What I Have Been Up To


Good morning/afternoon, everyone! I know it has been a little over a month since my last post, but a lot has happened.


For one, I have officially moved into my own place since the end of May. Yep! And it is my first time ever. I am proud of myself for making that move, literally and figuratively. Though others aren’t happy about it at all, I still have to keep going and do what is best for me.


Although most of you may have remembered the things I have gone through in the past that had left me depressed and feeling like my life couldn’t get any worse. I have suffered from all kinds of abuse, and it has gotten me to the point where not only had I lost my identity but my self-respect. I am grateful for being alive and now doing well- mentally, physically; you name it. But, I still have some ways to go. I’m not finishing evolving.


I wanted to share more of my story in hopes it will help others, but like I’m still programmed to do- I’m a little apprehensive of the ones who know me personally in real life who may have something negative to say. Or give their own unnecessary opinions. And worse, the ones who feel it’s their right to gossip to others wanting to make matters worse. The latter is one of the many reasons why I kept some things to myself. Because, even if I feel I could open up to some of you who are caring and understanding, there is a possibility my posts—whether blog posts and social media posts—could fall under the wrong person’s eyes. (I also know that some things you just don’t share, period.)


Then again, I have told myself that I have to STOP the damn people-pleasing because it had gotten me NOwhere at all. There are people who may claim they know you because they are your family member, went to high school or church with you back in the day, or what have you, and don’t know you at all. Most will believe that just because you don’t mention you are going through something, it must not happen to you.


Anyway, I have been going to therapy since 2018; well, I have gone back during that time and still keeping my sessions to this day. It’s something I haven’t mentioned to anyone except my daughter and mom, and therapy has helped me tremendously.


I have learned that to practice self-love, self-respect, and self-care, I have to examine and reexamine my life. The good and bad. And change whatever in my life that is not helping me to move forward positively and productively. I used to look back to the past because of the things that happened; the whys and what-ifs. So whenever I would occasionally look back, it’s to see how far I have come and to learn as much as possible so I won’t make those same mistakes. And to look out for any repeats and red flags.

I won’t crowd everything in today’s post because it will be too long to read. (I will do more posts.) I just want you all to know that I am okay. I had a “scare for my life” thing that happened some weeks ago. Some people refused to let something or someone go because they are stuck on some warped fantasy that you will never leave. Or that that something will get better. Unfortunately, there are people who are only happy if things are going ONLY their way, and that includes your life and everything pertaining you.

In other news, before I go, while brainstorming other stories, I ended up going back to my novel, Secrets Unveil, and I had officially completed it. I am moving towards a professional editor after I finish more self-edits. I’m reworking my Secrets Series page and working on a newsletter and will let you know how that is coming along in the upcoming weeks.


I appreciate you and grateful for you all for hanging in there with me.

Thank you, and I wish everyone the best in life and all their endeavors.

Love,

Pamela

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A Refusal Of Career Demotion #fiction


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She wants to climb to the top of the corporate ladder.

But, like most people, she has to wait her turn.

She had seen others less qualified than her go on taking positions they had no business taking.

However, what does a woman in today’s world do to reach the top?

Unlike her, other women she witnessed would go on doing the unimaginable just to come up. And others either quit or remain holding their current job title that has been the same for too long.

The latter is what she has become and not too damn proud of either.

She was the valedictorian of her high school and a well-known Ivy League college. She knows her way around this Fortune 500 company that one would think she is the President and founder.

Still, she has been here for five years with the same job title as when she first started. She even interned here. She required, no, she demand a raise and a large order of respect.

When she was called in for an unscheduled meeting with the company’s panel, her nerves got the best of her.

She shook it off and prepared herself for anything. She checked her teeth in her silver compact mirror. And smooth out the imaginary wrinkles in her navy one-button pantsuit. What’s the worst that can happen? She simply cannot accept less or the same; going up is the only option.

©2021 Pamela E. Hester

PressThis: Kindle Vella: Description, Features, and Tips for Authors #MondayBlogs #kindlevella


Lately, I have been having so much going on that I pretty much almost abandon my blog. I have been busy working, editing my novel, and other things I will post about soon, and I can’t believe how much time have passed since I done the March Writing Challenge. I’m not trying to make excuses, just being honest.

Well, on to what this post is about. I have learned about a month ago about the existence of Kindle Vella that I am sure some of you are aware of.

Kindle Vella is something new Amazon is trying out that authors can be a part of. The thing with it is the stories, novels, or what have you, are broken down into episodes as the chapters of the stories. The works have to be stories that haven’t been published before, free or paid.

Authors can make money off it when readers read their episodes. I don’t want to repeat what is already being said below in the article, but I believe this may be helpful for writers/authors looking to get their work out there and to reach a broader audience.

Tell me what you think about Kindle Vella. And please feel free to click the link to read the full article.


Amazon continues to push its own boundaries in the reader market, this time spreading into a micro-industry that has been gaining traction elsewhere, resulting in an exciting leap forward for Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and potentially for authors as well.

The product is the newly announced Kindle Vella, a new Kindle platform created as a “mobile-first” approach to serialized storytelling.

In it, authors will have the chance to engage with readers in a new way, “one short episode at a time”.

So let’s take a deeper dive into this new platform.

In this article, you will learn:

  1. What Kindle Vella is
  2. How it works
  3. Its potential benefits to authors
  4. The step-by-step process to publish using Kindle Vella
  5. Additional tips and strategies to use

What is Kindle Vella?

Kindle Vella is a new platform from KDP, built specifically for serialized stories. On the platform, it will allow you to publish short episodes of your story, which will then be available to readers on mobile devices and online.

Features

Kindle Vella Interface

There’s a lot to unpack in the above video and on KDP’s pages on the subject, but let’s break down a few of the core features:

  • Episodes will be between 600-5,000 words long
  • It is currently only available to those in the U.S.
  • It will be available to readers in “the next few months”
  • At launch, it will only be available in the Kindle iOS app and on Amazon.com
  • Authors will receive 50% of royalties
  • Readers will spend their money on “Tokens” that will be used to unlock the story, episode by episode
  • You can publish, update, or delete an episode at any time
  • Readers will have the opportunity to engage with their stories using the following
    • Follow: readers will be able to follow the stories they want to read
    • Fave: readers can mark the stories they like the most, and the stories with the most Faves will be featured in a leaderboard
    • Thumbs Up: readers can give a thumbs up to any episode, letting the author and other readers know which installments they liked the most
  • Episodes will have space for an “Author’s Note” section, allowing the author to talk to the reader directly with each episode
  • The first three episodes of every story will be free

Is This New?

Kindle Vella is Amazon’s response to a number of similar platforms that have sprung up over the years, such as Radish, WebNovel, and Wattpad.

Each of these platforms feature bite-sized serialization, and while monetization differs from one platform to another, popularity of this format is seeing more and more attention.

For example, bite-sized serialization platforms have been hugely popular in international markets, such as China, South Korea, and Japan.

It’s no wonder, therefore, that Amazon has thrown their hat into the ring.

Source: Kindle Vella: Description, Features, and Tips for Authors

It’s My 9th Blogversary!


I would like to say that though I had constantly took breaks from my blog, I am glad that I hadn’t given up on it and abandon it totally.

It does take work to manage a blog, but with hard work, perseverance, and determination, it will pay off in the end. And there’s still more ways to go, and ideas I want to do with it and so on.

I also want to thank you all so much for being there for me and hanging in there. You have inspired and supported me in ways that I can’t even begin to put into words. Just know that I am grateful and appreciate you all from the bottom of my heart.

For those of you who are starting out, don’t give up. If it gets tough, it’s okay to take breaks. Do what you love and love what you do. Take your time and know it is not a race. Learn, learn, and learn all that you can. It’s your blog and you should want the best for it.

Make it what you want it to be.

Again, thank you loves for all that you do. You’re so wonderful.

Much love,

Pamela

Xx💜💜

March Writing Challenge- Day 31: What Are You Most Grateful For, Right Now, In This Moment?


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I have this notebook with painting of flowers on the cover that I had started writing in two years ago. And in there is where I write thoughts, feelings, affirmations, and other things I feel I needed to write down. And I still do to this day. And in there I would say what I am grateful for as well.

It helps to remember that when you think you are going through something and feel like you have no one to talk to other than to your therapist, you write it down. And write and feel your emotions and pick yourself up to keep moving forward. That’s what I’ve been doing. Or at least trying.

I am grateful to being able to be back in the workforce and being able to make and save money I can save. There have been a time when I had went years without a job (not by choice) and had to go without important things sometimes. I am glad, though humble, to being able to help those who needs my help. And to be able to take care of my child and myself.

I am grateful for my immediate family and you all. And the ones who fight to save lives and the ones who fight and had fought for injustice.

Grateful for personal and spiritual growth. The little things and big things. There is so much I am grateful for and things I should be grateful for that I can’t list them all. Though, it is always a good thing to count your blessings.

Huge thanks for Marquessa for this writing challenge and the ones who joined in and stopped by to visit our posts.

Thanks for reading.