So… What’s Been Up?

brothers.JPGThis 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. 🙂


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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10 Responses to So… What’s Been Up?

  1. mary beth bass says:

    Wow, what a great post.
    Sometimes it’s all about re-remembering what works. I’ve had a similar year with serious economic and family issues (that got worse before they got better, or just got worse), and waiting on book news. Recently it occurred to me that I still was writing anyway, because I wanted to, no matter what happened. And that revelation freed me up again.
    I hope your books sell spectacularly and everything else works out.
    Your daughter’s photo is lovely.

  2. relliott4 says:

    Things keep getting worse for us and I’m not sure when something will break loose. But then, maybe it’s just our way of dealing with the problems. I do hope for the books to sell spectacularly, but I share that hope with so, so many. And, I hope for them, too. That includes you. 🙂

  3. Good luck with everything. I know it’s gonna happen for you soon.

  4. relliott4 says:

    Thanks. I must say I’ve enjoyed all the kiddo pictures from you over the last year or so. 🙂

  5. relliott4 says:

    My first baby is 18. I sometimes miss those days. Don’t miss the lack of sleep, though. 🙂

    I’ll have to find you on Facebook. I’m Facebook challenged.

  6. Sharon Dodd says:

    I agree with your DH that things happen for a reason. Hang in there. I also believe that it’s not so much what circumstances we find ourselves in, but how we handle what comes our way. Keep your hearts open to each other and your kiddos and you will all persevere.
    Love always,

  7. Sunny Lyn says:

    Have just had you on my mind – well…not “just”…it’s been some time. Have had the flu, been gone, you name it. Haven’t even posted on my own blog most weeks – lol. Had to pop in and say hello, thinking of you, love you, miss you, HANG IN THERE, and never ever ever give up. I know you wouldn’t, but just thought I’d say that. Needed to vent at somebody, and you were it. *ggg*

    Your series all sound wonderful, by the way. Oh, and I nearly had passed out – she’s 18?!?!?!?! *thud* I remember so many things about that LITTLE GIRL myself. She is a fantastic photographer, Rinda.

    Okay, back to my own cave. Deadlines. Ugh. Holler if you need anything.

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