Technically, I have written this year, just not much. It’s been very frustrating too. I’ll open one of three files I’m working on, and the words won’t come. Why?
- Because my prescription thyroid medicine – the kind I was so excited to finally get – caused my blood pressure to shoot up into the high range. And so, in an effort to avoid medication for that, I stopped taking my Armour Thyroid at the end of August. I know it works really well for some people, but I am not one of those people. And so I’ve been more exhausted than I normally am.
- The new puppies… Much as I love them, their incessant barking at Jack and the cats in December made an already troublesome, long-term case of insomnia worse – and it hasn’t improved since. At this point, I feel fortunate to get four or five hours sleep at a time, and it’s often closer to three.
- Kindle Unlimited. While I understand Mr. Bezos has to do what’s best for Amazon, K.U. is not author-friendly. First, it means we aren’t allowed to sell books anywhere but on Amazon. And second, many authors have seen a substantial drop in sales and income – except those who churn out five and ten-thousand word novelettes. Yes, K.U. pays the same for short stories as they do for full-length novels. And as I’ve found from sad experience, pulling books out of the program makes you pretty much invisible on Amazon. So it’s the whole rock and hard place scenario. It’s hard to find motivation when you’re penalized no matter which direction you turn.
- Since I’ve shared my thyroid and gluten-free journey on this blog, I went back through old posts to find the ones where I’d written that something was helping. So I tweaked my supplements, adding back in a few I’d forgotten to take during the initial chaos of having new puppies in the house. And I’m starting to feel like a human being again.
- After my grandbaby arrives, I’ll start taking melatonin again. I hate being ‘drugged,’ but it does help me sleep better – and when I feel well-rested, it’s a lot easier to write. Why am I waiting? Because it’s an almost two hour drive to the hospital – and I refuse to drive while impaired. Until then, I’m just napping when I need to. Even if it’s twice a day instead of once, like I had been doing.
- There is nothing I can do about Kindle Unlimited, but I’m trying to not panic and put all of my books back in again. I want them available to all online bookstores, not just Amazon. I’m also working hard to get my thyroid and insomnia under control so I feel good enough to spend several hours a day writing again. Continuing to publish more books is the only way to balance everything out there.
So now you know what the problems have been – and what I’m doing to resolve them. And I’m going to go out on a limb to say the first book in my new western series will be released in June. This is a tentative prediction, not set in stone, but I’m confident I can ‘get ‘er done.’