Book Sale

You've Decided to be a Writer, Now What?
You’ve Decided to be a Writer, Now What?

You read that correctly, Book Sale! I have a great deal of my titles on sale this month on Smashwords. Here is your opportunity to check out my writing for up to 75% off.

Here is just a sampling of the titles available during this sale:

Mighty Magnificent Book of Prompts

Solar System Lesson Plan Workbook

Short Story Crash Course

I Love to Read and Write

Journaling Guide and Course Work

Reading is Fun – At Home Activities for Beginning Readers

Aunt Millie’s Dairy Farm

You’ve Decided to be a Writer, Now What?

Mr. Quipsters Tales

And so many more.

I am very excited to be sharing my work with all of you. So hop on over to Smashwords and check out the Book Sale.

If you’d like to see my daily journey please follow me on twitter @beinglkm or on Instagram beinglaurakmarshall

Word Count

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As a writer, you write, pretty basic. So with that said, I haven’t felt like much of a writer in the last 16 months. I’ve written off and on. A few hundred words here and there, but nothing like I used to when I wrote. I could turn out thousands of words in a day. I was driven to write. I always had something with me to write, or edit, or just jot down notes.

Then in November 2013 it all came to a screeching halt. I had to go back to working a “day job”. For me that meant 50-60 hours a week. In the beginning I kept telling myself, “Once you get out of training things will calm down and you’ll have time to write.” But things didn’t. So I find myself only have written a few thousand words over that course of time.

I refer to my day job as the burger mines, because I feel like I’m descending into the mines to dredge away for hours. In the mines I felt so little creativity and writing was a chore. I did very little that was creative because my creative well had been drained. I started to turn that around this last month I have been writing more. A little here, and a little there. I’m feeling inspired to write. Nowhere what I used to but the feeling is there. The feeling of needing to finish the draft of the book I’m currently working on is growing. Not just to feel the satisfaction of finishing the draft but to find out how the story plays out.

I find myself now filling my creative well with multiple different mediums of art. I’m exploring different creative channels so I can grow. Will I ever write to my previous level again? I don’t know. Only time will answer that question.  I’m starting to find the writer in me again. The writer may be different now, but it’s still me.

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Brief History of Laura

Zen Frog because I love frogs
Zen Frog because I love frogs

To get things moving here I thought a brief history of me would be in order. I promise this isn’t going to be long but it’ll give you an idea of where I’m from and where I’ve been.

I was born in Panorama City California on November 26, 1975. I grew up in Simi Valley California. I am an only child. You know, my parents recognized perfection and stopped.

I went all the way through school in Simi graduating from Royal High School in June 1994. In Junior High I was a member of the choir and we went on a singing tour in Florida. That was pretty exciting. We sang in venues around Florida but the best place was Disney World. That’s hard to beat when you’re a teenager. While in high school I was a member of the dance team and competed quite extensively. In 1993 the team went to Japan to compete in the World Dance Competition. And guess what? We won. That was a pretty awesome time in my life. That was my first taste of international travel and I loved it. I was accepted to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I earned my degrees in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and a Business degree. I graduated in May 1998. Yep, in just four years.

After graduation I worked for an international hotel chain and moved to Texas in Sept 1998. In Texas I opened multiple hotels and restaurants for multiple companies. I even worked for the Dallas Cowboys for a period of time. Let me tell you that was an experience. That is also where I met my husband.

I got married on October 26, 2002. So as of this writing I’ve been married for twelve years. Wow, where does the time go? Jason and I welcomed our first son, Parker, into the world on January 24, 2005.

Jason had a job opportunity in the Pacific Northwest in 2006, specifically in the Portland area. Which it so happened to be where my parents had retired to a few years earlier. Being an only child and having the only grand baby it only seemed right to move. So we moved up to Oregon in March of 2006. We then welcomed our second son, Aiden, into the family on November 28, 2006. Aiden and my birthdays are two days apart. Not only do we share our birthday celebrations with each other, we share them with a turkey. Which if you didn’t see it earlier I am a Thanksgiving baby.

In January 2007 I began writing again much more seriously than I had in school. I started writing in elementary school, but never thought of writing as a real career choice. But as I went through my old writings I got excited about it again and thought, this actually is a real option. My first story was published in April 2012.

In October 2012 I decided to take a year off to write and be a full time mom. I loved every minute of that year. I wrote more than I have ever written before. It was glorious. The boys loved it because mom was actually home all the time. Which was a harsh contrast to when I was working in the restaurant 50 plus hours a week.

I returned to full time restaurant employment in November 2013 to a place I call the Burger Mines.

So what am I working on now? Currently I’m working on returning to purely creative pursuits, to be honest to my true self, to travel and create. To be the mom and wife I want to be. What that year off showed me was what was possible if I let it happen. So now I’m working my ever loving butt off to be able to live the life I truly want to live.

That is the history of me in a nutshell. See I told you it wouldn’t be too long.

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