FABULOUSNESS. Total fabulousness.
You may or may not be aware of my Rhino philosophy, business model, or life plan…but I’m a Rhino. Sometimes, Rhinos need to plop into a mud puddle and just do the downtime. Late last week, I and my mini-unihorns headed south for some R&R and dang it if wasn’t perfection. Sweet perfection with a double scotch on top.
Ever notice that you think you know how worn you are…but once you’re back, it’s like…I had no idea how out of psycho I really was? Or realizing how crappy you feel, but only after you feel better? I’m not going to front like I’m magically batting 1000 again, cuz Goddess knows I could use more of the mud puddle…but I’m better. And, I’m coming into clearer focus on what I need to do to hit the marks.
With so many looming deadlines, I couldn’t see how to do anything but keep pushing forward. Except, pushing forward was just bungling the gears and making me edgy. Pause the gas pedal and pull back. Breaks are good.
I literally slept in a lake with my head through an inner tube to keep it above water. Best nap I’ve had in ages. Not to mention time with the extended family was enlightening and pleasant. No pressure, no phones…just food and chill. All shop talk was dropped at the main road and left for the return trip.
Gods, I can’t wait to go again.
Tomorrow starts 3 weeks in a row of releases, so get your one-click fingers ready.
Twelve (Flip-Flopped Fairy Tales) hits the 14th
Rogue (Una-Mor Trilogy book 1) hits the 21st
Black Guard (Una-Mor Trilogy book 2) hits the 28th.
I’ll have an update on the other dates next week…There are at least 3 in September, but there’s a chance there will be more.
🙂 Just depends on how therapeutic that mud really was.
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Things are looking up lately and it’s a nice change of pace. I finally got Demon off to the publisher. If things work out, I’ll still have that August release. It may be toward the end of the month, but I’ll be keeping my personal deadline of August. Still need to work on promos to get the word out.
I sent Heart of Stone off to a couple of my beta readers. The feedback was sorely needed. I knew the story needed “more,” I just wasn’t sure what points needed it. Now, I have a better idea of what and where to fix what’s lacking.
In between my own works, I need to buckle down to help out a friend. He’s *this close* to releasing his first novel, and I promised him a thorough going over before it makes it way to the public. While doing that, I need to pull some quotes so I can work on his teaser promos, too.
No rest for the weary, here. As soon as I get all of this done, it’s back to work on Blindsided. There’s a lot more to go before it’s finished, and that deadline will be here before I know it.
Until next week,
To say I’ve been busy is a profound understatement. Settling into a new place is usually something I enjoy. This time around, not so much. While I love all the windows, it leaves little wall space for my many prints. Keepsakes that were kept in the attic have found themselves on the floor in my office. I don’t want to put them in storage because it isn’t climate controlled, but I have no other choice. There’s just not enough room for everything. I’ll get through it. It will just take time.
In between boxes, I did manage to finish up To Kill A Demon. I’m 90% finished with the formatting. A few more tweaks and I should be able to send it to my publisher before the weekend is over. As usual, formatting never goes smoothly for me. I always seem to run into a snag or two along the way. Thankfully, my niece came to my rescue and is helping me. Though why for the life of me you can upload a perfect copy to Createspace and still find issues. I just don’t get it! Maybe one day I’ll figure it all out, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be this day.
For now, it’s back to finishing up the formatting and unpacking more boxes. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s still a pinpoint. I’ll keep working at it. At least, the background of rain of the roof is soothing. Today will be a better day.
Until next week,
I’m sitting at my desk in my new house. Yes, I’m surrounded by boxes yet to be unpacked, but that will come in time. The good news is that thanks to my daughter and a few awesome friends, we have made the move from one home to another. I knew I had a lot of stuff, but the amount to go through was staggering. Clothing was donated, pieces found new homes, a lot was discarded, and precious memories were rediscovered. The challenge is to find places for everything in the new house. I have a feeling that storage unit I rented for just a couple of months may be in our possession a tad longer than anticipated.
I’ve gone through a lot emotionally, and I’m more than ready for my life to settle into some kind of normalcy. Now that I’ve got my office pretty much set up, I’m itching to get to work on the final edits of To Kill a Demon. Wednesday will start my five days off and you can bet I’ll be right here working on that manuscript. Hopefully, I can get it all together and formatted in that time. I think Sully and Larke have waited long enough. It’s time for you to meet them.
Until next week,
The past two months have been full of trials, tribulations, and setbacks. I’m at the point right now that if I don’t get a break I may have to commit myself. As it is now, I’m typing this blog on my phone because my internet provider not only didn’t show up for my scheduled appointment, they didn’t bother to call and let me know either! Now, I have to reschedule. Next available date…five days from now.
That’s setting me back two days I could have been moving. Pushing me further back from getting settled and back to work on getting Demon released. To put it mildly, I’m fit to be tied.
I know…first world problems…it’s just a thing…this too shall pass. All true. But enough little setbacks turn into a mountain of stress. Welcome to my world.
Hopefully, next week will be better.
Wanted to let you know what’s going on in my world. Still packing, making a little headway. We’re putting non-essentials in a storage unit for now. Apparently, my life was filled with a lot of unused items. We’ve been sorting as we go; throwing away a lot, keeping some, discovering the forgotten. It’s been an emotional and sweaty task. Believe me, an attic in July is no fun. Hell on earth can be found at my place right now.
We found a house. Had to go through background checks, credit checks, application checks … I swear I didn’t go through this much to work at the local hospital! Finally got the approval and will sign the lease next week on my next day off. Then, the work really begins. At this point, my daughter and I are more than ready to get this over with. It’s time to tie up the loose ends of the past and move forward to a new future, one with a clean slate.
Then, it’s back to work. I have a book to get out.
Until next week,