12 Hours of Sebring and a Writing Day

One of the things about these endurance races is that they keep me in a seat… The desk, the dining room table, the couch, the chair on the porch… And the more I’m in a seat, the more writing I am likely to do. I don’t want to miss any part of the race, and I want to get words in because I want to finish at least one of these books. There are 4 that need to be finished and finished before May. There are personal and professional reasons for that.

So, some facts about the Sebring race…

-12 Hours… morning to night.

-The track itself is a former WWII training base/airfield. It is a combination concrete and asphalt surface. The facility covers 348 acres. It is located 79 miles south of Orlando.

-Speeds in some parts are around 200mph.

-The first race was run on the track in 1950 with the first 12hr race run in 1952.

I’ll be working on 1, maybe 2 of the books that I need to finish today during the race. The green flag has dropped and they’re 30min in.

I’m going to get some food, some coffee and get to work.

The starting word count of the book(s) I plan to work on today are…

CC – 60,151

ATG – 33,077

Let’s see what I can get done…

 

Lissa

Spring Forward

I’m currently sitting on my back porch. The sun is out, the sky is as clear as it could possibly be, the temperature is just barely 70, and it’s so so so quiet.

I try to sit outside as often as possible spring through autumn. In the middle of summer that amounts to a few minutes in the morning and a few minutes in the evenings because once the sun is up, it’s like hell here in the South.

The trees are turning green, a few things are starting to bloom, and the mountains are calling in the distance. Although, the mountains are always calling.

My cats love the porch, too. They often lay on their sides so the sun can warm their bellies.

This is my favorite part of the house. This screened in porch off the dining room. I think often about laying blankets on the floor and sleeping out here. I’ve been known to lay my head back in the chair and close my eyes only to find myself waking up thirty minutes later.

These are the days I long for and look forward to. The days I can settle on the porch with a cold brew coffee or an iced latte, a magazine or book or my laptop.

I am grateful for this, for what I have right here. I have big dreams and big goals that may at some point take me away from here, but for now, I am so grateful for calm, sunny, quiet days on the porch.

Lissa

It’s March…WTF?!?

I look around and wonder where the hell the first part of the year went… What have I done? What do I have to show for the first 70 days? I had such grand plans for 2024 and though it’s not anywhere near over, I’m struggling to find my way and dig myself out of the hole I’m in.

I have a lot of books I want to write. I have a few I’d like to revise. I have a new pen name I’d like to get off the ground. And I have Ella Claire that I’d like to add more titles to. Plus…so much other stuff. I’m not getting any younger over here.

So, why have things gone tits up for me this year? A lot of things out of my control. A lot of stress. A lot of healing past trauma. A lot of thinking to the point of overthinking. And, a lot of nothing. I’ve written words but can’t seem to find the end of the books. I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself and had multiple panic attacks. Anxiety has been at an all time high for me with writing. What I find weird, is that I used to be able to turn to writing. It didn’t make me anxious. It didn’t render me unable to do this. I really, really, really want to blame it on menopause.

I haven’t had a vacation in years. I haven’t gone anywhere, done anything in years. I have a feeling that has a little something to do with it.

I’ve picked up some hobbies again and they serve to calm me and give my hands something to do.

Comparisonitis on social media doesn’t help. That I do recognize is an issue and I’ve taken my own and other’s advice and decided on putting it away through the rest of the month. It wasn’t helping me anyway, at least in the book department… Okay, that’s not entirely true. It has helped me find a lot of books that I want to read and that have been added to my books list.

There’s some perfectionism going on, too. I want these books that I am writing to be amazing. I want anyone who reads them to love them. And I’m fighting myself over every word, sentence, paragraph, chapter as a whole.

And there’s some discouragement, too. I haven’t had any book sales since December and even then with a new release, there weren’t many sales. And I think it’s the first time in years…if ever that I haven’t had any sales at all for months in a row. I have 4 titles in Kindle Unlimited and there’ve been no page reads. Those things are disheartening and discouraging. Am I going to put all this worry and effort into new books only to have them not sell? Is it because I won’t put cartoon/illustrated/vector covers on them? Am I in the Amazon dungeon? Does Draft2Digital have a dungeon, too, because I haven’t sold any books there, either. I don’t know. I do know that it’s really scary to have a backlist and not even one sale, not even one page read. And I honestly don’t remember this ever happening to me.

Yes, I know I had to cancel some preorders, too, but no one was even preordering anything, so…

I mentioned to a friend yesterday about it all and she said I need to write in a different subgenre of romance. I’ve wondered if I need to walk away from romance all together. I don’t know. But at least for now until the end of March, I’m going to be concentrating on new words, blogging here, sending out newsletters and not checking or doom scrolling Instagram or Threads. I already didn’t doom scroll on Facebook. I definitely know better. I’m going to focus on the words I write and the people on my newsletter and anyone who may still read my blogs.

Lissa

 

It’s Racing Season…

…And I’m a romance author who writes about racing.

I haven’t been too interested in NASCAR the last couple of seasons, but for some reason, I’m kind of excited about this one. Maybe it’s because I’m working on (yes, I’m still working on) Checkered Curves (Stick Shift Motorsports, Book 3) and have another racing series planned that I’ve started writing and have a lot of ideas for other stories and spin-offs in my fictional sports world. I hope that’s it. I’ve missed watching races and being interested and keeping up with it all.

It could also be that the Netflix documentary about last season’s NASCAR playoffs, NASCAR Full Speed was pretty good and kind of got me in the mood for some racing.

Whatever the reason, I’m ready. I’ll be watching the whole weekend from my couch… Duels tonight, Craftsman Truck series tomorrow night, Xfinity and Arca Menards series Saturday, and the Daytona 500 on Sunday. If I’m not revved up and inspired to get back to some serious word count by the end of Sunday’s race, then I don’t know what will do it…

My driver is still Kyle Busch who is now in the number 8 for Richard Childress Racing. It’s his second season with RCR and I hope it’s even better than the first one.

Are you a race fan? Will you watch?

Lissa

 

Rolex 24 at Daytona

It’s that time of year. Racing season.

For me, it all starts on the last weekend of January with the Rolex 24. It’s a 24 hour race that begins this afternoon and ends tomorrow afternoon. It’s sports cars, not stock cars or Indy cars. It’s an endurance race. It’s run in teams with multiple drivers, each one taking turns for a set or certain number of hours throughout the course of the 24 hour period. It’s part of the IMSA series (International Motor Sports Association). They run a much shorter race schedule compared to NASCAR and Formula 1. Indy car is also a shorter schedule and you’ll find a lot of the Indy car drivers in IMSA. IMSA is one race a month for the most part, sometimes two and they run anywhere from 100 minutes to 24 hours. In Europe, there’s the World Endurance Championship and the 24 hour race is Le Mans.

Over the last few years I’ve really gotten into following this kind of racing. I still watch NASCAR and still love it. It’s changed though and some of my interest has waned. I hope it comes back, but there are so many other racing series to keep me occupied while NASCAR does NASCAR things.

Maybe you wonder what this has to do with anything, if there’s anyone actually reading this other than me, but my new series (yes, I promise it’s coming…) is about endurance racing, IMSA style endurance racing following their schedule. I am super excited about this series (Endurance) and y’all know I struggle to hype anything of mine (something I am working on), but this series is… I haven’t loved an idea or a series like this in years, maybe ever. The tone is personal brash and in your face. It’s very loosely tied to the Stick Shift Motorsports series (and yes, I know… book three is coming soon, I swear), but it is its own thing, with its own voice, its own storylines, its own characters who are young and hungry and awesome.

I’ve been reworking the blurb and will post it soon along with the new release date. For now, I’m going to go and get what provisions I need for race watching and I’ll catch up with y’all soon.

Lissa

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