I’ve been posting blogs, huh? Are y’all surprised? lol…
I’ve been spending a bit of time unplugged lately. Since the holidays, at least. Very little television, and at times very little interaction online, etc… It’s not much, or not as much as I’d like to do, but it’s something. It’s a chance to recharge my brain. It might not seem like it, but it helps me write, focus, work…better. And didn’t I say I wanted that this year? Some days sure, it seems I’m online all the time, but there are other days it seems I’m invisible altogether.
I spend time crocheting, organizing/decluttering, cooking, playing board games with my family, connecting with them, writing long hand in a notebook.
It helps to step away. My brain is always thinking, always working, but unplugging let’s me think in a different way, a more deliberate way.
For instance, yesterday I had to walk away from my WIP because it took a turn I hadn’t planned on. I paced for a bit, thinking I’d return to it immediately, but I didn’t. Things came to me though, much later… And I’ll be ready to work on it here in a bit.
Yes, there’s more to my work than writing, but right now, writing is it when there’s a problem in the WIP. Other writers work different, this is me. Not right or wrong, just me.
Unplugging. Walking away. Doing something completely different, works. Letting my brain relax and recharge eases the stress and keeps me loving what I do. It won’t make me rich or put me on the New York Times best seller list, but it might keep me healthier, less stressed, happier, and enjoying right now a little more, for a little longer.
I seem to be doing that a lot lately, huh? Adding ‘and More…’ to my blog posts. But, I have so much I want to say and unless I write 2 or 3 posts in one day, it’s just easier to do it all at once.
So, first of all, to my American friends and counterparts, Happy Thanksgiving.
I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Family, friends, readers, health (minus the sinus infection I can’t get rid of), writing, a home, freedom… There’s a lot of hardship in our country and in the world and we need to remember the things we do have, the people we do have that enrich our lives and help share our burdens because there are many who don’t have anything or anyone.Be thankful for what and who you have…
If you are not celebrating Thanksgiving today, well, Happy Thursday! smiles…
Onto the more part of my post… Tomorrow I will be participating in a Black Friday blog hop. Myself and 19 or so other authors have gotten together to talk about Black Friday and any deals or shopping tips we may know of. We’re also giving away a Kindle Fire, and most of us if not all of us are giving copies of books and other such prizes. Click here for the details…
There’s also a HUGE holiday party happening over at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews. A lot of authors with a lot of gifts being given and sharing holiday traditions, memories, recipes, etc… It’s a fun time and it’s going on through the end of December. You should check it out! Click the graphic below if you want see what it’s all about. I’ll be there on November 29th and on December 19th.
I have been writing, but not as much. One of these days, years actually, I’m going to learn that November and NaNoWriMo and I don’t really go well together. I need to stop. I’m not that kind of writer. I wish I were, but I’m not. I want to be, but I’m not sure I ever will be. It’s too much pressure for me. I write differently. Sometimes a lot in a short amount of time and sometimes a little in a very long period of time. It’s gets done. Maybe not on my timetable or your timetable but it does get done.
I will be concentrating in December on finishing up Trouble in the Making for a January release. I had wanted next weekend, but it’s just not going to happen and as I get into December, I want to concentrate on the release of Twisted Up. I am planning a little 10 day party and will give details as they come to me.
Revealed has done well and I’m thrilled beyond imagination at how many of you have written and commented that you want another story in the series. I have a feeling, y’all will keep wanting more as long as I’m willing to keep writing them. 😉 I don’t have a title and I don’t have a cover concept yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll let you know and I’ll get started on it soon.
I will be reworking Sugar Rush soon as well for re-release. I’ve missed cowboy surfer Graham and snarky Jane and look forward to revisiting them. I am still working on Drive Shaft. I’m concerned about some of the business end of it and so while I’ll mull it over, what I want to do with it, what I think is best for you, my readers, I am still writing it. I love it so far… Alli is really out of her element at the moment.
That’s all on the update front for now. I need to get back to cooking… Have a great day, y’all!