Oh The Holidays…

Christmas is almost here and I haven’t started shopping yet. Typically, I’m on top of my game but not this year. Writing has been put off to the side but I try to squeeze it in. Although, I feel like it’s not going anywhere right now.

It’s hard to get on the roller coaster of writing everyday. Even getting a thousand words seems like a dire chore that I’d rather set aside. Instead, I’ve been editing and going over some new stories in the works. There’s a novella I’d like to submit to a publisher and another novel I’m about half way finished with.

Aside from my writing world, we’re finally getting settled in the house and put up a Christmas tree! My future in laws didn’t want their big tree anymore, so I gladly took it. The holiday season is hectic and stressful, but I do like the beauty from the lights.

This year has had it’s challenges, but a lot of good has come from it. I’m very happy to be in my own place starting new memories. I hope to make many more.

I hope everyone is having a good holiday season! I better start my shopping now. 🙂

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Diving In

This week I self published my first book. This  was not something I took lightly and took me years to come to this. I finally came to a point I either needed to dive in or swim away. Even after my book was edited and the cover was made, I sat on this project for a few months.

I’ve tried going the traditional route to get published, and I still will. I have enough rejections to fill my bedroom to the ceiling. Don’t get me wrong, rejection sucks but it’s part of the process. I have gotten some feedback on my rejections which is helpful. It’s better than getting no response at all. Taking criticism is part of becoming a better writer.

I went into this journey as a learning one, and I hope to grow from it. Self publishing is not easy. There are very few that become an overnight success, and I’ve gone into this knowing I will get nothing back in return. I’ve had fun and am viewing it as working towards a goal.

It is nice to have a finished work under my belt. I have a few other projects I’m working on and hope to submit to some publishers soon. Is anyone else going through the same process? Tell me your experience with self publishing or going the traditional route.

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My NEW Writing Space

So much has changed the last few months, including buying my first house. Along with other excitement with owning a home, I finally have an office. I’ve never had a desk and most of my material has been written at a breakfast bar. Wow, things have changed.

There’s not much to it yet, just a desk and a chair. I hope to add a small bookshelf or some artwork. I really want to make this space mine.

I also hope this will enhance my writing and lead to less distractions. Writing in the kitchen was difficult, because I couldn’t tune out everything else I had to do. Once I’m in my office, I focus and get down to business.

I know my posts have been lacking lately. Since I’m finally settled I hope to add more content. Thanks for all the support! It doesn’t go unnoticed and it means a lot.

Let me know what’s in your office and helps you achieve your goals. If you have any decorating tips, let me know because I’m an oaf when it comes to that.

 

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New desk! Cat not included

Ready for Fall

Everywhere I look on social media are postings about fall. I’m sure ready for it. Plus right now we really need the rain in Washington. I’ve never been a fan of the heat and prefer the dreary days. Proof I’m a Washingtonian.

There is a lot I’d like to achieve in the next few months. I’m working on a novella that I plan to submit to a few publishers. It’s different and sort of out of my comfort zone, but I’m trying to expand as a writer. I wrote a different novel where I completed a rough draft but want to give it time to cool off.

I hope to get my manuscript back from my editor and see what the next step is. I’m guessing more rewrites and self editing. It’s a long process and harder than I thought.

Writing is my outlet for stress right now, every time I read the news there is something terrible going on. I can’t control the world, but I can control my stories. I’m just going to keep on writing.

On a side note, I really hope to get out of the house this weekend. I’m thinking a hike sounds refreshing right now.

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Writing Diary – July

For the first time in months, it’s been good in my writing life. I also finished a rough draft for a book that takes place in New Orleans. I started it before my trip there, but purposely held off because I knew I’d have more material when I got home. Researching a place and seeing it are two different things. I was able to add small details in the book I wouldn’t have known unless I visited. Especially when it comes to the food. 🙂

It’s a romance novel, which is something new to me. I don’t want to be stuck with one genre because I enjoy them all. There’s several new books I’m reading and may do another Books I’m Reading post soon.

I’m staying positive and know the process doesn’t happen overnight. I can only focus on my journey and improve my craft.

Hope everyone else is having a good month! Let me know what projects you’re working on. writer

Life Changes

It’s crazy how many things happen within a few months. I haven’t posted in quite a while and that’s because there’s been changes in my life.

In April, I left to New Orleans on vacation and came back engaged! It was a surprise and the past few months have been very busy with wedding planning and work. I now have a few of the important planning details taken care of, so I feel like there is a resting period. I’ve always been told planning a wedding takes a lot of time but never realized it until now.

Aside from that, there has been some writer’s block, which I have been trying to get over and finding motivation to write. I have a lot of material but am not sure what to do with it at this point.

All other excused aside, tonight I will sit down, butt in chair and write for the first time in months. Wish me luck!

 

Oh The Holidays

The holidays are here and bring lots of distractions and setbacks. It’s the time of year when things we want to accomplish are pushed away to make time for family gatherings or working more hours. Maybe you’re doing last minute shopping and fighting through crazy shopping malls. Finding time to write is often pushed aside.

This is happening to me.

I try to remember one thing; a small accomplishment is still an achievement. Even if I can only edit one page a day or write two paragraphs, it’s still something to get me further along. Doing something is better than doing nothing.

The last few days I haven’t done much writing at all, not even reading. I don’t plan on writing much the rest of this week. I want to enjoy the rest of the holiday season. I still need to watch Edward Scissorhands and Die Hard. Yes, I consider Die Hard a Christmas movie.

The truth is, there are always setbacks when it comes to writing. Life always has some hiccup to get in the way of reaching our goals. As much as I despise work, it’s what pays the bills and allows me to write. Without income, I can’t pay the power or Internet bill.

For the next week, I’m going to give myself a break. I know this weekend I’ll be enjoying a few drinks and stuffing my face with cookies. Mmm, cookies. Anyone else feel the same?

I hope everyone is having a nice holiday season. Although, I can’t wait for it to be over!

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