I started the month out with some lofty goals, and I honestly intended to work hard at meeting them. But two things got in the way. First, the writer’s block I’ve been battling for the past couple of years reared its ugly head again. And second, there’s been some nail-biting things going on behind the scenes for many authors lately.
As I mentioned last week, I’ve spent a good portion of the month updating files and getting about half of my books into other online bookstores. Google was the final frontier for me and now they’re up there too. You can find them here.
I’ve been getting better sleep thanks to the Trim Healy Mama diet (affiliate link), when I’m not having to get up early for various appointments for my daughter and Aria. It was crazy this week and I’m hoping things slow down a bit for the next few weeks. I’m also hoping to kick the lingering burnout and writer’s block to the curb – once and for all.
I may wind up taking a page out of fellow author, Ruth Ann Nordin‘s book. She realized writing had become a chore because she was trying to ‘write to market,’ and putting stories out on an insane publishing schedule. Sometimes, that can work. Other times, it sucks all of the joy of creating stories out of an author. That’s where I’m at right now. Trying to find the joy again.
Throw in life and the fact that I chose to spend most of my time enjoying Aria the past couple of years (because time just passes way too fast with babies and toddlers). I’m not even going to mention the fact that my kids seem to think all I have to do is sit down at the computer and start typing and boom! The story writes itself.
So anyway, I’m going through everything I’ve got partially written, along with the list of stuff I want to write, and I’m going to see what resonates deep down in my writer’s heart. The things that feel like a chore right now will be going on a back burner. Once my brain is back in writer mode, I’ll revisit them. Until then, I’ll only be focusing on stories that get my pulse racing and my mind going in a million directions with one idea after another.
A quick update on the diet? Well… I turned twenty-nine again on Tuesday so things have been kind of hit and miss. Birthday weeks only roll around once a year and when the new Avengers movie is coming out five days later – and you know you’re going to be enjoying a bag of popcorn and some Raisinets, and (while you’re at it) you might as well make a pan of lasagna with noodles between now and then, there isn’t much point in fighting it. Right?
I’m still loving the plan though. It’s not hard to stick to. But there’s no hot fudge ice cream cake on it. And popcorn is just an occasional treat. And, well, I’m just not going to the theater without getting popcorn.
Yeah. Sometimes I’m worse than a toddler. 😀
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