S is for #Success #atozchallenge #MFRWAuthor


A2Z-BADGE-000 [2015] - Life is Good

Osiyo~

S15 is for Success~

Success comes in many forms. As a writer I had a goal to get published and I succeeded with my first book, an ebook novella, Home sold to the Wild Rose Press in 2010. My second book sold to Lyrical Press, Inc. and released in 2013, then again in 2014 when LPI sold to Kensington Publishing and they bought my book.

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Station 32 pendant and brooch gifted to Vonnie Davis in honor of her Wild Heat firemen series.

As a jewelry artist I’m still working toward the goal of selling my work on Etsy. I have a store there, but nothing in it yet. I’m hoping this year will change that. But I’m making jewelry, along with other items I call totems, and trinket things. I’m in a year-long project with polymer clay artists Lisa Pavelka and Katie Oskin this year called the Pavelka Project. I’m learning to do things I only wished I knew how just five months ago. Today I decorated the top of a Carmex jar lid–you know those little 1.5 inch diameter jars of lip balm– with a tiny polymer clay spring flower garden! With a butterfly and a dragon fly!! And lady bugs! How cool is that? I’ll be posting it on my clay blog, Fanciful Allure, this week (maybe tomorrow since it’s baking at the time of writing this post, which I totally forgot to post earlier). If you want to take a look, (and believe me, you do! LOL) I’ll be posting a link here later.

I’ve succeeded in raising three wonderful daughters and am feeling very accomplished as a grandmother these days. I’m a wife of almost 32 years, a sister, an aunt and great aunt. I was the second daughter to two wonderful parents, and though I can’t say how great I was at that role, I hope I was a good one before they passed.

I have friends I try to support in their ventures with my blog, critiques and, when possible, Beta reading. I may not always be able to get to everything I offer to do, but unless something happens (like the flu last week, ugh) I usually do what I set out to do.

Though my writing is suffering some now, I can’t let that drag me down. I keep at it, keep trying. I don’t expect more of myself than I am capable of doing, but I do tend to try to do more than I might know I can. LOL Still, I have to believe I am still successful in my life these days.

Now it’s your turn. How do you measure your success?

Dodadagohvi~

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About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters, five granddaughters, and wife to a wonderfully supportive man. I began writing warm-you-to-the-bones romance as a teen, and the addiction has now morphed into a life of its own. I became a published author in May 2011! I create art and jewelry with polymer clay and beads to relax, and have a passion for sewing for fun. Check out my Tips From an Editor blog at https://painlessediting.wordpress.com/ See my art and sewing projects at http://lisasfancifulallure.wordpress.com

Posted on 04/22/2015, in A to Z, Blogs, Pen of the Dreamer and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. What attracted me right off the bat was your name. My cousin is named Kalisa, after my sister and me, and I always wondered why they didn’t spell it the way you do because my sister’s name is Catherine, with a C. I like it that you have a C! Looks like you’re doing fabulously well with the A to Z! So sorry to hear about your father in law, but I think you did the right thing. We had to put our father in a home for the last two years of his life and though it was hard at first for him, he ended up very happy there. Had all the staff wrapped around his finger! See you at the finish line of the Challenge! And where is that T post? LOL, Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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    • My bff from high school named her daughter after me but forgot how many ‘s’ are in my name so her daughter is Talissa. She’s thinking about changing it because no one says her name right. lol I love my name but the K seems a little more exotic to me. My name was supposed to be Calais (after a romance novel set in Calais, France my mom read while pregnant with me) but the hospital switched the last three letters around. We named our first daughter Calais instead. Good luck with your a to z challenge, Lisa! (I mostly go by Lisa aside from my writing name) I just got back in to post T, so there! 😉

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