One week..

It’s been almost a week since I published Charmed Destiny. What a whirl wind of an event. When you publish a book, you sit there waiting.. Waiting to see what others think of your work, wondering if you have done everything right.. wondering if anyone will ever read the book you poured your heart and soul into. These are all the questions I played on repeat in my mind that day.

I have heard many good things about the book thus far, so that’s a good sign. Right? This story took me back to a lot of pain that I never thought I would share with anyone, let alone the whole world. From the love story inside the book, to the main point of the story.. It’s my life put into a very fictional book. With that being said, I also knew I was taking a huge chance writing this series of books. Family members could be mad at me for what I have put out into the world. Only one thing I can say about that.. This is my story, this my life.. I am sure they have a difference of opinion, but it’s my story to tell. These books will always be a work of fiction, obviously, but there is points in the books where you can see they relate to my life. That’s the scariest part of all this. The book, Charmed Destiny, took so long to write and finish. It started out with a very different idea of what I had thought originally.. That’s the beauty of writing. You never know where a story is going to go. The whole mythology vibe in the books is also because I loved learning about in school.It may not be exactly how they are supposed to be in mythology because I didn’t want that. I wanted some of it to keep with the myths, but others I wanted to throw right out. Again, this is just a story.. My story..

People that know me say they are never shocked that I write books for a living.. I have always told such elaborate stories, wrote upon any paper that was in reach.. It’s the love of story telling I think.. I believe that all writers just want to tell their stories in their minds, and I just chose to write books to tell mine. With all this being said.. there’s a music video that I wanted to share that we found recently that seemed like it was meant to go along with the book. Seriously, love the song. If you have read any of my past blogs, it’s pretty much inevitable that I will speak about music. It’s just who I am. Haha.

Peace, Love, and all that Jazz- Enjoy the week my friends! Dee

 

https://youtu.be/EfE-tV8Cq00

I didn’t forget you…

The past couple of months have been crazy. I am sure that everyone says that, but I literally felt like I was going “nuts”. For months we have been working on Charmed Destiny and trying to get this damn book published. Between edits, more editing, and oh, editing that took more time than I was prepared for. (Note to self, try to think of that next time.) I am glad to say the book has FINALLY been published. This book took over a year for everything to come together for it. In a million years I never thought it was going to take that long to finish this book. (Seriously, I didn’t think that far ahead.)

Writing the next installment to the Charming Series was way more than I had expected it to be. One, from the male’s perspective really surprised me.. Two, writing a completely different story than was planned. When you start writing a book or hell, writing anything you think of the ideas, you make an outline etc.. Not this book. I never wrote the outline, I never thought of where, who, how or what was going to happen. I literally just wrote a story. From there the story started taking a mind of it’s own. I had stopped writing for over three months. Not just that story, but all together. I was discouraged, heart broken at times, and honestly, wanted to give up. But then something happened..

I woke the hell up and pulled myself together! It didn’t matter anymore if anyone read any of my books, I didn’t start this process for anyone but myself. There has been great days with this career and there has been days where I didn’t know if I was going to get the hell out of bed. If anyone EVER says that writing is easy.. They are lying to you! In one way it is easy, you write and write, then you scribble (or I should say back space) entire ideas out. You always hope that you write a story that captures peoples attention, but that’s not always the case. Being an author is a career that you really have to love to keep going. Even if you are writer just for blogs (let’s say), it’s still something you have to want to do.

There has been great times with writing though.. I have won some awards, I have had people tell me how they enjoy what I write, and I think that’s the cure to this whole “writing” thing. Even if you can just reach one person with your words and somehow it has an effect on them, then that’s worth all of this. I should be promoting the holy hell out of my book that I just published, but I needed to tell you where I was at when writing this story. I took from my life and made an elaborate story with Charmed Destiny. There’s going to be people who hate it, there’s going to be people who love it, and there’s going to be people who want to tear everything I do down. BUT that’s the love of writing.. This series (Charming) is literally parts of me that I let leaked out into the world. You hide behind your writing sometimes and I never saw this book going the way it did. Critics have said that I shouldn’t be such a smart-ass in the books that readers won’t understand, to it’s the worst writing that they have read, to the story confused them, to I hate your writing.. Well, I got two words for those people.. (I will let you use your imagination) If you are a writer then you write. You write what you want and what makes you happy. Or hell, even if it makes you sad and you have to get those feelings out then you do that! Don’t EVER let the “nay sayers” take your dreams from you. Believe me..

Now.. FOR the shameless plug time! (Yea, I know you saw it coming too.. Haha)

Charmed Destiny is about a guy who is madly in love with a female whom he now has to marry if he wants to be with her (forever). Their story isn’t like most love stories, they have to battle every step of the way, then their story takes a crazy turn. They have to either fight for themselves and what they want or just let the gods rule their lives as they have always done.

I hope that you check out the book, maybe just the cover.. You can find it on amazon!

Thank you! A million times over THANK YOU for reading my random thoughts of the every day writer..

Peace, Love, and all that Jazz- Dee KingCD Tag Line

 

Video (Yea, that’s the whole title)

With every book I have wrote, there has been a video. Now, that being said.. Not all the videos were good, because I may not be the best tech savvy person. I can own that. I know this. (Haha)

With that being said, I had some major help with this one. It was a collaboration of efforts this time. The video has two great songs from two of my favorite Indie Rock bands. The Shameless Pursuit and Ships Have Sailed. (Seriously, I LOVE THEM!) Anyhow.. with their songs I felt it could tell the story a little better than the usual background music. We took some of the teasers, some of the photos I have used to describe certain scenes, and my words straight from the book.

Now, as long as I have your attention here I need to give thanks! Thank you to my TEAM who works so very hard for me to do this job. (Being an author is great, but I need a team for so many reasons.) One of my team members put this video together for me. It was way better than mine were. (Haha.. This is the truth!) We thought it would be good just to share something a little different than what I have done before. This book is driving me right into the crazy house, but I think I must like it there.

Hopefully, you will enjoy this video for Charmed Destiny. Maybe it gives a little insight into where the series is headed. (Can’t give away to many spoilers..) Thank you to all of you who view the video, thank you for taking the time to read my random words, and thank you haters for encouraging me. That’s right, even the haters get some love. Without haters how would you know how well or bad you have done. (Haha..)

Let’s see how this goes.. As I hold my breath, cross my fingers, and possibly rock back and forth in my chair anxiously awaiting the thoughts of others. Thank you again!!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2yYApHzNjDXMW1DT3hsb2dZVDA/view?usp=drive_web&pref=2&pli=1

It’s Coming..

I swear this book and this series is going to drive me crazy! It’s coming! I swear that this book is gonna be the one that drives me right into the crazy house. The book was supposed to be published this month and that’s just not gonna happen. We are trying very hard to make sure that this book, this time is going as well as I possibly can. I know that it’s not when I said it would be, but I didn’t see there would be issues. But, of course there were issues.. It’s me. Haha.. Story of my life..

But I promise the book is coming, and I truly hope that it will have been worth the wait. I have heard that it might be.. So that gives me hope. I will also blog more this coming week, but with the deadline breathing down my neck .. Well, that’s making it a bit harder. Hopefully, when all said and done this book and this series will be something I can be proud of. Enjoy your weekend my friends.

Peace, Love, and all that Jazz- Dee CD Tag Line

One whole week..

I survived one whole week on the best sellers list for Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. Didn’t think that was gonna happen, but it did! It still doesn’t seem real. I just wanted to say a quick thank you for reading my randomness. It’s always a pleasure knowing that others out there feel the same as I do on some things.

Okay, enough with all of that.

Let’s talk Superbowl Fifty shall we? Did you watch the game? Did you party? Here’s a little fun fact about me, I am a huge Denver Broncos FAN! Like fan from when I was a kid. So, of course, we watched the game. I don’t think I have ever spoke about sports on my blogs, but today is going to be a first. All I can say is that I thought the game was a little boring towards the end, but overall my team pulled out the W. Man, I am not sure if Peyton has just completely lost his mojo or what, but I really hope he’s on the verge or retirement. He’s gotta be one of the greatest players that have ever played the sport, but watching Sunday was just sad. I just hope he goes out on a height  of his career.

Now, that half time show… I have heard so many things that it’s crazy. People will look for anything to find a problem with something. I swear. I actually liked the half time show. (I may or may not be a massive fan of Coldplay.) I could have done without some of it, but overall I enjoyed it.

Holy crap! Lady Gaga killed it! I thought she did an exceptional job.

Alright, what else do we have this week…. Hmm. Oh yea, I have a new book coming out. It’s the second book in my series. It literally has taken a year to finish this project. I took off about three months at one point from writing all together. I think that letting others opinions sink into my thoughts clouded my ideas. That had to be the first thing I stopped doing. I stopped listening to the “naysayers” and did my own thing. That’s the only way it can ever truly happen for me. If I stop listening and just do what I feel, I am living my dream, not theirs. We often forget that at times. Always trying to please others, always trying to make sure that we make other people happy when in reality, we have to find a happiness within ourselves. So, on that note, I am proud that here very shortly I am publishing the second book in this series (My third book published) and look forward to moving on.

That’s about all I have for today’s random words of bullshit. Haha.

Peace, Love, and all that Jazz- DeeExsist

Best Sellers….

We often find ourselves, as writers, reaching for a particular goal. That beloved best seller list. We don’t start out on that dream, we start out as just what we are. Writers. Then you start to want something more..

You want to see your name on a best selling list. It doesn’t matter which one, just one. That to you would say, Hey, you did an awesome job. In reality what it would clarify is all the times you doubted yourself, the I give the hell up’s, and the F this shit attitude would have all been worth it. As a writer, author, we tell these stories that somewhere inside of us this is what we want the world to know. We don’t know how we do it, we just do it. It’s something that seems to come second nature to us. Any kind of award makes you feel like you have been approved. Honestly, though, you write for you.

Hell, I write and never think anyone is going to read what I say. Why would they? I am just another person rambling on about bullshit that often doesn’t matter to anyone but myself. I mean I could write some beautiful poetry, love song, etc.. but in reality, I would be doing that for other people not myself. When you sit down and write a book, you are doing much more than rambling on. You are creating a world that somewhere lives inside of you. It may be that it’s a world you dream of, or it could be a world filled with your nightmares. Either way, that story is yours to tell. Only you.

Well, I recently made the best seller list. Now, I know what you’re thinking.. How they hell did that happen? I honestly have no idea. But, it did. I have it for two different genres. Paranormal Romance and Fantasy. I wrote my first book over two years ago now, and it’s just now being read. Do I feel amazing? Yes. Am I worried that people who bought will hate it? Hell yes. Do I feel that I have something to look forward to? Of course. We all want some kind of validation in our lives from all sorts of things. Yes, it feels awesome to have this now, but it also feels like a big brick was just placed on my shoulders. What if the next book is awful? I thought the first one wasn’t that great.. In the end..

We should remember why we started writing in the first place.. Our love for telling a story. It doesn’t matter if you make a list or if you never sell a single copy of your work. You did what you wanted, you worked for an ultimate goal, and that my friends, is what sets us apart. We, as authors, have to know that we will be under a microscope at times. People will tear your work apart. BUT, it’s that one person that says.. I loved it. I cried. I felt such a connection with the characters. That is what makes this all worth it. So NEVER give up on your goals. You never know, two years later, you may just be a best seller too!

 

YOU GOT THIS! Reach for the stars! Peace, Love, and all that Jazz- Dee

P.S. Here is my shameless plug for my book series. Feel free to let me know your thoughts. These two covers were my concept ideas, I chose the last one.

 

P.P.S. The book is not edited correctly and had major formatting issues, but none the less, I wrote a book and published it. The hell with it. I had to go for my dream! You should too!Charming Selene cover option 1CS Option 2

Nothing is black or white…

When you start writing you have no idea where the story or where the sentence is even going.. You just write because it becomes a second nature to you. You write to feel, to let out all those thoughts that run through your mind, and you write to release the inner you. That’s where you find yourself becoming the person you wanted to be. You.

Writing isn’t just about making up a story or about pleasing others, it’s just about you speaking your mind. You lose yourself somewhere along the way… You find yourself in those pages too. We could all talk about how writing for yourself is a release for thyself, but in all honesty, writing is much more than that. You put your words down on paper (or type it out) and then you decide to release that part of yourself to the world. You take the chance to let the whole world see your soul wrote out in front of the world, letting the cruel world ridicule your every word, your every thought.

When you write a book, you put your whole world inside your head on blast for the world to say.. You suck, That was amazing, This story was pointless, This was a waste of my time, the list goes on and on.. BUT let’s remember you are the one that took the chance for the whole world to read your thoughts. You took the chance for people to see inside of your little world. No, you may not be the best, hell, you may be the worst, but does that matter? You wrote what you felt, it was never about pleasing the whole world, it was about you sharing who you are, a part of you.. in black and white.

Nothing in this world is ever just black and white. Those words you share with the world, those thoughts, those characters, are all apart of who you are. That’s you in black and white, yet, the world you want to bring to others is full of colors. The dark shades of the pain you have felt, the lighter shades showing the joyful times you have had. Nothing in this world is black and white. It’s a world full of so many shades, that you never want anyone to walk away thinking.. That was just black and white. I want to write in color. I want to feel in color. The pain that drives me, the lighter shades that light my path, these are all my words, my thoughts, my fears and dreams wrote in … well, color.

 

Don’t ever let anyone take your passion from you. Everyone can have opinion, but if you write, you started for one reason only. Yourself. Don’t let the ones who only see black and white cloud your dream. Be who you are and don’t be afraid of who that is. Because someone, somewhere, see’s those same colors you wrote in. As for me, I think I am going to keep writing in many colors, many shades of myself.. I will never let anyone steal my colors. Those are mine to share, not theirs. We, as writers, have to know that we do something others are petrified of doing… We let ourselves be seen for who we are. The good, the bad, and the ugly! So, you, yes you, YOU keep being yourself, because that’s who I want to know. The real, the raw, the unleashed best version of you!

 

Peace, Love, and all that Jazz- Dee King

Believe in you…

It always seems that the first of the year is crazy for me. Trying to get back into the swing of things, seems to be a little bit of a harder task then I had imagined.

I often sit back and wonder why I even bother doing this.. Why do I write on a blog, a book, a page, etc.. when I feel like I may never have anything to accomplish by doing those things. It’s the little insecure thoughts that race through my mind, telling me.. I’m no good, give up.

But, I won’t. I fought to be here today, and have been fighting for myself for a long time. It was never about what I could accomplish for others, but for myself. We all go through times in our lives when we may not feel like we are worthy. You may even be feeling how I feel at times, but don’t pay attention to all the drama. Believe in yourself, is the only motto I can chant. If I don’t believe in myself, then who is going too? It starts with one purpose, one goal, and you build to that goal to follow your dreams.

Did I ever think I would be a best selling author? No way!

Did I ever think that people would listen or read my words of random bullshit? Nope.

Did I do all this because I wanted to do it for myself? Hell Yes!

It doesn’t matter how many times I get knocked down, I keep getting back up. I have too. Quitting was never the option, even when I really felt like I should. That’s not who I am, and nor do I want to be.

Blogging for me seems to be more about an open letter to others. What I like, what I hate, trying to stay positive.. I read the other day how I am supposed to run a blog to make it successful, etc.. BUT I felt like that’s not what I wanted. It was never going to be like that for me. I just wanted to share my thoughts, and ideas, and maybe even, share my dreams with the world. It never will be about the fame, the money (there is none lol) and or the title that goes along with being an author. I just wanted to find myself through this journey.

Everyone needs a little push sometimes, everyone needs to be reminded that they are loved. (I know I certainly do.) That’s why I started blogging and called it randomness. Hearing about my books may not be that exciting, reading about the music I love, may be exhausting.. But every now and then I want to remind others that they are not alone in their fight for their dreams. When you feel defeated, you should know, that someone else is in your corner. I am always going to PUSH for people to know they have a purpose, that they are cared for.. That’s just something I feel I gotta do.

So, if you are feeling like you are taking one step forward and two steps back, don’t fret, I understand your feelings. In the end, we all just have to keep pushing. Pushing ourselves to be better, to keep working towards our goals, to keep climbing up that mountain, whatever the cost!

(P.S. I’ve got your back when you need someone in your corner!)

I shall leave you with some random words of wisdom…

It’s not about the who, the where, the why, it’s about how high you want to go. Climb that mountain, slay that beast, be positive that you can do anything.

Peace, Love, and all that Jazz- Dee

Christmas Eve, Eve?

Today is Christmas Eve, Eve.. Sounds funny when you say that out loud.. Seems weird to be saying it all, actually. It seems like just yesterday we were preparing for the upcoming holidays, but it wasn’t this close. The hustle and all that goes into making it a great holiday seems to go by so fast. Holiday parties, buying presents, decorating trees, then in a flash the holidays are over.

Time seems to move by so much faster the older I get. When I was a child it seemed like FOREVER for Christmas to come, and now I keep saying, it’s almost Christmas? Where does all of that time go? I remember as a child hearing, Don’t grow up too fast, and all I could think of was wanting to grow up fast. It’s funny how that happens.. Now, as an adult I hope for more days in a week so that I can get everything done. This week has already flown by, when just last week, I thought I could get everything accomplished this week. Time just always seems to run out..

Finishing up my first round of edits was harder than I thought. I had wanted to be done with them before the winter break came. It happened, but it was a struggle. Writing seems to come more natural to me than actually speaking to others. (I do talk to people, and can be quiet friendly) But, I find writing everything out just seems to go smoother. (Haha, because most of the time I don’t have to worry about saying the wrong thing) It lets me get everything off my mind that I feel I can’t say aloud. I am sure that I do say many things I shouldn’t say aloud, but writing down your thoughts seems to be such an easier task.

When I was a teenager I would write about the holidays, just for myself, everything I had hoped would happen and everything I had wished for would all come magically, on Christmas. Many years, it wasn’t about gifts, it was about peace. Peace within myself, peace for my relationship with my parents, and peace within my heart.

Now, I find that writing about the holidays seems to be about making sure that my children are happy, and that they have peace.

Every year is different, last year, I was preparing for what had been one of the worst years of my life to just move on into the new year.. This year I am not waiting for the new year, I am enjoying the every day life.

As the holidays will soon be over I wanted to take a minute and reflect on everything wonderful about the holidays. The food, the family, the friends, and the love. It’s my favorite time of the year, and I hope that you have found peace this year too. Remember, it’s not always about what’s under the tree, but what’s in your heart that makes all the magic seem so real.

I wish every one of you a very Happy Holiday! Peace, Love, and all that Jazz- Dee

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