Home Sweet Motorhome

Hey y’all!  So, the last time I posted, it was a piece my husband wrote about scammers on Facebook Marketplace falsely advertising top-notch motorhomes and RV’s for ridiculously low pricing. 

Today, I’m writing because we finally made it happen.  Yes, we bought our motorhome!

This week has been so anxiety driven and action packed, I’m simply glad we were able to accomplish the enormous task. 

Hubby and I have been scouring Facebook Marketplace for what feels like months.  I swear to y’all, I was checking the site 5, 6, 7 times a day just to see if anything new had been added, and I was rechecking motorhomes and RV’s which we’d already read over deciding not to inquire.  Well, last week, hubby found this one, a 24ft with 2 sleeping areas. 

So, through the weekend I enquired with the seller, first making sure it was still available, exchanging numbers for better communication, and finally, arranging it so that we had a ride to go and look at the motorhome. 

On Monday, my dad and his wife agreed to take my husband, daughter, and myself to go and look at it; just under an hour to get there, and the same to get back.  The motorhome looked just as it did in its pictures, the interior is needing some work, but no more than we can handle, and my husband started it up.  It cranked over like a beast on the first try. 

On Tuesday, the guy selling it was nice enough to help us out a little further, and personally drove the motorhome to us though Hurricane Ida was making her way through.  I was browning some ground beef to make chili when I happened to look out our kitchen windows and saw our motorhome drive by on the next road over from ours. 

The only detail I don’t like about the motorhome interior is its carpet.  I hate carpet.  I hate carpet.  Did I mention, I hate carpet?

On Wednesday, after I finished with my scheduled classes for the morning, my husband and I tackled face first into the next project… ripping the carpet out.  We spent that afternoon and Thursday afternoon ripping carpet out and removing the trash accumulated and left behind by previous owners. 

Sorry, it’s not the best, clearest photo of the carpet before I tore it up, but you get the idea that it had to go.

On Friday, I admit I didn’t do anything with our motorhome.  Instead, I taught 3 scheduled classes, took a nice long nap, and then proceeded to do very little through the rest of the day.  Everyone needs a day off from working and I was more than exhausted. 

Same general area as previous photo, but after I ripped the carpeting out. We’re going to put down water resistant wood laminate.

I’m hopeful that next week we’ll be able to get it properly tagged and titled as well as install new flooring in it.  Once the new flooring is in, I can properly scrub everything inside, from top to bottom, then proceed with the details of minimizing our belongings.  We’re not hoarders, but we do have a lot of things, most of it being in the media department.

I said we had a lot of books.

So, everything has been a process, but we’re getting there… one day at a time.  I know it’ll all be worth it once we’re moved in and settled. 

As always, thanks for reading y’all!

Discouragement and Persistence in a Literary World

It is so hard to concentrate and get things done at the office when your entire body feels like ‘poo’.

I’ve also felt a little discouraged because my literary magazine isn’t kicking off the way I thought it would.  The reality is that I’m not doing my research and reaching out to the right places to show off my creativity.  So, both yesterday and the day before, I did do some reaching out to a couple of places, mainly libraries and ‘mom and pop’ bookstores, but I haven’t yet heard back from any of them.  That’s the hardest part of being a writer, having enough patience to play the waiting game.

On a more positive note, I can finally share our company logo since I finished coloring it in.  I still think the pink needs to be a shade darker, but this is only the beginning.  20180620_090103

For the rest of the week, I’ll be putting as much time and energy into finishing up our July issue.  Then come July, I’ll have copies of May, June, and July’s magazine issues available for purchase.

I believe in this magazine and I want to see it succeed.  If I didn’t, I would have stopped after May, but I didn’t.  I continued on, creating a magazine issue for June, and now July.  I’m going to keep creating them because it’s something I love to do, and one day it’ll happen.  One day they will sell.  Until then, persistence and patience is the key.

Stress and Emotional Growth

Last week was the most stressing week of my life.  Every time someone opened their mouth to speak, nothing but bad news came out.  My husband’s disability didn’t come as expected; something to do with a glitch in the system; a mistake on their end, and everything went downhill from there.

Naturally, I began to worry about everything.  How we’re going to pay our bills (the few we have), we just had new tires put on our truck (a bill we didn’t want, but we need tires to drive), my husband is going to need his heart medication, and it just seemed like everything was piling while falling apart at the same time, again.  We’ve been down this road before.

Last week’s conundrums made me wonder, should I really being trying to start a business right now?  Is this a sign?  I’m not religious, but that doesn’t mean I don’t believe.  I just couldn’t help but think, I’m doing something wrong.

Well, I am doing something wrong.  I’m trying to do too many things at once instead of focusing on the main job–our name, our magazine, and our purpose.  Instead of dwelling on all that wasn’t going right, I remember reading a Twitter poster that read “You don’t always need a plan.  Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens” (Mandy Hale).  With that, I thought about our magazine.  It won’t go anywhere if I don’t push it, and then I thought about Christy Wright’s book, Business Boutique.  I bought her book after watching her one morning on Fox & Friends, telling the viewers about her book and her journey to beginning her business, and working with Dave Ramsey, and how she was just as fearful as I feel putting myself out there knowing I’ll be both criticized as well as admired for my work.  That’s why I bought her book–for Chapter Two: Fear is Normal.  After reading it, I feel a new direction.

Emotional growth is important.  I can’t control every situation, but I can control how I handle them.  Instead of moping around with an attitude, like the world is against me, expelling negative energy, I should be concentrating instead on all that I can do with that energy.  I’m moving forward.

Maybe one day you’ll see me at your local library!

 

“Small Business in Writing”

After a week of heavy thoughts, pondering the pros and cons of what could either be a disaster, or could totally work out, I’m going for it because I believe in it.

Get this.  I was making the bed, listening to the Fox news channel, and I had a country music song stuck in my head (Maren Morris- My Church).  I’m very good at mentally multitasking, so it isn’t unheard of if you know me personally.  It was the idea I came up with while I was doing all of this.  Again, I was making the bed, listening to the news, and I had a song stuck in my head–a occurrence from activities from the night before.

Okay, I’m sure you’re more than ready to know what my idea was, my husband and I are starting our own literary magazine!

I figure it’s the perfect project that combines my creative nonfiction writing ability, my husband’s fiction work, everyone loves recipes, and poetry.  I don’t think it gets any better than that, but I haven’t told you everything about our magazine either!  Some things you have to find out yourself.

I’m currently working on a layout for the first issue as that is how we’re planning to start.  We’ll make one and it’ll sell itself.  So, come the first week of May, our first issue will be completed and printed from our own home printer.  We’ve not figured out the numbers yet, but there’s work to be done before those numbers can even happen.  All that we do currently know is our literary magazine will be done in monthly issues.

I think our magazine is also going to be a great way to share our work with others and get our name out there for our books that are coming later.

I’ve been asked the question already as to whether our magazine will be in print or eMagazine.  The answer to that is for now, just print.  However, if you’re interested, when the time comes, our literary magazine will be available for a cover price.  Just let me know!  Remember, the numbers haven’t been figured yet.