Sunday, January 01, 2012

SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY: An Eternity of Roses, Snippet #11...AND ABOUT CHANGE

Hello world,


First off, let me start by saying that I wish everyone a beautiful, successful and blissful new year - one full of great memories to cherish. For a writer, I know the biggest dream is publication, so I want to say to my fellow writers - may 2012 bring you more and more pride and success as an author.

Second, I want to thank everyone for returning every week and commenting on my excerpts. It means the world to me, and I really appreciate it. Last week I didn't have time to make the rounds as usual, and I hope to make up for that. If I don't visit your blog today, it will be some time during the week.

Now, there's another big announcement I wish to make. Well, it's big for me at least :D. I've been debating with myself whether to do this or not, but my beautiful friend and sister of the heart, Zee Monodee, encouraged me by first setting the example, and also by being incredibly supportive.

I have always thought that using a pseudonym was the way to go, because I could keep my private life separate from my writer's life. However, that started to make less sense when my actual friends here in Malta joined my Facebook friends list. They know my real name. Then, I started to get to know other authors, who also now know my real name. For instance, authors in RWA who I met during my stay in Atlanta, Georgia, and other authors I met via Facebook.

I'm at a point where I just want to be me. Some people call me "Nat", others "Angela", and even those who know the real "me" sometimes get confused. I've had other writers here - and even old friends from school - ask me why I just don't use my name. I used to have reasons - but perhaps the biggest one was that I wanted to hide.

Or to protect my family. But my family is behind me 100%. They know what I write, how I write, and they are proud of me. My mom wants to read my work and loves it (she's biased, I know, lol). My husband has wondered why I use a pseudonym. So, why shouldn't I simply be me?

Basically, over the coming week, I'm going to change my Facebook name, Twitter name, the name on this blog... and everywhere else I use it... from Angela Guillaume to my real one: Natalie G. Owens. My books will come out under my real name. I will simply be me. Okay, Angela is actually my middle name and Guillaume is a twist on my maiden name, but everyone, all my friends, know me as "Nat". I want everyone to know me as Nat, because that's who I am.

So this may not be a big deal to many of you - and you may say, what the heck? - but it is to me. This new year is starting with big changes. Changes that I'm making happen. It's a bit scary, but also exciting. I'm taking off my mask for good... it wasn't that strong anyway, and now it's gone. I hope this brings me luck.

I also hope that many of you will now get used to calling me Natalie, or Nat, instead of Angela. Lol. Perhaps it will take a while.


And now, on to my SSS post...which continues from the last one I posted here. ...

It was as though nature acknowledged the raw emotion that gripped Adrian at the mention his father and brother. But, no one more than Emmaline knew how, for a time after he’d assumed Arthur’s responsibilities, he was like a shored fish that had lost its shoal. Although the tragedy wasn’t his fault, he had still not completely shaken the sense that he was merely a usurper who’d slipped in shoes that were too big, too wrong, for him.

“Belvoir has not been the same without them,” he brooded.

Emmaline cursed herself for bringing up the subject, and shook her head. “Do not say that. Belvoir is safe and thriving because of you, Adrian. ...

To read other amazing excerpts from the SSSers, please go here.

Also, if you are interested in an author interview (a Rev Up Wednesday post) or running a fun contest on my blog, with promo (a Kick Start Monday post), please email me at angelaguillaume@gmail.com for more information. I'm aiming to fill more slots, especially for the Monday contest blogs.

~ Angela ~
No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love.

"Mile High to Heaven" and "Mr. & Mrs. Foster" available at Whiskey Creek Press Torrid.

57 comments:

Tanja said...

This is straight from the heart. Beautiful. Thank you.

Angela Guillaume said...

It is, Tanja. Thank you for your faith in me. Have a good one xoxo

Zee Monodee said...

Nat!!!! Finally, I can let go and call you by your name now, everywhere!!

So proud of you, my girl! To me, you've done the right thing. Embrace the freedom of being you - it's liberating. :)

And great 6, as usual!

Again, proud of you! XOXO

Angela Guillaume said...

Lol, Zee, yes you may :D. It's long overdue... but this was the right time for me. Thanks for all your support :) xoxo

Brien Michaels said...

Great six!

Angela Guillaume said...

Thank you, Brien! x

Jessica Subject said...

A six filled with emotion. Well done! :)

All the best in 2012!

Angela Guillaume said...

Thank you, Jessica! Best wishes to you, too xoxo

Tami Brothers said...

Welcome to the writing world, Nat!

Very brave. You have a wonderful family.

Happy New Year girl!

Tami

Angela Guillaume said...

Hey Tami, my friend. Thank you! Lovely to see you - you are awesome xoxo

Caroline Edwards said...

Woohoo!!!! Congrats, Nat!! You are always brave. This was a natural evolution for you. Having faith and confidence in yourself is liberating and admirable! Happy New Year, my friend.

Angela Guillaume said...

Caroline! You made me cry - you know you're special to me. Hugs, and thank you, truly xoxo

Sandy said...

Funny thing, I used to call you Nat all the time. I don't know when I lost sight of the name.

I'm glad you're going to use your real name.

Sadie Hart said...

Congrats on deciding to use your real name instead of a pen name. :) And lovely six and a Happy New Year!

Ursula Grey said...

Intriguing six, lovely blog!

Heather Thurmeier said...

Wonderful snippet! And congrats on choosing to use your real name. Your writing is wonderful. You should be proud to have your name on the cover! Good luck in 2012!

Skye Warren said...

A sincere, brooding hero - love it. Great job

Angela Guillaume said...

Haha Sandy, yes, you were one of those "in the know" lol. Hope you're having a happy and peaceful NY's day xoxo

Angela Guillaume said...

Thank you, Ursula!

Angela Guillaume said...

Heather, your nice words make me so much happier - I know I made the right decision xoxo

Angela Guillaume said...

Thank you, Skye! xoxo

Angela Guillaume said...

Sandy, thank you so much! Best wishes to you, too xoxo

K.E. Saxon said...

Emotional six! And congrats on the big reveal. Happy New Year!

Angela Guillaume said...

Thank you, K.E. Saxon! xoxo

Joanne Stewart said...

Congrats on having the courage to be you. I agree...that's a hard step to make. I love this snippet. Fraught with emotion. Great six!

Cherie Marks said...

Very nice six. I'm happy for you that you were able to come to such a decision for your future and your career.

Here's to much success as Nat in the years to come.

diannehartsock said...

It seems that Adrian has more responsibility than he's ready for. Hope he doesn't break under it. Great six and good luck with your writing!

Angela Guillaume said...

Thank you, Joanne. It's hard, but liberating. That said, I'm still a bit daunted :D

Angela Guillaume said...

Thank you, Cherie! I wish the same for you, too x

Angela Guillaume said...

You're quite right, Dianne :). Good luck to you too! x

Vivien Dean said...

I admire your decision so much. Such a brave thing to do!

And a great six! :)

sarahballance said...

Emotional and BEAUTIFUL! Wonderful six!

J.C. Martin said...

Hello, Nat! Big decision, and I think it's the right one! Loved this six -- very touching to see some emotion from a man's PoV.

Lex Valentine said...

Interesting six! A man with doubts! Congrats on the name change. ;)

Dee Carney said...

Oh, his inner turmoil! Well done!

Siobhan Muir / Meg Palevich said...

Powerful six, Nat. Good luck to you and your name change. Own it! :)

E. Jamie said...

Aww! Lovely six! Love their relationship already.

Carly Fall said...

Hey Nat :) Great six, and great start to the New Year. Wishing you oodles of success in your writing career and even more happiness and health.

Angela Guillaume said...

Vivien, thank you! Scary, I know :D

Angela Guillaume said...

Oh Sarah, thank you! I appreciate your comment x

Angela Guillaume said...

J.C. - thank you! All your support means everything to me. All the best x

Angela Guillaume said...

Thank you, Lex!

Angela Guillaume said...

Dee, many thanks! x

Angela Guillaume said...

Siobhan - thank you so much xoxo

Angela Guillaume said...

E. Jamie - thanks!

Angela Guillaume said...

Carly, dear - thank you, and I wish all the best to you and yours, too xoxo

Jasmine Aherne said...

Lovely. And I love the motivational poster too!

Angela Guillaume said...

Thank you, Jasmine! I know...isn't that pretty? I found it by pure coincidence and thought it was perfect. x

Ranae Rose said...

Intriguing six - looks like there's lots of inner turmoil going on.

gemma parkes said...

Great descriptive six. I think it is fabulous that you have the support of your family and l wish you every success in the changes you make. Happy New Year.

Angela Guillaume said...

There is, Ranae, you're right :D

Angela Guillaume said...

Thank you, Gemma. I appreciate your encouragement. Take care! x

Cate Masters said...

Love your six, as usual, Natalie (it may take awhile to get used to calling you that!)
Hope the new year brings you the recognition and success you deserve.

Angela Guillaume said...

Hey Cate - thank you so much! You're the best xoxo

Guilie said...

So glad you decided to "come out", Nat! Great decision, all the way! I like the ring of Natalie G. Owens--can see it on bestseller lists everywhere already :D Oh, and great six, by the way!

Angela Guillaume said...

Lol. Guilie, let's hope some publisher, somewhere, agrees with you :D. Thank you, dear xoxo

ERP said...

Nice to 'meet' you Nat :) Enjoy being you! Great six. Sorry I'm way late. Got hit with a massive cold. >.<

ERP