John of Art Audiobook Now Available Through Amazon, Audible, and iTunes!

John of Art Book Cover Art
Hey, everyone! I thought that I’d post a quick message for everyone to check-in and to let you all know that the audiobook for John of Art is now on sale and available through Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! A very special thank you to my voice-over artist, Chris Kenworthy, who did a phenomenal job narrating my audiobook. She once again created a magical piece of art that enraptures us all as we listen to this story that so desperately needed to be told! She also included a very special surprise at the end, which brought tears to my eyes. I am humbled and grateful to have someone as special as Chris in my life!
You can buy the audiobook here: http://www.tinyurl.com/y5smjky6
I do have tons of free promo codes. If a fellow author is interested in swapping books to trade book reviews just let me know. I’m really into reading other people’s work lately and would love the chance to review other’s work as long as they return the favor in kind.
I want to thank everyone for their continued interest in my work. I am so thrilled to say that I have not one, but two audiobooks made from my work that was done in 2019. That’s such an amazing feat and I couldn’t have done any of this without, Chris!
I am working very hard on a new piece that I am going to be sending to a traditional publishing company. I’m nervous and excited. This is the first piece of work that I am creating for a traditional publishing company. I know not to put all of my eggs in one basket. I am just kind of getting my feet wet and learning the ropes of what to do in terms of creating a polished manuscript and it is good experience regardless if my work is chosen or not. I’m at the editing phase, which scares me the most. The writing is what is always the easiest for me, but it’s the editing that’s the most daunting in terms of re-visiting my own work. You are essentially staring at your own soul in the mirror. It’s very vulnerable, emotional, and absolutely terrifying. I’ve done everything for this manuscript aside from the edits and table of contents. I worked on a cover art piece even though I know that they’ll create their own cover art, but I get inspired when I do my own cover art. I can stare at that piece for hours getting inspired and it really helps get me in the creative zone when it comes to producing new work or revising established work.
Anyhow, that’s me at the moment. Staring my manuscript on the screen scared to death to start hacking and slashing and editing and revising. Thanks, everyone for reading up on what I’ve got going on lately! I hope you are all doing well.
The Patreon project that I’ve got proposed will be slated for January 2020. I am hoping to be able to get funding for the majority of this project possibly through a grant, which I’m waiting to hear back from, but if I don’t have the funding secured by the new year, I’ve decided that I will limit the project to the NY/NJ area where I live and when funding becomes available I can always create future volumes of the work. You can read all about this new project on my Patreon page here: www.patreon.com/themoonlitgoddess
Happy hump day!

Friday the 13th and The Moonlit Goddess

ALL WRITTEN AND ARTWORK ARE THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF PSG LOPES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, 2019. 

Happy Friday the 13th everyone!  I wanted to update you all on what I’ve been up to lately in terms of my writing and other projects. This September, I decided to focus on getting myself back on track financially. I find myself constantly thinking of old, traditional ways and how they never worked for me in the past and even though I’m well aware that they never worked out, I still  have that idea of wanting to feel normal and wanting to fit in and wanting to have that traditional 9 to 5 job where I’d set my alarm at 5 a.m. and shower and get ready and make myself healthy lunches and go to an office and do my job dutifully and come home and eat dinner and shower and go to bed and do it all again the next day.

I don’t know how many times I have to make the same mistakes in order to get it through my thick skull that that person will never be me. I spent the beginning of this month putting my resume up through those online job finders and I got bombarded with e-mails from companies. I was excited at first. I was like hey, maybe I will find a regular, “normal person” job after all. But what I hadn’t realized is that the resumes are not read by real people. There’s software that sorts out keywords in people’s resumes and then if they feel that there are enough keywords then they present you with interviews. So, I got a few leads, made a few phone calls, wrote a few e-mails expressing interest in certain jobs. I was awarded interviews. I got excited. I was already spending theoretical paychecks I had not yet received from a job I had not yet been awarded.

There was one job I really wanted and was actually given a second interview for but this time I was meeting with the CEO. First of all, that person never even read my resume or knew anything about me when it came time for the interview. I cringed when the CEO opened my website and started playing my songs and going through all of my webpages and seeing all of my accomplishments. He basically thanked me for my time but gave me the ol’ heave-ho because there was nothing on my resume that suggested I qualified for the job. I looked at him and I said, well, I didn’t set up this appointment so someone must have thought I was qualified. Basically, thanks for wasting my time. I wasn’t very confident about getting this job because he blew me off the day before when the interview was originally scheduled for and I’ve experienced that in the past with teaching positions when I’d have to wait in the office for almost an hour for the principal to grace himself for the interview and I’d obviously not get the position.

So, I took this valuable lesson and said, fuck it. When are you going to get it through your thick, stubborn skull that you’re not like everyone else? Doesn’t mean you’re incompetent, doesn’t mean you’re unwilling, doesn’t mean you’re lazy, doesn’t mean you’re unmotivated. You just have to re-work your qualifications and make them work for you instead of trying to always fit and shove yourself into a mold you’ve never ever been able to fit in before in your entire life. I’m not unique. I’m not grandiose. I don’t think I’m better than anyone else. But I do know I’m different. And that is okay. I can use my difference to make a difference in the world and I kind of like that idea. I know that I’m a smart and capable woman.

When I first met my ex, one of the first things he told me was that I was a waste of potential. He said that I offered so many wonderful gifts to the world and was saddened that no one ever took the time to get through each layer. And for whatever reason, that was whether it was because of my weight, because I’m impossibly shy, because of my depression and anxiety, because I’m an emotional woman, because I’m down to earth and real and I don’t play the game that everyone wants me to play. I don’t say yes on no lips. I don’t nod in agreement on a head that wants tell you to go fuck yourself. I’m my own person. And because my life worked out the way it had, my opportunities were different than most people and that’s okay. I recognize that my difference is not a punishment and that I can use that to my advantage.

As a result, I’ve decided to offer my services which are highlighted on my main page. I have listed a whole bunch of freelance services that I offer a la carte for those who may be interested. I have a lot of things up there that may be appealing especially to those who are starting out as writers. Also, maybe to organizations who need public speakers to speak out about depression, anxiety, dementia, and other difficult topics to break the stigma and educate others what it’s like to live with these in your life. Whatever the case may be, I urge you all to look into my freelancing options and even if you’re not interested, maybe someone else might be and you can pass that along.

For September, that’s what I’m focused on for now is establishing my freelance business. I have a project that I’m planning on diving into for October and November to align with this year’s NaNoWriMo competition. Also, if you want to take a look at another important project I am starting around January 2020, take a look at my Patreon page here: www.patreon.com/themoonlitgoddess

Thanks so much for your continued support and interest in what I do. I was just recently told that this lovely woman I used to work with when I was substitute teaching bought two copies of John of Art. One for her and one for her colleague. When I released A Wynter’s Tale two years ago, she bought a copy and then the whole building ended up reading the book with that same copy. I explained to her that I am self-published and I don’t have a salary and every book I buy I get a very tiny portion of the royalties and that I don’t profit or benefit from the whole building reading my book for free. It’d be one thing if they were reading it for free and providing book reviews on either Amazon or Goodreads but they were doing neither. So they were reading the book and not supporting me in any way. So to combat the vultures, she bought two copies so she made sure she was supporting me. That meant just about everything to me. I was humbled and blown away by her kindness and generosity. It is because of women like her that I can get up in the morning and continue doing what I do. To know that there are still good people in the world, that’s just a lovely place to begin. I’d like to know more about good people out there which is why I will continue this fight to spread the word on my work and all that I wish to do with it. Thank you all again for always having my back.

For authors new and established, I’ve really been getting into reading again. If you’d like to provide me with a copy of your work, I’d gladly read it and provide a review for you via Goodreads. The only thing I ask is you extend the same courtesy. I get tons of free codes for my audiobooks so I don’t mind giving you a code so you can listen to either A Wynter’s Tale or John of Art when it’s formally released within the next few weeks. I thank you all in advance for anyone who is interested. Have a great Friday the 13th everyone and have a great weekend!

 

♥”I’m a stranger here, but I will learn its language and read its signs.”

-Amy Jellicoe, Enlightened, HBO.♥

 

 

This Time Of Year

blog post september 3rd 2019

ALL WRITTEN AND ARTWORK ARE THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF PSG LOPES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, 2019. 

I decided to take August off and not post any blogs, or post on social media, or write or create any art at all this month. I decided to take the month to breathe, reflect, catch up on reading, television, and just generally absorbing all of my accomplishments of 2019, so far, and seriously contemplate where I’d like to head next in terms of my creative ambitions.

I love the fall. I always associate the fall as the beginning. Many associate January with the new year starting from scratch, but because I spent sixteen years in education, I will always associate September as the clean slate I always need to get things done. I love everything about the fall. I love the cooler temperatures, the changing colors of the leaves, the quiet streets as kids are safely back in school, the smell of the air with the fresh rain and crispness and promises of better times to come. I love pumpkin spice everything. I love the fall holidays Halloween and Thanksgiving. I love cuddle weather. The hoodies. The music, the book reading, the general peacefulness this season awards us. I am reminded of the Better Than Ezra song, “This Time of Year”: “Well, there’s a feeling in the air, just like a Friday afternoon…Well, there’s a football in the air across the leave-blown field.” Those two lyrics speak so much to me of what a typical fall day feels like. There’s really nothing like this time of year.

I have about four projects running through my mind and I’m thinking, where do I go next? I’ve exhausted the children’s books, the poetry, and the novellas. I ache for change and I decided to opt for something vastly different than what I consider “The Moonlit Goddess formula.”

One project I’m embarking upon this fall is top secret. I decided for my new year’s resolution this year, that I was going to produce not discuss. I have discussed so much in the past all of the things that I wanted to do and ended up not creating anything at all. I hate that feeling. This has worked well for me this year and I have honored every promise that I made so far in terms of my creative pursuits. For this new project, I decided that I’m just going to do first and then talk about it once it’s well under production. This new venture is hopefully going to produce more success in the financial aspect of my creative endeavors. I will be sure to update everyone on the progress as and when and will reveal what this special project is in the near future. I’m hoping to wrap this one up in December of this year.

The next two projects I don’t mind discussing because they were things I wanted to produce for a long time and will be “works in progress” for the near future with no real release date in sight, as of yet. These are just ideas that I’ve been toying with that I really want to get done soon. The first project I decided I want to work on is something that I had been planning to work on since December of 2017 when my ex-fiance and I went to Ellis Island. He and I planned on working on a graphic novel together. We have actually been on speaking terms lately. We agreed that we are best suited as friends and we would both support each other with our creative pursuits. We decided to pursue the graphic novel concept as sort of a trust-building exercise between us to see if we have it in us to even work together again creatively without wanting to beat each other to a pulp. My ex made some mistakes but the one thing he was always proficient at was generating excitement and being a cheerleader when things didn’t go well in my life. He was always good at motivating me to do better and we both had this incurable competitive streak to always want to be the best which led to our ultimate demise in terms of a romantic relationship but maybe productive and fruitful in terms of a working relationship. Sometimes you produce your best work when you have that competitive edge. You always want to be the best and do your very best when you’re working along with someone who has just as much at stake as you do. This may very well blow up in both of our faces. I’m looking forward to telling you all more about it in the future, good or bad. Pop that popcorn folks, the drama is back! Hopefully, not, but you guys know me well enough now to know that drama finds me everywhere I go. Which is hilarious because I seldom leave my office. Tsk, tsk.

Anyhow, now the third project is featured in my updated Patreon page. I highlighted and detailed everything about the project in my goals section. I am excited about this project and was something I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time. This project blends two things I love more than anything: photography and writing. It also lets me pay homage to one of my favorite photographers, Ansel Adams. You can read more about this project here for those of you who are interested: PSG Lopes/The Moonlit Goddess’ Patreon Page

Finally, the audiobook for John of Art is nearly complete. My wonderful and incredibly talented voice-over artist, Chris Kenworthy, did a phenomenal job narrating the book. I am glad that I was able to listen to my book while reading my manuscript. I wasn’t able to get a proper editor this time around and relied heavily on beta-readers. I recognize that that should not replace a professional editor but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from releasing this book. Upon reading John of Art a full month after finishing it, I was able to fine-tune it and the most updated manuscript is in damn good shape. I want to thank Chris and everyone else who had read John of Art in the beta phases. Thanks to those who have supported me and purchased the book. I will let you know when the audiobook becomes available. The one thing about being self-published and being an independent author is that you are the one who gets everything done yourself and with limited funding it is difficult to fully illustrate your vision the way you want it to be. I am also an incurable perfectionist with my work and even though I’m tragically flawed and recognize I will never be perfect, I take comfort in the illusion of perfection and that helps me cope and get by in terms of my creative releases. Anyway, thanks so much for checking in on me and my latest blog. This is what I did on my summer vacation LOL! Now, it’s back to work, bitches! Good luck to everyone this fall. I wish you all much prosperity, happiness, health, and all!