Samara O'Shea

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The Dumbest Thing I Ever Heard…Is True

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

I had a chance to write a guest blog (with the above-mentioned title) for a fantastic site that covers all things indie book publishing related called IndieBookWeek.com. Stop by if you have a moment.

101 Tips to Improve Your Relationship

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

I contributed twelve tips to this almighty list. Any guesses as to which ones? Two are obvious. Hint: My twelve are not necessarily beside each other. They are scattered about.

Australian Debut

Friday, June 28th, 2013

A month ago I received an e-mail with “Media Request” as the subject. I assumed it was for letter writing—a subject matter that I still get occasional requests for and am still happy to wax poetic about. To my surprise, however, the reporter—writing for The Sydney Morning Herald—had gotten word of my next project. The Internet never ceases to amaze me. The article posted on Wednesday: How to Survive Unrequited Love.

Finished

Monday, June 10th, 2013

At 4:01 p.m. today I turned in my third book. 70,265 words. Whew. I turned it in a few weeks later than originally agreed upon. This was due to school distractions and also consistently finding I had much to say about topic. I still have more to say. I had to scale back some of the sections. I can look at unrequited love from many different angles–sociological, literary, psychological, and personal.

The new book’s Goodreads page has been posted–the cover you see is not the final cover. I was shown the new cover last week and I’m beyond excited. It’s gorgeous! I look forward to sharing.

My second semester of grad school ended on May 4th. I got two A’s this time–none of that A minus nonsense from last semester.

Last week reader Hope sent me an encouraging article about teens who enjoy letter writing. I was happy to hear from her. The timing felt right. It’s time for me to re-join the world–the blogging world and the real world.

It’s been an intense few months. I am at once grateful for the experience and glad the season is changing…Now onto the editing portion of the program.

This Time Next Year…

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

…I’ll have a new book out.

Last fall I had planned to write a summary of the book ideas I’ve had over the years as a way to officially put them on the back burner whilst in grad school. Well, unexpectedly and extraordinarily one of the proposals came through at the end of 2012.

The book is called Loves Me…Not: How to Survive (and Thrive!) in the Face of Unrequited Love and it is scheduled to be published in February 2014. Although the theme is different, this book will be similar to my other two in that it will include a mix of personal stories, history, pop culture, literature, and, of course, advice. If ever there was a subject matter that invites itself into all forms of creative expression it’s unrequited love. I’m going to tell the real story of The Little Mermaid (spoiler alert: very sad ending).

The manuscript is due soon, so I won’t be back to blogging until late spring. Over the next few months, I am going to work full time, take two classes (6 credits), and write a book. I’m not sure how I get myself into these things. I’m not complaining! These are good problems to have. I’m just amused that it’s all happening at once… I guess there is no other way.

To the Best of Our Knowledge

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

I was fortunate to participate in a series of interviews on handwriting, graffiti, and letter writing for a radio show called To the Best of Our Knowledge. Stop by if you have time. It’s a great line up!

What’s Does 2013 Have in Store?

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday. Mine was both festive and relaxing.

My first semester was fantastic. I loved the professors and the material. The classes I took were Human Behavior and Social Environment (got an A) and Social Welfare Policy (A-). My Human Behavior class required me to do my two favorites things: write and analyze people. In total, I wrote eight papers and gave three power point presentations. It was insightful and exhausting. Now I am enjoying the downtime before it starts again later this month.

In other news. . .sometime in November an unexpected opportunity presented itself. It looks like I might (might!) have a book to write in 2013. Once details are finalized I will share—ideally by the end of the month. Hope your year is off to an inspiring start.