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Sunday, July 22, 2012

12 years ago





Tonight as I type, I look back to where I was 12 years ago at this moment.  I had just married a wonderful guy, who swept me off my feet and we were dancing to our favorite band.  It makes me smile to think how far we've come in such a short time.  I was blissfully happy and knew we'd have a beautiful life together. 

However within months of our marriage, I almost lost my sweet husband.  Due to a sudden on-set of food allergies (which happens to adults sometimes), he had an anaphylactic attack, flat lined, and was non-responsive in my car.  At this time, we were unaware of the cause of his issues.  All I knew is that my new husband was no longer breathing and it was up to me to figure it out.

I remember driving wildly through and into oncoming traffic, to beat the clock and make it to the ER to save him.  I remember having flashes of a future that played before my eyes, like a film, of the family we would never have... the golden years we'd never share.  God preformed a miracle for me that day and saved my husband.  We got to the hospital with seconds to spare, before it would have been too late.

In the years that would follow, we learned what to avoid in my husband's diet to keep him from having anphylaxis.  My DH had a couple more minor attacks in the next year, to which I recognized the pre-cursers and got him to hospital in time before his airways shut off. 

Each time we went to the hospital, my anxiety rose.  It was tough seeing his body go through it and it felt like I was going to lose him all over again.  When we finally finished testing, and learned what to stay away from - I monitored every bite he took ... every breathe he drew in.  If he closed his eyes suddenly, I thought he'd passed out and I'd shake him asking, "Are you okay?"

I felt more like his monitor in many ways, and he learned to be very patient with me.  Looking back, I know it was frustrating for him having me hover over him but he let me have my worried moments, taking care of him.  He was and is a good man.  We learned for better or worse very early on in our marriage.  And my DH learned how to handle me...with care.  I was more fragile than he was.

Eventually we found our pace again...a normal one.  My anxiety fell away, and we had our strict diet in place to keep my husband on track.  A few years later we had a child (who also had severe food allergies), and learned a whole new level to what life was really about.  I remember the second he was born, looking at those big brown eyes and then hearing my husband ... he was crying.  His tears of joy and look of love for his son hit me ... This  was so much bigger than anything we'd ever known, and no one can truly can prepare you for it.  It's just something you know you're destined for once it happens. 

It was then that I reflected on those 'flashes' I experienced in the dark moments when my husband was not breathing in my car.  We had a child.  We'd made it through and now had such a bigger purpose.  It was no longer about us, but now about the three of us and our responsibility to raise a person - our child.

Now the three of us our on our family vaca in Branson...and it's our 12th wedding anniversary.  I can't believe how fast time flies and how much we've experienced in life.  I'm so grateful to God that he spared my husband's life and gave me a wonderful marriage and child.

I'm feeling very blessed tonight. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Facing Redemption to release in September

So those of you who've been asking for a while --- wait no longer!

It took me a bit longer than expected,  as I have a full time job and a family to watch over.  Whew.  It's been a bit of a journey as my former publisher left a very bad taste in my mouth, but I won't get into details here.

Let's just say I'm happy to have a new path that will give me what I need.

Facing Redemption will release September 15th, and I'll have a book launch party in OKC at Sauced.
If you're in OKC, I'd love to have you come out.   Just email me at kimberlymckayauthor@gmail.com so I can keep an accurate head count.

We'll have a drawing for a some door prizes, one being a free book with some other pretty cool items bundled in.

So, if you've wondered what ever became of Timothy and Chastity...
If you're dying to know if Chastity read John's letter...
Or if you're interested in knowing more about the rest of the story...

It's all coming soon.

Below is the premise for Facing Redemption:


What if you had done something so unimaginable in your
past that you felt you could never be forgiven?

John Mikale, a man with a checkered reputation, can’t begin to shake his
guilt for the hurt he’s caused his daughter, Chastity, and how its scarred
so many people in it’s wake.  Although an uphill battle, John diligently
strives to make up for lost time by writing Chastity letters, hoping to
bridge the gap.

John, now married and expecting another child, is haunted by cryptic
dreams, from which he awakes in terror.  Driven to become a better man,
he forces himself to face his nightmares and the reality they represent. 
Searching for decency within and hoping for a flicker of acceptance from
Chastity is the only way he knows to release his past and heal both their
wounds.  But how can he expect forgiveness when he can’t begin to forgive
himself for the hurt he’s caused?

Chastity Wayne,  finally free from her mother’s past, is ready to move on
with life. On the verge of a great relationship and about to start her
burgeoning art career, she’s sucked back into her family saga as she
breaks her personal promise to never read her father’s letters.  From the
moment the first envelope is opened, the emotional freedom she’s tried
so hard to find is slowly reclaimed word by word.

Facing Redemption is a dual storyline that follows the path of an unwanted
father and daughter’s journey, through a trail of self-awareness and final
acceptance.  It is also a continuance of the many unanswered questions from
Finding Kylie, book one in this series.


Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Vote of Confidence

Recently, I had to take little T to doctor for a follow up.  Our peds doctor has always been the best to work with.  Whenever he introduces us to fellow partners, at their practice, he always says, "This is that patient I've talked about." 

My little guy is a pistol.  And he makes an impression with most that he meets. 

On this day, our friendly doctor walked in with a medical student and proceeded to check little T out.  He then asked his medical student shadow to go through the process, which he just did, so the med student could view T's ear canals and make observations.

We wrapped it up pretty quickly.  I turned to my son and said, "What do you say?"  I assumed he knew I meant for him to respond with, "Nice to meet you."

No ... not my kid.

T:  "Ummm, yeah you made me a bit nervous."  (turning to med student)
Med student: (taken back)  "Me?  Why?" 
T:  "Cause I could tell you were shivery."
Me: "Shimmery?"  (The med student had a red shimmery tie on, and lil' T doesn't like girly clothing on men/boys)
T: "No!  Shivery!  Your hands were shaking on my ears as you checked them."
Med Student: (blushing and now turning the color of his shimmery tie)  "I'm sorry."
T:  "No it's okay.  I can tell this was your first time."  (our doctor busted out laughing)
Med Student:  "Maybe." (not sure what to say)
T:  "Look you did just fine.  All you need is a little bit of confidence and that will carry you through the rest of the day.  You'll do great.  Just have confidence in yourself!"
 

Yeah, that's my kid.  He's my little pride and joy - and I hope that med student took his advice.  If T gave him a vote of confidence, I'm sure he's got a bright future ahead of him.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bringing the Bible Back to Film ...

Have you noticed a trend lately?  I cringe in saying the word trend, as it implies this is something that will go out of style.  However, when has being a Christian ever been in style?  Even Jesus was rebuked in his own time, right?


I think it takes big ones to stand alone in a stream of secular film makers and make waves with a quality film, about ... you got it - Christianity.  We all know those films are sadly far and few between.


So I'm happy to introduce to you the BIGGEST Biblical Epic since PASSION OF THE CHRIST (which I loved by the way).  

 

Darren Aronofsky, who was the Director of BLACK SWAN, THE WRESTLER, & REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, will release the epic Biblical tale of Noah and the Ark


The premise is, "In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood."


The screenplay was written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel and revised by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan (GLADIATOR, HUGO).  And the cast looks to be stunning recipe for success.  They're listed below:

 

Noah..…………………… Russell Crowe

Naameh…………..….Jennifer Connelly

Methusaleh……………Anthony Hopkins

Ila…………..……………..Emma Watson

Ham………………………Logan Lerman

Shem……………………..Douglas Booth



I find it compelling that major Hollywood directors and networks are now turning their focus to The Bible and Christian influence - and marvel how that could impact the world we live in.


With projects, like this, I'm reminded that God's hand is still in everything, big and small. Most media outlets promote material that is so dark and twisted.  Is that what we want our kids conditioned to as they grow up?  No.  It's our jobs, as parents, to be responsible in what they view and participate in, but we can't be there all the time.  


So it's extremely refreshing to see people like Jeff Foxworthy (GSN's THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE), Steven Speilberg (MOSES), Roma Downey and husband, Mega-TV Producer Mark Burnett (10-part Bible series from the History Channel), and now, Darren Aronofsky take part in a change in the right direction.


I will go support a film that is going against the mainstream film industry to make a difference.  And I give a very enthusiastic kudos to everyone involved in this film.


(Now if only I could get my screenplay in front of them, for Finding Kylie. It's in front of a few key people in the industry though, and God will open the right doors.)


In closing, I urge you to spread the word and keep an eye out for this film.  The more positive press films, like these, get - the more note that the film industry will take.  Maybe they'll realize that we, mainstream Americans want a few more wholesome films.  And guess what?  I didn't cringe when I typed 'wholesome' ... heaven forbid we ever want anything wholesome, because that's so 1950's.  Right?  LOL.  







Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Best Husband EVER ...

So on the 6th, I joined the club.  I turned the big 4-0h.  For the weeks leading up to it, I was a bit apprehensive.  I wouldn't say I was depressed, but I was definitely dreading the big day.

Usually having a birthday around July 4th, my day has days of celebration.  From fireworks on the 4th, to multiple family functions.  So I usually get a weekend of fun.  I love love love my birthday.

I wasn't love love loving the idea of turning 40.  So my husband decided to throw me a big party, to ring in the new year in my  life.  And did he throw a party ...

I invited a lot of people, as usually most are out of town. I never thought 1/2 of them would attend.  All in all we had about 25 in attendance for a large dinner, at one of my favorite Japanese restaurants.  From there my husband rented a large party bus to pick us up and take us out on the town.

40 was my favorite birthday ever.  Not only did he plan a large celebration, but he surprised me with a road trip to Texas for the weekend for mani-pedi's with my sis and a great friend.  I am super blessed with a great guy, who takes care of the little things on an ordinary day ... and surprises me with big moments when needed.

Love my man.  Love being 40.  Love my friends and family.  ... blessed girl

Here's a crazy pic from that night, taken of 2 of my best friends from college.  It was the first time we'd been together since 1995.  Love those girls.


Sunday, July 01, 2012

Update on Sequel to Finding Kylie

So in the last 4 years I've been involved in 2 writing projects - co-writing the screenplay of Finding Kylie, and the sequel, Facing Redemption.

To keep up to date with any of my current events, it's best to check here on my FB page.


Currently, my writing partner, film producer, John Schwab, is currently casting for the hard read of Finding Kylie.  Let me explain what a hard read is so there's no confusion...

Although the script is in front of some influencial film makers, it is not sold ... yet.  A hard read is just as is sounds.  We're casting actors to read the script for our own purposes, to make sure the story does what we feel it will do - not just on paper but fleshed out with real people.

So when I say we're casting for the hard read - this will be for our purposes only.  Call it a learning curve to see if the script lives up to the potential we know it has. 

Since John lives in the UK, I will skype in for the hard read, which he will also tape.  This will be a great way to not only study different scenes, but it will be a live shot we can offer as a preview to anyone who is interested.

On a second note, the sequel to Finding Kylie is finished, back from the editor, and almost ready to release.

Tim Young, a creative and talented photographer, has joined the project to transform my vision for the covershot.  He's a gifted artist and I can't wait to see what he sends me.

Once I have my dust jacket and cover completed, I'll be releasing 'Facing Redemption' this summer.

To give you guys a preview of what book 2 holds - here is the synopsis:

What if you had done something so unimaginable in your past that you felt you could never be forgiven?

John Mikale, a man with a checkered reputation, can’t begin to shake his
guilt for the hurt he’s caused his daughter, Chastity, and how its scarred
so many people in it’s wake.  Although an uphill battle, John diligently
strives to make up for lost time by writing Chastity letters, hoping to
bridge the gap.

John, now married and expecting another child, is haunted by cryptic
dreams, from which he awakes in terror.  Driven to become a better man,
he forces himself to face his nightmares and the reality they represent. 
Searching for decency within and hoping for a flicker of acceptance from
Chastity is the only way he knows to release his past and heal both their
wounds.  But how can he expect forgiveness when he can’t begin to forgive
himself for the hurt he’s caused?

Chastity Wayne,  finally free from her mother’s past, is ready to move on
with life. On the verge of a great relationship and about to start her
burgeoning art career, she’s sucked back into her family saga as she
breaks her personal promise to never read her father’s letters.  From the
moment the first envelope is opened, the emotional freedom she’s tried
so hard to find is slowly reclaimed word by word.

Facing Redemption is a dual storyline that follows the path of an unwanted
father and daughter’s journey, through a trail of self-awareness and final
acceptance.  It is also a continuance of the many unanswered questions from
Finding Kylie, book one in this series.


I'll let you know as soon as it's available.  Have a great week!