Things have been . . . crazy this year. If you follow my blog, you’ve seen some of the adventures. Near death experiences, uncertainty over publishing . . . yep, it’s been fun. It was added to this week when my mother was in an accident on Monday and her SUV is now totaled.
We’re making lemon bars out of the lemons being thrown at us by life, and we’ll be planting the seeds, too, so we can grow our own damn lemons. Too much metaphor? Okay, we’re making the best of a bad situation and making sure that there’s long term pay off.
By this point, you’ve probably looked at the address of the blog and gone “waaaait, this is different.” CORRECT YOU ARE. That’s the biggest change around here. I’ve decided to move away from my pen name (Etta Jean) and go forward under my own. Future books will be labeled as “S.J. Garrett”, and existing works will slowly be switched over the next year or two. There are a lot of reasons behind the change, but the biggest is one of my most violent oppressors: my anxiety.
Trying to maintain two identities, two websites, two FB pages, two EVERYTHING was simply too much for me, and it was getting to where I avoided posting at all sometimes because I didn’t know what to say or how or didn’t have the time to keep up both, and then I freaked out because I’m still new to the scene and my posting on FB is key to my brand and name recognition, and then there was the confusion at events where people didn’t know what to call me or how to list me in programs or how to write out checks . . . *breathes in paper bag*
Once I decided that I needed to make a change, I helped tame the anxiety OVER the change–which, really, was NOT fair, brain–and figured after fifty spreadsheets that it wouldn’t be so terrible.
And here we are! Existing FB and website for Etta will remain around for a while but will soon be merged into my main Stacy J. Garrett ones, and I am going forward from here under my real name.
Speaking of . . .
Behold! I wrote a holiday short featuring the Shaughnessy family from the first book of the 3rd District series, and it was included in this wonderful anthology of other stories and arts by some amazing fellow creators! What’s even more wonderful about this book is that every last penny of the proceeds will be going to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). All of us who gave of our work did so for free so we can support this great cause. Pick it up on Amazon in either Kindle or paperback form and enjoy a wonderful holiday experience while helping others in need.
Sorry, no Door post this week, but I promise to post one early next week instead. I also have another, more personal, project to be shared, but that will get its own spotlight and will involve quite a write-up since it delves deep into my own psyche.
Until then, go get Christmas Lites V and see how Sullivan met his wife under some . . . interesting ‘coincidences.’ (If you haven’t yet read THE SHAUGHNESSY FILE, there are potential spoilers in this short. You have been warned.)
Looking for a good book? Try SHADOW ON THE SEA, a short story with angels, destined love, and just a hint of ancient evil! (Kindle) If you love romance in the form of faerie tales with a modern twist, you should check out THE SHAUGHNESSY FILE (Kindle) (Nook). Prefer your romance with some high fantasy? Grab CHRONICLE OF DESTINY (Kindle) and it’s sequel, CHRONICLE OF SUMMER (Kindle). Read them and loved them? Give me a review! I love hearing from fans.