June 2014 Update

I’ve been silent here for too long; my apologies. But those of you who have been keeping up with me on social media know that I am living abroad this summer, which is kind of a big deal. Hence, the silence here. However, I actually got up at a decent hour this morning and have some time to write blog posts before burying myself in editing work. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

  • Last month, I went to Scotland and loved it! You can check out my travel posts by clicking on the TRAVEL tag on this blog.
  • My business, HelaWrite, is booming! I have some new clients, and have also partnered with Cosby Media Productions as their Chief Editor. It’s an understatement to admit that I’m very busy. But hey, being busy for a freelancer=much-needed moola. This year alone, I’ve edited 7 books, and just cracked open the 8th yesterday!
  • My 2nd book, coming out this summer, is nearing the end of edits with my editor. (YES, even editors need their own editor!) There were some funny mistakes I made in the book that made my editor laugh. I’m glad I could be a viable source of entertainment for her. Also, I’m looking forward to her notes. She highly praised this book, as well as my writing. Self-esteem=raised.
  • I’ve slowly been updating my websites and social media presence. When you’re a one-woman-show, it’s quite a task! By the time everything is “updated,” it’ll be time to update again. Sigh. The never-ending battle of us indie authors. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • I now understand a good amount of Spanish! Yay! I mean, it’s rather important since I live in Spain, ya know? I’ve been making new friends here, and teaching them English as well. It’s easy to take being a native English speaker for granted until you go to countries where just about everyone is eager to learn it. It’s a great way to make friends.
  • I began writing another book (or maybe 3!). Yes, that’s quite a number, but I WILL finish them, even if it takes me 20 years. Escaping to the other side of the world has done me lots of good. I have more quiet time here, and living in paradise proves to be an every day inspiration.

Well, I think that’s the bulk of my life. And seriously, go check out my travel posts. I’m trying to be better about updating it, especially with all the gorgeous photos I have. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

Until next time… xx

PS: Here’s a teaser from my travels:

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View from King Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

Is it February Yet?

Hello, lovely readers!

I have missed you all SO much! It’s been an insane month and I am ready for February! I’ve been somewhat silent on this blog for a few weeks because my life has been crazy. What have I been up to? Well, give me a minute, and I’ll show you!

1. I entered a blogging contest.

Yep, I sure did. It’s for my new blog at my business website, helawrite.com. I am participating in HubSpot’s 30-Day Blog Challenge, and I REALLY hope I win because it would definitely give my business a little boost. You can visit my site and read my latest posts on business. There are some great tips (at least, I think so) that are relevant to anyone. Except babies and children, I guess.

My business website with the new blog front and center.

My business website with the new blog front and center.

2. I was a production assistant on a movie set!

Ah, four days of being a glorified coffee/errand girl. Actually, it was more than that and I did have fun. I got to meet some cool actors and the crew was really nice. I made dinner for everyone one night (aka put frozen lasagnas from Costco in the oven for 2 hours) and that was fun (except for the Costco part–most of you know how I feel about Costco). Everyone remembers you when you feed them, and you’re no longer: “Hey, you!”

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Day 1 on the set of Whipping Boy, in San Jose, CA.

As a writer, I gained some great perspective on the film industry, and was able to talk to some of the actors about screenwriting ideas I have. They were very encouraging and liked what I had to say. All in all, a wonderful experience. The movie is called “Whipping Boy” and it’s in the Sci-Fi genre. It was filmed in San Jose and San Francisco, and it’s a short film being entered into a contest. I will let you all know how it does when I receive an update from my producer friend. And I may be blogging about it, too.

To the left of me: Chris Ely, Co-producer for Whipping Boy. To my right: The famous Jon Talbert, founder of Beautiful Day, a compassion innovator, and well-known speaker. He played a cracked out hobo in the film!

To the left of me: Chris Ely, Co-producer for Whipping Boy. To my right: The famous Jon Talbert, founder of Beautiful Day, a compassion innovator, and well-known speaker. He played a cracked out hobo in the film! (Which is why his eyes are very red.)

(To find out more about Chris Ely, click HERE. To find out more about Jon Talbert, click HERE. Jon happens to be one of my clients through HelaWrite and he’s awesome!)

3. My little sis bought a house!

Okay, she’s not “little,” but she is my younger sister. My sister, Julia, bought her first house. I am so proud of her, especially because she’s a single mom and works her butt off to provide for her son. All her hard work is paying off and now she owns some real estate. Therefore, like any good sister, I’ve been at her place every few days for the past 3 weeks to help her with the move.

My nephew and I, a year ago, on his 6th birthday. He's grown since then, and my hair is all gone. :)

My nephew and I, a year ago, on his 6th birthday. He’s grown since then, and my hair is all gone. ๐Ÿ™‚

As a special treat for my adorable nephew, I painted his room with a custom “Tron-themed” runner, and he loves it. My sister bought a Tron rug for his room, so I was inspired by that, but kind of made up the design as I went. At one point in my college career, I was an interior design major, so I had a lot of fun coming up with the design for his room. I also put chalkboard paint on one wall and am building a sort of art center for him. He is quite the artist and I wanted to give him a special space.

Blank canvas.

Blank canvas.

Chalkboard paint.

Chalkboard paint.

The layout.

The layout. (If you squint, you can see the pencil lines.)

Phase 1: Dark blue.

Phase 1: Dark blue.

Phase 2: Black glitter paint added.

Phase 2: Black glitter paint added.

Phase 3: Silver paint added.

Phase 3: Silver paint added.

Phases 4 & 5: Blue glitter and glow-in-the-dark paint added.

Phases 4 & 5: Blue glitter and glow-in-the-dark paint added.

Room complete!

Room complete!

And, of course, I put up his Tron decals from his old room.

And, of course, I put up his Tron decals from his old room.

4. And speaking of art…

I DID take some time for myself during the chaos. I found these awesome ideas for a calendar journal and made one for myself. I recycled old maps I had from traveling in Spain 6 years ago, and used them as part of the calendar decor. I have finally admitted to myself that I am never going to scrapbook and decided to put those papers and stickers to good use. I’m pretty pleased with the results!

Gluing on pieces of the map to make squares for each day.

Gluing on pieces of the map to make squares for each day.

A blank canvas, ready to be filled with thoughts and events.

A blank canvas, ready to be filled with thoughts and events.

Really liking February. :)

Really liking February. ๐Ÿ™‚

I will be blogging more regularly in the weeks to come, so thanks for bearing with me. And next month, I plan on revealing the cover for my 2nd book, The Wrong Fairy Tale! I can’t wait to share it with you all. It is awesome!

Oh yeah, I did read Beautiful Creatures and Warm Bodies and will be doing a movie/book comparison in the weeks to come. And I took some time to enjoy good wine, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enjoyed this red while I was painting into the night.

Enjoyed this red while I was painting into the night.

Until next time,

Tamar xoxo