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Always Ametra

The Curse of the Family Business

The subject of being my own boss seems to be ongoing. First, I spoke of my early entrepreneurial leanings, then I moved on to discuss an attempt to set the foundation for working for myself and how that transpired. Now, I’d like to provide a direct example of not only a fairly-recent work-related incident that solidified my desire to be self-employed but also the types of people who should never go into business for themselves.…

Background Noise

Fun fact about Me: I briefly studied Massage Therapy in 2010.  I was enrolled in the Associate’s Degree program with plans to obtain a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology. In short, Kinesiology is the study of movement. As a massage therapist, I hoped to learn what I could about how to help treat or alleviate symptoms of injuries after they took place.  Studying Kinesiology also taught me how those kinds of injuries might be prevented.  Though I…

Co-Writing; or, Cohabitating a Literary Mind

I was recently asked whether I’d ever consider collaborating with another author. I’ve had to give it some serious thought and, to be honest, I’m still thinking about it because of previous experiences. One, in particular, still stands out though many years have gone by. Sometime in either 2004 or 2005, what had been an extremely close ten-year friendship came to an abrupt, unresolved, and unsettling close.  Peter (not his real name) was my best…

Somewhat Sordid Beginnings

When I was sixteen years old, there was a convenience store around the corner from my house that I went to almost every day for treats and snacks to share with my baby sister.  The manager of the store liked us and offered the opportunity for me to work there for a couple of hours a day after school if I wanted to. Of course, I did!  It was an adorable store, I knew the…

Gratitude

I’m going to approach this post a little differently.  Let’s do this in list format, okay? I am grateful for my health – both mental and physical.  Despite the after effects of hypothyroidism requiring surgery, osteoarthritis of the spine with other complications, and costochondritis, I am still among the healthiest when compared with friends and loved ones.  I’m not as crazy as some of them, either.  Tee hee! I am grateful for my family and…

Stellar 2018

As we approach the end of 2018 and get ready to ring in the New Year, I’d like to start by saying thank you to those who have been my backbone and lifeline before, during, and after I became a published author. I have been SO busy (as evidenced by my hiatus) and things are well underway for my next TWO novels to be published. More on that soon, though. For now, let’s get caught…

More to Come!

One year ago, Always Ametra was launched. I realized that it was time to write in my own voice and under my own name, and though I wasn’t sure how long of a journey this would be, I still wanted to follow through. Since then, SO many wonderful things have happened. I’ll share them all as the time comes, but I’m glad to focus on a couple of them for now. My debut novel, Duality, is…

Character Profiles

I’ve decided to do something new and fun. Because I had so much fun crafting the book trailer for Duality, I decided to take it a step further with the creation of character profile videos. These will be spoiler-free in that, while giving a bit of insight into the character, will not give away any of the plot. I’m also only going to do two of them – maybe three. I hope you’ll enjoy them.

Duality

She crouched, shivering as she forced her body deep inside the crowded closet. Wiping the tears from her cheeks, she couldn’t help shuddering as her fingertips grazed the clots of blood and flesh that she’d been sprayed with. Gritting her teeth, she fought to maintain control though she felt the bile rising as her stomach churned. An ear-splitting scream mingled with the guttural gurgles that resembled mirthful cackling. She heard panting and the indelicate, wet…

NaNoWriMo

Friends, I have a dilemma. As some of you may know, NaNoWriMo is coming up. That stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it takes place every November. I have never participated before and I am seriously considering doing so now. In case you aren’t familiar with the rules, they are: Writing starts at 12:00 a.m. on November 1 and ends 11:59:59 p.m. on November 30, local time. No one is allowed to start early and…