazon under Lyra Parish and Kennedy Fox.

What are some goals that you’re working on in your writing career?

Are you living your dream or working your way towards it one word at a time?

Let me know in the comments below and until next time!