Sunday, September 14, 2014

Writing in between health issues

I've had back problems all my life. It was finally diagnosed as spinal stenosis: essentially my disks are squishing flat.

I've had a couple of epidural injections which have helped a lot, but I still have some other chronic health issues that have specialists shaking their heads. Is it gynecological? Is it digestive? Is it all related to my spine issues?

Needless to say, I'm getting tired of being tired and achy and having unexplained "problems" make my life miserable. I'm still writing, but I'm taking notes about the medical profession. I'd like to find a doctor who wants to treat ME: not my digestive tract, not my ovaries, not my spine, but the whole ME.

I doubt there's anybody out there who does that, but if you hear of someone, give me their number. I may be tempted to give 'em a call.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Writing in between trees

That's my office -- those windows. We were lucky. We only got grazed. Others lost a lot more than we did (my garden, mainly).

Yep. I wrote in between storm cleanup. 
big pat on the back.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Despite all distractions, I made my deadline

Go, me.

Yep, I was out of town on travel (business and personal) for 2 weeks, 2 trees fell on our house and made life miserable for a while, and I still managed to finish my manuscript in the time frame I wanted (April 17 to July 1). Okay, I finished it on July 7, but that's close enough given all that happened.

Just goes to show: set a deadline and stick to it. You never know what might happen!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Writing in between self-doubt

This spring marks the start of my 8th year in publishing. 8 years, 25 books. Not bad.

I am slowing down. I don't dive headlong into a story now. I'm averaging writing 2 or 3 books a year, and publishing 1 or 2. I'm getting tired of the promo grind because no matter what you do, it's a grind. The only way it wouldn't be a grind is if writing was my full-time job and I could devote a few hours in the day to promo. But those few free hours I have are spent on writing.

Vicious circle, right?

Where does self-doubt come in? It comes in when I look at sales. Yes, I have sales, but they're not huge and they're not enough to pay for the time and effort I'm putting out.

So do I continue or stop?

And if I stop, what will take its place?

Decisions, decisions ...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Writing in between procrastination

I finished my current WIP and was only 5 days off on my deadline. I blame visits from family and other volunteer work for that 5 day lapse.

It's really essential for me to set a deadline on a book,otherwise I will procrastinate. It only took me 10 books or so to figure that out.

Not sure what's next. I have 2 ideas but neither is really grabbing me. The characters aren't talking to me yet. I may switch over and work on my Sci Fi series a bit earlier than I planned. I targeted it for a re-read/research in June with writing to start in July. I may slip it in earlier.

Or I'll just continue my research for the 2 books and then switch.

Or ... maybe I'll take a break.

Who knows?