Fridays Full of Blessings

This week has been full of ups and downs.  It’s just been one of those weeks that you end up feeling so drained that you feel you’re long overdue for a vacation.  So when Friday finally rolled around, I felt like I’d been run over by a truck.

However, as worn as I am – it’s still easy to count my blessings:

1 – Although my cousin passed away, I’m blessed to know he lived a long life, surrounded by his loved ones.

2 – I received all my books in for the book launch. Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 10.29.54 PM

3 – My son started school, and although wouldn’t smile for a first day pic (he gave me the most grouchy look he could muster) … he asked if he could retake it when I picked him up.  He said he felt bad all day for not giving me a smile on his first day of school.  I’ve got the sweetest kid.

4 – Since re-releasing my first book – I’ve seen some great reviews coming in.  This is my favorite so far:

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I love the words … ‘Anticipation at its sweetest.’   That is just great.

5 – I got called on to do the ice bucket challenge by a friend, and bravely stood as my hubs doused me with ice water.  It was frigid and about chilled me to the bone – but it was for a great cause so it was worth it.

6 – It’s Friday!!! I’m so happy to have the weekend with my family.

I hope you’re able to make your list.  No matter how tough your week has been – be sure to count your blessings.

6 week contest

Hey I thought of a little contest I could start through this blog. For those of you who’ve not read the book yet, this will be incentive hopefully for you, as well, to go get a copy.

In the next 6 weeks, I will be running a contest that everyone can participate in. The only catch is that you ‘have’ to have read Finding Kylie.

For those of you anxiously awaiting the sequel…here’s some good news. I’ve got 50 chapters outlined and about 20 chapters written.

So what’s the contest?

For the next 6 weeks, you’re to email me once you’ve read the book – and tell me who your favorite character is from Finding Kylie and why. Tell me one thing in particular which made you fall in love with that character and why it defines them. I’ll know if you’ve truly read the book by how you answer this challenge.

I will be choosing a top 15 out of all the emails sent to me based on your thoughtful answers and heartfelt responses. Out of the top 15 persons, I will do a random drawing. The winning person, who’s email I choose, will get their name in the next book, Facing Redemption.

It may not be a main character’s name, but it will have a prominent scene. And you’ll get a mention in the forward in the book. For those of you who have read it, you get the first jump at sending my your emails. For those who have not, if you’re able to go to a Barnes & Noble – ask them to order your copy in. It’s that simple. If you’re no where near a Barnes and Noble than you can go through Amazon.

Here is the link to buy Finding Kylie. 

I look forward to your emails.
Send them to: kimberlymckayauthor@gmail.com
Thank you for your support! And I can’t wait to hear from you!

Also after you’ve read it – don’t forget to take a picture of you with the book and send it on to. Here’s an example of some I’ve been getting!
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Friday Blessings for two

I didn’t get on here last week so I wanted to count my blessings for the last two weeks…

Thanks to all of you, who still come here faithfully and read up.  Your comments and emails always bless me.

My son wanted to treat me to dinner this week.  He knew I didn’t get paid for a couple of days, so he asked if he could treat me to a pizza.  It was such an amazingly big hearted thing to do with his allowance money.  I was humbled by his genuine need to feed me something tasty.  We got his money out and talked about how much the pizza was and what kind of tip to give.  His math brain amazes me.  He gets money and math in ways some 4 and 5th graders don’t.

I get so many comments on facebook and emails from ‘Finding Kylie’ readers.  I’m blessed by each one.  Lately I’ve been receiving pictures from them.  I’ve asked that those who have read the book, go and take their pic with it in creative ways.  This post here explains it a little more.  Oh some of the pics I get.  Someone even mailed me a pic showing the book with Rupert, from David Letterman’s show.  I’m loving all these pictures and how creative they are.  Keep them coming!

My new part time job is a huge blessing – especially because it helps us a little more with our bills.  And we all could use a little of that.  BUT also because I get to work with beautiful clothes that make women feel wonderful and pretty.  I love spending someone else’s money to make them feel beautiful.  I love the way these women light up when they try something – that maybe they wouldn’t have picked for themselves,  but they try on because I’ve brought it to them  in the fitting room.  I love the satisfaction of the sale when they leave with something totally unexpected but completely flattering.  If I have to work part time, at least it’s something I have an amazing time with.

My son turned 6 last month and is growing leaps and bounds.  He’s always been an affectionate kid, and I thought he’d grow out of that as he got older.  If anything he’s growing into it more.  Experts say your child is set for who is he at his core by the time their six.  All I can say is someday he’s going to make some young lady very happy.  I have to just pray that he doesn’t get his big heart broken too many times before he meets the one, so that he’s still open to sharing his heart.  I hear this phrase every morning and every night – “You’re the most beautiful woman in the whole world – I’ve got the sweetest mommy in the whole world!”  And it gets followed with a big bear hug.  Now what young lady won’t want to hear that when she’s fallen head over heels with my son?  I just pray he won’t woo the masses because he’s prone to flirt with women of all ages.  I love seeing the twinkle in an elderly lady’s eyes when he’s told her she’s pretty.

I had been struggling with my sequel deciding how much balance to give it.  I want to reach the masses and plant a seed for Christ.  So should it be just like ‘Finding Kylie’ with a fleshed out character line up, with real and intriguing story lines?  Or should I have it more about the main characters Christian journey?  I felt like I wouldn’t be a real Christian if I didn’t put more Christianity in my second book.  I felt guilty for not wanting to put more God in my book, but felt I had to.  It was almost as if the devil was taunting me saying, ‘you’re not a good Christian if you don’t give Him glory on every page’.  It became a huge burden…one that God lifted for me.

I had this discussion with a Christian author and friend of mine, George Goodman, who simply stated these two simple things.  “Kim I’m not being a luke warm Christian when I tell you this…your job is to plant the seed – not to water it and grow it.  Someone else will do that.  If you want to reach the masses, don’t push anything on those pages that’s not part of the true character’s human story line.  People that aren’t Christians won’t really get into a book like that.  If you’re able to plant a seed, than you’re working for God and giving Him glory.  AND you can do that without turning people off.  Once you’ve gained a true following, you can take liberties in future books to do more in your faith.

My second worry was one of the carnal nature of my main two characters lives and how their story progressed.  His second comment was, “One statement keeps coming to mind, and I feel like God is telling me to give this to you. ‘Meet your characters where they are and then take them to where you want them to be.  So if Chastity has to do somethings a normal 20 year old would do in life….let her face her reality and bring her to a different realm of thinking throughout the book.  This character is not you with your convictions…she’s her own person —  meet her where she’s at Kim.”

Man this conversation has changed my entire heart and mind for this story.  Last night I built framework for up to 35 chapters, and am vigorously typing it out.  I can’t wait to take these characters, where they should go – not according to my standards but their own.  I did that in ‘Finding Kylie’ and am excited to be able to do that for ‘Facing Redemption’. 

Thank you all for reading this far…have a blessed week!!!

 

PS for those of you who love a great devotional book please go check out my friend, George Goodman.  He wrote ‘UNLIKELY’.  Here’s the link at Amazon.

Another week

This weeks blessings have been obvious!  Although I’m short on time, I’m full of really good things starting to happen.

 I started a part time job this past Monday, to help us along a little further.  In times like these, you have to do everything you can just to get by.  Although, it’s made me realize how tired I am – it’s nice to get all dressed up and have some place to go.  The one thing I’m not happy about: those extra responsibilities are sucking my creative juices –  BUT the extra income we desperately need will I’m sure make up the difference.  And the manager has slammed me back to back in the schedule b/c she had some last minute hours to use.  So hopefully I’ll only work 3 days a week, instead of 6.

I found out we got locked in at a very low rate, for refinancing our home.  We close at the end of the month.  I’m blessed that I have people all around me to guide me and instruct me with wise words and ideas.  We’re trying to do ‘everything’ possible to cut back and trim the fat.  We could easily refinance for 30 years and lower our payment by over $250.00 — but what makes more sense to me is to refinance for 15 years.  We may have the same house payment or even a slightly higher one, but we’d pay it off a lot faster and our equity would be sitting pretty.

My son and I are finally almost free of the sinus crud.  It seems everyone is sick, so we’re glad to finally have a healthy household.  I’m so glad my husband never got any of it.  It’s hard to take care of one child, when you’re sick – but harder when you’re ‘man (turns into child when sick)’ gets sick all at the same time.  

My son’s 6th birthday was this week.  He’s growing into such an amazing young man.  He told me today – word for word: “Mommy, you’re the most beautiful woman in the world!”  Now was 6 year old says that?  They may say…’I’ve got the prettiest mommy’ – but my child blows me away with his depth and compassionate heart.  God has blessed me with a wonderful child, and I know it more and more every day.

I talked with someone this week, that I’m working deal with – that is giving me amazing instruction and inspiration.  God is opening big doors for me and I’m so thankful!

Lastly, I asked some people to send me some fun creative pics for Finding Kylie at my  wornoutwoman blog, and got some really fun pics.  I want to ask you all, who read this blog, for pictures too!  If you’ve read the book, please send me a picture of YOU with the book.  Get creative!  I plan on making a poster collage, to get inspiration while I finish the sequel, ‘Facing Redemption’.  To give you an idea…here’s one Terri sent me.

So get after it people.  And email me your pics at:

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Friday Thanks

I’ve been laying around as much as possible today.  Last night, I lay in hotel in Tulsa with my mom and son anxious of what type of sleep the night might bring.  Hotels aren’t very conducive to sleep, and me & sleep aren’t exactly on the best of terms…especially without my mattress.

Why was I in Tulsa you ask?  I was scheduled to be interviewed for their morning show, during the 8 am hour this morning, so I took my mom and son on a short road trip.

Sleep didn’t come easy last night…in fact it didn’t come at all.  I think I would have been able to except that both persons in the room with me were not breathing well, due to the crud and it’s effects on their respiratory systems.  So I patiently lay between two noise makers all night, waiting…for sleep that eluded me until 3:00 am.  I finally fell asleep only to be woken up again by my mother turning the heat up in our room, which now made it a furnace inside.  Sleep never came back to me.

There were some upsides to this however.  I got to hear my son breathe all night, knowing he was still able to sleep through his sickness.  I was able to have some quiet time to myself, listening to all the noises around me.  Unusually so, I wasn’t frustrated like I normally would have been.  In times like this prior, I was furious that I couldn’t get sleep.   This time I was just thankful to be where I was, with my family.

Thursday night, we ate dinner with some family, who live in town…and a college friend, whom I’d not seen since 1994 – my friend, Leanna, who I’d lost touch with.  She was one of those girls, that I always missed and wondered where she was.  

Thanks to technology, like FaceBook, we caught up with one another again a week ago.  It was a great night to spend time with her and her new husband.  It was just like old times, minus the alcohol and wild parties.  Same girls … same personalities  … now with way different lifestyles and attitudes.  Life is good when you find your friends are friends again after all these years.  And it didn’t hurt that my son fell in love with her.  He even told her she was ‘hubba hubba’.

Yes, I have a lot to be thankful for this Friday.

If any of you are interested in seeing the interview, you can go here.  Click on ‘Author, Kim McKay’.  BUT please keep in mind that I had little to no sleep and I was having a hard time keeping my mind ‘with it’.  Have a great Friday and remember to count your blessings.

Faithful Fridays

This has been an amazing week for the little things…

I’m still somewhat unemployed. I had to leave the restaurant because it started causing some minor health problems, due to my little to no time to actually eat. You’d think working with food I’d get to do that…but no. So I’m in the process of trying to find a part time job that will allow me to work around my son’s school schedule, which has been more than challenging as most PT jobs want you to work nights and weekends. This is not when I can work as I have a child at home.

What’s good about that? Well – I’m completely and utterly reliant on God to 100% provide for us as I look for a PT job. And so far my photography business has given us enough to get by in the last month and a half. Whew! This is a big blessing. And I just got hired for another wedding for this summer. Jobs are consistently rolling in…

The weather has warmed up to reach the 60’s and even 70 today. This has given me spring fever and isn’t it wonderful to have a warm breeze in the middle of winter?

I got to spend some time with both my mom and dad, at separate times, yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. I don’t get to see them much anymore, and it was nice just to be in their presence.

I met with a pastor at church this week to go over some ideas for my sequel…as one part of it has a sermon involved in it. I need to know I’m on the right track, and it was a big blessing just to sit and have him impart his wisdom on me.

I got a phone call from the Mayor’s office today. He’s granted me a phone interview to discuss sequel. One of my characters in ‘Finding Kylie’, is Jesse Mikale, who is a former Mayor of OKC…turned economic developer. As I delve into more of his work side in the sequel, I’ll need some input from someone who has lived or is living that role. Who better than Mayor Mick Cornett? His office said his Chief of Staff would most likely be the one to visit with me, but imagine my surprise when they called me on my cell yesterday to say he was taking time to visit with me. I was humbled and grateful.

My son tickles my funny bone every day…there’s just too much to catalogue in his daily stand up. But you can get a glimpse of something here that made laugh till I cried – on Wednesday.

My son’s also very excited about Papa John’s new heart shaped Pizza. This will be an economic way I can give him something nice this year…with something he loves most…PIZZA served with love.papa_johns_heart_shaped_pizza_photo

Last but not least…I’m being blessed daily by comments left by readers of Finding Kylie. I’m blown away at what they’re taking away from it and what is left with them, from reading it. Thank you to all of you who have emailed me or left me comments on my blog.

Surprising News

A friend has contacted me who is interested in turning my humble little book into a movie. Yvette and Papa…your comments from the last post were very inspiring and also prophetic.

Thank you all who continue to check in here and support me. I am so blessed by each and every one of you.

When writing this book, I had the movie in my heart the entire time … so I’m now writing the screenplay. Please keep this process in your prayers. If I reach one person in the name of Christ through this book or someday (hopefully) the film, than I know I’m doing what God wants me to do.

I can give an interview…or a small heartfelt speech. I can tell you one on one my testimony…but to speak to a large crowd to influence them in His name just isn’t my speed. BUT a book … the power of a written word…now that’s always been my passion. To allow people to feel something through my writing…to influence them in a positive way…to make them think outside their box – this is something I know God has blessed me with. I want to use it for HIS glory.

I would be so humbled if this now almost screenplay makes it to the big screen, to influence more in His name.

How cool is that??