Welcome!

Welcome!

Welcome to my happy little corner of the Internet also known as the Maya Speight Command center. I wanted a place where I could put all of my social media content in one convenient location, so I shifted some things around and created the site where you’ve now found yourself.

Let me show you around…

Above the Maya Speight Header (pictured below), you’ll find the menu.

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Home takes you, of course, home, meaning the main page.

About Me is a little more interesting. Click on it and you’ll find out more about me and this corner of the internet. Hover over it and you’ll see a dropdown menu which will take you to my BookTube Channel and Goodreads Profile.

Contact should be self-explanatory, but in case it isn’t, click Contact for how to get in contact with me should you want to say hi, are interested in partnering on a project, etc.

To the right of the blog post feed in the right sidebar (see picture), you’ll find all my social media.

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At the very top is me and a short blurb of who I am. If you’re here, you probably already know who I am, but if not, Hi! I’m Maya.

Next (2nd from the top) is facebook. Honestly, I’m not on there that much, but I do have followers who use only facebook so I like to keep that avenue open for them.

Third from the top is the twitter feed which consists entirely of the fun stuff I found on the internet that I’ve retweeted.

Lastly is instagram. You’ll see me most there, generally once a day, sometimes a few times a week. That feed consists of pictures of books, food and my face (not necessarily in that order.)

If you’d rather cut out the middle man and just follow me on the social media site itself, my links are below. (just click the icon and you’ll be redirected to my page on the site.)

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Thanks for visiting!

❤ Maya

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Oops! No Storytime with My this week

Oops! No Storytime with My this week

You may have noticed the lack of “Storytime with My” this week. And last week, too, but we won’t talk about that because I actually have a good reason this week. Instead of reading the short story I write live during the hangout, I want to try memorizing and recording it as its own video. The main reason I want to try is because as you saw in the last hangout, the connection goes in and out, so you all couldn’t hear a couple of lines of the story. I also don’t want to have to check every few minutes during the show to make sure the connection hasn’t gone bad, so I feel that this is a great alternative. On March 6th, I will have a new “Storytime with My” for you all and I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything, but I think it’s going to be a phenomenal performance, so get ready.

In the mean time and to make up for missing yet another week, I’m going to share my book outlet haul. If you follow me on Instagram @luv2rite1922, you would have already seen this before.

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From the top: Blue Notes by Carrie Lofty; Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill;  Wild Bill Donovan: the Spymaster who created the OSS and Modern American Espionage by Douglas Waller; Stella by Helen Eve.

As you can see, my reading tastes are a little all over the place. I think I either want to read Meant to Be or Stella first. I’m not sure, but you all will be the first to know.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

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P.S. While you’re waiting for next week’s Storytime with My, you can check out my book, click here for the paperback and here for the ebook.

P.P.S If you haven’t noticed already, I’m doing this thing where I sneak in a shameless promotion of my book every so often. Feel free to ignore if it gets annoying, but know, somebody has to do it if I want to be recognized as an author. I promise not to do it all the time or I’d even annoy myself. Alright. Just thought I’d let you know. See you next time, rule-breakers!

 

“Storytime with My” Page 4 w/ finished response

“Storytime with My” Page 4 w/ finished response

Welcome to “Storytime with My” Page 4. The only big change this week was that I took out the break for you all to write during the show. The break felt weird and the music was even more weird so I took it out. Hopefully, this allows the show to flow a little better. Let me know if it does…

Now first the live stream…

And now an outline of what I talked about…

First, as always, we had a little chat. I hope everyone’s day is going well and you are meeting your writing goals.

  • Main points:
    • my website is live! Check it out at larasean.wix.com/author
    • I discovered Bookoutlet.com. OMG, this website is amazing. Books for read-iculosly low prices (their words, not mine). I ordered 4 books for 20 dollars and that included shipping and some of the books were hardcover. This website is amazing. You have to check it out.
    • I introduced “M<3: Book recommendations.” As you know I love to read and this year, I’m trying to read more. I like to talk about books, too, but I usually have no one to tell about the books I especially enjoyed. That is, until now. Hopefully, every Tuesday, I’ll have a book recommendation for you all. Either a book from the past that I especially liked or a book that I just finished. I’m super excited to be able to tell you all about my most favorite books.

Okay, now it’s time for the prompt:

Incorporate this quote into a short story or scene. Use it as the first sentence, last sentence or somewhere in the middle. The sentence in its entirety has to be somewhere.

“If my future were black, it was better surely to face it like a man than to attempt to brighten it by mere will-o’-the-wisps of the imagination.”  -pg 108 (The Complete Sherlock Holmes Volume I)

And now for my response:

“If my future were black, it was better surely to face it like a man than to attempt to brighten it by mere will-o’-the- wisps of the imagination,” Fawn said sadly. His head dropped and he averted his eyes. He couldn’t bear to look at her.

Lisia breathed. Tears flowed slowly down her cheeks , but she stayed strong. “If you were a man,” she said. “You wouldn’t let me go.”

“You don’t understand…” he began.

“No, I understand,” she said, interrupting him. “You’re afraid of loving me because of your curse. Your stupid curse.”She spit out the words angrily.

“It’s not some stupid curse,” he told her. “Who knows what will happen to me because of it …or you. I can’t let anything happen to you.”

“I don’t…” she tried. “I know you’re scared. That’s all the more reason to have me with you.”

“And if you get hurt?” he asked her. “I’d never be able to forgive myself. You need to go,” he said  sternly.

“I’m not going anywhere,” she said softly.

“You need to go,” he said and he tried to push her as gently as he could out the door.

“I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!!” she screamed and she burst into a bright blue and iridescent figure. Her skin became translucent and her body began to glow.

Fawn jumped back from her, afraid. This was the moment that his powers would’ve awakened. He would’ve killed her instantly, but that didn’t happen. Nothing did.

“What are you?” he asked looking at her astonished.

“Did it ever occur to you that your mere will-o’-the-wisps of the imagination were powerful than you could ever imagine? That they could help you.”

It didn’t make sense. “My powers,” he said. “What’s happened?”

“Fawn, I am the last chance you have at beating this curse and I am NOT going anywhere!”

If you would like to listen to me read it, fast forward to the 11 minute and 12 second mark. (It’s a little choppy because of the G+ on Air internet connection, but you get the idea.) Also, expect a bookoutlet haul very soon, I’ll probably post it on my instagram @luv2rite1922.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

My

P.S. If you have any writing prompts you would like me to try out, please let me know in the comment section below.

P.P.S. I wrote a book! It’s called Last Look Back (of course you already knew that). If you want to purchase it, click here for the paperback and here for the ebook. Thanks in advance for your support.

Book Release Countdown: 9 Days Left

Book Release Countdown: 9 Days Left

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It’s getting real!!! Today, my friend instagrammed and texted me telling me that she received her copy of my book. I will take a moment to say how proud I am of the United States Postal Services. That was quick. It took only two days to get to its destination. I will also take this moment to say OMG!!! I am so excited!! Someone in the world has my book. OMG! OMG! OMG! OK, My, breathe.

I also received the license that allows me to collect sales tax on my book. Taxes, Ughh I know, but it makes me feel so official. Like this isn’t just a dream coming true, this is a real business.

It’s Nano2014 and I have at this exact second, 8,939 words. I’m writing a lot differently than I have in the past. The story I am writing is in third person and has a lot more description which is something that I have been trying to get better at. I’m having a blast writing and I think I’ll actually meet the 50,000 word goal (here’s hoping I didn’t just jinx myself.)

I think I’ve got the release  party all planned. I just need to do a little fine-tuning and I need to come up with a big surprise for a finale. Fingers crossed everything comes together.

Another day finished and another day closer to the best book you may ever read this year.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

My

P.S. Click here to order the paperback from lulu.com. If you hurry, you might get it by the 14th.

And here’s the link to the ebook here on amazon.com, you can pre-order it now, but it won’t be available until the 14th.

 

MyCam Update Week 1

MyCam Update Week 1

I share a lot in this update video, so I figure it’s only right to summarize.

  1.  I’ve got a new office.
  2.  Formatting of the ebook was harder than expected, but I got it done, thankfully.
  3.  Free ISBN freak-out. I was on lulu.com completing the process for uploading the book and got to the step where I was given my free ISBN. It really hit me then that this is actually happening and my dream is coming to fruition.
  4.  “Choose the Cover” where everyone will get the chance to vote on the cover that I will use for my book is still open. The poll can be found here: https://mayasp8.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/choose-the-cover/
    Voting closes October 9, 2014.
  5.  Be following on instagram @luv2rite1922 to be the first person to see the cover. Cover Reveal October 10, 2014.
  6. The prices for the book are as follows: Paperback- $9.99; Ebook: $2.99. All sales are final and there will not be any refunds unless there is an extenuating circumstance which will need to be discussed with me before a refund is awarded.
  7.  There are 42 days left until November 14th and Last Look Back’s official release.
  8.  Should there be a pre-order? Let me know if you would like to order the book early.The book is ready, I just don’t know if I am, eek! I’ll have to work on it and you’ll know by the end of the weekend what I decide.
    There will be incentives for pre-order. Watch until the end of the video to find out. Psst, the incentives are at 10:48, if you just want to fast forward. I completely understand.
    Woo! That was a lot. As always, thank you all for watching. And thank you for your support, I love you guys.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,
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This is Actually Happening

This is Actually Happening

Yesterday, I was looking at the cover design my sister created for Last Look Back. (She’s awesome by the way, check out her blog thejunoesque.com for more of her designs.) I’m looking at the cover and I’m like this is actually happening. In less than two months, I am releasing my first book. THIS IS HAPPENING!!! I always like to update you all with my feelings especially with my writing journey and the book coming out very soon. With these posts, I try to find a picture that fully encompasses my current feelings, but I just couldn’t find one that said everything that I was going through. So, today we’re going to shake things up a little and I’m going to tell you all how I’m currently feeling through the use of gifs. If you happen to not know what gifs are, they’re moving pictures and they will show you the exact range of emotions that come with a Book Launch.

And now…

I look at the calendar and see that November 14th will be here very quickly.

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I hide waiting for the reactions.

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If they like it…

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If they hate it…

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Or…

angry

 

Or…

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But, it’s okay. Just Breathe. I did it.

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This one’s over…

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Crazy as it sounds, but I’ll probably do it again.

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Because writing novels is the best because I get to share my work with you.

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The End.

 

That’s my story. I hope you like it. Now, it’s announcements time:

September 22, 2014: “Choose the Cover” – I’m torn about which is the best Cover Design for the Last Look Back Cover, so I’m going to have you all vote which is the better cover. I won’t tell you which one I like the best until after voting. Voting ends October 9, 2014.

October 10, 2014: “Cover Reveal” – On my instagram @luv2rite1922, I will be revealing which design I’m picking. Be following me, to be one of the first to find out which cover it will be.

And finally…

From October 1, 2014 until the Book Launch, I will be doing a Promo Storm. What’s a Promo Storm, you may ask? It’s my version of creating buzz for my new book. For 40+ days, I will be posting about all things Last Look Back. I’ll be giving you all a behind the scenes look into a lot of the writing choices I’ve made and interesting things that have happened on  my writing journey. By November 14, you will know a lot more about Last Look Back than you probably would ever want to know. You’re welcome.

So, those are my announcements and gif story. I hope you all are getting excited. I can’t believe this is actually happening. 🙂

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

My

 

Call Me My Wednesday: “Life in the Moment”

Call Me My Wednesday: “Life in the Moment”

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The social media age has messed up all up. We’re so concerned about tweeting, taking pictures on Instagram and choosing the right filter, and posting on facebook that we forget about living in the moment. It’s insane to be sitting in a group of people and everyone is on their phone.  It’s alright to want to remember something for later, but it really just looks like you want others to know what “fun” things you’re doing. I wish we’d go back to the days when we talked to each other. When we didn’t care about the number of followers we had and how many likes our photos got. I wish I knew what happened to all of us. I’m not excluding myself. I am getting better though. Not everyone needs to know what I’m doing. I also know that time is precious and that I won’t get that moment that I was tweeting instead living again. I appreciate the time that I have and I’d rather not waste it. I’d love it if we’d all just put our phones down and talk to our friends. Ask them about themselves and what they want to do with their lives. Do you know what your friend’s favorite color is? Do you know what your parents wanted to be when they grew up? Go ask them and pay attention to what they have to say. Don’t worry about what your next social media update should be and just live. You may be surprised by what  you learn. I know I was when I started talking to my parents about themselves. It was great getting to really know my parents and some of the things that they did. You never really know a person until you sit down face to face and talk with them.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

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