2014 Reflections

Written By: carolmoye - Dec• 31•14

I have learned a great deal about myself in 2014. When I published my first book in 2013, I had no expectations, it was more of an experiment than anything else. I wasn’t ready to return to teaching (or even to enter a school building), so I thought it would be good to learn more about the world of self-publishing, hoping to be able to assist my daughter with her writing career if needed. Here is what I learned:

1. I was surprised by how many people actually liked my book.
2. Writing is lonely and is very hard work. I enjoy writing. Editing is not fun, but is tolerable. I HATE marketing.
3. I like selling books in person much better than trying to sell them online.
4. Amazon reviews can sting. In the same way, they can also be very encouraging. Just when I was ready to throw in the towel after a bad review, God send just the right encourager. It’s a hard lesson, but I have to learn to downplay the negative and accentuate the positive.
5. I enjoy writing fiction much more than non-fiction. My Psalms series was a calling. It was important, and well worth doing, but I am excited about finishing the final volume and just writing short fiction.
6. More than all of that, I love photography, and am looking forward to moving my photography business forward in some way in 2015.
To view my photo galleries, visit Carol Moye Photography
7. Blogging is work too. Moving forward, I will do it less often, mostly using it as a venue to support other writers. If you are a writer, and you’d like me to interview you, or help promote your book, please let me know.
8. I wrote reflections for all 150 Psalms. I wasn’t really sure I’d be able to do that. I was reminded once more that there is nothing that me and my God can’t do.
9. I miss being a teacher. I never want to return to full-time work, perhaps not even part-time, but I need to get back to working with teenagers again soon.
10. I LOVE the flexibility that comes with retirement. I never want to lose that. I have way too many hobbies, interests, etc., I am still trying to figure out how I ever fit a job into my life. 🙂

If you have never seen any of my books, they are personal reflections, following the themes of each of the biblical Psalms. Keep in mind that I am a black woman who worked in an urban school district.

Here are the Amazon links if you are interested in learning more or purchasing a copy:

Volume I: Psalms in the Key of my Life (Psalms 1-50)

Volume II: Unfaling Love (Psalms 51-100)


Happy New Year! Hoping your 2015 is filled with love, joy, peace and prosperity. May God bless you in ways you cannot even imagine.


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