Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May IWSG--Treading Water

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Treading Water

It feels like forever since I've blogged, and for the first time in years I didn't participate in the April A to Z Challenge. It makes me sad, but I can't change things.

I've been working full time and trying to fit being a mom, wife, choir director, cub scout leader, and friend into the remaining hours. Every once in a while I get some good writing in. It's enough that I haven't "broken" yet, but not nearly enough to finish all the things that I wanted to do this year.

I'm insecure that I'll lose that fire. At the beginning of the year I was really excited about a few of my projects. They paraded and danced through my mind all day and most nights. It made sitting to write easy. Now I'm just drained and tired. I'll open a document and feel let down.

I don't like that feeling.

Theoretically, I know life will move back to my control at some point. Sadly, it seems a long way off.  In spite of the challenges, I have managed to pay for an editor for CHOCOLATE KISSES, formatted it for print (still need to do the ebook and get auditions for audible), purchased covers for all three Eureka Springs stories, and created my website and Facebook page for my pen name.

Oh, and I walked a half marathon last weekend with my hubby and oldest son. Well, they ran, but I walked and had a great time. I even made a new friend that I walked and chatted with for at least 7 miles.

So, I guess I've done a lot, but it feels like I'm treading water. Flailing around and not getting anywhere. *sigh*

Here are my goals for the summer:

1. Finish Empire Rebooted (see sidebar for stats)
2. Finish draft of Landscape Love (2nd Eureka Springs novella)
3. Work on Demon Rising (book 3 in The Magic Wakes series, see sidebar for stats)


  1. Taking care of family comes first. It will all fall into place again one day.
    Cool that you have everything lined up for your books.

    1. So true! Family is the most important.
      Right now I'm extra glad I planned a release date for December and am ahead for that. That will give me time to get the other two books well on their way. *I hope*

  2. Yours is the third blog I've read where someone is talking about not being able to write due to reasons. (Reasons varied.) You know, it happens. It's okay. Let go of any negative feelings and let it be. Take care.

    1. I know, and I'm trying. My family is priority, but it hurts to ignore the voices in my head. *sigh*

  3. I know that feeling. The ideas are in my head, but sitting down to do it and I feel drained and lost. One of these days I'm going to have to just make myself sit down and work, but I'm recovering from burn out, so I'm not pushing myself because I don't want to fall back into that.

  4. There are just times when we have to back off and say, "I can only do what I can do, and right now, I'm eating cheese, not working." ;) Here's wishing you an abundance of cheese and chocolate until you get through this stage. (I'm there with you.)

  5. I also work full time and take care of a family. It's a struggle I know well. I think about writing all day at work, but then when I get home after cooking dinner for everyone, it's hard to open the work in progress. Anyway, it's good to see a post from you again.

  6. It's okay. Let go of any negative feelings and let it be. Take care.