It's no secret I've been struggling with getting the remaining books of Legacy of Secrets finished. After having my baby back in December, I've been struggling with my time in general. Life literally changed over night! So now, I'm in a rut of sorts, trying to get my mind working again. Characters are screaming at me all day, but so far, I haven't been able to get anything done.
I wish I had a little leprechaun that could pop out of my ear and write all the words floating around in my head. I wish I had more of me to be able to do everything I want without sacrificing the time with my family. I WISH, I WISH, I WISH!!!
Currently, I'm on the prowl for a PA (personal assistant) who is proficient online and in the community, but that doesn't change an arm and a leg. Paying hundreds of dollars a month just isn't feasible right now. I'm also looking for some beta readers and possible an author to co-write a book with in the future. Lastly, I am always in the market for a screenwriter to write and pitch my books to companies like Netflix (wishful thinking, I know).
If you are or know anyone who falls into these categories, send me a message!! I'd love to see what's out there for me!
'Till next time!
Obviously, I have a problem. After being socially active for some time, I fall off the face of the earth and bury myself in projects and other things, including my normal day-to-day life, as an avoidance tactic. In this business, being present means building your brand (your name) and a fanbase. It also equates to book sales and reviews, etc. It's A LOT to manage on your own, especially if you have other things going on in your life which require your attention.
Aside from being an author, I'm a mother and a wife. I also have a full time job as an IT Support Tech and I own a small business on the side. My life is never 100% slow. With the kids come the extracurriculars such as sports, band, etc, in which I am their primary mode of transportation and support. My husband's job is physically demanding so during the week, I shoulder much of the basic needs and he fills in the rest on the weekends. We also have a pug named Frankie (who you'll see if you follow me on Instagram) and she gets ALL the attention because, well, she's the baby!
On any given day, between all of my social media accounts, I'm burning up the WiFi or data to connect to people. Finding that balance is ROUGH. I need to be here to spend time with my family, but I need to also be HERE to spend time with my online family. When does it become too much? My husband and I have squabbled about this in the past and at some point I have to decide when I've crossed the boundary and left my family behind. So you can see my dilemma?
I may post on Twitter or Instagram and sometimes even Facebook, but my blog and journal will go lacking, especially when I don't have a terrible amount of things to say. I mean, do you want to hear about my day at the office? Do you need to know that my son has strep throat? Does my struggle with life make for tantalizing news? If you wouldn't recognize my name next to any others, chances are none of the above matters to you, so what the hell am I to write about?
Blogging is a challenge because, well, I'm just not that interesting! I don't peruse the internet looking for articles. I don't care enough about trolling other writer's Goodreads or Amazon looking for some type of drama to report on. I'm just not that type of person and I won't sink to that level just for "clicks". If people don't want to be here because of some cheesy headline that has nothing to do with me or my work. I want you all to be here BECAUSE of me or my work. It's why I do what I do.
So please don't think I don't care or that I'm not trying to put out more of a variety of work for you all to read. I have simply been in a funk and can't seem to stick to one project long enough to finish anything. I've tried, and every time I get pulled away toward something else. It sucks, but that's just the way things are right now.
If you want to keep up with me, PLEASE connect on all of my social media!! You will see my quirky, nerdy and definitely dweeby self and will see that I truly do embrace this passion, I just have a hard time expressing it sometimes! Promise me you'll follow?? I'll hold you to it!!!
See you on the other side!!
P.S - For some reason, I'm unable to link my accounts, so I've included them below!!
It's been some time since I've written, mostly because year end has me running around like a mad person. Of course, being sick for nearly two months straight didn't do me any favors. So, where do I stand? Well, technically I guess I'm sitting, but that leaves me to plan out my next year so I can, hopefully, bring more stories to life.
With that being said, Legacy of Secrets will come to an end this year. It's been a long seven years and many tears, but it is time to bid farewell. I can't begin to tell you how bittersweet I feel about the whole thing. I mean, it was the first series, the first actual books, I've ever written, and somehow people have enjoyed them. However, my story doesn't end there. I have COUNTLESS stories nagging at the back of my brain, begging to be given the chance to spill onto those pages. I've held them back for a long time, trying to get LoS just right, but that time is about to be here and I'm so, so glad.
Perhaps the first story to be finished will be Falling Undercover, as it is halfway there, but I'm not sure it it's the right time for that one yet. No, I think I have one or two others that might be better suited. First, there's a new series I just cooked up a few weeks ago that's heavily rooted in Greek mythology. Second, the Sci-fi novel that I've kept pretty close to the vest for the last five years or so. That one will be a wondrous book to behold, if I get the courage up enough to write it.
Seems silly, doesn't it? I guess I'm afraid it will not be as good written down as it is in my head. I have this disease where stories play out like movies and then I am supposed to, somehow, figure out how to translate them to other people. It's called being a writer, and sometimes it sucks!
But I digress...here's to a prosperous 2016! We all need it anyway. I mean, we've been working our asses off for twelve months with little to show. It's time there was a year to bring down the shower of dolla dolla bills y'all!! Hahahaha!
What's your 2016 have in store?
One month. That's all that's left of 2015. I keep looking back on this year, trying to figure out whether I've actually accomplished anything. I feel like I've been running in place, grasping at straws and making an all out ass of myself. I can't be alone in this, right?
It seems I like to just fly by the seat of my pants most days and that doesn't work for me. I know it doesn't work, but I've done little to fix it. NO MORE. I am putting some new things into place in December that will help to keep me engaged with my "fans" and connections, free up my computer time to do things that are actually productive and give me some much needed time to spend with my family.
One of the most frustrating parts of this business is the saturation of the market. There are SO MANY authors out there who've published in some capacity. A good portion of them are great, but there are those who need more practice that are ruining it for the rest of us. I hate to sound like I'm full of myself (which if you've read any of my work at all, you know that's not me), but I like to think my talent is at least above the average author. When I see other authors see success when their skill level is lacking, to put it nicely, I get extremely discouraged. Not to say that their stories aren't wonderful, but the delivery leaves something to be desired in some cases.
But I digress. My personal feelings about the publishing world is pretty much irrelevant. Every author dreams of something bigger and I'm no different. Unfortunately, I just don't have those types of connections to make it happen, which is why I have been struggling as of late. I'm sure you've seen me say "Procrastination is my superpower" at some point and I am definitely not lying about that. Sometimes, it gets so bad that I'm up until 6 am just trying to finish a scene or task. It can get pretty ridiculous. This is also why I'm working on correcting my terrible behavior!
That being said, I hope to have another book coming out around the first of the year that is completely different from everything else. You might have seen Falling Undercover listed on my social media or even seen the page on my website. It is a romantic suspense novel that I hope won't completely suck :p.
Well, I'm off to write for about an hour before I have to sleep to go back to my real life job (highly overrated, I know). Happy reading, loves!
I feel the need...the need to...write? Well, it started out sounding right! I'm going to attempt NaNoWriMo again this year. I didn't win last year, but as I haven't written much this year, I am determined. I always have a hard time figuring out whether I want to start something new or continue an existing project. I've heard many people say that you're most likely to finish if you work on something brand new, but I'm not sure if that's true for everyone.
I've got two stories I'm working on: Falling Undercover and the next Legacy of Secrets novella. I have about ten other story ideas and no idea where I want to start. That would be one of the many cons of my writer-life. Dialogue and story outlines are a constant through my mind, as are the million other things I have going on each day.
Which would you choose? Something fresh and new? Or something that is waiting to be finished?
I want to know!!!
I'm a writer, a mother, a wife, a friend, a sister, and a daughter. My journey as a published author is in full swing and I'm inviting all my friends along for the ride!