This week has been demanding, and it had little to do with writing. I started a new job, one that is probably my biggest challenge. It will inherently alter my writing world.
In my lifetime, I’ve worn many hats. I’ve been a librarian, worked for an answering service, a locksmith, a horse trainer, and a receptionist in a law firm, to name a few. Now, I’m a unit secretary/monitor tech for a local hospital. My first two days on the floor had me wondering if I’d made the right choice. Twelve-hour shifts in a fast-paced environ was new to me. The daily work load is incredible. I now have a new respect for the men and women who work in hospitals. CNA’s to unit secretaries to nurses, and everyone in between, work together to care for the patients. These people are selfless, and practically tireless. I hope, one day, to measure up to their standards.
I quickly realized that after twelve hours, there was no energy left in me to work on my WIP’s. Thankfully, my shifts are set up with enough time off to devote to writing. Book signings will now have to either fall on a scheduled day off, or I’ll have to bow out. It’s a sacrifice, but sometimes you just have to prioritize.
Good news is I now have four finished covers for books waiting in the wings. Two of these books will be released soon. The other two need to be finished. I’m close to wrapping up one, then I’ll be devoting all my time on the other one. After that, I’ll be free to finish up book four of my Kindred series.
I’ve set goals and mentally stretched myself to reach them. I’m close. It’s a good feeling.
Until next week,
Wow! Two years and two days ago I sent my baby, Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams, out into the world to make its debut. Two years and two days ago I became a published author. It seems surreal at times, until I meet those readers and bloggers who have read my story and want more, until I read the reviews from people I may or may never meet.
Have you read Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams? Here is what some of the reviews had to say about it:
Exciting new story!
on December 8, 2015
3 3/4 Stars! Great start to a new series!
Very promising beginning to a new series! This is a story where the Fae Queen is missing but is found in the human realm. She is no longer in fae form but reincarnated as a human.
Beyond the veil
on September 1, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
An entertaining and sexy start of a new fantasy series. I enjoyed the tension and romance between the characters. I’m a huge fan of fan so I was excited to read a new story about them.
Fantastic Fantasy Debut
on February 1, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Fantastic Fantasy Debut!! If I could just write that I would, but should elaborate, YES!If you are ready for a sensual journey through Jolanthe Aleksander riviting tale of love lost with a sudden twist of drama and betrayal this is the book for you!
Are you ready to give it a read? Just click on the link below the picture.
Until next week…Happy Reading!
I sit here, way too early in the morning, sipping at my first cup of coffee, and rewriting this blog. I was already done with it, but when I woke to thunder and pouring rain, I knew it was going to have to be updated and revised. This was supposed to be a fun weekend. I was attending a book signing at my local library. I’d been looking forward to it because I’d had so much fun at the one last year. Unfortunately, it was canceled. To be rescheduled later, of course. But still. It seems Hurricane Nate has decided to be a bother, and mess up everyone’s weekend plans.
So, now we’re all scurrying around for last minute supplies, and clearing our yards of anything that could become lethal or lost when the winds hit. My daughter and son-in-law have been up all night, and are still at it. Our back yard is well used; filled with potted plants, patio furniture, grills, and odd pieces of lumber for all of their craft projects. It’s a LOT of loose stuff. And a LOT of work to pick up and store, only to drag out again in a couple of days. It’s been a while since we’ve had to deal with a hurricane. Such is life along a coastline. You learn to deal with what comes your way.
For me, I’m hoping to get some writing in. All my electronics are charged, so if the power goes out, I can switch to my laptop. If worse comes to worse, I have notebooks and pen. There’s nothing stopping me from putting words to the page, other than me.
I did manage to finish one of my short stories. Two more to go, and Sully and Larke will be closer to a done deal. I’ve got another book in the works that’s geared to be submitted for a boxed set. Before I get my publisher’s approval however, I need to finish it. I’ve got work to do. There’s a wasted regret that I didn’t get more writing done while I’ve been sitting idle for the last five months. Unfortunately, unemployment isn’t a good mindset for creativity. It is what it is. I’m slowly getting more words to the page.
Till next week,
This week has been a whirlwind of activity. It started with cataract surgery on Tuesday morning. The surgery went well, and the doctor is pleased with my progress, though my vision is still blurry. Not real sure what he’s so pleased with. But, I’m told it takes a few days. Things are definitely brighter, if not clearer, I’ll give you that. To be honest, my vision has improved a lot since the surgery. I’m optimistic on that score. I’ll be glad when the initial two weeks are over, though. I’m not supposed to bend from the waist, to avoid putting pressure on my eye. That’s a lot harder than you’d think. I’ve caught myself so many times, and yes, there have been a few oops here and there.
I did manage to wrap up one of my three unfinished short stories. I’m pretty pleased with it, as a whole. Now, I only have two more to complete, then I’ll see about editing, and getting with my publisher. There’s still time for that. I’m not rushing. I’m just happy to be moving forward.
Then, there’s the best news. I got a job offer, and was thrilled to accept. I’ll be a unit secretary/monitor tech for one of the local hospitals. I couldn’t be more tickled, especially considering the hospital is a whole two minutes from my house. Talk about save on gas! LOL After five months of being unemployed, I look forward to joining the ranks of the work force once again. I’ve worked all my life. Sitting idle doesn’t set well with me. Worrying about finances doesn’t help creativity, either.
Now, my life can get back to normal. Gainful employment and writing. My world is looking rosy once again.
Till next week,