OOhhh….look what’s coming…


Happy Holidays everyone! I can’t believe 2014 is nearly over. And with the new year starting, comes all sorts of excitement. New books, new dreams, new goals. All very exciting.

One of my New Year’s goals is to be around the blog a bit more. But, that can’t happen until I finish up this month and enjoy time with my family.

As I head back into my writing cave and prepare for a CRAZY SIX MONTHS filled with releases and more, I wanted to share some exciting news…

My next nonfiction book, and the first one being released in 2015, INDIE AND PROUD is available for preorder NOW. You’ll be seeing the cover blitz around the web this week, along with a few other cool things.

So what’s the book about? Check it out:

You did it!
You achieved your dream of writing and publishing your book. You should be happy. Instead you feel
trapped in an ever-changing publishing race, stressed over the never-ending
to-do list, and frustrated with yourself for continuing to doubt your talents,
despite achieving your goals.

Face it, being a creative is difficult, and achieving some measure of success in the business
doesn’t make you immune to your own fears and doubts. If anything, your
achievements have added even more pressures. Indie and Proud shines a light on those fears and pressures,
providing tools to deal with your frustrations and embrace your passions again.

Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses everyday examples and stories
from writers and other artists to help artists find and maintain their balance
in the exciting world of independent publishing. With specific strategies to
address self-doubt, underlying fears, and the truly intense nature of being
creative, Indie and Proud is a must
read for anyone ready to embrace everything it means to be Indie.

Check out the early praise:
“The information Christine
has to share is both brilliant and essential for every indie author. She covers
the practical subjects we want to know as well all the things no one wants to
talk about; the stress, the doubts and the emotional rollercoasters that we as
artists struggle with. Christine will help you deal with it all so you can hold
onto your job and love it.”
 – Devri Walls, author of The Solus Series
“I am an indie author, and proud of it. But
give me five minutes, and I might not feel quite as confident about it. That’s
why I’m very grateful for the class, Indie and Proud, that I took from
Christine Fonseca. In her class I learned that fear is a part of every day,
every new and challenging thing–I can either let the fear disable me, or let
it be the driving force to enable me. I’m excited for the book Indie and Proud
because it’ll be like having that amazing and inspiring class in my pocket
every day. I want to be indie and proud all the time–Ms. Fonseca’s book is my
new favorite reminder that yes, I really can do this!
– Ali Cross,
award-winning author of the Become series

This book is the first of many that bridges my coaching and self-help book life with my life as a writer. And yes, it means I’ll be opening up my coaching practice to include writers looking to bring more balance to their lives, as well as my other areas of specialty. But more on that later…

For now, I want to celebrate and say THANK YOU for all of the support over the years.  I’ve decided to give everyone who preorders some very special bonus material – a workbook companion to the novel that highlights and expands on all of the special lessons in the book. This is ONLY available to preorders and will be taken down just after the book releases in February.

So, get your book today.
 
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4 years and 9 books later…


I am so excited! 
Today marks my 4th anniversary as a published author. 



Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students came out on October 1, 2010. I remember the day distinctly. It was a small little educational title that was supposed to sell in a tiny niche. My agent at that time was Krista Goering. She believed in the product, and I believed in her. So I promised myself I would do anything and everything possible to make this book a success. I scheduled a twitter party (Thank you Deborah Mersino) for #GTCHAT, had a blog tour and a signing, not to mention book chats scattered throughout the week, and BAM…..

the book was completely sold out on day 1. Seriously.

That day changed my life!

For the first time, this dream of being published was a reality. I felt on top of the world, like nothing could possibly get in my way or stop me. It is a feeling I return to anytime I question my sanity for staying in this business.

Since that amazing day, I have published three more nonfiction titles with my amazing editor Lacy Compton and the team at Prufrock Press, including 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids, the Girl Guide, and most recently Quiet Kids. With their help, another two titles – Raising the Shy Child and I’m Not just Gifted – will be coming in the first six months of 2015. These titles have also led to publishing opportunities with Tiger Beat magazine, Justine Magazine, Parents, Johnson & Johnson and others. I can’t say how excited and life fulfilling it has all been.

In addition to the non-fiction fun, Krista was encouraging with my fiction (an area she did not represent but supported as I tried to find my niche in the very crowded YA market.) I started publishing my fiction in 2012, first through Heather McCorkle’s HUGE help, and then on my own. Drawing on the love and support of my early CPs and writing buds: Elana Johnson, Ali Cross, Michelle McLean and Julie Butcher, I honed my craft until finally, I published the Requiem series, including Lacrimosa, Libera Me, Dominus and the shorts Dies Irae and Mea Culpa. Countless other writers helped along the way, as well as bloggers and fans.

The Requiem series was followed by my thrillers, Transcend and, most recently, Collide. For those keep count, that’s a total of 9 books, 2 shorts and countless articles.

WOW! 
How did that even happen…

Along the way, paths have changed, goals have shifted, friendships morphed. I’ve had ups and downs. I’ve nearly quit at least a million times. And I’ve lost and found my voice.

Now, as I entered my fifth year as a published author (and my seventh year writing with the intent to publish), I understand that everything cycles back to the stories too loud to stay quietly present in my head, stories and self-help that is meant to inspire and transcend….this is why I am still here. No, I have not reached my goals. Actually, I’m not even close in some respects. But I am very proud of what I’ve accomplished and what is on the horizon!

I want to thank all of you for sticking with me. I’ve never been the popular girl, the one on the “in”, the one others looked up to.. but with this tribe of writers, I have at least found my voice, my place, my peeps.

I promise to keep the stories coming, to bring more adventure and more love. I promise to tackle the hard topics and continue to make authenticity the norm we all strive for. And I promise to lead by example and honestly approach the next four years with the same passion I’ve tried to maintain and inspire since the beginning!

HUGS, and thanks for making the dream that is my life a reality. 😀

Weekly Update


Hi everyone! The behind the scenes work on the new blog focus and look is coming along….slowly. As I am finishing up the book in preparation for it’s release later this month, my presence on the blogesphere will be somewhat scarce. I have to finish things up around here, as well as major edits that demand my attention and a quick trip out of town before Spring Break ends.

So yes, It’s busy as always around here!

Before I disappear for a while, I wanted to leave you with a couple of things:

1) I just signed the contract for my SIXTH nonfiction book, SUCCESS HABITS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, due out in 2016.

2) For those of you sick of the winter and wondering when summer will ever arrive – check out this pic shot yesterday as I took a little detour from my Dr.’s appointment:

3) I finally formalized my life and parent coaching business and am beginning to take new clients. I’ll be posting information on my website and here soon.
See you all in a few days/weeks…

 

Summer Fun – a change in pace


summer play
summer play

Summer provides the opportunity to be outdoors with sunshine, warmth, and longer days. It is a time for a change in pace, either more or less, faster or more leisurely.

I enjoy moderate temperatures and walks in nature and time to set by a stream or climb a mountain.  It is also a time to enjoy childlike play and watch the children play.

Summer is a natural time for exuberance – jumping for joy, turning in circles, dancing in the rain, running across fields, looking under rocks, or splashing in the water.

Summer is a time for the hard work that leads to new growth resulting in a fall harvest.

Summer is the time of the butterfly dance, the birds’ song, the crickets’ music, and the new borns’ frolics.

Summer continues to involve the day to day routines of working, eating and sleeping and yet oozes with plan and new discoveries.

Summer says it is ok to chase your tail in circles, step right in the middle of a puddle, or lay on your back and watch the clouds pass by.

Summer is Fun – a change of pace.

That One Time at Band Camp….


1-MP900432787For some people, thinking about summer fun triggers images of sitting quietly, absorbing warmth, watching the world go by, resting, and contemplating. For others, splashing by the water’s edge, swimming, and skipping stones.

For me, summer is a chance to go outside and explore the world. Swimming and barbecues are secondary pleasures.

Many of my best memories of summer as a kid come from travelling with my parents and the specialist camps I went to: a computer camp and a theatre camp. The more I talk to gifted adults, the more I realize this is not unusual. For kids who are not challenged sufficiently in school, the summer provides an opportunity to stretch and grow without the restrictions of curriculum. For me, summer gave me time and freedom to engage my brain fully rather than sitting in class waiting for the other kids to catch up.

Travel, whether it is to a nearby national park or a foreign country, provides a level of stimulation that staying at home is hard pressed to match. For people who crave new information, getting into a new environment is a gift.

A new environment plus the opportunity to pursue a passion with other kids who share that passion is an even better gift. A camp that is focused on specific interests is good for all kids, but especially for kids with unusual interests.

There were not a lot of kids in my high school who were as serious about theatre as I was. To spend 3 weeks putting on shows with other kids who shared my obsessions was heaven. And, during the rest of the year, letters from my camp friends alleviated the loneliness I felt at home.

Many of my adult friends had experiences that matched mine. The camp in question may have been band camp, art camp, theatre camp, or science and engineering camp, but the experiences of finding deep friendships and places they felt they belonged were similar.

I craved contact with other actors and directors. My kids crave contact with inventors and builders. Part of my job as a mom involves finding opportunities for them to connect with like-minded kids and summer camps focused on engineering play are an annual part of our lives.

My kids look forward to many things over the summer: no school, swimming, hiking, visiting grandparents, and camping. But nothing beats the anticipation with which they look forward to Camp Invention every year. Nothing.

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Kate writes about creativity and story-telling as tools for making sense of the world at www.katearmsroberts.com.

It’s June…and SUMMER!!!


Happy June everyone! This month we are all taking about summer and things to do. With the Girl Guide coming out, I though I’d focus my post on one of the themes from The Girl Guide – finding yourself and your unique voice in the world. And what better time to start on that journey than summer! Summer is a great time for renewal. The days are long, the weather, perfect, and the vibe – magical. So, as you’re taking a break from school or work, catching up with friends and family, and venturing out for a special vacation, why not add a little “inner” journey to your adventures and spend part of the summer discovering the “real” you?

Journeying inwards, like any trip, requires a map, some supplies, and an adventurous spirit. Fortunately, these things are easily acquired. A journal can become an ideal map to the inner you. Use it as you spend a little time each day reflecting on your dreams and hopes. Take stock of what you’ve accomplished so far, and plan where you’d like to go in the future. Then, once you have a good sense of your inner dreams and desires, make a plan for the future. Add new experiences, read different books, complete projects you’ve previous abandoned. In doing these things you can begin to cultivate your own authenticity.

And don’t forget to pack an adventurous spirit as you journey inwards. Embrace the you that lives within. You may be surprised the “you” you can get to know this summer.

Adult Enrichment and Creativity


We focus tremendously and appropriately on providing enrichment and stimulating creativity in children. What about us as adults?

Our soul, our intensity, our internal drive thirsts for creative expression and cultivation through enrichment.  This means times for play, pursuit of something new as a result of curiosity, delving into something that seems irrelevant because it caught our attention, getting our hands dirty, listening and daydreaming, excusing ourselves to be with children, and….

Without enrichment and creative expression we lose our ability to make leaps, experience the flow, manifest ideas, identify multiple solutions, or…  We are also grouchy, less energetic, feel lost, withdraw, or become numb.

Part of the process is giving us permission.  Knowing it is OK to have a day that nothing is planned, nothing needs to be accomplished, to have a few minutes of wistful thinking or daydreaming, to indulge yourself in puttering, or to walk beside the river, set on the grass, see pictures in the clouds.

Next what have you put off trying new or did often when younger and do not any more (‘not enough time’).   Yes make a list – your loves, your bucket list, your wishes.  You need to feed your soul with enrichment and opportunities to create.  You’ve made the list now be sure you put it on your schedule.  Do it, enjoy it, allow it, experience it – you, the child, coming out to play.

What will it be to today – doodling, making mud pies (either with dirt or luscious chocolate delicacies), exploring subatomic matter, staying up all night to see the various astronomy wonders or …?  What will bring a smile to your face, a twinkle in your eyes, relaxation to shoulders and at the same time bring you to the excitement and enthusiasm of being on edge?

Embed in your daily schedule (yes one more thing) to put that bounce into your step – enrichment and creativity.

What do you do for enrichment and creativity?  Let us know you could stimulate someone else to pursue an adventure.

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Edith meanders through various thoughts and experiences at her howtoinlife.com blog .