This picture was taken by my daughter. She’s incredibly talented.
So, I’ve been a little skimpy on the posts here. Sometimes, life throws you a few curve balls and in the last couple of years, my family has been hit with more than a fair amount. In between hunting for the right job, waiting on book news and fighting the economy woes, it’s been all I can do to write. So, I put most of my writing time into a book instead of the blog. I’m very proud of this new book–have a feeling it’s pretty good.
My agent said I knocked it out of the park, so I’m thinking I have the right cheerleader on my side for this one.
I haven’t talked about the basics of the new trilogy here much because I’m a little wary of sharing too much information before the book is purchased–and yes, I’m taking the positive thinking route and believing someone will love these stories as much as I do.
I’d like nothing more than to immerse myself in the writing of both my series, but my family also needs financial support, so I’ve been searching for the right job. It would be nice to support my family with my writing, but I wouldn’t mind finding something that uses my particular skills. Skills I’ve built marketing myself as a writer, writing skills, of course. But I may also be moving and downsizing and well, there’s a lot going on here. Lots of tough, private family stuff. Recently, I came close on a job I think I would have enjoyed quite a bit, but it didn’t happen. (My husband believes things happen for a reason, so we’ll see if his theory stands up here. <g>)
As a writer, I’ve always paid extra attention to humans and the problems they face. I’ve always found singular reactions to situations and difficulties fascinating and lately, instead of putting those observations down on paper, I’ve been sort of numbing my mind. Or locking it up, you could say. Watching a lot of the new fall TV shows, rewatching some old favorites like Firefly and Buffy.
Earlier today, I felt something click. I’m happiest when I’m writing. Even if it’s the only stolen moment of the day I can find–usually late at night when my family is asleep. I can accomplish a lot when I’m in the zone. I wrote an entire book once just at night- 2k a night until it was done.
So, I’m reestablishing my normal self-discipline–the will that had me writing all day every day until that last book was done, despite the difficulty my family was facing. I believe I do have this one thing I’m pretty good at and I do have a few people who agree. My critique partner, Rachel Vincent. My agent, Miriam Kriss. My good friends CJ, Sarah, Carol, Kathy and Lou. OKRWA members and my family. The Deadline Dames, of course.
I have a lot of support and lately, these wonderful people have been calling and showing up out of the blue to show they care. I’m a pretty lucky lady, to tell you the truth. 🙂